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Issue #69 - Fossil-free ammonia, cooling using sunlight and water, UK Police trial Teslas, and existing infrastructure is key to the future of EV charging

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Issue #69 - Fossil-free ammonia, cooling using sunlight and water, UK Police trial Teslas, and existing infrastructure is key to the future of EV charging
By Gary Comerford • Issue #69 • View online
Happy New Year. Welcome to 2022
I’m trying something a little different this week.
Looking back over the last few newsletters they seem to be getting longer and longer. More and more verbiage to read.
So this week I’m cutting back on the text. More succinct entries with links out to the underlying articles.
Let me know what you think.

This Week's Podcast.
The EV Musings Podcast: 113 - The Charger Hunting Episode
The EV Musings Podcast: 114 - The Plug and Charge Episode
Top Five EV/ Renewable Stories.
Australian Scientists Say Discovery Could Render Ammonia From Fossil Fuels Obsolete
At first glance, this would seem to be an interesting way of creating Ammonia without needing to use fossil fuels. The key thing to remember when looking at this is that it will be using renewable energy to do so. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. But renewable energy - at the moment - is a marginal product. Anything which is being used to provide energy for ammonia is not being used to provide energy for, you know, heating and other things that are currently being provided by gas.
Reaction Engines Assembles Partners for Its Ammonia Aviation Project
In more news about decarbonising air travel, a new sort of process is being researched which would allow hydrogen - in the form of ammonia - to be used in a standard jet engine.
The science is fairly sound on this, I believe. However, the key issue is that - in this case - the hydrogen is being used in an easily combustible blend that will be a replacement for jet fuel. In other words, the ammonia-hydrogen blend would be burnt in a combustion chamber releasing some greenhouse gases into the atmosphere (although not CO2, ironically). It’s a step towards where we want to go. But it’s not ideal.
This Remarkable Cooling System Runs on Sunlight and Saltwater—no Electricity Required
Using sunlight and salt water to produce cooling is a new process that could work exceedingly well for countries that don’t have abundant access to electricity.
UK Police Trial Tesla Cars as Fleets Prepare for Shift to Electric
Electrifying those vehicles that do the longest distances or are on the road for the majority of their lives is one area where the most gains can be made. An obvious contender for this is the police car.
How Leveraging Existing Utility and City Infrastructure Is Key to Accelerating Electric Vehicle Adoption
Using the right critical infrastructure, the burden of providing charging can easily be lessened.
A cool EV or renewable thing
From Episode 113
Everyone wants nice, reliable chargers scattered all over the place ready to be used where’ve they are.
But how do you know which companies are the most reliable?
You rely on the regular Zap-Map survey.
The latest iteration of this came out this week and it shows that - once again - Instavolt takes top place closely followed by newcomer MFG and our personal favourite Osprey Charging.
And before the Tesla fanboys jump down my throat, Tesla was excluded from this survey as they aren’t a public charging network yet, they are limited to one type of vehicle. That may change. But for now, it isn’t.
The big surprise here was that MFG has come from almost nowhere to take second place. We’re big fans of MFG who are a chain that owns hundreds of petrol stations across the country but has decided to start putting in charging hubs at quite a few of them. We’ll talk about charging hubs in an upcoming episode. But in the meantime, they have around 20 locations, most of which are within the M25. However the vast majority of their locations have at least 4 rapid chargers (150kW or above), and many have 8. 
Another slight surprise was Gridserve down in fifth place. This could be due to several of their units not working after the recent upgrade and - more particularly - not implementing dual charging and having slower than expected charge speeds at MSAs. This is a little unfair, but it is what it is.
Bp Pulse is, unsurprisingly at the moment, down in the bottom of the charts at 16th, beaten only by Charge Your Car (Which they own) and the legacy Electric highway units.
From Episode 114
It’s been a while since we discussed electric boats. But news comes of a new schooner which combines sails and an electric motor to get the maximum range and efficiency from a large ship.
Sailcargo is gearing up to launch the flagship of a future fleet, set to revolutionize freight transportation. The 150-foot (46 meters) vessel is built of wood and powered by sails, but also features an electric engine, for extra power on its long journeys.
Designed as a three-masted topsail schooner, inspired by traditional boats, Ceiba features a sail area that’s big enough to allow it to move even in very light winds, while also being easy to manoeuvre during challenging weather conditions. It’s also equipped with an auxiliary electric engine that kicks in when extra power is needed. The batteries will be charged either from solar panels or with the regenerative energy resulting from the dual propellers acting as underwater turbines
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Something To Think About.
2022. A new year. New thoughts. New ambitions.
What are your plans for the year?
What's behind the mystery box this week?
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Gary Comerford

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