Big biz renewables, biofuel flights, a water battery, EV sales, A-B trucks

Bloomberg: Businesses Are Buying More Renewable Power Than Ever Before

April 30, 2018 by Brian Eckhouse

Bolomberg NEF investment in renewable energy
Source: Bloomberg New Energy Finance. 2018: total through April 30. All totals are for disclosed deals.

AT&T Inc. and Walmart Inc. are among 36 businesses, government agencies and universities that have agreed to buy 3.3 gigawatts of wind and solar power so far this year. That’s on track to shatter the previous high of 4.8 gigawatts of disclosed deals last year.

“There’s a blueprint now,” said Kyle Harrison, a New York-based analyst at Bloomberg New Energy Finance. “So it’s a lot easier for other companies to do it.” In addition to the 4.8 gigawatts in announced deals last year, BNEF also estimates 600 megawatts of undisclosed contracts were signed in Asia.” »» Read the complete article at Bloomberg

Stanford News: Stanford researchers have developed a water-based battery to store solar and wind energy

May 3 by Tom Abate

The prototype manganese-hydrogen battery, reported April 30 in Nature Energy, stands just three inches tall and generates a mere 20 milliwatt hours of electricity, which is on par with the energy levels of LED flashlights that hang on a key ring. Despite the prototype’s diminutive output, the researchers are confident they can scale up this table-top technology to an industrial-grade system that could charge and recharge up to 10,000 times, creating a grid-scale battery with a useful lifespan well in excess of a decade.”

»» Read the complete article at Stanford News

Automotive News Europe: Germany overtakes Norway as Europe’s top market for electrified cars

May 3, 2018 by Anthony Palazzo, Elisabeth Behrmann
Germany leapfrogged Norway as Europe’s biggest market for electrified cars, a sign consumers are warming to the technology just as Volkswagen Group and Daimler ready models to take on Tesla.

Sales of electrified vehicles surged 70 percent in Germany to 17,574 cars in the first quarter, nudging ahead of Norway for the first time, according to data from the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association. The figure includes full-electric cars such as Tesla’s Model S, as well as plug-in hybrids such as the BMW 2-series Active Tourer.

»» Read the complete article at Automotive News Europe

News Release: Air Canada Operates Biofuel Flight From Edmonton to San Francisco

May 2, 2018
Air Canada announced its Edmonton-San Francisco flight today will operate with biofuel onboard a 146-seat Airbus A320-200 aircraft. Biofuel use will reduce this flight’s carbon emissions by over 10 tonnes, equivalent of taking 26 cars off the road for an entire month.

»» Read the full News Release

News Release: Anheuser-Busch Continues Leadership in Clean Energy, Places Order for 800 Hydrogen-Electric Powered Semi-Trucks with Nikola Motor Company

May 3, 2018
Anheuser-Busch Nikola hyrdrogen semiAnheuser-Busch and Nikola Motor Company today announced that America’s leading brewer has placed an order for up to 800 hydrogen-electric powered semi-trucks from the pioneer in hydrogen-electric renewable technology. The zero-emission trucks — which will be able to travel between 500 and 1,200 miles and be refilled within 20 minutes, reducing idle time — are expected to be integrated into Anheuser-Busch’s dedicated fleet beginning in 2020.

Through this agreement Anheuser-Busch aims to convert its entire long-haul dedicated fleet to renewable powered trucks by 2025.

»» Read the full News Release

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