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The invention of Mobile Power Banks for Electric Vehicles by FEV

Uniper designed this innovative charging infrastructure approach as a process of creativity or proof of concept of the mobile fast charging solution. FEV took the role of providing technical and financial support to the Uniper Company and ensuring the electric cars’ rechargeable mobile power bank. The main issue addressed by Uniper’s power bank for electric vehicles is to cover the peak demands with no need for huge investment into the installation of grid systems and also transformer stations and substations. The process mentioned above ensures that a new one replaces the station once the battery is drained. 

Below are some of the key facts and data that revolve around developing the mobile power bank for electric vehicles. There is a proof of concept whereby it provides a total of 75kW of charging power, and this gives room to charge two vehicles at a go with an assurance to cover a total electric driving range of 1000 km. Using the recharging and logistic network handles, there is a 100 percent guarantee of zero CO2 emissions. All the fully charged stations guarantee a seamless energy supply, and the replaced MFC gets recharged at a special charging hub back into the main field.

The first way of support that FEV gave to Uniper was by helping them derive some business ideas and tactics of applying the MFC’s. Before then, they used to conduct some consumer surveys to confirm the general business model analysis. Another important integrator of the mobility ecosystem, the company, made leverage of its extensive partner network to determine state of the art and all components that might affect the market for the PoC, including factors such as battery unit, cooling system, and power electronics.

Additionally, the mobile fast charging method can be classified as an IOT device that gives room for remote organizing and monitoring several operations. To ensure that this quality is met, FEV ensured that they had developed a highly advanced operational management system for error-free functionality of the PoC as well as provide room and access to have real-time data. By adopting the remote monitoring technology, Uniper can easily track some operation states and conditions such as battery temperature, location of the station, acceleration, state of charge, and charging power. The billing process can also be monitored through the backend connection.

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InoBat Auto develops a revolutionary Electric Vehicle (EV) battery technology that allows customization

Environmental experts point out that the destruction of Earth’s protective covering, the ozone layer, is the primary cause of global warming and climate change. Scientists identified that greenhouse gases such as methane and CO2 deplete the layer, creating holes that permit destructive radiations from the Sun. Moreover, the heat energy from the Earth’s surface does not escape into the atmosphere, further increasing the temperatures. A phenomenon known as the greenhouse effect causes high temperatures. 

The transportation industry ranks as the top emitter of greenhouse gases. Many zero-emission initiatives continue to advocate for adopting electric vehicles to replace the high-emissions fossil-fuel-powered cars in the market. Some automakers decided to select a different approach by developing hybrid vehicles with near carbon-neutral technology. The EV adoption rate ranks low in most countries because many consumers and industry experts are uncertain of electric vehicle production’s sustainability.

Furthermore, establishing a robust network of fast-chargers for electric vehicles requires enormous investments. Most state governments and energy utility companies are unwilling to support initiatives that spearhead the development and construction of charging stations for EVs. Some communities continue to oppose the establishment of the fast-charging stations in areas they declare community property. 

Electric vehicle battery technology is a factor considered as crucial for Battery Electric Vehicles. BEVs are electric vehicles that rely on electrical energy in the battery to power all car systems, including the motor drivers for the wheels. The charge capacity of the battery determines the total mileage covered on a single charge. The battery determines the range for electric vehicles; better battery technologies improve the ranges. InoBat Auto, an automaker based in Slovakia, unveiled its revolutionary battery technology for electric cars. 

It took the company one year of planning, designing, and development to innovate the Gen1 lithium EV battery. Recent reports from expert market research indicate that the Gen1 is the first-ever EV battery developed using InoBat’s high-throughput technology and AI. Artificial Intelligence, an emerging technology, continues to find useful electric vehicle manufacture applications, renewable energy, and satellite communications optimization. 

InoBat developed a production method for the Gen1 lithium EV battery to develop high-quality battery customizations that are more efficient than conventional production methods. InoBat’s Gen1 battery packs up more electrical energy that increases the EV ranges by approximately 20%. The company pioneers the EV battery production that uses cutting-edge technologies to increase energy density, battery power, and lifespan. The Gen1 battery uses high nickel and low cobalt to improve the range of electric vehicles. In summary, InoBat’s production method minimizes reliance on cobalt, thereby boosting high energy density batteries. The cutting-edge battery technology aims to encourage the adoption of more electric vehicles, an initiative that will support an emission-free economy. 

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It’s about time India’s Early Investors in Clean Energy Receive Benefits

As every part of the world moves toward a clean environment, one of the standard resolutions is transitioning towards clean and renewable energy sources by most countries. Consequently, the International Energy Agency (IEA) is registering many changes in the energy sector. One such change is the energy mix across the world. Another one is the contribution of renewable energy into the energy basket, which has increased to 24%. Many countries, including adopting supply from sustainable energy sources, could see the percentage rise to 30% come 2024.

India is not lagging in this either. It aims to reduce the dependency of the country on energy sources such as liquid hydrocarbon and coal. One way of achieving that is continuously building additional renewable capacity. Its efforts have borne fruits because, for the last ten years, the power has increased by 65 gigawatts (GW). Since it was 17.5 GW a decade ago, the capacity is slowly becoming considerable, and the progress is also undeniably impressive. With that pace, and if possible, even a better one, the dependency on conventional energy sources will reduce significantly, no doubt.

One of the factors contributing to this milestone is the promotional regulatory and market structure. The renewable energy (RE) wouldn’t have recorded such improvement if it was not for such a progressive road map. However, consumers are yet to enjoy some benefits despite paying a lot to promote RE generations. It seems to be a perfect time for that to change since a lot has also changed over time. After all, the generation costs of conventional coal-based energy are now more expensive than those of its counterparts, wind and solar.

The existence of the renewable purchase obligation (RPO) is the binding element between traditional and RE power sectors. The likes of Discoms and various captive power plants are the obligators. To oblige, they have two choices; either purchase a renewable energy certificate (REC) or electricity from specific green sources. The RECs’ roles were to promote renewable energy and ensure that obligators without resources such as 270 days sunshine, roofs, and land to generate solar energy comply with the RPO.

Currently, the cost of renewable energy is lower than that of purchase. Consequently, renewable energy developers will have to charge their consumers a reasonable amount. The price of a unit of Solar REC costs Rs. 2.25. On the other hand, the same solar power, coupled with a REC certificate, costs the buyer about Rs. 2.5, which is a price that has not changed since Financial Year 17-18. Given the changes over time, consumers can only hope that the prices will reduce. After all, even the production cost has reduced.

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California’s Governor Newsom opinion on the Transition to Electric Cars

The state of California is already a victim of the adverse effects of climate change. For instance, it set a new record of high temperatures in August. There is also the wildfires that have been rampant for more than a month now. 

As a precaution to avoid the same fate in the future, the government and doing what it can to deal with climate change. One such initiative is a move by the Governor to ensure that the only energy sources by 2045 are the ones that don’t produce emissions. Another policy was eliminating sales of new gasoline-powered vehicles not later than 2035. However, its residents will still be at liberty to own or sell a car powered by diesel or gasoline from the used-vehicle market after 2035.

If that were to become a reality, California would make history by being the first state of the United States of America to have such a ban. There are other 15 countries with the same vision, among them Germany and France.

The executive order got a harsh response from the White House through its spokesman. According to Judd Deere, it was an extreme move that could have dire consequences such as high costs of living and job loss.

Newson’s interview with All Things Considers gave the Governor a platform to respond to the White House‘s allegations. When responding to whether the state’s deadline was realistic, he mentioned a plan and a strategy. He also noted that they wouldn’t be starting from scratch since they are already producing 50% of its electricity from non-carbo sources. 34% is from renewable places as well. They will also be relying on battery storage technology, which has even kicked off.

Regarding the impact of electric cars’ high costs on the affordability crisis that the state is already experiencing, he says that maintaining a status quo would be worse. He also said that there is a need for change if the government improved manufacturing, development, research, innovation, and investment. The Governor also feels that the prices of electric vehicles will increase within no time.

To literate on what Trump’s administration said about the idea, he used words such as gobbledygook, nonsense, and non-factual. He also added that the argument is not only not exciting but also stale for that matter. He based his view on statistics that the number of green jobs in California is more than those associated with fossil fuels five times.

He also feels that that’s where the rest of the world is headed, and California should follow suit. After all, most countries seem to be moving towards zero-emission cars and electric vehicles. Newson also said that he was, to some extent, embarrassed by what the White House said about the plan. However, he finds the transition necessary for the sake of climate and economy.

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Oil companies and investors are shifting their support to renewables 

The giant oil companies are cashing their support into renewable energy projects to remain in business in the new renewable energy era. Various company heads like Marco Dunand of Mercuria and Torbjorn Tornqvist of Gunvor stated that they would be investing in renewables to recover profits from the conventional energy plans’ upcoming clearance. The investors hope that this move can help them retrieve earnings that they have lost in the transition from fossil fuels to renewables.

Dunand explained to FT Commodities Global Summit that the mega oil companies must move to renewable energy to remain a going concern in the upcoming decades. He added that the Paris agreement on climate change calls for this inevitable transition. Dunand stated that giant oil companies are under siege to switch to solar, wind, and hydrogen quickly. He noted that there would be an increase in renewable energy projects in the next half-decade if more investors venture into renewables.

Other giant oil companies trusting this new venture are Vitol and Trafigura. BP has already started buying renewable energy projects that will be its new operation once the ICE cars and fossil fuel systems get substitute renewable energy sources. However, Tornqvist argues that achieving net-zero emissions is unachievable since the areas where fossil fuels and resources gain usage is vast. He thinks that society will not readily uptake renewables since most of them use ICE cars and their energy demands are high.

Vitol’s head, Russell Hardy, stated that they would be supplying 500 megawatts of renewable energy once the projects they acquired start operating. On the other hand, Trafigura reported that it would be developing solar, wind, and thermal energy storage projects in the coming years with $2 billion investments. The projects will help develop renewable energy infrastructure.

Experts argue that oil companies have to reason to transition to renewables to remain in the market. The investors think that profits in renewable energy projects will be low since most consumers are skeptical of purchasing resources. Consumers are adamant about switching to electric vehicles, which use this energy to fear the cars not meeting their travel needs.

Finally, with the transition to renewables, Trafigura’s chief of operations stated that the oil prices would not rise to a higher level cheating the oil companies not to invest in renewables. The investments in renewables are growing, showing that investors have accepted the new changes.

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New alarming national energy outbursts concerning NZ renewable energy 

Speculations surrounding renewable energy indicate that renewable energy was growing faster while under the National government than it is doing under Labour leadership. AAP FactCheck Investigation will be explaining the validity of this statement in this article.

Simeon Brown of the National Party argues that while they were in government, the renewables witnessed a 16.5 percent growth. In contrast, the current leadership has only recorded a 0.5 percent increase in three years. The National Party attributes a significant growth in renewables was under its leadership and that the only growth that the Labour government has recorded is also because of their efforts. 

The Labour Party was projecting the achievement of a 100 percent shift to renewables in 2035, although it later on adjusted this period to 2030 if it gets back to power. However, through Simeon Brown, the National Party explained that there had been a slow transition to renewables, with the fastest rate being when they were in power.

AAP FactCheck took Brown’s words and started investigating the validity of the statements. The agency proved that the increase that Brown had quoted was true according to the dates. It was also able to prove a 0.5 percent growth since the Labour Party entered office in 2017. The high increase in renewable energy when the National Party was in power depended on both hydropower and geothermal power sources.

The Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment (MBIE) reported that the subsequent drop in renewable energy uptake in 2019 was due to drought, forcing hydropower’s attention to shift to coal. The coal-powered plants topped up the supply of electricity to counter the diminishing production from hydropower plants.

Analysts advise against supporting the idea that the National Party facilitated the quick uptake of renewables, saying it will cause political tumult in the country unjustifiably. The experts argue that the country’s electricity situation has witnessed fluctuations that should not alarm the opposition to take credit for their good season in leadership.

AAP FactCheck argues that Brown should not use favorable statistics to demean the ruling party since no significant policy changes would inform a severe drop in the transition to renewables. The agency admits that drought must factor in the statistics before judging the Labour Party for its failures. In conclusion, Brown’s statement is partially true on the statistical part but incorrect in taking credit. If anything is very true, then it is the figures that Brown gave and his bias in claiming the Labour Party was delaying renewables’ uptake without considering the natural disaster.

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China’s Car Market likely to improve because of Electric Vehicles

According to global carmakers, there are high chances of electric vehicles helping China’s car market. This world’s largest car market has had low moments for about two years. Although the downturn happened before the coronavirus, the pandemic made things change from bad to worse.

Global automakers are looking forward to its rebound within no time. As a matter of fact, Chinas annual motor show is now officially open in Beijing. It was supposed to occur in April, but it happens five years later because of delays emanating from the pandemic. Ever since the outbreak of COVID-19, this is the very first big international industry event that has taken place so far.

The fact that China has managed to deal with the pandemic squarely, making it almost if not Covid-19 free, is one reason why the country is at an advantage. It means that its citizens can move freely, which translates to more car sales.

It was evident that coronavirus is no longer one of the fears in China.  For instance, there was a huge number of journalists. Venue rules were not taken seriously during the event to the extent that most of them even removed their masks. In fact, the head of China’s BMW, Jochen Goller, said that the confidence is back.

Some of the greatest beneficiaries are Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and BMW. That’s because most of the young rich Chinese have been upgrading to high-end models a lot lately. Despite BMW sales dropping by 31% in the first quarter, things are about to change. That’s according to Goller, who predicts that there will be an increase of at least one digit.

Another improving sector is electric vehicles. There has been a downturn lasting for a year in China as far as electric vehicles and hybrids are concerned. It came about due to a lack of enticing subsidies. Even before things could get better, coronavirus emerged, which worsened the situation. Fortunately, that has been changing since July, supported by the China Passenger Car Association’s finding that the sales have increased by 45%.

Nissan’s CEO Makoto Ucvhida termed the recovery as remarkable despite low markets because of the pandemic. The company is hopeful and promises to release Ariya electric sports utility vehicles and eight other electric and hybrid vehicles by 2025.

The main gainers are the SUVs and premium cars. With the new emission standards, which are quite strict, the electric vehicles could soon join the club. Its percentage is only 5% of the total car sales, but that might change very soon. Other factors attributing to the rebound are buyer subsidies as well as easy access to credit. The sales have been rising since April, and global carmakers believe that things will only get better.

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Affordable, high-performance electric vehicle batteries will be available in 2023 – Elon Musk

Elon Musk explained that Tesla would be supplying cheap, durable, and high-performance electric vehicle batteries in the coming three years. 

Musk reported that this type of battery would give more energy than the current cells, perform six times better than the current models, and raise the mileage range by close to 20%. He admitted that the mass production of these advanced cells would be visible in 2023. Musk thinks that it is high time Tesla developed cheap electric cars to absorb the low-income earners market. 

Musk reported that they are working on reducing the cost of developing their batteries by recycling the waste cells at their Nevada facility. One of the materials that will need a substitution to keep costs down is the cobalt. Additionally, the company intends to develop its electric vehicle batteries via its automated industrial branches globally. Tesla’s lead energy engineer, Drew Baglino, explained that they would be creating the battery using automatic machines in the Nevada facility before evaluating its efficiency. 

Elon Musk stated that they are not going to produce this battery in mass quantities because their research and development branch is still designing the battery. After the Tuesday conference, Tesla’s shares on the stock market went down by close to $20 billion, with analysts arguing that the CEO is making empty promises considering the company’s track record attaining its targets. Nevertheless, the company anticipates to produce and sell a minimum of 20 million electric vehicles annually. This quantity is a quarter of this year’s global target of electric vehicles in the market. 

The Tuesday event was a surprise with the executives and stakeholders of Tesla choosing to sit at its Model 3 parking zone. In the transition to electric vehicles, Tesla investors are watching out how the company will pull a fast one to surpass the leading companies and retain its dominance in the industry. 

Although the electric vehicles’ prices are going down because of altering the electric cars’ battery components are still highly-priced than the ICE cars. Analysts added that these cars’ prices must not exceed that of ICE cars if they hope to wipe out the latter. Additionally, the electric vehicle batteries’ costs must be as low as $100 for every kWh to accelerate their uptake. 

To sum up, Tesla’s batteries’ prices are high, prompting the customers to go for cheap car models with cheap batteries like the Nissan Leaf. Nevertheless, Tesla has understood this side of competition and is developing its battery in Fremont, Germany. 

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Electric vehicle giants, Tesla and Nikola, preparing to unveil their batteries 

Tesla intends to display its newest battery for electric vehicles in the upcoming annual meeting. The company will be rolling out its battery while detailing the mileage range, the substitute materials for cobalt, and how they will be reducing the production costs of the batteries.

Tesla cannot wholly take credit for developing the battery since the company collaborated with Panasonic in the battery development processes. The two partners have also agreed to a three-year deal. Nevertheless, reports by Electrek show that the company is developing its battery in Fremont, although the process is in its design stage.

Car and Driver anticipated witnessing the performance of this battery capable of covering one million miles. The company revealed that this battery is a product of Tesla’s partnership with China’s Contemporary Amperex Technology Ltd. Car and Driver is expecting to receive heartening news from Tesla’s chief, Elon Musk. Elon had who divulged details concerning the development of the battery and an electric pickup known as Cybertruck.

Other mega releases in the past annual meetings by Tesla include an 18-wheeler in 2017, solar roof tiles, and Powerwall 2 in 2016. Nevertheless, these previous technologies never reached a climax in the market’s adoption, making the upcoming releases a little bit wheezy in acceptance by the consumers.

Although there are negative anticipations about the new battery, analysts say that it would be the best news if only these batteries are affordable, a likelihood that is miraculous considering previous Tesla launches. Nevertheless, Tesla might benefit if the other partner advocates for low prices to catapult sales and adoption of the batteries into the market.

Elsewhere, Nikola entered a contract with GM, which raised its stock prices by close to 50%. GM is a company to watch in this electric vehicle industry, considering it is developing its battery and electrical engineering singularly.

Additionally, GM has entered an agreement with Honda to supply some of its technology yo the company. GM came to support Nikola after it came under fire for speculation of bad business. GM explained that just the way Tesla is collaborating with Panasonic and firms is the same way Nikola is receiving GM’s back up.

Honda is preparing to make GM its supplier of batteries while Tesla’s stocks rise even higher than before. The SEC argues that just the same way Panasonic raised its market share by 10% is also how Nikola’s should be lower than 20. GM challenged this agency to supply evidence of any illegal deals that Nikola might have benefited from the rising to over 30%. In conclusion, the electric vehicle companies are coming under pressure to develop complete vehicle components before taking a total stake in the sales.

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Food Waste Recycling Company to Produce Renewable Energy

A food waste recycling company, Trenton Renewables, has come up with a plan to recycle food waste and produce clean, renewable energy. The company, a Class 1 Renewable Energy Facility, held a facility tour briefing to involve the public discussing the new legislation. Those in attendance included Joseph L. Fiordaliso, the president of NJ Board of Public Utilities; Andrew Zwicker, Assemblyman; Nancy Pinkin, Assemblywoman; and the mayor of Trenton Reed Gusciora. The tour also meant to exhibit the sustained governance in nurturing a flourishing, clean economy.

The facility has been working with the new regulations, highlighted by implementing the NJ Assembly Bill 2371. The Bill, which is also the Food Waste Law, will see all enterprises that yield more than fifty-two tons of food waste each year required to carry out recycling procedures.  The companies will be required to partner with certified recycling facilities, like Renton, to recycle the food waste instead of sending it to incinerators. This move will help avoid pollution via poisonous emissions and avoid loss of crucial nutrients and recycle them to the ecosystem.

The Trenton facility, which is along the Delaware River, is modernized to utilize biological processes to reutilize foodstuff remains into superior manure, carbon-based fertilizer, and renewable power. The facility can recycle 110,000 tons of organic matter per year, which would be rather burnt or dumped in landfills.

The facility is equipped to mechanically recycle full truckloads of foodstuffs and drinks where its evolved technology for handling material can isolate carbon-based matter from packaging materials. The organic material is channeled to one of the facility’s three anaerobic digesters, which employ the use of bacteria to transform the surplus into first-rate dung, natural manure, and renewable biogas. 

The projected industries poised to partner with Trenton usually have an output of large scale organic matter (food waste) such as grocery stores, hospitals, academic institutions, food manufacturers, and distributors.

The muck and peat extracted from the waste are transported to local farms, and the biogas utilized on-site to yield electricity, which is used to power the facility. The facility can save 110,000 tons of organic matter, which is recycled into 27,000 MWh of renewable energy and 23,000 tons of compost. The packaging material, such as glass and paper, are automatically separated and recycled. When working efficiently, the facility can save the partner over $5 million per year in tipping fees, time utilization, and conserved energy.