AEP, Honda join forces to study EV battery reuse FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Daily Energy Insider:Honda joined forces with American Electric Power (AEP) this week on a mission to give new life to used electric vehicle (EV) batteries and to expand EV integration into the power grid.Under the agreement, Honda will take used batteries from its short-lived Fit EV to AEP, which will study how best to integrate those systems into the electric grid. For the Ohio-based utility, it is the latest investigation into the implications of large-scale electrification, as it works to identify the best way to support the emerging mobility system. What AEP learns will be shared with Honda, so they can jointly develop new technology and industry standards for vehicle grid integration.“Together with AEP, we are exploring opportunities to use the 2nd life battery to improve energy security, reduce CO2 and prepare for broad scale electrification of the transportation ecosystem,” Ryan Harty, manager of Connected and Environmental Business at American Honda Motor Co., said. “Neither automakers nor utilities can address these complex technical, policy and business issues alone.”The project aims to address some challenges for the growing EV market. Managing demand will be a part of this, but increased renewable energy incorporation and the use of EV batteries as storage also require large-scale planning. Repurposing used EV batteries as additional power stores factors into this as a way to reduce strain on the power grid.Evenings, for example, could become a source of power spikes, as increasing numbers of drivers charge up after work. Batteries could store energy in anticipation of such moments, bolstering supplies during lower demand hours or when solar and wind are generating the most energy.More: AEP and Honda team up to find new use for old electric vehicle batteries
Rooney produced a moment of magic to put DC up 1-0 at Audi Field with his ninth MLS goal of the season. The former Manchester United and England star spotted Orlando City goalkeeper Brian Rowe off his line to score from well inside his own half.The wonderful goal put DC on track to end a five-match winless run in MLS.Take a bow, @WayneRooney! You are ridiculous. pic.twitter.com/On1oDnp8dX— Major League Soccer (@MLS) June 27, 2019 Wayne Rooney scored from inside his own half with an incredible strike for DC United against Orlando City on Wednesday.
PHILADELPHIA – Combine popular players, big markets, a team on a hot streak and a trio of long-suffering cities desperate for a World Series champion and what do you get? If you’re Major League Baseball, a problem. But at least it’s a good one to have. The traditionally moribund Phillies, the lovable loser Cubs and the sometimes hapless Indians are in the playoffs. So are the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Angels, while the Colorado Rockies are riding a furious late-season rally and flying high off a win in a wild-card tiebreaker. And their merchandise is selling so fast that Major League Baseball is having a hard time keeping up. “I’ve been wanting to get another one for a long time, and this seemed like the perfect time,” Cramer said. Across the street from Coors Field in Denver, the Sportsfan store still hadn’t received Rockies wild card T-shirts or hats. Assistant manager Clayton Reed said the phone had been ringing off the hook from people requesting them. “We’re not used to this stuff in September. We did the last ordering probably about a month or two months ago,” he said. “So, yeah, it’s really hard to keep stuff in here on a constant basis.” At Sports World, across the street from Wrigley Field, sales of Cubs memorabilia were brisk. Employees stuffed division championship T-shirts and hats into priority mail boxes to meet demand from online orders. “Internet sales are through the roof,” said Earl Shaevitz, one of the store owners. “We can’t even keep up with it, selling all over the country and to Europe.” For franchises with traditionally strong sales like the Yankees and Red Sox, that isn’t unusual, according to Mike May, the director of media relations for the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association. But it could get bigger if one of the Cinderella teams wins the Series. “In these other markets – Phillies, Cubs, Rockies – whatever’s not nailed down is going to go,” he said. The Cubs could bring an end to their 99-year title drought and break the Curse of the Billy Goat. In the season they recorded their 10,000th loss, the Phils are trying to win the city’s first major championship since the 76ers won a title in 1983. The Rockies could capture a fairy-tale World Series title after winning 14 of their last 15 games just to make it into the playoffs. And Cleveland has a chance to win its first pro championship since 1964, when the Browns won the NFL Championship. In a year with relatively ho-hum playoffs, MLB might see the postseason produce about 5 percent of its merchandise sales, said MLB official Smith. This year, it could be as high as 20 percent. While the league does not release sales figures, manufacturers reported total sales of MLB merchandise at $3.1 billion in 2005, the last year for which figures were available. That was up from $2.9 billion in 2004, when the Red Sox won the World Series and touched off a buying frenzy that lasted into May, Smith said. May said fans just get swept up in the excitement and have to be a part of it. “When people get caught up in the excitement of a winning team, especially in the case of the Red Sox and White Sox (the 2005 World Series champs), who had not tasted victory in decades, people feel if I don’t buy now, I’ll never get a chance to buy them as a winner, because it may be just as long before they win it again.” Nancy Gehman, a Phillies season-ticket holder since 1994, understands that feeling completely. She has been waiting a long time to see the Phillies get back to the playoffs for the first time since 1993. “It’s been 14 years,” said Gehman, who was buying an NL East champions shirt and two hats. “We enjoyed just coming to the game, even those ones where nobody was in the stands.” She was buying the hats for her daughters, who already had shirts they picked up for a rally on Monday. “They didn’t have a lot of this other stuff yet,” said Gehman, who also wore Phillies “P” earrings. Her husband, Denny, wearing a retro Richie Ashburn jersey, said they had just spent about $110 on their new duds. “But we’re not done yet,” he said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We never give out numbers, but suffice it to say it is at a record pace, for sure,” said Howard Smith, Major League Baseball’s senior vice president of licensing Tuesday. “We’re struggling to keep up with the demand as we speak.” With a regular season that went down to the final weekend – and beyond, in the case of the Rockies, who needed a one-game playoff to win the wild card – the confluence of big markets, rabid fan bases and potential storybook endings is pushing memorabilia sales. The urge to buy was strong in the playoff cities on Wednesday. The Phillies store at Citizens Bank Park was doing brisk business in the hours before the Phillies-Rockies game with lots of fans picking up practically anything bearing the NL East champions logo. Josh Cramer, 25, was buying a Ryan Howard batting-practice jersey to add to his collection. He already owns a Chase Utley road jersey, as well as a Mike Schmidt retro jersey.
The Australian state of Victoria has stopped accepting new applications for nominations for skilled visas so as to “manage current demands,” SBS Punjabi news reported.There was a “very high volume” of applications for visa nominations for skilled migrants, the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources of the state government said in a statement. “To help us manage this demand, and meet our service commitments to you, we are not accepting any new Skilled Nominated visa (subclass 190) or Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass 489) nomination applications at this time,” the statement added.This is a temporary closure as the department is currently assessing applications that it received until May 15 of this year. There may be delays on decisions on these applications as well, it added.The business and investor visa nomination applications will not be affected by this temporary closure.There has been no indication of the time frame that can be expected for the temporary closure of visa nomination applications to be lifted. The department has asked prospective applicants to check its website for information on the reopening of applications in the coming weeks.The government of Queensland has also temporarily suspended issuing of invitations for skilled applications till July 2018. Once the backlog for the applications is cleared, applicants will have to lodge a new Expression of Interest (EOI) in July for skilled state nomination, the Business and Skilled Migration Queensland stated.Australian states and territories run their own migration programs to meet their skill and labor requirements, which in turn, enables them to sponsor applicants for different visa programs such as skilled visas. A visa nomination from a state carries additional points towards an applicant’s eligibility for points-based migration.Meanwhile, Australia’s Home Affairs officials confirmed that the country’s migration intake is well within the 190,000 annual cap, with use of more rigorous visa checks through linked security databases, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. The intake was 183,608 people in the 2016-17 year and stood at 138,086 as of April 30, 2018, top bureaucrats said during Senate estimates hearing on May 22.The 138,086 intake was made up of 91,302 visas in skilled migration, while 44,193 were family visas and 2,591 were children.Visa applications in skilled migration, family and children categories were more complex than they used to be, partly because technology was increasing the amount of international data that could indicate risks to particular applicants, the Home Affairs officials said. “As we connect what were formerly standalone, isolated immigration integrity risk systems to intelligence databases … as you couple more databases onto your checking mechanism, you get more what are known as ‘hits’ in our trade. They have to be resolved,” Michael Pezzullo, head of the Home Affairs department, was quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald. Related ItemsAustraliaQueenslandvictoria