Exploring the ambitions from Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Conference
A strong focus at the Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Conference which took place this week (4th-6th April) in Sindelfingen was 48V mild hybrids. The consensus is that the industry is quickly moving beyond the opening shots that can reduce carbon dioxide by up to 14%. These tend to involve belt starter generator BSG, no electric drive modes, PO/1 positioning on engine, 480Wh 48V battery and 12kV supplied. This was described as little mor...
BayWa r.e. puts projects with output of 76MWp into operation in UK
BayWa r.e. has successfully connected seven solar farms to the grid in the UK. These plants achieve a total output of 76MWp and are situated in locations across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. BayWa r.e. has set up all of these turnkey plants within the last five months. The commissioning in March 2017 ensured accreditation of these projects for ROC 1.2 promotional programmes in England and Wales as well as for ROC 1.4 in Northern Irela...
Collaboration for economical production of hydrogen fuel
In order to accelerate the commercialisation of hydrogen fuelled vehicles, both in Spain and the UK, ULEMCo has announced a collaboration with Spanish company H2B2. The companies have signed a memorandum of understanding that sees the firms enter a non-exclusive partnership to maximise the opportunity for the use and supply of hydrogen economically through scaled production.
University assistance leads to ‘game-changing’ technology
Thanks to the assistance from Teesside University, a North-East engineering firm is developing ‘game-changing’ technology. Stockton-based Carroll & Meynell Transformers, which designs and manufactures electrical transformers, is building a prototype of a new multi-vehicle electric vehicle charger which can charge up to ten vehicles at a time.
African forests threatened by demand for commodity crops
International demand for commodity crops like cocoa is putting increasing pressure on tropical forests in sub-Saharan Africa, according to new research. The study – the first comprehensive empirical assessment of land-use change impacts of commodity crop expansion in sub-Saharan Africa, and their effects on tropical deforestation – published today in the journal Environmental Research Letters.
Bio-inspired storage represents alternative for solar
Inspired by an American fern, researchers have developed a prototype that could be the answer to the storage challenge still holding solar back as a total energy solution. The type of electrode created by researchers from RMIT University in Melbourne could boost the capacity of existing integrable storage technologies by 3000%.
Electric refuse trucks on trial in Greenwich
A 26 tonne electric refuse vehicle is on trial in Greenwich after the Royal Borough of Greenwich secured funding from Innovate UK as part of a consortium. The project comes from a bid as part of an open competition called the Low Emission Freight and Logistics Trial – Stream 2, funded by Innovate UK and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV). The technology will be developed by Magtec, a company that designs and manufactures elect...
Feature of nanomaterial makes harvesting sunlight easier
Using sunlight to drive chemical reactions, such as artificial photosynthesis, could soon become much more efficient thanks to nanomaterials. This is the conclusion of a study published today led by researchers in the Department of Physics at Imperial College London, which could ultimately help improve solar energy technologies and be used for new applications, such as using sunlight to break down harmful chemicals.
Satellite imaging improves ability to measure plant growth
Satellite images of Earth’s plant life have been valuable for managing crops or detecting deforestation, but current methods are often contaminated by light reflected by other things like clouds, soil and snow. Now, researchers at Stanford and the Carnegie Institution for Science have unlocked the potential of decades-old satellites with a technological tweak to better isolate the signal from plants alone.
'Virtual batteries' could lead to cleaner power
In the power grid, supply and demand need to match exactly. If consumers demand more power than producers can supply, or if producers provide more power than consumers need, the result can be rolling blackouts. Power producers usually keep turbines spinning at a few offline plants, so they can ramp up production if demand spikes. Or they maintain coal-fueled backup generators that can be fired up quickly. But these approaches are either cost...