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The agreement will establish a deeper partnership between the two companies with years of experience developing innovative HIL solutions. NI and OPAL-RT plan to deliver powerful FPGA-based solutions that combine NI's flexible and open test platform with OPAL-RT's expertise in high-fidelity power electronics modeling and deployment. NI and OPAL-RT's combined technologies are designed to help customers increase productivity and drive rapid innovation through an efficient workflow built on an open and customizable platform.
"Through this strategic partnership, we will strive to solidify the workflow for test departments to validate today's EV powertrain while we deliver a flexible approach to meet the rapidly changing and high-performance needs of the future," said Chad Chesney, vice president and general manager of the NI Transportation Business. "We believe our combined strengths can provide customers with an innovative test solution that enhances their flexibility and helps them build advanced test competencies on a common platform to generate a competitive advantage for their organizations."
Jean Belanger, CTO and CEO of OPAL-RT, said, "We are very pleased to announce this strategic partnership with NI. We believe this collaboration enables us to develop an end-to-end solution covering the full HIL automotive spectrum, and it offers our clients an economical, modular and scalable solution. The partnership facilitates the development of FPGA-based electrical solvers on popular NI hardware platforms, such as PXI and CompactRIO, which enables us to maintain our focus on cutting-edge HIL technologies."
HIL simulation is well suited for the challenges of developing and testing complex electric drivetrains in electric and hybrid vehicles as well as autonomous transportation systems. It can support test scenarios that are too costly, time consuming or dangerous to test in the real world. It can also enable developers to build a comprehensive database of test results under a well-defined combination of corner case conditions.
Though electric and hybrid-electric vehicles are delivering new levels of versatility and economy, the interactions between electric, electronic and mechanical components are growing more complex and creating problems that are difficult to identify or analyze using traditional test methodologies. Many of these issues can be addressed with real-time HIL simulation. The technology that the NI and OPAL-RT strategic partnership will produce is expected to enable powerful solutions to help customers reduce their electric vehicle test development times, resulting in shorter design cycles and time to market.
NI (ni.com) develops high-performance automated test and automated measurement systems to help you solve your engineering challenges now and into the future. Our open, software-defined platform uses modular hardware and an expansive ecosystem to help you turn powerful possibilities into real solutions.
About OPAL-RT TECHNOLOGIES
Established in 1997, OPAL-RT Technologies develops and markets high-performance real-time simulators used by universities, research centers and large corporations working in the automotive, aerospace, power electronics and power grid industries. Over the years, OPAL-RT has taken its place as a world leader in real-time simulation of electromagnetic systems by providing powerful simulation systems that allow users to develop or test their products or designs in a safe environment. OPAL-RT has offices in France, Germany, India, China and the United States. www.opal-rt.com/ni
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The World Superyacht Awards Gala, organized by Boat International Media, took place in the heart of London, in Old Billingsgate. Nearly 600 guests including superyacht Owners, designers, and builders were on hand for the dinner/ awards event.
Black Pearl, measuring 106.7-meters in length, is not only the world's largest private sailing yacht, she also has many unique and innovative features such as a state- of –the- art Dynarig sailing system, single- level engine room, and a hybrid propulsion installation with a high capacity battery bank allowing for a regeneration mode when under sail. With Exterior Design by Ken Freivokh and Nuvolari Lenard, Interior Design by Gerard Villate and Nuvolari Lenard and naval architecture by Dykstra Naval Architects/ Oceanco, Black Pearl is both stunningly beautiful and a technological tour de force.
The 90-meter motoryacht DAR, with edgy exterior styling by DeBasto Design has an unprecedented —nearly 24 tons and 400m2 of exterior glass. Her detailed interior by Nuvolari Lenard works well with the exterior by taking advantage of the extraordinary floor-to-ceiling views from nearly everywhere on board. In addition to head-turning aesthetics and advanced technology, DAR is the first yacht to ever achieve the Lloyd's Integrated Bridge System (IBS) notation.
"We are thankful to all of the team members and myriad individuals responsible for the execution of both of these yachts," says Marcel Onkenhout, CEO of Oceanco. "Moreover, we are thankful for the trust given to us by the Owners of Black Pearl and DAR to build the extraordinary yachts that they envisioned."
ANN ARBOR, Mich., May 19, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- SkySpecs, leading provider of digital and robotic operations & maintenance solutions for the wind energy industry, is excited to announce that Dr. Kyle Wetzel of Wetzel Wind Energy Services will be joining their team as the Vice President of Blade Services. Wetzel brings decades of industry expertise to SkySpecs, and will play a critical role in providing customers end-to-end O&M solutions. SkySpecs is also actively expanding the capabilities of Horizon, its asset performance management software, to help customers plan and manage operations over the full lifespan of a wind fleet. Digitization of O&M is a priority for the wind industry and SkySpecs is building the next-generation tools and services to make data-driven decisions an industry standard.
"Adding Kyle to our growing team of industry experts was a no-brainer," said Danny Ellis, SkySpecs' CEO. "Kyle's track record in the wind industry is extensive. We've worked with him on many initiatives in the past, and now we will be able to build out far more comprehensive solutions for our customers. Specifically, adding Kyle's expertise in failure analysis and repair methodologies will expand our predictive maintenance solutions. We are thrilled to welcome him to the team."
SkySpecs entered the market in 2017 as an automated inspection provider using fully-autonomous drones to collect wind turbine blade data. Having inspected over 25 gigawatts on more than 400 wind farms in 13 countries within the last 24 months, the shift to provide full-wrap business solutions for the industry is a clear next step. Employing experts in multiple areas of the industry, developing Horizon, and expanding its engineering services department, the company is poised for another round of rapid growth.
"SkySpecs and Wetzel Wind found ourselves offering complementary services to the same clients," said Dr. Wetzel. "We recognize that combining our services creates added value for our customers by allowing them to contract with one company to seamlessly manage all of their blade O&M needs. The decision to merge my engineering services with SkySpecs after 18 years in business for myself, is a statement of how impressed I am with SkySpecs."
Adding additional experts and services to their expanding menu of capabilities is at the forefront of SkySpecs' plans for the remainder of 2019 and beyond. Among these services:
- End-to-end blade asset performance management
- Digitization of wind farm operations and repair workflows
- On-site failure analysis, planning, and mitigation
- Full-scope repair planning and vendor management
- Assessment, quality, and control
Dr. Wetzel brings 26 years of experience engineering state-of-the-art energy, aerospace, and defense systems. He is considered one of the international wind industry's leading experts on blade design, manufacturing, and maintenance. Prior to joining SkySpecs, he has provided consulting services to more than 100 clients on four continents.
Visit SkySpecs and Kyle Wetzel at AWEA WINDPOWER convention in Houston, May 20 – 23, 2019, Booth #3821 to learn more about their expanded wind farm O&M and performance management offerings.
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NEW YORK, May 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Two power players from the world of retail real estate have joined forces to launch Odyssey Retail Advisors LLC, serving an expanding roster of luxury and lifestyle tenants and developer/landlord clientele. Richard Johnson and Charlie Koniver announced that they have partnered in the new firm, which is an expansion and rebranding of Johnson Retail RE Consulting Inc. Both had formerly worked in real estate for Kering, the global luxury group.
The unified team of advisors brings extensive analytical and planning experience, insight and networks in the upscale retail space, having worked in-house for a diverse group of prestigious brands as well as consulting for tenants, landlords, and developers.
An attorney and member of the New York State Bar, Johnson created Odyssey's forerunner, Johnson Retail, whose clients have included Crown Acquisitions/Wynn Las Vegas, Boston Seaport, Burberry, Stella McCartney, Sergio Rossi, and Clarins. Johnson had served as Kering's head of real estate for the Americas, where he performed site selection, market research and negotiation for the entire portfolio of brands, including Gucci, Balenciaga, Saint Laurent, Volcom, and Puma.
Koniver previously collaborated with Johnson at Kering, as a real estate specialist for the Americas. Together, they helped formulate, implement and execute the brands' real estate strategies across North and South America. Koniver then went on to initiate the internal real estate program at Richemont, where he provided services to brands such as Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Montblanc, Chloé, and others.
"Charlie understands retail from the inside out, having worked with some of the world's most successful brands," said Johnson, managing director and partner, Odyssey Retail Advisors.
"This partnership allows us to combine years of operational experience and superior business analytics with the legal expertise that helps clients thrive in a constantly evolving business environment. We intimately understand the big picture because we also create it."
Koniver, partner, Odyssey, added, "Our firm is uniquely equipped to set strategy for brands, while also identifying new opportunities through our global connections. Odyssey's skill and value lies in comprehensive planning and assessment of real estate, while also maximizing efficiencies, to ensure the optimal outcome for our clients at various stages of a brand's growth cycle. With the constant evolution of the retail environment, Odyssey manages existing lease portfolios, offering strategic insider guidance that goes well beyond transactional-thinking."
In addition, Daniel Lewis has joined the Odyssey team as vice president. Previously, Lewis implemented multiple large-scale projects at Michael Kors in a planning and allocation role. He then focused on tenant and landlord leasing representation at GLA Real Estate, where projects included the Atlanta Braves' mixed-use, ground-up development, The Battery Atlanta.
Odyssey Retail Advisors offers a suite of services tailored to deliver every business objective efficiently and effectively. Services include:
- Strategic Planning – comprehensive planning and assessment of real estate to develop roadmaps for growth.
- Site Identification and Market Analysis – matching luxury and lifestyle retailers with the most optimal space in light of business needs and objectives.
- Project Services – planning, merchandising and leasing of projects for landlords/developers.
- Financial Evaluation – establishing a plan for locations and developing budgets based on plans, including capital considerations.
- Negotiation – utilizing experience as both retailers and attorneys to understand the legal as well as economic and non-economic provisions which impact a lease.
- Portfolio Maintenance – Developing strategies for delivering optimal return on investment by highlighting possible synergies and identifying unnecessary costs.
- Restructuring & Portfolio Optimization – Working with retailers to enhance performance at lower performing locations and advise on critical decisions.
About Odyssey Retail Advisors
Odyssey Retail Advisors LLC (www.odysseyretailadvisors.com), headquartered at 888 Seventh Avenue in New York City, is a leading retail real estate advisory firm that represents premier global retailers as well as major developers and landlords. Services encompass strategic planning, site identification, in-depth market analysis and project planning, financial evaluation, negotiation, construction and design facilitation, portfolio optimization, and restructuring.
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LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The global material handling equipment market in the biomass power plant is expected to post a CAGR of more than 7% during the period 2019-2023, according to the latest market research report by Technavio.
A key factor driving the growth of the global material handling equipment market is the conversion of coal power plants into biomass power plants. Coal has been the dominant source of electricity generation for several decades. It plays an important role in meeting the electricity requirements of most of the industrialized economies. However, the global rise in coal power generation has led to a proportional increase in emission caused by coal power plants. As a result, several countries are shifting their focus from using coal to an alternative energy source such as biomass. It is a carbon neutral fuel as CO2 released by the emission of biomass is readily absorbed by plants. Thus, it has no net effect on the CO2 concentration of the atmosphere. This conversion of coal power plants into biomass power plants will increase the demand for material handling equipment during the forecast period.
As per Technavio, the increasing requirement of managing municipal solid waste will have a positive impact on the market and contribute to its growth significantly over the forecast period. This global material handling equipment market in biomass power plant 2019-2023 research report also analyzes other important trends and market drivers that will affect market growth over 2019-2023.
Global material handling equipment market in biomass power plant: Increasing requirement of managing municipal solid waste
With the rapid urbanization and the rise in disposable income, the consumption of goods and services is increasing significantly, which drives waste generation. There are several ways of disposing of municipal solid waste (MSW) such as landfilling and open burning, but these methods contribute to significant environmental impact. Thus, efficient management of MSW is essential to achieve sustainable economic growth. WTE power plants can help efficient management of MSW that contains biomass matter such as paper, cardboard, food waste, grass clippings, leaves, wood, and leather products.
“Apart from the increasing requirement of managing municipal solid waste, factors such as the emergence of competing end-user industries for biomass, and the growing activisms against biomass power generation will have a significant impact on the growth of the material handling equipment market in biomass power plant during the forecast period,” says a senior research analyst at Technavio.
Global material handling equipment market in biomass power plant: Segmentation analysis
This market research report segments the global material handling equipment market in biomass power plant by product (digestors, feeder systems, silos and storage tanks, chippers, and grinders) and geographic regions (Europe, APAC, North America, South America, and MEA).
The European region led the market in 2018, followed by APAC, North America, South America, and MEA respectively. However, the APAC region is expected to surpass Europe, in terms of market share during the forecast period. This region has a very high biomass potential as it consists of several agriculture-dependent nations. This leads to the generation of huge quantities of waste from the agriculture sector and is expected to generate a significant amount of biomass electricity. Furthermore, the region has significant potential for biomass generation through effective disposal and processing of MSW waste by WTE plants.
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ATLANTA, May 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- PowerSecure, Inc., a subsidiary of Southern Company, announced an agreement with Compass Energy Platform, LLC (Compass), a new joint venture formed by Navigant and InfraRed Capital Partners.
As an implementation service provider for the local energy project development and finance platform, PowerSecure will develop microgrid solutions for Compass on jointly developed projects. This includes designing, engineering and executing Compass' microgrids needs, as well as operation and maintenance of the units once in service.
"As the nation's leading provider of microgrids, PowerSecure is excited to help assist cities and energy companies build more sustainable and resilient energy solutions," said Eric Dupont, chief commercial officer for PowerSecure. "Moreover, combining the expertise of so many in the energy infrastructure space will make the development, execution and financing of local energy solutions that much easier."
Purchased by Southern Company in 2016, PowerSecure is the largest commercial microgrid developer in the U.S.
PowerSecure, a Southern Company subsidiary, is a leading provider of innovative energy solutions to electric utilities and their industrial, institutional, and commercial customers. PowerSecure provides energy solutions in the following areas: distributed generation, energy storage and renewables, energy efficiency and utility infrastructure. The company is a pioneer in developing distributed power systems and the integration of distributed energy resources in a sophisticated microgrid. This includes the ability to forecast electricity demand and optimize the deployment of the systems, provides utilities with dedicated electric capacity to utilize for grid resiliency, provides customers with the most reliable power in the industry, and optimizes the value streams to the utility and its customers from the distributed energy resources. PowerSecure has installed and controls over 2-gigawatts of distributed generation systems across the U.S.
About Southern Company
Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is a leading energy company serving 9 million customers through its subsidiaries. The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric operating companies in three states, natural gas distribution companies in four states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America, a leading distributed energy infrastructure company, a fiber optics network and telecommunications services. Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices below the national average. For more than a century, we have been building the future of energy and developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, advanced carbon capture technologies, natural gas, renewables, energy efficiency and storage technology. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation and a low-carbon future, Southern Company and its subsidiaries develop the customized energy solutions our customers and communities require to drive growth and prosperity. Our uncompromising values ensure we put the needs of those we serve at the center of everything we do and govern our business to the benefit of our world. Our corporate culture and hiring practices have been recognized nationally by the U.S. Department of Defense, G.I. Jobs magazine, DiversityInc, Black Enterprise, Forbes and the Women's Choice Award. To learn more, visit www.southerncompany.com.
About Compass Energy Platform LLC
Compass Energy Platform, LLC is a development and financing platform designed to help cities prepare for the future through district-scale energy projects that increase environmental and economic resilience. Compass develops and finance every sort of distributed energy asset – generation technologies, including solar, wind, fuel cells, combined heat & power and batteries, combined with microgrids, district heating and cooling, and other smart city assets. The investment model is based on public/private partnership, and commitment to cities includes investment in schools, hospitals, commercial/industrial entities and other key verticals. Compass was developed by two globally-recognized market leaders – InfraRed Capital Partners and Navigant Consulting – combining InfraRed's energy investment experience with Navigant energy advisory expertise to create a new kind of company, one particularly suited to the opportunities and complexities of 21st century energy infrastructure development.