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Top Gear returns Dec. 27th with controversial Patagonia Special

first_img A Beginner’s Guide to Road Biking Best Weekend Sales on Menswear and Gear: Huckberry, Allen Edmonds, J. Crew, and More An Introduction to the Fine Sport of Bouldering The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now The Best Labor Day Deals on Outdoor Gear from REI, Backcountry, and More Editors’ Recommendations If you’re anything like me and you consider the Top Gear boys, Jezza, Captain Slow, and Hamster, your close, personal friends, I have good news; your besties are back … well, at least, they will be on December 27th.That’s right; Top Gear will finally return to the airwaves with its controversial Patagonia Special, which has been teased in the 20-second video below.And just why is the special so controversial? Good question.Well, it all stems from the license plate show leader Jeremy Clarkson chose for his Porsche, which read, “H982 FKL.” Hyper-vigilant Argentinians took this as an reference (an offensive one) to Argentina’s 1982 invasion of the British-controlled Falkland Islands. After only 10 weeks, Argentina surrendered to the Brits, returning the islands to them. So, as you might imagine, Argentinians didn’t take too kindly to the reference to the loss — even if it did occur over three decades ago.Accordingly, the Top Gear team was run out of the country before filming concluded.Keeping with the ‘if you’re like me’ motif, you should be quite eager indeed to see how the episode concludes. Oh, and seeing the automotive antics in the middle, which include May’s Lotus getting stuck in the mud,  Hammond’s Peugeot-badged Mustang pushing a carcass, and Clarkson’s Porsche driving very squirrely on some ice.The first half of the special airs on December 27th at 8:30PM on BBC2, and the conclusion airs the following day at 8:00PM.If you’d like to catch up on the rest of the Top Gear escapades, check out my list of the Top 10 Best Top Gear Episodes on Digital Trends.last_img read more

Blue Star Ferries Taps into Solar Power

first_imgzoom Eco Marine Power (EMP) has for the first time ever installed an Aquarius Management & Automation System (MAS) integrated with a marine solar panel array on-board the Blue Star Delos.The Aquarius MAS has been installed as part of a joint renewable energy project with Blue Star Ferries and the approximately 2kW trial solar array on-board the vessel is now in operation and providing a source of renewable energy for the ship.The Aquarius MAS installed on Delos includes a KEI 3240 CPU/AGU, LCD touch-screen monitor, input/output link system (ILS), associated hubs, power supplies and charge controllers plus an FC-38 battery pack from Furukawa Battery Co. Ltd., and flexible marine-grade solar panels from Solbian Energie Alernative Srl.In additional to monitoring the performance of the solar panel array, the Aquarius MAS will also report on the status of the battery pack plus when the ship is at sea, display in real-time the fuel consumption of the main engines and calculate emissions. (CO2, Nox & Sox)The installation of equipment on the ship was carried out by Blue Star Ferries own technical team and EMP’s technical partner in Greece, Triad Ltd.The Aquarius MAS, battery pack and solar panel array were installed as part of the Blue Star Delos Renewable Energy Innovation Project. Blue Star Delos is a passenger and car ferry owned and operated by the Greek shipping company – Blue Star Ferries of Athens – a member of Attica Group.Greg Atkinson, Chief Technology Officer at Eco Marine Power, said: “The Aquarius MAS and solar power installation on Delos demonstrates that solar power on ships combined with a flexible data logging and alarm handling platform makes sense. Not only will the system allow Blue Star Ferries monitor their fuel use and emissions but it will also help the company reduce fuel consumption by tapping into the limitless and clean power provided by the sun.”Press Releaselast_img read more