Aug 14, 2014

Germany Hits Renewable Energy Use Milestone

Green Energy
2 min
In the first half of 2014, Germany generated 31 percent of its energy from renewable sources, setting a new record. The Fraunhofer Institute report f...

In the first half of 2014, Germany generated 31 percent of its energy from renewable sources, setting a new record. The Fraunhofer Institute report found that non-hyrdo renewable energy usage at 27 percent, up 3 points from last year’s 24.

Renewables International called 2014 a “bumper year” for renewable.

“Solar grew by 28 percent in the first half of 2014 relative to Q1 & Q2 2013, while 19 percent more wind power was generated,” their analysis read. “Solar and wind alone made up a whopping 17 percent of power generation, up from around 12-13 percent in the past few years.”

While Germany is still a major consumer of coal and natural gas, both percentages fell this year with gas losing as many as 25 percentage points.

While the U.S. produces far more renewable energy than Germany, it still ultimately falls short in percentages. Renewable energy growth in the U.S. also falls flat when compared to Germany’s.

The international community is taking note of Germany’s efforts, as Rose Jacobs points out in her Newsweek piece, “Doing it the German Way.”

“Green, do-gooding Germans have long been at the sharp end of jokes, often for good reason,” she writes. “Their water conservation efforts were so enthusiastic in the 1990s and early 2000s that by 2009 sewage systems were suffering from too little water running through them. But today there isn’t a government that wouldn’t want its own citizens to follow suit.”

Bloomberg’s Caroline Winter believes this approach will help further Germany’s efforts.

“This same environmental spirit may eventually help Germany wean itself off natural gas imports from undesirable sources such as Russia,” she writes, “which currently supplies more than a third of its oil and gas.”

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Jul 28, 2021

UK Nissan fleet owners receive commercial charging service

Dominic Ellis
3 min
V2G technology developed by DREEV can recharge an EV battery when electricity is at its cheapest, and discharge excess energy to sell back into the grid

UK fleet owners of Nissan Leaf and e-NV200 models can avail of a new commercial charging service using vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology.

The service, designed to support the grid through low carbon energy consumption, is being provided by EDF, through Group subsidiary DREEV, in partnership with Nissan.

The V2G technology developed by DREEV, which is a joint venture between EDF and Nuvve, which specialises in V2G technology, allows for two-way energy flow; both recharging an EV’s battery when electricity is at its cheapest, and discharging excess energy to sell back into the grid. 

Fleet customers will save around £350 savings per charger each year, which equates to approximately 9,000 miles of driving charge per year.

EDF’s V2G business solution includes:

  • The supply and installation of a two-way connected compact 11kW charger capable of fully charging a Nissan LEAF, depending on the battery model, in 3 hours and 30 minutes - 50 per cent faster than a standard charger - with integrated DREEV technology.

  • A dedicated DREEV smart phone app, to define the vehicles’ driving energy requirements, track their state of charge in real time, and control charging at any time

Philip Valarino, Interim Head of EV Projects at EDF, said today’s announcement marks an important step on the UK’s journey towards electric mobility. "By combining the expertise and capabilities of EDF, Nissan and Dreev we have produced a solution that could transform the EV market as we look to help the UK in its journey to achieve Net Zero," he said. “Our hope is that forward-thinking businesses across the country will be persuaded to convert their traditional fleets to electric, providing them with both an environmental and economic advantage in an increasingly crowded market.”

Andrew Humberstone, Managing Director, NMGB, said Nissan has been a pioneer in 100% electric mobility since 2010, and the integration of electric vehicles into the company is at the heart of Nissan's vision for intelligent mobility.

He added the Nissan LEAF, with more than half a million units already sold worldwide - is the only model today to allow V2G two-way charging and offers economic opportunities for businesses "that no other electric vehicle does today". Click here for more information. 

US updates

FirstEnergy Corp, which aims to electrify 30% of its approximately 3,400 light duty and aerial fleet vehicles by 2030, has joined the Electric Highway Coalition. The group of electric companies, which has grown to 14 members, is committed to enabling long-distance EV travel through a network of EV fast-charging stations connecting major highway systems.  

The Edison Electric Institute estimates 18 million EVs will be on US roads by 2030. While many drivers recognize the benefits of driving an EV, some are concerned with the availability of charging stations during long road trips. Through their unified efforts, the members of the EHC are addressing this "range anxiety" and demonstrating to customers that EVs are a smart choice for traveling long distances as well as driving around town.

Volta Industries has installed new charging stations at Safeway in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, and Renton, Washington.

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