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Ireland’s Economy Will Benefit from Greater Use of Indigenous Clean Energy

May 29, 2015 in Biomass, Europe, EV News, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Ireland, Jobs, Politics, Renewables

New reports published today by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) show that using our indigenous renewable energy resources to meet renewable energy targets could boost Ireland’s GDP and support thousands of new jobs.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny of Ireland Photo courtesy of White House Ireland’s Economy Will Benefit from Greater Use of Indigenous Clean Energy

Taoiseach Enda Kenny of Ireland
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Ireland’s Economy Will Benefit from Greater Use of Indigenous Clean Energy

A Macroeconomic Analysis of Bioenergy Use to 2020 and a Macroeconomic Analysis of Onshore Wind Deployment to 2020 demonstrate that Ireland will also reduce its fossil fuel dependency and greenhouse gas emissions.  In particular, the analysis shows that, in the case of bioenergy, the jobs potential doubles to 5,500 if we use locally sourced biomass such as by-products of the wood and forest industries and energy crops.

Speaking at the launch Dr Eimear Cotter, SEAI Head of Low Carbon Technologies said “We import huge amounts of fossil fuels every year and yet we have rich, local and clean resources that we could use instead to better meet our energy needs.  Renewable energy offers a strong opportunity to quickly create new jobs in Ireland, in particular in agriculture and forestry from local sourcing of biomass.

Cotter continued “In meeting our binding greenhouse gas emissions and energy commitments, we have choices to make.  This detailed analysis allows us to understand the costs and benefits of these choices.  In particular it shows how important it is that we play to our strengths, in this case local and clean energy resources which should be exploited to benefit Irish society and the economy.

SEAI’s Sustainable Energy Economic Model is based on detailed information on the structure of the Irish economy and population demographics.  This model was used to assess the impact of renewable technology investment on the economy; the anticipated investment to 2020, sufficient to meet our renewable targets, was compared with a hypothetical scenario where no further investment takes place post-2013.

Key insights include:

  1. Greatest economic benefits arise when we use bioenergy for heat and wind energy for electricity
  2. Job benefits of bioenergy sector double if local resources are used
  3. When businesses and homeowners use renewable energy – for example, bioenergy to meet heat demand – they have greater control over their energy costs

This article is an EV News Report repost, credit: SEAI.

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Toshiba to Supply Japan’s Largest Lithium-ion Battery Energy Storage System

May 29, 2015 in Asia, Battery, Energy Management, Environment, EV News, Greentech, Grid, Japan, Large Energy Storage, Lithium, Renewables, Tokyo, Toshiba

For Tohoku Electric Power Company

Minami-soma BESS Image courtesy of Toshiba Toshiba to Supply Japan's Largest Lithium-ion Battery Energy Storage System

Minami-soma BESS
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Toshiba to Supply Japan’s Largest Lithium-ion Battery Energy Storage System

TOKYO – Toshiba Corporation (Tokyo: 6502) has received an order to supply a large scale battery energy storage system (BESS) for Tohoku Electric Power Company’s “Minami-Soma Substation Project to Verify the Improvement of Supply-demand Balance With Large-capacity Power Storage Systems″ [1] . Toshiba will supply a 40MW-40MWh lithium-ion BESS, Japan’s largest[2] , integrating an array of SCiB™ lithium-ion batteries. Construction of the system began today and the start of operation is scheduled for the end of February 2016.

Toshiba’s SCiB™ is a highly innovative lithium-ion secondary battery, distinguished by its long-life and excellent performance, including efficient charging and discharging at low temperature. It has a long lifetime, and operates with a high level of reliability and safety, including high resistance to external shock.

In the Minami-Soma Project, the BESS improves the balance of renewable energy supply and demand. The system stores surplus electricity when supply of renewable energy, whose output fluctuates with weather conditions, exceeds demands, and releases the stored electricity at times of high demand.

Toshiba supplied 40MW-class BESS to Tohoku Electric Power Company for Nishi-Sendai Project in 2014 to regulate frequency changes caused by power output fluctuations. A high evaluation on technical performances of SCiB™, including safety and charge-discharge efficiency, resulted in the order for Minami-Soma Project.

Overseas, Toshiba has supplied BESS to several projects: to subsidiary of Terna S.p.A., an Italian transmission company; for a collaboration with Spain’s Gas Natural Fenosa in an on-site verification testing program for a transportable lithium-ion BESS; and for a large-scale commercial BESS for frequency regulation project in the USA, scheduled to start operation in December this year. Toshiba has also supplied SCiB™ for a 2MW energy storage system project led by the University of Sheffield in the UK.

Toshiba will continue to expand its BESS business in the global market and promote the growth of large-scale BESS, including the BESS for ancillary services[3] .

[1]The project is supported by New Energy Promotion Council (NEPC), under its program for “FY2014 project to verify theimprovement of supply-demand balance with large-capacity power storage systems.”

[2]As of May 29, 2015, Toshiba survey.

[3] Ancillary service is a power grid operation service that includes regulating frequency to ensure stable frequency and voltage.

This article is an EV News Report repost, credit: Toshiba.

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Global EV Charging Stations to Skyrocket by 2020, IHS Report Says

May 29, 2015 in Air Quality, Asia, Colorado, Electric Vehicles, Electrification, Europe, EV charging, EV News, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Infrastructure, North America, Research

IHS Automotive forecasts the global EV charging stations installation base to grow to more than 12.7 million in 2020

Global cumulative EV sales with fast charging plug standard (2010 - 2014): IHS Automotive Graph courtesy of IHS

Global cumulative EV sales with fast charging plug standard (2010 – 2014): IHS Automotive
Graph courtesy of IHS

LONDON – The global EV Charger (EVC) market is forecast to grow from more than 1 million units in 2014 to more than 12.7 million units in 2020, according to a new EV Charging Infrastructure report by IHS Inc. (NYSE:IHS), the leading global source of critical information and insight. The report investigates the current and future regional deployments of EV charging stations and identifies factors for future growth.

“Deployments of EV charging stations are critical to enable a widespread adoption of electric plug-in vehicles,” said Ben Scott, senior analyst at IHS Automotive. “Most charging stations are expected to be installed in domestic applications, such as a dedicated wall box or simply a charging cord plugged into a household power source,” said Scott.

According to IHS Automotive, the global production market for pure electric and plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV) vehicles is expected to grow significantly between 2014 and 2020.

EV AC vs. DC Charging Stations

There are two main types of plug-in EV charging stations – AC or DC. An AC charging station supplies current to the on-board vehicle charger and typically provides 5-15 miles of electric range per 30 minute charge, while a DC charging station supplies current directly to the vehicle battery and typically provides about 80 miles of electric range per 30 minute charge.

“AC charging stations are the dominant type of plug-in vehicle charging type, and we expect AC charging to retain its position long-term,” said Scott. “AC charging is also an inexpensive and convenient way of charging requiring much smaller upgrades of the electricity grid, whereas DC charging is best suited for ‘en route’ charging.”

Because of this, IHS Automotive foresees that AC charging is to play a crucial role in the public domain of the EV charging infrastructure. According to the report, approximately 10 percent of EV charging stations by 2020 will be within the public or semi-public domain, whereas the global DC charging stations are expected to be relatively low and located on the outskirts of cities and highway infrastructure, rather than located in dense urban areas.

The report finds that the deployments of the charging stations are dependent on a highly variable price range. The price can range from $395 USD for a simple domestic wall box to more than $35,000 USD for a DC charging station. This figure does not include installation costs that could add $10,000 in the case of a DC charging station, depending on its location and accessibility.

Germany and France – ‘sleeping giants’ of e-mobility

“Japan is a key growth region for the EV charging stations and recently passed a key milestone by having more EV charging stations than petrol stations,” said Scott.

In Europe, the report discloses, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Norway currently lead the way in terms of a number of charging station deployments.

“We recognize the potential of Germany and France,” said Scott. “They are the ‘sleeping giants’ of e-mobility, but their EV charging station networks are currently underdeveloped with respect to the size of those countries.”

Scott also said that the sales of electric vehicles in Germany and France have been relatively low in comparison to other European countries.

“In the U.S., EV charging station deployments are primarily driven at the state level. As an example, the ‘greener’ states, like California, deploy more EV charging stations than others,” Scott said. “This is highly dependent on the individual state’s level of incentives and legislation supporting the adoption of EVs, along with regulations for fuel economy.”

Japan leads globally with CHAdeMO

Japan has more than 2,800 DC fast charging stations, using CHAdeMO, the Japanese fast-charging standard. Japan accounts for roughly 50 percent of the global total of all CHAdeMO stations, according to the IHS Automotive report.

Europe and North America also have their own fast charging standard, Combined Charger System (CCS). This type of a fast-charging station is supported by the majority of OEMs, such as Audi, BMW, Daimler, Chrysler, Ford, GM, Porsche, and Volkswagen. Vehicles with fast DC charging capability based on the CCS standard have only been on the road since 2013.

From 2010 to 2014, IHS forecasts that just seven percent of electric vehicles globally use the CCS charging system and about 65 percent use the CHAdeMO standard. IHS expects this will change over the short to mid-term, as more vehicles with the CCS standard enter the vehicle parc (vehicles on the road). There will gradually be a more even split between the two DC fast-charging standards.

PHEV production to exceed EV production

According to the report, the mix of plug-in vehicles (EVs and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles – PHEVs) in the vehicle parc also has an impact on the rollout of EV charging station deployment. IHS Automotive forecasts that in 2016 for the first time, global PHEV production will exceed pure electric vehicle production and is expected to remain that way for the short to mid-term.

The accelerated production of PHEVs is motivated by meeting CO2 targets while remaining cost effective.

“Although there will be many more plug-in vehicles on the road, realistically it is the ‘pure’ EVs which will make most use of available charging points,” Scott adds. “EV production is also increasing and we expect charging infrastructure to rollout respectively.”

The regional markets will encourage EV charging stations, as stations in the public domain will be essential for consumers and in turn, a developed charging station network may encourage consumers to purchase a ‘greener’ EV over a PHEV.

This article (5-28-15) is an EV News Report repost, credit: IHS.