first_imgDuring Peak Hours, Vehicles Could Sell Power to the GridNEWARK, DE — Researchers believe that electric cars may someday feed power to the grid during peak use hours. An East Coast electric utility, PJM Interconnection, is researching the feasibility of bi-directional electric vehicle chargers that let owners of garaged vehicles sell electricity to the grid during hot summer afternoons, when electricity use usually spikes.In theory, a home with net metering and time-of-use billing could recharge a plug-in vehicle cheaply in the middle of the night and sell electricity at a higher rate the following afternoon. A car could even provide emergency power to a house during electricity blackouts.Willet Kempton, a renewable-energy professor at the University of Delaware, is participating in the PJM research project. Kempton drives a Toyota Scion that underwent a $70,000 custom conversion that involved replacing the gasoline engine with electric motors and batteries. The electric car can travel up to 120 miles between charges.Kempton now has a bi-directional charging station at his house. According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, “The battery in this new breed of electric car can both give and receive, taking a charge and then, through the same electrical cord, sending some of its stored energy back to a hungry electricity grid, as needed.”Vehicle-to-Grid is “A Game-Changer”PJM Interconnection is not the first utility to test so-called vehicle-to-grid technology. In California, Pacific Gas and Electric has run similar tests on a modified Toyota Prius. Southern California Edison is studying how many electric vehicles would be required to help the utility shave peak electricity use. Utilities are willing to invest significant sums to help lower late afternoon peak loads, since satisfying these usage spikes is technically difficult and costly. According to Edward Kjaer, Southern California Edison’s director of electric transportation, “Energy storage is not only a nexus between these two titans — the energy and auto industries — it’s a game-changer.”PJM recently sponsored an electric-car conference in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported, “Kempton’s car is a research project owned by the University of Delaware. It’s dubbed the MAGICC car — after the initials of the Mid-Atlantic Grid Interactive Cars Consortium, formed to further develop, test and demonstrate the technology. It was a star at the recent summit, ensconced in a big tent in the parking lot. The car was plugged in and sucking juice. Then, a PJM official sent out a signal from a grid computer just a few feet away, and within a second a nearby meter started spinning backward. The car was giving electricity back.”According to the University of Delaware, “Kempton estimates the value for utilities could be up to $4,000 a year for the service, part of which could be paid to drivers.”Using A Car to Power Your HouseAlthough utility executives may not realize it, today’s vehicle-to-grid vision resembles a scheme developed in the 1970s by Jim Cullen, a California inventor and author who lived in the hills of Mendocino County. Cullen promoted the “Wilderness Home Power System,” a collection of hardware allowing an off-grid homeowner to run an extension cord between a parked car and 12-volt wiring in a backwoods cabin. As long as the car was driven daily to keep the vehicle battery charged, a small amount of electricity could be used each night for lighting, radio, and a small television. Cullen’s system was made obsolete in the 1980s by dropping photovoltaic module prices.last_img read more


first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Brooklyn (20-21) didn’t win its 20th game last season until Feb. 26, also against Chicago. The Bulls (10-30) lost their fourth straight overall and fifth in a row to the Nets.The Nets, who finished 28-54 last season and in 12th place in the East, are in the running for their first playoff berth since 2014-15.“We’ve been playing at a good level,” Russell said. “Just taking care of what we’re supposed to take care of. Giving ourselves a chance when the numbers aren’t in our favor. Our confidence is high.”The Nets made 16 3-pointers. Russell was 6 for 14 from beyond the arc.“They made shots,” Bulls coach Jim Boylen said. “They got to where they wanted to get to. And they made shots. We can’t give up 117 at home.”ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Zach LaVine had 27 points for Chicago and Bobby Portis scored 17 in 20 minutes off the bench after missing seven games with a sprained right ankle. Kris Dunn added 16 points, but the Nets pulled away in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Bulls 29-18.“They hit a lot of 3s, but we played good and we battle them,” LaVine said. “But overall as a team, we’ve just got to be tougher.”Both teams started slowly with the Bulls hitting just one of their first eight shots and the Nets connecting on just three of 10. But with Carroll kicking in nine points, Brooklyn moved ahead 28-21 after the first quarter.The Nets opened a 12-point lead when Russell hit a 3-pointer 58 seconds into the second quarter.Led by energized play from LaVine and Porter, the Bulls roared back to briefly take a one-point lead before the half, then settle for a 55-all tie at halftime.LaVine had 16 points and Portis had nine in the second quarter. LaVine made five straight baskets — four on driving layups, plus a 3-pointer — in a 3 ½-minute stretch to put the Bulls back in the game.Russell had 10 points and Allen had nine at the half, then both kicked into a higher offensive gear to start the third as the Nets pulled out to a another 12-point lead midway through the quarter. Russell hit three straight 3-pointers in 2:31 stretch.The Nets settled for an 88-82 lead entering the fourth quarter, then used a 16-5 run to seal the victory as Russell kept rolling.TIP-INSNets: The Nets recorded their 10th road win, something they didn’t do last season until March 28. . Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (right adductor strain) missed his third straight game. Swingman Allen Crabbe (sore right knee) sat out his 11th. … Before the game, coach Kenny Atkinson attributed Russell’s recent offensive success to “really finding that nice niche between scoring and finding open guys” and “really stepping it up in terms of his pace, his energy, a lot of juice out there.” TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READ Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LATEST STORIES Bulls: LaVine got hit in the groin late in the third period and went to bench, but returned. After the game, he said he was fine. . Boylen said before the game that Portis would be limited to 20 minutes. After the contest, Boylen said that restriction could be lengthened or eliminated based on how Portis feels after practices of the next two days. … G Wayne Selden Jr., acquired by the Bulls in a trade Thursday that sent guard Justin Holiday to Memphis, joined the team and scored one point in a little over three minutes. … The Bulls started their youthful core again, with forwards Chandler Hutchison and Lauri Markkanen, guards LaVine and Dunn and center Wendell Carter, Jr. All were first-round picks. Dunn, who’s 24, is the oldest in the group. Carter is the youngest at 19.UP NEXTNets: At Boston on Monday night in the finale of the three-game road trip.Bulls: At Portland on Wednesday in the opener of a five-game trip.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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(AP Photo/Nuccio DiNuzzo)CHICAGO — D’Angelo Russell is on a roll, and so are the Brooklyn Nets.Russell scored 28 points, DeMarre Carroll had 20 points off the bench and the Nets beat the Chicago Bulls 117-100 on Sunday for their third straight victory.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño View commentslast_img read more


first_imgclemson head coach dabo swinney celebrates during national titleSANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers looks on during warm ups prior to the CFP National Championship against the Alabama Crimson Tide presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)It is a Saturday morning, and while many of us our enjoying the kickoff of the Premiere League, we’re even more pumped that in a few weeks we’ll be watching the end of College GameDay and getting ready to watch football from noon until we can’t keep out eyes open. Clemson is amped up for the start of the season, and dropped a very cool Instagram hype video to celebrate. It’s title? “Soon.” That’s a sentiment we can all get behind. The Tigers open their season with a 12:30 matchup against Wofford on September 5. We’re so close to football season, everyone. Hang in there.last_img read more


Rodjay Burns (29), Jonathon Cooper (18) and Rashod Berry (13) walk out of the endzone after Burns’ rushing touchdown during the first game of the 2016 season against Bowling Green on Sept. 3 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 77-10. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorFor the second time in less than a week, an Ohio State defensive back is transferring out of the program.Sophomore cornerback Rodjay Burns announced on his Instagram account Friday afternoon that he will transfer to Louisville to continue his football career. In the post, the Louisville-native cited his father’s health as the reason he will transfer closer to home.“Hard thought out life decision, and the decision i making for me and my future, I love my brothers at TOSU but i have to further my career elsewhere due to my fathers health, i have to decide to transfer to University of Louisville,” Burns wrote on Instagram. Burns played seven games in his career for the Scarlet and Gray, tallying a single tackle. In his first game playing for the Buckeyes, against Bowling Green, he intercepted a pass and returned it 75 yards for a touchdown.Burns, a late commit in OSU’s 2016 recruiting class, played for Trinity High School in Kentucky. In 2014, his team won its school’s 23rd state championship.On May 9, it was reported that cornerback Joshua Norwood would transfer from the program.Burns is the ninth player to leave the Buckeyes since the end of the 2016 season. Offensive linemen Lisle, Tyler Gerald and Kyle Trout, and wide receivers James Clark, Torrance Gibson and Alex Stump decided to transfer out of OSU while quarterback Stephen Collier announced his retirement in January. read more


Ohio State junior cornerback Denzel Ward (12) sets up prior to a play in the second quarter of the B1G Championship game against Wisconsin on Dec. 2 in Lucas Oil Stadium. Ohio State won 27-21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorFollowing in the footsteps of cornerbacks before him, Ohio State junior cornerback Denzel Ward will enter the 2018 NFL Draft, forgoing his final year of eligibility.Ward made a last-minute decision to sit out the Cotton Bowl and sent out a statement on Twitter that thanked Buckeye Nation for his time at Ohio State.“I had countless conversations with my coaches about this decision well before the game. Though I was deciding not to participate in the bowl game I did not want to leave my teammates and coaches to pursue my dream just yet,” Ward wrote. “I hope everyone can respect my decision and continue to show support.”Ohio State had to replace both starting cornerbacks, Gareon Conley and Marshon Lattimore, from last year’s team because of their early departure for the NFL. Urban Meyer and the defensive coaching staff will be tasked again with replacing a first-round talent on the outside.Ward has arguably been Ohio State’s best defensive player this season and one of the best at his position in the country. The first-year starter led the team with 17 pass breakups and 20 passes defended, which rank X and X respectively in the NCAA. He also picked off two passes during the 2017 season, including one inside the 5-yard line in the Big Ten championship against Wisconsin.Ward was named a 2017 first-team All-American by the Associated Press and many other outlets.Although he wasn’t technically a starter in 2016, Ward played an equal number of snaps as Lattimore and Conley, who were eventually drafted 11th and 24th in the 2017 NFL Draft.Ward is projected as a consensus first-round pick and is listed as the top cornerback and No. 11 overall prospect by ESPN’s Todd McShay.Go bucks! pic.twitter.com/DfBOKYQzhO— Denzel Ward (@denzelward) December 30, 2017 read more