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Issue #81 - Wind and solar bailing out Texas, crushing old roads and using them to store carbon, eco-airship build creating jobs in Yorkshire, and Renault planning a H2 car (!)

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Issue #81 - Wind and solar bailing out Texas, crushing old roads and using them to store carbon, eco-airship build creating jobs in Yorkshire, and Renault planning a H2 car (!)
By Gary Comerford • Issue #81 • View online
This is the 81st issue of the EV Musings newsletter.
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This Week's Podcast.
The EV Musings Podcast: 132 - The Mach E Episode
The EV Musings Podcast: 133 - The Sono Episode
Top Five EV/ Renewable Stories.
Eco-Airship Contract to Launch 1,800 Jobs in South Yorkshire
Reducing the carbon footprint of aviation is one way to help reduce the impact of climate change.
So anything that can assist in that is to be commended.
This includes building and using airships.
G7 Decide to “predominantly” Decarbonise Grid by 2035, but Drop 2030 Coal Exit Date
Similar to the article on EU Plans ‘Massive’ Increase in Green Energy to Help End Reliance on Russia we are seeing many countries in the G7 group of countries start to take a serious look at the sources of their energy.
Renault Plans Family Car That Runs on Electricity and Hydrogen
Hybrids as a stepping stone to full electric are to be commended - even if they aren’t quite as environmentally friendly as originally thought.
But to make that hybrid a hydrogen-powered one? Where’s the sense in that?
This Company Crushes Old Roads—and Rebuilds Them to Store Carbon
The holy grail of carbon capture is to put the captured carbon somewhere it can’t easily escape. If you grow trees, a forest fire can burn them, releasing the carbon back into the air.
So when a company discovered they could capture carbon and, literally, bake it into the roads we’re driving on, I paid attention.
Wind and Solar Power Are ‘Bailing Out’ Texas Amid Record Heat and Energy Demand
Last winter when Texas suffered from unseasonable cold which caused major power outages the renewables sector was (wrongly) blamed as being one of the causes. Yes, some wind turbines froze but the majority of the problems were gas plants going offline. It was wind turbines that, basically, kept the grid alive in that case.
So it is particularly pleasing to read that in the hot weather renewables are once again coming to the aid of power-strapped Texans.
A cool EV or renewable thing
From Episode 132
A New Zealand Grandma Builds Her Own EV To Own Big Oil
A grandmother in New Zealand found herself mad at oil companies charging high petrol prices, and one day she decided that she wanted to be done giving them her hard-earned money, so she worked with a friend to build her own EV.
Rosemary Penwarden started with a 1993 Honda Civic from a scrap yard and - with the help of an electrician friend - replaced the engine and power train with batteries and a motor.
The total cost was £15,000 NZ - which is quite expensive for what she did - but her aim was to get off oil without having to buy a really expensive EV. And that’s something she accomplished.
This was very time-consuming, and time is money. But Rosemary and her friend (her friend says he has done at least 7 other cars) do this to make a point about recycling and the adoption of electric vehicles. She thinks that most people would probably want to just buy an EV, but that doing conversions on larger commercial trucks that run around town could be not only financially viable but also better for the environment
Brava, Rosemary!
From Episode 133
The ENYAQ iV uses 13.1kg of recycled plastics on its exterior. The recycled plastic is reclaimed and reused from battery housings and bumpers.
The proportion of recycled steel used for the ENYAQ’s body is 40 per cent, while for aluminium it is as high as 60 per cent. Further reducing the car’s environmental footprint, 20 per cent of the ENYAQ iV’s side window panes are also recycled.
Sustainable materials are also used in the electric SUV’s interior. Sound insulation is made from recycled textiles, and both the floor and boot mats are made and remoulded using fibres from recycled PET bottles.
The battery pack is, of course, designed to be reused with a potential 96% recyclable components
This is what they mean by a circular economy. Reduce, reuse, recycle.
Something To Think About.
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