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Issue #79 - Paying the cost of carbon, Gov. startegy to balance electricity supply and demand, and location pricing could save electricity customers £30bn

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Issue #79 - Paying the cost of carbon, Gov. startegy to balance electricity supply and demand, and location pricing could save electricity customers £30bn
By Gary Comerford • Issue #79 • View online
This is the 79th issue of the EV Musings newsletter.
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This Week's Podcast(s).
128 - The Maz Shar Episode
129 - The Second Zap-Map Episode
Top Five EV/ Renewable Stories.
Government Strategy Tackles Balancing Future Electricity Supply and Demand
It’s fairly commonly accepted that moving towards renewables and away from fossil fuels is critical to combatting climate change.
But the exact mechanism for how that happens is open to debate. New research indicates that going full-tilt at it will create issues in balancing the supply and demand of electricity in the short term.
We Must Pay the Cost of Carbon if We Are to Cut It
This is an interesting article which asks the question: Why haven’t we solved the climate change problem already?
EU Plans ‘Massive’ Increase in Green Energy to Help End Reliance on Russia
The EU plans a “massive” increase in solar and wind power, and a short-term boost for coal, to end its reliance on Russian oil and gas as fast as possible.
The EU needed to find an extra €210bn (£178bn) over the next five years to pay for phasing out Russian fossil fuels and speeding up the switch to green energy.
But phasing out Russian gas means coal-fired power plants “might also be used longer than initially expected”, states the EU strategy. The decision to quit Russian gas has also led to a scramble to increase Europe’s imports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from countries such as the US and Qatar, as well as pipeline gas from Azerbaijan
Locational Pricing Could Save £30bn for Electricity Consumers in the Switch to a Net Zero Grid, Finds New Study
new study shows that reforming the UK electricity market so that wholesale prices reflect local supply and demand conditions, could save consumers £billions as the country transitions to a net-zero grid.
The study found that moving to a market with locational pricing for wholesale electricity would help deliver a more affordable, flexible and clean electricity system. This would more accurately reflect the real-time challenges of managing supply and demand on a low carbon grid – encouraging more efficient operation and the right balance of investment in generation, grid distribution, and technologies that provide flexibility and storage
More than £1 billion is spent each year by the electricity system operator on “balancing actions”. These are actions the system operator has to take to correct the results of wholesale markets that are currently too simplified to reflect real conditions on the grid. This includes paying some generators – including wind farms – to switch off to manage physical constraints on the grid and to ensure that the system functions in real-time. The cost of these actions has been rising in recent years and is predicted to increase further.
Renault developing a plug-in hybrid fuel cell vehicle
Renault SA is developing a family-sized passenger car that will run on electricity for short drives and hydrogen for longer trips as part of the company’s push into fuel-cell technology.
The company plans to put the hybrid powertrain into vehicles from around 2030, a spokesperson said.
That’s right, a hybrid car which runs on hydrogen when the very small battery runs out. It has all the disadvantages of both a fuel cell vehicle AND a hybrid and none of the advantages of either. I’m interested to see if the big hydrogen suppliers are going to build a network across Europe because 1 manufacturer has the idea for a hybrid. Probably not. Especially as the current suppliers are closing stations down.
A cool EV or renewable thing
From Episode 128
North Carolina company Outrider USA has launched what it claims is the lightest production 4x4 ever. The new Cougar is an all-electric, single-seat off-road vehicle designed to put outdoor adventures back on the menu for people with reduced mobility.
And, it’s portable; it folds to fit in a compact hatchback, provided you fold the back seats down, and it’s the lightest vehicle in its class, with base models starting at 130 lb (59 kg).
The top powertrain option combines a 5-kW 4WD setup with independent, adjustable suspension and a 6-kWh battery pack, offering range figures between 80-140 miles (130-225 km). Big, knobby tires on 20-inch rims contribute to some seven inches (18 cm) of ground clearance.
If you’re into the outdoors but restricted with your mobility, this might be the thing you need.
From Episode 129
How would you like a portable wind turbine that fits in your backpack?
Canadian company Aurea has developed just such a thing.
It’s called Shine, it weighs just three pounds, it’s about the size of a water bottle, and it can charge any USB device, or up to four phones (though not at the same time)
The result may look a little different, but is, in fact, a micro version of a regular wind turbine. It even has the same mechanism, called yawing, which allows the turbine head to spin into the wind, so you don’t have to worry about which direction the wind is blowing. It works at wind speeds from 8 mph (a gentle wind breeze) to 28 mph (enough to sway heavy branches and flip umbrellas), though if you’re planning to go somewhere with zero wind, you may be better off packing a portable solar panel.
The turbine is shaped a bit like a mini Zeppelin. It features three gently curved blades that fold out like flower petals and a collapsible tripod that is stored inside. The product launched on Kickstarter last year and on Indigogo last week. It has raised over $270,000 so far and will be shipping in a matter of months–just in time for camping season.
Something To Think About.
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