Europe's largest carmaker Volkswagen has pledged to phase out combustion engine cars in the EU by 2035 in anticipation of tighter climate regulations. VW, which also owns Audi, Skoda and Porsche, said it would raise its share of electric vehicles to 70% of total sales in Europe by 2030.
South Australia has the wind and sunshine to evolve into a prime hydrogen supplier. Cornwall Insight says a hydrogen plant could make a profit of $2.3 million this summer, assuming 20% utilisation and quarterly repayment on the $593 million government debt with interest, operating and fuel costs.
Karpowership had to halt three projects in South Africa with 2,000 MW combined capacity after environmental permits were refused. The government claims Karpowership did not comply with public participation rules, and the Turkish company now faces a long appeal process.
Mitsubishi Power, part of MHI Group, has received an order for a 180 MW combined-cycle power plant fired by blast furnace gas (BFG). Driven by a M701SDAX gas turbine, the CCGT will be built on behalf of the Chinese steelmaker Jiangsu Shagang and is due operational in 2023.
Energy storage deployments in the United States have risen a staggering 240% over the previous high to 476 MW new-built capacity. Large-scale utility procurements for solar-paired energy storage are expected to boost the US battery market from 1.2 GW in 2020 to nearly 7.5 GW (and 26.5 GWh) by 2025.
The solid-state battery market will grow to $8 billion by 2031, IDTechEx forecasts. With the larger electrochemical window of solid electrolytes – as opposed to liquid ones in lithium-ion batteries – high voltage cathode materials can be used. High-energy-density lithium metal anodes can push the energy density beyond 1,000 Watt-hours per litre (Wh/L).
MAN Energy Solution’s PBST brand, developer of turbochargers and exhaust-gas-treatment, has agreed to distribute Rolls-Royce’s MTU turbochargers. The cooperation combines PBST’s global sales structure and MTU turbocharger technology for high-speed diesel and gas engines.
Investment in fossil generation will fall by one-fourth to below $54 billion, while spending on new wind and solar power units could double to $1.3 trillion over the current decade to 2030, Wood Mackenzie forecasts. Subsidy-free renewables, though, will not be competitive with coal power until 2025 or later.
Pivot Power, part of EDF Renewables, together with Wärtsilä and Habiat Energy have activated the UK’s first grid-scale battery storage. Combining lithium-ion and vanadium redox flow systems, the battery storage is directly grid-connected as part of the £41 million Energy Superhub Oxford (ESO) project aimed at decarbonising the city by 2040.
Japan’s largest LNG importer and power producer JERA and IHI Corporation have received a government grant to set up a demonstration project for ammonia co-firing at thermal power stations in Japan. Ammonia does not emit carbon dioxide when burned, and the test runs are due to start in June 2021.
New Fortress Energy, the US LNG supplier in the Americas, has received three permits from Mexican Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE) for regasification, storage and distribution of the superchilled gas at its Pichilingue LNG facility near La Paz. The imported LNG will be used to fuel the LaPaz and Baja California Sur power plants.
One M501JAC gas turbine has been shipped from Mitsubishi Power Americas to Marlim Azul Energia's power project in Macae, Rio de Janeiro. The fuel-efficient 565 MW unit, due operational in January 2023, will enable Marlim to backup intermittent renewable power supply and turn pre-salt gas into attractively-priced electricity.