Issue #83 - Record low prices for offshore wind, using sand to store energy, Volvo Cars withdraws from EU automakers association, and why eTrucks will dominate the 40 tonne semi-heavy market





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Issue #83 - Record low prices for offshore wind, using sand to store energy, Volvo Cars withdraws from EU automakers association, and why eTrucks will dominate the 40 tonne semi-heavy market
By Gary Comerford • Issue #83 • View online
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This Week's Podcast.
The EV Musings Podcast: 136 - The Long Range Episode
The EV Musings Podcast: 137 - The How Fast Are The Chargers Episode
Top Five EV/ Renewable Stories.
Going for the short and sweet edition this week.
Record-Low Price for UK Offshore Wind Is Four Times Cheaper Than Gas
Experts have said this time and time again - renewable energy is cheaper than fossil fuel energy. This was confirmed once again this week when an offshore wind auction produced prices less than a quarter those of current gas prices.
This brings the overall cost of energy down and reduces household energy bills for everyone.
So why don’t more companies do this?
This Big, Sand-Filled Energy Storage Silo Can Be Powered by Wind and Solar
Anything that can be used to help solve the problem of intermittency in renewable energy is to be welcomed. This includes using sand (yes, sand) as a way of storing heat that can be released over time to produce heat (and, hence, electricity)
Volvo Cars Withdraw From EU Automakers Organization
Two companies that are members of the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association have left the group but for radically different reasons.
Following the EU decision to stop the sale of new fossil fuel cars in 2035 Stellantis has said this is too fast and left.
Volvo, on the other hand - has said this is too slow and left.
Hmmm. I wonder which of these two will end up with the better outcome, financially. My bet’s on Volvo.
Two Twitter threads to look at this week:
Why freight can be electrified (from @aukehoekstra)
Why eTrucks (not hydrogen, not trucks with catenary overheads) will corner most of the 40 tonnes heavy semi-trucking market and outcompete diesel
Aboard the HMS Climate Denier (from @musingsev i.e. me)
A cool EV or renewable thing
From Episode 136
UK’s Magical Mushroom Company uses Mycelium to replace plastic packaging
We’re all tired of the plastic packaging (sometimes minimal, sometimes excessive) that comes with pretty much everything you buy nowadays. While some companies such as no Plastic beach are removing non-recyclable products from their packaging altogether, others need something of a kick up the rear end to make that move.
Now a company called MMC (Magical Mushroom Company) is raising funds for their product.
MMC’s solution is a direct replacement for plastic-based packaging such as polystyrene and cardboard. It does this by combining agricultural waste with mycelium – the root structure of a mushroom. The result, claims the company, is biodegradable (in 45 days), durable and comparable in price to traditional packaging derived from fossil fuels like polystyrene.
Paul Gilligan, CEO & founder at Magical Mushroom Company, said in a statement: “We have just eight years to meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and businesses have a crucial role to play – but they need viable and cost-effective solutions that significantly reduce the carbon footprint across their entire supply chain. We’re proud to be creating value from waste and unlocking the potential of mycelium.”
Another company to keep an eye on.
From Episode 137
Rail passengers with electric vehicles will be able to charge while they travel thanks to the introduction of 450 new electric vehicle charging points at Network Rail-managed car parks at railway stations in the UK
We’ve always said that destination charging is the secret sauce to making EVs work for large volumes of people and this is Network Rail putting that into action.
Network Rail has powered: 160 charging points in Reading, 111 in Manchester, 84 in Edinburgh, 56 in Leeds and 41 in Welwyn Garden City.
Electric vehicle charging points will be installed across 10% of car parking spaces (approximately 779 spaces) at car parks managed by Network Rail by March 2024.
It’s a great start - although as the number of EVs on the road increases the number of destination chargers needed will increase.
Sure, there’s a case to say that if you’re buying a car to let it sit all day in a railway station car park you’ll be better off getting something like a e-Bike, electric scooter or even using an electric taxi. But that’s a conversation for another podcast.
Something To Think About.
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