Is solar power cheaper than nuclear power

first_img A new study out of Duke University, though, casts doubt on the idea that nuclear power is cheaper than solar power. Using information from North Carolina, the study shows that solar power may be more cost efficient than nuclear power. With costs dropping on the production of photovoltaic cells, and with solar cells becoming increasingly efficient, it appears that — in North Carolina at least — solar installations offer a viable alternative to nuclear power, which is the source for about 20% of the electricity in the U.S.The Energy Collective reports that some of the issues not addressed in the Duke study. Issues that may further support the idea that solar power could become a viable, cheap form of power in the not so distant future:Two factors not stressed in the study bolster the case for solar even more:1) North Carolina is not a “sun-rich” state. The savings found in North Carolina are likely to be even greater for states with more sunshine -Arizona, southern California, Colorado, New Mexico, west Texas, Nevada and Utah.2) The data include only PV-generated electricity, without factoring in what is likely the most encouraging development in solar technology: concentrating solar power (CSP). CSP promises utility scale production and solar thermal storage, making electrical generation practical for at least six hours after sunset.Power costs are generally measured in cents per kilowatt hour – the cost of the electricity needed to illuminate a 1,000 watt light bulb (for example) for one hour. When the cost of a kilowatt hour (kWh) of solar power fell to 16 cents earlier this year, it “crossed over” the trend-line associated with nuclear power.Of course, fossil fuels still represent about 70% of the electricity production in the U.S., and there is probably still some way to go before solar power (and other alternatives) reach a level of cost efficiency that would result in more widespread use. But perhaps this study offers encouragement — and justification — for using resources for further development of solar power technology. Image source: Wikipedia.org Citation: Is solar power cheaper than nuclear power? (2010, August 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-08-solar-power-cheaper-nuclear.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: Osha Davidson, “Study: Solar power is cheaper than nuclear,” The Energy Collective (July 27, 2010), theenergycollective.com/oshada … ower-cheaper-nuclear .John Blackburn and Sam Cunningham, “Solar and Nuclear Costs – The Historic Crossover”, www.ncwarn.org/wp-content/uplo … larReport_final1.pdf One of the issues associated with shifting from using fossil fuels to alternative energy sources is the cost. While adherents of alternative energy tout its benefits, many are skeptical, pointing out that such alternatives are just too expensive. Advocates of nuclear power point out that it is less polluting (if you don’t count storage of spent fuel) than fossil fuels, and that it costs less than alternatives like solar power. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Desert power: A solar renaissance Explore furtherlast_img read more

Delhi through the eyes of Yamuna

first_imgShowcasing the story of Delhi through the eyes of Yamuna as a celestial being, displaying the rise and fall of empires, the glory and degeneration of cultures, the suppression and liberation of millions, Shivani Varma, an Indian classical dancer presented a stunning Kathak performance at the C.D. Deshmukh Auditorium, India International Center.The audience was spell bound to listen and watch this elegant depiction of the capital city through a Kathak performance. The show was presented and organised by Beenu Rajpoot and Precious Planet Charitable Trust. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe production was based on text written by Pavan K Varma, where the narration was done by Begum Syeda Hameed.Elaborating on the Kathak production, Shivani Varma, said, “The concept and theme was based on the river Yamuna, which is an integral part of this city.” “We wanted to create an impact through this recital wherein the condition and environment of Delhi was shown through the perspective of Yamuna. A lot of hard work was put in by the whole team and we worked like an ensemble to make this happen.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveShivani Varma is an Indian classical dancer trained in the classical dance form Kathak. She is a disciple of renowned danseuse Guru Shovana Narayan, and an integral member of danseuse Sharmishtha Mukherjee’s troupe. She has been dancing at reputed professional platforms nationally and internationally for more than a decade. Being a soloist, she has played leading roles in many classical projects directed by acclaimed film maker Muzaffar Ali including Sufi festival Jahane-Khusrau and the Wajid Ali Shah Festival. Shivani has had the privilege of having performed at the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Commonwealth Games held in India in 2010 and has given recitals at several Literature Festivals such as those at Agra, Lucknow and Bhutan.last_img read more

Himanta Biswa Sarma got Rs 3 cr from Sarada chit fund owner

first_imgDhubri (Assam): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee launched the TMC’s poll campaign in Assam on Friday and attacked Himanta Biswa Sarma, the BJP’s “key person” in the northeast, claiming her government has proof that “he had received Rs 3 crore” from the owner of Sarada, a firm embroiled in ponzi scam. The Trinamool Congress chief also claimed that the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill are “two lollipops” being doled out by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to “fool” the people of Assam. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata Addressing the election rally in Dhubri, Banerjee said the TMC has decided to contest in Assam after “40 lakh people were excluded” from the NRC. “We will contest in nine Lok Sabha seats in Assam. We have made a start. Do not consider us weak,” she said. Hitting out at Narendra Modi, the TMC chief said the prime minister talks about chit funds in West Bengal, but it is the state government which has exposed and arrested those involved in the ponzi scam. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state “Sarada’s owner has said he had given Rs 3 crore in cash to Assam Minister Sarma and I have documentary evidence which I have brought with me,” Banerjee said, waving a document at the rally. “Has Modi taken action against him? Have you arrested him?” she asked. The TMC chief handed over the paper to the party’s Dhubri nominee Nurul Islam Choudhury, saying, “Our candidate will show it to you so that you can move court armed with this document.” Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma is a key person for the BJP in the northeast, the party’s national general secretary Ram Madhav had said last month. Sarma is also the convenor of the North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), the regional platform of the NDA. Banerjee claimed that the NRC had left out the names of 40 lakh people and it was only the Trinamool Congress that stood beside these people irrespective of their religion. “Within two days after the NRC list was announced, I sent a team of my party to Assam. We were not allowed to go out of the airport and harassed,” she said, adding no political party supported the people who were left out, but “we were always with them”. “Not only Muslims, names of 22 lakh Hindus and also Gorkhas, Biharis, Tamils and people from Kerala and Rajasthan have been left out from the NRC. We are fighting to get their names included,” Banerjee said. She accused the BJP of plays politics of religion to polarise voters. “Do you know why Bengali Hindus and Bengali Muslims are kept divided in Assam? It is because if you unite, the BJP will become a minority,” the TMC chief claimed. “Our people are being threatened. Five Bengalis were gunned down after the NRC while many people committed suicide as names of some members of their families have been excluded,” she said. Greeting the people of Assam for the forthcoming Rongali Bihu festival, she said people of Assam and Bengal enjoy a close relationship since time immemorial with “people from Assam being always welcomed in our state”. Banerjee asserted that her party does not play politics of religion, caste or class and “we cannot be bought by money, fear or threat. We are not scared of the expiry Prime Minister Modi babu”. “All those who have come to the country before March 25, 1971, are citizens of the country and have voting rights. What is the BJP saying now? They will bring the Act and make you a foreigner… you will be deprived of basic rights, including education, health, visiting your places of worship and even voting rights,” she added. Accusing Modi of “always fooling the people”, she said, “Five years ago he called himself a ‘chaiwala’, but now he has forgotten how to make tea and become a ‘chowkidar’ to siphon off poor peoples’ money and give it to the rich.” Striking a chord with the people of Assam, she said the West Bengal government is considering to take over singer Bhupen Hazarika’s house in Kolkata and rename a road after the music maestro to keep his legacy alive. “I and the people in West Bengal remember all his songs and we have offered to procure his home which is a private property,” Banerjee added.last_img read more

New York City wants 1 million Canadian visitors in Monumental 2019

first_imgTags: New York City, tourism New York City wants 1 million Canadian visitors in ‘Monumental’ 2019 MONTREAL — New York City promises that 2019 will be ‘Monumental’ with a new goal from this market: one million Canadian visitors.NYC & Company, the New York City tourism office, met with travel professionals in Montreal, including Travelweek’s sister publication ProfessionVoyages.com, earlier this week and yesterday in Toronto to announce the latest news.If you think you already know everything there is to know about NYC, think again. “2019 will be a year that is M-O-N-U-M-E-N-T-A-L,” said an NYC & Company rep. “Something is happening all the time in New York, but 2019 will be an exceptional year because of the impressive number of new attractions and hotel openings. The city plans to inaugurate 23,000 new hotel rooms over the next 30 months, and for comparison, San Francisco has 30,000 in total. If you think you know New York, you will see a new city in 2019. It will be a record year from this point of view.”New York City welcomed 970,000 Canadian visitors last year and the goal for 2019 is one million. “Thanks to this ‘monumental’ year, we think it’s possible!” says Reginald Charlot, director of tourism development for NYC & Company.Reginald Charlot, Managing Director, Tourism Development, Established Markets for NYC & Company; Charmaine Singh, NYC rep in Canada and President & CEO of Reach Global Marketing; John A. Marshall, Director, Tourism Development, Established Markets for NYC & Company; and Kosta Tsimiklis, NYC & Company rep in Canada and Director at Reach Global Marketing“It’s a big investment for the city and we’re going to invest in promotion in Canada. We are close to NYC but what will make 2019 a special year is that once and for all, Canada could overthrow the UK, which is in first place for the number of foreign visitors. But I cannot succeed alone, so I need your help,” adds Charmaine Singh, NYC Representative in Canada.More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsAn NYC & Company rep says one of the city’s biggest challenges for the Canadian market is to encourage visits despite the unfavorable exchange rate for Canadians. That challenge is offset somewhat by the wealth of free activities and things to do in NYC’s five boroughs, he adds.NYC & Company aims to finish 2018 with 65.1 million visitors overall (a 3.7% increase over 2017), including 51.4 million domestic visitors and 13.7 million foreign visitors.Business travellers are still an important market for the city with 13 million business travellers coming to New York City in 2017.Far from resting on its laurels, the city continues to innovate. Here’s a look at the major news coming up for 2018-2019, announced by NYC & Company…HOTELSThe hotel portfolio of ongoing developments, renovations, restaurants and expansions continues to outpace U.S. growth. The current inventory in NYC stands at more than 117,300 rooms. By 2020, that will rise to 138,000. Already looking ahead through the end of 2018 into 2019, the city’s hospitality industry is planning for the addition of an estimated 12,000 rooms in new developments in all the boroughs. This includes the return of the iconic Chelsea Hotel and new brands like Equinox, Moxy, Pestana, Six Senses and Hyatt Centric.TRANSPORTLaGuardia Airport will be completely redone with a brand new terminal. Air Canada’s Maple Leaf Lounge is now renovated.JFK will inaugurate a new terminal complete with the new TWA Hotel, a luxury hotel with 512 ultra-modern rooms built into the original and iconic Trans World Flight Center, designed by Eero Saarinen and opened in 1962.Of note for visitors making the journey between Brooklyn and Manhattan, the ferry will increase its frequencies.More news:  ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthCULTURE AND ATTRACTIONSAn expansion of the Museum of Modern Arts (MOMA) will make this landmark the world’s largest museum of modern art.World Pride will be held in New York in 2019 and is expected to attract between one and two million visitors.Picking up on the trend of escape games, a new museum has recently opened on the island of Manhattan: the Spyscape Museum.The Whitney Museum of American Art will host a massive Andy Warhol exhibition from Nov. 12, 2018 to March 31, 2019.The Broadway theatre scene is very popular with the Canadian market and almost all Canadian visitors see a show during their stay. In 2019, two big shows will make their debuts: Beetlejuice and Moulin Rouge. After a small decline in Canadian attendance at Broadway shows in 2017, this year has marked a new increase in numbers that NYC & Company expects to continue into 2019.SHOPPING  New York City’s first outlet shopping destination will open at the end of the year. Empire Outlets will be accessible via the free ferry from Manhattan to Staten Island. Covering 350,000 square feet, the retail complex will include 100 designer outlets. Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Alex Keerma About Latest Posts Alex Keerma Latest posts by Alex Keerma (see all) WestJet adds to network, nonstop flights between Austin and Calgary – May 3, 2019 Senior Travel Advisor – Peterborough Office – April 12, 2019 “I didn’t know she was married”: Kimpton’s social experiment inspires new themed rooms – March 6, 2019 Thursday, September 20, 2018 last_img read more