News story: £30 million investment in revolutionary V2G technologies

first_imgDan Bentham, Head of R&D, Smart Customers, EDF Energy said: As the number of electric vehicles grows and their battery capabilities increase, there is a huge opportunity for them to make a significant contribution to a smart grid. These projects are at the cutting edge of their field. Just like the visionary designs of Brunel and Stephenson in transport, they could revolutionise the ways in which we store and manage electricity, both now and in the future. Business Minister Richard Harrington said: The UK’s automotive industry is a great British success story, and as set out in our ambitious Industrial Strategy we are determined to lead the way in innovative, low-emission vehicle production. We have shown that growing the economy while cutting emissions, can, and should, go hand in hand. Vehicle-to-grid technology provides another opportunity for the UK to showcase to the world our leading expertise in game-changing automotive and low carbon technologies. Electric vehicles will play an important role in the future of UK energy and its economy. They will have a beneficial impact on the environment by reducing emissions and improving air quality. Through our research, EDF Energy will use new technologies, business models and smart systems to make low carbon transport, and the infrastructure and market conditions needed for its success, a reality. New technology which will unlock the potential for electric vehicles to help power people’s homes is being boosted by almost £30 million in government funding.Through the Industrial Strategy the government is committed to becoming a world leader in shaping the future of mobility and in the design and development of the clean technologies of the future. This investment will help deliver on that ambition, supporting vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technologies that could enable electric cars and other vehicles to deliver electricity back to the smart grid, to light homes and power businesses.The funding has been awarded to 21 V2G projects, to pay for research and design and development, with the aim of exploring and trialling both the technology itself and commercial opportunities.These schemes, including EDF Energy’s V2GO scheme, will demonstrate how energy stored in electric vehicle batteries could be borrowed by the electricity system during peak hours, before being recharged during the off-peak in time for their drivers to set off on their next journey.Case studyUsing electric vehicles in dense urban areas like Oxford will significantly reduce local emissions and improve air quality, boosting the quality of life for residents and benefitting businesses. Led by EDF Energy R&D UK, the ‘V2GO’ is a large scale demonstration of V2G charging in Oxford using 100 electric fleet vehicles (cars and vans) from a number of organisations including several delivery and taxi companies.The project will develop, trial and evaluate potential business models for fleet operators’ use of electric vehicles and their suitability for vehicle to grid (V2G) charging.The consortium is made up of 8 organisations with expertise in energy and power markets and systems, fleet operation value chains and electric mobility: EDF Energy R&D UK, University of Oxford, Oxfordshire County Council, Arrival, EO Charging, Upside Energy, and Fleet Innovation.At the same time these electric vehicles will provide a cleaner alternative to many of the fleet vehicles operated in UK cities, including Royal Mail vans, and Addison Lee taxis.Transport Minister, Jesse Norman said: Media enquiries The investment will help deliver on the government’s ambition, set out in the recently published Automotive Sector Deal , to be at the forefront of low-emission and electric vehicle production, powering the next generation of innovative, environmentally-friendly vehicles.The competition for government funding, run by Innovate UK, saw a host of winners including SSE Services, Nissan, OVO Energy, Octopus Energy, Cisco, Flexisolar and AT Kearney.Innovate UK recently concluded the assessment process, with OLEV and BEIS providing almost £30 million to grant fund industry led collaborative R&D in electric ‘vehicle to grid’ technology for up to 70% of project costs. The Department for Transport press office only deals with enquiries from the media.For personal enquiries regarding MOT, please email: [email protected] you are not a member of the media, use the switchboard line: 0300 330 3000 If you are a member of the media and have a media query contact the press office: read more

PODCAST: The Zipper Club Brings Their Punk Universe To Shaky Knees Festival

first_imgFollowing the most recent episode with Trey Anastasio Band’s Jennifer Hartswick, Live For Live Music Presents: Inside Out with Turner and Seth is back with a new episode featuring a rundown of the 2017 Shaky Knees Festival and a conversation with the three core members of new wave-inspired outfit Zipper Club.Turner and Seth discuss in length the Shaky Knees Festival, which takes place in Centennial Park in Atlanta, GA, and this year featured headliners from LCD Soundsystem, The XX, Cage the Elephant, Pixies, Portugal. The Man, Phoenix, Ryan Adams, next tier acts such as Moon Taxi, The Revivalists, Sylvan Esso, J. Roddy Walston & The Business, Dr. Dog, Saint Motel, and up and coming acts such as The Record Company, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Con Brio, and the aforementioned Zipper Club. The festival, now in its fifth year, is hitting its stride as it continues to expand on a diverse lineup of acts from across the musical spectrum.You can listen to the new episode of Live For Live Music Presents: Inside Out with Turner and Seth below:During the formal interview section of the podcast, Turner and Seth discuss Mason James‘ former band Cerebral Ballzy, a NYC punk rock act that saw a fair deal of success over the years, and how James made the transition from a style with plenty of edge to a band that, as Turner describes it, “what happens when you have the sophistication of fine art meeting the raw passion of punk, and you throw in a little bit of synth-pop.”The group goes on to discuss working with former Smashing Pumpkins member and A Perfect Circle guitarist James Iha, who produced a number of tracks on their upcoming debut album. The first time they worked with Iha was in a dingy basement in Brooklyn, NY, and had an immediate connection which continued as the band wrote additional tracks for their forthcoming album.Zipper Club also opened up for Tears for Fears on their first tour ever, as the band had played with Curt Smith at Coachella, had become close friends with the band, and the opportunity to come out as the support act happened rather organically.Lissy Trullie, who grew up in New York City, and was an art and film student at Parsons and The New School explained, “For the record, I was a huge fan of punk….The Queers, The Exploited….I was a little punk.” With drummer Damar Davis, the trio was complete, and moved forward with James’ vision of exploring diverse musical genres outside of the punk universe.In the live setting, Zipper Club is making a point of creating a multi-sensory performance, with a full-on light show, as well as stretching songs out while on stage from an improvisational standpoint. James explains, “Look out for the future, we have been improvising a lot recently….we are trying to expand beyond that. You try to take it to different levels, you try to do different solos, and make it a unique experience for every viewer. Sometimes it goes wrong, sometimes it goes beautiful, it’s that weird awesome thing you get at a live rock n’ roll show.”James discusses why he was amped to play Shaky Knees, as Turner and Seth began to throw some jabs at other non-festival festival’s such as Coachella, which are more of a scene than anything else, “[Shaky Knees] is full of people that want to see music. It has been really refreshing. Everybody was so nice.”Explaining one of the craziest gigs James ever played at a punk show, he says, “So I was in the UK, and we did an entire photo shoot of us puking into Christmas things….puking into Santa hats. So I used to have to fucking puke on cue. That was our thing. It is not a cool thing, everybody listening, don’t do this, please. It’ll just give you acid reflux and fuck you up later in life. But, that was our shtick, so we had a whole photo shoot of us [Cerebral Ballzy] puking on Christmas in the UK.” Nobody said the punk life was easy.Turner also attempts to get the band to divulge the ultra secret information of how they came up with the band name. You’ll just have to listen to find out….**For more Inside Out With Turner And Seth episodes, head to their SoundCloud, iTunes, or Stitcher page. You can also email the podcast producers here to submit feedback which may be incorporated into future episodes!**You can check out past episodes of Live For Live Music Presents: Inside Out with Turner and Seth podcast below:Jen Hartswick Recounts Her Pinky Swear With Christian McBride, A Fateful Call From TreyDirty Heads Frontman Jared Watson Talks Weed, Colors, Addiction, And MoreWidespread Panic’s John “JoJo” Hermann Tells Studio Stories And MoreJason Crosby Talks Impromptu Performances With Prince And Bruce SpringsteenCol. Bruce Hampton Discusses Upcoming Star-Studded 70th Birthday BlowoutLos Lobos’ Steve Berlin Goes Back To His RootsBig Gigantic’s Dominic Lalli And Jeremy Salken Discuss Their Careers In EDMBenny Bloom & Tom Hamilton Get Us Excited For Fool’s ParadiseAl Schnier & Jim Loughlin Talk All Things moe.Umphrey’s McGee Engineer Chris Mitchell Discusses How He Captures The Band’s Unique SoundChris Kuroda Talks Evolution From Early Phish To MSGBrendan Bayliss Talks New Umphrey’s McGee Album, Career HighlightsJefferson Waful Talks Umphrey’s, Collaborating With Chris KurodaUM’s Brendan Bayliss Talks Band Origins, Meeting Steve Miller & Morelast_img read more

Listen To The Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings Song Her Gospel Choir Posthumously Completed

first_imgIn November of last year, the beloved soul singer Sharon Jones passed away at the age of 60, leaving music fans around the world crushed. Jones’ story was one of triumph, getting her first big break at the age of 40 and, years later, overcoming cancer and returning to the stage. Throughout her life, Jones was a longtime member of E.L. Fields’ Gospel Wonders, at New York City’s Universal Church of God, writing a number of songs for the group throughout the years. Today, Daptone Records has released a brand-new tune by Sharon Jones, “Call On God”, which was completed posthumously and features members of her lifetime choir on back up vocals.Sharon Jones’ Final Album With The Dap-Kings To Be Posthumously ReleasedThe beloved songstress wrote “Call On God” in the late 70s for E.L. Fields’ Gospel Wonders; the song was originally recorded by Jones and the Dap-Kings during the sessions for their 2007 album 100 Days, 100 Nights, with Jones laying out the vocals live with her band as well as the piano parts. Jones’ vision for the gospel number was so inspiring that the group decided to record a full gospel album, setting aside “Call On God” for the project, though the gospel album unfortunately never came to fruition.During Jones’ memorial service in December of last year, Pastor Margot Fields, the widow of Jones’ longtime gospel choir leader E.L. Fields, presided over the ceremony, and original members of the Gospel Wonders flew in from all around the country to attend the service, with Jones’ former choirmates performing a special tribute during the ceremony in her honor.Following the service, these singers joined Bosco Mann and the Dap-Kings at the Daptone House of Soul studios, lending their voices to finish Jones’ gospel track that had fallen by the wayside, “Call On God”. Jones had always been adamant that she wanted background vocals on the track, so during this studio session, the members of E.L. Fields’ Gospel Wonders sang with Sharon Jones once again, marking a truly cathartic moment as they adding their background vocals to Jones’ song that she had written for them back in the 70s.Take a listen to Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings “Call On God” below.last_img read more

Music instructor discusses rehabilitation of prison inmates

first_imgOn Monday, Jody Kerchner of Oberlin College presented about the role music plays in the rehabilitation and reintegration process of prison inmates through her correctional choir program. Originally a music instructor at the Oberlin College, Kerchner said she decided to contribute to the much-overlooked sphere of criminality in the U.S. and sought to challenge current procedures of rehabilitation in these areas. “At the Grafton Reintegration Center, I have created a choir for those in federal prison,” Kerchner said. She began her lecture by addressing the many problems the United States faces in incarceration rates and tendencies. Kerchner said that while incarceration rates continue to rise in the U.S., funding for education and services for mental illness have decreased. “Many of [the] funds being lowered, including services providing aide for drug addiction and mental illness, are inhibiting the prevention that actually causes many crimes,” Kerchner said.She said the U.S. accounts for 25 percent of all incarcerated people in the world — the largest proportion of incarcerated people in the world.“This finding embarrasses the U.S. as a world leader,” Kerchner said. “We incarcerate the most people in the world, despite the fact that we don’t have the highest population of people.”In addition, U.S. prisons contain an inordinate amount of black incarcerated people, Kerchner said. “The number of those placed in prisons will continue to rise with tightening immigration policies and the revocation of DACA as well,” she said. Kerchner said incarceration is often used in problematic ways in the U.S.“Imprisonment has become the first response and first resort to any issue in this country, and that needs to change,” she said.Instead, she said, services that center on community reintegration into society should become the focal point of punishment and criminal justice in America.“There has been an enormous shift in awareness about protecting children and adolescents from entering prison walls,” Kerchner said. She said the “school to prison pipeline” movement rightly focuses on creating positive citizens who stay away from incarceration. Her mission, alternately, has been to discover how to keep released criminals from entering prison a second time. “Sixty-six percent of released inmates actually re-offend within two years of liberation, and 75 percent re-offend within five years,” Kerchner said. “These individuals are then reincarcerated into prison. This only perpetuates the unresolved issue of U.S. imprisonment.”In response to this problem, Kerchner said she decided to initiate a choir at the Grafton Correctional Institution, which she titled the “Oberlin Music at Grafton Choir.” This choir consists of 20-25 inmates, whom she only refers to as “residents.” “We meet for an hour and a half every Friday, and perform twice a year for friends and family,” Kerchner said. The residents come together during this time to perfect their singing and performance skills, collaborating together in order to achieve an end goal, she said. In the program, Kerchner asks the residents to “learn how to do things they don’t know how to do, both systematically and personally.” Residents are tasked with learning how to read music and sing at specific pitches and rhythms, all the while expressing their inner voices. “The Oberlin Music at Grafton Choir provides [an] opportunity for residents to engage in community-building, cooperative group learning, discipline, enhanced self-esteem building and self-expression through music,” she said. Kerchner said the residents have two personas. “They have their first outer shell, which they have developed throughout time and experience, and which they must use in front of the prison guards,” she said. “Their second layer reveals itself when we sing.” Tags: incarceration, Music, Oberlin College, rehabilitationlast_img read more

2 match ban for Jason Forde

first_imgTipperary will be appealing the 2 game ban handed down to Jason Forde for his altercation with Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald.The Silvermines clubman looks set to be named in Michael Ryan’s side to face Galway in Sundays League final as the Central Hearings Committee is not expected to meet until next week meaning Forde would be free to play.Meanwhile County Board Chairman Michael Bourke says the game against Galway will be a hotly contested game. Michael Ryan’s men are bidding to win their first National Hurling League title since 2008.The last time Tipperary met Galway was in the All-Ireland semi-final last year, which the Premier won by a point.Michael Bourke says the game at the Gaelic Grounds this Sunday could be just as close.Throw-in is at 3.30 on Sunday in Limerick and Tipp FM will have full live coverage in association with Donal Ryan Motor Group – Nenagh, Thurles & Roscrea and Horse & Jockey Hotel.last_img read more