From 2018 there will be bans on diesel cars in Munich.
The court order in Munich follows legal action taken by Transport and Environment’s German member DUH to force action on Bavaria’s breaching of EU air pollution limits in some locations.
He said that there is an urgent need for “high risk” investments in breakthrough technologies for renewables.
In July 2016, Gates considered 2 billion. Read More
Hyperloop One has signed an agreement with the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority that could see the firm’s technology applied in the UAE in a new feasibility study.
The Hyperloop concept is based on the idea of people traveling in autonomous pods from Dubai to Abu Dhabi in just 12 minutes (typically a ~2 hour drive). Read More
Why not store energy In hollow tanks on the bottom of the sea? The German Fraunhofer Institute started a test with spherical storage tanks.
In November 2016, the first tank has been placed at the bottom of the Bodensee, near the German border with Switzerland.
Ultimately, the aim is to place the tanks in the area of offshore wind farms. But for now, the institute choose the lake because it is more practical for the tests. Read More
Just as Thomas Edison said in 1931: “There’s enough solar energy hitting the earth every hour to replace all energy sources used globally in a year.”
But only 1% of energy used comes from the sun? Solar power is growing.
This green energy will soon be running engines 24/7. It will generate both power and air conditioning. Read More
The new Orison plug and play home battery system, stores electricity when electricity rates are low, so the electricity can be used later to avoid paying the higher rates.
Best of all: this new system requires no installation like other home battery setups; you just plug it in and away you go. Read More
In may 2016, Portugal ran for more than half a week without having to resort to fossil fuels.
Thanks to a big push toward solar, wind, and hydro power and a little nudge from the EU, for four days, Portugal produced enough clean, sustainable electricity to meet the needs of its people. Read More
The development of sustainable saltwater batteries enters the next level.
The American company Aquion Energy has received $ 33 million extra finance.
Previously, Bill Gates invested in Aquion Energy.
Aquion developed batteries that can store solar and wind energy to serve as backup for times when there is no wind nor sun. Saltwater batteries are not new, but the batteries from Aquion are special because they are using salt water as a conductor, instead of acids or bases.
Aquion has come up with a clever twist on a 200 year old salt water battery technology using:
They have come up with a breakthrough solution. It is environmentally friendly, cost effective and has a life cycle way beyond any other battery: up to 5,000 cycles
The startup — which was backed by Bill Gates and VCs like Kleiner Perkins and Foundation Capital — is making a low cost, modular grid battery made from basic materials like sodium and water.
The battery pairs a carbon anode with a sodium-based cathode, and a water-based electrolyte shuttles ions between the two electrodes during charging and discharging.
The technology was developed out of Carnegie Mellon University by founder and chief technology officer Jay Whitacre.
By using basic materials, Aquion is hoping its product is inexpensive enough to disrupt the current grid battery market.
Aquion’s CEO Scott Pearson:
“When the battery has been manufactured at a commercial scale for awhile, the price point of the battery could be $300 per kilowatt hour. That’s about a third of the cost of some of the more expensive lithium ion battery grid products.”
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In June 2016, Aquion Energy has introduced the Aspen 24S, a 24-volt version of its award-winning Aqueous Hybrid Ion (AHI) battery.
The new product is designed for energy-intensive applications that use solar panels, such as off-grid solar-powered LED lighting, as well as small pumps and motors. It is also an ideal drop-in replacement for existing systems using 24-volt lead-acid batteries.
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A rechargeable battery driven by bacteria? Lithium-ion batteries are limited by safety issues, high costs and other factors. Sam Molenaar and his colleagues from Wageningen University wanted to come up with a less expensive, more sustainable solution.
The research team combined two separate microbial energy systems. One system used bacteria to form acetate from electricity, while the other one converted the produced acetate back into electricity. Read More
Clumsy, that solar panels do not generate energy while its raining. Chinese scientists have just figured out that solar panels even generate electricity for all-weather: even when it is raining.
Solar modules are most effective when they are exposed to direct sunlight, but what happens when it rains? Read More
In 2014, the number of employments in electric vehicles increased by 25% to 3,200 jobs in the Netherlands.
Dutch companies in circular electric transport are doing a great job. National and international. Important, because they do not only contribute to our economy but they also are part of the solution to the global energy and climate issues. Read More
The Danish government is a strong advocate of wind energy.
In 2020, the Danish goal is to produces 50% of the electricity by wind turbines. This goal will be achieved before. Read More
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority has announced a comprehensive plan to significantly increase investment in renewable energy projects.
Announcing its annual budget, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) stated that it will float tenders worth Dh 27 billion (US$7.35 billion) to set up renewable energy projects. The projects are expected to be commissioned through the independent power producers model.
The Authority did not give any details for the likely renewable energy projects that will be pursued. However, among the largest tenders would be for the next phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum solar power park.
The first large phase of the solar park, with 200 MW capacity, is being constructed by ACWA Power-led consortium. Another tender for 800 MW capacity has attracted interest from global project developers, and the winner of this phase is expected to be announced soon.
DEWA plans to increase the total capacity of the solar park to 3 GW by 2030, so a number of tenders are expected to be issued. The Authority is expected to develop other renewable energy and clean energy projects.
Dubai has set a target to increase the share of renewable energy in its total energy mix to 7% by 2020. The medium-term and long-term targets for renewable energy share are 25% by 2030 and 75% by 2050.
143 GigaWatts renewables versus 141 GigaWatts fossils.