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Aluminum-Air Battery Gives This EV A 1,000 Mile Range | Alphatech5 Energy Blog

Aluminum-Air Battery Gives This EV A 1,000 Mile Range | Alphatech5 Energy Blog | Renewable Energy News | Scoop.it
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Battery company Phinergy and aluminum miner Alcoa have teamed up and debuted an EV with a 1,000-mile range. So how’d they do it? The secret is air.

Using a Citroen C1 as the base vehicle, Phinergy and Alcoa co-developed an aluminum-air battery pack that, when combined with an additional lithium-ion battery pack gives it a total driving range of about 1,000 miles. So what’s an aluminum-air battery? It uses aluminum as the anode and oxygen as the cathode with a water-electrolyte solution that is depleted as you drive.

But you don’t “recharge” this EV in the traditional sense, at least not entirely. While the standard lithium-ion battery pack needs to be plugged in to charge, the aluminum-air battery is recharged by replacing aluminum cartridges. That means no waiting around for the battery to reach full capacity; just swap some cartridges and you’re good to go.

That’s not the only benefit of aluminum-air batteries though; the design uses aluminum, and air, two incredibly lightweight substances that make for a featherweight battery. However, given the inability to recharge at home, this technology makes more sense as a replacement range extender, taking gasoline out of the plug-in hybrid equation completely.

One thing not discussed in the press release is cost, and you can probably guess why. As great as this battery technology is, unless the buying public determines it to be affordable, and a good value. For now though, it’s something to look forward to, a day when even our hybrids have ditched fossil fuels for good.

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Report: Ghosn predicts autonomous cars on the roads by 2018, if laws allow | Alphatech5 Energy Blog

Report: Ghosn predicts autonomous cars on the roads by 2018, if laws allow | Alphatech5 Energy Blog | Renewable Energy News | Scoop.it
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Things appear to be going well inside Nissan’s autonomous vehicle development program. Until now, the automaker believed that self-driving cars would be ready for major markets like the US by 2020. However, Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn is now speeding up that prediction to 2018 in some places, assuming that local laws are ready to accept the computer-controlled vehicles.

“The problem isn’t technology, it’s legislation, and the whole question of responsibility that goes with these cars moving around,” said Ghosn in a speech in France recorded by Reuters. He predicted that the first sales could begin in France, Japan and the US by 2018 and expand elsewhere in 2020.

The alliance has been among the forefront of automakers working on self-driving cars. Nissan has an autonomous Leaf (pictured above) test car that is licensed to drive on Japanese roads. Renault showed off an version of its Zoe EV earlier this year called the Next Two, that could pilot itself at speeds up to 18 miles per hour, and that the company predicted would be ready by 2020.

Governments are still deciding how to treat the new technology, though. The California DMV just released a detailed list of rules governing autonomous vehicle testing on public roads. It seems astonishing that the nation could be just four years away from the first self-driving cars finding their way to consumers.

Ghosn predicts autonomous cars on the roads by 2018, if laws allow originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 05 Jun 2014 17:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Report: Toyota finds profit in Europe thanks to hybrid sales | Alphatech5 Energy Blog

Report: Toyota finds profit in Europe thanks to hybrid sales | Alphatech5 Energy Blog | Renewable Energy News | Scoop.it
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In the land of diesel, Toyota appears to be making money its own way and thereby making more of it. The Japanese automaker is taking on Europe’s diesel-centric ways by substantially boosting sales of hybrids on the continent. That, along with cost cutting measures, has increased the company’s European profitability, Automotive News says, citing recent remarks by Toyota’s European operations chief Didier Leroy.

Toyota, which lost money in Europe between 2008 and 2011, started turning things around two years ago by cutting labor at places like UK factories while consolidating production of models such as the Auris and Yaris hybrid vehicles. During the most recently completed financial year, Toyota Europe reported earnings that were up 75 percent from the year before, despite revenue being up just five percent. The company also aims to sell at least 1 million vehicles in Europe by next year and is boosting sales in countries like Russia.

Late last year, Didier told Bloomberg News that Toyota’s European market share was rising about one percentage point a year, while production at Toyota’s factories in countries like France, Turkey and the UK were running at full capacity. Toyota estimated at the time that hybrids accounted for about a fifth of Toyota’s European sales.

Toyota finds profit in Europe thanks to hybrid sales originally appeared on Autoblog Green on Thu, 05 Jun 2014 16:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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In Effort To Boost EVs, BYD Will Sell More Stock | Alphatech5 Energy Blog

In Effort To Boost EVs, BYD Will Sell More Stock | Alphatech5 Energy Blog | Renewable Energy News | Scoop.it
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Warren Buffett made headlines when he invested heavily into China’s BYD, a fledgling green car maker. Now BYD is ready to introduce its electric bus to municipalities across America…but first it needs a bit more cash. In order to invest even more money into EVs, BYD is planning another stock offering.

BYD plans to offer some $550 million worth of stock, to be specific, a tremendous sum to you and me, but hardly noticeable to a billionaire like Buffett. The Berkshire-Hathaway chairman currently owns about 28% of BYD, and now might be a good time to get in on what could become a hot stock. The price of about HK$35 a share, or about $4.50 per share, 15% below the stock’s current value.

Why so cheap? Because BYD reported an 89% decrease in profit last year following a plummet in the sales of their gas-powered vehicles. BYD is considering going all-green, and the efforts are paying off with big orders for its electric buses in taxis in China. Here in the U.S., BYD has run into compliance issues with the Federal government for a $12 million contract in Long Beach, though its buses did just pass an important crash test.

Is BYD the next Tesla stock, or did Warren Buffett make a big mistake?

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IBM Solar Collector Magnifies Sun By 2000X – These Could Provide Power To The Entire Planet | HempForFuture.com

IBM Solar Collector Magnifies Sun By 2000X – These Could Provide Power To The Entire Planet | HempForFuture.com | Renewable Energy News | Scoop.it

A team at IBM recently developed what they call a High Concentration Photo Voltaic Thermal (HCPVT) system that is capable of concentrating the power of 2,000 suns, they are even claiming to be able to concentrate energy safely up to 5,000X, that’s huge.

 

The process of  trapping the sunlight produces water that can be used to produce filtered drinkable water, or used for other things like air conditioning etc. Scientists envision that the HCPVT system could provide sustainable energy and fresh water to communities all around the world.


“Each 1cmX1cm chip can convert 200-250 watts, on average, over a typical eight-hour day in a sunny region. In the HCPVT system, instead of heating a building, the 90 degree Celsius water will pass through a porous membrane distillation system where it is then vaporized and desalinated. Such a system could provide 30-40 liters of drinkable water per square meter of receiver area per day, while still generating electricity with a more than 25 percent yield or two kilowatts hours per day. A large installation would provide enough water for a small town.” (2)


The heat is absorbed into hundreds of tiny solar cells called photovoltaic chips. These gather the energy and are then cooled by microchannled water, which is why they are safely able to concentrate such large amounts of solar energy.

 

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Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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PV Solar has already reached grid parity with fossil fuel powered electricity.  Concentrators such as these could spell the end of dirty polluting fossil fuel power stations forever.  Physicists say the Sun will be around for at least the next 6.5 billion years - that should do very nicely thank you.

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Researchers split water into hydrogen, oxygen using light, nanoparticles

Researchers split water into hydrogen, oxygen using light, nanoparticles | Renewable Energy News | Scoop.it
Researchers have found a catalyst that can quickly generate hydrogen from water using sunlight, potentially creating a clean and renewable source of energy.
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If scientists can perfect this technique and solve the issues of cost and nanoparticle life then a cheap source of hydrogen could become universally available.

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BladeGlider - the future of electric vehicles

Nissan BladeGlider, debuting at the Tokyo Motor Show, is both the future direction of Nissan electric vehicles and an exploratory prototype of the Nissan ZEO...
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Neat and nifty. The shape of things to come? We wonder if Nissan will put the Japanese Prime Minister in this vehicle, like they did with the autonomous self-drive Nissan Leaf?
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Chevy Spark EV Available For Rent At Hertz | Alphatech5 Energy Blog

Chevy Spark EV Available For Rent At Hertz | Alphatech5 Energy Blog | Renewable Energy News | Scoop.it
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Though some may deride it as nothing more than a compliance car, the Chevy Spark EV is among the most efficient and fun electric cars out there. Don’t believe us? Well if you live in Los Angeles or San Francisco, you can now rent a Chevy Spark EV through Hertz Rental Cars.

Hertz has a history of offering fast and exotic rental vehicles, all the way back to the original Shelby GT350H. You can also rent a Tesla Model S or Smart ForTwo Electric Drive through Hertz, though the Chevy Spark EV is technically more efficient than either.

With a 119 MPGe, the Spark EV is more efficient than any other electric car save the Scion iQ EV, and its 82-miles of driving range is competitive with other vehicles in this price range. One downside of the Spark EV is its relatively long 7-hour charging time for a Level 2 charger, but if you’re just renting one for around town driving, you probably won’t be going far.

It’s the latest offering from Hertz’s Smart Mobility vehicle lineup, as the rental agency is diversifying its holdings as of late. The recent purchase of carsharing agency ZipCar by competitor Avis could give them an advantage among increasingly car-phobic Millennials. Hertz has countered by offering more electric vehicles and hybrids for rent, and that could draw in the curious for a test drive.

What’s the next EV Hertz should add to its vehicle lineup?

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Nissan Planning Plug-In Hybrids For Launch Late Next Year | Alphatech5 Energy Blog

Nissan Planning Plug-In Hybrids For Launch Late Next Year | Alphatech5 Energy Blog | Renewable Energy News | Scoop.it
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Though Nissan has invested heavily in its all-electric Leaf and NV200, it has apparently decided that plug-in hybrids have a place in their lineup too. Within the next two years, Nissan will introduce a plug-in hybrid model to help round out their lineup of green cars.

In an interview with Green Car Reports, Nissan’s Andy Palmer refuted earlier reports that Nissan had ditched plans for a plug-in hybrid model. Instead, Palmer insisted that newly-developed plug-in hybrid drivetrain was on the way for a late 2015 debut. Though he wouldn’t say what vehicles were being considered for the new hybrid drivetrain, he mentioned a dividing line based on weight. For Nissan, cars under 3,850 lbs, or about 1,750 kg, could become EVs. Anything heavier should opt for a plug-in hybrid drivetrain.

Apparently Tesla didn’t get Nissan’s memo.

Regardless, this seems to indicate to me that Nissan’s plug-in hybrid will likely take the form of an SUV, crossover, or do I suggest a compact pickup truck? That would be something else, and I don’t dare get my hopes up…but it’s still fun to imagine.

What Nissan models do you think deserve a plug-in hybrid drivetrain?

Source: Green Car Reports

Nissan Planning Plug-In Hybrids For Launch Late Next Year was originally published on EV Obsession.

 

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May, 2014: This Month in Energy | Alphatech5 Energy Blog

May, 2014: This Month in Energy | Alphatech5 Energy Blog | Renewable Energy News | Scoop.it
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According to a new report by the International Energy Agency, electricity will increasingly power the world’s economies in the 21st century, rivaling oil as the dominant energy carrier. With that in mind, this month’s review focuses on energy news on both conventional and renewable energy technologies, specifically wind and solar energy, oil and natural gas development, energy storage and electric mobility.

Wind Energy

In the beginning of May, Xcel Energy, a utility holding company based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, serving more than 3.3 million electric customers and 1.8 million natural gas customers, achieved a milestone when wind power met 46% of customers’ electricity needs in the company’s Upper Midwest service territory. At the time the company’s Upper Midwest record was set, wind resources provided 1,622 megawatts of the 3,512 megawatts Xcel Energy’s customers were using in Minnesota and neighboring states. The previous record was set in April 2013, when wind generation met 42% of customer demand.

SEE ALSO: April, 2014: This Month in Energy

Meanwhile, Solar Wind Energy Tower, Inc. got an approval for the development of the first “solar wind downdraft tower,” a hybrid solar-wind power plant, in San Luis, Arizona. This novel hybrid solar-wind power plant is comprised of a tall hollow cylinder with a water injection system near the top and wind tunnels containing turbines near the bottom.

Two studies investigated ways to optimize offshore wind development. According to the first, rerouting ships to open up areas for offshore wind development could save billions of dollars in construction and operating costs for the renewable energy source. The second one is working to identify effective means of exploiting existing offshore installations simultaneously for offshore wind farms, wave energy systems and different kinds of aquacultures for fish- and seaweed farms.

Solar Energy

In May, NRG Energy, Inc. along with partner MidAmerican Solar announced they have achieved substantial completion at their Agua Caliente Solar Photovoltaic Facility, a 290 MW photovoltaic facility located on 2,400 acres of land between Yuma and Phoenix, Arizona. Agua Caliente is currently the world’s largest fully operational solar photovoltaic facility.

As for concentrated solar power, the German Aerospace Center has developed a new type of radiation receiver that uses ceramic particles for solar energy heat transfer and storage. The particles are held in a drum inside the rotating receiver by centrifugal force, until they become hot enough to drive the steam turbine in a power plant.

More traditional solar thermal panels got an efficiency upgrade, thanks to the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). The scientists there have improved the black coating used for thermal sensors and developed an original and patented method for depositing the coating.

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Electric Cars Charge into the Future | Fix.com | Infographic | Alphatech5 Energy Blog

Electric Cars Charge into the Future | Fix.com | Infographic | Alphatech5 Energy Blog | Renewable Energy News | Scoop.it
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A good infographic on electric vehicles. Great for school projects.

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Cheap Battery Can Store Energy for a Rainy Day: Scientific American

Cheap Battery Can Store Energy for a Rainy Day: Scientific American | Renewable Energy News | Scoop.it
Quinone could make flow-battery technology competitive with current storage methods
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New tehchnology - flow batteries - may be the answer to both home and grid storage of intermittent renewable energy produced by wind and solar.

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Car engine of the Future - New internal combustion engine to boost electric cars range, efficiency

German engineers create dual-piston compact internal combustion engine http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2013/03/13/new-internal-combustion-engine-could-boost-e...
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Great range extender for EV's.  Could prolong the life of hybrids and give hydrogen fuel cell EV's a run for their money.  There are many new and improved internal combustion engine designs around but none have yet made it to commercialization.  Check them all out on YouTube.

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America's Third World Energy Grid - Politico

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America's Third World Energy Grid
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But if America is going to meet the ambitious clean-energy goals the president has laid out, we're going to have to do better.
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Bill Richardson is spot on.  Part of the reason the US is not cost competitive with places like China, India and Germany is the fragmented electricity infrastructure, with thousands of different vested interest owners all competing with each other and duplicating costs.  France got to 100% non fossil fuel electricity production in only 30 years by having a nationally owned grid, which they converted to wholly nuclear and hydro over a 30 year period.

 

BP and Shell have recently announced they are SELLING OUT of oil refining and retail distribution.  They know that M K Hubbert's Peak Oil predictions of 50 years ago are now in sight and fracking for shale oil and gas is not the answer.  It is too expensive and, by the way, it kills local consumers by poisoning the water table.  Sorry about that, Chief!

 

Cheers

Allan Barker

 

 

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