Solar train stations, fossil fuel free fjords and Nissan’s EV combo pack

Quartz India: India now has a railway station that’s fully powered by solar energy

May 189, 2018 by Sushma U N

After experimenting with solar-powered train coaches last year, India’s diesel-guzzling railways now have an entire station that runs on renewable energy.

The Guwahati railway station in the capital city of Assam is the first railway station in the country to be fully solar-powered. A major railway thoroughfare in India’s northeastern region, the station handles around 20,000 passengers every day.

The Guwahati railway station building has grid-connected rooftop solar panels totalling a capacity of 700 kilowatt (0.7 megawatt) that will cater to the electricity needs of the station, the coach depot, and the railway colony area, the Northeast Frontier Railway, an arm of the Indian Railways, said in a statement. This will help the railway network save around Rs67.7 lakhs (approximately $99,900) per year in electricity bills.

»» Read the full article at Quartz India


Ferry Shipping News: Norway’s Bold Environmental Decisions Catalyst For Change

May 17 by Mike Louagie. Photo by Mike Louagie.

Norway has taken the audacious decision to ban all polluting ships from the UNESCO World Heritage fjords. The resolution will impact the cruise and ferry industry heavily, way beyond these fjords. 

The only zero-emission energy so far is electricity. Either a ship is fully relying on batteries, or a ship is hybrid. In that case fossil fuel could be used outside, and once in these protected fjords, the energy source would be electricity.

For the global cruise industry Norway’s decision is quite a blow. There are no electric cruise ships. Especially the Geirangerfjord will be hit hard. Last year, 181 cruise calls were registered. That is excluding the daily calls of the Hurtigruten ships.
But let’s be honest, anyone who has been in Geiranger can only but agree: cruise ship smoke is an issue. The deadline is 2026 or earlier.
»» Read the full article at Ferry Shipping News

7minutesolar: We wrote about Norway’s battery powered ferries a couple months ago and the efforts of two of its largest ferry companies. Electric ferries are also being introduced in Canada. It remains to be seen whether this will be enough impetus to get the cruise ships fully on board, but any step in reducing the use of diesel fuel in ocean going ships is good new. They use diesel with high sulphur levels and contribute a LOT to carbon dioxide emissions.


WIRED: Nissan follows Tesla with an all-in-one solar storage package

May 17 by Jack Stewart

GIVEN THE WEATHER in the United Kingdom—that cloudy, foggy, drizzly country—it doesn’t seem like the best place to launch a business that revolves around solar power. But this is where the builder of the world’s best-selling electric car just started selling Nissan Energy Solar, a generation-to-acceleration scheme that equips customers with roof-mounted panels and a battery to store some of the electricity they generate. If they drive a Leaf, or Nissan’s e-NV200 electric van, they can combine the whole process and drive from Scotland to Wales to wherever, guilt-free, fog lights on, windshield wipers whisking away.

Nissan says its all-in-one system will start at $5,200 for six solar panels, or $10,300 for panels and a 4-kWh battery, including installation. Customers can choose between a brand new battery, or a “second-life” pack made from cells that have been retired from electric vehicles but remain good enough for the more gentle demands of daily storage. Tesla’s powerwall, which can store 13.5 kWh, costs $5,900, but installation is extra.
»» Read the whole article at WIRED

7minutesolar: This is a clever concept. Nissan introduced their home battery as a standalone, but this makes it much more attractive and marketable. It makes solar on top of a home not only manageable, but immediately understandable in terms of the payback. Not everyone wants to sit down and figure out their electricity bill and how many kilowatts are generated by how many solar panels and…but they get the idea that the solar panel charges (or at least helps charge) the car and they don’t have to fork out money at a gas (petrol) station. Immediate rewards are always more attractive. Next step is to get everyone hooked up with the Nissan/Ovo  system that manages electric flow in and out of the grid at optimal times.


Intel News Release: Intel’s 3 Million Square Feet of Solar Panels Help Heat, Cool and Light

May 17, 2018

Intel solar parking spaces

Chipmaker Intel reports on its ongoing work worldwide to reduce its climate and environmental footprint in its annual Corporate Responsibility Report.

Imagine enough solar panels to cover 52 regulation U.S football fields or 47 full-size soccer fields. The company now estimates it has installed 3 million square feet of solar arrays at Intel sites in nine nations. They harvest 33 million kilowatt hours of green power, equivalent to the annual energy use of 3,700 U.S. homes. At its campuses across the U.S., Europe and Asia, Intel uses energy from the sun to heat and cool its buildings, provide lighting and produce electricity for on-campus use. Today, 100 percent of the energy Intel uses in its chip manufacturing business in the U.S. and Europe comes from renewable sources: solar, hydro, wind. Intel has for the past decade, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, been the United States’ No. 1 or No. 2 corporate buyer of green power.

The photo shows solar parking structures at Intel ’s Ocotillo, Arizona, campus. More than 8,000 solar parking spots have been installed worldwide.

»» Read Intel’s 2017-2018 Intel Corporate Responsibility Report

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