3. Braxton Miller’s rollercoaster season.Since spraining the MCL in his left knee in OSU’s win against San Diego State, junior quarterback Braxton Miller has struggled to play consistently. After a four-touchdown performance against Wisconsin, Miller played poorly against Northwestern, turning the ball over three times and failing to find the end zone. Now Miller heads into the game against Penn State on the heels of a performance against Iowa in which he threw for 222 yards and two touchdowns and added 102 yards on the ground. If Miller wants to lead the Buckeyes to another undefeated season, he will need to find more consistency in his play and keep his mistakes to a minimum. Although he was successful against the Hawkeyes, it remains to be seen which Miller will show up Saturday. If Miller can avoid turning the ball over and instead score a couple of touchdowns, it will go a long way to pushing the Buckeyes to 8-0 overall on the season. 4. Can Ohio Stadium and Buckeye Nation rattle Christian Hackenberg?True freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg has been all Penn State could have asked for this season. The 6-foot-4-inch Palmyra, Va., product has thrown for 1,672 yards and 11 touchdowns so far in 2013, against six interceptions. His three first-half scoring tosses kept the Nittany Lions afloat early on in their quadruple overtime win against Michigan two weeks ago, and the freshman is only getting better. OSU’s secondary has taken multiple hits this season, with the loss of senior safety Christian Bryant to a broken ankle against Wisconsin Sept. 28 and Roby last week to the ejection. If Hackenberg is able to find holes and complete big plays to Robinson and others, the team could light up the scoreboard. 5. Will the pressure get to OSU?The Buckeyes currently sport the nation’s longest winning streak at 19 games, and with the opportunity to take another step toward a Leaders Division title, will the pressure finally get to the team? The last time OSU boasted a 19-game winning streak, Meyer was on the other sidelines with Florida when it ended in the 2006 BCS National Championship. A victory against conference rival Penn State (8 p.m. Saturday at Ohio Stadium) would surely vault the Buckeyes ahead into their next two games on the road against Purdue and Illinois. 2. Will Bradley Roby be ready to step up?This year hasn’t gone exactly how redshirt-junior cornerback Bradley Roby had planned. After being named a preseason All-American, Roby was then suspended for the season opener after a July incident at a Bloomington, Ind., bar. He has been outplayed during games against California and Wisconsin and was then ejected from the game against Iowa for targeting. Roby is expected to play the whole game against the Nittany Lions and will likely be matched up against Penn State junior wide receiver Allen Robinson. Robinson is averaging 117.5 receiving yards per game, the highest among players that OSU has faced so far in 2013. It will be another test for Roby, who continues to watch his NFL Draft stock plummet with his struggles. If Roby can contain Robinson, it could be a long day for Penn State. Senior running back Carlos Hyde (34) dives forward during a game against Iowa Oct. 19 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 34-24.Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editor1. How many yards does Carlos Hyde gain?Let’s face it: The lead running back role in the Buckeye offense belongs to Carlos Hyde. Although redshirt-senior Jordan Hall played well during Hyde’s three-game suspension stemming from an incident at a Columbus bar in July, Hyde has completely taken over No. 4 Ohio State’s (7-0, 3-0) backfield. In the four games since returning from suspension, Hyde has rushed for 41, 85, 168 and 149 yards, respectively, and five total touchdowns. Two of those games came against then-top 10 rushing defenses in Wisconsin and Iowa, and Hyde was still successful. Penn State (4-2, 1-1) comes into the game Saturday with the No. 21 rushing defense in the country, so Hyde will look to have another big game to help OSU win its 20th straight game.
Lovefilm has inked a streaming deal with LG that will see its service launched on the TV manufacturer’s connected TVs. An app from Amazon-owned streaming and delivery service Lovefilm will be added to LG’s smart TV platform, allowing customers to order TV series and movies via the remote control and watch them immediately. Simon Calver, CEO of Amazon’s Lovefilm, said: “With this latest platform launch we are strengthening our penetration into the living rooms of UK consumers, bringing instant entertainment to more homes than ever before.”The Lovefilm service is already available on Sony and Samsung connected TVs. Rival service Netflix is available on Samsung connected TVs in the UK.Earlier this week, Lovefilm has inked a deal with Disney for ABC TV On Demand service.
JS: So, when is it a good time to short stocks? E.B.: I like to short stocks when the market is red hot. When stocks are up big, investors become less disciplined. They overlook problems that would normally scare them away. The higher stocks climb, the more investors throw caution to the wind. After all, it’s human nature to think the good times will never end. Eventually, companies can’t live up to the market’s unrealistic expectations. You see, the stock market “prices in” the future, meaning the price of a stock reflects how much money investors think a company will make tomorrow, next quarter, or next year. Sooner or later, some companies will disappoint investors. When that happens, look out below. JS: So you like to short expensive stocks? E.B.: It’s not that simple. You see, a lot of investors get carried away shorting. They’ll look for the next high-flyer and try to call its top. That can be dangerous. Shorting a stock because it’s “overvalued” is very difficult. Just look at Amazon (AMZN). It trades at more than 140 times future earnings. That’s off the charts. But the stock made a new high today. Amazon’s been expensive for years, and all it’s done is keep rising. That’s because it’s one of the most dominant companies on the planet. In other words, you shouldn’t short a stock just because it’s expensive. After nearly two decades of active investing, I’ve learned to avoid that strategy completely. I like to short companies that are dependent on a certain customer or economic situation that I expect to change. If my assumptions about changing economics are right, a company’s valuation today might be irrational and set to decline sharply. JS: The U.S. stock market looks very fragile right now. Is now a good time to short stocks? E.B.: Stocks have been rising for almost eight years. Corporate profits have been falling since 2014. And many key economic indicators, like the Purchasing Managers’ Index, are flashing warning signs. So, yes. It’s a good time to short. Surprisingly, most investors are still fully committed to stocks. They haven’t set aside enough cash. And they certainly aren’t shorting many stocks. If stocks start falling, these folks could take heavy losses. But since we have three open short positions, Casey Report readers should make money no matter what direction the market heads. JS: Can you tell us about a stock you’re shorting right now? E.B: One company we’re shorting is Signet Jewelers Ltd. (SIG). The stock hit a 52-week low yesterday. Signet is one of America’s biggest jewelry store chains. It owns jewelry brands you’ve seen at your local mall, like Zales, Jared, and Kay. These might be household names, but don’t confuse Signet with Tiffany & Co (TIF), which caters to a higher-end customer who often pays with cash. Signet serves the average American, and more than half of its customers buy on credit. That could turn into a big problem. Recommended Links A Decade in the Making: Hidden Profit Code Revealed In 2006, a prominent Wall Street financier handed me this 111-year-old document — a financial “timetable” that has predicted every major boom and bust of the last century with uncanny accuracy. I can’t thank him enough… because by using this powerful calendar, I had the opportunity to turn a small investment into over $1.2 million. The shocking details are right here.
The petrodollar system is the reason foreign countries keep such large US dollar reserves. Now China is set to hit the petrodollar with a mortal blow… Why the US Dollar Is So Special The petrodollar system is the big reason the US dollar is so unique. Here’s how it works… Oil is by far the largest and most strategic commodity market in the world. And, until recently, virtually anyone who wanted to import oil needed US dollars to pay for it. Every country needs oil. And if foreign countries need US dollars to buy oil, they have a very compelling reason to hold large dollar reserves. This creates a huge artificial market for US dollars. It also gives a tremendous boost to anyone who lives in the US or holds US dollars. Nick Giambruno and Ron Paul A new technology is about to put big pharma out of business… And an FDA anomaly this December could be the catalyst that brings this new biotech to the forefront. For a limited time, you can watch our brief video presentation, The Biggest Medical Breakthrough Since Antibiotics. Click here to see the best way to play this medical breakthrough. China Wants Pricing Power One of China’s key goals here is to reduce the dollar’s influence over oil pricing. China is the world’s largest oil importer. Developing the new crude contract gives it some global pricing power. Currently, most of the $1.7 trillion worth of oil traded each year is priced off of two US dollar-denominated crude benchmarks: West Texas Intermediate (WTI) and Brent. Beijing thinks the yuan crude contract will reflect the market conditions in Asia better. It could become the most important oil benchmark in Asia. The vice-chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission recently said: The country will make crude oil futures the new starting point of opening up all futures markets… And then, we will allow foreign players, whose enthusiasm is very high at present, to enter other futures markets, such as iron ore and PTA, when conditions are ripe. In other words, oil is just the beginning. Eventually, China plans to challenge the dollar’s dominance over all commodities. 4%, it would need over $1.2 trillion, or over half of what it currently snatches from taxpayers—again, just to pay the interest. 2%, it would need over $800 billion. Why Medium Sour Crude? The INE crude futures will be priced in yuan per barrel and be for 1,000 barrels. Brent and WTI futures contracts are for light, sweet crude. “Light” means it has relatively low density, and “sweet” means it has a low sulfur content. The INE contract, on the other hand, will be for medium sour crude. There are a handful of reasons for this: Silicon Valley Rocket Scientist Declares: An anomaly at the FDA could launch a new biotech industry 35,000% starting December 19 Clearly, none of this is sustainable. Trump was correct last year when he noted: “What happens if that interest rate goes up 2, 3, 4 points? We don’t have a country.” In many ways, this could turn into President Trump’s financial 9/11. The petrodollar system has allowed the US government and many Americans to live way beyond their means for decades. The US takes this unique position for granted. But it will disappear once the petrodollar system breaks down. When that happens, inflation could be severe. This will likely be the tipping point… Afterward, the US government will be desperate enough to implement capital controls, people controls, nationalization of retirement savings, and other forms of wealth confiscation. I urge you to prepare for the economic and sociopolitical fallout while you still can. Expect bigger government, less freedom, shrinking prosperity… and possibly worse. It’s probably not going to happen tomorrow. But it’s clear where this trend is headed. It is very possible that one day soon, Americans will wake up to a new reality. Until next time, Nick Giambruno Editor, Crisis Investing P.S. I started to see the pieces falling into place late last year. That’s why I told readers the death of the petrodollar would be the No. 1 black swan event of 2017. Eventually, I think people will look back and see China’s Golden Alternative as the catalyst that made it happen. We recently released a video that shows how it could all go down… Click here to watch it now. Reader MailbagToday, one reader’s skepticism of the crypto mania… It is understood there is a real chance of cyber warfare in the future where all internet, and possibly all computer activities, might be affected (in which case, only older VW beetles might continue to work because they have no computer components). If this is the case, then cryptocurrencies, whether government currency or otherwise, would be frozen, along with credit and bank cards. This means, of course, that only physical currency such as precious metals would be an acceptable transaction medium—real money! Yours truly, astounded at the crypto mania.—Vern We’d love to hear from you. If you have a question or comment on the Dispatch, you can send it to us right here. Medium sour crude oil accounts for over 40% of global crude output, but there is currently no price benchmark for it. The first major “win” for the Trump Presidency The mainstream press hasn’t written a word about HR 835… But Congress’s new bill has already helped send one little-known market soaring 1,025%… And according to a Goldman Sachs insider, prices could rocket 4,900% higher in the months ahead. There’s still time for you to get in – if you act before Trump signs HR 835 into law (no later than December 31). “There is a wall of money coming,” says one hedge fund manager, “and we’ll see an explosion in prices.” Click here for the full story. Bottom line, it will allow oil producers to sell oil for gold. Producers will be able to completely bypass the petrodollar system and any restrictions/regulations/sanctions of the US financial system. I recently spoke with the officials at the exchange. They told me they plan to go live with the INE crude contract before the end of the year. Immediately convert the yuan they receive from selling oil into physical gold at the spot price for immediate delivery. Recommended Link
Testing heats up at Sandia’s Solar Tower with high temperature falling particle receiver This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Provided by SolarPACES What is the advantage of particle receivers?Particle receiver technology has the potential to reduce the cost of tower CSP, because it can nearly double today’s power tower temperatures, which top out in molten salt technology at 565°C.High temperatures increase efficiency, making particle receivers a good fit with high efficiency supercritical CO2 and air-breathing Brayton power cycles, and enable solar to replace fossil fuels in high-temperature thermochemical processes like splitting water to extract hydrogen at 800°C or make carbon-neutral solar fuels like jet fuels at 1,300°C.Researchers have investigated many materials for the particles. The advantage of sand is cost. At 5 MW, this particle receiver design would cycle more than 2000 tons of sand through its system.”We’re excited about sand because it doesn’t matter how much you need, the cost is almost nothing,” he pointed out. At scale, some materials, particularly engineered particles, could become a considerable fraction of initial costs. “When you are talking about thousands of tons of an engineered material, that can become prohibitive at some point.”Al-Ansary presented the paper on the results of the red sand tests in particle receiver tower CSP at the 23rd SolarPACES Conference in Chile.How the particle receiver worksAt a 20 MW-electrical scale, the receiver aperture would be about 10 meters wide by 10 meters tall and sand would be fed from the hopper to fall in a curtain a few cm thick through a 10 to 15 meter wide slot, exposing the sand particles to the heat of 1000 suns of intensely focused sunlight from a solar field of mirrors reflecting sunlight into the receiver aperture.Unlike the energy storage tanks in molten salt CSP, the hot and cold storage tanks could be stacked right inside the receiver tower along with the heat exchanger, so there is much less pumping of storage material, reducing parasitic costs.For a 20 MW plant, the tower would be about 150 meters tall and about 30 meters in diameter with the storage tanks stacked vertically inside. The discharge point of the cold tank would be about half way up the tower, “so we only need to lift the particles from the middle to the top to heat them.”The sand particles never fall fast, thanks to chevron-shaped obstacles that slow their descent, an innovation previously tested at Sandia in the US by the international research group. Without the obstacles, sand accelerates to 5 or 6 meters per second, even in just a 1 meter drop height.The obstructed flow maintains a dense curtain of particles everywhere in the receiver, so that all the concentrated radiation is absorbed by the falling particles.With particles slowed by the chevrons, Al-Ansary’s group got results of about 1,000°C in the lab without the sand agglomerating, and even out in the field, attained temperatures above 700°C.”The world’s first commercial particle receiver will be in 2018In a research field filled with innovation in much needed solar technologies, but not nearly equally visionary commercial support, the particle receiver research group is very fortunate to have backing ready to go.The Saudi Electricity Company is banking on building the world’s first commercial particle receiver, with the planning phase expected to start in the middle of 2018, following final prototype testing in January and February.”They said they are actually preparing for the next phase which is maybe around 5 MW. They would like it to be generating and they would like to sell that electricity,” he said.”Once we complete testing on KSU’s small 100 kW-electrical facility, and as soon as the results from this facility are confirmed, they are ready to go.”Saudi Electricity Company engineers have even been involved in helping with the research, and there will be an opportunity to tweak the engineering at scale.”We’ve actually had some engineers from the utility working with us on a daily basis on this project so it is really a joint effort, just making sure that we have a mature design such that when we go to the third phase it will be fully commercial.”Sandia has a much larger solar field, which was crucial and very useful in early testing, but the Riyadh test facility was small enough to be dedicated to a complete demonstration as a fully integrated power system with a heat exchanger and a gas turbine system – and a first adopter.Remote Arabian settlements need 1 GW worth of small projectsAway from Riyadh, parts of Saudi Arabia have an ideal solar resource for CSP (annual DNI of 2,600) the form of solar which needs clear skies. And many remote regions lack grid power.”Our national utility is excited about this idea because they have many remote areas that are not served by the grid, where 5 or 10 MW is more than enough,” said Al-Ansary. “They told me that the potential just within Saudi Arabia for those areas is roughly a thousand megawatts (1,000 MW). So they can build about 200 of these plants.”A 5 MW gas turbine that is adaptable to operation with hot compressed air, not steam like a molten salt system, is available commercially. This type of turbine has been tested in the EU using a direct gas heating receiver. This proven design is compatible with the PHR-CSP concept with little modification.The calm confidence with which Al-Ansary described each step from research to the impending commercialization was unusual. Even though clean technology innovation is absolutely crucial to a livable planet, such access to easy transition is rare. Al-Ansary confirmed it.”Indeed, we are lucky to have this support,” he agreed. Citation: Particle receivers to get first commercial trial—in Saudi Arabia (2018, January 22) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-particle-commercial-trialin-saudi-arabia.html Explore further Particle receiver diagram. Credit: Sandia A new solar technology is twice as efficient, cutting the cost of solar thermal energy, by raising operating temperatures to 1,000°C, almost twice the 565°C molten salt temperature in current concentrated solar power (CSP) tower plants. For most innovative research in clean energy, the dreaded “Valley of Death” after lab scale success is the sad place where great innovations go to die for lack of commercial trials.But that will not be the case for particle heating receiver technology (PHR) that was first conceptualized at Sandia National Laboratories and is now being researched worldwide.PHR is cutting edge technology for tower CSP, a form of solar that converts the sun’s heat to power. CSP with thermal energy storage is an important key to powering a carbon-constrained future, because its thermal storage enables solar generation at any time of day or night.PHR skips the “valley of death”There is an unobstructed path from lab to commercialization for Hany Al-Ansary, Professor in Mechanical Engineering at King Saud University (KSU) and international collaborators investigating one alternative approach using a red sand abundantly available near Riyadh in Saudi Arabia.The KSU approach relies on the sand flowing through a cavity receiver in the tower, while other promising approaches use different particles in free fall, or in an enclosed receiver.Saudi Arabia will be first to commercialize particle receiver technologyThe Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) is funding and assisting with the research into using the red sand approach for heat absorption in PHRs, and intends to enter the planning phase of a commercial trial in 2018. This sort of commercial support and trial is essential to developing technologies.Like molten salts, sand loses less than 1% of its stored energy daily, but it can achieve a temperature almost twice as high. This is the main reason for the interest in particle receivers, according to Al-Ansary, who holds 15 patents and has published in peer-reviewed journals.”Molten salt is limited to around 565°C,” he said. “but depending on which type of particles, you can get much higher temperatures, up to 1,000°C. Our group worked on different containment structure designs, and with simple masonry materials and a well-insulated tank, we reduced heat loss to under 1% per day, similar to molten salt.”