Berlin Is Planning a Car-Free Area Larger Than Manhattan
The citizen-driven plan that the city is considering now would create the largest car-free area in a city anywhere in the world. The goal, they agreed, should be to limit cars within the space inside the Ringbahn, a huge circular train line in the city.
California Support for Long-Duration Storage ‘Shows Energy Transition Leadership’
Despite the fact California has recently looked at removing subsidies for solar installations, they are still a state which relies greatly on renewable energy from solar and wind. This is evidenced by financial support for long duration energy products
which will be ke to smoothing out the peaks and troughs between renewable availability.
California has set itself the policy goal of sourcing 60% of its electricity from renewable sources and eliminating greenhouse gases (GHGs) from the electricity sector entirely by 2045. This meant the state would need to deploy between 2GW and 11GW of long-duration energy storage by 2030
California’s inclusion of US$380 million financial support for long-duration energy storage projects could “activate” up to 20 projects in the US state, which has a “tremendous need” for energy storage
Car Ads Get Cigarette-Like Disclaimer in France Suggesting Walking or Biking Instead
It works for tobacco and drugs - both scourges of society - so why not add warning signs to adverts for fossil fuel vehicles?
The new law in France will soon require automakers to include a disclaimer in their advertisements encouraging more energy-efficient transportation alternatives such as walking, biking, or public transit
The three options are:
- For short journeys, walk or cycle
- Think about carpooling
- Take public transport
Not including the disclaimer could net automakers a fine of up to €50,000 (approximately US $56,000)
An excellent idea, and one which other coutries should seek to emulate.
Volvo FMX Electric Was Tested in Arctic Conditions
Another nail in the coffin of hydrogen-powered road vehicles?
A pre-production Volvo FMX Electric tipper (a 32t gross weight version) was used over four weeks in February 2021 to transport ore concentrate, i.e. finely ground iron ore, from the iron ore mine in Kaunisvaara to the trans shipment station at the Iron Ore Railway Line. The Volvo FMX Electric with a 264 kWh battery (there will be 180–540 kWh battery options in the final product) and 400 kW of power was able to do the job during winter time where temperatures dropped to -32 degrees.
What Devastating Floods Look Like Once You Remove Cities From the Equation
One unfortunate (but forecasted) side-effect of global warming is the increasing prevelance of adverse weather events across the globe. When somewhere like the Central Sahara has 50+ degrees of sun in the middle of the day we can look at it and say “OK, so what?” But when countries such as Germany experience devastating (and deadly) floods
it beceomes an issue that is rather too close to home.
Scientists created a computer model that simulated the storm as it unfolded over Rotterdam, Netherlands; Brussels; and Cologne, Germany, over the course of five days. Then they “removed” the cities from the model and simulated the same rainstorm lashing out over undeveloped land, with temperatures that were closer to pre-industrial levels
A city by itself doesn’t create the storm,” says Dev Niyogi, a professor in the UT Jackson School of Geosciences and Cockrell School of Engineering, and one of the study’s authors. “But it is important to recognize that the design of a city can have a say in what happens.”