Unveiled at the 21st annual UN Conference on Climate Change, the new partnership between Nissan and multinational energy provider Enel aims to bring Smart Grid technology to Europe in the near future.The concept behind the tech centres around using an updated version of the traditional underground power grid, known as a Smart Grid. Nissan proposes creating a symbiotic relationship of sorts between the grid and a new wave of electric cars. Known as Vehicle-to-Grid, the process will see energy used to charge up your car can then be redistributed back into other areas, essentially turning your motor into a rolling energy hub.
One can assume that battery electric vehicles (EV) are cleaner than traditional gasoline fueled cars, but do they really reduce the emissions that fuel climate change?Credit: Tomwang112According to a study by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) comparing them to gasoline cars over their lifetime, the answer is yes.Over their entire lifetimes — from manufacturing to driving to disposal — battery electric cars produce half the global warming emissions, on average, of comparably sized gasoline cars. In addition, driving a battery electric vehicle is cleaner than the average gasoline vehicle on global warming emissions everywhere in the country, and has been improving over the last three years.
Clean energy investment is rising again immediately after 3 years of steady declines in the sector. The globe spent $310 billion final year on solar and wind power, electric cars and power efficiency and storage, up 16 % from the prior year, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance.
If you live in a regular suburban detached home, the chances are that your electricity bill is metered by the kilowatt-hour, with your monthly or quarterly bills detailing the number of kilowatt-hours your house has consumed. If you’re lucky, you might even get a discount for the electricity you use during off-peak hours, something that’s particularly useful if you have an electric car that charges overnight.
But unlike your standard domestic customer, large skyscrapers in cities like New York are charged not only for the electricity they use but the rate at which that electricity is consumed. In other words, if a skyscraper suddenly has a surge in power demand — such as all of its residents turning on the kettle or all of the electric cars in the parking lot suddenly starting to charge at the same time — it has to pay a higher tariff than if that same electricity was consumed over a wider time frame.
That’s obviously an exaggeration, and it tells only part of the story. A few weeks ago, Nissan, which makes the Leaf electric car, turned the tables in this debate by starting trials of a system for electric cars to return power to the electricity grid when they are not being used.
One of the most visible partners of the Bourns College of Engineering (BCOE) is the Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT), which has begun a project to create a renewable energy research center that will study the integration of renewable energy sources such as an electrical smart grid that can help with charging electric cars and storing energy. The project, called the Sustainable Integrated Grid Initiative, will be the largest of its kind in California.
“The project has implications for the nation and the world,” stated BCOE Dean Dr. Reza Abbaschian. If successful, this research aims to develop cleaner and more efficient ways to produce electricity and may eventually lead to other similar projects in the U.S.
One of the greatest debates about the future of the automotive industry is the relative merits of pure electric cars, so-called BEVs (battery-electric vehicles), versus plug-in hybrids, so-called PHEVs (plug-in hybrid electric vehicles). This article is an attempt at making a prediction of how it will shake out over the next half-decade.
Since 2009, Navigant Research has conducted an annual national consumer survey to gauge public perceptions of energy and environmental concepts. Between 2009 and 2012, there were steady declines in favorability for some concepts, particularly the ones with most favorable rankings in the past, such as solar energy, wind energy, hybrid vehicles, and electric cars. Click to tweet: According to the most recent consumer survey from Navigant Research, however, consumer favorability for a number of these concepts has rebounded. In particular, positive overall impressions of solar energy have now reached 79 percent of Americans – a level close to the results of 2009, when 81 percent of the respondents had a favorable view of solar energy.
Hyundai will launch a battery powered electric car in 2016. The car will be the first electric vehicle from Hyundai, which has a few hybrids to its name. Hyundai has focused on hydrogen fuel cell powered cars for the past few years while other car makers have introduced electric cars. So, Hyundai is already at a disadvantage compared to its rivals in the electric car space. Hyundai’s sister car brand Kia recently launched an electric car based on the Soul crossover.
Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute Center are incorporating a mix of renewables into the design of a smart grid for Germany’s largest charging station, where the network of charging stations for electric vehicles (EV) is becoming more tightly meshed.
In Germany, the ratio of electric cars to charging stations is two-to-one, and utility companies are expanding charging opportunities in cities and metro areas. The country’s largest charging infrastructure is at the Fraunhofer Institute Center Stuttgart IZS, where up to 340 kW of electricity are consumed when all charging spots are occupied — equivalent to around 20 percent of the load of the entire Institute Center, which has a staff of 1,500.