What Will Happen to All the Dead Batteries?
“The rate at which we’re growing the industry is absolutely scary,” says Paul Anderson from Birmingham University. He’s talking about the market for electric cars in Europe. But associated with this is a growth in the number of EV batteries
that will need to be recycled - eventually.
EV batteries are larger and heavier than those in regular cars and are made up of several hundred individual lithium-ion cells, all of which need dismantling. They contain hazardous materials and have an inconvenient tendency to explode if disassembled incorrectly.
This is something which - quite rightly - is seen as a problem. However, the value locked up in lithium-ion batteries means that there are many companies running the gamut of battery recycling. As ex-Tesla employee JB Straubel - currently looking at battery recycling - is quoted as saying “The largest store of lithium in the world is in people’s junk drawers’ He means the large number of old pieces of tech where the battery is ‘dead’ but could easily be recycled.
Solar Over Abandoned Landfills — Let the Sun Shine In!
Installing solar over abandoned landfills
is generally viewed as a win-win solution for waste and energy management. Yes, converting a detrimental disposed waste infrastructure to scale up renewable energy in the electricity generation portfolio certainly presents challenges. It also offers opportunities.
The US is quite active in the field of solar landfills, hosting completed landfill solar photovoltaic system (SPVS) projects and having more in the planning stage
I like this idea. Landfills are - generally - sites that are either eyesores to look at or - if they have been there for a long while - are used for non-residential/commercial activities. Generally, you don’t build on top of a landfill
So the ability to take over the landfill area and just use it for solar panels seems to kill two birds with one stone. Firstly it makes use of some of the otherwise unusable land that exists as a result of landfill. Secondly, it uses land which is otherwise unusable and makes it into a site for generating renewable electricity.
A double win.
Kia Adds IONITY Bolt-On to Kia Charge for Discounted Ultra-Fast Charging
The bolt-on costs £11.25 per month. Thanks to Kia’s partnership with IONITY, this allows Kia Charge users to enjoy heavily discounted rapid charging on the IONITY network. The bolt-on reduces the standard charging rate from £0.70 per kWh by 64 per cent, to £0.25 per kWh. It also eliminates the £0.49 session fee.
At first glance this looks like a good deal: get Ionity high powered charging for 25p/ kWh. However, the devil is in the details.
This is only available to Kia owners who are already purchasing a KIA subscription. There are two available - one with a charge per session on top of the price of the energy, the other with a monthly subscription. THEN you need to pay for the Ionity subscription. THEN - if you also want to use bp Pulse - you have to pay for THAT subscription as well.
If you plan on using Ionity a lot, this could be worth your while. If you’re buying it just so you don’t have to take out a mortgage every time you fill up, this might not be the best option.
Climate FUD Campaigns Change Tactics as More Accept Climate Science
The Associated Press says misinformation about climate change has now shifted from denialism to focus on its real-world impacts. “We still see claims that global warming doesn’t exist, but we also see misinformation about specific areas — such as the wind turbines in Texas,”
It’s important that we keep ahead of efforts to undermine the climate change message. With sites such as Facebook making it difficult to put good climate science out there but a lot easier to put denial and misinformation up it’s a battle, but one we have to win.
Interest in Used EVs Up by a Fifth in 2020, New Data Reveals
Consumer interest in second-hand electric vehicles
(EVs) rose by around a fifth last year, according to the used car website AA Cars. The site’s data showed interest was up by 18.85 percent in 2020, despite prolonged coronavirus lockdowns and dealership closures, and even greater growth is expected in 2021.
Any time data shows that more and more people are looking at EVs it indicates that the trend is moving in the right direction. The message the government is pushing around the 2030 new fossil fuel sale ban is starting to register with people. The manufacturers - especially legacy manufacturers - are starting to roll out new cars and, as a result, people are buying them.
For those early adopters who’ve bought and sold an EV, their old cars have hit the second-hand market and this is spiking interest and demand.
This is all good