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Planned power plants in Asia likely to face water shortages

Planned power plants in Asia likely to face water shortages

Science
Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Climate activists have raised concerns about the number of power plants planned for development in Asia, but the threat of climate change appears to be just one reason to think twice about building new power plants in the region. According to a new study, water shortages in Asia could make it increasingly difficult to cool new power plants. "One of the impacts of climate change is that the weather is changing, which leads to more extreme events -- more torrential downpours and more droughts," Jeffrey Bielicki, an associate professor of civil engineering and public policy at Ohio State University, said in a news release. "The power plants -- coal, nuclear and natural gas power plants -- require water for cooling, so when you don't have the rain, you don't have the stream...
Thermoelectric device harnesses cold of space to power LED light at night

Thermoelectric device harnesses cold of space to power LED light at night

Science
Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Engineers have developed a thermoelectric device that works in the dark of night, harnessing the cold of space and turning it into electricity to power an LED light. The affordable technology works without any heat inputs. "Remarkably, the device is able to generate electricity at night, when solar cells don't work," Aaswath Raman, an assistant professor of materials science and engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles, said in a news release. "Beyond lighting, we believe this could be a broadly enabling approach to power generation suitable for remote locations, and anywhere where power generation at night is needed." Batteries can be installed on solar cells to store energy harvested during the day for use at night, but the add-on is costly. Otherwise,...
Samaritans criticised over Paddy Power Betfair partnership

Samaritans criticised over Paddy Power Betfair partnership

Health
The charity Samaritans has come in for criticism over its links with the betting company Paddy Power Betfair.Staff at the group chose Samaritans as their Charity of the Year.But critics - including relatives of people with gambling problems who took their own lives - say it is risking its reputation by working with the firm.Both organisations say Samaritans' insight and expertise will help Paddy Power Betfair improve how it helps vulnerable customers.The partnership involves activities such as fundraising, corporate donation and volunteering.Samaritans says it will also help it continue its work "to try to reduce the number of deaths by suicide"."Appalling"But John Myers, who lost his son Ryan five years ago when he took his own ...
National Grid blames lightning strike for huge power cut

National Grid blames lightning strike for huge power cut

Business
By John-Paul Ford Rojas, business reporter National Grid is facing an investigation by Ofgem over a major power cut earlier this month - as it blamed a lightning strike for the outage.The regulator - which has the power to fine firms up to 10% of UK turnover - said it was looking into whether the Grid and other electricity companies breached their licence conditions. Ofgem said it would focus on whether National Grid complied with requirements to hold sufficient backup power as well as how separate generation and distribution companies met their obligations.It announced the investigation at the same time as it published National Grid's interim report into the power failure on 9 August, which left more than a million homes without power ...
Oil tanker at centre of US power struggle departs Gibraltar

Oil tanker at centre of US power struggle departs Gibraltar

World
An Iranian oil tanker detained off Gibraltar early last month left the British territory and was headed through the Mediterranean towards Greece on Monday.Tehran warned any attempt by the US to seize the Adrian Darya 1 again would be met with "heavy consequences". The vessel, previously known as the Grace 1, left anchorage off the British territory at around 11pm local time on Sunday, Refinitiv shipping data showed.The tanker slowly steered southeast toward a narrow stretch of international waters separating Morocco and the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula.Its destination was not immediately clear, but tracking data suggested it was travelling in the direction of Kalamata in Greece. Advertisement ...