September 26, 2018: The first stage of the project “Sustainable Porto Santo - Smart Fossil Free Island” has been completed. The Mobility House (TMH), together with Renault and the local utility Empresa de Electricidade da Madeira (EEM), is currently testing and developing its technology for the interaction of clean energy production and consumption on the holiday island near Madeira which belongs to Portugal, the Munich-based company announced last Tuesday. In the first phase of the project, a photovoltaic system with two megawatts of power, wind turbines with 1.1 megawatts, a stationary storage system with 121 kilowatt hours of capacity and 40 charging stations for electric vehicles have been installed. By 2022, a total of 200 unidirectional and 450 bidirectional charging stations are to be installed on the island. By that time 1000 electric vehicles will be on the island. The storage capacity, according to TMH CEO Raffeiner, will be expanded to up to 9.5 megawatts, with the stationary second-life battery storage, as well through the rolling storage, the batteries in the electric vehicles are supplemented.
The Munich-based company also wants to use the pilot project to show that this way cost-intensive grid expansion can be avoided. Already now the model shows how cheap it is. For example, the power generation costs on Porto Santo with diesel generators areb between 50 and 60 cents per kilowatt hour. By 2021, they will be, due to photovoltaics, wind power and storage up to four to six cents per kilowatt hour cheaper. The concept can be applied not only to other islands, but also to cities, stadiums, airports and other places.
Source: PV Magazine
Sep 25, 2018: Groupe Renault is launching its “Advanced Battery Storage” program, which aims to build the biggest energy stationary storage system using EV batteries yet designed in Europe by 2020 (power: 70 MW / energy: 60MWh).
It will have a storage capacity of at least 60 MWh, making it the biggest system of its kind ever built in Europe. The first facilities will be developed in early 2019 on three sites in France and Germany: at the Renault plants in Douai and Cléon and at a former coal-fired plant in North Rhine-Westphalia. The storage capacity will then be gradually expanded over time to contain the energy of 2,000 EV batteries. This stationary storage system is built using EV batteries compiled in containers. The system uses second-life batteries, as well as new batteries stored for future use in standard replacement during after-sales operations. The purpose of this system is to manage the difference between electricity consumption and production at a given time, in order to increase the proportion of renewable sources in the energy mix. As part of the “Advanced Battery Storage” program, Groupe Renault has joined up with several players including German energy service provider The Mobility House.
August 31, 2018: According to a new report published by BloombergNEF, cumulative global EV sales will reach four million this week. If e-bus sales are counted, however, the milestone was already surpassed at the beginning of July. While it took 60 months to reach the first million electric vehicle (EV) sales, in late 2015, it took the fourth million just six months. China is driving this development. China now comprises 37% of all passenger EV sales in the world since 2011, and around 99% of e-buses. This trend is likely to continue, with the analysts expecting 42% of the next million EVs until the five million milestone, to be sold in China, while Europe is projected to account for around 26%, and North America, 25%.
Meanwhile, as first generation EVs batteries are reaching their end-of-life, interest in second-life use cases is growing. By their end-of-life, the batteries still retain 70-80% of their initial capacity. And there are a number of use cases resulting from this, mostly in stationary storage applications. The volume of retired EV battery packs is set to be 108 GWh by 2029 – representing a third of the expected storage capacity market at that time.
(Souce: PV Magazine, Image: Bloomberg NEF)
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August 28, 2018: The CHAdeMO Association and the China Electricity Council (CEC) have formally signed an agreement to develop a common fast-charging standard. Both the Japanese and Chinese governments expressly support this industry initiative by the industry associations CHAdeMO Association and China Electricity Council (CEC). The project is intended to pave the way for a uniform harmonized standard of both countries. The system should be ready by 2020. Thus, the battle for supremacy in the global competition for the charging and plug standard would reach a whole new level.
While the Combined Charging System (CCS) has been defined as a fast-charging standard in Europe, North America and some other countries, Japan has relied on CHAdeMO up to now and China on its own GB Standard. Tesla, however, has opted for its own variant. However, the Californians are building an additional GB / T charging socket into the Stromer especially for the Chinese market.
The alliance between China and Japan is to be understood as a clear challenge to the Europeans. The CCS camp, organized in the Charging Interface Initiative (CharIN), had hopes recently to establish its standard in the Asian region
LG Chem exhibiting at ees Europe 2018 - part of The smarter E Europe in Munich
August 31, 2018: South Korean battery maker LG Chem has signed a contract with China's Ganfeng Lithium to supply 48,000 tonnes of lithium hydroxide for electric car batteries by the end of 2022. According to LG Chem, this will be enough to produce batteries for one million electric cars that could travel up to 320 kilometers. Lithium hydroxide is a key material for electric vehicle batteries. Recently, LG had already signed a five-year contract with Nemaska Lithium to supply lithium hydroxide. Overall, LG Chem, including the new supply agreement with Ganfeng, has secured a total stock of 83,000 tonnes.
The company operates factories manufacturing e-car batteries in South Korea, China, the US and Poland. A second battery factory in China is already planned. Construction is scheduled to begin in October. The main buyers are the US group GM and Volvo, Renault South Korea's largest car maker Hyundai and its subsidiary Kia.
August 28, 2018: The 1,000,000 mark for electric cars and plug-in hybrids has now been exceeded in Europe, according to the EV Volumes database. Plug-in vehicle sales in Europe reached 195 000 units in the first half of 2018, 42% higher than for the same period of 2017. These include all Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV) and Plug-in Hybrids (PHEV) in Europe, passenger cars and light commercial vehicles. 51% of plug-in sales are pure electric vehicles (BEV) and there rest are Plug-in Hybrids (PHEV). Only 87 fuel-cell vehicles were sold during the period, up from 66 last year.
The German market is the strongest growth contributor, in terms of volumes. Even if growth rates do not reach 100% as last year, this year's 52%, combined with the sheer size of the German market, push volumes forward. Norway is still Europe's largest market for plug-ins, with a staggering share of 37% in this year's light vehicle sales. Counting passenger cars only, the share was 46,5% in 2018 H1. A good indication of what is possible with compelling savings on vehicle taxes, much lower operating cost and a well developed charging infrastructure.
(Picture: EV Volumes.com)
24. August 2018: Japan is making a push to develop flying cars, enlisting companies including Uber Technologies Inc. and Boeing Co. in a government-led group to bring airborne vehicles to the country in the next decade. The group will initially comprise 21 businesses and organizations, including Airbus SE, NEC Corp., a Toyota Motor Corp.-backed startup called Cartivator, ANA Holdings Inc., Japan Airlines Co., and Yamato Holdings Co., according to a statement Friday from the trade ministry in Tokyo. Delegates will gather Aug. 29 to help chart a road map this year, it said. “The Japanese government will provide appropriate support to help realize the concept of flying cars, such as creation of acceptable rules,” the ministry said according to Bloomberg.
Japan’s Economy Minister Hiroshige Seko told reporters this month that flying cars could ease urban traffic snarls, help transportation in remote islands or mountainous areas at times of disasters, and can be used in the tourism industry.
August 24, 2018: The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Transit Administration (FTA) today announced $84.45 million in grant selections through the Low- or No-Emission (Low-No) Grant program, which funds the deployment of transit buses and infrastructure that use advanced propulsion technologies. Fifty-two projects in 41 states will receive a share of the funding.Eligible projects include the purchase or lease of buses that are powered by modern systems such as hybrid or battery electric engines, as well as related infrastructure investments such as charging stations.
Some examples of selected FY2018 Low-No projects include: Broward County Transit (BCT) in Florida will receive $2.2 million to replace aging vehicles in one of the country’s largest and most congested metro areas with zero-emission battery electric buses and supporting solar power infrastructure. The Transit Authority of Lexington (Lextran) in Kentucky will receive $2.3 million to purchase zero-emission battery electric buses, and will partner with a nonprofit research organization to assess the operational and cost benefits, advancing the transit industry as a whole.
August 22, 2018: More than 90% of households in Germany are behind the energy transition. This is an important result of the KfW Energy Transition Barometer. The survey, conducted for the first time in nearly 4,000 households, also shows that 23% of households are already actively involved in using energy conversion technologies today.
In particular, according to the KfW Energy Transition Barometer 2018 (in German) it is expected to see a great momentum in electric cars: The planned purchase of electric cars in German households is 8 times higher than it is currently. While just under 2% of households surveyed own an electric car today, 16% are already planning to purchase one. This value represents the greatest dynamism in the technologies considered. The study also shows that a majority of households with electric cars have access to green electricity.
August 20, 2018: The Israeli authorities announced plans to invest 25 million new shekels (6.83 million U.S. dollars) in setting up charging stations nationwide for electric vehicles. Four tenders will be put out in October to set up a total of 2,560 charging stations across Israel, the energy ministry said. A total of 60 fast charging stations will be built along the interurban roads, while 2,500 slow charging spots will be installed in the cities, it added. The government will cover 50 percent to 75 percent of the entire costs, according to the tenders.
At the speed chargers, it will be possible to charge 60 percent to 80 percent of the battery within half an hour, while the slow charging is designed to last 8 hours and serve two cars at the same time. The winning bidders are expected to sign contracts by January 2019, and to complete the project in two to three years.
According to forecasts by the Israeli government, about a quarter of the vehicles sold in Israel are supposed to be powered by electricity by 2025.
August 20, 2018: Dr. med. SHU Yinbiao, CEO of State Grid China, and Ansgar Hinz, CEO of the technology association of Germany VDE, will continue to intensify cooperation between the two organizations and today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Beijing.
State Grid China and the VDE will start with projects in the field of Smart Energy and Smart Mobility. Both parties rely on their expertise in the integration and standardization of renewable energies, grid codes, grid control and storage systems. The VDE also advises on aspects of bankability and insurability of renewable energy products and storage systems. In electromobility, the VDE contributes its know-how in the standardization, testing and certification of energy storage systems (ESS), charging infrastructure and the evaluation of billing systems in the partnership.
(Picture: The world's largest employer and the technology association sign a Memorandum of Understanding. obs / VDE Association of Electrical Engineering Electronics Information Technology / State Grid Corporation of China)
August 19, 2018: The fact that more photovoltaic systems are being installed not just worldwide but also in Germany has to do with hard figures. Energy consultant Hans Urban calculates with a PV roof system: An output of one kilowatt / peak (kWp) can be expected to generate 1,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) per year. For a kWp, seven square meters of roof area are needed. Urban estimates the cost of a photovoltaic system at one fifth compared to 15 years ago.
According to Urban, a single-family home can be well equipped for 7500 euros, which means that the kWh can be produced for ten cents. On the German electricity market, consumers pay on average 30 cents per kWh. Accordingly a household can easily consume 30 percent of the electricity it produces and make the private solar project profitable. If you own an e-vehicle, you can charge cheaply. And what remains as electricity, can be fed into the grid, currently for 12.6 cents per kWh for systems up to ten kWp. Souce: Süddeutsche Zeitung
July 25, 2018: : Daimler is increasing its battery production capacities at the Sindelfingen and Untertürkheim locations in Germany. The global battery production network of Mercedes-Benz Cars thus grows to eight factories on three continents. Of these, five are in Germany. At the Sindelfingen plant, a new battery factory will be built, construction of which will begin in the next decade. The Untertürkheim powertrain plant also receives a battery factory in the Hedelfingen plant, which quadruples the originally planned capacity at the site. In the entire battery production network, Mercedes-Benz Cars now has eight battery factories at six locations on three continents. The expansion of battery production underlines the rapid and necessary transformation towards electromobility.
Mercedes-Benz Cars is investing more than one billion euros in a global battery production within the worldwide production network of Mercedes-Benz Cars.
June 28, 2018: The Power2Drive Europe exhibition took place for the first time in 2018 under the umbrella of The smarter E Europe and was an instant success with exhibitors and visitors. 148 suppliers presented their innovations for charging infrastructure and e-mobility, while the Power2Drive Europe Conference and the ees & Power2Drive Forum offered deeper insights into the latest hot topics in the industry. Around 47,000 visitors from 155 countries attended The smarter E Europe. The new exhibition Power2Drive Europe put the spotlight on the integration of e-mobility into the renewable energy system.
June 28, 2018: A study published by ACEA (European Automobile Manufacturers Association) identifies infrastructure availability as one barrier that is currently hampering the uptake of electrically-chargeable cars in the European Union.
Today, there are some 100,000 charging points for ECVs in the European Union. However, at least two million will be needed by 2025. 76% of all ECV charging points are concentrated in just four EU countries, which together cover only 27% of the EU’s total surface area.
28% are located in the Netherlands (32,875), with another 22% in Germany (25,241), 14% in France (16,311) and 12% in the United Kingdom (14,256). On the other end of the spectrum, a vast country like Romania – roughly six times bigger than the Netherlands – counts 114 charging points, or 0.1% of the EU total.
On 30 May 2018, Directive 2018/844 of the European Parliament and Council on the energy performance of buildings was adopted. This will also promote the development of charging infrastructure for e-vehicles.The rule now is that all new and thoroughly renovated residential buildings with more than ten parking spaces must be equipped with the appropriate pre-cabling, which allows the subsequent installation of charging stations for all parking spaces. For all new and thoroughly refurbished commercial buildings with more than ten parking spaces, this applies to 20 percent of all parking spaces. In addition, at least one charging point must be installed and made available at these commercial buildings.
The Directive also requires Member States to lay down, by 1 January 2025, rules for the installation of a minimum number of charging points for all commercial buildings with more than 20 parking spaces and to simplify the installation of charging stations in buildings, for example in terms of approval procedures.
(Photo: European Union/EP Louise WEISS building/Architecture Studio)
March 8, 2018: A current survey from EuPD Research reveals that German home-owners are highly interested in using cost-effective self-generated photovoltaic energy for their electric vehicles. Home-owners, who are currently considering the purchase of an electric vehicle, are also intent on buying a photovoltaic system. Furthermore, it is seen as the utilities’ responsibility to offer specific automotive electricity tariffs. more
January 26, 2018: At least since driving bans have loomed in big German cities like Munich, the subject of electric mobility has been relevant to society as a whole. Klaus Dittrich, Chairman & CEO of Messe München, thinks that companies in particular have a duty here. “By putting the e-charging infrastructure into operation, we are setting a milestone in the area of electric mobility and are affirming our pioneering role in environmental and climate protection. more
December 25, 2017: The number of fully electric and plug-in hybrid cars on the world’s roads has passed the 3m mark, as manufacturers ramp up their plans for mass production of battery-powered vehicles.
Industry watchers said the milestone was passed in November, with the growth rate indicating that electric car sales are now running at around 1m a year. EV-Volumes, a Sweden-based group that tracks the global electric car market, predicted sales will accelerate next year and bring the total number of battery-powered cars on the roads to around 5m by the end of 2018.
October 2017: As a means of green transportation, electric vehicles are becoming increasingly competitive. If they are charged using renewable energy, they can serve to mitigate climate change and reduce environmentally harmful emissions. The most important challenges involve reducing the cost of battery packs, improving energy density and expanding charging infrastructure. more