20 Airlines Commit to New Technologies to Minimise Climate Impact
With aviation being one of the main sources of carbon in the atmosphere any effort to reduce that is always welcome.
But - in the same breath - any greenwashing from fossil fuel companies and companies with a vested interest in keeping the status quo - should be taken with a pinch of salt.
Having said this, this article
talks about the various different technologies that airlines can use to reduce their overall carbon footprint.
Enel Green Power Partners With a Startup That Makes Wind Turbine Blades With Fabric
One of the ‘dings’ against wind turbines is that when they come to end-of-life there are very few options for the turbines to be recycled and used again - unlike electric vehicle batteries.
With news coming in from Enel
that they are now managing to create wind turbine blades using a fabric similar to ship sails, this is one more argument that can be quite easily shot down.
It incorporates textiles that are similar to what boat sails are made of. The costs are lower thanks to other features, such as a structure that is composed of fewer materials in relation to its length, as well as modular production processes that are simpler and more streamlined, leading to expected savings of up to 17%.
The fact that these blades don’t erode and can be recycled is what piqued Enel Green Energy’s interest, because it’s keen on recycling and reusing wind turbine materials and components in a cost-efficient manner.
Recycled Batteries From Northvolt
Battery recycling is key to ensuring we make the best usage of the resources we have in the gorund. Nobody likes depleting the natural resources the way fossil fuel companies do. So anything which will allow already mined resources to be re-used is a good thing.
Northvolt says it is expanding the capacity of its Revolt battery recycling facility to 125,000 tons of batteries annually. Construction is slated to begin in the first quarter of next year, with operations starting in 2023. It will recycle batteries that have reached the end of their lifecycle as well as scrap from the battery manufacturing process. In addition, the metal and plastic used in those old batteries will be repurposed as well.
Infrastructure for the Future of Renewable Energy
Electric car drivers have known for a long time that the cost savings are huge when looking at electric cars. It now appears that the whole area of renewable energy is much, much, more cost effective than fossil fuels. Figures from Imperial College, London identify returns of anything up to 200% for RE investments vs FF ones.
A study by Imperial College
found renewables investments in Germany and France yielded returns of 178.2% over a five-year period, compared with -20.7% for fossil fuel investments. In the U.K., also over five years, investment in green energy generated returns of 75.4% compared to just 8.8% for fossil fuels. In the U.S., renewables yielded 200.3% returns versus 97.2% for fossil fuels
These are the sort of numbers that are going to sound the death knell for fossil fuel investments. In a capitalist world where money has to make money for investors, anybody looking at these figures and making the wrong decision will be punished by the market.
Renault Retail Group Switches Its 160+ Courtesy Car Fleet to All-Electric Power
I’m a big fan of walking-the-walk when it comes to electric vehicles and renewables. That’s why it was really great to see that Renault are replacing all their courtesy cars
at their main dealer sites (15 sites in total including Dacia) with Renault Zoes. 143 cars in total. This will expose customes to electric vehicle driving and will, I feel, drive the uptake even more.
For many customers it will be the first time that they have driven an electric vehicle and Renault Retail Group and the Zoe E-Tech will make the experience as straightforward as possible. Each Zoe will be provided fully charged – offering a range of up to 245 miles (WLTP) on a single charge – and customers will receive a full introduction on the car’s features and its operation. Should customers need to travel beyond the Zoe’s range, details of charging points can easily be accessed on its Easy Link Multimedia System, while the spacious interior, generous standard specification and fully automatic transmission ensure every journey is comfortable.