According to IEA, energy storage deployment reached a record level in 2018, nearly doubling from 2017. Read more ….
Year 2018 was another record-breaking year for global electric car sales (1.98 million), raising total global stock to 5.12 million, according to IEA analyses. Sales increased 68% in 2018…. Read more ….
A very interesting Energy Technology RD&D Budget Database by the IEA allows users to track trends in spending by energy technologies in IEA countries back to 1977. Read more …..
Dutch Climate agreement | 1 billion extra investments needed in the electricity grid for solar energy in the Northern part of the Netherlands An article in Solar magazine, with the above-mentioned “headline”, published March 13, 2019, does something to us.
QUOTE “If the growth of solar energy continues, an extra 1 billion must be invested in the electricity grid in the north of the Netherlands to connect solar panels. This is apparent from the calculation of the Climate Agreement.
The Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL) and the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB) conclude this in the report “Effects of draft Climate Agreement”. This report contains the calculation of the effects of the Draft Climate Agreement that was presented in December. The network costs have been mapped by TenneT and the 3 largest regional network operators Stedin, Enexis and Liander. This is based on assumptions about the interpretation of the production of renewable energy and the development of demand that are aligned with the PBL. “It has been taken into account that extra investments of around 1 billion euros in the high-voltage network are required if solar PV in the Northern Netherlands grows to a capacity of 3 to 4 gigawatts,” the PBL writes. “From 3 to 4 gigawatt peak solar PV in the Northern Netherlands, extra transport capacity is needed on the extra high-voltage network (EHS), which means that investments will be around 1 billion euros higher.” UNQUOTE
It has been known for quite some time that we need to increase our investments in our infrastructure. The writer of this blog who, as former director/CEO of KEMA and former CEO of Ecofys, has quite some knowledge of these subjects, wonders why our joint predictive capacity has not resulted in timely actions. We have the knowledge and therefore must be able as a society to choose and implement smart solutions in time.
On the other hand, this issue gives room for great alternatives, such as Storage! After all, flexibility and therefore storage is essential in the energy transition. For that reason, a related company, EnShared, is a member of the Flexiblepower Alliance Network.
NVDE: ECN study: Climate agreement can create more than 70,000 jobs
Interesting article; read more …..
CPB: Calculation of draft Climate Agreement
The recent calculation of the draft Climate Agreement by the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB) shows the implications of the existing climate policy and the various plans that the government wants to take towards 2030.
According to the calculation, the desired CO2 reduction will not be achieved with the existing plans, the industry is lagging behind in climate terms and especially the low income groups are affected in their wallets. The Cabinet responded by announcing that the energy tax increase will be reversed from 2020 and by establishing a (yet to be determined) “CO2 tax” for companies. Read more ….
The European partner project evRoaming4EU facilitates roaming services for charging electric vehicles. Through the independent, open OCPI protocol, consumers can be provided with transparent information about charging, charging locations and charging prices throughout Europe. The goal is that EV drivers can easily recharge their electric cars anywhere in the EU. There is now a short VIDEO available online that shows how this works and why it is so important. Read more ….
Thijs Aarten: “It is essential to demonstrate leadership when creating a sustainable world. Electric transportation is an important part hereof. We must do this jointly in order to ensure that we will comply with the targets resulting from the Paris agreement”.
NKL, the independent knowledge platform for EV charging infrastructure, presents the results of the 2017 costing benchmark study. The cost of public EV charging infrastructure is this year continuing to decline by approximately 35% since 2013. Together with governments, knowledge institutions and market actors, the NKL’s assessment is that in 2017 the focus will shift from cost reduction to market professionalisation. To enable the market to develop further, the NKL is introducing the public EV charging market maturity model.
Trend in cost reduction continues towards 40%
The trend in cost reduction observed in 2016 has continued in 2017. Non-recurring costs fell by almost 35% in the period from 2013 (baseline year) to 2017. This trend, which includes increased power consumption (kWh) per charging station per day, is expected to continue until 2020. On this basis the benchmark study predicts a drop in one-off and periodic costs in 2020 of up to 40% – further bolstering the business case for public charging.
Throughout the European Union and beyond, electric vehicles are more and more in the spotlight. Currently, legislation has been created to ensure transparency at charge points across the continent. The use of open protocols is increasingly required to achieve a single European playing field. (more…)