India is trending, boosting EV, batteries, PV …

India is trending boosting EV, batteries, PV ...

India is trending, boosting Electric Vehicles, the Lithium-ion battery industry, Solar Power and even assigned 100 smart cities

India is changing fast. Since a few years, the country invests huge amounts of money in solar PV projects to supply metro, train and urban areas with green electric energy (goal: 100GW of solar power by 2022).

The latest news is that India intents to boost the development of lithium ion batteries and Tata announced its plans launching an electric version of the Nano car for exclusive use as a fleet car.  Read More

Superfast EV Charging across Europe

Superfast EV Charging across Europe

By comparison, the ‘second generation’ Tesla Superchargers have a capacity of up to 145 kW

A superfast EV Charging connection right across Europe is currently being built.

Energy supplier E.ON and Clever are building this so called E-Highway from Norway all over to Italy in the South of Europe.

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New City Supercharger, less kW, more powerful

City Supercharger

On September 11, Tesla posted that it has developed a new compact Tesla Supercharger specifically for use in cities.

Tesla has recently announced a new city Supercharger that operates on lower power (72 kW) than its traditional Supercharger equipment (125 kW) but is more compact, making it more suitable for urban installations — and still much more powerful than “normal” EV fast chargers. Read More

Fast Charging Stations for EV in Germany

Fastned Fast Charging Station

Fastned Fast Charging Station

Germany is planning 25 fast charging stations for Electrical Vehicles.The electric vehicle fast-charging station firm Fastned has been granted a total of €4.1 million by the German government. 

The subsidy is part of the electric vehicle charging infrastructure stimulation program. Read More

Audi innovates with solar roofs

Audi innovates with solar roofsAudi intents to equip a few car models with solar cells integrated in the roofs to provide additional primary power. Therefore, the company collaborates with Hanergy Thin Film Power Group.

Hanergy is a Chinese developer of solar cells and panels. The American branch of the company is Alta Devices. Read More

Can we repurpose EV batteries?

 Can we repurpose EV batteries?

V-Storage started a pilot using old batteries from busses as an energy storage system. The ‘old’ batteries are placed in a large container. They intent to use the stored energy to electrify busses and to increase the Grid Balance. The pilot will start in January 2017.

In four or five years, the batteries in the roughly one and a quarter million EVs currently on the road are going to start to wane. EV owners will either replace them, or replace the cars entirely.

That means we’ll have a lot of used batteries (with plenty of life left in them) but which are no longer suitable for EVs. What to do?

One possibility is repurposing them to serve as grid-connected energy storage.

Storage is valuable to the grid for many reasons, including its ability to smooth out fluctuations in supply, allowing for more integration of variable renewable energy. Read More

5 trends battery technology

5 trends battery technologyThese home battery trends can make our energy future green.

We need battery technology to transform fully into a solar economy.

The good news is that battery technology and energy storage are also hitting an inflection point.

Here are 5 trends shaping the future of battery technology and energy storage.

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