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Netherlands – Large LNG Imports

Dark = 2022, light 2021. Share LNG imports related to total gas consumption in percentages. Note that in the summer much less gas is consumed than in the winter.

The Netherlands manages to import surprising amounts of LNG, because it has an LNG-terminal in Rotterdam, the usefulness of which was long in doubt. No more.

Due to US imperial adventures in Ukraine, Germany is now forced to build 2 LNG-terminals Brunsbüttel and Wilhelmshaven “at Tesla-speed”.

[] – Liquefied natural gas (LNG)
[] – Uniper to build, operate Germany’s first LNG terminal in Wilhelmshaven

Sono Sion Solar Car

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Imagine a car that can charge using the sun, can generate an income via a car sharing scheme and is also affordable to buy. Sounds like a pipe dream, right? Think again – say hello to Sono Motors’ Sion electric car.

Jack heads to Northern Munich to see how the 2015 prototype of the Sion has advanced to a 2021 version which has 7.5 square metres of solar panels now beautifully integrated into this spacious and practical electric car. With an average of 70 miles of range being added every week from being just parked outside, and up to 150 on a sunny week, you could feasibly do all of your driving using solar power. But don’t panic, you can still charge by plug if you need extra miles!

Yes, the Sion might lack luxury and have less tech than other electric cars on the market, but this is what is so great about it as they have designed this car to make it affordable. Also, which other EV do you know of that has moss inside the dashboard? It’s straightforward, simple and makes so much sense.

0:00 Sunny recharge
1:40 Prototype to production
2:49 So much solar
4:14 Battery & charging
5:08 Familiar face
6:37 Internal moss!
8:04 What’s new?
9:03 First drive
10:32 Always charging
11:24 Super solar panels
12:23 Flat floor
13:05 Why matte black?
13:46 Make you money
14:55 Big, boxy boot
15:57 Just the one Sion
16:23 When & how much?
17:25 Just makes sense

[deepresource] – Lightyear One

47.6% Efficiency with III-V Four-Junction CPV Cell

Fraunhofer ISE have improved the performance of a cell structure originally developed by France’s Soitec in 2014. The German scientists managed to reduce resistance losses and the reflection on the cell front side… French CPV specialist Soitec, which originally developed the cell structure, achieved a 46% efficiency for one of its most powerful devices back in 2014.

[] – Fraunhofer ISE achieves 47.6% efficiency with III-V four-junction CPV cell

North Sea to Become World’s Largest Green Power Plant

Signing ceremony in Esbjerg today

Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark and Belgium signed several agreements today in Esbjerg, Denmark, related to a newly decided massive expansion of wind energy plans. This is about 150 GW wind capacity in the North Sea until 2050, subsea interconnectors, energy islands to collect and distribute electricity to the EU and the production of hydrogen.

Nothing is being decided that hadn’t already been identified as potential. It is just that events in Ukraine has hardened the resolve to realize that potential, no ifs or buts. From now on, it’s all systems go. It’s unclear, however, how this joint 150 GW is going to be distributed over the 4 cooperating countries.

Additionally, the ambition is to phase out Russian fossil fuel completely by 2027 from the EU.

[] – 150 GW target set by Four EU Countries for 2050
[] – Four countries pledge tenfold rise in EU offshore wind power capacity
[] – Noordzeelanden gaan capaciteit windparken vertienvoudigen

Previous posts regarding intentions North Sea wind:

[deepresource] – Overview Dutch Offshore Wind Effort until 2030 and Beyond

March 2021: Dutch plans 11 GW by 2030. A consortium estimates that eventually, 60 GW will be installed in the Dutch part of the North Sea.

[deepresource] – Green Light for Extra New Dutch Offshore Wind Parks

March 2022: the Netherlands plans to double its ambition, 21 GW by 2030.

[deepresource] – Denmark Approves 10 GW Energy Island in North Sea (Feb 2021)

First Autonomous Driving Vehicle Certified in Germany

Autonomous driving was in principle already allowed in Germany by law, now the first vehicle has been certified to make it actually happen: the Mercedes-Benz EQS. The initial possibilities are very limited: max. speed 60 khm, which boils down to automatic driving in traffic jams.

Nevertheless, this is a very significant development, as autonomous driving opens the possibility to eliminate private car ownership for large segments of the population, without losing the option on affordable private door-to-door transport for everybody. It is basically shared taxi-driving without the expensive chauffeur.

Thanks to the reckless western policies regarding Russia-Ukraine, autonomous driving could unintentionally be soaring after the to be expected fuel shortages materialize.

[] – Freihändig über die Autobahn
[] – Gesetz zum autonomen Fahren: Diese Regeln gelten
[deepresource] – “By 2030 You Won’t Own a Car”

InterSolar Munich 2022

German language video

Overview of one of the largest renewable energy fairs in the world, the InterSolar 2022 in Munich.

[] – Official site
[] – InterSolar

Wie Klimafreundlich Sind E-Autos Wirklich? – Harald Lesch

All-German Post.

Wie klimafreundlich sind E-Autos? Dieser Frage geht Harald Lesch in einer neuen Folge von Terra X auf den Grund – mit teilweise verblüffenden Erkenntnissen. Er korrigiert sich damit selbst, hatte er vor drei Jahren im selben Format doch noch ein Plädoyer für Wasserstoff gehalten.

[] – TV-Professor rechnet alles durch: Darum ändert Lesch seine Meinung zu E-Autos

Droht ein Energie-Blackout? Ex-Eon-Chef Klärt Auf.

German language video.

Spoiler: total black-out in Germany, no, but rationing is very well possible.

You can thank the US for that situation and their insatiable drive to try to subdue countries, until they own the entire world.

[0:45] No total blackout, but energy rationing is possible.
[2:30] Large industrial clients will be rationed first, private households last.
[3:30] It is not just energy, but oil and gas are an essential part as a chemical resource in production chains.
[7:00] Gas and oil from Russia are irreplaceable, not in the short term.
[10:00] Nobody believes in new nuclear power stations in Germany. No skills, no public support.
[10:50] In case of an energy supply emergency and if politics requests it, life extension of old nuclear power stations should be possible for a few years.
[13:00] Switching off nuclear power went too quick in Germany.
[18:00] Yes, the transition is possible, but the public will need to be taken to the task and be told the truth about expansion of the grid, of massive interference of renewable sources in the landscape, etc. With the current prevailing mentality of not in my backyard, it is not going to succeed.
[18:45] Germany will never be able to cover all its primary energy needs locally. Imports will be necessary (H2, NH3, etc.)
[19:50] Fairly optimistic about affordable price levels for imported hydrogen from countries like Australia or Saudi-Arabia.
[21:20] Gas prices for non-Russian gas could easily double.
[25:40] The bad news is that the energy crisis is only happening in Europe, which will have bad repercussions for Europe’s competitiveness.
[26:00] The energy crisis already began in Q4-2021, but Ukraine made it worse.
[26:40] Germany and Europe will have to live with less wealth and could last for a generation.

Photo-Voltaic Solar Film for 10 $/m2

The Australian university of New Castle wants to travel around their vast continent-island (15,000 km) in a Tesla, powered by an 18 m long “carpet” of solar film.

These carpets can be rolled out over grasslands or beaches in the winter, as a temporary solution. Or mounted against garden fences.

[] – Australian scientists to fit Tesla with printed solar panels in 15,000 km test ride
[] – 15.000 Kilometer Strecke – mit gedruckten Solarpaneelen

In Dresden, Germany, the firm Heliathek is producing solar films as well:

[] – Company site

Read more…

Siemens-Gamesa B115 Recyclable Blade

[] – Siemens Gamesa is now producing 115-meter-long offshore wind turbine blades

Spanish-German wind giant Siemens Gamesa has started production of its first B115 blades at its facility in Aalborg, Denmark. The blades will be used on its SG 14-236 DD offshore wind turbine, which will have an output of 14 MW and a rotor diameter of 236 meters (774 feet).

[source] Siemens-Gamesa facility in Aalborg, Denmark

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