FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Recharge:Rare-earth-free permanent magnet generators (PMG) for offshore wind turbines with nameplates of 20MW are expected to be a reality “within three years,” following trials of a new-generation concept at the UK Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult facility.A 250kW version of the axial-flux design being developed by GreenSpur Wind, which uses ferrites – an iron-rich ceramic – for its magnets, would be part of a four-module 1MW unit that is foreseen to be scalable to a power rating roughly twice that of the biggest PMGs in service today.“It was our intention from the outset to design a generator that could be scaled for the next generation of offshore wind turbines,” said Hugh-Peter Kelly, GreenSpur’s head of technology and the inventors of the design. “The feedback that we’ve received is that current designs have known limitations and new concepts will be needed to deliver next generation 20MW offshore wind turbines.”GreenSpur is now moving forward with modelling for “significantly bigger, multi-megawatt generators”, with the target of designing a 12MW-plus concept for offshore turbine created by “stacking” three 4MW units in parallel.Replacing high-price rare-earth materials with ferrites – a waste material produced in steel-making – would cut the cost of PMG magnets from £40/kg ($50/kg) to around £1/kg, according to GreenSpur calculations, meaning the design could carve around 33% out of the capital cost of direct-drive generator, and so almost 5% off the price of a turbine.More: Offshore wind turbine 20MW generator ready ‘within three years’ U.K. company sees potential for 20MW offshore wind turbine within three years
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Fabregas signed for Chelsea after three years at Barcelona, despite a rumoured clause which gave the first option to Arsenal, where he played from 2003 to 2011, making 303 appearances and scoring 57 goals under Gunners boss Arsene Wenger. The 27-year-old Spain playmaker has thrived on his Barclays Premier League return and next plays against Arsenal in Sunday’s contest between the only remaining unbeaten teams in the league. Jose Mourinho believes Cesc Fabregas can have both Chelsea and Arsenal in his heart as the midfielder prepares to face his former side. Press Association “I think he loves Chelsea already,” Blues boss Mourinho said. “He’s so happy: the way he plays, the way he’s a member of the squad, the way he lives in this little blue village. “It is like he’s (been) here for a long time. If you ask him now if he regrets the move, I’m sure he’d say no. “If you ask him if he’d choose a different option, he’d say no. “And if you ask him where he thinks he’ll be in five years’ time, he will say Chelsea. “He is Chelsea. He is completely committed to Chelsea. And he likes Chelsea very, very much. “One thing is that and another thing is to forget the past. I’m happy he doesn’t forget the past.” Mourinho is adamant Fabregas remembers fondly the club he joined aged 16. The Portuguese added: “I wouldn’t be happy if he came here saying he didn’t care about Arsenal. “Many times, when (players) say that, it’s not true. If it’s true, it’s also not good. “He’ll never lose his respect and his connection with a club where he arrived as a kid and left as a top player. “He doesn’t forget Arsenal, he doesn’t forget the time he spent there, he doesn’t forget the contribution Arsenal made in his fantastic career, and that deserves a place in his memory and his heart. For me, the approach is correct. “The fact he’s giving everything to Chelsea with such professionalism and enthusiasm is exactly what we want of him.” During his first spell at Chelsea and his time at Real Madrid, Mourinho never imagined Fabregas would come under his charge. “I was at Chelsea, he was at Arsenal – a rival,” Mourinho said. “I was at Real, he was at Barcelona – a rival. “It never looked possible that he would become my player. I never thought about it.” When the possibility arose, Mourinho moved swiftly for a player with supreme talents. He promised Fabregas he would be the central figure in the team and not one on the periphery, like he was at times in Barcelona, where he played on the wings and as a ‘false nine’ forward. “I wanted him because I know the player he is,” Mourinho added. “And I know he was good for the philosophy we wanted for the team. “I knew that he’s one of not many players who can play as a number eight or a number 10, so gives me possibilities to play him in both positions and build a midfield knowing that. “This, plus the fact that he was made in England and played for so many years in English football. That’s a plus. “He doesn’t need that adaptation. He comes back ‘home’. We knew he was the perfect for us. We tried. We tried hard, and we got (him).” Mourinho is not concerned whether Fabregas celebrates scoring against the Gunners, pointing to his own inner feeling of happiness when his Inter Milan side beat Chelsea in the Champions League in 2010. “He should score, celebrate or not – I don’t care,” Mourinho said. “When my team scored against Chelsea and my team did three times, two in Milan and one at Stamford Bridge, I didn’t celebrate. I was happy, you can’t imagine how happy I was. “Not celebrating is nice. Show some respect.”
Lakers vs. Clippers to headline slate of Christmas Day games “(Cousins) was very hurt last year during our finals run but he was still out there making a huge impact and getting double-doubles and he won us a couple games, honestly,” Thompson said. “He’s just such a gamer and I’m going to miss competing with him. L.A. got a very good player, who’s very hungry. I know he’s eager to get out there and show everybody he’s still one of the best players in the world because he has all the talent.”Thompson, meanwhile, tore his ACL in Game 6 of the finals against Toronto and is expected to miss a large portion of 2019-20.“I doubt I’ll be back before the All-Star break,” Thompson said. “But I want to be back this season.”The Warriors also lost Kevin Durant to the Nets in free agency and traded Andre Iguodala to the Grizzlies this offseason. “DeMarcus is a great teammate and I developed such a great chemistry with him, coming off screens and cutting off from posts,” Thompson said. “I’ll miss him. I know he’s going to be a huge asset for the Lakers. When they slow it down, he’s so good on the block and such a great decision maker. People don’t realize what a great decision maker he is. Above all, I love his will to compete.”Cousins missed the Warriors’ first 45 games in 2018-19 as he continued to recover from a torn Achilles. He finished the regular season averaging 16.3 points and 8.2 rebounds in 25.7 minutes per appearance. The 28-year-old center also tore his left quadriceps muscle and was out for most of the playoffs, although he returned for the NBA Finals, where the Warriors fell to the Raptors in six games. Related News Klay Thompson thinks DeMarcus Cousins will thrive with the Lakers.Cousins was teammates with Thompson on the Warriors last season before he signed a one-year contract with Los Angeles this summer. Thompson praised Cousins during a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times. “The West is so stacked, not just with the Lakers and Clippers but the Jazz made great moves, the Nuggets are young and upcoming, the Blazers have an amazing backcourt, the Rockets have a two-headed monster in the backcourt with two MVPs still in their prime,” Thompson said. “So it’s going to be tough for us, but I assume I’m going to be on the court at some point and hopefully I’ll hit the ground running and we’ll be in playoff contention. That’s all we need is just a shot.”Golden State managed to offset the loss of Durant, somewhat, by acquiring guard D’Angelo Russell in a sign-and-trade. He’ll likely slot into the Warriors’ backcourt next to star Stephen Curry with Thompson sidelined. Steve Kerr on Warriors roster changes: ‘We don’t know who we are’ Lakers’ Anthony Davis says not winning a title would be one of his ‘biggest failures’
Polls are an imprecise research tool and there is always a level of uncertainty involved, Murray noted.“We have more wins than losses. We have a good ‘on base’ percentage. The expectation that any single pollsters is going to be accurate 95 percent of the time is unrealistic. There are going to be misses, but misses are learning opportunities.We want to use (polling) as a tool to advocate on behalf of the public, not for any particular position but to advocate that their voice is at the table when decisions are made. We can only do that if people are willing to talk to us.”This article was first published in the Oct. 25-31, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times. By Eileen Moon |At this time of year it’s not unusual to receive a call from a polling organization seeking input from registered voters on the upcoming elections. Not a few of us are likely to hang up, annoyed at one more intrusion into our personal lives.But Patrick Murray, founding director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, would like us to reconsider.After all, it’s the voices of many different Americans that have the power to direct the course of government and influence public policy for many years to come.“One of our missions is to basically give voice to people who don’t always have a voice and to feed that back to political leaders,” Murray said.A university-based polling organization seeks to conduct its polling in a nonpartisan way that will provide a reliable measure of public opinion.“We want to include as little information (on the polling topic) as possible when contacting a respondent so people can interpret the question as they wish. We don’t try to give the impression that there is a right or wrong answer.”It’s important to have a good understanding of what issues are resonating in the public mind before developing questions that will clarify respondent concerns and provide a reliable gauge of public opinion, Murray said.“That is one of the most underappreciated skills. It’s the reason why I spend time talking to people before writing a poll. For example, it helps to know what people are talking about at the local diner as the daily news cycle unfolds.“One of the big things we’re getting this year that has gotten underreported is this undercurrent of health care insecurity,” Murray noted. “People are saying, ‘We’re OK now,’ but they’re worried that they’re one crisis away from insolvency.”When it comes to political issues, a well-conducted poll may not deliver the results a particular party or candidate wants to hear.After one political poll, Murray said, “I was commenting on the state of a Senate race here in New Jersey and I got a call that day from the campaign managers of the Republican campaign and I also got a call from the director of the Democratic campaign, both complaining about what I said. That was a day when I did my job well.”One thing Murray has learned firsthand is that what appear to be ideological inconsistencies to pundits and academics are fully rational to individual voters. “The media in particular get caught up in the idea that politics play out along the liberal and conservative continuum. That’s not how the vast majority of voters think.”Murray was studying political science at Rutgers University in the early ‘90s when he stopped in at the Rutgers-sponsored Eagleton polling institute to see if there was anything a graduate student could do for them.It proved to be a turning point for Murray, who ultimately spent 10 years there and helped start the survey research center at Rutgers’ Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.He left there in 2005, when he became the founding director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute. “I came here to help get this off the ground,” he said.Jules Plangere, former publisher of The Asbury Park Press and a major benefactor of Monmouth University, provided the initial endowment for the institute.“He was really the force behind the institute,” Murray said. Under his direction, the institute soon built a reputation as a reliable polling organization.Ten years after its founding, in 2015, Monmouth University Polling Institute fully committed to becoming a national polling organization.The institute now has a staff of four with a support staff of four graduate students and three or four undergrads. The institute contracts with off-campus call centers to administer the surveys they develop. “Keeping a call center afloat is expensive,” Murray said.It is a charter member of the American Association for Public Opinion Research and has been awarded an A-plus rating from Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight, which conducts statistical analysis of political poll results nationwide.Many topics the polling institute explores may not garner major public attention, but nevertheless provide vital information that may influence public policy.For example, Murray said, the Centers for Disease Control may solicit research on childhood vaccination rates in particular areas that will influence planning and policy decisions.Following Super Storm Sandy, Murray said, his institute deployed a cadre of Monmouth University students who went door to door in damaged areas to obtain firsthand data on the progress of the recovery. With the information they collected, the institute built a 2,000-name email list of people directly impacted by Sandy.Most polling is conducted by phone – both mobile and landline – using publicly available data such as voter registration records. “Voter registration gives basic information such as age, gender, how often people vote, what precinct they’re likely to vote in, to create a sample that looks like what the pool of voters will be,” Murray said.Polling organizations also obtain lists of voters in particular categories, such as those who hold gun permits or those who donate to a particular candidate or political party, to solicit opinions from specific groups.