A Thousand Words: Syria Before and After Photos
Before an explosion that hit a major pipeline through Syria earlier this month:
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“It's not clear who or what hit the pipeline,” CBC's Anne McMillan said in an interview. “State controlled Syrian tv says an armed terrorist group sabotaged the diesel pipeline, but eye witnesses say government forces did the damage. What is clear is that Homs and now the nearby city Hama are under siege by Syrian forces as is a suburb of Damascus. Reports say that opponents to President's Assad's regime are being hunted down and taken away.”
President Bashar al-Assad has decreed to hold a referendum for a new constitution to replace the current one, which has enshrined his Baath party's dominate role. In April of last year, the government alleviated a state of emergency by adopting a law allowing a multi-party system. According to reporters who have seen a draft of the new constitution, the length of presidential terms would be significantly shortened.
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What started out as mostly peaceful protests against Assad's authoritarian rule has now escalated into a bloody, armed insurgency as the government cracks down on the popular uprising. Over 5,400 people have been killed since last year alone, according to UN human rights chief Navi Pillay.
Though Assad's regime blames “terrorists” for attacking the pipeline, Syrians continue to defend their demands for democratic reforms. Nations in the Friends of Syria group have called on the UN to begin planning a peacekeeping mission in the country once the regime agrees to cease fire.
Hydrostor receives $4m funding for A-CAES facility in Canada
Hydrostor has received $4m funding to develop a 300-500MW Advanced Compressed Air Energy Storage (A-CAES) facility in Canada.
The funding will be used to complete essential engineering and planning, and enable Hydrostor to plan construction.
The project will be modeled on Hydrostor’s commercially operating Goderich storage facility, providing up to 12 hours of energy storage.
Hydrostor’s A-CAES system supports Canada’s green economic transition by designing, building, and operating emissions-free energy storage facilities, and employing people, suppliers, and technologies from the oil and gas sector.
The Honorable Seamus O’Regan, Jr. Minister of Natural Resources, said: “Investing in clean technology will lower emissions and increase our competitiveness. This is how we get to net zero by 2050.”
A-CAES has the potential to lower greenhouse gas emissions by enabling the transition to a cleaner and more flexible electricity grid. Specifically, the low-impact and cost-effective technology will reduce the use of fossil fuels and will provide reliable and bankable energy storage solutions for utilities and regulators, while integrating renewable energy for sustainable growth.
Curtis VanWalleghem, Hydrostor’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are grateful for the federal government’s support of our long duration energy storage solution that is critical to enabling the clean energy transition. This made-in-Canada solution, with the support of NRCan and Sustainable Development Technology Canada, is ready to be widely deployed within Canada and globally to lower electricity rates and decarbonize the electricity sector."
The Rosamond A-CAES 500MW Project is under advanced development and targeting a 2024 launch. It is designed to turn California’s growing solar and wind resources into on-demand peak capacity while allowing for closure of fossil fuel generating stations.
Hydrostor closed US$37 million (C$49 million) in growth financing in September 2019.