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LightYear One Solar Car to be Built in Finland

The world’s first solar car is going to be produced in Finland, not in Helmond, the Netherlands, a setback for the VDL group in Eindhoven. This car, with several m2 integrated solar panels, adding about 13,000 km2 “free solar km” in a meteorological gray country like the Netherlands, is a brainchild of a group of students from the Technical University of Eindhoven in the Netherlands. VDL is still in the race to produce the first solar car for the mass market in 2024.

[] – Helmondse zonneauto wordt gebouwd door Finse Valmet: Lightyear passeert VDL Nedcar
[deepresource] – Our Lightyear One posts

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Today’s Renewable Energy Headlines

[twitter] Amsterdam 1953. No.Ugly.Cars.

[] – Finland Sheds More Light on Major Offshore Wind Project

Finnish state-owned enterprise Metsähallitus plans to have the Korsnäs offshore wind farm up and running as early as 2028. Metsähallitus, which is currently in the process of selecting a partner to jointly develop the project, said that the wind farm, located some 15 kilometres off the coast of the municipality of Korsnäs, will have a minimum capacity of 1,400 MW.

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Sensible 4 – Last Mile Autonomous Driving in Finland

[] – Official site
[] – The world’s first commercial all-weather level 4 shuttle bus software will be released in 2022

MULTIPLHY – Multi-MW High Temperature Electrolyser

Electrolysis of steam rather than liquid water has a much higher efficiency, practically up to 85%, in theory even higher than 100%. Energetically it makes sense to do this if steam is available from an industrial processes, or alernatively from a CSP-plant. In Rotterdam in the Netherlands, a consortium of European organisations is busy building a 2.6 MW plant to electrolyze steam or ca. 65 kg hydrogen/hour. Later they hope to scale that up to 100 MW. The initial project will run until 2024, that is 16,000 operating hours and 960 ton hydrogen produced.

The project involves Neste, worlds’s leading provider of renewable diesel and renewable jet fuel, and as key technology partners the French research organisation CEA, plant builder Paul Wurth, the energy utility ENGIE and the cleantech company Sunfire. The consortium will install, integrate and operate the world’s first high-temperature electrolyser (HTE) system in multi-megawatt-scale. The project consortium led by CEA, as project coordinator, is part of the EU Horizon 2020 FCH2-JU program with an overall funding of EUR 6.9 million.

A group of companies led by French public research organisation CEA plans to install a 2.6-MW high-temperature electrolyser (HTE) to produce green hydrogen in Rotterdam. The capacity could at a later stage be expanded up to 100 MW, according to the announcement on Wednesday.

The project is being developed at Neste’s renewable products refinery in Rotterdam. It will demonstrate the integration of HTE in an industrial refining process. The system will be able to make 60 kg of green hydrogen per hour reaching an electrical efficiency of up to 85% AC to LHV H2.

[] – MULTIPLHY – Green hydrogen for renewable products refinery
[] – Neste to host green hydrogen production
[] – What is Horizon 2020?
[] – Horizon Europe
[] – Consortium launches 2.6 MW Rotterdam green hydrogen project
[] – GrlnHy-2.0 project site (Green Industrial Hydrogen via Steam Electrolysis)
[] – Grüner Wasserstoff für Raffinerie in Rotterdam

Sunfire steam-to-hydrogen electrolyser in a steel factory in Salzgitter, Germany. Capacity 150 kW or 40 Nm3 (40 m3 at 1 bar and 0 C) per hour, with an electrolysis efficiency of more than 80%. In the fuel cell mode, the module in reverse can generate 30 kW.

Autonomous E-Busses in Hamburg, Utah and Finland

Developments in Growing Food in an Age of Climate Change

Scientists in the Netherlands say they are close to a breakthrough which will allow crops to be grown in deserts. Many say this could completely alter life on the African continent and even end hunger. World leaders meeting at the climate talks in Germany are being urged to commit to more funding for new agricultural projects in drought-stricken parts of the world.

  • productivity: 900 head of lettuce per m2 (200 kg). Any other crop will do as well.
  • 1 hectare (100m x 100m): 4 workers, mainly supervising. Planting, watering, harvesting, packaging, all automated
  • production: around the year, completely planned, meaning little necessity for storage. Straight from the “field” to the super market
  • these production facilities can be build next to Amsterdam, Stoke-on-Trent, Johannesburg, Riaydh, Reykjavik, anywhere. Almost complete independence from environmental conditions
  • almost no transportation cost: production next to consumers
  • lights from leds doesn’t take that much energy. And if you don’t stack, you can let in sunlight (Summer)
  • Water requirements: near zero. All water remains in the building, apart from the small quantities embedded in the product

[] – “900 kroppen sla per vierkante meter en slechts 4 arbeiders per hectare”

Building Onshore Wind Turbine Foundations

[] – Peikko Group

Kutsuplus – The Smart Bus That Acts Like A Taxi

Add the usage of location aware mobile phones and smart algorithms to a public transport system and you get Kutsuplus. Use your mobile phone to express the parameters of your transport needs and you will be picked up by a vehicle. That sounds like a taxi, but it is not, since you are likely to share the vehicle with others. The price is accordingly between a bus ticket and a taxi fare.


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