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Tesla testing novel community storage initiative in Western Australia

first_imgTesla testing novel community storage initiative in Western Australia FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Ars Technica:A community storage pilot project using Tesla batteries went live this week in Western Australia, three months ahead of schedule. The 105KW/420KWh pooled storage will act as a sort of locker for excess power produced by homes with solar panels.The project is an unusual one because it pools battery capacity for homes with solar panels. It was funded by energy company Synergy and government-owned Western Power, which sought 52 customers with solar panels on their homes as participants. The 52 shares of the project were snapped up in two weeks, far more quickly than expected, which accelerated the project’s timeline.Participants will each be allotted 8kWh of storage, which they will “fill” with excess power created by their rooftop solar panels during the day. (This is in theory, of course. Solar-generated electricity can flow back onto the grid, but there’s no guarantee that the battery will be charged with solar-generated electrons.) In the evening, customers will “be able to draw electricity back from the PowerBank during peak time without having to outlay upfront costs for a behind-the-meter battery storage system,” says a press release from the government of Western Australia.The model is similar to that of community solar projects, which have become popular in the US. Rather than spend money on expensive solar panels (or batteries, in this case), homeowners can opt in to a collective project. A managing company will put up the upfront costs and collect payment in installations. The Western Australian community battery project will cost participants AUD$1 (USD$0.73) per day for 24 months, although the participants will be able to opt out of the program at any time. Still, if a customer would normally buy electricity from Western Power in the evening after the sun goes down, participating in a program like this should save them money.More: Tesla battery will power unusual community storage project in Western Australialast_img read more

Fiction but Fact: A series made up of unfortunate yet surprisingly fortunate events

first_img“At times the world may seem an unfriendly and sinister place, but believe that there is much more good in it than bad,” Violet narrates. “All you have to do is look hard enough. And what might seem to be a series of unfortunate events may in fact be the first steps of a journey.”  Since my last article for this column was published, not once did I imagine that I would write this latest piece at the desk in my childhood home drinking a homemade iced matcha latte. But after Billie Eilish announced she’s postponing her tour and the NBA suspended its 2020 season, here we are right? All that’s happened these past few weeks just goes to show how fast circumstances can change. And despite how scary that might be, it’s OK. We will tackle whatever comes our way, just like the Baudelaire children did in “A Series of Unfortunate Events.”  Lemony Snicket’s 13 novels follow the tragic tales of the three orphaned Baudelaire children Violet, Klaus and Sunny. Though they aren’t challenged by the onset of a deadly virus, they instead must grapple with their parents’ sudden death. After their parents die in a fire that destroys the family’s home, the siblings discover a letter addressed to them by their mother and father among the debris.  (Kevin Yin | Daily Trojan) As evident by the emails rolling in from the Office of the Provost, USC Housing, professors and club presidents, the second semester of my first year here at USC has taken a 180 degree turn. From moving out most of my belongings from my dorm room to canceling my flight to New York (goodbye Spring Break 2020), my anxiety has slowly begun to swallow me whole. What seemed distant and unconcerning to me and my fellow Trojans became a prevailing obstacle to the whole country. Named a pandemic by the World Health Organization, the coronavirus has become an international crisis affecting millions.  Yet with this tragedy, I urge you all to keep your spirits up. From having to escape the cruelty of Count Olaf, to witnessing their Aunt Josephine fall out of a large window and to encountering another tragic fire, the three Baudelaire children face the unimaginable at the turn of every page in the series. Having their fair share of near-death experiences, these children are the very definition of perseverance. In stark contrast, we have it much easier. All we need to do is practice social distancing and stay at home during this quarantine.  If the past two weeks haven’t been a series of unfortunate events, then I really don’t know what is. If the Baudelaire children could push through and survive the worst of circumstances, I believe that we are all capable of navigating through these trying times. So trust me when I say that we are all going to get through this rough, trying experience. We will take it one day at a time. center_img Fortunately, I promise you that together, we will endure this series of unfortunate events.  This is not the end of the world.  In the meantime, take advantage of the isolation and give yourself the much needed time for introspection. The extra time that we seem to have on our hands is a blessing in disguise. It gives us the opportunity to grow in our relationships with not only others, but ourselves. It reminds us that after every difficulty, there will be peace and comfort. It teaches us to be patient.  Her parents’ emphasis on seeing the best in the worst speaks greatly on the current global situation. As governments, doctors and organizations fight against the coronavirus, we must not forget that through this adversity we will emerge whole and tenacious. Similar to the way the outbreak of the virus has altered people’s lives in the span of days, the death of the Baudelaire children’s parents changed their lives forever. At the ages of just 14, 12 and possibly 1 (although undetermined), Violet, Klaus and Sunny are forced to navigate the ups and downs of the real world. The uncertainty of a promising future adds to their strenuous battle as they get passed around from relative to relative in each sequential book.  Before delving into their story, I want to iterate that in no way do I intend to belittle the current situation and the threat the coronavirus poses to society. I extend my personal sorrows and love to those suffering in any way because of it. With China in the process of healing, Italy deep in the trenches attempting to decrease the death toll and the United States in the midst of policy uncertainty, countries around the world are uniting in the hope of alleviating the global health crisis.   Aisha Patel is a freshman  writing about fiction in parallel to current events. Her column, “Fiction but Fact,” runs every other Wednesday.last_img read more

Mike D’Antoni provided support for Lakers’ Nick Young during struggles

first_imgHOUSTON >> Through shooting slumps and diminished roles the previous two years, Lakers guard Nick Young relied on a key person for support.Amid clashes with former Lakers coach Byron Scott and annoying Kobe Bryant, Young turned to someone that Scott and Bryant had criticized.“It’s been good,” Young said of his talks with former Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni. “When I wasn’t doing too well, he was texting me.”D’Antoni said he “mostly touched base just to keep his head up.” Before the Lakers played Houston on Wednesday at Toyota Center, the Rockets coach also expressed sympathy for Young sitting the past week with a strained calf muscle in his right leg. Before, Young had averaged 13.3 points on 45.5 percent shooting under Lakers coach Luke Walton. “He’s a force on the floor. The biggest thing is he’s really into playing defense,” D’Antoni said. “He has unbelievable talent. It’s unfortunate he hit a little bit of a snag.”That might end soon. Young targeted his return for Monday’s game in Sacramento, though the Lakers reiterated his timetable depends on how his body responds in practice. Once he returns, though, Young anticipated he will play the same way he has under Walton and D’Antoni. Then, Young averaged 17.9 points on 43.5 percent shooting in the 2013-14 season. The Lakers then resigned Young to a four-year, $21 million deal.“He was a great coach,” Young said of D’Antoni. “The atmosphere was good for the players. He wasn’t too hard on guys.”The Lakers and D’Antoni parted ways after finishing 67-87 through two seasons full of injuries, mixed player support for his fast-paced system and poor defensive performances. But Young represented one of D’Antoni’s pleasant memories with the Lakers. D’Antoni called Young “very coachable” and “one of my favorite players.”“I liked his energy in practice, the games and in the locker room,” D’Antoni said. “There’s nothing about Nick I don’t like.” Scott hardly described Young that way. The two clashed over Young’s performances, personality and role. Meanwhile, Young averaged 13.4 points on 36.6 percent shooting in 2014-15 and a career-low 7.3 points on 33.9 percent shooting in 2015-16.“Every player needs confidence and somebody to believe in him,” D’Antoni said. “They all have talent. So it’s a matter of getting him in the right spot.”That included Young taking a charge, though D’Antoni joked “he was trying to get out of the way.”“It’s all about confidence; he was great with doing that,” Young said of D’Antoni. “He talked to me and let me feel like I’m a part of the team. He let me play without looking over my shoulders.”Thoughts and prayersWalton opened his pre-game press conference offering prayers and condolences to the family of D-Fenders video coordinator Adam Cave. Walton said the 22-year-old Cave died in a motorcycle accident.“I really enjoyed the few months I got to know him and he always had a smile on his face,” Walton said. “It’s really sad someone that young, that promising and that likeable is gone right now.”Before working as the D-Fenders’ video coordinator since Sept. 2016, Cave was a student assistant coach and video coordinator for the Pomona-Pitzer men’s basketball team. He previously interned with the Clippers and Sparks.In a statement, D-Fenders president Joey Buss praised Cave for his “energy, positivity and passion for this organization.” Buss also described Cave as “a favorite among our coaches, players and staff.“Adam came to work each day with the goal of making this team the best that it could be, and that is a lesson that won’t be forgotten with his passing,” Buss said. “We consider ourselves lucky to have known Adam.”Staff Writer Bill Oram contributed to this report.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more