Consultants say offshore wind may soon be U.K.’s cheapest renewable resource FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享ReNews:Offshore wind could surpass the onshore sector as the cheapest source of renewable energy in the UK by 2028 without changes to planning regulations, according to new research from consultancy Cornwall Insight.The consultancy bases its analysis on projections for capital costs by technology, fixed and variable operational costs, expected hurdle rates and locational factors, such as transmission losses and connection fees. It also uses the current load factors for offshore wind of 58.4% and 38% for onshore wind.Cornwall Insight said innovations in the offshore sector – such as higher turbines with longer blades – are allowing projects to capture more wind, while planning restrictions on onshore turbine size mean projects cannot take advantage of such improvements.Cornwall Insight senior modeler Tom Edwards said: “The renewable energy market is under a process of transition with onshore wind facing the real prospect of being usurped by its offshore cousin to be the cheapest source of clean power in the not so distance future. Improvements in offshore technology are occurring all the time and for offshore wind increasing the size of turbines is making a significant impact.”With 8MW models currently being deployed, and larger 10MW and 12MW models under development as the technology advances. With these larger economies of scale, it is inevitable that costs will fall.More: Offshore ‘could be cheapest clean power in UK’
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Following a dramatic reversal in their respective fortunes, however, Pardew – whose team host Stoke in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday – is finally working with a player he clearly admires, and he will rely on him to provide his Palace team with the attacking threat they have been missing. “Of course (I thought my chance to work with Adebayor had passed),” Pardew said. “Once a player reaches that level, and they’re bouncing around the big clubs, unless I become the manager of one of those I wasn’t going to see him. “But he’s always been a player that I’ve always thought can disrupt games. He disrupts games, he can create a chaos factor, and you can’t underestimate that in the Premier League. “You need a player who’s got x-factor, and for whatever physical shape he’s in, he will create a moment that could change the game, any game, and that of course is why he’s here.” Adebayor is unlikely to start against Stoke, owing to Pardew’s belief he is short of match fitness having been a free agent for the past five months, and the manager is also without Connor Wickham after the FA suspended him for three games for violent conduct following a recent incident with Tottenham’s Jan Vertonghen. “Connor Wickham’s learned a harsh lesson this week,” Pardew said. “I’ve disciplined him about the incident, that’s not what we do here. And he’s regretful of how it looked, he didn’t mean to catch him quite like that, he was trying to get the guy off who was pulling his shirt. “Nevertheless, he’s learned a tough lesson. Financially it’s going to cost him, and it’s going to cost us: three massive games he misses. “(Stoke) really get it down, have great technical players. Bojan’s been a great player for them, (Marko) Arnautovic has been one of the finds of the season in terms of adapting to the Premier League. “And they’ve always been resilient, they have the characteristics of a Crystal Palace team, defensively: very strong, not much given away, plus the flair in front makes them dangerous opponents.” Press Association Adebayor signed a short-term contract at Palace on Tuesday to finally join Pardew at Palace, 10 years after resisting the manager’s attempts to bring him to West Ham to instead sign for Arsenal, and after he had also considered bringing him to Newcastle. When the striker joined Manchester City from Arsenal in 2009 for £25million, having scored 62 goals for the London club, Pardew had just been appointed Southampton’s manager in League One and his reputation was in decline after an unsucccessful spell at Charlton. Alan Pardew believes Emmanuel Adebayor can provide Crystal Palace with an “x-factor” until the end of the season, and revealed he felt his chance to manage the striker had slipped away.
ESL has partnered with Critical Force from mobile first-person shooter Critical Ops to form a Critical Ops Championship Series. The bulk of the league will take place online starting in May into July, and a LAN finals event is planned for August in Los Angeles. The live event, though, will not be run by ESL. “We want to test our capabilities in an offline environment,” Critical Force Esports Manager Kasperi Kivistö explained to Esports Insider. “That’s why the first Critical Ops live event was a natural step for us. Our goal is to find best two teams from both NA and EU regions and that’s what ESL is going to help us with.” “However, the live event itself is not organised by ESL. We will release more information about the live event as soon as we can.” According to the joint announcement, teams will begin by playing through six open cups run on the ESL Play platform. Eventually, the top teams will face off in a larger tournament to qualify for the live event. Two teams each from North America and Europe will attend the main event, which will have its own prize pool. The open cups will have their own prizes, varying from cash to in-game “weapon cases” used to accessorise characters. They also claim that the rules will be tighter, with use of five-on-five matches and enforcing the limit of a single squad per organization for the duration. This is likely a move towards standardization of rules. This is the first time that a major league organizer on the scale of ESL has helped with the “finals” or primary championships of a mobile-only game. ESL was likely utilised since the company has its own online league infrastructure used for a variety of other games, much like MLG. Esports Insider says: The fact that ESL has decided to work so closely with this game’s developers means that the entertainment company is seriously considering the impact of mobile games on the market. Critical Ops is certainly a flagship competitive game of its platform, and so we’re looking forward to seeing how this tournament turns out.