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The Solar Decathlon 2011 Lineup

first_imgThose of us who might visit Washington, D.C., in 18 months so we can tour the 2011 Solar Decathlon contest entries on the National Mall have the luxury of planning the trip at our leisure. But for the 20 collegiate teams recently awarded spots in the 2011 contest by the Department of Energy, feverish preparation for the competition began long ago.As we noted in July of last year, in a post about the University of Tennessee’s ambitions to land a place in the competition, developing a project proposal for consideration by the DOE’s Decathlon selection committee requires technical ingenuity, construction expertise, budget planning, and months of advance work. The DOE will announce its request for proposals for the 2013 competition, for example, in the summer of next year. (The Solar Decathlon is a biennial event in the U.S., and there is a similar event scheduled for June this year and in 2012 in Europe).Gearing up for the big tripIn the end, though, the Solar Decathlon is all about creating houses that are affordable, energy efficient, and attractive, as the DOE puts it – but also with no more than 800 sq. ft. of interior space. Each entry is judged in 10 contest categories: architecture, market viability, engineering, lighting design, communications, comfort zone (temperature and humidity), hot water, appliances, home entertainment, and net metering. Suffice to say, all teams try to deploy solar power not only generously but strategically.The DOE gives $100,000 to each contestant to help with development costs, although the teams are responsible for raising whatever remaining funds they’ll need to complete their projects, transport team members and Decathlon houses to Washington and back, and construct and operate their houses on the National Mall.Happily for the team of faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates assembled by the University of Tennessee’s College of Architecture and Design, its Solar Decathlon house, called Living Light, was selected to be among those built on the Mall in 2011. This will be UT’s first Decathlon.The contendersHere are the other 19 contestants. We’ve included a few words about each project for the first nine listings below; conceptual models for the remaining listings are featured in the photo gallery, where briefs about each entry are included in the captions accompanying the photos. (You can view images of all the models on the Solar Decathlon website.)– Florida International University. This team’s entry, called PerFORM[D]ance House, features adjustable louvers that can be used to alter the canopy for sun, shade, and even hurricane conditions found in tropical climates. The team says the house is designed to perform “in real time by sensing and responding to the generation and acquisition of energy.”– University of Hawaii. Monocoque House, another design for tropical conditions, is aimed at middle-income buyers. It features a water-cooled PV system and phase-change material for thermal storage, radiant floor heating, and radiant ceiling cooling. The shell-like exterior, made of lightweight bio-based, fiber-reinforced polymer, is resistant to corrosion, rot, and insects. The house also will float if there’s a flood.– University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Called Community Conexion, this house is designed as a disaster-relief shelter deployed in three stages, with the last stage presented as a fully equipped home.– University of Maryland. This house, called Watershed, features two rectangular units capped by a butterfly roof. It also includes an edible green wall and garden.– The New School and Stevens Institute of Technology. Called Better Together, this house is designed to provide solar-powered Habitat for Humanity housing for residents of the low-income Deanwood neighborhood of Ward 7 in Washington, D.C.It consists of two modules that unite to form a functioning solar duplex, with each module sustainable on its own but designed to achieve peak efficiency when joined with its counterpart. Hybrid photovoltaic thermal cells generate most of the power.– Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. This 700 sq. ft. house, First Light, is billed as an affordable reinterpretation of the historic New Zealand holiday home, the “Kiwi bach.” In addition to a rooftop PV system, it produces hot water with a roof-mounted evacuated-tube system.– Ohio State University. On the Solar Decathlon website, this project, called INTROhouse, is described as “an inward-focused design that features a rainwater collection pond at its core as well as a courtyard with wild garden to provide occupants with views of nature.” A steel grate on the exterior serves as a rain screen and shields the house from summer heat, and a PV array mounted horizontally on the roof provides electricity while also shading the roof and courtyard. A central combined air-to-air/air-to-water heat pump provides heating and cooling.– Florida State University, The University of Central Florida, The University of Florida, and The University of South Florida (Team Florida). Team Florida will present Flex House, a modular home intended for medium-income homebuyers living in a hot, humid, sunny climate. The structure features sliding glass panels on the north and south walls that open to a central courtyard for ventilation during mild months, high ceilings with a solar chimney, moveable interior partitions to maximize HVAC efficiency, and an interior desiccant waterfall that absorbs moisture from the air to control humidity.– Massachusetts College of Art and Design and the University of Massachusetts at Lowell (Team Massachusetts). Team Massachusetts says its project, 4-D Home, “is designed to accommodate the needs of a family of three throughout their lives.” It is actually three small houses clustered around a south-facing side yard, or “dooryard.” Removable glass wall panels surround the dooryard space, which serves as a sunroom in winter and an open porch in summer.– Tidewater Virginia: Old Dominion University and Hampton University. This team’s project, Unit 6 Unplugged, is an affordable home designed for construction in confined urban settings. The structure to be presented at the Solar Decathlon, the team says, “represents part of a six-unit, multifamily infill building for a central city site. One full unit and a portion of the building core will be on exhibit” in Washington.– Appalachian State University, which will present a project called The Solar Homestead.– Middlebury College. Solar Homestead, a reinvention of the New England farmhouse.– Purdue University, which will present a project called flex/home.– The Southern California Institute of Architecture and California Institute of Technology, whose project is called CH:IP.– Ghent University (Team Belgium), whose project is called E-Cube– University of Calgary (Team Canada), which will present a house called Nitohkskapi.– Tongji University (Team China), with a house it calls Y-BOX.– Rutgers University and New Jersey Institute of Technology (Team New Jersey), which will present its eNJoy! New Jersey Solar House.– The City College of New York (Team New York), which will present a project called The Solar Roofpod.last_img read more

DJI Announces 3 New Professional Video Drones

first_imgBig news for aerial filmmakers! DJI announces the Inspire 2, M600 Pro, and Phantom 4 Pro.Just weeks after dropping the highly in-demand Mavic (Which we are giving away for free!) DJI announces three new professional video drones. Designed for today’s aerial filmmakers, the DJI Inspire 2, M600 Pro, and Phantom 4 Pro will all push your creativity and capture absolutely stunning images. Featuring advanced cameras, sensors, and intelligent flight modes — the hardest thing to do is pick which one you want the most.DJI Inspire 2The Inspire 1 became one of the most sought-after drones for professional videographers. It gave users far more control over the camera while in the sky, and its retractable legs allowed you to pull off some moves not possible with the Phantom line. Now, the Inspire 2 takes things to another level.The DJI Inspire 2 features an all-new processing system that can record up to 5.2K in CinemaDNG RAW or Apple ProRes. It can also capture H.264 or H.265 — all saved to a detachable SSD drive or MicroSD card. The Inspire 2 goes from 0-50mph in 4 seconds with a maximum speed of 67mph.There is an onboard 2-axis First Person View camera allowing camera operators and pilots to work in sync without worrying about obstacles. There are also new sensors added to the top of the Inspire 2, allowing more powerful obstacle avoidance overhead. Also built in is an optimized broadcast mode that streams 1080i footage live. With a dual battery system, the Inspire 2 has a maximum flight time of 27 minutes with the X4S camera. The drone also features a self-heating technology, allowing users to fly in low temperatures. Master and Slave remotes have a range of over 300 feet.New intelligent flight modes include Spotlight Pro which can rotate beyond 360-degrees and keep the subject in frame during flight. Profile will capture the subjects profile while flying forward. The Inspire 2 also gets the TapFly mode seen in the Phantom 4.DJI Inspire 2 Specs:Max flight time: 27 minutesMax speed: 67mphDual batteryMagnesium aluminium composite shellCarbon fiber arms2-axis FPV cameraIntelligent flight modesLive television broadcast capabilitiesThe Inspire 2 is available for pre-order at $2,999 but you will still need to order a camera. Here are the new cameras built for the Inspire 2.Zenmuse X5S Camera ($1,899)Micro Four Thirds mount20.8 MP sensor5.2K up to 30fps4K up to 60fps12-bit RAW12.8 Stops of Dynamic RangeCompatible with DJI FocusCompatible with Zoom lenses from 9mm-45mmH.264 and H.265 up to 100mbpsZenmuse X4S Camera ($599)20MP Sensor4K up to 60fps11.6 Stops of Dynamic RangeISO 12,80024mm equivalent prime lensH.264 and H.265 up to 100mbps In addition to the new cameras, DJI has also developed their own 7.85 inch and 5.5 inch displays. There is more information to come in the near future.The Inspire 2 starts shipping in December 2016.DJI M600 ProWe aren’t far removed from DJI announcing the Matrice 600 at NAB 2016 — and the company has already upgraded the hexcopter to the M600 Pro.The M600 Pro adds two more antennas on top for increased control, as well as DJI’s new A3 Pro Flight Controller technology. The antennas and retractable arms are pre-installed, allowed faster set-up time.Like the previous version, video transmission is controlled by Lightbridge 2, which offers a live video feed up to 1080p at 60fps from up to three miles away. The M600 Pro also features the previous SDI output, allowing broadcasters to play a live feed from the drone during production.The camera options are customizable to your camera setup, based on the type of gimbals available. The traditional Zenmuse gimbals allow DJI cameras like the Z30, XT, and X5R. You can also use a gimbal for the Panasonic GH4 or Sony a7 series. Where this drone really shines is in its ability to use the Ronin-MX gimbal to mount large cinema cameras from RED or ARRI.With no payload and six TB48S intelligent batteries, the M600 Pro will fly for 38 minutes. With a 12 pound (5.5kg) payload (like a RED or ARRI camera and Ronin-MX gimbal) the M600 Pro will hover for 18 minutes.DJI M600 Pro Specs:Max speed: 45mph/65kph (no wind)Max takeoff weight: 35lb/15.5kg6 intelligent flight batteries and charging bayRetractable landing gearA3 Flight ControlVideo Output: HDMI, SDI, USBThe M600 Pro is available now for $4,999.DJI Phantom 4 ProThe Phantom 4 Pro builds on top of the Phantom 4 released earlier this year. Its camera features a 1-inch sensor that captures 4K footage up to 60fps. It captures 20MP stills, and its mechanical shutter eliminates rolling-shutter bending. The Phantom 4 Pro controller has a built-in 5.5 inch monitor with increased brightness versus a typical tablet. The drone also features three new intelligent flight modes: Spotlight, Profile, and Circle. Battery flight time has been increased to 30 minutes. It can fly up to 31mph with full obstacle avoidance.The Phantom 4 Pro is available now for $1,499.So… Which one do you want? Let us know in the comments below!last_img read more

Your Need for Revenue Doesn’t Trump the Buying Cycle

first_imgYou’ve fallen behind on your number. Certain events have transpired against you, and now you are way behind where you need to be. Maybe it was the loss of a major account. Maybe your pipeline evaporated right before your eyes. Maybe you never had the pipeline of opportunities you needed in the first place.It doesn’t matter. Now, the pressure is on. You need to close deals, and you need to close them fast. The good news is that you have prospects that are absolutely going to buy from you. The bad news is that they are early in their process.You need deals now. Something must be done. Management suggests that you push hard to close these deals. But your need for revenue does not trump the buying cycle.The Poor Idea That Is: Always Be ClosingIn a low dollar, low-risk sale, closing early and often is a great idea. It’s effective, and asking for the business increases sales. You can get away with closing early and often, because there isn’t much at risk. The decision-making process is simple.But in larger, more complex sales, closing early and often is a bad idea. It’s ineffective. Here’s why.You have a sales process. Your client has a buying process. When these two processes are aligned, opportunities move smoothly from target to close. When these two processes aren’t in sync, deals don’t move so neatly. You may be ready to move forward, but gaining agreement to move forward requires that your client is also ready. When you push hard before your dream client is ready, trust is lost—and with it, quite possibly, so is your deal.It takes time to explore and understand your dream client’s needs. Your dream client wants to take time to understand their needs and the options available to them. When you blow past discovery, you violate the trust that comes with developing an understanding.It takes time to develop the right solution. Your dream client wants to ensure that the decision they take will produce the results that they need before they decide. If you don’t ensure your solution matches their needs, presenting only gets you to a “no” faster.It takes time to build consensus. Many of the decisions made within your larger dream client accounts require that time is spent with the people who have something at stake in the decision. If you aren’t known and trusted, you make it difficult to say “yes” to your solution.It takes time to negotiate changes. Your deal is going to modified. It’s going to go through risk and legal. It’s going to be scrutinized. All of this takes time.You can’t easily or effectively push past what is necessary to win. This is why it is so critical that you focus your time and energy on creating opportunities. Prospecting opens the relationships that open opportunities. It’s the safest and most effective plan when it comes to making your number.A full pipeline inoculates you against the disease that is desperation.The fact that you need a deal now doesn’t do anything to change what your buyer needs from you. Your urgency isn’t your dream client’s urgency.QuestionsWhat mistakes cause you to urgently need deals?What impact does your desperation have on the natural sales and buying cycles?What do you risk by skipping steps in your sales process or your client’s buying process?How do you compress the sales cycle?Why should you make the compression of your sales cycle your everyday routine, instead of waiting until you are desperate? Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Man sets himself ablaze in Governors Harbour Eleuthera

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #mansetshimselfonfire Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, March 2, 2018 – Eleuthera – Unofficial reports are coming out of Governor’s Harbour,  Eleuthera of a man who set himself on fire, after failing to lure his ex-girlfriend out of a building.  Witnesses are saying that the unidentified man, went down to a laundry-mat, where he made attempts to try and get his ex-girlfriend to come outside of the said building.   After attempts were not successful, according to a voice note now spreading across social media, the man then doused himself with gasoline and lit himself ablaze;‘yeah the guy just gone up to the laundry by Sonia them, by Andre laundry, he was trying to get Fiona out the laundry must be to go burn Fiona up.  After she didn’t come out, the guy turned the guys on himself, light himself on fire, he is down in the clinic now, burn right up,’ according to the voice note spreading on social media.We will continue to give updates on this shocking situation as reports become available.#MagneticMediaNews#mansetshimselfonfirelast_img read more

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