The world’s largest solar tower will be built in Dubai. It will be part of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, currently the largest renewable energy project on a single plot in the world. The first phase of the project was launched in 2013 and today has a capacity of 13 megawatts (MW) that generates 24 million kilowatt-hours of electricity per year.  The second phase started operations in March 2017, producing enough electricity to power 50,000 homes and delivering an additional 200 MW of electric power. It consists of 2.3 million photovoltaic panels covering an area of 4.5 square kilometers.  The third phase, to develop an 800 MW solar PV power plant, will be completed over the next three year. The solar tower will be part of the fourth phase and will add an additional 700 MW of concentrated solar power capacity. Approximately 3,750 hectares will be covered in mirrors, concentrating the Sun’s rays towards the 853 foot (260 meters) tower and will include salt-based energy storage.

Norway is currently the third largest plug-in electric vehicle market in the world — behind only China and the US. As of Sepetember, some 43,700 plug-in electric passenger cars and light commercial vehicles were sold in Norway so far this year. EVs represented 32% of all vehicles sold in the country in 2017.

The US Electric Vehicle Charging Association foresees the electric vehicle charging infrastructure industry is expected to grow globally at a compound annual growth rate of 47% from 2017 to 2025, reaching $45.6 billion in revenue by 2025.

A report from the US Electric Vehicle Charging Association finds 51,000 EV charging points (public and private) are now in operation in the country. The Association predicts fast growth for the EV charging industry and says revenue from EV charging in the US could potentially reach $300 million by the end of the decade. Four companies – ChargePoint, EV Connect, EVgo, and SemaConnect – collectively operate 49% of all public and private charging outlets in the country.

Local start-up QEV Philippines Electromobility Solutions said it is building more than 200 electric vehicle fast-charging stations across the Philippines before 2022. The stations will be compliant with Euro 4 standards.

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China is installing 1,895 charging ports for electric cars in the city of Beijing. The ports are part of a study to work out a plan to phase out gasoline and diesel vehicles. About 1,615 of these charging ports will be installed in the area of administration offices in Beijing city’s Tongzhou District. By 2020, Tongzhou plans to build a charging port every two kilometers to provide better service to EVs in the suburban district of Beijing. Currently, Tongzhou has 53 charging stations at expressway service areas and shopping malls, and another two for the district’s 510 electric taxies.  The world’s largest automobile market recently said it wants to ban the manufacturing and sales of cars running on petrol, following the UK and France. Xin Guobin, China’s vice minister of industry and information technology said that Beijing has started research on a timetable to phase out the production and sales of gasoline and diesel cars. Many Chinese cities, including Beijing and Shanghai, have already imposed severe restrictions on sale of new cars to contain air pollution and to restrict traffic congestion. Earlier this year the State Council said China would build more than 12,000 charging stations before 2020 to meet the demand of 5 million EVs. The Society of Automotive Engineers of China estimates EV sales should reach more than 40% of total auto sales by 2030.

European electric utility, E.ON, is rolling out an ultra-fast charging network across Europe that will include 10,000 charging points throughout the EU by 2020. The network will offer 150 kilowatts (kW) with a modular upgrade option to 350 kW. The stations will enable charging of a 400 kilometer-range battery in 20-30 minutes.

BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and the Volkswagen Group (includes Audi and Porsche) has started IONITY, a joint venture that will develop and implement a High-Power Charging (HPC) network for electric vehicles across Europe. 400 stations will be installed by 2020. 20 stations will be opened to the public this year, located on major roads in Germany, Norway and Austria, at intervals of 120 kilometers. More than 100 stations will be added next year. Each station will have a capacity up to 350 kilowatts.

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