The beginning of this autumn turned out be full of new ideas in the fields of transport and energy. In the traditional issue of Ukrenergo Review, we offer you only the most interesting ones. You will also learn about the plans of energy giants regarding the future of the world’s energy sector.
1. Germany and South Korea develop hydrogen-fuelled transport.
Germany has become the first country in the world to launch railway passenger trips using hydrogen trains Coradia iLint. This is reported by AFP.
The trains are built by the French manufacturer TGV Alstom. They will replace diesels on a 100-kilometer route linking the cities of Cuxhaven, Bremerhaven, Bremervörde and Buxtehude in Lower Saxony. By 2021, Alstom will supply another 14 hydrogen zero emission trains to this region.
New trains are equipped with fuel systems that generate electricity as a result of the chemical reaction of hydrogen and oxygen, which is accompanied by steam and water emissions. Surplus energy is accumulated in ionic lithium batteries.
The trains Coradia iLint can run about 1,000 km using one fill-up, with a maximum speed of 140 km/h.
At the same time, the South Korean Doosan introduced new hydrogen fuel cells for UAVs, which are sufficient for two hours of continuous flight. For comparison, the average duration of a continuous flight today is half an hour. This is reported by Energylivenews. Doosan believes that this development can be used for UAVs to inspect infrastructure and public safety.
2. The world’s largest turbine for tidal power plants to be built in Britain.
SIMEC Atlantis Energy (SAE) announced the development of the world’s largest single-rotor turbine AR2000 with a capacity of 2 MW. It is intended for power plants generating electricity using tidal energy. Energylivenews reports this.
The development consumed more than £ 5 million of investments. It is expected to be used in the MeyGen project, which is the only commercial multi-turbine array built in the UK. Such turbines will appear on the markets at the end of 2019.
SAE believes that the AR2000 will not only be the largest single rotor turbine, but will also form the basis for a highly efficient and economical generation system in the markets of Great Britain, France, Channel Islands, Asia, Australia and Canada.
3. Sony plans to switch to “green” energy by 2040.
The technical giant Sony joined the global initiative RE100, which aims to complete the transition to “clean” energy. The company plans to accomplish this task by 2040. This is reported by CNBC.
The world’s largest companies, such as Google, Facebook and Microsoft, have already joined the RE100 initiative.
In 2017, the company used only 5% of energy from renewable sources. To achieve its goal, Sony will expand the use of RES in North America and China and will promote the installation of solar panels at manufacturing facilities in Japan and Thailand.
4. Volvo unveiled an unmanned electric truck with a driving distance of 300 km
Swedish Volvo Trucks unveiled an unmanned electric truck called Vera without a driver’s cab. The driving distance of a new car in one charge is 300 km. This is reported by Electrek.
The company believes that in the near future, the needs of the transport industry will grow, and the new unmanned truck will help to solve a number of problems faced by transport companies. In particular, since the new truck does not emit exhaust gases, it has a low noise level and can be used at any time of the day or night.
Volvo also says that they use the same batteries in this model as other electric vehicles.
5. Japanese Marubeni to give up energy from coal.
The Japanese electric power producer Marubeni announced its plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions and switch to low-carbon fuels. This is reported by Pv-magazine.
By 2030, the company will halve its portfolio of coal generation with a total capacity of 3 GW and will double its RES capacity over the next five years. In addition, the company announced its plans to increase the amount of electricity generated by RES from 10% to 20% by 2023.
The installed capacity of RES, which belongs to Marubeni abroad, including solar, wind and mini-hydroelectric power stations, amounted to approximately 11.8 GW at the end of March 2018. At the same time, the installed capacity of RES in Japan amounted to 454 MW.