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Rethink the Rink Partnership Creates Results in Ice Hockey Rink Innovation

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Now commercially available, the new dasher board design is the first product that was designed in a unique collaboration among the Pittsburgh Penguins, Covestro (a global material science company), and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) called “Rethink the Rink.” This annual Make-a-thon project uses the technology innovation of CMU and its students combined with the high-tech material science expertise of Covestro engineers, and the game winning insight of the Pittsburgh Penguins, to advance the safety of the game of hockey.

In its first year, the Make-a-thon at Carnegie Mellon focused on rink dasher board design. Dasher boards surround hockey rinks and are used as a boundary; by players playing pucks off the boards in making passes; and checking other players into the boards to separate them from the puck. Hockey is the only major sport with a fixed board boundary so while playing hockey, pucks and players are making frequent contact with the boards, both with high speed and intensity.  

Current board design has very little, if any, “give” when a player comes in contact with them. Most rink board design has steel framed elements, flush against a white High-Density Polyethylene board.  Some older rinks still actually use steel framed wooden boards.

The winning student team’s concept has increased flexibility and movement with a new facing material, comprising Covestro’s Makrolon® polycarbonate sheeting over a nominal aluminum 6″ frame that was modified to allow a polyurethane foam dampening element between new aluminum framing and the boards. This polyurethane foam was made with Covestro raw materials. The combination of sheeting, materials and framing allows the boards to flex when hit with mass but remain stiff when hit by pucks. 

In other words, instead of hitting a solid steel framed wall, the newly designed boards absorb and disperse a portion of the impact when skated into by a player, but remain stiff when a puck makes contact. 

“Make-a-thon and the new hockey rink dasher board application is a testament to how we can combine material science and leading minds to problem solve. It is a great example of how innovation and collaboration come to life,” said Haakan Jonsson, Chairman and President of Covestro LLC. “This is a win for the collaborative venture between the Pens, Covestro, Athletica Sport Systems and CMU.  And we expect more safety improvements to come from future Make-a-thons.”

The concept was prototyped and tested by dasher board manufacturer Athletica Sport Systems using an automotive standard. Testing on the system showed significant increase in absorption on impact. The new dasher board prototype also showed up to 65% improvement in some of the key metrics of injury criterion such as acceleration and force. In comparison to the traditional steel frame design under the same impact characteristics there is a 150%-450% increase in deflection, which leads to energy absorption within the board system. This is a significant improvement and facilitates distribution of the impact velocity by 40-50 milliseconds.

“With Safety through Innovation being our brand promise and as a Preferred Rink Equipment Supplier to the NHL, the AHL, and USA Hockey, we were very interested to be involved in this endeavor,” said Andrew McRae, CEO of Athletica Sports Systems. “Our greatest differentiator is our ability to innovate and listen to our customers, so we made the necessary changes to the original Rethink the Rink concepts to ensure the boards could be properly manufactured. It is rewarding to see the new, safer board in action.” 

Sections of the new board system were installed at the Covestro Innovation Rink at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex for use by amateur players and testing will continue to ensure consistency.

David Morehouse, President and CEO of the Penguins, said, “This is a tremendous achievement that will make the game safer. It is very exciting how Covestro, students from CMU, Athletica, and the Pens came together to create a dasher board that has a hard exterior so that the puck behaves the same way, but also has enough give to reduce injury when a person hits the boards during play. It is literally a game changer in making the game safer.”

Check out this video of the new dasher board technology: https://www.nhl.com/penguins/video/pens-pulse-rethink-the-rink/t-277437428/c-5415105 Video courtesy of The Pittsburgh Penguins.

About Covestro LLC:
Covestro LLC is one of the leading producers of high-performance polymers in North America and is part of the global Covestro business, which is among the world’s largest polymer companies with 2020 sales of EUR 10.7 billion. Business activities are focused on the manufacture of high-tech polymer materials and the development of innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, construction, wood processing and furniture, electrical and electronics, and healthcare industries. Other sectors include sports and leisure, cosmetics and the chemical industry itself. Covestro has 33 production sites worldwide and employed approximately 16,500 people at the end of 2020.

Find more information at www.covestro.us  

About Athletica Sport Systems:
Athletica Sport Systems Inc., a leader in arena services is a designer, manufacturer, and installer of dasher board systems for hockey arenas and multi-sport athletic facilities, serving the professional, semi-pro and community end-markets.  Headquartered in Waterloo, Ontario, the company also has offices in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Vancouver, British Columbia. Athletica is the Preferred Rink Equipment Supplier to the National Hockey League (NHL), American Hockey League (AHL) and USA Hockey. Athletica Sport Systems Inc. is a Fulcrum Capital Partners portfolio company.

For more information at www.athletica.com

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This news release may contain forward-looking statements based on current assumptions and forecasts made by Covestro AG. Various known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors could lead to material differences between the actual future results, financial situation, development or performance of the company and the estimates given here. These factors include those discussed in Covestro’s public reports which are available at www.covestro.com. The company assumes no liability whatsoever to update these forward-looking statements or to conform them to future events or developments.

Makrolon® is a registered trademark of Covestro Group.

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Covestro:
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The Pittsburgh Penguins:
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Athletica Sport Systems:
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+1 519-747-1856 ext. 235
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For further info about the Dasher Boards’ commercial availability

Athletica Sport Systems:
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People’s Daily Online: uma pesquisa do Instituto de Zoologia de Kumming mostrou um aumento estável da população de pavões verdes, uma espécie ameaçada de extinção

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O pavão verde é uma espécie de ave nativa da China. Ela foi listada como espécie ameaçada de extinção em 1988, como vulnerável em 1994, e foi atualizada para espécie ameaçada em 2009 na Lista vermelha de espécies ameaçadas da IUCN.

Para proteger e salvar o pavão verde selvagem, o governo de Yunnan o listou como uma “Espécie com população minúscula” na província de Yunnan em 2009, destinou fundos especiais e adotou uma série de medidas para fortalecer a proteção do pavão verde e do seu habitat. Enquanto isso, o trabalho de construção de uma base de inseminação artificial com a ajuda do centro de reprodução e resgate da vida selvagem de Yunnan e a realização de pesquisas sobre inseminação artificial com a cooperação de unidades de pesquisa científica relevantes alcançaram sucesso preliminar. Depois que o número da população de pavões verdes gerados por inseminação artificial atingir um determinado nível, a domesticação no campo e outros trabalhos serão iniciados, e também serão elaborados planos para soltar o pavão verde na área de distribuição em potencial.

Graças às medidas de proteção eficazes, a população do pavão verde está estável e aumentando. Os dados mostram que Yunnan tinha cerca de 485 a 547 pavões verdes em 2018, e 555 a 600 indivíduos de 2019 a 2021. Entre eles, os pavões verdes selvagens estavam mais concentrados nas áreas do vale da parte de cima e do meio do rio Yuanjiang, onde a população também é a maior. De acordo com os resultados de câmeras infravermelhas e monitoramento por vídeo em várias reservas da natureza, nos últimos anos, há uma tendência de mudança e crescimento de algumas das áreas em que o pavão verde de Yunnan habita.

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Segunda Conferência Ministerial de Energia da Rota e Cinturão é realizada em Qingdao

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A iniciativa especifica o papel da energia eólica, solar, hídrica, biomassa, nuclear e outras formas de energia verde para a implementação do Acordo de Paris e o Plano de 2030 para o Desenvolvimento Sustentável das Nações Unidas, ressaltando que a energia verde está se tornando um importante impulsionador para o desenvolvimento econômico global e trará oportunidades sem precedentes para a cooperação mutuamente benéfica entre os países.

A iniciativa adota o princípio “responsabilidades comuns, mas diferenciadas (CBDR)”, clamando pelo repeito ao direito de cada país de escolher seu próprio caminho para a transição energética. Ela enfatiza a necessidade de maior apoio aos países em desenvolvimento em termos de fundos, tecnologia e capacidade de construção para um desenvolvimento mais equilibrado e ampliado de energia verde.

A iniciativa exige ações conjuntas para apoiar o desenvolvimento de energia verde e de baixo carbono em países em desenvolvimento. As tarefas específicas incluem a definição de planos e metas mais ambiciosos de desenvolvimento de energia verde, a melhoria da confiabilidade e da resiliência do fornecimento de energia verde e a criação de um ambiente mais atraente para o investimento em energia verde.

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LONGi announces “Net-zero Plant” pledge at UN biodiversity conference

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With the challenges of climate change and biodiversity loss growing, the realization of global sustainable development has reached a crossroads. As the only solar energy company invited to attend the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP15), LONGi firmly believes that photovoltaics can change the earth’s ecology and contribute to biodiversity protection.

“Climate change has an all-round impact on biodiversity, and unreasonable energy development modes represent a key factor leading to climate change and increasing biodiversity issues,” said Li, going on to add that LONGi is a staunch supporter of climate action, in the belief that photovoltaics plus energy storage can be a powerful weapon to mitigate climate change. The company has taken the lead in promoting the reduction in cost and increase in efficiency of photovoltaic products, reducing the cost of photovoltaic power generation by more than 90% over the past decade, providing technical support for the achievement of carbon peak and neutrality goals.

LONGi launched its “Solar for Solar” concept in December 2018, based on manufacturing photovoltaic products driven by photovoltaic power generation, with the objective of extending the role of PV in ecological restoration. The concept had originated in Yunnan Province, where LONGi was the first PV company to establish a base, going on to play a leading role in the development of the province’s new energy industry.

In 2020, LONGi successively joined RE100, EV100, EP100 and Scientific Carbon Target (SBTi), becoming the only Chinese solar technology company to join four international initiatives at the same time. The company’s Baoshan production base, in effect the first “Net-zero Plant”, was also a concrete implementation of the four initiatives, and can be viewed as the starting point for “Net-zero LONGi”.

Yunnan is the province with the most abundant green energy in China. Installed capacity  accounts for 85%, with power generation from green energy reaching 90%, laying a very solid foundation for building a net-zero plant.

“We are planning on two years to achieve zero emissions within the operational scope of the LONGi Baoshan base by purchasing green power, energy-saving technological transformation and carbon emission offset measures.” Li divided the realization of the “Net- zero Plant” into four steps: Firstly, ensuring that 100% of the Baoshan base utilises green power throughout the year; secondly, completing the production technology transformation of the base’s carbon deposition materials to significantly reduce natural gas leakage; thirdly, promoting green production in the base and, finally, purchasing Chinese Certified Emission Reduction (CCER) to offset carbon emissions that cannot be completely eliminated.

Li concluded: “LONGi will always be a defender of and contributor to ecological harmony, sparing no effort to achieve net-zero targets, promote global energy transformation and join hands with partners from all walks of life to jointly realize this vision.”

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Sinopec coloca em operação o maior cluster de armazenamento de gás do norte da China com fornecimento de dez bilhões de metros cúbicos de armazenamento de gás

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A instalação de armazenamento de gás tem capacidade de 10,03 bilhões de  metros cúbicos e será uma importante garantia de recursos para armazenamento de gás e geração de energia em horários de pico do inverno até a primavera na região norte da China e na bacia do rio Amarelo, além de garantir um suprimento de gás estável.

O cluster de armazenamento de gás Zhongyuan da Sinopec agora tem três blocos, o Wen 23, o Wen 96 e o Wei 11. A instalação de armazenamento de gás Wei 11, que agora está instalada e em funcionamento, é um componente fundamental para estabelecer o cluster de armazenamento de gás natural que chega a dez bilhões de metros cúbicos. O bloco está localizado na junção das províncias de Henan e Shandong e tem capacidade projetada de 1,009 bilhão de metros cúbicos. A maior capacidade de geração de energia em horários de pico diário da instalação de armazenamento de gás Wei 11 é de cinco milhões de metros cúbicos, o que pode atender às demandas de gás de dez milhões de residências todos os dias.

Além disso, a Sinopec terá suas instalações de armazenamento de gás Wen 13 West e Bai 9 na região do campo petrolífero de Zhongyuan instaladas e em funcionamento até o final deste ano, após concluir a construção e injeção de gás, adicionando uma capacidade de armazenamento de gás estimada em 1,116 bilhões de metros cúbicos, aumentando ainda mais os recursos da empresa em armazenamento de gás e geração de energia em horários de pico.

O armazenamento de gás é um “banco de gás natural” subterrâneo, uma infraestrutura de energia que integra geração de energia em horários de pico sazonais, fornecimento de gás em casos de acidente de emergência e reservas nacionais de energia estratégica. À medida que a proporção de gás natural continua a expandir na estrutura de consumo de energia da China, os picos e vales do fornecimento de gás natural, bem como as diferenças sazonais, estão se tornando cada vez mais evidentes. O armazenamento de gás pode “depositar” o excedente de gás natural no mercado e “empurrar” o tempo de escassez de abastecimento durante a estação de aquecimento no inverno para garantir a geração de energia em horários de pico de demanda por gás natural.

A Sinopec continua acelerando a construção de instalações de armazenamento de gás e aprimorando os recursos de armazenamento de gás e de geração de energia em horários de pico na China. A empresa está se preparando para concluir projetos importantes, incluindo o cluster de armazenamento de gás Zhongyuan e a instalação de armazenamento de gás Huangchang na província de Hubei e muito mais, após a conclusão das instalações de armazenamento de gás, incluindo Yong 21, na província de Shandong, Wei 11, na região do campo petrolífero de Zhongyuan, Guxi, na província de Jilin e Qingxi, na província de Sichuan, expandindo continuamente a escala de armazenamento de gás natural e aprimorando efetivamente a capacidade de armazenamento e os recursos de geração de energia em horários de pico de gás para garantir o fornecimento de gás natural.

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