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What Is STEM?

STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Rather than teaching the four streams as separate discreet subjects, this curriculum aims to integrate them into a close-knit learning model, based on practical real world applications. STEM aims to have an interdisciplinary and an application-oriented approach so as to give the students a more practical and holistic world-view, rather than restricting their abilities to a single discipline.

STEM is important, because it penetrates every aspect of our lives. It integrates four of the most important disciplines in the world right into one network, made to help each and every one of us in our daily lives. From the natural world to electronics to designing buildings to basic accounting, STEM incorporates everything. The practicality and the awareness inculcated in this curriculum, provides us with the tools to solve current challenges like global warming, transportation, eco-friendly machines, leading to new innovations, techniques and ideas with the intent of making this world a more sustainable place. STEM education is going to help us shape the future, as the life of each and every one of us revolves around these four disciplines. Providing a new perspective in these disciplines will only change our lives – for the better.

A plethora of jobs are opening up around the world, which come under the ‘STEM umbrella’. In India, more and more well trained and qualified people are graduating from STEM relevant fields, giving us a competitive edge at a global level. With the rate at which this industry is growing, only great things are in store for us. More opportunities globally, the power to shape the future, the chance to lead India into a more promising tomorrow is what STEM education provides. It is imperative in this country to give every student a chance to embrace the current technology and information, granting them a chance to excel, for themselves and for the future generations.

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An Abundant Clean Source Of Energy – DesertSec

Every year, each square kilometer of the desert receives solar energy equivalent to 1.5 million barrels of oil. Multiplying by the area of deserts in Africa or in the world, this is several hundred times as much energy as the world uses in a year. What this means is that in Africa, countries like Algeria, Angola, Libya and Nigeria can move directly from being oil-rich to being solar-rich.

Desertec Africa is an organization who’s vision is to utilize the untapped potential of Africa. Desertec looks to harness the huge solar footprint Africa has and transform it into usable energy. There is enough sunlight falling on Africa’s deserts to power not only Africa and Europe but the whole world as well. They aim to switch the continents non-renewable based economy to solar energy, which is clean and renewable. There are many benefits of such a program; one of the main benefits is that it would directly stimulate struggling economies such as Nigeria and Chad and others. The project is based on utilizing an area that receives at least 2000 kWhs of sunlight per m2 and other stringent requirements. Once a location is deemed suitable, solar power plants would be installed based on existing CSP solar technology.

 

Excerpts and courtesy of Desertec-Africa

To know more about the project click here

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Here Are 5 Reasons To Follow GAIL On Social Media Day

GAIL (India) Limited is the largest state-owned natural gas processing
and distribution company in India which engages and
listens to its consumers through social media platforms. To reach each
and every set of audience, GAIL (India) Limited has its presence over
different social media platforms such as Facebook, TwitterLinkedinVine,
Youtube and Instagram.

Here are five reasons you should follow GAIL (India) Limited on social media

1. Industry Updates:

Industry updates are very important; especially when it concern’s the nation’s interest.

You can get latest updates about GAIL and
other ongoing projects along with industry-specific groups and specific interest groups by following GAIL on LinkedIn.

2. Job Opportunities:

New graduates and interested parties can get the latest updates on job openings
and career opportunities via the social platforms.

3. Be an agent of change:

Following GAIL on social media provides you information that helps achieve sustainable development throughout India.

4. Increase you sense of responsibility:

GAIL is more than just an energy company. As a conscious corporate
citizen, the organization believes that it has a social purpose. The
rigor and strategic thought that drives GAIL similarly fuels its CSR
initiatives.

5. A platform to voice your opinion

Given the two-way communication of social media, GAIL provides a
platform to share ideas, discuss and engage in meaningful conversation.

 

 

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Norwegian DNV GL Unveils ‘Solitude’ – A New Unmanned FLNG Concept

Recently at the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association in Melbourne, DNV GL presented designs for a new unmanned FLNG (Floating Liquefied Natural Gas) concept called ‘Solitude’ to unlock the potential of remote offshore gas fields. The remoteness of offshore gas fields & personal safety were the two considerations that were kept in mind by DNV GL when it started working on Solitude. Floating above an offshore natural gas field, ‘Solitude’ will theoretically produce, liquefy, store and transfer LNG at sea before carrier ships transport it directly to markets. An unmanned FLNG facility will lead to an approx. 20% reduction in operating expenditure with only a few percentile increases in capital expenditure. Such innovative projects by DNV GL show the organization’s commitment towards sustainable and safe development while reducing its carbon footprint.

As there will be no one living on board or working on the topside during normal operation, the associated personal safety risks are eliminated. When people do enter for large maintenance campaigns, the topside would be prepared for a safe working environment. A new support and accommodation vessel concept and its associated docking system on the FLNG further boost the safety of interventions.

Existing frontier oil and gas projects have resulted in tremendous technological developments, particularly in the subsea realm, and Solitude draws on this,” says Ms. Torstad. “Operators are already controlling subsea installations and simple, fixed offshore installations from shore. Given the on-going advances in autonomous systems and remote operations, unmanned offshore installations are a natural development over the next few decades.”

“While Solitude is a holistic concept, many of its solutions can be implemented independently – and some are already available today. These projects are our way of thinking out loud. Our aim is to present high-level concepts that can form a basis for discussion and be further developed in collaboration with the industry. We see Solitude as a new opportunity for the future,” ends Elisabeth Torstad.

Courtesy of DNV GL via DownstreamToday

Read more here: http://goo.gl/z0xtvc

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First Gen Corp Set To Build $1 Billion LNG Terminal Next Year.

The Philippines’ First Gen Corp has reported that the construction of their $1 billion LNG terminal should be begin by next year. The regasification project is one of at least four planned projects. This would open the doors for further natural gas imports into the region. First Corp intends to keep a 50% stake in the project and give the rest to partners and one foreign investor.

The foreign partner will bring in the expertise in operating and maintaining the facility, although a final investment decision has yet to be made.

Australian-listed Energy World Corp Ltd is looking to switch on its Quezon LNG import hub and power plant this year, while ManilaElectric Co recently said it was in talks with Osaka Gas Co Ltd to build natural gas facilities, including a regasification terminal.

Read the full article here: http://goo.gl/rnij9v

Courtesy of Reuters via Downstreamtoday

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Indian Oil to own 45% Stake in Tamil Nadu LNG terminal.

Indian Oil Corp will hold a 45% stake in a planned LNG import station in Ennore, Tamil Nadu. Currently, 50% will be held temporarily by ICIC (hope this is not supposed to be ICICI) and IDFC until a strategic LNG partner can be found. The balance 5% will be held by the state-owned organization, namely TIDCO http://www.tidco.com/. The project is estimated to be completed by 2019. A joint venture company will be incorporated for this specific project.

Ennore will be the third LNG terminal on the east coast with state-owned GAIL India Ltd building a facility at Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh and Petronet LNG Ltd proposing a 5 million tons facility at Gangavaram in Andhra Pradesh.

India currently has four LNG import terminals, all on the west coast — Dahej and Hazira in Gujarat, Dabhol in Maharashtra and Kochi in Kerala.

LNG is a gas that is cooled down to liquid form and takes up just 1/600th of the volume in its gaseous state.

Read the full story here:
http://goo.gl/4pwt7Z

Courtesy of economictimes.indiatimes.com

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Groundbreaking Batteries First, Hi-performance Cars Second – Tesla motors

Renowned carmaker Tesla motors, has entered the market of hi-powered batteries with its latest product- the Powerball.  Seldom do carmakers venture into unknown waters however Teslas’ clean business model of providing green hi-performance vehicles goes hand in hand with the Powerwall. The product as described by Tesla: “Powerwall’ is a home battery that charges using electricity generated from solar panels, or when utility rates are low, and powers your home in the evening. It also fortifies your home against power outages by providing a backup of electricity supply. Automated, compact and simple to install, Powerwall offers independence from the utility grid and the security of an emergency backup.

Tesla’s new offering is called the Powerwall, a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that is designed to be mounted in a garage or on the side of a house. The device, the size of a small refrigerator, will be available in three to four months, at a price starting at $3,000 for 7 kilowatt hours (kWh). The Powerwall can store power from a home’s solar panels, or connect to the electrical grid, storing up electricity when rates are low and providing backup electricity supply in case of a blackout.

Check out the full article here: http://bit.ly/1bJvh44

 

Courtesy of Tesla motors via Quartz India.

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Emergency Relief Kits

In light of recent events, you should prepare a basic relief kit in case an emergency occurs. Below is list of what an ideal kit would contain. A bit of planning can be the difference between life and death in certain situations.

Battery operated torch with extra batteries
Battery operated radio
First aid kit and manual
Emergency food (dry items) and water (packed and sealed)
Candles and matches in a waterproof container
Knife
Chlorine tablets or powdered water purifiers
Can opener.
Essential medicines
Cash and credit cards
Thick ropes and cords
Sturdy shoes

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China Implements Clean Fuel Standards Early

China has been paving in-roads for cleaning up the quality of its air and to reduce greenhouse gases. It has announced that its “national five” fuel policy will be completed ahead of schedule by over one year, putting the implementation date of the policy as January 2017. The new standards are similar to Euro V which has maximum sulphur content of ten parts per million.

Starting from Jan 2016, China will expand the areas receiving gasoline and diesel that meet the standards to 11 eastern provinces and cities, according to a Cabinet statement posted on the central government’s website www.gov.cn.

Under an earlier plan, only Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei province, as well as key cities in the Yangtze River Delta and Pearl River Delta would have received “national five” fuels by that time.

Read the full article here: http://goo.gl/tK4K5D

 

Courtesy of Reuters via DownstreamToday

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Petronas To Deliver The Worlds First FLNG By 2016

Petronas will complete the world’s first FLNG (floating liquefied natural gas) facility in the first quarter of 2016. Major corporations are joining the trend of switching to Natural Gas and it has not gone unnoticed. People from all over the globe are starting to realize the harmful effects of oil, coal and other traditional fuels.

Kuala Lumpur, April 21 (Reuters) – The world’s first floating Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project, built by Petronas, is expected to supply its first cargoes in the first quarter of 2016, senior officials from the Malaysian state-oil firm said on Tuesday.

Read the full article here: http://goo.gl/pAzxKC

Via Downstreamtoday and courtesy of Reuters

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China Is Taking Steps To Mitigate Its Environmental Footprint

The citizens of the world are becoming acutely aware of the dangers and harmful effects of carbon emission and greenhouse gasses and thus many countries are looking to bio-fuels as a way to lower the impact. China is one such nation that will implement a full-scale, waste to ethanol plant, which is expected to produce 30 million gallons every here.

April 22 (Reuters) – China Steel Corp plans a commercial-scale project to produce ethanol from waste gases as a push to improve air quality without using food as feedstock, said the firm that came up with the technology on Wednesday.

According to LanzaTech, the Chicago-based company that created the technology, it is projected that China Steel is to spend $46 million for a commercial ethanol facility attached to a steel plant in Taiwan that is targeted to pump out more than 30 million gallons of ethanol annually.

Read the full story here: http://goo.gl/yLsIIP

Via DownstreamToday and courtesy Chris Prentice of Reuters

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Natural Gas And The Future Of Tomorrow

As the world starts to shift to natural gas, traditional fuel providers such as Xcoal Energy are starting to see the many benefits of natural gas. With many countries employing stricter carbon emission standards and with the recent launch of the Air Quality Index, many energy providers are looking at viability of traditional fossil fuels.

Xcoal Energy & Resources LLC, the largest exporter of U.S. coal, is betting on natural gas as the world’s appetite for clean-burning fuel expands at coal’s expense.

Ernie Thrasher, who founded Xcoal in 2003, is starting XLNG Energy & Resources, which plans to begin exporting, liquefied natural gas no later than 2018. The company will focus on selling gas from the Marcellus shale region, which includes Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio, historically coal-rich states, he said.

Read the full article here: http://goo.gl/72EGl5

Via DownstreamToday & courtesy Mark Parker of Bloomberg news.