first_imgNational Breweries Plc (NATBRW.zm) listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange under the Beverages sector has released it’s 2015 annual report.For more information about National Breweries Plc (NATBRW.zm) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the National Breweries Plc (NATBRW.zm) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: National Breweries Plc (NATBRW.zm)  2015 annual report.Company ProfileNational Breweries Plc produces, packages and markets traditional sorghum beer products in Zambia. Popular variants of its opaque beer are Chibuku Shake-Shake and Chibuku Super. The Chibuku beer brands are packaged in cartons and returnable plastic bottles and distributed through a nationwide network. The world-leading brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev SA, has a 70% majority shareholding in National Breweries but the company is considering sharing a controlling stake to Delta Corporation which is one of the largest holding companies in Zimbabwe by market value. National Breweries is a subsidiary of Zambia Breweries Plc which was previously majority-owned by SAB Miller. National Breweries Plc is listed on the Lusaka Stock Exchangelast_img read more

first_imgFriday Dec 8, 2006 SA win Dubai Sevens The South African Sevens side who looked dead and buried at half-time of the Emirates IRB Cup final in Dubai, produced a stirring come-back – Fijian style – to romp to a convincing 31-12 victory over New Zealand on Saturday.Five unanswered second-half tries sealed the Boks seventh title in Sevens Rugby and now extends their winning streak against New Zealand to three games. Thanks to sarugby.com for the write up. ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Related Articles 81 WEEKS AGO scottish prop saves fire victim 84 WEEKS AGO New Rugby X tournament insane 112 WEEKS AGO Vunipola stands by his comments supporting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyDoctors Stunned: This Removes Wrinkles Like Crazy! 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first_imgNewsBreaking newsCrime & CourtUPDATED – Bodies found at County Limerick farmyardBy Staff Reporter – May 18, 2015 1162 Facebook A POST MORTEM is underway after the discovery overnight of the bodies of a man and a woman at a farmyard near Askeaton.THE alarm was raised around 3am in the early hours of this Monday morning by a tip off caller to Gardai and the grim discovery was made in the upstairs bedroom of a house at Boolaglass, Askeaton.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The woman, understood to be in her 60s and from Northern Ireland, is thought to have been the subject of a PSNI investigation recently and was also being sought by the FBI in U.S.The male found at the scene is understood to have been in his late 50s and both remains are believed to have at the location for several weeks.Gardai contacted the office of the State Pathologist and Professor Marie Cassidy and she has overseen the removal of the bodies from the house and will now carry out post mortem examinations and toxicology tests on the remains of the couple who are understood both to have lived locally for some time in the rented property.The area remains sealed off and the investigation is likely to focus on the length of time that the remains have been at the farmhouse.Gardai at Newcastle West (069) 20650, are investigating the matter and are also looking to track the caller who raised the alarm in the early hours. First Irish death from Coronavirus Linkedin No vaccines in Limerick yet Proceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHL TAGSfeatured Print Shannondoc operating but only by appointment 18/5/2015 The rear of the house near Askeaton on the Rathkeale road where the bodies of a man and woman were located at 3.00am on Monday morning. Photograph Liam Burke/Press 22center_img WhatsApp Email Twitter Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Advertisement 18/5/2015 The scene near Askeaton on the Rathkeale road where the bodies of a man and woman were located at 3.00am on Monday morning. Photograph Liam Burke/Press 22 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleLimerick beaten in drab Munster derbyNext articleThe Spy who Loafed Me Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended last_img read more

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR HSE officials in Donegal are asking the government to add St Colmcille’s Village, Cleagh, Clonmany to the list of centres set to receive the first round of vaccinations.The non-appearance of the centre from the list was questioned by local Cllr Albert Doherty.He’s been told the exclusion was because the centre is classified under Mental Health rather than Older Person’s services.The government has now been asked to add it.Text of letter -Dear Councillor Doherty,The plan for the roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccine is indeed very welcome and we are working at pace to ensure that it is delivered to the most vulnerable people in the CHO 1 area.  The National Taskforce agreed the priority groups, which as you know are for people in Long Term Care Facilities aged over 65.  This comes under the divisional lead of Older Person’s services.As St. Colmcille’s Village, Clonmany is listed as a mental health service, it was not included in this group for the first vaccinations.However, I have requested nationally that St. Colmcille’s village be included on the list of intial sites and I will advise you of the response when I receive it. Twitter Pinterest Twitter Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Facebook By News Highland – December 31, 2020 Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Previous articleWeir says he is taking school’s advice from the expertsNext article12 additional Covid 19 deaths, 1,620 new cases News Highland Pinterestcenter_img WhatsApp DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebook Google+ Google+ WhatsApp Homepage BannerNews Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th HSE seeks inclusion of St Colmcille’s Village on vaccination listlast_img read more

first_img Comments are closed. In the late 1960s, academic bean counters tried to develop ways to put ameasurable value on human assets. It was singularly unimaginative and treatedpeople as just another type of bean. They compounded their sins by applyingconventional accounting principles to a subject for which they were neverdesigned. It failed to produce anything of any practical use so it never gaineda foothold in management thinking. Nearly 30 years later, measuring human capital is again becoming a big issue.There is a growing consensus among some thinkers (Leif Edvinsson et al) thatthe value of human capital in an organisation is the difference between bookvalue and market value. While it is being passed off as ‘the latest thinking’,you don’t have to be a genius to realise this idea holds no water. Book values are usually an accountant’s fairy story and share prices canvary so quickly and so dramatically for the flimsiest of reasons – an analystrecommends ‘sell’, for example – that a human capital measure could varyenormously on a daily basis. This hardly seems to reflect the nature of humanbeings. Based on this thinking, Ryanair currently has more human capital than BA.While BA hasn’t always got the most out of its human capital, the relative marketvalues of the two businesses reveal the difference between two businessstrategies. The main flaw in most approaches to human capital assessment is that this isnot an accounting or actuarial issue. So, why use accounting technology, whichhas been virtually unchanged for hundreds of years? Of course, the last peopleto admit the obsolescence of their methodology are those making their livingfrom it. Instead, they try to shoehorn their methods to suit increasinglyinappropriate purposes. Add to this the inclination of all propagandists to actually believe theirown hype and we start to see questionable correlations expounded, such as theWatson Wyatt Human Capital Index. It suggests that good HR practices lead tosuccessful businesses. HR professionals need to mount a serious challenge to accountingconventions. Take a basic accounting concept such as ‘overheads’. Many employeecosts are shown as overheads simply because accountants don’t know what else todo with them – including training investment. Worse still, ask a financedirector how they measure ‘goodwill’ and the answer is they guess. If we in HR do genuinely believe that the way in which human capital isacquired, developed and maximised really produces value, we had better startdeveloping our own methodology to demonstrate it. The metrics may involvebalance sheets and share prices but one thing is for sure – bean counters havea very poor track record of getting the best out of people. By Paul Kearns, Senior partner, Personnel Works Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Humans cannot be counted like beansOn 29 Jan 2002 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

first_imgCompetition in the supermarket bakery sector is set to intensify as fast-growing discount chain Lidl rolls out in-store bakeries (ISBs) across the UK and Ireland.The German retailer, which has over 580 stores in the UK, has already completed stage one of the project, installing ISBs in 75 stores in its north east sales region, bringing its total number of outlets with ISBs in the UK to 90.It now plans to roll out the concept to other sales regions in the country. Lidl is also opening ISBs in the Republic of Ireland, with most of its 130 stores there expected to have a bakery by the end of the autumn.The roll-out will put further pressure on the major supermarkets, which are already growing more slowly than the discount chains.According to Kantar Worldpanel data (12 weeks ending 10 July 2011), Lidl’s sales are growing at 15.6% compared to just 5.6% at Morrisons – the fastest-growing of the traditional big four supermarkets.Matthias Queck, a Frankfurt-based research director at research company PlantRetail, said that Lidl’s ISB initiative followed similar moves by the retailer in other European markets.“Lidl sees ISBs as a tool to attract more affluent customers and a step closer to offering a complete one-stop-shop for people,” he said. “They help move Lidl into the mainstream because consumers are used to seeing ISBs in supermarkets like Tesco and Sainsbury’s.”After piloting ISBs in various location around the UK last year, Lidl began installing bakeries in its north-east stores in January. Stores are supplied with frozen, parbaked products from Lidl’s distribution centre in Newton Aycliffe, Durham.The range includes bloomers, multigrain loaves, tiger bread, stone-baked baguettes, pumpkin seed rolls and all-butter croissants among others, with prices generally slightly below those of the big four supermarkets. Further lines will be added later this year, said a spokesperson.Products are baked off on rotation, using Wiesheu ovens at least four times a day. “[This ensures] maximum freshness for our customers, whether they visit our stores first thing in the morning or on their way home from work in the evening,” said the spokesperson. “At Lidl, we believe in giving our customers a fantastic range of fresh products of excellent quality. Bread and pastry products baked in-store daily is the next step.”According to Kantar Worldpanel, total sales of bakery goods in ISBs grew 1.9% year on year in the 52 weeks to 11 July, while volumes fell 2.9%.last_img read more

first_imgIndianaLocalNewsWeather WhatsApp Pinterest Pinterest (Photo supplied/ABC 57) STATEWIDE–Torrential rain, strong winds, and isolated tornadoes are all severe weather threats that could reach Indiana Tuesday because of Tropical Depression Cristobal, says the National Weather Service in Indianapolis.For Severe Weather Text Alerts from 95.3 MNC, text WEATHER to 45364“Basically anywhere from noon until 10 pm would be our most likely threat. We’re going to be keeping a close eye on things during the afternoon and evening hours Tuesday,” says Joe Nield, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Indianapolis.Nield says every part of Indiana needs to be ready.Your ABC 57 First Warning Neighborhood Weather Center Forecast“Pretty much all of central Indiana will be affected. The western half of Indiana will be in the highest threat area, but eastern Indiana is still going to have a threat as well. You’re going to want to have your plan in place to take action in case a warning is issued on Tuesday,” says Nield.All of western Indiana is under a slight risk for severe weather. Cities and towns east of Indianapolis are under a marginal risk.A slight risk means scattered powerful thunderstorms are expected. While storms may be short-lived, they can be intense. A marginal risk means isolated thunderstorms are possible.Cristobal was a Tropical Storm before dropping to a Depression. A tropical depression is a tropical cyclone that has maximum sustained surface winds (one-minute average) of 38 mph or less. Nield says the ever-changing nature of Cristobal has him concerned.“What has been changing is the degree of expected instability as we get into Tuesday. That has increased our threat. The low-level shear that is already in place is kind of setting the stage for what could be a severe weather outbreak across the area,” says Nield.Nield says the thunderstorm threat decreases overnight Tuesday into Wednesday morning.“We’re not expecting a severe weather threat on Wednesday, just some continued breezy conditions and precipitation exiting the area,” says Nield. Strong to severe weather possible due to Tropical Depression Cristobal Google+ Facebook Previous articlePenske: Indianapolis 500 will run with fans this yearNext articleOne person hurt in shooting on East Ewing in South Bend Network Indiana Google+ WhatsApp Facebook By Network Indiana – June 9, 2020 1 397 Twitter Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgBut whether it is colonialism or slavery or Japanese internment camps, the underlying feature we must confront is that social group lines matter. And historically and even today those lines are sharp. Life is simply not the same for a woman who, by the throw of the biological dice, is born in Jeddah — although she can now drive, yeah! — or Geneva.What I’ve studied are the remnants of old beliefs and attitudes that still remain with us, even though they are invisible to us, even though they are implicit. We need to dig to discover them. But they are there, and responsive to the right probe. In the 1930s, a large number of non-Jewish Americans would just tell you, to your face or at least on a survey, that Jews were mercenary and shrewd. A very small number will say that today. But has the stereotype gone from our consciousness? I’d say it’s there, invisible to the holder of the belief, until it seems OK to say so. Bernie Madoff comes along, and then, boom, seemingly out of nowhere you can hear the stereotype in hushed tones in the halls of the most liberal of institutions.Where does this all come from? The mechanism — to experience fear in response to group difference — is a very old feature of humans. Of course, humans have cooperated across group lines for a very long time. But we also are the descendants of people who looked at group difference, assumed that it meant danger, and ran or killed. Some of those roots of tribalism pop up in us today, even though our world has changed so much. Today, if you are a business and you can’t approach groups that are vastly different than your own, you are out of business, because you failed to outsource.The fear that led us to go backwards, toward a worse place, through the Trump election is not just an American phenomenon, although it is sobering that even the so-called greatest democracy in the world can so quickly become attracted to fascist ideas. The fear of new social arrangements is producing similar reactions in so many parts of the world. My own country of origin, India, is a sad example given the political party in power. Most recently, of course, there was the election in Brazil, and the rise of anti-Semitic and anti-immigrant sentiments in France and Germany.I suspect that this has to do with deep globalization. I don’t just mean globalization in terms of who’s doing business with whom alone, but the entry of different kinds of people into our societies, and the slow, tentative accumulation of power among those who didn’t used to have basic rights, let alone power. There is no question that this is a new moment. And I see our behavior as a reflection of some of those deep-rooted, old fears.GAZETTE: So, you see people not like you gaining power that people like you — or even you — used to have?BANAJI: You see it in subtle ways. Maureen Craig and Jennifer Richeson did a study in which they reminded half the people that by the year — 2050? I forget exactly which year it was — America would be minority majority. They showed that unaffiliated white Americans leaned more Republican and expressed more conservatism if they had been reminded of that fact, compared to a group that had not received that fact.That’s how little it can take to move an attitude, at least a little. So, when you add to the mix life circumstances — people who have had personal setbacks, who are mentally ill, who generally have higher levels of anxiety and fear, who may be intoxicated, who live in a state where you can buy a gun easily, who may be writing anonymously, who might feel legitimization by their peers, who may not have familiarity with outgroups, who have perceived grievances — my father could retire at the age of 60 and buy a boat; why can’t I? — you put these ordinary variables together, and you have a dangerous cocktail.GAZETTE: What’s the relationship between implicit bias and open prejudice? Are they two different animals, or can one become the other in the wrong environment?BANAJI: That’s a very good question, and we struggle with how to describe the relationship. On the surface, it would look like the two are different. One is conscious, and the other you don’t even know about; we have to go through some contortions to reveal it.To the scientist who studies them, they feel very different, and yet the two are connected. There’s almost always a correlation between the two, whether it’s small or quite significant. A person who happens to be higher on explicit, avowed bias toward, say, African-Americans or Jews or sexual minorities is also a person who is higher on implicit, hidden bias.You might think about the implicit stuff as fluctuating inside your head at some level. You slam a lid on it with your rational, deliberate, conscious thoughts. But personal environments and life circumstances, societal events like who’s in power and what our leaders are saying, can lift the lid. One piece of data we can’t run away from: The individual who sent bombs to the Democratic leadership did wear a “Make American Great Again” hat. He wasn’t a neutral observer of society.So yes, I think our stereotypes, our prejudices lie around in some dormant form, and particular events in the world can allow them to escape. I think we’re seeing that right now. Why else would the nice town of Harvard, Mass., see swastikas on a city rock in the days after the election? And that’s not a single, solitary event.To folks like me, I would also warn that we can’t be susceptible to “availability bias,” an increase in our perception of the overall frequency of hate, based on the salience and recency of events like mailed bombs and synagogue killings. We must pay attention to the data.GAZETTE: When does open prejudice blossom into hatred intense enough to motivate killing?BANAJI: When somebody sends off bombs in the mail or kills people in a synagogue, those are individual acts that appear to come out of a deep mental instability.The very fact that millions of us have implicit biases that do not manifest in these extreme forms tells us that a unique set of conditions have to be present for it to reach this form. But those conditions can be ordinary, even trivial. Is there a Dick’s Sporting Goods in the neighborhood? Did I just lose a job to somebody with darker skin? And, of course, there are demographic factors such as one’s age, gender, urban/rural living, SES [socioeconomic status], owning a passport or not, and so many others that predict outcomes like the direction of voting in elections and for ideas like Brexit.To show you how irrational fear of others can be, a study done in Hungary is among my favorites. People were asked about how they felt about a particular immigrant group, the Piréz, and something like 60 percent said they were opposed to immigration by Piréz into Hungary. But the Piréz were a fictional group, just made up for the purpose of the survey.GAZETTE: Is our current political polarization an expression of this? Has politics become a new deep dividing line, where you see the other person not as a member of your society with a different view, but as an actual outgroup?BANAJI: In my view, absolutely. From the 1970s on, we’ve been segregating by politics. A book called “The Big Sort” showed that if you look at where people are living in the country, it used to be purple. Sure, we divided by socioeconomic status, but liberals and conservatives used to live in the same neighborhood, marked by a particular SES. Now, for every socioeconomic layer, there is a more liberal and more conservative neighborhood. So people are sorting themselves not just into socioeconomic groups, but by what they believe. That segregation has been going on for a good 40 years or so. And it is absolutely my belief that politics is the new religion. We do see each other as outgroups with our God being superior to the other person’s God. With 11 people killed in a Pittsburgh synagogue, racially motivated shootings in a Kentucky store, and bombs in the mail, it seems like ethnic, religious, and racial hate is increasingly running unchecked in America.Harvard leaders expressed shock and sadness this week over the attacks and called on the University community to come together to fight division and bigotry. In comments at Harvard Hillel on Sunday, President Larry Bacow urged his audience to combat hate with good deeds and kindness and to understand that, though people may feel helpless, they can show their power by voting for leaders who’ll unite the country.Mahzarin Banaji, Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics and chair of Harvard’s Psychology Department, is an authority on bias that can run so deep that we don’t even recognize it in ourselves. Banaji spoke with the Gazette about the roots of prejudice, about public perceptions that it is more acceptable today, and about the relationship of traditional biases to political divisions.Q&AMahzarin BanajiGAZETTE: As an expert on bias, what do you see when you survey our society’s landscape today?BANAJI: It depends on what the comparison is. Today’s landscape compared to what? Fifty years ago, 100 years ago? If the comparison is distant, we don’t look bad at all. But I suspect you are asking this question, as we all are, because of the moment we seem to be in today, and the comparison being pre-2016. Of course, any social scientist will tell you that it is awfully difficult to draw any causal link between a single person, even a president, and the actions of an entire society. But we can say a few things. If you ask me about our perceptions of the state of our country on matters of intergroup relations, the answer is clear: We are not looking as good as we did a few years ago.Americans today believe that the Trump election has led to a worsening of race relations in the United States. A Pew poll showed that in 2008 — during the Obama administration — about 9 percent of Americans said that the presidential election had led to a worsening of race relations. In 2017, 60 percent of Americans believed that the presidential election has led to a worsening of race relations. You don’t need a statistical test to say that’s a noteworthy difference.A colleague at the University of Kansas, Chris Crandall, studied 300-something Americans, equal supporters of [Hillary] Clinton and [Donald] Trump. Both groups — both the Clinton and Trump supporters — agree that the Trump election has ushered in greater tolerance of prejudice. The standards for what counts as prejudice have changed, according to him. One could argue that these are mere perceptions. [But] as a psychologist, I would say that perceptions matter; what people believe is their reality, and that matters.Then there are data on the frequency of incidents like hate crimes. The ADL [Anti-Defamation League] reports a stunning statistic: a 57 percent rise in anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S. in 2017 compared to the previous year. This includes bomb threats, vandalism, assaults, and anti-Semitic posters on campuses. And the recent killings in the synagogue in Pittsburgh suggest that it’s not just bomb threats.The NAACP’s reports also confirm that anti-black, anti-Semitic, anti-gay, anti-Latino crimes each have risen. Hate crimes rose in 2016 by about 12 percent. And that seems to be an underestimate because the data are from 38 of the largest cities of the country. Ninety of the largest cities didn’t report a single hate crime, so that percentage is likely to be an underrepresentation.GAZETTE: You have spoken and written about implicit bias being deeply rooted. Where does this come from?BANAJI: This may sound controversial, but when we think about how bad things are today, we have to remember that in most instances on many metrics of peace, we are better off today than we’ve ever been. Just ask my colleague Steve Pinker. But why are we better? Because we are able to bring sharp critical focus in evaluating ourselves, to regularly say that we are not the people we wish to be. And if we are to look less embarrassed when future generations view us, we have a lot of work to do. So I don’t plan on resting on any laurels. That seems to be sufficient to some — the water fountains have been desegregated, I was once told — but to continue to be critical of just how bad things are today compared to what they could be.But improvement is not linear. The 20th century is a good example. When you take a bird’s eye view of history, sure, we are becoming better people in many ways. I was born 10 years after colonial occupation of India, so I’m acutely aware of just how different my life has turned out because I was born in a self-governed India. This fact is regularly on my list of gratitudes. “Our stereotypes, our prejudices lie around in some dormant form, and particular events in the world can allow them to escape. I think we’re seeing that right now. Why else would the nice town of Harvard, Mass., see swastikas on a city rock in the days after the election? 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first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享San Francisco Chronicle:California’s last nuclear power plant — Diablo Canyon, whose contentious birth helped shape the modern environmental movement — will close in 2025, state utility regulators decided Thursday. The unanimous vote by the California Public Utilities Commission will likely bring an end to nuclear energy’s long history in the state. State law forbids building more nuclear plants in California until the federal government creates a long-term solution for dealing with their waste, a goal that remains elusive despite decades of effort.“With this decision, we chart a new energy future by phasing out nuclear power here in California,” said commission President Michael Picker. “We’ve looked hard at all the arguments, and we agree the time has come.”Diablo Canyon’s planned shutdown is the latest blow to America’s nuclear power industry, beset by plant closures and the cancellation of proposed reactors.PG&E will…be able to shift onto its customers $241.2 million in costs related to shutting down the plant, including retaining its staff. PG&E estimated Thursday that customer bills would rise less than 0.5 percent on an annual basis as a result of the commission’s decision.PG&E opened Diablo Canyon in 1985 on a coastal bluff near San Luis Obispo despite fierce opposition from environmentalists convinced that the plant’s proximity to fault lines — one of them just 650 yards away — posed a lethal risk.More: https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/California-regulators-vote-unanimously-to-close-12491203.php California Regulators Vote to Close Diablo Canyonlast_img read more

first_imgStudy sees potential for almost 3GW of floating PV capacity at German lignite mines FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:A study undertaken by the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) for renewable energy developer Baywa re, has calculated lignite open-cast ponds in Germany could host 56 GW of floating PV project generation capacity.“After deducting the estimated areas relevant for leisure activities, tourism, nature and landscape conservation, there remains an economic potential of 2.74 GW,” the researchers added.The researchers found almost 500 open-pit lakes with a total area of more than 47,000ha in Germany, most of them in the eastern states of Brandenburg, Saxony-Anhalt and Saxony. Some 4.9% of those water surfaces would be suitable for floating photovoltaic projects, according to the research institute, with the greatest potential reportedly lying in the Lausitz lignite mining region.The researchers pointed out open-cast lignite mines make up just under 13% of the 4,474 artificial bodies of water in Germany.It has been estimated that Germany will require a ninefold increase in its installed PV generation capacity, to around 500 GW, to complete its transition to a zero-carbon energy system.“Floating PV power plants are a relatively new concept for the use of photovoltaics but for which there is a great potential for electricity generation worldwide, not least because they allow a [land] neutral expansion,” said Fraunhofer ISE director Andreas Bett. The area utilization coefficient for floating photovoltaics is very high, at around 1.33 MW of generation capacity per hectare installed.[Sandra Enkhardt]More: German coal mines could host 3 GW of floating PVlast_img read more