October’s Energy Digital magazine is now live, featuring the World Energy Council
The World Energy Council, Prysmian Australia and Envac all appear exclusively in October’s edition of Energy Digital magazine.
First up is Angela Wilkinson, newly appoint chief of the World Energy Council’s scenarios portfolio - a portfolio comprising three predicted outcomes based on the decisions made by enterprise and government today. Wilkinson discusses her new role as well as her views on how business and politics need to approach the every-present environmental challenges facing the world.
With recent devastation caused in the United States and Caribbean by several hurricanes, our second feature explores how utilities companies can harness the power of integration in disaster operations management.
Other exclusive insights come from interviews with Prysmian Australia, Proserv and Envac, all of which have exciting ongoing projects underway around various parts of the world.
Finally, our top 10 looks at the most sustainable cities in the US. A huge study by WalletHub of 100 cities has been narrowed down to the 10 best examples, with California faring particularly compared to the rest of the country. Find out what these cities are doing to boost their sustainable credentials.
Toyota unveils electric van and Volvo opens fuel cell lab
Toyota is launching its first zero emission battery electric vehicle, the Proace Electric medium-duty panel van, across Europe.
The model, which offers a choice of 50 or 75kWh lithium-ion batteries with range of up to 205 miles, is being rolled out in the UK, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Sweden.
At present, alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs, including battery electric vehicles) account for only a fraction – around 1.8 per cent – of new light commercial van sales in the UK, but a number of factors are accelerating demand for practical alternatives to vans with conventional internal combustion engines.
Low and zero emission zones are coming into force to reduce local pollution and improve air quality in urban centres, at the same time as rapid growth in ecommerce is generating more day-to-day delivery traffic.
Meanwhile the opening of Volvo's first dedicated fuel cell test lab in Volvo Group, marks a significant milestone in the manufacturer’s ambition to be fossil-free by 2040.
Fuel cells work by combining hydrogen with oxygen, with the resulting chemical reaction producing electricity. The process is completely emission-free, with water vapour being the only by-product.
Toni Hagelberg, Head of Sustainable Power at Volvo CE, says fuel cell technology is a key enabler of sustainable solutions for heavier construction machines, and this investment provides another vital tool in its work to reach targets.
"The lab will also serve Volvo Group globally, as it’s the first to offer this kind of advanced testing," he said.
The Fuel Cell Test Lab is a demonstration of the same dedication to hydrogen fuel cell technology, as the recent launch of cell centric, a joint venture by Volvo Group and Daimler Truck to accelerate the development, production and commercialization of fuel cell solutions within long-haul trucking and beyond. Both form a key part of the Group’s overall ambition to be 100% fossil free by 2040.