The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has published “The Metocean Plan”, authored by the UK-based Carbon Trust, which was supported by Frazer Nash Consultancy. The plan aims to support developers and financiers with the deployment of floating Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) solutions.The Carbon Trust said that, by building on experience gained over a decade working in the European market, it has generated guidance for NYSERDA on how to deploy cost effective wind resource measurement technology to generate bankable data to improve project financing of future offshore wind developments.Floating LiDARs are a proven technology which delivers cost savings of up to 90 per cent compared to traditional fixed met masts, the Carbon Trust stated.NYSERDA is the lead agency coordinating offshore wind development on behalf of New York State, which will support the ambitious Clean Energy Standard to meet 50 per cent of New York’s electricity needs with renewable sources by 2030. In support of the Governor’s proposal, NYSERDA continues to work closely with coastal communities and the fishing and maritime industries to identify offshore wind sites to be included in New York State’s Offshore Wind Master Plan.Recommendations detailed in the newly-released plan cover all aspects of deployment including project management set up and operations and maintenance of the devices themselves. Site specific elements such as New York permitting requirements and the current lack of offshore met masts to validate a floating LiDAR in New York waters are also considered.The plan draws on recent publications from the OWA, including the OWA Floating LiDAR Recommended Practice.NYSERDA also sought public feedback on the plan to ensure the final plan reflected views of wider stakeholders.The Metocean Plan is available online at NYSERDA’s website.
Harry Redknapp believes Eduardo Vargas can fire the goals to guide QPR to Premier League safety. Former Spurs striker Zamora seized on poor positioning from Martin Skrtel, Dejan Lovren and holding midfielder Emre Can to dictate QPR’s play. Zamora teed up both gilt-edged chances for Fer, with Redknapp hailing his 33-year-old forward’s astute play. Should the QPR boss opt to move Vargas into the starting line-up then his praise of Zamora hints at Charlie Austin dropping to the bench. “They couldn’t play Bobby could they? That was our plan,” said Redknapp. “I thought we played good football when we had to, dropped it up to Bobby and joined him when we had to. “He was unplayable I thought for 70 minutes. “They are a good group of lads, and they deserved something out of that game. “I just feel sorry for them, they gave everything.” A frustrated Redknapp bemoaned QPR’s injury run, with Rio Ferdinand picking up a groin issue and Sandro suffering a recurrence of his original groin strain too. “Jordon Mutch came in, who I think is going to be a top player, but we can’t get him fit at the moment, he’s got a hamstring, so he can’t play,” said Redknapp. “Sandro’s got a groin (problem) again, he came off on Sunday; it’s been difficult to get a settled team. “Joey Barton’s out, has been for six, seven weeks, it’s been difficult getting people fit. “Rio had a groin problem as well, he had an injection in the week and hadn’t trained.” Press Association Chile striker Vargas twice thought he had rescued a point for Rangers in Sunday’s clash with Liverpool, only for Steven Caulker’s own goal to hand the Reds a 3-2 victory. Rangers boss Redknapp admitted he will be hard pressed to leave Napoli loan recruit Vargas out of his starting line-up after his two-goal cameo at Loftus Road. “I’ve got no doubts we’ll be okay and that we’ll stay up,” said Redknapp, despite QPR remaining rooted to the bottom of the Premier League. “And the little boy Vargas has given me even more confidence. “To see him come on and get two goals, when he got two for Chile as well in midweek: he’s a goalscorer. “And he nearly scored another at the end with Skrtel, when he was coming in to dive in and head it. “He’ll score goals and he’s going to be a big asset for us. It’s going to be difficult to leave him out of the team.” Former Tottenham boss Redknapp has shrugged off speculation linking the likes of Tim Sherwood to a Loftus Road takeover. Les Ferdinand has arrived as head of football operations, but Redknapp remains in overall senior control. Holland midfielder Leroy Fer struck the crossbar twice in Sunday’s first half where QPR were almost totally dominant, with Bobby Zamora causing untold headaches for Liverpool’s defence.
Liverpool have made the trip to face Villarreal in the first-leg of their semi-final clash.And Shaktar Donetsk will host another Spanish side, Sevilla in the Ukraine.Both matches will kick-off at five-past eight. The home side produced a trademark defensive performance after snatching an early lead through midfielder Saul Niguez.The result gives Madrid a slender advantage to take with them to Munich next week.Later tonight, the semi-finals begin in the Europa League.