Dec 5, 2014

The Tommy Hilfiger and Pvilion Solar Jacket is Almost Amazing

Green Tech
2 min
It’s Friday (at least here in the states), and really, this seems like a Friday kind of story, despite it breaking (if you can call this &ldquo...

It’s Friday (at least here in the states), and really, this seems like a Friday kind of story, despite it breaking (if you can call this “breaking”) earlier this week.

Let’s start with the news here: Tommy Hilfiger is trying to sell both men and women a jacket with solar panels on the back of it that supposedly can charge your phone wherever you go, provided it’s relatively sunny.

For $600.

Though to be fair, (a) it’s Tommy Hilfiger and this really isn’t that outrageous and (b) half of the proceeds go toward the Fresh Air Fund, which is really cool.

As for the jacket itself, in theory, it’s a very cool concept and on-trend with panel design. We’re trying to integrate solar everywhere, from replacing windows with translucent solar panels or even right down to the walls themselves. This all makes sense when it comes to buildings or even on the back of a cell phone perhaps, but integrating solar panels into clothing can be a bit more difficult, though wearable tech is certainly all the rage right now.

Frankly, I like the idea, but not so much the execution. While I jokingly think future fashion will probably look like something akin to the costume design for Her, with high-waisted pants and muted colors, the panels on the Hilfiger jackets look like they belong in the Alexander Wang H&M collection or as part of a Rick Owens’ design (don’t worry, click those links and you’ll see what I mean). Instead, we get this:

Honestly, I like men’s jacket—dark green and plaid are favorites of mine, despite the product site claiming the color is navy.

See, this—I would wear this!

But in terms of actual wearable tech integration, it comes off as a bit sloppy. Panel provider Pvilion’s panels look thrown on, making the women’s jacket, according to CNET writer Michelle Starr, look “a bit like the TARDIS from the back, if you squint.”

Oh man, totally...

But hey, if you’re buying this thing, chances are, you probably don’t really care what it looks like. It’s cool in theory (I like the jacket by itself!), innovative and hopefully just the first of many more iterations of tech like this.

What do you think? Are you planning on getting one? Let us know on Twitter @EnergyDigital and on Facebook at /EnergyDig

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Jun 7, 2021

Trafigura and Yara International explore clean ammonia usage

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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