The European Union has formally approved €2.5 million for the international project seeking to develop a standardized model for the renewables-based decentralized hybrid energy systems for remote off-grid communities.The funding to be delivered through Interreg North-West Europe (NWE) program, part of the European Regional Development Fund, represents 60% of the €4.2 million total project budget.The Low Carbon Off-grid Communities (LOGiC) project will incorporate decentralized hybrid energy systems combining different types of renewables, such as tidal, wind and solar PV with each other as well as with battery storage.Three remote areas, including Texel Island in the Netherlands, Orkney Islands in the United Kingdom, and Gimbweiler in Germany, will act as the pilot locations and real-life testing grounds for the new hybrid energy systems.The decentralized hybrid renewable energy systems are expected to lead to a reduction in carbon emissions and help provide a reliable and local power supply for remote local communities.Thijs Pennink, Director of the Dutch Regional Development Agency North Holland North (NHN) which is leading the project, said: “The combination of different energy generators in one system on this scale has not been shown before in North-West Europe. The project fits perfectly with the ambitions of the North Holland North region to contribute to the acceleration of the energy transition.”Hans van Breugel, CEO of Dutch tidal turbine manufacturer and project development company, Tocardo International, which is also one of the partners in the project, said the LOGiC initiative presents an opportunity for the company to install a tidal turbine in combination with sun, wind and storage in smart energy networks.Aside from NHN and Tocardo, seven other partners will work together on this project, including Hochschule Trier IfaS; Stichting Offgrid Test Centre; les îles du Ponant; Aquatera; Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE); Verbandsgemeinde Birkenfeld, and the waterboard Hoogheemraadschap Hollands Noorderkwartier.The LOGiC project will initially last until March 2020 and will aim to gain widespread support in local communities of North-West Europe, as well as backing from politicians, academia and businesses.As an integral part of the project, NHN will therefore launch a ‘Community of Practice’ to collect feedback from all stakeholders and share best practices on decentralized renewable hybrid energy systems, which in turn will be included in the final model developed by the project, the NHN informed.
Our Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: The Lawn Bowling Association, Assam will organize the 7th National and 3rd Under-25 National Lawn Bowls Championships-2019 from February 21. The championship would be held at the Lawn Bowls Green, Sarusajai Sports Complex in the city.Addressing a media gathering, the Working Chairman of Organising Committee Naba Basumatary said, “We have been awarded the Championships after Punjab failed to host it in December. I am thankful to the Bowling Federation of India for reposing faith in us to host the tournament in such a short span of time.”Briefing the media about the Championships Organising Committee Secretary, Pranab Barman said about 156 players and 20 team officials from 13 Lawn Bowls playing states of India will participate in the tournaments. He also said that a strong team, comprising mostly India internationals, will represent Assam in the championships.Also Read: LOCAL SPORTS
Source: Punch RelatedFIBA Hands Nigeria November 30 UltimatumJuly 28, 2017In “Sports”NBBF Crisis: FIBA Backs Musa Kida-led Board AgainMay 30, 2018In “BasketBall”FIBA Communique Provides Temporary Relief To Basketball StakeholdersJuly 26, 2017In “Sports” The leadership tussle that has engulfed the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) has no end in sight after the meeting initiated by the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) to put an end to the crisis ended in deadlock.The leadership tussle started after Tijani Umar, the winner of the purported NBBF presidential poll in Kano on June 12, failed to acknowledge the presidential election conducted by the NOC cum the Federal Government and won by Musa Kida. The election took place in Abuja on June 13.The leadership impasse prompted the International Basketball Federation to intervene in July and issue Nigeria with a November 30 ultimatum to resolve the situation or face sanctions.This was contained in a letter addressed to both Kida and Umar with the international body pointing out that its channel of communication will be with the Kida-led board until November 30.The body’s Secretary-General Patrick Baumann through the letter said: “In the event that a solution is not found, regardless of any sanctions, FIBA will appoint a task force that will take any appropriate measure(s) in the interests of basketball in Nigeria.”With the ultimatum already on the horizon, stakeholders have reportedly been trying to put an end to the 5-month old crisis in a bid to avoid sanctions.While confirming that the NOC meeting to put an end to the crisis took place in Abuja, the spokesman for the Olympic body, Tony Ubani, also revealed that the meeting was with the leaders of both factions and that it ended in a deadlock.In his words, Ubani said: “The meeting ended in stalemate.”“While Kida is holding on to his mandate, Umar is insistent on a new election, saying he supports FIBA’s position that the two elections were not carried out in accordance with its statues.” he added.He also pointed out that the NOC decided to give both factions one week to reach an amicable solution and that the body will write to FIBA for an extension to the November 30 deadline.Speaking further, the NOC chief said: “We gave them time to discuss to enable us to resolve the crisis but both groups stuck to their guns.”“We will make further consultations to resolve the matter because we don’t want Nigeria to be banned.” he concluded.