Published on September 5th, 2013 | by Zachary Shahan1
Cleantech Buffet (Solar Securitization, Dutch Energy Transition, Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV Production…)
September 5th, 2013 by Zachary Shahan
Some cleantech eatin’s for you cleantech lovers (click on the categories for our stories on these subjects):
Today, French energy takes a look at the distribution of PV arrays in Germany by system size based on the latest data up to July 2013. And you will want to enjoy the chart to the left in its full glory.
Richard Mull of KPMG Group explains the who, what, why and how of solar securitization.
Clean Energy (as a Whole)
At the end of August, the Dutch government announced slightly different targets for renewables, and some interesting details are in the works. Nonetheless, the country still is not on course to meet its target for 2050. For that matter, neither is Germany, as Craig Morris points out.
Today, a representative of each of Germany’s main political parties met in Berlin to reiterate their support not only for the energy transition, but for community ownership. But the battle is not over, as the German capital’s fight to buy back its grid shows.
Over the past few years, the number of firms exempt from the grid charge and the renewables surcharge has skyrocketed, often for no apparent reason. The result is that fewer and fewer power customers have to shoulder the cost, and this price is then reported as the cost of power in Germany — not the price of those who are exempt.
Mitsubishi ran into some battery problems earlier this year that led to it halting production of the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. The non-production period lasted 5 months. However, Mitsubishi seems to now have things in order and has announced that it plans to produce 2,000 Outlander PHEVs a month to start with but ramp that up to 4,000 a month by May in order to catch up on its 18,000 vehicle backlog.
Since it has struggled with aggressive transit foes over half-cent sales taxes and light rail, Charlotte, North Carolina’s transit system is launching a campaign to dispel myths about transit with crisp, clear infographics.
With its sprint into the 100%-electric-car arena, Nissan is a clear leader in the production of greener cars. While the greenness of a car’s operation is certainly the biggest environmental innovation worthy of praise, Nissan also deserves some praise for how it is greening its manufacturing process. Rather than spend a lot of time writing about it myself, though, I’ll just let Nissan praise itself (or, more accurately, I’ll share Nissan praising itself) by sharing the following Nissan press release about the above matters.
Episode 08 is here. Ûber intern Ivan Conte and the Copenhagenize Design Co. team explore another integral aspect of Copenhagen’s bicycle-friendliness — the use of cargo bikes.
The Fiat 500e is probably the surprise offering of the year.
Especially so since it was given little fanfare by the company when it was announced – if anything electric vehicles (or rather the business of electric vehicles) have been mostly disparaged by the CEO Sergio Marchionne.
In the same breath as the 500e was announced, the CEO felt it was also good time to say the company “will lose money on every car we make.”
Exposure to emissions would be fatal within hours, say Japanese authorities, as race to build frozen wall begins.
Japan is in touch with experts in the United States and elsewhere on ways to control the spread of irradiated water at the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant, trade and economics minister Toshimitsu Motegi told Reuters.