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Mitsubishi Electric Corporation has launched 10.6-inch WXGAcolor TFT-LCD modules equipped with projected capacitive touch panels using cover glass of up to five millimeters in thickness. Sample sales will begin on November30 via Mitsubishi Electric offices worldwide. These new modules are designed to meet increasing industrial demand for thick cover glass and glass that allows operators to wear gloves. They also facilitate multi-touch and accurate sensing even on wet screens. The combination of these cutting-edge touch capabilities and Mitsubishi Electric's TFT-LCD technology are expected to support diverse applications and installation scenarios. The blurb goes . . . 1) Projected capacitive touch panels offering superior operability: thick, five-millimeter cover glass withstands rugged usage; 10-point touch operation for accurate sensing; high-level operability, even when using gloves or on wet screens. 2) Total touch-panel solution: One-stop solution for TFT-LCD, touch panel and touch-control board;- Optional optical bonding(resin bonding of the TFT-LCD module, touch-panel sensor and cover glass for clearer images in bright light; tempered cover glass and anti-reflection/anti-smudge surface treatment for wide-ranging use; factory-installed TFT-LCD, PCAP touch panel, cover glass and touch controller offer superior reliability The company reports capacitive touch is a touchscreen technology that uses two perpendicular layers of conductive material to form a grid. When electric current is applied, a uniform electrostatic field is created. The touch of a finger or other conductive object distorts the field, allowing the system to accurately track movement across the screen at multiple points. This technology is commonly used in smartphones and tablets. The model is mercury-free and fully compliant with the Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS) directive 2011/65/EU. Mitsubishi Electric.


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Local investors buy
into poles and wires

Australia’s New South Wales state government has sold a 50.4% stake in the high-wire electricity distribution network Ausgrid for $16.189bln to AustralianSuper and IFM.

It comes after two of the nation’s biggest superannuation funds last month emerged with an unsolicited bid for a 50.4% interest in a long-term lease of the operation.

The sale is likely to spark further controversy among other rival infrastructure investors that were eager to compete for the asset, including Hastings Funds Management, Queensland Investment Corporation and GIP.

The $100bln AustralianSuper, one of the country’s biggest super funds, and super fund-owned IFM Investors represents a more politically palatable deal for the NSW and federal governments.

In a press statement today (Friday), Premier Mike Baird said the transaction would deliver gross proceeds of $16.189bln to the state and would help to fund critical infrastructure projects as part of the government’s $20bln Rebuilding NSW plan.

“Our poles and wires transactions are unlocking billions of dollars to fund new schools, hospitals, public transport and roads that will make a real difference to peoples’ lives,“Mr Baird said.

State Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian said the successful unsolicited proposal by IFM Investors and AustralianSuper was thoroughly assessed by government agencies and financial advisers, within the strictest probity requirements, and found to be unique and delivering value for money.

The Price Commissioner, Professor Allan Fels, has signed off on the transaction.

The consortium has also signed the Electricity Prices Guarantee which confirms total Ausgrid network charges will be lower in 2019 than they were in 2014.

The NSW Government will retain 49.6% of Ausgrid and will have an ongoing role as the lessor of the business and an investor.

In addition, the State will continue its roles as licensor and safety and reliability regulator of Ausgrid. Ausgrid will also continue to be regulated by the Australian Energy Regulator which determines network prices.

Early last month the Federal Government blocked the sale of Ausgrid to Chinese and Hong Kong buyers on national security grounds.

The Chinese government-owned State Grid Corp had offered more than $12bln and Hong Kong-listed Cheung Kong Infrastructure group was offering up to $16bln for the 99-year lease.

Macquarie Capital is advising IFM and Australian Super, while UBS and Deutsche is advising the state government. The Australian 21/10/2016.

China’s utilities beg for coal as supply expansions yet to kick in. China’s electric power utilities are scrambling to get coal from anywhere they can, but are coming up short as efforts to boost supply take time to come into effect.

China’s government in September ordered miners to boost thermal coal output by 1m tonnes a day, but it will take months before new supplies from the recent reopening of mines hits the market.

Additionally, new rules on trucking have caused logjams in deliveries and transportation price spikes while suppliers at home and abroad are digging in for ever-higher prices.

Together this is causing a major headache for China’s power companies as they rush to secure feedstock ahead of their highest demand period during the Northern Hemisphere winter.

“A couple months ago, when prices are low, we have begged power plants to sign more long-term contracts, but they refused,“ said a trader based in Shandong province, one of the nation’s top producing regions.

“Now they begging us to give them more supply.”

In a major break from the tradition of agreeing to monthly contracts, some small coal miners are only pricing on a daily basis and accepting cash upfront, said two analysts and a coal trader who have spoken to the utilities.

That has added a major strain to the electricity companies’ cash flow and eroded profits.

Beijing’s steps to boost coal supplies have done little to derail the months-long price rally.

South China coal futures prices hit record highs this week above $85 per tonne, up by 21% since the start of the month.

The quickening pace of the gains has stirred speculation that the government may wade in again to try and calm the markets and soothe utilities’ concerns about tighter supplies and falling profits.

“Some electricity producers (only) break even or are on the brink of losses. If the coal prices continue to rise from the current level, the majority of power plant will turn into losses,” said Zheng Min, a coal analyst at China Sublime Information Group.

Adding to the tumult are new trucking rules that came into effect on September 21 aimed at cracking down on lorries that were illegally converted to carry extra weight. The regulations have affected the transportation of commodities from petrochemicals to pigs but has hit coal the hardest given the race for raw materials.

Since being introduced, truck rates have jumped some 30% to 400 yuan ($59) per tonne. Smaller players do not have access to rail freight as an alternative, although those prices are also rising, traders said.

Analysts who have visited some mines in Shaanxi province, one of the largest producing coal regions, report seeing long lines of trucks in and out of plants as power companies rush to secure feedstock.

“With buyers, a serious problem has been they cannot find enough trucks, not to mention the delay to port due to traffic,” said Xiaojing Zhang, an analyst at Everbright Futures. — ($1 = 6.7610 Chinese yuan renminbi) — By Josephine Mason and Meng Meng Reuters

Carnegie Wave Energy Limited has acquired 100% of Australian battery and solar engineering company Energy Made Clean, subject to formal agreements and shareholder approval. The company boasts this acquisition will make Carnegie the only listed company with a “dedicated renewable energy microgrid project delivery capability”. Carnegie will spend $2.6m in staged cash and $10.4m in Carnegie shares to take the remaining 65% per cent stake in EMC, adding to the 35% stake it owns. Carnegie reports EMC, with its track record of projects, is a proven specialist in the design, construction and operation of microgrids, commercial scale solar projects and energy storage systems.

Abu Dhabi-based Masdar has signed an agreement to build a 200MW solar plant in Jordan.

The power purchasing agreement for the plant was signed on Saturday by Mohammad Al Ramahi, chief executive officer of Masdar, and Abdul Fattah Daradkeh, chief executive officer of National Electric Power Company, Jordan's state electricity provider.

“The solar power plant will raise the international profile of Jordan as a key destination for utility-scale renewable energy projects, stimulate local job creation and knowledge transfer, and further incentivise the adoption of commercial clean energy in the Middle East and North Africa,” Ebrahim Saif, Jordan’s Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources said.

Jordan’s largest solar power plant will be linked to Al Muwaqqar substation located about 10km outside Amman. Gulf News 22/10/2016.