Imagine a world in which your health information is automatically collected and shared between your doctor, surgeon, hospital, and insurance company — confidentially, seamlessly, and in real time. In this utopia, healthcare providers and medical researchers can also securely access this data to streamline operations and discover novel cures and innovative therapies. This is the promise of the vital union of information technology and healthcare. But with automatic, seamless data sharing comes vast increases in the amount of information collected. That’s why data management is the key to unlocking the virtues of technology for the future of healthcare.
Here’s a little history: In 2009, the US enacted the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act—its first substantial commitment of Federal resources for the adoption of electronic health records (EHRs). EHRs are the computer equivalent of the old-fashioned patient files. The goal of the HITECH Act was to transfer patients’ medical histories, treatments, medications and diagnoses into updated, accurate and highly secure digital records to be instantly available to physicians and other health care professionals.
But there was another benefit to the electronic health records initiative—population health management. As the country moves away from a fee-for-service model of health care to a more quality and prevention pay-for-performance model, population health management comes to the forefront. This new model requires analytical measuring and reporting tools known as metrics. These metrics are being used in a variety of ways by a multitude of health care providers, including physicians and researchers. Metrics help to monitor and track the success or outcomes of every program so that treatment decisions, strategies and guidelines can be improved or amended. Metrics are also being used to help reduce readmissions, bring clinical trials and medical breakthroughs to an expanded patient population, reduce unnecessary lab testing, and, ultimately, lower costs.
So bit by bit, and gigabyte by gigabyte, our personal health information is being recorded, sorted, analyzed and banked. Increasingly, physicians, researchers, lab workers, and technicians can conveniently and efficiently coordinate the best possible care, in real time, whenever they need to. But this is not where the healthcare and IT story ends. In fact, it’s just the beginning.
Although healthcare and data-driven IT may sound robotic and impersonal, the practice of evidence-based medicine should always be rooted in compassion with the idea of patient-empowerment— encouraging the patient to participate in his/her health outcomes. Patient-consumer apps being developed by the thousands are readily available and very easy to use. Information technology is enabling patients with chronic diseases, such as diabetes and asthma, to actively manage their own healthcare at the touch of a button.
Excitingly, the whole field of genetics and genomics is opening wide. In the future, new technology will enable patients to become even more proactive in preventing cancers. Currently, there are tests available that can examine a number of potential cancer genes, genetic cancer biomarkers and even mutations. The gene-centric company, OriGene, boasts the development of “unique technologies and products for cancer biomarker discovery and validation.” The company says it has the most comprehensive human cancer tissue biorepository with over 140,000 tissue collections with associated clinical data.
These IT innovations are increasing the volume of health data dramatically, necessitating a data management system that compiles, analyzes and shares with immediate access, taking into account security and regulatory requirements. Handling huge amounts of data is what the Hitachi Clinical Repository (HCR) is all about.
HCR provides a single online repository with storage capabilities that deliver high availability, performance and multi-petabyte scalability, which means it can safely and securely store a user’s lifetime of information so it is available to the healthcare givers that need it. HCR accepts any data type and creates custom metadata indices of this information that enable interoperability of this improved data between external applications such as electronic records, and analytics applications or physician portals. The data can then be made available to other applications, regardless of location or vendor, unlocking healthcare data so medical professionals can access it with greater ease. HCR also provides enterprise-class security for healthcare data, so users can leverage it confidently.
As a patient, you want your doctors and referring doctors to all have access to your most-updated medical records; to be able to analyze the same test results; and to make sure your personal healthcare data is securely and privately stored. As a healthcare provider, you want to treat your patient to the best of your ability; prevent readmissions; and diagnose accurately and quickly. As a researcher, you want to discover medical innovations, and find novel cures and therapies. Technology can be terrifying and overwhelming, but used correctly, it can and should help to do all of this and much, much more.
Americans are just beginning to understand the impact that this vital union of information technology and compassionate healthcare has on our lives. The good news is that it’s come a long way in a short time. Who knows where the future lies?
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FUKUOKA--Non-Japanese students have provided a lifeline to a personal seal maker here at a time when the city government is phasing out the traditional “inkan” practice.
But creating the seals with katakana characters has created unprecedented challenges.
Minohara Inbo, a stamp shop near Nishitetsu Ohashi Station in Fukuoka’s Minami Ward, is currently flooded with orders for name stamps.
Although the city government wants to do away with inkan seals for administrative procedures, the seals are still essential for paperwork in many processes, such as applying for part-time jobs and renting apartments.
Yoshiyuki Minohara, 61, manager of the store, said the number of students from nearby Japanese language and other vocational schools who order inkan started to surge two years ago.
The store now receives up to 50 orders a month.
But the seals for non-Japanese customers--many of whom are Nepalese and Vietnamese--must be made individually because existing kanji inkan cannot represent their names.
Since their names in romaji may be unreadable for Japanese, katakana characters, from left to right, are carved into the seals.
Very long names cannot be shown because standardized seals must be 1 centimeter in diameter and contain a maximum of five letters.
Minohara said he once managed to carve a five-character name by inscribing three and two characters separately on two rows.
Determining the katakana expressions of foreign names can present another challenge.
The Fukuoka Japanese Language School in the ward informs students before their enrollment that the traditional stamp is a must-have item in Japan.
Inkan are often required when signing contracts with part-time job providers or filling forms of apartment rental agents.
With effectively no inkan stores in Vietnam and Nepal, the school operator makes orders on behalf of its students.
Previously, many of its students were Chinese or South Korean who already had their own seals. But after the student body diversified, more than 80 percent of them now buy inkan in Japan.
A 20-year-old man from Nepal was told by a Japanese language school to make an inkan three years ago.
Although both the family and given names must be written for identification purposes in Nepal, both names cannot fit on a single inkan. So only his family name was engraved on the seal.
After he lost the inkan, his given name was carved on a new seal for school- and job-related documents.
“The inkan is useful because the given name is enough to identify myself,” he said.
At Minohara Inbo, an inkan priced at 1,400 yen ($12.70) is especially popular among non-Japanese students. Fewer people are buying the more expensive 10,000-yen stamps for their officially registered seals, so orders from foreigners account for about 40 percent of the store’s inkan sales.
“At first, I was struggling to show non-Japanese names on inkan, but I would not be able to continue my business unless I flexibly respond to the trend of the time,” Minohara said.
SHIFT TO PAPERLESS SOLUTIONS
Fukuoka city is known as the place where the oldest seal in Japan was found.
But in fiscal 2018, the municipality began reviewing its tradition of having citizens put their stamps on documents.
By October 2019, the city had removed the seal sections on 2,300 applications and other documents, or 55 percent of all forms. The ratio is expected to reach 70 percent by the end of fiscal 2020.
A 70-year-old part-time worker who recently visited a ward office in Fukuoka said she keeps around five inkan at home, including her formally registered one.
“Only signatures are required in many cases, and using inkan is troublesome, so the tradition of affixing seals should not necessarily be preserved,” she said.
To eliminate the task of stamping papers, a Hitachi Ltd. affiliate late last year jointly developed a robot to automatically affix the seals. One robotic arm supplies the sheets of paper while another arm applies the red ink for the inkan stamp.
“Affixing seals is required at many companies, and the work is regarded as a burden on employees,” a representative of the robot developer said.
If contracts and other documents are scanned before they are stamped, the robot can accurately affix the inkan. The process for one document requires about a minute.
The robot can be rented for a monthly fee of more than 100,000 yen, according to company representatives.
Behind the trend to phase out inkan is the central government's policy announced in 2017 to allow potential business owners to complete the necessary procedures on the internet.
The national inkan association opposed the policy, arguing that a long-standing tradition in Japanese culture could be lost.
The inkan industry, whose members are aging, faces a dire shortage of successors.
The association had 1,751 members in 2009, but the number halved to 941 by the end of June 2019.
Kazunori Tokunaga, 60, a director of the association and head of the Kyushu federation of inkan organizations, noted that personal seals can be used not only for identification but also to represent the confidence and creditworthiness of the user.
“All seals are one and only,” said Tokunaga, who lives in Okawa, Fukuoka Prefecture. “I want to preserve the inkan culture nurtured until now.”
Wednesday, 20th July: In a move that is set to trigger a revolution in how people around the world will travel in towns and cities, Hitachi Rail has digitally connected public and private hire transport across an entire city. The milestone has been achieved using technology from Hitachi’s new smart mobility suite called Lumada Intelligent Mobility Management, launched today.
The technology can be used in towns and cities across the world. In the launch programme – in Genoa, Italy – Hitachi has connected 663 buses, 2500 bus stops, the metro line used by 15 million p.a., two funiculars, one historic hillside railway, 10 public lifts and two suburban bus routes that span 50km. Users also have the power – via the touch of a button on their mobile phones – to hire an electric car, pay for parking or find an e-moped.
Power to the passenger
As part of the world-first trial, Hitachi’s 360Pass smart ticketing app has eradicated the need to purchase a traditional paper ticket ever again; or to ‘touch-in’ or obtain multiple apps for different transport services.
The 360Pass connects Bluetooth sensors that know when a passenger with the mobile app has boarded, how far they have travelled and when they disembarked. Users can take multi-modal journeys, but the 360Pass system will ensure they only pay the best possible fare at the end of each day.
The 360Pass app offers more personalised information about public transport journeys, including the fastest and most convenient multi-modal route options and real time journey updates.
It also allows passengers to check how busy bus services are through the app, enabling them to choose less crowded services. This feature can help allay the increased anxiety about crowding post-Covid19, which a accurate independent study found to be the second biggest determinant passenger satisfaction.1
360Pass is being delivered in partnership with the city’s public transport operator, AMT, and the Municipality of Genoa, using the local brand name GoGoGe. The technology is part of the municipality’s drive to boost the usage of both public and private e-hire services. The innovative project aims to provide more easily identifiable solutions to the ‘last mile’ problem faced by passengers and public transport authorities around the world.
Game-changer for transport authorities and operators
Genoa, home to two-thirds of a million people, faces similar transport challenges to cities around the world – congestion, emissions and delivering quality services. The ambition on behalf of the city’s leadership is to unlock a step change in the use of sustainable mass transport across the metropolitan area.
Technology offers a way to reduce the reliance on private vehicles – helping the municipality to meet its goals for congestion relief and reducing emissions – while optimising costs and the provision of transportation across the region. In cities such as Istanbul or London, drivers currently lose an average of 142 and 227 hours per year2 in congestion respectively, and optimising multi-modal public and hire transport can slash these wasted hours.
In addition to the 360Pass mobile app for passengers, the Lumada Intelligent Mobility Management suite gives operators the ability to connect, scale and optimise their city’s entire transportation network in real time.
The over 7,000 Bluetooth sensors installed in Genoa allow the creation of a “digital twin” of the region’s transport and passengers’ end-to-end multimodal journeys. This real-time electronic map of how the city is moving is a powerful tool to allow operators to optimise services, timetables and create a system that better accommodates the changing peaks and troughs in passenger demand. It can identify the issues that deter public transport usage, such as congestion, emissions, crowding or gaps in services.
In addition to smart ticketing, the suite can combine solutions to help operators control traffic flow and service patterns in real time, allow operators to react more effectively to disruption or large scale events (concerts or sporting) happening across the city. Further, by join up information about the level of emissions and congestion in different geographical area, it allows operators to make smart decision about where to target electrification of services first and prioritise locations for charging for e-bus and e-car fleets and infrastructure.
Alessandro de Grazia, Group Head of Smart Ticketing, Hitachi Rail, said: “Hitachi’s Lumada Intelligent Mobility Management suite is a world first for smart mobility and can Strengthen urban transport in cities around the world. For the first time, passengers can plan and access the most convenient multi-modal journey for the cheapest fare, without ever removing their phone from their pockets.
“Today, cities face the challenges of growing public transport use to reduce emissions, cut congestion and boost their recoveries. Our new solutions – proven in Genoa – provide a uniquely powerful platform for operators around the world. From Dusseldorf to Dubai, Istanbul to Toronto – we can help operations connect, scale and optimise their entire transportation network through a single platform.”
Marco Beltrami, President, AMT [Genoa’s public transport operator] said: “GoGoGe, the name we chose in Genoa for Hitachi’s 360Pass app, offers a unique travel experience to our customers with the game-changing hands-free technology. We can follow our customers throughout their journey, across all transport systems, getting a clear picture of their end-to-end journey.
“Deploying Hitachi’s technology is a great opportunity for both AMT and the city of Genoa to be a leader in smart mobility and test innovative technologies that will make a big difference to travel in cities around the world.”
Matteo Campora, Councillor for Mobility, Municipality of Genoa said: “The GoGoGe Project is a flagship initiative that aims to encourage the transition towards a multimodal mobility that can reduce the travel carbon footprint, while leveraging the users needs. It also provides a public-private integrated mobility system that interconnects car-sharing, e-bikes and parking. That’s Mobility as a Service, born thanks to the synergy of Genoa City Hall, AMT and Hitachi Rail.”
As a global leader in transport and technology, Hitachi’s vision for smart mobility is to digitise and optimise every part of the journey across different types of public transport. The new suite embodies Hitachi Rail’s holistic vision for smarter mobility, incorporating solutions across three key areas: smart ticketing, mobility management and electrified mobility solutions. While the firm is known for delivering trains and rail infrastructure around the world, including the iconic shinkansen bullet trains, the digitisation of transport systems is an important and growing area of focus.
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About Hitachi’s Lumada Intelligent Mobility Management suite
Lumada Intelligent Mobility Management is Hitachi’s new suite of smart mobility solutions for cities, transport operators and passengers.
The suite represents Hitachi Rail’s 360º vision for smarter mobility, incorporating solutions across three key areas:
Using the suite’s 360Motion platform, a real time analytics tool that creates a digital twin of a city’s entire transportation network, operators can connect, scale and optimise any combination of these services. As a flexible platform, 360Motion can integrate technology from any existing provider, or draw from the range of solutions within the wider Hitachi group.
By offering ‘as a service’ business models to customers, Hitachi Rail aims to make it easier than ever for cities, operators and passengers to accelerate the transformation to more sustainable transportation.
For more information, please visit: Smart Mobility | Hitachi Rail
About 360Pass: “hands-free” Smart Ticketing technology
Part of Lumada Intelligent Mobility Management’s smart ticketing offering, Hitachi Rail is also launching the new 360Pass mobile application for passengers, available on iOS and Android smart phones. The app, launched now available in Genoa, will be rolled out on a city-by-city basis in partnership with local transportation authorities and operators.
The connected Bluetooth sensor are easy to install and powered by batteries that last for around five years. The installation and set-up light infrastructure in Genoa took less than six months to be fully-operationally ready. Having proved successful with city’s complex mix of public transport modes and challenging geography (dense, hilly and built around successive bays and valleys), Hitachi Rail is confident the technology could be applied to any city around the world.
In addition to conventional mobile ticketing capabilities, such as e-ticketing and QR codes, 360Pass is offers innovative hands-free “BeIn BeOut” technology that provides ticketless transportation across multiple modes of transport.
The technology uses a network of sensor nodes, installed at strategic points across a transport network, including on trains, buses, parking lots at stops and stations, which connect with the user’s 360Pass app via Bluetooth.
Once a passenger begins a journey, the app connects with each sensor it passes on the route, recording the full multi-modal journey; for example, different sensors will register a passenger moving between a bus and a metro service. The app then uses the recorded data to calculate the best-priced fare for the passenger at the end of the day, and sends a receipt for the final fare at 3am the next day.
The app also provides more personalised information to the passenger, based on the context of their journey – predicting crowding at future stops, and alerting passengers as they approach their destination.
Aside from providing a seamless experience for the passenger, the technology can deliver significant benefits for operators, including enhanced data on passengers’ full multi-modal journeys, supporting the optimisation of timetables. The technology also has the potential remove large queues and bottlenecks around ticket barriers by using the technology at the entrance to platforms or vehicles.
Hitachi Rail’s new launch programmes, and decades of experience conventional ticketing, are proving the viability of technology that connects multiple modes of transport across an entire city or region.
Alexander Rossi was the fastest driver in the first laps turned by the NTT INDYCAR SERIES on the streets of Toronto in three years, pacing the first practice Friday for the Honda Indy Toronto.
Rossi turned a top lap of 1 minute, 0.6090 seconds in the No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS/AutoNation Honda on the 11-turn, 1.786-mile temporary street circuit around Exhibition Place in Canada’s largest city. This annual event was put on hold in 2020 and 2021 due to restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
SEE: Practice Results
2016 series champion Simon Pagenaud ended up second, less than a tenth of a second behind fellow Indianapolis 500 winner Rossi. Pagenaud’s best lap in the No. 60 AutoNation/SiriusXM Honda was 1:00.6991. Pagenaud was the last winner of the Honda Indy Toronto, in 2019.
“We still have some work to do,” Pagenaud said. “I would like to take the car to another level. That lap took a lot of energy out of me. We have to figure out how to Strengthen the rear end, mostly.
“I love this track. This section in front of the pits is just … for a driver, you need precision, and you have to be on it and so intense. It’s a lot of fun.”
Graham Rahal ended up third at 1:00.7031 in the No. 15 United Rentals Honda, a bright spot in a tough season so far marked by a best finish of seventh.
“After the Sebring test, I thought it would translate OK to here,” Rahal said. “The setup that we went there and came out of there with is what we started here. She was quite good from the get-go. To see the guys smiling again is very rewarding.”
NTT INDYCAR SERIES points leader Marcus Ericsson was fourth at 1:00.7262 in the No. 8 Huski Chocolate Chip Ganassi Racing Honda. Two-time series champion and two-time Toronto winner Josef Newgarden rounded out the top five and was the quickest Chevrolet-powered driver at 1:00.7650 in the No. 2 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet.
Three drivers – rookie Callum Ilott and veterans Jimmie Johnson and Helio Castroneves – made light contact with the concrete barriers lining the circuit during practice. Their cars suffered minor damage, and all three drivers were unhurt.
Still, the 75-minute session was remarkably clean and competitive considering only 12 of the 25 drivers competing this weekend have raced in an INDYCAR SERIES event on this tight, challenging circuit that features varying grip levels due to different pavement surfaces. Less than one second separated the top 17 drivers in practice today.
Practice will continue at 10 a.m. (ET) Saturday, followed by three rounds of NTT P1 Award qualifying at 2 p.m. Peacock Premium and the INDYCAR Radio Network will provide live coverage of both sessions.
A warmup session and the 85-lap race are scheduled for Sunday. Live, exclusive coverage of the race starts at 3 p.m. on Peacock Premium – with limited commercial interruptions – and the INDYCAR Radio Network.
TOKYO, July 25, 2022 - (JCN Newswire) - Hitachi High-Tech Corporation ("Hitachi High-Tech") today announced the development of service to diagnose the degradation status remotely for on-board automotive lithium-ion batteries. Achievement of stable and efficient operation of battery is becoming quite important for the deployment of electric vehicles ("EVs"). Hitachi High-Tech will start to propose this service to global customers through various network to contribute to a circular society by solving customer issues.
Field Trial and Service outline
Hitachi High-Tech has analyzed thousands of lithium-ion batteries and its operational data which is remotely taken from EVs in commercial operation. This field trial contributed to develop the technology to estimate the degradation of State of Health (SOH) of lithium-ion battery packs and cells accurately. It has also been demonstrated to keep track of the time-series SOH of on-board batteries and to monitor changes from the past to the present. This will allow customers to centrally manage a large number of EVs in commercial operation efficiently.
This field trial was carried out in collaboration with ITOCHU Corporation ("ITOCHU"). ITOCHU has a capability of automotive fleet management(1) and will start proposing this service to its global network that include automotive manufacturers, fleet leasing and financial companies.
Background of Service development
Achievement of stable and efficient automotive fleet management is becoming quite important for the deployment of EVs that grows rapidly towards the realization of a carbon-neutral society. To date, it has been necessary to remove the batteries from the vehicle to diagnose the degradation of on-board batteries, but the introduction of this service enables to monitor the degradation remotely and provide an operational environment to make the most of battery life. The management of the on-board usage history will also lead to development of opportunities to utilize used EV batteries to energy storage system or efficient recycling for material recovery. Particularly, this service is expected to promote the transition to electric vehicles in commercial sector, where the vehicle utilization rate is higher due to long driving distance with extended operational time that will heavily impact on battery degradation.
In 2020, Hitachi High-Tech developed Rapid diagnostic method(2) for battery degradation that instantly assesses the performance degradation and remaining life of lithium-ion batteries.
In addition, the technology which is released this time has developed in cooperation with the Research and Development Group of Hitachi, Ltd.
Our technology also has been contributing traditionally to battery safety by utilizing X-ray foreign materials analytical system which can perform everything from foreign materials detection to elemental identification in the manufacturing process of lithium-ion batteries.
Hitachi High-Tech aims to contribute to realizing a circular society by supporting the entire battery lifecycle. Hitachi High-Tech will solve social issues with our customers using Observation, Measurement, and Analysis, and contribute to the realization of a sustainable society.
(1) Automotive fleet management : Fleet Operators Businesses based on owning or controlling a large number of vehicles for the purpose of transferring people or goods, such as logistics companies and bus, taxi and car rental/leasing companies.
(2) Rapid diagnostic method : Press release on 20th November 2020 "Development of a Rapid Diagnostics of Battery Degradation to Instantly Evaluate the Performance Degradation and Remaining Lifespan of Lithium-Ion Batteries"
About Hitachi High-Tech
Hitachi High-Tech, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is engaged in activities in a broad range of fields, including manufacture and sales of clinical analyzers, biotechnology products, and analytical instruments, semiconductor manufacturing equipment and analysis equipment. and providing high value-added solutions in fields of social & industrial infrastructures and mobility, etc. The company's consolidated revenues for FY 2021 were approx. JPY 576.8 billion [USD 5.1 billion]. For further information, visit http://www.hitachi-hightech.com/global/
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In a major milestone for the £350m project, the first of Avanti West Coast’s new fleet of trains has entered crucial testing at Hitachi Rail’s Newton Aycliffe factory in the North East.
Carriages from a Class 805 train are being coupled together to mark the start of the extensive testing programme ahead of the planned entry into service in 2023 on the West Coast Main Line.
All basic functionality of the train, from brakes to engines, doors to toilets, will be put through their paces prior to the start of dynamic testing later in the year, when the trains will move under their own power for the first time.
The new fleet will be a mix of ten seven-carriage electric trains and 13 five-carriage bi-mode trains, with the ability to switch seamlessly between electric and diesel power. The electric trains (Class 807) will operate between London, the West Midlands and Liverpool while the bi-mode version will be focused on the London to North Wales route.
Phil Whittingham, Managing Director at Avanti West Coast said: “It’s great to see the new trains taking shape. The investment is a key part of our exciting plans to raise the bar for the UK rail industry, and our wider commitment to Strengthen the customer experience and a more sustainable operation.”
The new Hitachi trains offer more space and a quieter journey compared to the diesel-only Voyager trains they replace. This will lead to a 61 percent reduction in carbon emissions. Customers will also enjoy better and more reliable free Wi-Fi, at-seat wireless charging for electronic devices, plug sockets and USB slots; a brand-new catering offer and a real-time passenger information system that can advise customers of connecting rail services.
Jim Brewin, Head of UK & Ireland at Hitachi Rail said: “Our teams across the UK are working tenaciously to deliver more Hitachi intercity trains, which are proven to boost reliability and performance.
We look forward to Avanti passengers experiencing the transformation that follows the introduction of this brand new fleet.”
In April, an official investigation foiund that fatigue cracking in the area above the wheels of Hitachi-built Class 800 trains was a result of the rolling stock experiencing more movement than allowed in original designs.
Rail safety regulator the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) said cracks on trains discovered last year were caused by excess movement and aluminium corroded by salt in the air.
These images supply an idea of the amount of work the new Class 805 trains will go through:
Tennessee Valley Authority’s latest financial filing said the federal utility has an agreement in place with GE-Hitachi to potentially deploy a BWRX-300 small modular reactor (SMR) at the Clinch River Nuclear site near Oak Ridge National Lab.
TVA’s new nuclear program, announced in February 2022, is expected to provide a roadmap for the utility’s exploration of advanced nuclear technology. This would include developing a Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) construction permit application to deploy a light-water SMR at the Clinch River site.
At the time, TVA officials said they were in discussions with GE Hitachi to potentially deploy the BWRX-300.
The BWRX-300 is a 300 MWe water-cooled, natural circulation reactor with passive safety systems based off the design and licensing of GE-Hitachi’s NRC-certified ESBWR. GE-Hitachi believes the BWRX-300 can become the lowest-risk, most cost-competitive and quickest SMR to market.
Today @TVAnews announced an agreement with GEH to support TVA's planning and preliminary licensing for potential deployment of a BWRX-300 SMR at the Clinch River Nuclear site. https://t.co/eiLucc4R6r pic.twitter.com/ZWbPXu3IJG— GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (@gehnuclear) August 2, 2022
As the tenth evolution of the boiling water reactor (BWR), the company says the BWRX-300 represents the simplest, yet most innovative BWR design since GE began developing nuclear reactors in 1955.
“The BWRX-300 is an ideal technology solution for TVA as it looks to small modular reactors as a source of carbon-free energy generation and we look forward to supporting TVA’s planning and preliminary licensing activities,” said Sean Sexstone, Executive Vice President for Advanced Nuclear at GE-Hitachi.
In June, we reported that SaskPower selected the BWRX-300 SMR for potential deployment in Saskatchewan in the mid-2030s.
SaskPower won’t decide whether to build an SMR until 2029. There is still a lot of work to be done, including years of project development, licensing and regulatory work. SaskPower said it was evaluating regions that could host an SMR and is expected to identify them later in 2022.
In December 2021, Ontario Power Generation (OPG) selected the GE Hitachi’s BWRX-300 SMR for the Darlington New Nuclear Project in Ontario. The project is expected to be completed as soon as 2028.
The hottest driver in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES over the past year and a half happens to be the driver atop this year’s standings.
Clearly, Marcus Ericsson (No. 8 Huski Chocolate Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) has done more over the past 20 races than win the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge in May. He leads the series with an average finish of 7.45. Josef Newgarden (No. 2 Hitachi Team Penske Chevrolet) has an average of 7.95.
In those 20 races, he has eight top-five finishes and 17 top-10 finishes, and he has finished in the top seven in the past six races.
Ericsson has a 35-point lead over Will Power (No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet) in the standings with seven races left, beginning with Saturday’s Hy-VeeDeals.com 250 presented by DoorDash (4 p.m. ET, NBC and the INDYCAR Radio Network). Ericsson has held the series lead following the past three races and four of the past five races dating back to Indy.
Ericsson has finished 11th, ninth and ninth in his three Iowa Speedway races.
“We have a lot of confidence and momentum going,” he said. “For us in the 8 car, we are still in the lead of the championship, extended it the last time out (by finishing fifth last weekend in the Honda Indy Toronto). It can be important this weekend – double races, double points.”
Ericsson had the sixth-fastest lap in Friday’s 90-minute practice at 171.819 mph, but don’t read too much into a single lap or how drivers qualify in Saturday’s qualifying session (10:30 a.m., Peacock Premium). This track creates some of the highest tire degradation, which in turns creates big speed discrepancies later in green-flag runs. In Race 1 of 2020, Simon Pagenaud (No. 60 AutoNation/SiriusXM Honda of Meyer Shank Racing) started last – 23rd – and won the race.
Heat The Big Story
Friday was a hot day in Newton, Iowa, and Saturday figures to be hotter, with a high approaching 100 degrees. In response, drivers delivered some hot descriptions.
“It’s hotter than the devil’s underbritches, that’s for sure,” said Conor Daly, who had Friday’s second-fastest lap (173.239 mph) in the No. 20 BitNile Chevrolet of Ed Carpenter Racing.
“Bloody, man, it’s going to be long, hard weekend,” said Scott McLaughlin, who posted the third-fastest lap (173.083 mph) in the No. 3 Freightliner Team Penske Chevrolet. “It’s (going to be) a test of the fittest, and I’m looking forward to it.”
The good news, Sunday’s forecast is for cooler temperatures for Sunday’s Hy-Vee Salute to Farmers 300 presented by Google (3 p.m. ET, NBC and the INDYCAR Radio Network).
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Hitachi Rail and Tågåkeriet I Bergslagen AB partner to deploy ERTMS signalling technology to harmonise Scandinavian rail
7 July, Hitachi Rail has signed a new contract to design and install the ERTMS (European Rail Traffic Management System) digital signalling technology on-board trains operated by Tågåkeriet I Bergslagen AB (also-called Tågab) in Sweden and Norway. The modernisation of the fleet will Strengthen operational efficiency, interoperability and the availability of the vehicles, reducing potential traffic disruptions.
Within the frame of this contract Hitachi Rail will design, build, install, test, certify and commission the on-board signalling system based on ERTMS technology and STM-ATC2 – a system that allows the trains to operate on conventional lines.
ERTMS is the most advanced technology for digitally controlling a train’s operations and aims to harmonise different train control systems. Once equipped with the interoperable systems, the new trains operated by Tågab will run seamlessly on mixed traffic lines across Scandinavia, from Sweden to Norway without interruption. The technology will also enable the automatic deployment of train safety functions such as breaking if a hazard is identified. This ability to detect and manage faults will mean that the service can increase its reliability. Equally, by regulating speed, acceleration and breaking, the system will allow the operator to benefit from a lower energy footprint and an increased resource efficiency.
Lars Yngström - CEO of Tågab: “We are proud and grateful that a world leading company, Hitachi Rail, will help a small regional railway undertaking in Sweden, Tågab, to take this step to the future! We are impressed by the outstanding skill and understanding of our terms that have led to this contract. We have learnt much from the process. Now we hope to be able to contribute to the introduction of ERTMS in a wider scale in Scandinavia together with Hitachi Rail.”
Eric Morand - in charge of the Nordics region for Hitachi Rail said: "We are excited to be working to digitise and harmonise key services between Norway and Sweden and to use our innovative signalling solutions to create a more reliable and efficient service for passengers. I am honoured and grateful to Tågab for their trust in Hitachi Rail as a key partner to innovate and support the development of smart and sustainable rail mobility for the benefit of societies across Scandinavia."
Hitachi Rail is a global industry leader in digital signalling and is the first provider to introduce ERTMS technology in Europe – in the UK, Italy, Spain and France – and in the highly competitive markets of China and India. The technologies and products designed by Hitachi Rail leverage the overall Hitachi Group’s innovation capabilities within the fields of digitalisation, decarbonisation, and sustanability to respond to the development and increasing demands of cities and population around the world.
Tågåkeriet i Bergslagen AB (Tågab) is one of the first independent train operators in Sweden after liberalisation. The company was founded in 1994. Tågab is now the most complete railway company in Sweden with freight and passenger services, workshops and local infrastructure. Tågab owns 35 locomotives, 21 passenger coaches, 3 motor coaches and 180 freight wagons in operation, all maintained in Kristinehamn together with a number of other railway vehicles owned by other operators. Tågab employs 165 people of which 60 work in the workshop and is EMC certified (Entity in charge of Maintenance) for both locomotives and freight wagons for all 4 ECM functions.