autoblog green announced that Toyoto may have a 600-mile, solid state battery for EVs ready by 2015-2020. In order to sooth worries about range anxiety by drivers, Toyota and its partners are developing a prototype solid-state battery that could be ready for commercialization in the 2015-to-2020 time frame. A solid-state battery has numerous advantages over its liquid electrolyte counterpart, including simpler fabrication, stability, safety and excellent conductivity. Meanwhile, Nissan says that a long range EV is not necessary according to edmund’s AutoObserver.

The same source also told us that London, UK police may soon be riding electric motorcyles.  The police are set to trial a Zero Dual Sport (DS) under typical police conditions to determine if it is suitable for police work.  At the same time, Hertz is adding Ford Transit Connect electric vehicles to its rental mix.

autoblog green had a post saying that the Chevy Volt is cheaper to drive than Toyota Prius Plug-in, unless you’re going more than 70 miles.

Norway’s Statoil confirmed its large North Sea oil findThe Local Norway said that a large new oil discovery in the North Sea announced earlier this year is twice as big as previously thought.  One of the largest fields found off the Norwegian continental shelf, the Aldous Major South field is estimated to contain between 900 million and 1.5 billion barrels of recoverable oil.

Global Energy Watch noted that Russia hopes to invest up to $225 billion (US or 163 billion euros) in offshore oil and gas exploration through 2030 and may introduce tax breaks to attract foreign investors. Russia’s current attempts to develop its Arctic shelf are progressing too slowly and incentives may be required to attract the necessary capital.

gulfnews reported that Abu Dhabi will be constructing a 1.5 GW power plant this year.   The natural gas facility will also produce 100 million gallons of water. Electricity demand in Abu Dhabi is growing at 12% a year, while water use is likely rise at an annual rate of 5 %.

China is warning of a winter power shortage.  Both Global Energy Watch (here) and Xinhua News Agency (here) covered this story. The country faces another power shortage this winter as coal prices soar and a severe drought hits hydropower plants. The electricity shortfall could reach 26 million kilowatts in the coming months, with southern and central areas hardest hit due to the lack of coal and water in those regions. Power shortages are common in China during the summer and winter months when demand soars, often leading to a supply squeeze of diesel as factories turn to generators to keep production lines operating during blackouts.

China’s wind industry also made the news.  Clean Technica told us that China’s wind capacity may reach 1,000 GW (1 terrawatt or TW)  by 2050. The country is already the world’s largest generator of wind energy capacity. The total of 1,000 GW would represent an enormous increase from the 41 GW of wind power capacity it had at the end of 2010. The potential capacity of 1,000 GW would reduce the country’s carbon dioxide emissions by 1.5 gigatons a year, roughly equivalent to the combined carbon dioxide emissions of Germany, France, and Italy in 2009.

Global Energy Watch let us know that the global offshore wind market is set to grow from 4.8 GW in 2011 to 80 GW by 2020.  The sudden rise in capacity in 2020 is mainly due to a capacity addition of 13 GW expected in the UK and 2000 MW in China. China has introduced a number of new offshore wind farms and is planning to reach more than 11 GW of offshore wind capacity by 2020. China’s share in the global offshore wind power market is expected to rise to 10.3% in 2015 and 14.3% in 2020.

The global demand for natural gas is expected to grow by 44% between now and 2035 according to Global Energy Watch.  This growth is being driven by a combination of growing populations, economic growth, significant natural gas reserves and a desire to produce cleaner energy.

Forecasts of rising energy prices made the news as well.  CNBC reported that the EU faces 20 years of rising electricity prices as the continent focuses on renewable energy sources to meet its green energy targets. The highest prices would occur after 2030 if renewable sources of power, such as wind and solar, make up a large share of energy production. Electricity prices in the Canadian province of Ontario are slated to rise sharply over the next 20 years as the province executes its green energy policies, reported the Toronto Star.  Meanwhile, the Sydney Morning News said that meeting Australia’s green energy targets will add 10% to steeply rising electricity prices this decade. An estimated 10,000 megawatts of additional capacity will need to be installed by 2020 at a cost of $30 billion if renewable energy forecasts are to be met.



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