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ETC Sensor3 in London’s National Theatre

Pátek, Červen 15th, 2012

ETC has begun supplying its latest style of power control product, Sensor3, which was specifically introduced to address the changing needs of venues.

Reaching the market at the same time as mainstream LED lighting fixtures, such as ETC’s Source Four LED, the ThruPower modules are designed to work with Sensor3 to provide a perfect power control solution for the growing variety of loads, allowing selection of constant, dim or relay modes.

London’s National Theatre has received and commissioned one of the first Sensor3 installations in the UK. Lighting resources manager Michael Atkinson comments, “We expect to see an increasing number of LED and automated fixtures in the rigs across the theatre in the next few years, and so it makes sense to prepare the venue for the future. This move from solid state relays to proper air gap relays will work much better with switch mode power supplies found on today’s fixtures.”

ETC market manager Erik Larsen adds, “Through White Light, ETC supplied two 48-module Sensor3 Power Control racks, with 168 ways of dimming via ETC’s new ThruPower modules. These feed lighting bars already populated with a range of luminaires: they include a mix of LED, tungsten and intelligent fixtures. This is ETC’s vision of the future: rather than one type of lighting being dominant, each works well both individually and in combination with others; and for circumstances like this, our new ThruPower modules mean that they can all be powered without any challenges.”

Mark White, ETC’s regional manager for the UK & Ireland says, “How appropriate that the National Theatre has chosen our state of the art Power Control system. The National has always been at the forefront in having cutting edge equipment, so ETC is proud to see them installing equipment fit for the next generation of energy efficient lighting sources.”

The equipment was supplied by White Light’s project manager Esther Heaslip, with the venue having already begun using them on The Last of the Haussmans by Stephen Beresford, which opened on 12 June.

ThruPower modules are a convenient, multi-configurable solution for modern theatres; venues which already have Sensor and Sensor+ dimming systems can simply upgrade to the latest CEM3 processor.

Sensor3’s integrated design means fewer parts for fewer failures, while plug-in modularity allows for more configurability, customisation and easy maintenance. The new processor unit adds a larger graphical display and a numeric keypad, making system setup and management simpler than ever.

Sensor3 Power Control is ideal for theatres, broadcast studios, concert and performance halls - be they newly designed or retrofits,” concludes product manager Jake Dunnum.

The Lyttelton is a traditional proscenium arch theatre with seating for 890 people on two levels: stalls and circle. It is the middle of three theatres, with the Olivier seating over 1,000 and Cottesloe seating around 300. As well as the three theatres, the National hosts talks, music and exhibitions, as well as outdoor performances during the summer months.

Korean Car Carrier Puts ‘Garage Roof’ to Productive Use

Pondělí, Červen 4th, 2012

STX Pan Ocean recently installed a photo-voltaic power generation system on its ocean-going 60,396 gt car carrier STX Dove, the first such system to be fitted to a Korean vessel. The photovoltaic power generation modules installed on the STX Dove, each 25 m wide and 11 m long, can generate a maximum of 24 kW from a total of 240 heat collection plates. The modules provide 5% of the electric power required for the operation of the ship including that for the engine control system, the air handling unit, lighting system, etc.

Through the modification of the module, STX plans to increase the output up to 60 kW this year and 120 kW in 2013. The company expects that it can ultimately provide approximately 30% of the power necessary for the operation of the ship by making use of solar energy, and in so doing decrease CO2 emissions as well as make a discernible saving in the bunker fuel bill.

STX say that group in-house expertise exclusively provided the material and know-how to install this shipboard photo-voltaic power generation system successfully: STX Solar developed the power generation system while STX Marine Service installed the system and provided technical consulting services.

Of all ships, the specialised car carrier, with its high freeboard and relatively uncluttered ‘garage roof’ weather deck allows for substantial arrays of solar panels to be easily installed out of harm’s way, and is best suited to capitalise on the sun’s free energy; features earlier recognised by Japanese interests.

Nippon Yusen and Nippon Oil developed the Toyota car carrier Auriga Leader, also over 60,000 gt, three years ago to gather operational information on the use of solar power. After some six months it was reported that solar power capabilities produced as anticipated 0.05% of the ship’s propulsion power and 1% of its electrical usage which would result in lowering the ship’s annual fuel usage by approximately 13 tons and its CO2 output by 40 tons.

Another Japanese car carrier of a smaller size came into service earlier this year. The Nichioh Maru, built by Shin Kurushima Dockyard for Nitto Kaiun Corporation, one of Nissan’s main sea transport partners, also had solar panels installed at launch. Apparently the first time solar had been installed in an inter-island Japanese carrier.

Car carriers are not alone in fitting photo-voltaic solar modules in large ships these days by any means, even passenger cruise liners test the waters.  Environmentally aware Celebrity Cruises claimed a first when they installed solar panels on their Celebrity Solstice fitting a total of 216 panels, to give both shade to passengers as well as produce energy. Celebrity said 500 m2 of that Solstice-class ship’s areas were covered and provided enough electricity to power the ship’s guest elevators or 7,000 of the LED  light bulbs on board.

Cyclist is ‘left for dead’ after he is knocked off bike

Čtvrtek, Listopad 17th, 2011

James Fleckney, of Home Farm Way, Westoning, was cycling home from work at around 5pm last Thursday on the A5120 road between Dunstable Rugby Club and Chalgrave Manor Golf Club when he hit by a car,

He was thrown off his bike and landed in a ditch on the side of the road, while the motorist drove off.

After coming round he then managed to make way back onto the side of the road and flag down a car for help.

He was taken to the Luton & Dunstable Hospital were medics feared he had ruptured his spleen and would need to undergo surgery.

Miraculously, he just came away with torn tissue in his leg, and cuts and bruises, but he is now on crutches and is only just thinking about returning to work.

31-year-old James, who is a PE teacher at Manshead Upper School in Dunstable, said: “I was just cycling home from work and I was just struck, I heard a noise and felt myself going through the air. I ended up in a ditch and realised I had been struck by a car,

“I looked up and I remember seeing this dark car driving up the hill. I didn’t even see any break lights or anything, it just seems that they kept going without even stopping to see if I was okay.”

“I was wearing a high-vis jacket and had lights on my bike, so there is no way they couldn’t have seen me. And the wing mirror fell of the car, so they knew they had hit someone, but they just kept driving.”

Several members of the public stopped to help, with one calling the emergency services and the other staying with James until the paramedics arrived. An off-duty police officer, who was driving by at the time, also stopped to help.

The keen cyclist, whose 800 bike is now written off, added: “I do feel like I have lost my faith in humanity, I can’t believe that somebody could just drive off without even checking if I was okay.

“They just left me for dead. I have three children and they could have been left without a dad. I feel really angry and just want this person caught.

“There must be somebody who saw it and who knows the person. I’m sure they would have gone home and told a close friend or partner.

“I just want some closure now, this person should take responsibility for what they have done.”

James is hopeful he can return to work next week, but will be on desk duties and will have to rely on lifts.

His wife Kelly, 30, said: “Somebody who stopped to help actually called me to tell me what happened. I was so worried, that night I got no sleep because the doctors thought he may need an operation.

“I just can’t believe anybody could be so heartless to just drive and leave him at the side of the road. I’m so grateful to the people that did stop.”

Excellence in Recycling Awards announced

Středa, Srpen 31st, 2011

The 19th Annual Excellence in Recycling Awards Luncheon, held recently, rewarded several businesses and not-forprofits for their environmental stewardship.

The Allen County Solid Waste Management District awards the Closing the Loop Award and 3R Award as a way of encouraging local businesses and organizations to reduce the amount of waste headed to the area landfill. The Closing the Loop Award recognizes organizations that “Close the Loop” by purchasing and using products made with recycled content or by creating and manufacturing recycled content products.

In the Industrial/Manufacturing Firm category, General Motors, Fort Wayne Assembly was lauded for developing an absorbent recycling program. This program reuses absorbent mats and pads up to five times. Non-reusable mats and pads are shredded, mixed with recycled plastic, which are made into pellets and the pellets are then used to make automotive parts.

The 3R Award recognizes organizations’ efforts to develop and implement programs to divert waste from landfills through reducing, reusing and recycling. In the Industrial/Manufacturing Firm category for the award, Raytheon’s Fort Wayne Operation’s Waste Minimization Team’s efforts to educate and involve employees with recycling initiatives was selected as a winning concept. Raytheon’s Fort Wayne site recycled more than168 tons of paper, 107 tons of scrap metal, more than three tons of fluorescent bulbs and batteries and 2.38 tons of plastic bottles. The cafeteria eliminated Styrofoam cups and plates and the cash registers now print one receipt, not two.

In the Commercial Business Firm category, Press-Seal Gasket established a “Top 10” list of materials to be recycled. Each of the “Top 10” was given a goal, measured, and the resulting data was shared with staff and upper management. This helped Press-Seal Gasket reduce their waste stream by 66 percent from 45,000 pounds to only 15,000 pounds being landfilled per month.

In the Not-for-Profit category for the 3R Award, there was a tie this year.

Baltimore lifeboat is like little republic of its own

Pondělí, Srpen 22nd, 2011

MY house in Baltimore was reputedly occupied by the Victorian coastguard officer (clearly a hardy soul who made LED diving flashlight of the water that weeps from its sea-sand walls) so I take a proprietorial interest in the comings and goings in Baltimore Harbour.

Last Monday night I was standing at the window, watching the whitecaps fade in the foggy light and joking on the phone with Paul Cusack who, with his wife Elma, and extended Cusack family, was sitting snug in Annie May’s in Skibbereen, celebrating his mother-in-law Eleanor’s 90th birthday.

Just as I was getting into a good riff about what tourists would make if Jeremy Irons (alas, away filming) turned up at the feast in full Borgia mode, I heard a coastguard helicopter heading out to sea. And I knew the Baltimore lifeboat would be out there too, looking for those in trouble with the sea.

Your name is George David. You are 69 years old but fitter than men 20 years younger. You are a Harvard graduate, a Rhodes Scholar and a multi-millionaire, and have been racing yachts since you were a boy.

You are taking part in the Fastnet Race in your 18m yacht Rambler 100. You were tipped to win with the help of your special canting keel. You have rounded the Fastnet Rock and are beating into the wind.

Five miles south of the Fastnet, you hear a bang. You look up but the mast still stands. You know the special keel has snapped. You have 30 seconds before the boat capsizes and you are flung into the sea.

You have no time to send a Mayday. You can’t get back to the hull where the crew is scrambling. You tie yourself and your girlfriend Wendy Touten and three others together. You drift into the darkness.

You try to keep Wendy awake. But after almost three hours in the water her body temperature is only one degree away from the sleep of death. You know the sea drowns rich and poor with equal indifference.