May 17, 2018

Nissan’s attempt to enter the solar market on its own for first time

Solar
Electric Vehicles
Sophie Chapman
2 min
The Japanese automobile manufacturer, Nissan, has announced plans to enter the solar market without partnering with utiliti...

The Japanese automobile manufacturer, Nissan, has announced plans to enter the solar market without partnering with utilities.

This will mark the first time the firm has created a home energy system without the backing of a utility.

Nissan has launched a solar, storage, and electric vehicle (EV) charging system that claims it can save households two-thirds on energy bills, no matter the supplier.

The system, dubbed Nissan Energy Solar, will allow users to generate their own electricity from solar panels, which can then be stored in a battery and later used to charge EVs.

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Earlier this year, the manufacture had worked on similar projects with the European utility based in Essen, E.ON, as well as the British energy supplier, OVO Energy.

“Nissan Energy Solar is a complete system for home energy generation, management and storage,” commented Gareth Dunsmore, Electric Vehicle Director at Nissan Europe.

“It enables UK homeowners to make significant savings on their household electricity bills, and become champions of sustainability and green technology.”

“What you see today is something that is only powered by Nissan – it is the first time we are stepping into the energy space without an energy utility behind us,” noted Francisco Carranza, Managing Director of Energy Services at Nissan.

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Jun 7, 2021

Trafigura and Yara International explore clean ammonia usage

Shipping
fuel
Decarbonisation
ammonia
Dominic Ellis
2 min
Commodity trading company Trafigura and Yara International sign MoU to explore developing ammonia as a clean fuel in shipping

Independent commodity trading company Trafigura and Yara International have signed an MoU to explore developing ammonia as a clean fuel in shipping and ammonia fuel infrastructure.

Reducing shipping emissions is a vital component of the fight against global climate change, yet Greenhouse Gas emissions from the global maritime sector are increasing - and at odds with the IMO's strategy to cut absolute emissions by at least 50% by 2050. 

How more than 70,000 ships can decrease their reliance on carbon-based sources is one of transport's most pressing decarbonisation challenges.

Yara and Trafigura intend to collaborate on initiatives that will establish themselves in the clean ammonia value chain. Under the MoU announced today, Trafigura and Yara intend to work together in the following areas:

  • The supply of clean ammonia by Yara to Trafigura Group companies
  • Exploration of joint R&D initiatives for clean ammonia application as a marine fuel
  • Development of new clean ammonia assets including marine fuel infrastructure and market opportunities

Magnus Krogh Ankarstrand, President of Yara Clean Ammonia, said the agreement is a good example of cross-industry collaboration to develop and promote zero-emission fuel in the form of clean ammonia for the shipping industry. "Building clean ammonia value chains is critical to facilitate the transition to zero emission fuels by enabling the hydrogen economy – not least within trade and distribution where both Yara and Trafigura have leading capabilities. Demand and supply of clean ammonia need to be developed in tandem," he said.  

There is a growing consensus that hydrogen-based fuels will ultimately be the shipping fuels of the future, but clear and comprehensive regulation is essential, according to Jose Maria Larocca, Executive Director and Co-Head of Oil Trading for Trafigura.

Ammonia has a number of properties that require "further investigation," according to Wartsila. "It ignites and burns poorly compared to other fuels and is toxic and corrosive, making safe handling and storage important. Burning ammonia could also lead to higher NOx emissions unless controlled either by aftertreatment or by optimising the combustion process," it notes.

Trafigura has co-sponsored the R&D of MAN Energy Solutions’ ammonia-fuelled engine for maritime vessels, has performed in-depth studies of transport fuels with reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and has published a white paper on the need for a global carbon levy for shipping fuels to be introduced by International Maritime Organization.

Oslo-based Yara produces roughly 8.5 million tonnes of ammonia annually and employs a fleet of 11 ammonia carriers, including 5 fully owned ships, and owns 18 marine ammonia terminals with 580 kt of storage capacity – enabling it to produce and deliver ammonia across the globe.

It recently established a new clean ammonia unit to capture growth opportunities in emission-free fuel for shipping and power, carbon-free fertilizer and ammonia for industrial applications.

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