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Water Shortages Addressed by the Installation of a New Solar Desalination System

In Mombasa, Kenya, and La Gonave, Haiti, this year’s quarter, GivePower is introducing containerized, solar-driven water treatment and purification network. Like the first solar-powered desalination plant by GivePower in Kiunga, Kenya, to work with the Tesla energy wall-battery storage system in 2018, several new projects will be pursued.

The two new non-profit solar water farm schemes are to produce up to 75,000 liters of water per day, by combining a 50 kW solar system with 120 kW / h of Tesla batteries. Which together, drive two low-wattage desalination osmosis pumps,  running simultaneously to maintain continuous operation.

Once solar-powered desalination systems get installed, it is essential to pin down the economic benefit of the technology and the operational model. The energy required to desalinate seawater is one of the significant challenges of solar desalination. Sometimes, this excessive energy requirement implies that a plant needs a more extensive solar array, which raises the project cost.

“We must see that[ the philanthropic] programs are economically sustainable–they will operate without constant donor funding to keep the structures working,” says Kyle Stephan, vice president of operations at GivePower.

The Solar Water Farm Units of GivePower cost just about $500,000 and seems to last for 20 years.

As said by Hayes Barnard, CEO of GivePower, commercial applications for solar water farm technologies from GivePower are not in the pipeline as of now.

While establishing commercially off-grid, solar-powered desalination facilities for coastal communities, the industry management sees microgrid participants as especially well-advised to provide solutions to solar.

The need for ways to combat water scarcity using renewable energy is stepped up by drought, saltwater pollution, and weather change. At the same time, declining PV prices and innovations in energy storage make solar-powered desalination systems more appealing.

To date, all solar water plants at GivePower are well-established coastal desalination plants. Barnard stated that 98% of the planet’s water is within the ocean, and 73% of the globe’s population lives on the coastline, where water in wells could become brackish. Also, the processing cycle of off-coastal solar desalination plants is expensive, and well-based coastal solar water farms can not pressure underground aquifers.

GivePower follows the International Building Code structural specifications for its solar water plant’s concrete foundation for its La Gonave project, which is off-coast of Port-au-Prince and constructs a solar canopy that can survive a hurricane of category four. 

At first, the non-profit centered towards supplying solar-powered electricity in the hope of opening up education chances for girls in under-developed countries to schools without electrical power. But it quickly became apparent that it was essential to help the communities attain water safety, as girls often skipped school, as they spent their days fetching water, according to GivePower’s Co-Founder Barnard. In 2016 GivePower became an independent corporation.

Last week the UAE’s Global Water Impact Award for small creative projects was awarded to GivePower’s solar-powered desalination technology. 

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Honda unleashes its cute electric car

Honda’s little e is the sleekest in the purely electric car fleet accompanying us. Somehow an excellent low small vehicle has been supplied most of the way to development by the Japanese car name. What was a prototype for auto show architecture when it initially emerged many years ago caused pessimistic car hacks to swoon and get on the track. Yet his features still strike us. Although the vehicle is pretty late – it will probably continue until Irish purchasers get a substantial arrival in early 2021–Honda has a dedication to the electrical future.

Honda has selected a small 222 km distance, highlighting the fact that this 4-seater hatchback built mainly for metropolitan consumers with an average daily trip of 40 km or less. There is a technical show within the room. The whole range of the dash stretches through five digital screens. Honda’s embedded artificial technology at their heart is also exciting to be associated with. You will connect more than several of the present range of voice recognition programs in luxury brands by saying, “Alright, Honda.” It also has a side video surveillance known as the side camera monitoring system (SCMS) rather than traditional side mirrors as usual. A small backward face TV camera catches a heavy-definition view of the world beyond and next to the vehicle with a water-and mud-repellent film. Photos within the frame are shown on a set of6-inch well positioned on each side of the windshield, interestingly the proportions of side mirrors.

Audi had been on the market for the first time with this video tech form, but only as an expensive alternative, but even still, the screens were not well-positioned. However, the leading news is its guiding force, apart from its appearance. The Honda e is fitted with the ideal 50/50 load and rear wheel motor. The Honda e was designed on a new operating system and was born of Urban EV in 2017. The E is much more lightweight than others in the supermini category and comparable in scale to a Swift. Nevertheless, in comparison to many other superminis, the Honda features a complete McPherson suspension everywhere.

It has drawbacks, however, and baggage capacity is limited as the boot contains just 171 liters. Flip the seats up to 861 liters and expand the cargo space. Two people can compress the back. In’ Advance’ gradation, the rear integrated DC engine produces 136hP in regular or 154hp. The Honda E weights 1.514 kg and has an outstanding 315 nm torque, due to the turbo.

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Industry Baffled by NASA’s CLPS Task Order Retraction

NASA released a task order for its lunar commercial lander services program whose termination, without clarification, in January angered many of the companies involved.

NASA removed a 19C task directive for Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) program late January 31, according to numerous industry sources. The Task Orders are a call for proposals for CLPS contract firms to submit bids for the assignments specified in the Task Order using their landers.

As per the industry sources, the task order had been released around a week earlier, with a short period for turnaround. NASA gave no justification for removing the task order, and no further contact with the corporations was made.

CLPS businesses have been puzzled by the abrupt withdrawal of the order and a lack of detail. “Nothing frustratingly,” said one executive with a company, talking about the lack of information.

Seamus Tuohy, Senior Director of Draper’s Space Systems, a CLPS organization at the SmallSat Symposium, said in an interview on Feb. 5 that he was not notified why NASA revoked the task order. “With other contractors and us, the NASA CLPS team has been open, so I expect some clarification,” he said. He added that he welcomed NASA’s notice of its proposals to companies after they decided to withdraw the task order to stop drafting their plans to spend money on them.

NASA spokesperson Grey Hautaluoma confirmed in a statement late Feb. 8 that the task order was republished. NASA also thoroughly checked all the criteria in the CLPS Task Order 19C Application for Task Order Proposals and provided additional guidance in the request terminology to ensure that they are accurate and by the procurement strategy of the Agency,’ he added.

The 19C task order contained a smaller lunar landing mission, comparable to the NASA award given in May 2019 for the transport to the lunar surface of a selection of NASA payloads to Astrobotic and Intuitive Machines. Last month, the company said it had decided to proceed with that mission after it had opted to postpone one for the launch of the  Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover(VIPER). The mission required a wider lander, omitting some of the CLPS firms.

The NASA authorization bill introduced in House of Representatives Jan. 24 included the CLPS program. One part of the bill officially supports the program, provides for the classification of the system and challenges faced by NASA on those projects which are not science-based payloads to be funded by the Directorate in charge of them.

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NASA reveals 16 shipments that secluded planetary landers will take to the surface of the moon

WASHINGTON – the commercial rocket flight industry is doing great, and lawmakers will not get in their way. That is the message the speakers at the 23rd Annual Commercial Space Transportation Conference in Washington in the current week want to move out. 

Rep. Garret Graves, R-LA of the United States of America House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Aviation Subcommittee, stated that the innovating, the technology, the leading edge in most cases is emerging from the private sector. He added that as they move ahead on establishing the better type of the structure of the government, every one of them is aware and cognizant that they have to be very cautious about stymieing innovation. 

NASA is surely leaning into the thrust for commercial rocket flight. In the last week, the space agency revealed 16 scientific investigates and technology illustrations that would snag a ride to the lunar surface aboard landers construct by two private firms, namely as robotic of Pittsburgh and Intuitive Machines LLC of Houston. The Two landers slated to sendoff in July 2021 on United Launch Alliance’s Vulcan Centaur space ship and Falcon 9 of SpaceX, respectively. 

Peregrine lander of as robotic will ferry tolls to study numerals aspects of the environment of the moon. This job will assist in preparing for the coming of astronauts and the founding of a sustainable presence of a human on and around the Red Planet. This is one of NASA’s Artemis program’s primary goals. 

The different tools will examine the chemistry of resources in the moon regolith, which the forthcoming astronauts could harness and make use of the radiation setting, which is possibly the most significant problem to the survival of humanity and the well-being on the lunar surface. 

Intuitive Machines will fly tests that will experiment with autonomous orbital and surface steering as well as communication tests, and a camera that would investigate the spaceship is the landing trail. The following analysis is critical to planning for tasks to the red planet where NASA anticipates sending astronauts in the years of 2030. 

Both the private landers will ferry tools to assist navigation and aid scientists on the Earth’s surface in locating the spaceship after landing. 

The recently announced NASA payloads will ferry under the Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) program that targets to helping pave the way for Artemis and landing people near the south pole of the moon in 2024.