Probiotics Market Size – Expected To Record About 6 Percent CAGR In The Near Future

The worldwide probiotics market is driven, primarily by high requirement for probiotic yogurt and increasing consumption of useful food. Augmented consciousness about gut health among people is also anticipated to drive the demand for this market. With gigantic prospects and rising client penchants, the market is predicted to undergo rapid expansion in the coming years.

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Probiotics are a kind of living bacteria that are responsible for maintaining good health in human beings. They are a form of good bacteria that are helpful in maintaining healthy gut. The probiotics market was predicted at nearly USD 23 billion in 2012. It is likely to grow through the projected phase, at about 6 percent CAGR. The said phase continues till 2018 from 2013.

The probiotics market is segmented on the basis of ingredients, geographical regions, applications and products. By ingredients, the market is divided into bacteria and yeasts. On the basis of geographical regions, the market is segmented into Asia Pacific, Europe, North America and rest of the world. By applications, the probiotics market is segmented into feed and food.

On the basis of products, the market is fragmented on the basis of dietary complements, functional food and beverages, animal feed and specialty nutrients. However, the probiotics market is still evolving. Imperative research and development activities are being carried out with respect to developing new products for innovative usage on a commercial basis.

Still, there are few doubts that linger in the minds of researchers regarding the advantages of probiotic supplements. This causes a hindrance in the further development of the probiotics market. Less consciousness regarding the usage of probiotics is also likely to act as a hindrance. Asia Pacific leads the probiotics market due to various advancements and investigative procedures executed in the region.

The North American probiotics market is anticipated to expand fast in the near future. This is due to demand for probiotic supplements from the inhabitants of the United States of America.

Probiotics Market Size

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Power Generation Market Growth To 2020: RTPS in India achieves peak power generation

Raichur Thermal Power Station (RTPS), a major power generating station in India with a total installed capacity of 1720 MW has achieved an all-time power generation record by generating 41.329 million units of electric power in 24 hours.

The power station contributes around 30 per cent of the total power consumed in the state of Karnataka.

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As compared to the maximum generation of 41.28 million unit a day at 100 per cent Plant Load Factor (PLF), Friday’s generation was all-time record at 100.119 percent PLF. It broke its own record of generating 40.094 million units at 97.13 percent PLF on December 29, 2014. On that day, both RTPS and BTPS (Bellary Thermal Power Station) had achieved all-time record in the thermal power generation in the State by together generating 57.06 million units of electric power.

RTPS expressed its delight and stated that all the units functioned perfectly without reporting a single problem on Friday, as result of which RTPS could achieve an all-time record.

As per well-placed sources in the Karnataka Power Corporation Limited (KPCL), the Central Electrical Authority (CEA) and the Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) have set an average annual target of 68 percent and 72 percent PLF respectively, for 2014-15.

KPCL has, however, set its own target at 75 percent PLF. KPCL has set a target for RTPS to generate 10,400 million units of power for the current fiscal year. RTPS has, as on January 16, already generated 8,300 million units.

As per official sources, the power station is receiving 8-9 rakes of coal (each rake contains around 3,200 metric tonnes) everyday from Singareni Coal Mines, Andhra Pradesh, Mahanadi Coalfields in Talcher, Odisha and Western Coalfields in Nagpur, Maharashtra, apart from having a stock of 50,000 metric tonnes at its yard.

Power Generation Market Growth

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Power Generation Market Trends To 2020: Seimens set to supply turbines to Peru for power generation

Siemens has received an order for three SGT6-5000F gas turbines from Peru. The turbines will be used in the project Nodo Energético del Sur – Planta N° 2 Región Moquegua consisting of three simple cycle power plants.

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The customer is the power utility EnerSur, the contractor being Técnicas Reunidas and JJC. The commercial operation date is scheduled for March 2017.

The three new plants will be installed in Ilo, which is a seaport in the Moquegua region, the southern part of Peru. The SGT6-5000F dual fuel gas turbines will be operated with fuel oil for the first five years; afterwards they will be operated on natural gas.

The three simple cycle plants will together have a capacity of 600 MW when fired with fuel oil. With a total of more than 9,000,000 hours of fleet operation this gas turbine achieves peak values for reliability and continuous operation with highest performance values in its class.

While expressing joy over the contract, Siemens said in a statement that the SGT6-5000F gas turbine offers economical power generation for peak, intermediate, or base-load duty. It is an environmentally friendly gas turbine technology with low water injection requirements, and equipped with Shaping Power, a feature that enables higher power output on higher temperature days.

The turbines SGT6-5000F will be manufactured in the Siemens factory in Charlotte, North Carolina, which is the main production facility for Siemens 60 Hz power generation.

Power Generation Market Trends

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Power Generation Market Share To 2020: US nuclear plants in record high power generation

According to latest reports by the Nuclear Energy Institute, U.S. nuclear energy plants generated electricity at a record high level of efficiency in 2014. Despite anti – nuclear slogans that cropped up after the Fukshima nuclear disaster in Japan, the figures demonstrate the value of nuclear energy in terms of reliability and stability of the electric grid and to the nation’s economy.

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One hundred nuclear power plants that operate across 31 states in the US have posted an estimated average capacity factor of 91.9 percent, based on preliminary 2014 data compiled by the Nuclear Energy Institute. That surpasses the industry’s prior record set in 2007 by one-tenth of a percentage point. Capacity factor measures total electricity generated as a percentage of year-round potential generation.

Actual electricity production from nuclear energy facilities last year was the sixth-highest ever, at an estimated 798.4 billion KWH. The industry’s record high electricity generation came in 2010, when the 104 reactors then operating produced 806.9 billion KWH of electricity while posting an industry average capacity factor of 90.9 percent.

The 2014 numbers point toward the importance of well-performing nuclear energy to America’s energy security, the overall economy and the quality of life.

During periods of extreme weather, nuclear energy facilities’ value is even greater. For example, at the height of the arctic blast that chilled the eastern United States on Jan. 8, nuclear power plants met significant portions of the electric demand load in their respective markets at levels well above their installed generating capacity. In the densely populated PJM market encompassing the mid-Atlantic region and large portions of the Midwest, PJM’s nuclear power plants provided about 27 percent of the region’s early afternoon electricity demand, even though they constitute only about 19 percent of the region’s installed electric generating capacity.

U.S. nuclear energy facilities for the past two decades have annually produced about one-fifth of U.S. electricity supplies, even as total electricity demand has increased significantly. Because of their sector-leading capacity factors they have done so even though nuclear power plants constitute only about 10 percent of the nation’s installed electric generating capacity.

Power Generation Market Share

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Power Generation Market Size To 2020: Fire breaks out at one of Asia’s only underground power station in India

Reports have cropped up which suggest that a major fire has broken out at the 120 MW Bhaba hydel project. This power plant is also one of Asia’s few underground power stations in the high altitude mountain ranges. The fire is reporttedly causing an extensive loss to the German-made transformers installed in 1989 in the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh. The project is a state funded venture.

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Reports say that the fire broke at 3.30 am on 23rd Jan morning after a blast. The fire engulfed the entire yard forcing a shutdown of the power generation at the project. Exact cause of the fire is still unknown. However no human loss has been reported due to the fire, officials said even as there are reports about three persons injured.

Chairman-cum-MD of HPSEB Ltd P C Negi told the Indian Express that efforts were underway to control the fire. Assistance has also been sought from the district administration and Jai Prakash Power company, beside mobilising fire extinguishers from different agencies.

Help was also taken from Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam–which owns 1500 MW Nathpa Jhakri hydel project on Sutlej river.

Officials claimed that the loss could be over Rs 2 crores but power generation loss at the project could make the things more complicated for the HPSEB Ltd.

Deputy Commissioner Kinnaur D D Sharma said the information about the fire was received at 4 am and immediately teams alongwith equipments were sent. Even Jai Prakash power company was told to extend immediate help.

Teams from Shimla with special fire control equipments were also rushed as the transformers fire could result in substantial damage to the project machinery.

Some years back,the project had also suffered loss to its machinery due to Sutlej water gushing into its under ground power house and resulting in huge loss,beside a forced shut down of the power generation.

The 120MW Bhaba project of the Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board was commissioned in 1989-90. It’s first hydro power project in the country to House a fully underground generation plant.

Power Generation Market Size

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Power Generation Market To 2020: Chennai nuclear plant in India resumes power generation

Power generation at the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KNPP), which was built with Russian assistance, has restarted after the first unit’s reactor and turbine tripped January 14, said the Power System Operation Corporation Ltd.

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Reportedly, the power generation at the first unit of 1,000 MW KNPP successfully commenced last week.

The atomic power unit touched a peak generation of 658 MW since it was restarted Sunday and the average generation for the day was 168 MW.

India’s atomic power plant operator Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd. (NPCIL) is setting up two 1,000 MW Russian reactors at Kudankulam in Tirunelveli district, 650 km from Chennai.

The first unit attained criticality, which is the beginning of the fission process, July 2013.

Subsequently it was connected to the southern grid in October 2013.

However, commercial power generation began only December 31, 2014. Since then the unit was generating an average of 940 MW till it tripped Jan 14.

However, an anti-nuclear power activist and who had filed a case against the setting up of the Rs.17,000 crore KNPP, the atomic power company suffers at least Rs.8 crore loss per day of plant outage.

Ever since the first unit at KNPP started commercial generation December 31, 2014 it has been producing around 940 MW per day or around 2.25 crore units per day.

It has also surfaced that the actual per unit commercial tariff for the first unit is still unclear with different officials giving out different figures, ranging from Rs.3.50 per unit to Rs.4 per unit. This has been driving up losses by about 70 percent.

Though, KNPP’s first unit has started commercial power generation, NPCIL curiously still classifies the unit as under construction in its website and not under the head ‘plants under operation’.

Power Generation Market

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Cancer Stem Cells Market Size To 2020: Hunter College chemists learn ways to “strangle” cancer cells

Chemists at New York’s Hunter College have designed a carbohydrate-based molecule that can surround and strangle bone cancer cells by self-assembling into a tangled web of nano-fibers. The molecule spares healthy cells because its assembly is triggered by an enzyme that is found in excess only in cancer cells.

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Scientists are developing molecules that spontaneously assemble into simpler versions of this matrix to provide a growth medium for cells, in particular for the “tissue engineering” market.

The phosphate-free peptides that were used, have a hydrophilic end and a hydrophobic one, which allow them to assemble like lipids in a cell membrane. The negative charge on the phosphate groups creates electrostatic repulsion between the molecules and prevents this. This phosphate on-off switch is great for targeting cancer because some types of cancer cells over-express alkaline phosphates, an enzyme that cleaves phosphates.

Furthermore, it is also possible to get carbohydrate-based molecules to behave the same way. Compared with peptides carbohydrates can lead to more diverse structures, opening up new possible applications. So to make their web-weaving molecules, the researchers first took the hydrophilic carbohydrate glucosamine and added a hydrophobic aromatic group to create a molecule that would self-assemble. They then added a phosphate group to the sugar.

To test the molecule’s cancer-killing prowess, the researchers added it to cultures of bone cancer cells as well as to normal cartilage cells, which have only about 5% of the alkaline phosphates activity observed in the cancerous ones. After seven hours, about 95% of the bone cancer cells had died, while only 15% of the cartilage ones were dead.

The study clearly demonstrated that high enzyme activity can serve as a way to target cancer cells. One concern is that the scientific team needed to use concentrations of the molecule that are higher than are typical for drugs. High concentrations often require large doses for patients, which usually mean high risk of side effects. Therefore the team needs to study possible side effects of their self-assembling carbohydrates.

Cancer Stem Cells Market Size

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Smart TV Market Size To 2020: Rivalry rages on Smart TV at CES 2015

The increasing divide between, Google and Samsung has been evident last year with the launch of Samsung’s own Tizen OS for smartphones and the lingering rumors about Google getting worked up over the increasing customizations in Samsung’s Android based UI – TouchWiz.

However, Google managed to hide its concerns from direct confrontation in public.

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But at the CES 2015 neither tech firms did anything to keep their widening wedge from being evident. At the event, Samsung announced that it plans to put its Tizen OS in all smart TVs that it manufactures in 2015. What is interesting is that Google too announced it latest effort in penetrating the smart TV business by launching Android TV in partnership with 3 firms – Sony, Sharp and TP Vision. The last firm is the former TV division of Phillips which has recently separated itself.

This would effectively mean that Tizen, which was recently launched as a mobile OS against its traditional use of Google Android, will be in direct confrontation with Google in the smart TV business.

Google had earlier tried to make its unsuccessful debut in the smart TV industry with Google TV. In other words Android TV is basically Google smart TV 2.0.

While the partnership between Sony and Google show evidence of strengthening, LG, another Google partner in smartphones has decided to go its own way for smart TV. The firm had earlier acquired WebOS, a TV software built by HP.

Google may be the by far the leading smartphone OS firm with its Android dominating more than 70% of the global market. However, Samsung still owns the crown in smart TV market where its sales account for nearly 25%, while LG is at 15% and same is for Sony, Google’s only credible partner in Android TV.

Smart TV Market Size

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Computer Aided Detection Market Size To 2020: Application of Computer Aided Detection (CAD) in clinical field

Computer Aided Detection is a technique to reduce observational oversights for physicians to interpret medical images.

CAD algorithms are analyzed on the basis of digital data set. CAD directly reads the images in digital format. At present this is analyzed in previous method then CAD readings are interpreted. With this approach radiologist focus on areas which is highlighted through CAD readings. Two main points needs to be considered which are CAD systems generates many false marks than true, therefore, this is responsibility to analyze true marking and CAD systems does not mark all actionable findings, hence, CAD review must take this in account. The results should not deter evaluation.

There are many ways to evaluate CAD system, such as test setting, affect of CAD on radiologist’s performance and analyzing data generates in laboratory.

Important characteristics to choose Blood Pressure Monitor

There are various types of Blood pressure (BP) monitor; the type of monitor in demand now is Home BP monitor. Some of the features to be considered while choosing the blood pressure monitor are digital monitor suiting the budget, right cuff size is very important in choosing the blood pressure monitor, calibrate BP monitor and accuracy of monitor.

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The price of BP monitor varies due to the extra features available. The basic purpose of the monitor is to provide accurate reading, so it is wise to choose the monitor which is clinically validated. Blood pressure reading goes wrong if the cuff is in-correctly worn. Generally the home blood pressure monitor is available in medium size, for a different size separate cuff needs to be ordered.

Source: QY Research Reports