Lava flows to affect geothermal power generation in Hawaii

Lava flows to affect geothermal power generation in Hawaii

A report from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) states that the Lava flows from the Kilauea volcano on the island of Hawaii led to the shutdown of the Puna Geothermal Venture (PGV) power plant on May 3, 2018. The 38-megawatt (MW) facility is the only geothermal plant on the island, and it produced about 29 percent of the island’s electricity generation in 2017. The plant voluntarily ceased operations ahead of the approaching lava flow. Continuing eruptions in lower Puna, the south-eastern corner of the island, have damaged transmission lines and equipment, and local residences are experiencing extended power outages. Read More

Platform Specialty Products Corporation (PAH) has signed a definitive agreement to sell its agricultural solutions business, to UPL Corporation Ltd for $4.2 billion cash. The agricultural solutions consist of Arysta LifeScience Inc and its subsidiaries (collectively Arysta). The transaction is expected to close in late 2018 or early 2019. Platform also announced a planned name change and pro forma financial guidance. Platform plans to change its name to Element Solutions Inc (Element Solutions) effective at closing of the Arysta transaction. Element Solutions expects to be traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol NYSE: ESI. Read More

Honeywell (HON) unveiled Solstice N41 (provisional R-466A), a non-flammable and lower global-warming-potential (GWP) refrigerant for use in stationary air conditioning systems. Once on the market, Solstice N41 will be the lowest GWP, nonflammable, R-410A replacement refrigerant available worldwide. The refrigerant received a provisional number and a preliminary A1 designation from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), a key milestone needed to bring the product to market. The innovation comes after years of research and development by Honeywell scientists who set out to address one of the most vexing regulatory and safety challenges facing the HVAC industry. Read More

An Ultimate Guide on Diamond

History and Etymology: In 4th century BC, diamonds were first discovered and mined in India. Diamondin India had been known for at least 3000 years but 6000 years most likely. Diamonds popularity got increased since 19th century after its increase in supply, improved polishing and cutting techniques. In 327 BC, Alexander brought first diamond to Europe from India. French scientist Antoine Lavoisier in 1772 showed that the only product of the combustion of Diamond is Carbon dioxides, hence proving that diamond compose of only carbon. Later on chemist Smithson Tennant in 1797, repeated and expanded the experiment and demonstrated that diamond and graphite releases same amount of gas. Read More