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Investing in renewables ‘top priority’ for energy security irrespective of voting intention, poll finds (UK)

July 25, 2014 in EIA, Environment, EV News, Greentech, Oil, Politics, Wind

By RenewableUK

Courtesy of EIA

Courtesy of EIA

Investing in renewables is seen as the top priority for maintaining energy security by nearly half the British population – a view reflected across voters of all four major political parties – according to new polling information conducted by ComRes on behalf of RenewableUK. This follows research published last week that found politicians opposing wind development are a turn off for voters.

48% of respondents chose investing in renewables as their number one priority, far ahead of the next most popular choice – building new nuclear reactors – which came in at 15%. Fracking came a distant fourth behind reducing consumption, including for half of people living in the 40 most marginal Labour/Conservative constituencies.

The opinion poll research revealed that of those surveyed:

· 48% of people want to prioritise developing renewables, 50% in marginals;

· Renewables were top priority among voters of the Conservatives, Labour, Lib Dems and UKIP, both nationally and in marginal seats;

· Fracking was the top priority for 13% of people, slumping to 8% in marginals;

Courtesy of EIA

Courtesy of EIA

The public also see securing our energy supplies as one of the most important priorities for the Government, with 53% of people citing it as a top 5 priority. Other issues considered a top five priority were unemployment, inflation, law and order and the NHS. Just 5% of people said reducing onshore wind farms should be a priority.

RenewableUK Chief Executive Maria McCaffery said: “This poll shows that the public want to tackle our energy security crisis by investing in renewables like wind, wave and tidal power and offsetting the need to import volatile and dirty fossil fuels from insecure parts of the world. Onshore wind, as the cheapest low carbon electricity source is a crucial component of that so it’s no wonder that the electorate will reject Parties that rule out its future use.”

This article is a repost, credit: RenewableUK.

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Grand Prix Association of Long Beach to host inaugural ePrix

July 25, 2014 in Electric Vehicles, EV enthusiast, EV News, FIA Formula E

Photo courtesy of Formula E

Photo courtesy of Formula E

The Grand Prix Association of Long Beach, which owns and operates the annual IndyCar Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, has been retained by the new all-electric FIA Formula E Championship to facilitate the operation of its inaugural Long Beach ePrix, set to take place April 4 2015.

The Long Beach ePrix, round six of the world’s first fully-electric racing series and one of two US races alongside Miami, will feature 20 electric race cars piloted by top-class drivers on a portion of the traditional Grand Prix circuit on the downtown streets of Long Beach. The Formula E race circuit will incorporate seven turns and be 1.6 miles long, utilising the same iconic start/finish line as the Grand Prix.

Admission to the Long Beach ePrix grandstands will be free through the series’ Legacy Programme – unique to Long Beach, giving free access to fans with a focus on attracting school and university students from the area to appeal to a new generation of motorsport fans and promote the electric vehicle industry.

“We’re delighted that Formula E has selected Long Beach as the site for its first ePrix on the U.S. West Coast,” said Jim Michaelian, president and CEO of the Grand Prix Association. “The free admission will afford everyone the opportunity to come out and witness this historic and unique event.”

Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E, said: “Jim and his team have a proven track record in operating one of the most famous street races in the US, so they were an obvious choice to help facilitate our Long Beach ePrix and we’re looking forward to working with Jim and his team to make this a fantastic spectacle for the people of Southern California.

“The US is a key market for Formula E due to its burgeoning electric vehicle infrastructure, and the only country to have two races. Not to mention live TV coverage provided via FOX Sports, a founding partner in technology giant Qualcomm and Wyc Grousbeck, lead owner of NBA basketball team the Boston Celtics, as one of the series’ investors.”

Formula E is the FIA’s (Federation Internationale de l’Automobile) new open-wheel championship using electric race cars capable of speeds in excess of 150 mph. Its 10 teams feature some of the leading names in motorsport including two from the United States – Michael Andretti’s Andretti Autosport and Jay Penske’s Dragon Racing. Among the 20 drivers who will drive in the series are two-time Long Beach Grand Prix winner Mike Conway, 2006 Long Beach Atlantic Series winner Katherine Legge and former Formula One drivers such as Lucas di Grassi, Bruno Senna, Jarno Trulli, Jaime Alguersuari and Sebastien Buemi and Nick Heidfeld.

The first Formula E race will take place around Beijing’s Olympic ‘Bird’s Nest’ Stadium on September 13. All Formula E events take place in one day – practice, qualifying and a one-hour race – in order to help minimize disruption to the city.

For more information on the Long Beach ePrix click here.

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Photo courtesy of Formula E

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Alstom delivers the first two metros built in Asia for LTA in Singapore

July 24, 2014 in Electric Vehicles, EV News, Subway

Alstom Transport JV SATCO1 has delivered the first two driverless metros of 42 new metros ordered by Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) in February 2012 (the company’s largest contract in Asia Pacific).

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Photo courtesy of Alstom

These are the first metros to be manufactured in Asia for LTA in Singapore – proximity being of key importance to Alstom – but also SATCO’s first involvement in the detailed and 3D design of the trains and production for export. The metros are estimated to be in operation by mid 2015.

The new trains, which belong to Alstom’s Metropolis range, are part of LTA’s efforts to enhance existing rail capacity for the coming years. Out of the 42 trains, 18 trains are aimed at the North East Line (NEL) of the network while the Circle Line (CCL) will receive the 24 trains. This will  improve fleet capacity by 60-70% on both lines.

Alstom’s world-class facilities in France and Shanghai ensure that these trains are made to the highest quality standards and expertise. We are proud to play a part in Singapore’s world-class rail infrastructure and look forward to collaborating further with LTA in the future,” said Filippo Scotti, Alstom Managing Director East Asia Pacific.

Alstom’s sites in Valenciennes, France and Shanghai Alstom Electrical Equipment Co. Ltd (SATEE) were also involved in the design and production of the trains.

Alstom’s Metropolis range, currently in use around the world, is based on a proven technology which offers efficiency, flexibility and reliability. One in four metros worldwide is an Alstom metro.

1 – Shanghai Alstom Transport Co. Ltd, located in China

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Bombardier Reaches Technology Demonstration Milestone (More Electrical Aircraft Project)

July 24, 2014 in Electric Plane, Electric Vehicles, EV News

Bombardier Aerospace announced today (7-18-14) the completion of another milestone in the execution of its Strategic Technology program for civil aviation and a first in the aerospace industry – a non-temperature restricted Bleedless Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) starting test, following a 10-hour cold soak at -40°F and using a starter/generation system and lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery system.

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Photo courtesy of Bombardier

Microturbo (Safran), the leader of this technology, is responsible for providing the global unrestricted e-APU system, including a starter generator and power electronics provided by Thales and Li-ion battery system, which is provided by Saft. All prototype equipment was designed for business jet applications.

The tests were successfully conducted at the Turbomeca (Safran) cold chamber facility, located in Pau, France, in April 2014. The key benefits of this new technology include reduced fuel burn and emissions due to a reduced bill of materials and lower weight, a longer APU life and unrestricted operation at extremely low temperatures. It will also simplify the aircraft manufacturing and assembly processes and lead to reduced maintenance costs for customers.

“The development of innovative, environmentally responsible products is at the core of our strategic priorities,” said Francois Caza, Vice President and Chief Engineer, Bombardier Aerospace. “This complex, multi-system integration test reaffirms Bombardier’s commitment to the advancement of aviation technology. It is part of a comprehensive technology development program covering various areas, including advanced systems, structures, aerodynamics and manufacturing methods.”

“We tested the systems in extreme conditions, including robustness with end of life battery and reached a critical milestone for technology readiness level 5,” said Dr. Fassi Kafyeke, Director, Advanced Design and Strategic Technologies, Bombardier Aerospace.

“The demonstration of a well-integrated, unrestricted e-APU system, with a starter generator, power electronics and Li-ion battery system, is a progression towards a ‘More Electric Aircraft’ that will have electrical power as a primary and more efficient means to operate systems and use Li-ion improved power density to allow for unrestricted starting,” said Avraham Ardman, Lead, More Electrical Aircraft project, Bombardier Aerospace.

About Bombardier

Bombardier is the world’s only manufacturer of both planes and trains. Looking far ahead while delivering today, Bombardier is evolving mobility worldwide by answering the call for more efficient, sustainable and enjoyable transportation everywhere. Our vehicles, services and, most of all, our employees are what make us a global leader in transportation.

Bombardier is headquartered in Montréal, Canada. Our shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD) and we are listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America Indexes. In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013, we posted revenues of $18.2 billion. News and information are available at bombardier.com or follow us on Twitter @Bombardier.

This article is a repost (7-18-14), credit: Bombardier.

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Pre-order Beijing race tickets now

July 24, 2014 in China, Electric Vehicles, EV enthusiast, EV News, FIA Formula E

Image courtesy of Formula E

Image courtesy of Formula E

You can be part of history and attend the first-ever Formula E race – the Beijing ePrix – by reserving your ticket now.

An English-language version is due shortly, but Cantonese speakers can visit http://shuiniaoticket.com and ensure they have a place in the grandstand for the world’s first all-electric single-seater race – taking place on September 13 2014 on a street track around the iconic Olympic Stadium.

There are two types of ticket available for this first ePrix: gold and platinum.

The gold tickets are priced at 488RMB (55 Euros) and gives you access to the seating area of the lower part of the main grandstands.

The platinum ticket is priced at 688 (85 Euros) and gives you access to the seating area of the upper part of the main grandstands.

Be sure to visit www.fiaformulae.com or follow FIAFormulaE on Facebook and @FIAFormulaE on Twitter to get all the latest news on the championship.

This article is a repost, credit: Formula E. Video courtesy of Formula E.

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Oil and natural gas sales accounted for 68% of Russia’s total export revenues in 2013

July 23, 2014 in EIA, EV News, Oil, Politics

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Russia Federal Customs Service Note: Natural gas includes liquefied natural gas (LNG) sales. Courtesy of EIA

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Russia Federal Customs Service
Note: Natural gas includes liquefied natural gas (LNG) sales.
Courtesy of EIA

Russia is a major exporter of crude oil, petroleum products, and natural gas. Sales of these fuels accounted for 68% of Russia’s total export revenues in 2013, based on data from Russia’s Federal Customs Service. Russia received almost four times as much revenue from exports of crude oil and petroleum products as from natural gas. Crude oil exports alone were greater in value than the value of all non-oil and natural gas exports.

Europe, including Turkey, receives most of Russia’s exports of crude oil and products, as well as virtually all exports of natural gas. Asia (especially China) receives substantial volumes of crude oil and some liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Russia. Recently, Russia finalized a 30-year, $400 billion deal to supply China with natural gas from fields in Eastern Siberia, which will further increase Russian export revenues. North America imports some Russian petroleum products, particularly unfinished oils used in refineries.

Although Russia exports less crude oil and less natural gas than it consumes domestically, domestic sales of crude oil and natural gas are much lower in value than exports because of vertical integration of the oil and natural gas industry and subsidized domestic prices.

Many Russian oil firms are vertically integrated, owning both the oil fields and refineries that process crude oil. These firms can sell crude oil directly to their own refineries at low prices. Domestic natural gas prices are also subsidized, forcing Russian companies like Gazprom to use export revenue to fund investment in new infrastructure and projects. EIA estimates that Russian domestic sales of natural gas and crude oil were about $20 billion in 2013, based on data from IHS Energy.

Although revenue from domestic sales of crude oil and natural gas in 2013 was significantly lower than revenue from exports, Russian domestic sales of petroleum products, particularly motor gasoline and distillate fuel oil, were approximately $102 billion, similar to revenue from product exports.

Oil and natural gas activities make up a large portion of Russia’s federal budget. According to the Ministry of Finance, 50% of Russia’s federal budget revenue in 2013 came from mineral extraction taxes and export customs duties on oil and natural gas.

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Russia Federal Customs Service, IHS Energy, Eastern Bloc Research Note: Natural gas includes LNG sales. Courtesy of EIA

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Russia Federal Customs Service, IHS Energy, Eastern Bloc Research
Note: Natural gas includes LNG sales.
Courtesy of EIA

Principal contributor: Alexander Metelitsa, EIA

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ABB and Volvo form global partnership for electric and hybrid bus fast-charging

July 23, 2014 in Electric Bus, Electric Vehicles, EV charging, EV News

Global agreement combines Volvo electric and electric hybrid buses with ABB fast-charging solutions, paving the way for rapid deployment of urban e-mobility.

Volvo electric-hybrid bus Photo courtesy of ABB

Volvo electric-hybrid bus
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Zurich, Switzerland – July 21, 2014 – ABB, the leading power and automation group, announced today a partnership with Volvo Buses, one of the world’s leading bus manufacturers, to co-develop and commercialize electric and hybrid buses with open standards-based direct current (DC) fast charging systems.

The cooperation creates a city-wide standardized charging system for electric and electric hybrid buses that can charge buses quickly through an automatic roof-top connection system at bus stops or through cabled charging systems overnight.

This approach, based on internationally accepted standards, enables maximum re-use of existing e-mobility technologies, thereby ensuring a rapid deployment of urban e-mobility. The first joint project for Luxembourg’s public transportation system is planned for 2015.

Volvo’s new Electric Hybrid bus, which reduces fuel consumption by 75 percent compared to conventional diesel buses, will debut at the IAA exhibition in Hannover, Germany, in September.

ABB and Volvo will contribute with their respective expertise in power grids and e-buses to further develop e-bus fast-charging standards, such as communications protocols for infrastructure, electrical grids and e-buses.

An electric-bus charging standard will be largely based on the recently adopted global DC fast charging standards for passenger cars, guaranteeing safety and helping stimulate investment, long-term commitment and increased adoption of clean mobility.

“We are very pleased to partner with a global transportation industry leader that shares our vision of e-mobility in line with ABB’s commitment of power and productivity for a better world,” said Pekka Tiitinen, head of ABB’s Discrete Automation and Motion division. “Urbanization is at a historic high and is stretching transport infrastructure of cities around the world. Our collaboration will help support sustainable and cost-efficient transportation solutions to meet rising commuter demand.”

Volvo electric-hybrid bus, rear Photo courtesy of ABB

Volvo electric-hybrid bus, rear
Photo courtesy of ABB

The partnership is focused squarely on standardization of automatic e-bus fast charging, including the communications protocol between the infrastructure charging solution and e-bus, the electrical interface and specifications for the rooftop automatic connection system (ACS).

“We are delighted to enter into partnership with ABB. Together, we have a complete and competitive offer to cities around the world that want to switch to a sustainable public transport system,” said Håkan Agnevall, President Volvo Buses. “Electric hybrid buses and full-electric buses are tomorrow’s solution for urban public transport.”

Volvo Buses launched its first hybrid bus in 2009 and has delivered nearly 1,600 hybrids to 21 countries. Its first fully electric bus will be launched in June 2015 as part of the ElectriCity project in Gothenburg, Sweden.

ABB has delivered over 1,500 DC fast charging systems for passenger vehicles worldwide since 2010, rolling out charging networks for automotive, utility, government and retail customers including nationwide networks in the Netherlands, Estonia and Denmark.

The first joint project will be the implementation of Volvo Electric Hybrids and ABB’s automatic e-bus chargers in the Luxembourg public transport system, where as many as 12 Volvo Electric Hybrid buses operated by Sales-Lentz will be running on existing lines by 2015.

The project is integrated into Luxembourg’s Mobility Network linking different mobility projects in the western European country to exploit synergies and develop common visions for the mobility of the future.

ABB (www.abb.com) is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 150,000 people.

Volvo Buses (http://www.volvobuses.com) is one of the world’s leading bus manufacturers, with a strong focus on vehicles and systems for long-term sustainable public transport. Volvo Buses is part of Volvo Group, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks, buses and construction machines as well as drive systems for marine and industrial applications.

This article is a repost (7-21-14), credit: ABB.