Turkey and Russia signed an agreement to construct the TurkStream undersea natural gas pipeline, which will allow Russia to strengthen its position in the European natural gas market and cut energy supplies via Ukraine, the main route for Russian energy into Europe. The pipeline will be built under the Black Sea and would begin operations by 2020.

West African nation Nigeria filed a lawsuit against Eni, Chevron, Shell, Total and Petrobras claiming that the oil majors had stolen at least 57 million barrels of crude oil worth $12.7 billion.  This feat is supposed to have been accomplished by the oil companies simply loading the oil on tankers and sailing away without notifying the Nigerian government of the shipments. The oil companies deny there are any irregularities.

According to the World Wind Energy Association, global wind capacity is expected to reach 500 gigawatts by the end of this year, accounting for around 5% of global electric power demand. Germany, India, Brazil, China, Spain and the US remain the major players in the global wind industry, accounting for two-thirds of global wind generating capacity.

The German experience highlights some of the challenges the wind industry could face as it supplies a larger portion of the energy mix. The German government is planning to halve its original target for expanding its wind farms in the north of the country because it is struggling to construct sufficient grid distribution and transportation infrastructure to transfer the electricity to population centers in the south.

A report from Zion Research says the global waste to energy market was valued at $24 billion in 2014 and is expected to reach $36 billion by 2020. Waste to energy is a waste treatment process that generates energy in the form of electricity, heat or fuels from both organic and inorganic wastes. Advanced waste to energy technologies can be used to produce biogas, syngas, and liquid biofuels. These fuels can then be converted into electricity. Waste feedstock includes agricultural waste, municipal solid waste, and industrial waste.

Malaysia wants to have 100,000 electric cars on the road by 2020. To achieve this goal, the country plans to deploy 25,000 public charging stations nationwide. GreenTech Malaysia, the agency in charge of development and promotion of EV technology, announced plans to set up 300 electric vehicle chargers by the end of this year. They will be initially free for registered users.  Currently there are only 100 electric cars on Malaysian roads and have access to 95 EV chargers available in public locations such as shopping malls and hotels.

Every new or refurbished house in Europe will need to be equipped with an electric vehicle recharging point, under a draft European Union directive expected to come into effect by 2019. By 2023, 10% of parking spaces in new buildings in the EU must have recharging facilities. This EU initiative is intended to lay the infrastructure for the sort of electric car boom envisaged by Norway and the Netherlands, who plan to completely phase out vehicles with diesel engines by 2025. The policy would EVs to feed their electricity back into the grid. TheEU envisions a future in which EVs supply energy to Europe’s power network at all times of the day and night, balancing shortfalls from intermittent renewable energies when the sun is not shining and the wind is not blowing.

In 2020 IHS expects plug-in electric vehicles to account for 4% of all light passenger vehicles produced globally.

A report by IHS on the plug-in electric car segment identifies the top eight markets for growth – Norway, Netherlands, France, UK, US, Germany, Japan and China.  Norway is the clear world leader in terms of market share in this segment, as 30% of all new passenger car registrations in the first quarter of this year in that country were plug-ins. This compared with 2.2% in the Netherlands, 1.6% in France and 1.3% in the UK. While China leads in volume of EVs sold, with more than 32,000 electric vehicles registered during the quarter, its market share for EVs is just 0.5%. Likewise, the US also has high volumes, with more than 26,000 units registered during the first quarter, but this figure represents just less than 1% of the total car market.

According to data from ChargeHub, the number of electric car charging stations in the US grew 24%  between January and September this year — from 27,850 to 34,454. DC fast chargers grew 33% while slower Level 2 chargers grew 20%.

Evatran claims that by the end of next year it will offer wireless charging systems compatible with 80% of the electric vehicles on the road in North America. The Evatran wireless system uses inductive charging, in which a magnetic field is created by running electricity through a coil. One coil is placed on the ground, and another is mounted to the vehicle’s underside. The coil that sits on the ground (and must be connected to a power source) is weatherproofed for outdoor use.

Mercedes-Benz has confirmed wireless charging for a production model. The 2018 S55oe plug-in hybrid sedan will offer wireless charging as an option. Currently the 7.2-kilowatt version for the Tesla Model S and a 3.6-kW version for the second-generation Chevrolet Volt have wireless charging capability.


with h/t Tom Whipple




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