BMW says EV owners can turn i3 into 'cash cow', use more solar power with controllable load tech – Electrek

Over the past 3 years, BMW has been running a trial of its ‘ChargeForward’ program with BMW i3 owners willing to automatically delay the charging of their vehicle at the request of their local electric utility, PG&E, in order to offset peak demand.

BMW is presenting the results of the trial and says that electric car owners can turn i3 into ‘cash cow’ and use more solar power with controllable load technology

The idea is quite simple. Under the program, PG&E can request BMW to delay the charging sessions of BMW i3 owners by up to an hour in order to reduce the load.

Instead, the owners are incentivized to charge for cheaper when renewable energy production is higher.

In return, owners are compensated for the possible inconvenience. For the first trial run, owners received a $1,000 “gift card” at the launch of the program and they were able to get up to $540 more based on how their charging sessions were affected. BMW is actually reducing the rewards for the second round, presumably because they realized that it was a lot of money for what they were asking of the i3 owners.

It’s important to note that owners can easily temporarily opt out of the program before starting a charging session if they absolutely need to charge. But if your car needs to charge, but it’s not urgent, you plug it in and if PG&E needs to offset demand, they will delay it and your car will take up to one more hour to charge.

At the Governor’s Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco this week, the BMW and PG&E are presenting the results.

They listed the main findings:

  • Electric vehicles can help stabilizing the public grid and maximizing the portion of renewables.
  • Drivers are willing to change their charging habits in order to align with renewables, given the right messaging and incentives.
  • Energy companies can help increase daytime charging with renewables by supporting companies in adding workplace charging.
  • Sharing data with other drivers is a motivator for many participants.
  • Programmes like ChargeForward improve customers’ understanding of how the grid works, which helps them become more educated energy consumers.

They found the trial to be successful in saving money for the owners in increasing renewable energy use.

Dr. Joachim Kolling, Head of BMW Group Mobility and Energy Services, said about the

“Our target is to offer charging power generated with the lowest possible CO2 emissions at most attractive prices to drivers of our electric cars”,

BMW says that the i3 owners in the program charged they cars with 56% renewable energy versus over 22% of renewable energy use in California.

The German automaker says that 350 electric vehicle owners are now part of the trial.

A recent study showed that controlling the power load like this could result in advantages in the billions of dollars and it would enable the grid to take better advantage of renewable energy.

It is important to note that this isn’t vehicle to grid technology that Nissan is touting. That will allow even more control over loads and could also offer EV drivers a bigger incentive.

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A taste of Tibet's pioneering spirit – ecns

Foreigners visit the Fourth China Tibet Tourism and Culture Expo in Lhasa, capital of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, Sept. 10, 2018. (Xinhua/Chogo)

Foreigners visit the Fourth China Tibet Tourism and Culture Expo in Lhasa, capital of southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region, Sept. 10, 2018. (Xinhua/Chogo)

Sicho Dorje couldn’t be more familiar with the taste of air-dried yak meat. For generations, Tibetan herders without refrigerators had yak meat air-dried in winter, sometimes stored it in sheds made of cow dung, and ate it with Tsampa, the roasted barley flour, and buttered tea all year round.

Growing up eating air-dried yak meat in northern Tibet, the 29-year-old is now doing what he calls “a pioneering job”: providing customers with the freshest yak meat possible.

Because his company, Changtang Animal Husbandry Development Company, has a cold chain logistics service, he can sell dozens of chilled yak meat products across China.

“It takes 72 hours to deliver our yak meat to Beijing and 40 hours to Chengdu. In Zhejiang, our minced beef balls sell quite well,” said Sicho Dorje, who leads the company’s marketing department.

Marrow bones which used to be smashed for soup braising in herders’ kitchens have now appeared in the fast-frozen food counters of supermarkets, neatly sliced and packaged to retain freshness.

“The old-generation of herders lacked market awareness and seldom thought about how to tap the market. Since stock breeding is the most profitable industry on the Plateau, our job is to figure out how to be competitive,” he said.

This year, the company, established less than two years ago, is expected to achieve 360 million yuan (about 52.5 million U.S. dollars) in output value.

“We are confident about the market, as yak meat customers value freshness and nutrition,” he said.


At the Fourth China Tibet Tourism and Culture Expo, many Tibetan enterprises like Changtang Animal Husbandry set up booths to display their products.

The black fungus that grows in the withered branches of silk oak trees in Yatung County of southern Tibet, reserved for nobles and a tribute to the Panchen Lama in old Tibet, has been turned into health care drinks.

Wild alpine roses appeared on an exhibition booth in the form of Tibetan perfume processed using an ancient technique, with their aroma able to stay on the skin for almost seven days.

Organically-produced Tibetan eggs were also a hit, costing 20 yuan each, much more expensive than regular eggs.

Tibetan farmers with an organic egg farm in Lhozhag County even discovered four different flavors of the eggs based on how long they are boiled.

Li Guowei, a manager with China National Cereals, Oils, and Foodstuffs Corporation (COFCO) who is familiar with the development of the egg farm, said Tibetan farmers have never been so attentive to standardized production, and never been so market-oriented.

The competition among mineral water producers was fierce at the expo, as there are already 35 natural drinking water companies in Tibet. Last year, the industry produced nearly 800,000 tonnes of natural drinking water with an aggregate output value of 1.58 billion yuan, up 28.17 percent from a year earlier.

Although mineral water is tasteless, Droma, a sales clerk with a mineral water company, said there was a small difference in mouthfeel, reflecting the disparity in mineral content, which might appeal to different customers.

Embracing the market, fearing no competition and exploring a type of business to magnify their advantages have become the standard features of Tibet’s booming entrepreneurs, according to Li Guowei, who has been working in Tibet for nine years.


The entrepreneurial spirit, as Qizhala, chairman of the Tibetan Autonomous Region, noted at the expo, is powered by the aspiration to get rid of poverty and a sense of purpose to explore a sustainable, eco-friendly economy on the Plateau.

“Inheritance and pioneering are most needed in Tibet as there is no ready-made development path for Tibet to take. No other regions face such a grand challenge as Tibet does in terms of pursuing high-quality development,” said Qizhala. “When growing the economy, Tibet must consider the land’s environmental bearing capacity, prioritize ecological protection and minimize environmental costs.”

For decades, Tibet has largely depended on the fiscal input of the central government and the support of other developed provinces as well as the centrally-administered state-owned enterprises for development.

The success of each entrepreneurship program often concerns many poverty-stricken households. Sicho Dorje’s fast-frozen yak meat business, for instance, has signed up 3,000 impoverished herders, while the Tibetan egg farm in Lhozhag County hires 51 local farmers.

When the industrial revolution swept the world in the 19th century, Tibet’s economy under serfdom was static, and the region completely missed it, said Qizhala.

Now after 40 years of opening-up and reform of the Chinese economy, Tibetans have accumulated sufficient knowledge to explore a proper development path on the Plateau, said Qizhala.


Kesang Tashi, 75, runs Khawachen Carpet and Wool Handicraft company, where Tibetan craftsmen use ancient techniques of yarn spinning, hand dying, weaving, washing and finishing to make rugs with certified northern Tibet highland sheep wool, one of the best in the world.

Haunted by the question about why Tibet has the best wool in the world but couldn’t produce the world’s best rugs, Kesang Tashi established Khawachen many years ago and has been striving to make a difference.

The Khawachen rugs fusing Tibet’s traditional designs rich in cultural significance with modern aesthetics have been sold to Japan, Britain, the United States, Germany, and Australia.

At the expo, Khawachen rugs were quite popular due to their unique colors and floral designs.

In Kesang Tashi’s opinions, a good rug deserves the greetings from its users. “When you enter the room and see the rug, you should put your palms together and say ‘Tashi Delek,’ which will bring good vibes and brighten up your mind,” he said.

But Khawachen is not the only Tibetan company seeking to revive Tibetan crafts in the modern economy.

Phudreng, who runs a Tibetan folk product company in Lhasa, the regional capital, spent ten years developing a rose-scented Tibetan perfume with the hope that one day Tibetan perfume could be as famous as French perfume.

Starting her business in a small workshop, Phudreng never lost heart in promoting the Tibetan traditional handicraft despite the difficulties she encountered.

Growing up with a tough living environment, Tibetan entrepreneurs tend to be optimistic and full of passion with what they have been doing.

For Sicho Dorje, the next step for his marketing team is to survey the overseas market to increase exports.

“I am sure our yak meat tastes better than Kobe beef and Australian beef, as no other grasslands across the world can rival our Changtang plateau,” he said.


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Watch: What Do Steaks From a 15-Year-Old Cow Taste Like? – Eater

“Before 1940, the average age of a harvested animal was 4 to 5 years. Now, it’s 12 to 15 months,” according to Kinderhook Farm farmer Lee Ranney. The Prime Time duo, Ben Turley and Brent Young, meet with Ranney on his farm in Valtie, New York, to compare three different grass-fed cows: 28 months old, 8 years old, and 15 years old.

Typically, Turley and Young receive 28-month-old beef at their New York butcher shop, the Meat Hook, so it’s the first time either of them have tried something with so much age. Of the 8-year-old beef, Turley notes: “That’s the kind of steak [you’re looking for] when you go to a steakhouse and get the 120-day dry-aged steak, but that’s not dry-aged at all.”

“This is just what beef should be,” echoes Young.

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First 'red heifer' born in Israel for 2000 years triggers armageddon fears –

A BIBLE prophecy predicting the End of Days is feared to come true after the first “red heifer in 2000 years” was born in Israel.

The Temple Institute in Jerusalem announced the calf’s birth on YouTube, saying it would undergo “extensive examination” to determine if it is red all over.

According to The Sun, if the female baby cow is found to be “blemish free”, the Institute will declare that the calf “brings the promise of reinstating Biblical purity to the world”.

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In both Christianity and Judaism, the red heifer is central to the prediction about the “end of times”.

After sacrificing the red cow, construction can begin on the Third Temple in Jerusalem.

The Temple Institute and other groups worldwide were set up with the goal of building the Third Temple on Mount Moriah, or on the Temple Mount.

The red heifer (also known as the red cow) was a cow brought to priests for sacrifice in the Hebrew Bible. Jewish and Christian fundamentalists believe that once a red heifer is born they will be able to rebuild the Third Temple on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. But in order to do this, they would have to demolish what stands on the hill today — the Dome of the Rock, an Islamic holy temple.

In mainstream Orthodox Judaism, once the Temple is rebuilt the world will welcome the coming of the Jewish Messiah. Humanity will then face the Last Judgment. Everyone who was moral and believed in God will have the privilege of having their name written in the Book of Life. Everyone whose name isn’t in there will be “cast into the lake of fire” (Revelation 21:8)

But some theologians say the building of the Third Temple is linked to ‘Judgement Day’ or the “end of times”.

This apocalyptic event will bring what Christians call “the rapture” — where all Christian believers (living and dead) will rise into the sky and join Christ.

The fate of nonbelievers isn’t quite so promising. For them the rapture means everlasting punishment of their souls in hell.

Rabbi Chain Richman, director of the Institute, believes the time is ripe to build the Third Temple, following the birth of the red heifer.

This story first appeared in The Sun and is republished with permission.

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Valio at leading startup event Slush with brand new dairy products, establishing new standard of "Purity" – Benzinga

SHANGHAI, Sept. 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Valio, a Finnish dairy company with over 100 years experience, known for the  motto of "combining the great taste with innovative thinking", attended a leading startup and technology event Slush. Both Vailo and Slush come from one of the most innovative countries, Finland. The Slush event at Shanghai Automobile Exhibition Center unveiled a grand ceremony of startups, technology and investments. As an exclusive VIP partner of the event providing food and beverages, Valio which boasts a reputation of innovation, brought to the event its new pure milk and world-class master butter. The new products will also be launched on and other platforms for more Chinese consumers to experience the Nordic healthy life philosophy.Since it was founded in Helsinki in 2008, Slush has been dedicated to building a startup cluster of global influence in the past decade. Now it is one of the biggest events for startup and technology companies in the EU. This year's event focused on the top 5 cutting-edge areas in the technology field and gathered over 100 leading actors, founders and top speakers to witness the birth of future technology unicorns. Innovative Products with Nobel GenesAt the event, Valio set up a pop-up store at the interaction area, which attracted a lot of people. For closer interaction with consumers and a better environment of communication, Valio also set up a stylish Valio Milk Bar. Through the products and marketing innovation, Valio hopes to spread the idea of sharing nature's goodness with others. There is always a long queue for popular products. Since the first day of the event, people have been queuing in front of Valio Milk Bar where they can have a taste of new Valio milk, innovative drinks made with new technology and an edible Milk Cup – an innovative limited-offer dessert made from Finnish master butter. Apart from this, following the way people share on the Internet about how they eat the Chocolate Milk Cups, visitors can also experience its extremely wonderful taste.As a dairy brand with the largest market share in Finland historically, Valio has long been recognized as Finland's national brand. Since its establishment in 1905 until now, Valio has been dedicated to product innovation by extracting essence and inspiration from nature, spending 30 million euros annually on research and quality control. A leading figure of Valio's laboratory, Dr. A. I. Virtanen, invented AIV silage, which laid the groundwork for the production of high quality milk and butter which has a profound significance on the development of dairy industry. Dr. A. I. Virtanen was awarded the Nobel Prize, which also makes Valio the only dairy company in the world with a heritage of Nobel Prize winner. Guided by the Nobel spirit of innovation, Valio provides better solutions for global health trends using its expertise and technological innovations with more than 100 new products every year. Valio now has about 350 patents in 50 countries, making it a leading innovator in the global dairy market, such as the world's first liquid ready-to-feed infant formula, the world's first lactose free products by patented Valio Eila® technology, and the LGG bacteria in Valio Gefilus® to strengthen the immune system. Valio is getting closer to its goal of becoming the world's most innovative dairy company. Valio Quality Sets New Standard of "Purity" for Dairy"Valio has been able to gain trust from the Chinese market in a relatively short period of time because we adopt a 'fresh, safe, and traceable' model worldwide," Valio's Asia-Pacific Managing Director Lu XIAO said. In Finland, milk farmers respect nature and follow the tradition of high quality production. Every cow has a name and we can trace the production of Valio milk from farm to spoon. All Valio products meet the requirements of ISO9001, ISO14001 and HACCP standards. That's why Valio is able to achieve "Happy Cow, High Quality Milk".Meanwhile, a clean and green environment is also a guarantee for quality. Finland, also known as the "Nordic Milk Kingdom", is one of the greenest countries in the world and one of the few countries with no livestock infectious diseases, according to the Environmental Performance Index (EPI) 2016 of Yale University. The cool temperature at 60°N makes the place a natural cooler which preserves the authentic flavor of dairy products and ensures purity and cleanness. Because of this, French baking master calls Valio butter "winter butter" which won the first place among unsalted butter in the 2018 Chicago Master Cheese Maker Competition and earned the name the "Rolls-Royce in the world of butter".An Extraordinary Dairy Giant of over 100 Years Experience Vailo insists on technology innovation and sustainability of the dairy industry, in the hope of providing North Europe's pure and clean dairy products to more consumers and spreading the natural and pure life philosophy to everyone. So far, Vailo has 12 production bases worldwide and 3 factories abroad and the business is still expanding. Vailo came to Shanghai this May and established the Retail Department and Food & Beverages Department apart from the Raw Material Department which already existed. The expanding landscape of the business also means that the Chinese market is becoming more important in Vailo's international strategic landscape. Vailo believes that only by taking roots in the Chinese market and providing more targeted product groups will it fulfill consumer demand for food safety and high quality products in the trend of consumption upgrade. For example, the world's first and biggest lactose free product series was especially suitable for Asians who are more likely to be lactose intolerant. The lactose reduction rate is as high as 99.99%, but it still maintains authentic and fresh milk flavor. Since lactose free milk powder was launched last year, the re-purchase rate has reached 40%.On September 9, Vailo's new pure milk was launched on and other platforms, which is another key product targeted at the larger Chinese consumers after lactose free milk powder. World-class master butter will also be launched soon in food service channels, which will bring surprises to Chinese food lovers. Instead of traditional trading models, Vailo adopts a unique marketing strategy by providing Chinese food lovers with surprises and freshness through customization, be it innovative restaurants, pop-up stores for trial of new food and beverages, star chef classes, or experience tasting journeys from offline to online. Through such innovative ideas, Vailo hopes to attract young Chinese customers and build itself into an imported dairy brand with attitude. "Vailo is reshaping the way it engages with Chinese consumers through experience and interaction in order to become a different imported dairy brand." We could see that with the debut of the 2 new products, Vailo will bring new challenges to China's dairy market. View original content: Valio

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Solar Panels Double as Summer Cow Shades – Dairy Herd Management

Researchers at the University of Minnesota’s West Central Research and Outreach Center at Morris, have installed solar panels that generate power that also provide cooling shade for cows and heifers.

Power generation is the solar panels’ main purpose, of course. But positioned 8’ to 10’ above the ground surface, the panels can provide shade for 30 to 40 cows under one structure and a like number of heifers under a second system, says Brad Heins, an organic dairy production specialist at the Morris Center.

The first 50 kW system was erected in 2016, and is sited near the Center’s heifer facility. It can provide shade for heifers on a more on-going basis as the heifers move to and from pastures.

The second, 30 kW system was erected this year, provides shade in a field that connects the Center’s rotational grazing paddocks. As such, it can provide shade for up to two weeks out of each month as cows are rotationally grazed through the series of paddocks. A water fountain is also positioned nearby to entice cows to use the area.

“We’ll monitor the behavior of the cows under the shade, their eating and lying behavior and also their milk production compared to when they don’t have access to the shaded areas,” says Heins. The Center’s other paddocks have some trees for shade along fence lines, but no other shade structures. It will be interesting to see if the shade provides enough cooling to support more milk production, says Heins.

The bigger reason to install the solar systems is to see if the Center’s milking parlor can get to a net zero level of energy from the power generated by the Center’s solar systems and two, vertical wind turbines that are currently being installed. Each wind turbine is rated at 10 kW.

The dairy is home to 300 organic and conventional cows which are milked in a double-9 swing-over parlor. Because the swing-over parlor only has 9 milking units, milking can take up to six hours per shift for a total milking time of up to 12 hours per day. Energy is also needed for hot water for cleaning, for lights, for milk cooling and for the vacuum pump. One of the biggest users of electricity is a clothes dryer, which is used daily to dry towels used in udder prep.

The Center is also working to perfect a unique heat reclamation system that removes the heat from milk and stores it for milking system cleaning. Reclaimed heat is transferred to water which is retained in a super insulated thermal storage tank. The stored heat is then used to pre-heat water to clean the system immediately after each milking.

With that system and the power generated from solar panels, the dairy is 80% of the way toward its goal of zero net energy. Once the wind turbines become operational, the goal of not needing any energy from the outside electrical grid should be reached, says Heins.

“We have a 151 kW of green power on the whole research farm, and we don’t sell any of it back to the grid. We use it all here,” he says.

Without incentives, the payback on some of the systems can stretch out to 20 years. With federal tax incentives of 30%, the paybacks will range from 10 to 15 years, he says. But the Research Center’s main goal is to research these systems to see if they can consistently meet the energy needs of a working dairy farm.

In northern latitudes, solar power generation in winter can be less than half that generated in June and July. That’s where the wind turbine can pick up the slack. Wind turbines, on the other hand, can produce power continuously, even at night when it might not be needed and too expense to store. So farms, if they wish to be entirely off the power grid, might need both systems to generate electricity when they actually need it.

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Prophecy fulfilled after red cow is born at Temple of Israel – New York Post

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It's the end of the world as we know it. An all-red heifer was born at the Temple of Israel on September 4, fulfilling a Biblical prophecy to “reinstate purity to the world and the rebuilding of the Holy Temple,” according to the temple's YouTube

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Police Investigate Killing of Pet Cow That Scratched SUV – NECN

Police in Maine are investigating the killing of a pet cow that was shot to death after it wandered from its owner’s land and scratched a vehicle.

Police on Friday were still determining if there will be charges. The shooting took place Wednesday in Embden, a small town about 45 minutes northwest of Waterville.

The cow was kept in a fenced piece of land by a local resident, but it got free and wandered onto a neighbor’s lot. It then rubbed its horns against a parked sport utility vehicle, damaging it. Police say a person living on the property killed it with a handgun.

The owners of the cow, named Sophie, say they are traumatized by its death. The shooter says he was protecting his property.

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Kentucky company charged with illegally moving cattle – Sacramento Bee

Federal officials say a Kentucky company has been charged with moving cattle out of state without proper veterinarian inspection.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that Eugene Barber & Sons Inc. has been indicted on charges of illegally moving cattle, aiding and abetting a false statement and conspiracy.

Federal prosecutors say veterinarian John M. Moran also has been indicted in the case.

Court records show Moran is accused of pre-signing paperwork certifying that cattle sold by Barber & Sons were safe without inspecting them.

Prosecutors allege Moran falsified 600 certifications for shipment of more than 60,000 cattle over state lines between 2013 and 2015.

The indictment says Moran received more than $19,000.

Court records don’t show if the Lexington-based company or Moran have lawyers to represent them in the case.

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Evaluation of fitness for transport of cull cows varies – Science Daily

Assessment of whether a cull cow is fit for transport to the slaughterhouse can vary according to who is doing the assessment. This was indicated in a study carried out by researchers from Aarhus University, in which they asked farmers, livestock drivers and veterinarians to evaluate cow lameness and fitness for transport based on video sequences.

A common reason for culling of dairy cows is lameness. An important element in ensuring cow welfare during transport is to make sure that they are suited for transport before they are loaded onto the lorry. This includes an evaluation of whether their lameness is serious enough to preclude transport. Farmers, livestock drivers and veterinarians regularly face the task of assessing transport fitness of lame dairy cows. The question is how similar their assessments are to each other.

Researchers from Aarhus University have done an initial investigation into this. The aim of the study — which is one of the first of its kind — was to evaluate the extent of agreement between farmers, livestock drivers and veterinarians — both within and between the groups — with regard to assessing lameness and fitness for transport.

Lameness assessed with the aid of video sequences

The researchers used an online questionnaire with 30 video sequences of walking cows. The respondents were asked to score each cow for lameness and assess if it was fit for transport or not. A total of 55 people participated in the survey: 19 farmers, 19 veterinarians and 17 livestock drivers.

The cows in the videos varied from having a completely normal gait to being severely lame. Each cow was scored as to whether it was “not lame,” “slightly lame” or “lame.” The participants were given definitions of these categories beforehand. A “not lame” cow was one that walked normally, a “slightly lame” cow was one that did not walk normally but where it was not possible to see which leg was affected, and a “lame” cow was one where you could see which leg was affected.

The participants were also asked to assess, solely on the basis of the cow’s lameness, if she was fit for transport.

Slightly different assessments

In general, agreement between the groups was moderate. The group of veterinarians tended to assess more of the cows as being lame while the group of farmers tended to assess fewer of the cows as being unfit for transport, but otherwise there was no systematic agreement or disagreement within or between the groups.

“If our results hold in a larger survey, they indicate that there is a need for more focus on assessment of fitness for transport. This could, for example, take the form of training of the various groups that undertake the assessments. The aim would be to ensure good animal welfare during transport, says one of the researchers behind the study,” Peter T. Thomsen from the Department of Animal Science at Aarhus University.

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