New York City to install around 1,000 fast-chargers for EVs

September 21, 2017 by  
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New York City aims to majorly expand their electric vehicle (EV) charging network with a $10 million investment. They recently introduced a plan to bring 50 fast-charging hubs to the city by 2020 – and each hub could have 20 chargers . The city hopes to encourage more people to drive EVs, with the goal that by 2025, 20 percent of new car registrations will be electric cars. New York City is working to become a more EV-friendly region. They want to install fast-charging hubs in each one of the five boroughs. Starting next year, the city will work with energy company Con Edison to pick one site in each borough – and together those five hubs could charge over 12,000 EVs a week. Ultimately, under the plan, there could be around 1,000 high-speed chargers in the city. Related: Germany unveils plans for the world’s largest EV charging station Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement, “New York will continue to invest in the new technologies we need to reduce our emissions , especially in the face of Trump’s abdication of leadership on climate. By helping develop the infrastructure necessary for electric vehicles, we’re going to make it easier than ever for New Yorkers to switch. This is another step towards aligning our action on climate change with the Paris Agreement’s 1.5 degree stretch goal.” Many public EV charging stations currently offer only a few chargers – International Business Times pointed out even Tesla Supercharger stations typically don’t have more than six chargers. Also, there are level two chargers at around 300 sites in New York, but these aren’t as rapid as high-speed chargers. The 526 level two chargers in New York City are ideal for charging an EV overnight, but not for topping off a car in hour or two while a driver is shopping or eating lunch. In contrast, fast chargers are closer in function to a Tesla Supercharger, providing what International Business Times described as a meaningful amount of range in less than an hour. Right now, New York City only has 16 of these fast chargers. Via The City of New York and International Business Times Images via Pixabay ( 1 , 2 )

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Germany unveils plans for the world’s largest EV charging station

September 14, 2017 by  
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As more people purchase electric vehicles (EVs) – and countries move to ban sales of gas-guzzling cars – the world will need more charging stations . German company Sortimo plans to build what’s been described as the world’s biggest EV fast-charging station – with 144 charging ports. It is slated for construction near the A8 highway in Germany . 4,000 cars a day could be charged at Innovationspark Zusmarshausen, Germany’s upcoming charging station, according to the company. 24 of the 144 charging ports could be supra-superchargers with charging capacities of 350 kilowatts (kW), which beats out the Tesla Supercharger with its capacity of around 150 kW. According to Sortimo, Innovationspark Zusmarshausen could offer savings of 29.5 million liters, or around 7.8 million gallons, of fuel , and could save nearly 60,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide every year. Related: This electric car charging tower can power up a dozen EVs at the same time Innovationspark Zusmarshausen goes beyond the typical vision of a gas station. According to FAZ, the station could also feature offices, shopping, and eateries; Sortimo said people could order food before they arrive so they could eat while their car charges. Commuters might be able to park and charge their vehicles simultaneously in DC parking, perhaps even while working in the offices onsite. Images of the planned station suggest it could be topped with green roofs , and Sortimo mentions in their press release that Innovationspark Zusmarshausen “is very close to nature and architecturally aware of the environment,” so they envision people resting in a park at the charging station as well. As you may have guessed, renewable energy is part of the plan for the massive charging station. Sortimo said solar power can be stored at the station and used during peak times “in a network of surrounding companies and private households.” The charging stations are also integrated into Innovationspark Zusmarshausen’s thermal station management, according to Sortimo, so waste heat can help supply the buildings. FAZ said engineering firm Steinbacher Consult is also behind the design, technology, and operation. A translated version of the German press release suggests the charging station, which is receiving support from the Ministry of Transport, will be constructed in 2018. Via Sortimo , FAZ , and CleanTechnica Images via Sortimo

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Fleet of solar-powered charging stations prepares The Netherlands for the EV revolution

August 10, 2016 by  
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As electric car sales boom around the world, so too does the need for effective ways to keep their batteries charged and their tires rolling. In the Netherlands, a cool solar-powered option could be leading the way for EV charging networks in other countries. Fastned already has 51 attractive solar-powered EV charging stations and plans to expand its network to include 200 locations in the Netherlands alone. Unlike some EV charging networks (ahem, Tesla ), the Fastned stations in the Netherlands are not free for drivers to use. Rather, the company operates on a monthly subscription model which requires customers to pre-register in order to buy electricity on demand at one of its solar-powered canopy-shaped charging stations. Last month, the company rolled out a new fast charge option in Amsterdam for EV drivers in a rush, which costs 19 cents per kWh plus a recurring monthly fee. Related: The UK will have more electric vehicle chargers than gas stations by 2020, according to Nissan The electricity that flows through Fastned’s chargers and into the green vehicles that visit comes from solar panels on the canopy’s roof (which can charge three cars) as well as wind power obtained through a contract with a third party provider. Fastned offers a range of membership packages depending on the frequency of charging services a driver might need. Plans for regular users come with a small monthly fee and a low rate for charging, while infrequent users can opt to pay a higher rate while waiving the monthly fee. Fastned founder Bart Lubbers told Fully Charged that it will someday add other amenities to its charging stations, which would make them look more like fancy rest stops in America, complete with restrooms and fast food options. Via Treehugger Images via Fastned

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16-year-old South African girl invents drought-fighting super material from orange peels

August 10, 2016 by  
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In the midst of South Africa’s worst drought in recorded history, one Johannesburg schoolgirl has created a super absorbent polymer that could change the way crops are grown. The polymer is created from simple, readily available recycled materials – orange peel and avocado skin – and it’s capable of storing hundreds of times its own weight in water. Kiara Nirghin’s project ” No More Thirsty Crops ” won the Google Science Fair’s Community Impact Award for the Middle East and Africa. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwRmICCVY_Q Considering that South Africa’s agricultural union has been pleading with the government for subsidies to help weather the recent water crisis , Nirghin’s project could offer much-needed relief. Her super absorbent material could be used to create reservoirs that farmers could use to maintain their crops at minimal cost. Nirghin knew that other super absorbent polymers rely on chain molecule polysaccharides to give them their power, and her project sprang to life when she learned that orange peel is composed from 64% polysaccharide . It also contains pectin, which is used as a gelling agent in numerous applications. When combined with oily avocado peel and left in the sun, the mixture undergoes a reaction and forms a polymer compound. Related: South Africa is relaxing restrictions on GMOs to fight drought-related food crisis As a Google Science Fair winner, Nirghin has been assigned a mentor from the company to help her develop her idea further, including potential tests on the field. Soon, she’ll learn if she’s one of the sixteen finalists in the global competition – but even if she doesn’t make it to the final round, it sounds like she has a promising career ahead of her. + Google Science Fair Via CNN

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Could Gogoro’s new electric Smartscooter and battery swapping infrastructure revolutionize urban transport?

January 5, 2015 by  
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Sprawling mega-cities in Asia, such as Jakarta, Beijing, Taipei, are already full of scooters as the primary mode of personal transport, and the air quality is notoriously unhealthy for these urban dwellers, mainly because the majority of the vehicles have such bad emissions standards. Clean, affordable, easy-to-charge electric scooters would go a long way towards alleviating this massive problem of air-pollution in Asian mega-cities. Read the rest of Could Gogoro’s new electric Smartscooter and battery swapping infrastructure revolutionize urban transport? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: battery-swapping network , electric scooter , electric vehicle , electric vehicle infrastructure , EV battery swapping network , ev charging station , Gogoro , Gogoro battery , Gogoro Energy Network , GoStation , green transportation , Horace Luke , Matt Taylor , modular battery swapping station , modular battery-swapping infrastructure , Panasonic LIthium-Ion Battery , smart battery , smart city infrastructure , Smartscooter , sustainable transportation , zero emission vehicle

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Support the brilliant Warka Water design to pull drinking water out of thin air

January 5, 2015 by  
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Michigan-Based IKEA Now Has The State’s Largest Solar Array

July 10, 2012 by  
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IKEA has developed some innovative green designs over the years, but now the home furnishings retailer has the distinction of having the largest photovoltaic array in the state of Michigan. The 122,200-square-foot PV array was officially plugged-in today, and consists of a 977.6-kW system built with 4,160 panels. Installed at the Detroit-area store in Canton , the array will produce approximately 1,114,943 kWh of clean electricity annually — that’s the equivalent of reducing 769 tons of carbon dioxide, or the annual emissions of 151 cars or 96 homes. Read the rest of Michigan-Based IKEA Now Has The State’s Largest Solar Array Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “solar energy” , ev charging station , ikea , material recycling , michigan IKEA , photovoltaic array , record breaking array , recycling materials , solar array , Solar Power , waste water

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UK Opens Free Solar-Powered Highway EV Charging Network from Ecotricity

August 9, 2011 by  
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The first three of many free EV charging points have just opened in the UK in Hertfordshire, Reading, and Gloucestershire. The Ecotricity charging points will be part of a network of free, 100% green energy powered charging stations expected to be completely installed by September that are juiced up with energy from Ecotricity’s solar or wind energy parks across the UK. Drivers can get a quick charge in 20 minutes or a full charge in 2 hours at the quick-charging points along the route, or stay in a hotel by the roadside while their car gets a more leisurely overnight charge at the standard charging outlets. Every station only has 2 outlets (which may not be enough for very long at the rate automakers are releasing electric cars) but they need to be accessed using a free but registered swipe card , which will keep Ecotricity aware of how many people are using the system. Read the rest of UK Opens Free Solar-Powered Highway EV Charging Network from Ecotricity Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alternative transportation , Ecotricity electric highway , Ecotricity EV charging network , electric car , electric vehicle , ev charging station , EV range anxiety , green energy , green transportation , renewable energy , Solar Power , UK electric highway , UK EV charging network , wind energy

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BOOK REVIEW: Confessions of a Radical Industrialist

August 9, 2011 by  
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Is it possible for a business to go green and make green at the same time? Ray Anderson , founder of global carpeting company Interface and some say the grandfather of corporate sustainability, thinks so and reveals exactly how he did it in his new book Confessions of a Radical Industrialist . Want to know more about this fascinating new book? Read the review by our editor Haily Zaki here > . READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: by Ray C Anderson , Confessions of a Radical Industrialist , eco business , eco entrepreneur , go green business , godfather of green , green business , green entrepreneurialism , green entrepreneurs , Interface Carpets , sustainable business

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Energy Secretary Chu Announces 1,800+ EV Charging Stations Have Been Installed Due to Recovery Act

May 18, 2011 by  
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U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced last Friday that more than 1,800 electric vehicle charging stations have now been installed due to the Recovery Act. Four hundred million dollars was allocated to the Transportation Electrification Initiative, which invested in eight projects that comprised the world’s largest electric vehicle demonstration

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