Stella Vie: solar-powered car that supplies energy back to the grid
At the World Solar Power Challenge, a race through the Australian outback, the Stella Vie was regarded as “the future”.
Dutch-based Eindhover introduced their family car that runs on solar power, whilst also giving surplus energy back to the grid through a smart charging and discharging system.
Although not being the first to finish the race, the Stella Vie was crowned overall champion due to its design, practicality, energy efficiency, and innovation.
“Team Eindhoven are to be congratulated on their achievement to date – clearly the most energy efficient solar car in the field, capable of generating more power than they consume,” commented Event Director, Chris Selwood.
The winning vehicle, for the third time in a row, was the Dutch Nuna9, which finished two hours ahead of the closest rival at 37 hours, 10 minutes, and 21 seconds – with an average speed of 55m/h.
The five-seater Stella Vie has an average speed of 43m/h and was designed to adhere to aerodynamics, aesthetic, and practicality.
“These incredible solar cars have been designed with the commercial market in mind and have all the features you’d expect in a family, luxury, or sporting car,” stated Mr Selwood.
This is the future of solar electric vehicles. When your car is parked at home it can be charging and supplying energy back to the grid.”
Photo: TU Eindhoven, Bart van Overbeeke
Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition
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).
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.