Mar 13, 2018

Eindhoven University of Technology has developed the world’s most sustainable electric car

Electric Vehicles
Europe
Sophie Chapman
2 min
The Noah EV is allegedly the most sustainable electric car in the world, developed in the Netherlands
Students at the Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands, have manufactured what they have dubbed as the world’s most sustainable el...

Students at the Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands, have manufactured what they have dubbed as the world’s most sustainable electric car.

The fully electric vehicle, dubbed ‘Noah’, was produced using more than 90% renewable materials.

The two-seater ecomotive car is made from biocomposite, primarily made from flax, which considered to be more sustainable to create as well as recyclable.

The vehicle has been fitted with a polylactic acid matrix, rather than a polypropylene one, a renewable material.

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The sandwich panel used for Noah’s chassis has been developed with the flax biocomposite and a honeycomb structure created with sugarcane, making the two-material chassis is entirely recyclable.

The car weighs approximately 350kg, making it an efficient vehicle to drive. With the optimised drivetrain system the students have called “smesh gear” the car can reach 97% efficiency during acceleration and 100% at constant speed.

The Eindhoven University of Technology has developed six modular batteries to power the electromotors.

The car has been designed to enable it to be used for carsharing, as it features NFC scanners on the doors which can be scanned by a mobile device and driven by a new user.

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Apr 23, 2021

Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition

Drax
Biomass
Sustainability
BECCS
Dominic Ellis
2 min
Drax is advancing biomass following Pinnacle acquisition it reported in a trading update

Drax' recently completed acquisition of Pinnacle more than doubles its sustainable biomass production capacity and significantly reduces its cost of production, it reported in a trading update.

The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.

The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).

Drax CEO Will Gardiner said its Q1 performance had been "robust", supported by the sale of Drax Generation Enterprise, which holds four CCGT power stations, to VPI Generation.

This summer Drax will undertake maintenance on its CfD(2) biomass unit, including a high-pressure turbine upgrade to reduce maintenance costs and improve thermal efficiency, contributing to lower generation costs for Drax Power Station.

In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.

The limitations on BECCS are not technology but supply, with every gigatonne of CO2 stored per year requiring approximately 30-40 million hectares of BECCS feedstock, according to the Global CCS Institute. Nonetheless, BECCS should be seen as an essential complement to the required, wide-scale deployment of CCS to meet climate change targets, it concludes.

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