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The Katanes wind-wave project located off Caithness and Sutherland in the north of Scotland could deliver first power by 2022, DP Energy and Floating Power Plant, the developers of the project, said. The companies have decided to proceed to the next stage of the development, having recently completed the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) screening.”We consider Katanes to be a world-leading location for an early-stage development of this technology. This, together with the strengths of the local and national supply chain and the Scottish Government’s commitment to support the offshore energy sector, especially emerging technologies such as floating wind and wave, has led us to this decision,” Simon De Pietro, CEO of DP Energy, said.The developers are now working towards preparing an EIA scoping report, and are evaluating the potential for further development off Scotland’s north coast, De Pietro said.The long-term goal of the two companies is to develop a commercial scale project in staged development steps. Floating Power Plant has developed the P80 wind-wave energy platform, which hosts a single wind turbine ranging from 5MW to 8MW and integrates a wave energy device with a capacity between 2MW and 3.6MW, depending on the wave resource.The technology has been proven by two years of offshore, grid-connected testing in Danish waters, the developers said.”With this decision we are moving towards our first commercial development, based on our patented P80 platform technology,” said Anders Køhler, CEO of Floating Power Plant.”DP Energy is a valued strategic partner and, as it looks now, our technology could be entering construction and be operational on the Katanes site in a 2021-22 timeframe. We plan to take a staged approach with a first demonstrator of up to 3.6 MW wave and 7-8 MW wind power, followed by a further stage with an array of up to ~47 MW.”
Claudio Ranieri believes Leicester’s title rivals are yet to take their challenge seriously. Jamie Vardy – who has fully recovered from a groin operation – is the division’s joint 15-goal top scorer while Riyad Mahrez has netted 14 times with the duo leading the Foxes’ charge. “I think slowly, slowly they believe they can do something special. It’s not easy of course, but it is important to try. Sometimes you need a bit of luck,” said the Italian. “When we drew against United and City my players weren’t happy. They were as if we had lost the match. That was fantastic because they wanted to win. “Now it’s fantastic and now our fans are dreaming. They must continue to dream and we must continue to work hard.” The Foxes are second, behind leaders Arsenal on goal difference, having emerged as shock contenders for the Barclays Premier League crown. Wednesday’s 1-0 win at Tottenham further proved their credentials and they go to rock bottom Aston Villa on Saturday. Press Association Leicester are three points ahead of Manchester City and seven clear of Spurs but Ranieri feels their chances are still being dismissed. “It’s easy to say ‘yes, Leicester can fight for the title’ but of course I think they don’t believe,” said the 64-year-old, who has been nominated for December’s Manager of the Month award. “Everybody says ‘sooner or later they will slow down’ “They say Arsenal, Tottenham, United, City, Chelsea, who are used to fighting for the title, say ‘Leicester are there, but can they arrive at the end and fight?’ “Nobody knows and we don’t have the pedigree to say ‘yes, Leicester is there’ so far. “But we want to have them say ‘yes, now, Leicester are fighting for the top four’. “I’m not happy or unhappy. I don’t think about the other teams. I think only about Leicester. That is my focus.” Ranieri has played down Leicester’s chances of the title in the past but said his squad are starting to believe they can stun the league.
School begins Tuesday and so does the BC High School Fall Sports Season.On tap to kick off the season locally is the Kootenay Crosscountry Circuit, beginning September 16 in Kaslo with the River Run. There are five meets — September 23 in Rossland, September 30 in at L.V. Rogers in Nelson and October 7 at Mount Sentinel in the South Slocan — before competitors take to Kokanee Provincial Park north of Nelson for the West Kootenay Championships.All races start at 4 p.m. for distances of three kilometers for Grades 6-8; 4.5 km for Grades 9-10 and 6 km for Grades 11-12 (4.5 km for girls).The Kootenay Championships are being hosted in Invermere October 28.The BC High School Crosscountry Championships are set for Saturday, November 7 at Jericho Beach in Vancouver.Other sports on the fall season include boy’s soccer, volleyball and field hockey.