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Mitsubishi Electric Corporation has launched 10.6-inch WXGAcolor TFT-LCD modules equipped with projected capacitive touch panels using cover glass of up to five millimeters in thickness. Sample sales will begin on November30 via Mitsubishi Electric offices worldwide. These new modules are designed to meet increasing industrial demand for thick cover glass and glass that allows operators to wear gloves. They also facilitate multi-touch and accurate sensing even on wet screens. The combination of these cutting-edge touch capabilities and Mitsubishi Electric's TFT-LCD technology are expected to support diverse applications and installation scenarios. The blurb goes . . . 1) Projected capacitive touch panels offering superior operability: thick, five-millimeter cover glass withstands rugged usage; 10-point touch operation for accurate sensing; high-level operability, even when using gloves or on wet screens. 2) Total touch-panel solution: One-stop solution for TFT-LCD, touch panel and touch-control board;- Optional optical bonding(resin bonding of the TFT-LCD module, touch-panel sensor and cover glass for clearer images in bright light; tempered cover glass and anti-reflection/anti-smudge surface treatment for wide-ranging use; factory-installed TFT-LCD, PCAP touch panel, cover glass and touch controller offer superior reliability The company reports capacitive touch is a touchscreen technology that uses two perpendicular layers of conductive material to form a grid. When electric current is applied, a uniform electrostatic field is created. The touch of a finger or other conductive object distorts the field, allowing the system to accurately track movement across the screen at multiple points. This technology is commonly used in smartphones and tablets. The model is mercury-free and fully compliant with the Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS) directive 2011/65/EU. Mitsubishi Electric.

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What's being billed as Alabama's largest solar energy project is opening in northwest Alabama. The River Bend Solar Energy Center was commissioned in Florence on Friday. It has more than 300,000 solar panels that follow the sun each day to maximise energy production. Combined, officials say the panels can provide enough power to run more than 15,000 homes (Ed. In reality about 3000 homes on a 20% production rating). Electricity from the array will go to Tennessee Valley Authority customers under a 20-year deal between the federal utility and developer NextEra Energy Resources. — Associated Press.

 Carbon trading:

Aussie emission fund heading for a ‘close’

The lower number of greenhouse gas emissions reductions contracted by the Australian Clean Energy Regulator indicates proponents ~ particularly high emitting companies ~ are losing interest in the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF), according to Hugh Grossman, executive director of RepuTex.

“Results indicate interest in the ERF has fallen, with low supply and reduced competition leading to a nominal increase in the average price of abatement, in line with our earlier outlook” he said.

According to RepuTex, while land-use projects continue to contract at high levels, industry is yet to engage with the government’s voluntary ERF scheme due to administrative complexity and the low price of carbon on offer.

“The low participation of industry reflects market sentiment,” Mr Grossman said.

“The administrative complexity of the scheme, the diminishing budget and the low price of carbon have dampened interest in the ERF.

“This is unlikely to change until compliance obligations are placed on industry to offset their emissions.”

The final ERF auction is expected to be held in early 2017, with just 17%, or $440m remaining in the government’s initial $2.55bln funding commitment.

No further funding has been allocated to the ERF, with a decision on future funding expected to be wound into the Australian government’s 2017 climate policy review, reporting in November 2017.

“We continue to assume that another small auction will be held in early 2017 which will conclude the first tranche of funding for the ERF,” Mr Grossman said.

“This will bring the scheme to a close for the foreseeable future.”


With the election of Donald Trump as president of the US, the country’s domestic energy policy is poised to witness the reversal of a number of major environmental policies of outgoing President Barack Obama, leaving the renewable energy sector at risk, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData.

The company’s latest analysis states that clean energy investors are worried that the new president will put renewable energy sources in jeopardy by moving away from Obama’s Clean Power Plan and exiting the Paris agreement.

Indeed, a number of US solar companies have already witnessed a decline in stock value, including First Solar and SunPower Corporation, while coal stocks have received a boost.

Previously, GlobalData projected that renewables excluding hydropower would be the fastest growing power source in the US, increasing to an installed capacity of 216GW by 2025, but this is subject to change depending on the new government’s energy policies.

“Obama’s Clean Power Plan was an historic “measure aimed at reducing carbon emissions from power plants and working towards addressing climate change,” Sneha Susan Elias, GlobalData’s Analyst covering Power, explained.

“By stark contrast, Trump has expressed skepticism about climate change and voiced his opposition towards environmental regulation during the election campaign, pledging to exit from the Paris climate change agreement and focus on boosting energy production from coal, oil, and natural gas.

“Trump stated plans to reinforce the US coal, oil, and shale industries, thus leading to oil and gas development on federal lands while stepping up drilling activity in the Atlantic Ocean and other blocked areas.

“The Paris agreement became law on November 4, 2016, prior to the naming of the new US president, and this could make things difficult for Trump’s campaign pledge to revoke the country’s inclusion in the contract.

“While Trump’s plans are potentially harmful to the renewable energy industry, there is no clear picture of his manifesto yet and, since he does not hold any record of public service, uncertainty prevails regarding his policies and their consequences for clean energy, climate, and the environment.”


Texas generates more wind power than any other state in the country. It’s a fact that a lot of people in the state like to crow about, but a new federal review of which states use the most wind as a percentage of their total electricity generation has called that into question. Texas didn’t make the top 10.

According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), Iowa leads the country. Thirty-one percent of the electricity generated there last year came from wind. In Texas, the share is just under 10%, a percentage that puts Texas at around 12th nationally.

“The most important message from this report is that Texas, rather than declaring victory on wind, should recognize that we still have a long way to grow,” said Jeffery Clark after reviewing the report.

People have wondered how much wind can we put on the system and operate the system reliably and affordably,“ he said. “What other states have shown is that you can integrate a lot of wind.“

But, in a way, the report is comparing apples to oranges, said Fred Beach, a professor at UT Austin who studies wind power.

“There’s something skewing this,” he said.

“These [top states] are low-population states, low electricity consumption states and, obviously, they’re windy states.”

Beach says Texas has already shown it can accommodate a greater share of wind on its electric grid, the trick is to look at day-by-day wind power generation, not year-by-year.

“We’ve had days where just at whatever moment wind is providing almost half the electrical power in the state, and there’s no problem,” he said. “It’s not dogs and cats living together, fire falling from the sky, grid’s going away. It’s like ’Oh, sweet! How high can you go?!’”

Regardless of the value of the EIA. ranking, Texas will likely be higher up on the list next year as more wind farms are built.

One of them, run by Amazon, recently broke ground in Scurry County West Texas. It plans to generate enough electricity to power 90,000 homes. — Mose Buchele KUT November 4, 2016


NSW government-owned electricity distributor Essential Energy has been granted permission to slash a minimum of 600 regional jobs across the Australian state following a decision of the full bench of the Fair Work Commission, with forced redundancies expected to commence within weeks.

The decision also removed any restriction of forced job cuts from July 1, 2018, allowing an unlimited number of highly-skilled power workers from rural and regional communities across the state to be axed.

The written decision also revealed Essential Energy management intends to use outsourcing to carry out further cuts, with the company's eventual target seeing in one in every two jobs go, allowing the size of their workforce to be halved to 1600 employees by the 2019 financial year.

The FWC rejected a submission from power unions that no redundancies occur before the Christmas New Year period, allowing Essential Energy to move on redundancies within weeks.

The decision will permit the NSW Government-owned electricity distributor Essential Energy to: - make up to 600 staff forcibly redundant by June 30, 2018;

- have an unlimited number of additional workers leave the company during the same time period if they accept a voluntary redundancies;
- make an unlimited number of staff forcibly redundant from July 1, 2018; and
- replace regional employees with outsourced contractors.

The FWC made the decision despite admitting that its ruling could be expected to have a substantial impact on workers and regional communities. — AAP