Coolblue is a retailer for high-end electronic devices like computers, laptops, tablets, camera’s, televisions and much more. They combine a webshop with an outlet presence in Main Street. Now they decided to follow the example of IKEA and enter the mega-market of solar panel installation. The installed solar base in the Netherlands, currently at 6.9 GW and grew with 53% in 2019, is expected to almost triple in this decade:
That amounts to 20 GW peak in 2030, which boils down to 2 GW continuously on an average Dutch electricity consumption of 13 GW. There will be still a lot of work to do between 2030-2050.
No, the EU doesn’t have military bases on foreign continents, nor aircraft carriers roaming the Seven Seas. Nevertheless, the EU is far more powerful than many suspect. The EU is the world’s standards setter. The quality of the Old Continent’s regulations pervade the entire world, not just Europe itself. In the context of this blog, the regulations and policies regarding renewable energy, as well as the goals enshrined in the Paris Accords are prime examples of how Europe makes its mark on the world.
The Finnish born globe-trotter and laywer Anu Bradford makes the case that Europe is anything but a declining and irrelevant power in the world.
[amazon.com] – The Brussels Effect: How the European Union Rules the World
[thinkgeoenergy.com] – Simplified overview on planned Lithium production from geothermal operations
[latimes.com] – Lithium start-up backed by Bill Gates seeks a breakthrough at the Salton Sea
[latimes.com] – Lithium will fuel the clean energy boom. This company may have a breakthrough
[wikipedia.org] – Salton Sea
The Dutch Court of Audit has calculated that currently the installation price of offshore wind has declined to € 1500-2000 per kW or € B1.5-2.0 per GW.
De Algemene Rekenkamer onderzocht ook de oorzaak van die prijsdaling. Die komt vooral door verlaging van de bouwkosten per geïnstalleerd vermogen, die is van € 2500-3000 per kW zijn gedaald naar € 1500-2000 per kW. Dat komt door de plaatsing van grotere en verbeterde windturbines, dalende staalprijzen, betere samenwerking tussen de betrokken bedrijven en gunstiger leenvoorwaarden.
[deingenieur.nl] – Wind op Zee Kost Ruim 12,5 Miljard Euro
Als onderdeel van het nationale klimaatakkoord zijn 30 nederlandse regio’s gevraagd om met een plan van aanpak te komen van hoe zij gedenken energie te kunnen opwekken, c.q. te bespraren, in de eigen regio. M.a.w. om per regio te komen met een Regionale Energiestrategie (RES) voor 2030 en de langere termijn 2050. De RES moet vele partijen bij elkaar brengen: provincies, gemeenten, waterschappen, netbeheerders, burgers, bedrijven en maatschappelijke organisaties.
Concept RES pdf’s hier: [we.tl]
Concept RES moet resulteren in RES 1.0 die op 1 juli 2021 klaar moet zijn.
De regio Zuidoost-Brabant waarom het hier gaat:
Doel: de regio voorziet voor 2030 een duurzame electriciteitsopwekking van 2 TWh, op te wekken middels zon en wind, voldoende voor het verbruik van 700.000 huishoudens. Het nederlandse doel voor 2030 is 35 TWh. ZO-Brabant heeft 334.000 huishoudens. Afgezet tegen het huidige totaal verbruik van electriciteit van 5.55 TWh, komt dit neer op 36% duurzame electriciteit in 2030, een bescheiden doelstelling. De intentie is om voor 2025 de bouwvergunningen gereed te hebben. Al in 2021 moet besloten worden welke wijken van het aardgas af gaan. Energiebesparing is mogelijk nog belangrijker dan energieopwekking.
In de regio is al 0.7 TWh geinstalleerd of is in de pijplijn.
According to Forbes:
German startup Sinn Power has developed a modular maritime platform able to generate renewable energy from waves, wind and solar sources. Starting later this summer, it hopes to offer solar panel manufacturers the chance to test and demonstrate photovoltaic arrays on a floating platform off the Greek coast as part of an off-grid energy solution.
It’s feasible that wave energy equipment can be made reliable, just as the offshore drilling industry has demonstrated with its hardware – but it’s very expensive. The sector was non-competitive 20 years ago and is even less competitive now, with the advent of cheap natural gas, offshore wind, and onshore solar.
Our attitude: we wish them success, but our money remains on traditional offshore wind in NW-Europe and large solar arrays in sunny countries.
[sinnpower.com] – Company site
[forbes.com] – First Floating Ocean Hybrid Platform Can Generate Power From Waves, Wind And Solar
[pv-magazine.com] – Solar arrays on wave energy generators, along with wind turbines
[cleantechnica.com] – German Company Combines Wind, Wave, & Solar Power In One System
[Google Maps] – Test location: breakwater wall in Iraklio, Crete, Greece.
Travelling by plane is environmentally the worst mode of transport, not in the least because a plane is so fast and huge amount of kilometres can be bridged in a single “travel session”. A holiday flight from, say, London, Amsterdam or Berlin to Malaga is ca. 4600 km in total or 1150 kg CO2 per passenger. The average daily commute of 34 km by car (Netherlands) in contrast is 5.8 kg. Commuting over an entire year causes only slightly more emissions than that inner-European holiday flight. If autonomous driving would finally take off, further reductions per passenger would be possible. Flights to the US, Egypt, Thailand, not to mention Australia, transcend that calculation by a multiple. Commuting can and increasingly is done with an e-vehicle.
Prices for aardgas (“earth gas”) as natural gas is known in the Netherlands, have plummeted to ca. 4 cent/m3, a historic low. Corona is an important factor, but prices had already come down before the virus. Oil prices dived below zero for a brief moment earlier. Good for the economy, not good for the transition.
Due to taxes, consumer prices didn’t change and remained at ca. 22 cent/m3.
According to Robert Laughlin (Stanford University), winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics, power-heat-power storage units (known as Carnot batteries) will be the key technology for storing large quantities of energy in a carbon-neutral energy system of the future. In a Carnot battery, energy is converted into heat at a temperature between 90°C and 500°C by using a high-temperature heat pump. This heat is stored inexpensively in water (90°C) or molten salt (500°C) and reconverted into energy through a thermal power process, when required. A valuable added beneft of Carnot batteries is their ability to supply heat and cooling in addition to stored energy.
[dlr.de] – Carnot batteries – Low-cost and location-independent energy storage in the gigawatt hour range
[dlr.de] – Carnot Batteries
[iwcb2020.besl-eventservice.de] – 2nd International Workshop on Carnot Batteries 2020
Consortium: Asahi, Mitsui en Mitsubishi and others
Battery: 3.5 MWh
Cargo: 500 ton liquids/1300 m3
Range: 6 hours full throttle
Application: “last mile”, bunkering at sea from oil-tankers. The ship “glues” itself to large oil-tankers with magnets.
[mol.co.jp] – ‘e5 Consortium’ Established to Promote Zero-Emission Electric Vessel
Corona stimulation thingy, the Chinese government will love it.
In Italy, 72% or 19 million households own the home they are living in. In international comparison the average Italian mortgage is a ridiculously low 19k euro. The average Dutch mortgage in contrast is 210k. The real reason why Italy has a high public debt and the Dutch a low, is because the Dutch dutifully pay their taxes where Italians don’t. The latter prefer to illegally pay off their homes, have 3 times the wealth/household as compared to the Dutch (due to paid-off real estate) and next have the nerve to call for “European solidarity” and curse the Dutch and others for not helping lowering the Italians public debt. Even the pope denounced the Italians as tax dodgers. Bloomberg reports an Italian tax evasion rate of 30% and 108B euros in 2016 alone.
And now they are getting a solar system for free, adding to public debt, increasing “Italian need to be bailed-out” (by NW-Europe of course). Italy, the next Greece in the making. What Italy really needs is either go back to the Lira, so the government can print the money it needs at 10% inflation/year, like in the old shabby pre-euro days OR every household gets a 40k mortgage to compensate for the tax-dodging of the past. It is high time for rich Italy and a surplus nation, to become a serious country and get rid of its mafia image.
European solidarity yes, funding tax-dodgers no.
The Italian public debt is 2.1 trillion, the wealth of Italian households is 9.7 trillion. It is high time for the Italian people to show some solidarity with their own state and shift, say 1 trillion, from the households to the government via a national solidarity mortgage. The West-Germans did something similar to the East-Germans after reunification. Time for a European-wide anti-Italian shaming campaign.
Pay your f* taxes!
Nord Stream-2 pipes in the harbor of Sassnitz-Germany, waiting to “get laid”. Symbolically, in the background an offshore installation vessel is moored. That vessel represents the future, the pipes the outgoing fossil fuel era.
…obstacles that have slowed the project’s completion, including Germany’s energy regulator declining to grant a waiver of European Union gas directives to the operators of the pipeline this month, would only result in higher gas prices for Europe, the TASS news agency reported.
Position of two Russian pipe-laying vessels, both currently moored near Sassnitz-Ruegen:
BEIJING, April 2, 2020 /CNW/ — GCL System Integration Technology Co., Ltd. (GCL-SI) (002506.SZ), a leading PV company in China, recently announced a plan to build a 60GW module factory in Hefei, capital of east China’sAnhui Province. According to the agreement it signed with the Government of Feidong County recently, GCL-SI will invest a total of 18 billion yuan in the project which will be built in four phases, each with a production capacity of 15GW, from 2020 to 2023. The first phase requires a total investment of 5 billion yuan and is expected to start operation this year. Upon completion of the project, GCL-SI will have the world’s largest module production capacity, said the company.
Note that the annual output of this factory would be larger than what Germany installed over 30 years! Oh and Michael Moore is an idiot.