Apple goes green, oil companies go electric, India and China go solar

Fast Company: Apple Now Runs On 100% Green Energy, And Here’s How It Got There

April 9, 2018 by Mark Sullivan

apple Park drone shot by Maverick ImageryThe most important thing about the company’s big renewable push might be that it’s bringing everyone–from suppliers to local utilities–along for the ride.

You have to see Apple’s Reno, Nevada, data center from the inside to truly understand how huge it is. It’s made up of five long white buildings sitting side by side on a dry scrubby landscape just off I-80, and the corridor that connects them through the middle is a quarter-mile long. On either side are big, dark rooms–more than 50 of them–filled with more than 200,000 identical servers, tiny lights winking in the dark from their front panels. This is where Siri lives. And iCloud. And Apple Music. And Apple Pay.

Powering all these machines, and keeping them cool, takes a lot of power–constant, uninterrupted, redundant power. At the Reno data center, that means 100% green power from three different Apple solar farms.
»» Read the full article at Fast Company

The photos above is taken by Matthew Roberts of Maverick Solutions.

Here is his latest video of drone footage documenting the building of Apple Park. You can see the whole series, from March 2016 on his website.

Fossil fuel companies are investigating the electric future

Reuters: German solar battery maker sonnen secures Shell cash to expand

May 23, 2018 by Vera Eckert

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – German solar battery maker sonnen has secured 60 million euros ($71 million) in funds from Shell Ventures and existing shareholders to expand at home and abroad. Shell Ventures, a unit of the Anglo-Dutch oil major that has been boosting its investments in solar and other renewables, was a lead investor in the latest funding round, sonnen Chief executive Christoph Ostermann told Reuters.
»» Read more at Reuters

electrek: ‘Ultra-fast charging battery’ tech secures $20 million investment from British oil giant BP

May 22, 2018 by Fred Lambert

“David Gilmour, vice president, business development of BP Ventures, made the announcement today:

The technology to support EVs is advancing rapidly and BP Ventures is committed to identifying and investing in companies that we believe are at the cutting edge of this industry. StoreDot has shown significant progress in the development of ultra-fast charging, both in mobile phone and vehicle applications. BP looks forward to working alongside them, as an investor and strategic partner, to bring their technology from the lab to the vehicle.”

BP’s investment follows another $60 million round led by Daimler last year.
»» Read the full article at electrek

Quartz: India is beating China in the race to build massive solar power projects

May 22, 2018 by Sushma UN

India solar park by Carlos Barria

Since its big entry a decade ago, China has led the global solar energy industry. A massive manufacturing sector that has driven down costs, coupled with supportive government policies, have helped it commission multiple large-scale projects and become the world’s largest producer of solar energy.

Meanwhile, neighbouring India has turned up at the party a little late—but is now racing ahead in terms of big projects.

Half of the world’s 10 largest solar parks under construction currently are in India, says a report by US-based think tank Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA).
»» Read the full article at Quartz

Gas2: Sweden Announces “Unlimited Range” EV Highway

May 21, 2018 by Jo Borrás

The electric road- one that charges electric cars and trucks as the drive across it- is often seen as the Holy Grail of EV adoption. Eliminate range anxiety utterly, the argument goes, and we’ll reach a tipping point for all things electric. Well, we’ll soon see if that’s how this thing is going to play out, because the Swedish government has just unveiled a 1.2-mile long stretch with an integrated electrical rail that charges a fleet of custom-designed, pass-through trucks using the truck’s movable arm. And you haven’t even heard the best part about this road: it’s fully operational.
»» Read the full article at Gas2

Images: Apple Park – Maverick Solutions; Solar Park – Carlos Barria; Icons: made by Freepik from, Shell, bp and Apple logos are © respective companies

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