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Green EVolution - July X 2020

Updated: Jul 30, 2020

Green EVolution is back after break due to 'not be named' disaster. We hope you & your family are safe from current crisis. Let's get back to it.

For all the potential new readers joining us, Green EVolution is monthly round up of all things EVs & Renewable. This particular one will have some from previous months. As usual to go to the original news link, just click on the headline.

Thanks to Bengaluru-based social enterprise Three Wheels United (TWU), 39 electric autos are now running in the city. The firm is planning to finance 10,000 electric autos in the city over the next year and its target is 1 lakh autos by 2024. TWU claims the monthly expenses for electric auto drivers are only around Rs 2,000 and their take home salary is around Rs 34,000. “An electric vehicle is easier to drive as there is no clutch or gear.”

Magenta Power, a HPCL-backed startup providing green energy solutions, has unveiled its first Street Lamp Integrated electric vehicle (EV) Charger called ‘ChargeGrid Flare’. The company said that it has specially designed ChargeGrid Flare in partnership with HPCL to offer energy-efficient street light combined with EV charging point.

This is awesome to see. Will result in street charging infra while occupying no extra space.

The order was placed on BHEL by Urban Transport Directorate (UTD) in Lucknow. "These low floor, disabled-friendly electric buses will be deployed by UTD at the Gorakhpur airport," the company said in a statement.

The scope of work includes the installation, operation, and maintenance of these charging stations of the annual license fee basis for five years at 25 proposed locations in the city. The estimated value of the tender is INR54 million (~$709,815). This includes 14 slow chargers and 11 fast-charging stations.

The electric Ambassador will be 125mm wider and 170mm longer than the stock Hindustan Ambassador. Electric Ambassador has been engineered completely by a Swiss manufacturer. DC2 plans to produce about 5,000 units of the vehicle and export it around the world. s per DC, the Ambassador EV will be able to do 0-60 km/h in just 4 seconds! DC revealed that it will be able to do 250 km in a single charge.

9 out of 10 of every electric scooter sold in India are all slow-speed models which are limited to a maximum speed of 25kmph. Slow speed scooters with a max speed of 25kmph are not required to be registered, don’t require a two-wheeler license, and riders do not require helmets. Despite the fact that the low-speed E2W market is the largest market for EVs in India, some major players are not interested. Ather's Ravneet Phokela said; “Our focus continues to be on offering consumers a delightful ownership experience through well-designed and high-quality products, and we don’t plan to be in the low-spec end of the market. We don’t believe that is the right way to grow the market.”

Faradion Ltd., a manufacturer of sodium-ion cells based in the UK, has said that it has begun exploring manufacturing presence in India. The manufacturer says that sodium-ion technology provides similar performance to conventional chemistries while replacing expensive materials such as cobalt and lithium with sodium.

According to government data, India added a net capacity of 1.3 gigawatts in the January-March 2020 quarter. The capacity was lowest for the first quarter of the year for at least five years. Net capacity addition in Q1 2019 was 5.6 gigawatts while that in Q4 2019 was 5.4 gigawatts.

Thermal power sector witnessed a contraction in installed capacity with more retirements than new additions. Coal-based power generation capacity contracted by 0.1 gigawatts to 230.6 gigawatts with no change in installed capacity based on diesel and gas. The large hydropower segment witnessed an increase of 300 megawatts taking its total installed capacity to 45.7 gigawatts. Renewable energy technologies once again contributed to the bulk of new capacity addition. 1.1 gigawatts of renewable energy capacity was added in Q1 2020, including 0.9 gigawatts of solar power and 0.2 gigawatts of wind power. 

MG Motor India Pvt Ltd has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Tata Power Ltd to set up fast chargers for electric vehicles at select dealerships of the passenger vehicle manufacturer. Both companies are also exploring opportunities to collaborate in the space of lifecycle management of lithium-ion batteries fitted in electric vehicles.

Post Amphan, when most of the Sunderbans was reeling under power woes, two gram panchayat areas covering over 3,000 villagers set an example in the cyclone-ravaged landscape. Armed with environment-friendly solar micro grids, installed by WWF-India since 2011, they managed to get back power within only two-three days of the cyclone. In partnership and consultation with local communities and other stakeholders, have so far installed six solar DC micro grids and one AC micro grid in Satjelia and Kumirmari islands under project ‘Sahasra Jyoti’.

The NTPC Ramagundam started construction work on the country’s largest floating solar power plant of 100 MW capacity at its balancing reservoir on Saturday.

The project costing INR432.8 crore and coming up on 450 acres of the water surface, was awarded to BHEL.

As part of the project, Greenko will set up 1,000 MW of solar project, 550 MW of wind project, and 1,200 MW of standalone pumped storage capacity.

The government also allotted 4,766.28 acres of land to Greenko as per the latest market value determined by the revenue department. The project is to be completed within four years.

In 2019, U-Solar Clean Energy Solutions Pvt. Ltd. installed India’s largest building integrated vertical solar PV system at a data center in Mumbai. The system, with a capacity of about 1 MW, has been installed by integrating solar panels on all four walls of the facility, covering over 5000 square feet of facade area.

Absolutely agree on this. Energy Storage and Solar are going to be huge in India. And this could make a perfect entry point for tesla, who's currently stuck to higher import duties on vehicles. We also present a small plan here on our new campaign - India Wants Tesla.

The station is equipped with two types of chargers - DC 50 kW with three guns which can charge Hyundai Kona, MG ZS EV and Tata Nexon, and DC 30 kW with two guns (Both GB/T) which can charge Mahindra e-Verito and Tata Tigor. Initial cost for charging is 10.5/unit

Chargers at Rafi Marg too


Some International Green News

Renewable electricity will be the only source resilient to the biggest global energy shock in 70 years triggered by the coronavirus pandemic. The International Energy Agency said the outbreak of Covid-19 would wipe out demand for fossil fuels by prompting a collapse in energy demand seven times greater than the slump caused by the global financial crisis. Renewable energy is expected to grow by 5% this year, to make up almost 30% of the world’s shrinking demand for electricity.

A 1.1MW/2.15MWh Tesla Powerpack battery system installed at the University of Queensland has saved almost $74,000 on electricity costs in just three months, and not just by storing cheap solar power. The results show the battery system – itself paid for using savings from the University’s existing solar systems – generated $73,938 in value during Q1 2020. And it did this not just by storing energy when grid prices were low and discharging when they were high, but also – in fact, mostly – by helping to balance the grid, including jumping to attention when major coal plants failed.

It’s taken just a little over two years for the Tesla big battery, officially known as the Hornsdale Power Reserve, to re-coup in revenue the cost of construction of what remains the world’s biggest lithium ion battery. Neoen, the French based owner and operator of the Tesla big battery at Hornsdale revealed on Thursday (Paris time) that the installation recorded  five fold increase in revenue in the first quarter underpinned a 65 per cent boost in first quarter revenue for the group as a whole.

Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz is killing its program to develop passenger cars powered by hydrogen fuel cells. The company has been working on fuel-cell vehicles for more than 30 years — chasing the dream of a zero-emissions car that has a long driving range, three-minute fill-ups, and emits only water vapor. In the end, the company conceded that building hydrogen cars was too costly, about double the expense of an equivalent battery-electric vehicle. Mercedes-Benz will wind down production of GLC F-Cell, its only current fuel-cell model.

Well, as Elon say's fool sells. They obviously aren't going to work for personal & passenger vehicles. I will still give long haul vehicles a chance, but given advancement in battery tech..

Swedish power utility Stockholm Exergi announced last week that it had closed down the coal-fired cogeneration plant KVV6 at Värtaverket which used both coal and biofuels to produce heat and electricity. The move also means Sweden has become the third European country to entirely eliminate coal from its electricity sector. The news came hot on the heels of Austria’s largest power provider, Verbund, shutting down the Mellach district heating plant, marking the end of coal-fired generation in Austria.

Elon may be off sometimes and he himself knows that, but saying that he only cares for money is absolutely wrong. He lives for his mission and passion.

The environmental renaissance that has come with lockdown shows both the necessity of cleaning up our filthy air and atmosphere, and the dangers of associating economic ruin with environmental gain.

"From behind the wheel, everything else in this category—Merc GLC 300, Range Evoque, Jaguar F-Pace, Porsche Macan—feels like a sluggish, sloppy antique, a squawking modem trying to connect to the cloud."

As of July 1, Sydney, the largest city in Australia, will power all its operations — street lights, sports facilities, buildings, and the historic Town Hall — with 100% renewable energy from local sources. The clean energy transition is worth $60 million and is projected to save the city more than a half million dollars on its electricity bills every year for the next 10 years.

Elon Musk has a plea for mining companies: “Please mine more nickel.”

Tesla will give you a giant contract for a long period of time if you mine nickel efficiently and in an environmentally sensitive way,” said Musk

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