Mar 10, 2021

UK Government unveils £20m R&D fund for EV tech innovations

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Dominic Ellis
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The funding aims to propel the UK into "a world leader" in EV design and manufacture
The funding aims to propel the UK into "a world leader" in EV design and manufacture...

The UK Government has unveiled £20 million funding to support EV technology innovations.

The investment, coinciding with British Science Week, aims to propel the UK into "a world leader" in EV design and manufacture through an R&D competition which opens on March 15.

Video about the £20 million research fund

Previous winners include a zero emission ambulance prototype for London Ambulance Service. Designed by ULEMCo, the ambulance can reach speeds of 90mph and travel an average of 200 miles a day with zero emissions.

Another successful bidder was tech start-up Urban Foresight, which received £3 million to develop pop-up chargers that rise up out of the pavement to provide a discreet, safe and low-cost EV charging solution to those without off-street parking.

The government has also today published its response to the consultation on ending the sale of petrol and diesel cars and vans, which cements its commitment to phasing out new vehicles by 2030, and for all new cars and vans to be zero-emission at the tailpipe by 2035.

David Watson, CEO and founder of EV smart charging company Ohme, said while it was encouraging to see the government supporting businesses who are making the EV revolution a reality, much more concerted investment is needed to meet ambitious 2030 climate goals.

"It's important to remember that the electric vehicles themselves are just one piece of the puzzle," he said.

"In addition to vehicle technology, charging infrastructure and battery production, we also need to prioritise investments in smart charging solutions that will manage demand, balance the grid and facilitate a smooth transition to zero-carbon transport."

The US government is driving adoption of EVs through supportive policies and incentives. The American Jobs in Energy Manufacturing Act would provide up to a 30% tax credit for companies building products and technology that reduce carbon emissions. 

Orange County-based EV Experts has announced a new venture providing EV charging solutions to commercial and government agency clients and partnered with DUEx, a dry utility consulting company that works closely with utility agencies and private commercial clients. 

The global electric vehicle market is projected to reach $100 billion by 2027. 

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May 5, 2021

AES Corp seals 10-year carbon-free energy deal with Google

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Dominic Ellis
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AES Corporation will ensure energy powering Google's Virginia data centers will be '90% carbon free'

The AES Corporation has struck a 10-year supply contract with Google to provide near-carbon-free energy to power its Virginia-based data centers which will start later this year.

Claiming the first clean energy procurement deal in the world of its kind, AES will help ensure that the energy powering those data centers will be 90% carbon-free when measured on an hourly basis.

AES will become the sole supplier of the data centers' carbon-free energy needs on an annual basis, sourcing energy from a portfolio of wind, solar, hydro and battery storage resources to be developed or contracted by AES.

The agreement marks an important step in meeting Google's previously announced goal to run its business on 100% carbon-free energy on an hourly basis by 2030.

"Last year, Google set an ambitious sustainability goal of committing to 100% 24/7 carbon-free energy by 2030. Today, we are proud that through our collaboration with Google, we are making 24/7 carbon-free energy a reality for their data centers in Virginia," said Andrés Gluski, AES President and CEO. "This first-of-its-kind solution, which we co-created with Google, will set a new sustainability standard for companies and organizations seeking to eliminate carbon from their energy supply."

"Not only is this partnership with AES an important step towards achieving Google's 24/7 carbon-free energy goal, it also lays a blueprint for other companies looking to decarbonize their own operations," says Michael Terrell, Director of Energy at Google. "Our hope is that this model can be replicated to accelerate the clean energy transition, both for companies and, eventually, for power grids." 

AES assembled the 500MW portfolio from a combination of AES' own renewable energy projects and those of third-party developers, which were selected, sized and contracted to meet Google's energy needs across a number of considerations, including cost efficiency, additionality and carbon-free energy profile.

The portfolio assembled by AES is expected to require approximately $600 million of investment and generate 1,200 jobs, both permanent and construction, in the host communities. These efforts will greatly simplify Google's energy procurement and management at a competitive price while decarbonizing Google's load and the broader PJM grid.

This supply agreement follows on the strategic alliance AES and Google formed in November 2019 to leverage Google Cloud technology to accelerate innovation in energy distribution and management and advance the adoption of clean energy. AES is pioneering greener, smarter energy innovations, with the goal of expanding the services available to large-scale corporate customers.

The Google.org Impact Challenge on Climate commits €10M to fund bold ideas that aim to use technology to accelerate Europe’s progress toward a greener, more resilient future. Selected organisations may receive up to €2M in funding and possible customised post-grant support from the Google for Startups Accelerator to help bring their ideas to life.

Last year it issued $5.75 billion in sustainability bonds to fund ongoing and new environmentally or socially responsible projects. To read its 2020 Environment report, click here.

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