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first_img“HDF is very excited to cooperate with ABB to assemble and produce megawatt-scale fuel cell systems for the marine market based on Ballard technology,” said Damien Havard, CEO of HDF. The MOU envisages close collaboration on the assembly and production of the fuel cell power plant for marine applications.ABB has already teamed up with Ballard Power Systems on the development of the megawatt-scale fuel cell power plant, which will serve as the basis for the new system planned to be manufactured at HDF’s new facility in Bordeaux, France. Fuel cells turn the chemical energy from hydrogen into electricity through an electrochemical reaction. With the use of renewables to produce the hydrogen, the entire energy chain can be clean. Technology firm ABB has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Hydrogène de France to jointly manufacture megawatt-scale fuel cell systems capable of powering ocean-going vessels. Image Credit: ABB “With the ever-increasing demand for solutions that enable sustainable, responsible shipping, we are confident that fuel cells will play an important role in helping the marine industry meet CO2 reduction targets,” said Juha Koskela, Managing Director, ABB Marine & Ports. center_img The zero-emission technology is capable of powering ships sailing short distances, as well as supporting auxiliary energy requirements of larger vessels. “Signing the MOU with HDF brings us a step closer to making this technology available for powering ocean-going vessels.” The pursuit is in line with the ever-growing pressure for the marine industry to decarbonize its operations. The IMO has set a global target to cut annual emissions by at least 50 percent by 2050 from 2008 levels.last_img read more

first_imgWhen the calendar year of 2016 began, few would have imagined that Guyana’s basketball would end the year in the position it is in.That position is a good,so says National coach and president of the Guyana Amateur Basketball Association (GABA)Junior Hercules. There were 10 tournaments played in total at both the senior and junior level with the shining moments of the year coming from the Junior side of local basketball.The first noteworthy improvement Hercules mentioned was in the table officiating.“Our table official pool has increased, we’ve seen a more diverse pool with new faces and that is good,” stated Hercules. However,he added that there is a needed for improvement in refereeing.“Refereeing has to improve;it is not an attractive field so there is a lot of recycling of officials so there hasn’t been much improvement.”His recommendations included paying more attention to the field and not just talking about the deficiencies of the referees.Other signs of growth came from the Junior players. There were 8 junior tournaments played this year versus two senior tournaments. The reality check however came when junior players outplayed the senior players in the two senior tournaments. Stanton Rose was named MVP of the Road to Mecca 3 club tournament.Rose,along withTerron Welch,were the leaders on the senior team that travelled to Jamaica in November.“Our Under- 23s have definitely shown improvement by virtue of level of competition through school or GABA enhancement,” Hercules stated. He added that Guyana’s second place performance at the Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) U-16 Championships was an indicator of growth.“Our second place at such a high level shows what can be achieved when adequate preparation is done, also our juniors have grown as a result of the international and regional exposures they have gotten.” On the senior side,he stated that there had only been two tournaments for the year,so an adequate assessment could not be given.For Hercules, a blueprint was set this year as to where basketball should go. “We need to make sure our school program is connected to clubs and our national programs, the framework is there, so the future looks promising. We’ve gotten more players exposed from around the country to basketball and that is a good sign”He added that what is needed is a coming together of will power and resources in addition to a coming together of decision makers that would definitely push basketball into the future.“We need a body to come together from the level of the Sports Commission;yes,the federation and association is there but we need better infrastructure and investments need to be made.”He finished by stating that Guyana has the potential to be at the level of other countries in terms of basketball development but the incentives just need to be present.last_img read more