Alcoa to investigate low emissions alumina

first_imgAlcoa to investigate low emissions alumina Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)On behalf of the Australian Government, the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has today announced $11.3 million in funding to Alcoa of Australia Limited (Alcoa) to demonstrate technology that can electrify the production of steam in its alumina refining process using renewable energy.Australia is the world’s largest exporter of bauxite and one of the largest exporters of alumina accounting for 15% of global alumina refining capacity. Alumina refining is an energy intensive process that uses high pressure steam to produce the heat required to process bauxite into alumina. Alumina can then be converted to aluminum in a smelting process. In 2019, alumina refining accounted for over 14 million tonnes of carbon dioxide in Australia, which represents approximately 24% of Australia’s scope 1 manufacturing emissions.The first-of-its-kind deployment in Australia is planned to be undertaken at Alcoa’s existing alumina refining facility at Wagerup, Western Australia. Approximately 70 per cent of the total fossil fuels consumed in alumina refining relates to the production of steam in boilers. Mechanical Vapour Recompression (MVR) is a potential alternative to produce steam using renewable electricity. MVR recompresses waste steam that would otherwise be exhausted to the atmosphere and recycles it in the refining process. This technology has the potential to improve efficiency, reduce costs and reduce emissions. Alcoa’s main objective for the project, the total cost of which is $28.2 million, is to demonstrate the technical and commercial feasibility of using MVR powered by renewable energy to produce process heat. Stage 1 of the project will investigate the feasibility of integrating MVR at the refinery. If proven feasible, for Stage 2 of the project, Alcoa will deliver a 3 MW MVR module, powered using renewable energy at the Wagerup Alumina Refinery. The Australian Government’s first Low Emissions Technology Statement highlights the importance of developing a low emissions steel and aluminium industry to help reduce emissions and stimulate economic activity. Innovation in metals refining can improve the competitiveness and emissions intensity of Australia’s steel and aluminium production.ARENA CEO Darren Miller said this exciting project was a significant step towards making low emissions alumina, and an important step towards decarbonising metals production. “It’s great to see companies like Alcoa take the initiative to create a pathway to reduce their emissions in what is an energy-intensive hard to abate process.”“This technology represents an opportunity to electrify a refining process that is currently powered by fossil fuels using a renewable solution which addresses our investment priority of helping industry to reduce emissions, as well as the Government’s Technology Investment Roadmap. This is an important step on the pathway towards green aluminium in Australia.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:arena, atmosphere, Australia, Australian, Australian Government, Australian Renewable Energy Agency, carbon dioxide, efficiency, electricity, Government, production, renewable energy, technology, Technology Investment Roadmap, Wagerup, Western Australialast_img read more

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján Honors Vietnam Veterans & Families

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, right, presents Veteran Gregg Giesler of Los Alamos with the Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin to honor his service to the nation. Courtesy photoU.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, left, presents Veteran Dennis Fordham of Los Alamos with the Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin to honor his service to the nation. Courtesy photoU.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, second from left, gathers with veterans and guests Feb. 15 at the American Legion to honor the service and sacrifice of Vietnam veterans and their families. Courtesy photoFrom the Office of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján:U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, participated in events this month across New Mexico’s Third Congressional District honoring the service and sacrifice of Vietnam veterans and their families.At a ceremony Feb. 15 in Los Alamos, Luján presented two local veterans with the Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin to honor their service to the nation:Gregg Giesler; andDennis Fordham.Luján joined Tribal leaders Feb. 17 from Jicarilla Apache Nation for a veteran pinning in Dulce. Five veterans – Charles Davis, Leroy Tecube, Herbert Garcia, Everett Serafin, Wesley Notsinneh, Collins Enjady – were recognized, in addition to 13 families of veterans. Members of  Luján’s team also held a veteran pinning Friday in Questa.The pinning ceremony is part of a national effort to honor Vietnam-era veteran military service members who were on active duty between Nov. 1, 1955 and May 15, 1975. Through this program, Luján has honored more than 245 veterans from New Mexico’s Third Congressional District.“New Mexicans have always answered the call to service, and it’s an honor to recognize veterans and their families for their valor and patriotism in pinning ceremonies across the Third Congressional District. Often times, Vietnam veterans weren’t properly welcomed home following their service, but I am proud to recognize today their bravery to our nation,” Luján said. “Presenting veterans with a token of our country’s gratitude is an important measure, but we can best honor the sacrifice of veterans by fulfilling our commitments to provide the health care and support these courageous individuals have earned through their service.” read more

Gurney’s Hosts Girls Night Out

first_imgThe annual Girls Night Out fundraiser returns to Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa on Friday, November 16. Attendees will don their various hues of pink to promote women supporting women. All proceeds will benefit The Coalition for Women’s Cancers at Southampton Hospital, which helps women affected by breast and gynecological cancers.“Special thanks to Gurney’s and their staff for making Girls Night Out possible. With their help, we are able to lend a helping hand to so many women fighting breast and/or gynecological cancers in our local East End neighborhoods. We are truly blessed to live in a community where so many businesses, practitioners, volunteers, and community members generously support us,” said Susie Barry Roden, president of The Coalition for Women’s Cancers.The volunteer-driven organization provides support for East Enders diagnosed with cancer and their families. CWC empowers women to seek out early detection and aids in an overall improved quality of life for patients. Its programs include recovery services Lend a Helping Hand, Peer to Peer counseling matching survivors to new patients, nutritional programs, support groups through Ellen’s Well, and wellness groups such as yoga and acupuncture circles, in addition to other free services.Guests will enjoy wine and cocktails as they take their chances on raffles. They will delight in passed hors d’oeuvres while relaxing to select spa treatments and psychic readings. Attendees can also dance the night away worry free with Hampton Jitney transportation included in each ticket. There are four stops between Hampton Bays to Gurney’s. For those looking to stay the night, there will be special room rates and the added bonus of 20 percent spa discounts the following day.The event begins at 7 PM. Entry level tickets begin at $45. Support level, at $75, includes a choice of one treatment, and an Empowerment level ticket, at $150, includes a treatment, psychic reading, five raffle tickets, and a gift bag. Learn more about The Coalition for Women’s Cancers at Visit for [email protected] Sharelast_img read more

Supreme Court judge: Prompt action needed on ‘impenetrable mess’ of Welsh law

first_imgLord Justice Lloyd JonesOne cause of impenetrability, Lloyd-Jones said, is that legislation may be amended by both the Westminster Parliament and the National Assembly. For example section 569 of the Education Act 1996 has nine sub-sections – some relating only to England, some to Wales and some to both England and Wales.Confusion is exacerbated by the practice of publishing amendments without their accompanying text. When a statutory provision is amended over and over again, the result is ‘an impenetrable mess’. The result is often so complex that ‘it is barely intelligible to trained lawyers, let alone to laymen and women’. It is not the first time that Lloyd-Jones, the first Welsh judge on the Supreme Court bench, has voiced concern on the topic. In September last year he proposed establishing a new body to coordinate the work of institutions mapping emergent Welsh law. His latest proposal, to the Association of London Welsh Lawyers, goes further. He suggests two alternative approaches to making the law of Wales accessible: consolidation or codification. Consoldiation – drawing together different enactments on the same subject to form a rational structure – would be ‘an undertaking of massive proportions which … would be likely to take a generation to accomplish’. Codification, on the other hand, ‘could confer real benefits within a relatively short term. This ‘much more radical’ approach would involve the National Assembly producing US-style codes enabling all the statute law on a subject to be found in one place. ‘Thereafter any amendment would be by amendment of the code, which would remain an up to date statement of the legislation applicable to the particular field’. Legislation thus drafted would be superior to that produced in Westminster, he said.  Calling for ‘prompt action’, Lloyd-Jones said that ‘this needs to be set in motion soon while the position is still remediable’. Radical steps are essential to deal with the growing inaccessibility of the law in Wales due to the growing divergence between English and Welsh legislation, a Supreme Court justice has said.In a speech published by the judiciary yesterday, Lord Justice Lloyd-Jones, a Welshman and former chair of the Law Commission, said that because of the ‘extensive use’ of law-making powers under the Government of Wales Act 2006, the ‘complexity and inaccessibility of the law are now a huge problem’.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#last_img read more

Westbrook confronts 2 fans at Jazz game, cites racial taunt

first_imgOklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook gets into a heated verbal altercation with fans in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Monday, March 11, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook confronted a man and his wife during a game after the Oklahoma City star says the two racially taunted him.The heated exchange came early in the second quarter of the Thunder’s 98-89 victory over the Utah Jazz on Monday night.Westbrook was on the bench and stood when he heard what the fans said. He said they told him to “get down on my knees like I used to.” After that, Westbrook was seen on video cursing at the man and threatening him and his wife.After the game, Westbrook spoke of verbal abuse he and teammates hear from spectators on the road. Much of it has been directed at their families, according to Westbrook. He said he will no longer tolerate such disrespect.“There’s got to be something done,” Westbrook said. “There’s got to be some consequences for those type of people that come to the game just to say and do whatever they want to say. I don’t think it’s fair to the players.”Westbrook recently objected to a young fan touching him on the sideline during a game.Jazz security repeatedly warned fans in the area, and the team said after the game it will investigate what happened.“Players and fans have a shared responsibility to create a safe and respectful environment,” the team statement said. “If it is determined that any fans violated the NBA code of conduct, appropriate action will be taken.”The fan said in a TV interview neither he nor his wife cursed at Westbrook.Westbrook’s teammates came to his defense following the game. Raymond Felton, who did not play, sat near Westbrook on the bench. Felton confirmed he also heard the taunts.“He’s not coming off and talking to the fans, just saying stuff to them and just blurting out words,” Felton said. “He’s not. They’re coming at him first. When is there going to be a point where there’s going to be protecting those players? People can say whatever what they want to say us during games and yell out stuff and talk about our families and talk about our kids.”Westbrook finished with 23 points, 11 rebounds, and eight assists.___More AP NBA: and read more

The World Cup remains a blot on football’s greatest curriculum

first_img Lionel Messi leaves Kazan without revealing Argentina future 30/06/2018 Ivan San Antonio @sanantheone El Mundial, un borrón en el currículum de Messi A STRANGE BODY  Russia could have seen the last of Lionel Messi in international football. Qatar 2022 is slowly appearing on the horizon and the No.10 will be 35 then. Predicting his evolution is as difficult as thinking that, even if he does play it, something will have changed for him to have a chance to win his first World Cup. Bloody World Cup! What a grotesque way to dirty the greatest curriculum in the game!  Messi, Catalan in Argentina and Argentina in Catalonia, left the pithc at the Kazan Arena with the same face as always, the same one he wore in Germany, South Africa and Brazil. Leo was the youngest Argentina player in 2006, he fought for his place, he earned the captain’s armband, runs everything and should be made to feel at home.  But not. He never felt like he was at home. Messi has never noticed the warmth that he receives at Camp Nou, nor complicity on the pitch from those that have grown along with him. Not once has he flowed in the Argentina shirt as he does in the Barcelona strip. The 10 on his back, the armband or the Argentine passport don’t mean anything. They don’t add anything. The biggest love stories aren’t built on material gifts.  RELATED STORIES Coach Jorge Sampaoli changed his system for the umpteenth time against France. And he could change it as many times as Argentina play games with Messi. There won’t be any improvement. The victories are circumstantial, the same as the losses. The problem is not the set up, nor the players selected. To find the reason why Leo looks like he’s in a strange body when playing for Argentina, you have to rewind 18 years, back to when he was 13, when his destiny changed and football took him to Barcelona. That day, everything changed and Barça’s success would be balanced by Argentina’s failings. Because both things are intimately connected.  LAST WORLD CUP? IN SPORT.ES Upd. on 02/07/2018 at 18:07 CEST How many knocks of this stature is one person — who since he was young has been obliged to win a World Cup — capable of taking? Lionel Messi was born in Rosario, where football is a religion, but he became a man in Barcelona. It was also surrounded by the Mediterranean that he was crowned as the best player in the history of the game, a symbolic prize which is only argued about where he was born. And all because of a tournament that is played every four years, a tournament that is whimsical and unpredictable. The hell Messi has to go through every four years is all because of Diego Maradona and his two goals against England in 1986. Bloody World Cup!  Messi at his most human as Argentina crash out of World Cuplast_img read more

Lang Lang’s day for charity

first_imgThere are days within a local community that bring everyone together and on Saturday at the Lang Lang showgrounds, the…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription. By Hayley Wildes last_img