MeyGen reports on lessons learned during initial phase

first_imgThe developers of the MeyGen tidal array project have summarized the lessons learned during the project’s Phase 1A in a report for the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).The report provides some generic conclusions and a number of detailed experiences amassed in the Phase 1A of the MeyGen project.The aim is to allow the wider industry to draw their own parallels between the experiences of MeyGen Phase 1A and their own ventures, even if they do not face the exact same circumstances, it is stated in the report.MeyGen found found that smaller, local subcontractors were generally more willing to complete work on time and take ownership, and will consider using a higher proportion of small, local contractors in future phases of the project.The report also states that in comparison to using only a single turbine type, having two turbine types resulted in the Phase 1A project bearing additional costs. However, MeyGen anticipates that the experience gained by all parties will justify this cost in the later phases of the project.MeyGen has generally found that remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) are not suited to the conditions, and also, that using a different cable monitoring system, such as CableFish, to guide the cable lay process would have been beneficial.MeyGen found that an earlier, more detailed, study of the seabed conditions, including bathymetric and visual inspection, would have been valuable, as the MeyGen Phase 1A used gravity foundations which have three feet, each of which requires a suitably level seabed.This was later determined to be ‘extremely difficult’ to find, and MeyGen should have given a higher weighting to this issue when deciding between the use of gravity base or monopile foundations in the early engineering stage, the report said.MeyGen also said it prioritized the standardization of the foundation design over flexibility to suit the different seabed conditions, and would have benefitted from a more flexible foundation design.The monopile foundations will be used for the MeyGen Phase 1B, also known as the Project Stroma, it was revealed earlier.The Phase 1A of the MeyGen project has been completed, and included the installation and operation of four tidal turbines with the total installed capacity of 6MW.Once fully built, the 400MW MeyGen project is expected to generate enough predictable and emissions free electricity to power 175,000 Scottish homes.last_img read more

Belgian Doctors Are Euthanizing Patients Without Their Consent

first_imgCNS News 18 June 2015A study published this month in the Journal of Medical Ethics examined the “deliberate” euthanasia of patients in Belgium without their explicit, voluntary consent as required by law.The study’s author, Raphael Cohen-Almagor, a professor of philosophy and ethics at the United Kingdom’s Hull University, found that life-ending drugs were used “with the intention to shorten life and without explicit request” in 1.7 percent of all deaths in Belgium in 2013.In 52.7 percent of these cases, the patients were 80 years of age or older. The decision to euthanize was not discussed with the patient in 77.9 percent of the cases because he/she was comatose, had dementia, or “because discussion would have been harmful to the patient’s best interest,” according to the study.Belgium passed the Euthanasia Act in 2002, which states that only voluntary euthanasia is legally permissible.A 2010 research study conducted in Flanders revealed that only one out of every two euthanasia cases was reported to Belgium’s Federal Control and Evaluation Committee because most non-reporting physicians did not view the active hastening of their patients’ deaths as euthanasia.Unreported cases were also generally handled less carefully than reported cases and “the lethal drugs were often administered by a nurse alone, not by a physician,” the study noted.“Whether deliberately or not, the physicians were disguising the end-of-life decision as a normal medical practice,” Cohen-Almagor pointed out.http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/abigail-wilkinson/belgian-doctors-are-euthanizing-patients-without-their-consentlast_img read more

Despite looming departure to ACC, Orange remains focused on final season in Big East

first_img Published on August 5, 2012 at 3:08 pm NEWPORT, R.I. — Doug Marrone insisted it didn’t feel awkward to be sitting at Big East football media day knowing next season, his team will be in the Atlantic Coast Conference.“I have no feeling toward that,” Marrone said. “I don’t get it. I guess maybe because our focus is so much on getting our players ready to compete and getting ready to play a schedule. Or maybe it’s me, I’m not built that way.”The Syracuse head coach repeatedly said he doesn’t think about anything beyond this season, and is now only focused on training camp.Looking too far ahead to the Orange’s time in the ACC isn’t something he wants to do.It was a popular topic Tuesday, but Marrone stuck to the same answer.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThough SU will no longer be a member of the Big East, the program will still be a part of the tradition of football in the northeast under Marrone.“You’re talking about a guy that played at Syracuse, and I always looked at it as northeastern football,” Marrone said. “I’ve always been a believer in eastern football. For me, it’s very difficult with all the changes. Years ago, not the ones going on now.”Temple returns to Big East with reenergized programJohn Paquette called coach after coach to the front of the Bellevue Ballroom in Newport’s Hotel Viking. Six drab, generic,cliché-filled speeches followed with only South Florida’s Skip Holtz’s bringing some life to the podium.Then Steve Addazio marched to the microphone from the back right corner of the room. As if giving a pep talk, he spoke about the change in the Big East as well as his program.“It’s a new Temple,” Addazio said. “It doesn’t resemble anything of where it was six, seven, eight years ago.”As Addazio was quick to point out, Temple enters the Big East coming off three winning seasons, during which the team went 26-12, earned a win in the New Mexico Bowl and completed a $10 million football facility.As members of the Big East from 1991-2004 the Owls didn’t record a winning season and went 29-126. In 2004, Temple was expelled from the Big East due to poor performance, attendance and a lack of investment in the program by the university as a whole. The Owls competed as an independent for two years before moving to the Mid-American Conference for the last five seasons.But the dark period in the Big East in the Owls’ history isn’t lost on the current Temple players.“I wouldn’t say burying it would be the best idea. I think we can help use it as motivation,” Owls kick and punter Brandon McManus said. “ … We’re excited to try and make Philadelphia a college football town.”Big East looks to prove itself nationally West Virginia is gone, and Syracuse and Pittsburgh are leaving after this season.Houston, Southern Methodist, Central Florida, Memphis, Boise State and San Diego State are set to join in their place with the latter two doing so on a football-only basis. Navy is scheduled to do the same in 2015.But Tuesday, coaches and officials focused on the season when talking about the strength of the conference on the national landscape.“By any objective criteria you choose the Big East has been, is today and will continue to be one of the top conferences in the nation,” said Nick Carparelli, senior associate commissioner of the Big East. “ … There is nothing in this sport that can be done in any other league that can’t also be done in the Big East.”The league also announced a marketing plan to better brand the league in years to come. Details of the plan were not released.In the past two seasons of Big East play, five different programs have earned a share of the conference title. In 2010, it was Connecticut, Pittsburgh and West Virginia. Cincinnati, Louisville and West Virginia did the same last season.“I think you’re going to find out in the next year and many years to come that we’re a player on the national scene,” Cincinnati head coach Butch Jones said of the Big East. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more