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The European Commission has today proposed an outline of a plan to make Europe independent from Russian fossil fuels well before 2030, starting with gas, in light of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

This plan also outlines a series of measures to respond to rising energy prices in Europe and to replenish gas stocks for next winter. Europe has been facing increased energy prices for several months, but now uncertainty on supply is exacerbating the problem. REPowerEU will seek to diversify gas supplies, speed up the roll-out of renewable gases and replace gas in heating and power generation. This can reduce EU demand for Russian gas by two thirds before the end of the year.

“Reducing Russian gas with 2/3, before the end of the year?”. What have you been smoking, Frans Timmermans? We remember Robert Habeck, standing hat-in-hand with dignitaries from Qatar, begging for gas. They made it clear that not a single molecule will be diverted before 2024.

[] – REPowerEU: Joint European action for more affordable, secure and sustainable energy

European Oil Majors Most Transition Ready – Bloomberg

According to a new BloombergNEF report:

European oil and gas majors, such as Shell, continue to lead the transformation in the energy space toward cleaner alternatives that will not only help curb global warming, but likely will allow those companies and their investors to survive the coming decades.

U.S. and broader North American concerns, on the other hand, including Chevron CVX, +1.34%, greatly lag their global counterparts in this pursuit, according to a new report out Monday.

In the top 10: 8 European, 1 Japanese and 1 Thai, no US oil companies.

1. Shell
2. Total
3. Repsol

[] – Chevron, Suncor and other North American energy giants sharply lag European rivals in ‘green transition’ scorecard

Is Dit de Auto van de Toekomst? | VPRO Tegenlicht

(Entire post and videos in Dutch language)

YouTube tekst:

Wat begon als een studentenchallenge, is nu de basis voor stekkerloze mobiliteit. Rijden we binnenkort allemaal in zonne-auto’s?

Dit is een fragment uit ‘rijden op zon’. Kijk de hele uitzending hier:

De zonne-auto, een elektrische auto met ingebouwde zonnepanelen, komt in 2022 op de markt. En deze solar mobility-sector wordt nu eens niet door het machtige Silicon Valley aangevoerd, maar door Nederland.

Vanaf 2030 mogen er in Nederland geen nieuwe auto’s worden verkocht die op benzine of diesel rijden. Maar waar gaan we dan op rijden? Elektrisch rijden gaat binnenkort een nieuwe dimensie krijgen. Waar we nu nog steeds een stekker in het stopcontact moeten steken om de auto op te laden zou het zomaar kunnen zijn dat de zon een belangrijk deel van het opladen van onze auto’s gaat overnemen.

VPRO Tegenlicht bekijkt in Rijden op zon de kersverse modellen en spreekt de ontwerpers over hun dromen en de hinderpalen.

[] – Rijden op de zon, volledige uitzending
[deepresource] – Lightyear One posts

Onder nederlandse condities hoeft de Lightyear One 5 keer minder vaak aan de stekker dan een gewone e-auto.

Airbus Contemplates Producing Own Hydrogen Engines

Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury has hinted in an interview that his company contemplates producing its own engines, fueled by hydrogen. Target date: 2035.

[] – Airbus may make engines for hydrogen fuelled planes, CEO tells paper
[] – Das Wasserstoff-Flugzeug nimmt Gestalt an
[] – Hydrogen-powered aircraft

Zero-Emission Buses Penetration EU

The graph shows a wide type variety of new buses in the European Union. In Greece and Ireland, even all new buses are still powered by diesel, where in the Netherlands almost all are either full electric (81%) or hybrid.

[] – Netherlands leads the way on new electric buses

VW in Lithium Mining Deal in Germany


The world’s largest automaker Volkswagen has signed a deal with German-Australian company Vulcan to purchase 32-42 kiloton of battery grade lithium hydroxide, enough for about 1 million vehicles. The lithium will be mined by Vulcan in the German Rhine Valley. First lithium will be available for VW as of 2026. The deal has potential for further expansion. The lithium will be extracted in a climate-neutral fashion.

[] – Vulcan Energy inks lithium offtake agreement with Volkswagen
[] – Lithium extraction company Vulcan adds VW to customer line-up
[deepresource] – Significant Lithium Reserves In European Groundwater
[deepresource] – Germany Could Be Sitting on Large Lithium Reserves
[deepresource] – German Lithium

Plan Energietransitie Gemeente Eindhoven

All Dutch municipalities need to produce a proposal before the end of 2021, about how they think to get rid of natural gas before 2050 (“transitievisie warmte”). Here is the result for the city of Eindhoven, of direct interest for yours faithfully (yellow area = heat net 50-70 C, based on electricity, so likely a collective heat pump).

[] – Hoe stookt de Eindhovenaar straks zijn woning warm? Een eerste heel voorzichtig antwoord van de gemeente
[] – Transitievisie warmte

Paris’ Grand Plan to Become Europe’s Greenest City

Japanese Consortium to Build Electric Bunker Ship

Operational date: 2022
Consortium: Mitsui, Asahi Tanker and Mitsubishi
Cargo: 500 ton
Battery: 3.5 MWh
Power: 600 kW
Operational time: 6 hours, full load

[] – e5 Project
[] – 7 Japanese companies form e5 Consortium
[] – ‘e5 Consortium’ Established to Promote Zero-Emission Electric Vessel

The Netherlands 42% Renewable Electricity during Week 30


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