Limited battery range has been stated as the main barrier to people purchasing an electric vehicle. But do electric vehicle users actually find it such a handicap? A study comes up with some surprising conclusions.
Electric vehicle registrations in Europe rose by more than 60% in 2014 compared to 2013. Overall, 65,199 electric cars and commercial vehicles were registered in Europe in 2014. However, more than half were in just two countries – Norway and France.
To mitigate climate change, significant reductions in CO2 emissions are necessary, which involves decarbonising the power sector. How can the total system costs of low-carbon systems with high shares of intermittent renewables be reduced?
Decarbonisation of the power sector is important because it has the potential to happen faster than in the industrial, building and transport sectors.
Fossil energy systems can certainly lead to conflict; a situation that the world has unfortunately witnessed too frequently in recent decades. But what about renewable energy systems? Could these lead to conflict too?
The literature on energy conflicts mainly addresses non-renewable resources such as oil and natural gas. This is no great surprise, as fossil fuels currently occupy a substantially larger share of the global energy mix.
Both Concentrated Solar Power and Photovoltaics offer huge potential. But does one technology offer more than the other? Does it depend on geography? And what about the cost of electricity produced by both methods?
CSP and PV: What’s the difference?
CSP (Concentrated Solar Power) uses mirrors to concentrate the energy from the sun and heat a fluid to produce steam.
Leonardo ENERGY is currently working on five key dossiers: the Energy Union; electricity in heating and cooling; the demand side in the power system; building automation and the Ecodesign Directive; and improving technical installations in buildings. Below we present our most recent communications in each area.
Leonardo ENERGY believes that the challenges to achieving the EU’s energy policy objectives require sustained efforts on a hitherto unprecedented scale.
By 2018, a silicon carbide-based electronic distribution transformer that is cost-competitive with traditional distribution transformers will be installed on a line operated by the Italian utility ENEL, according to Dr Daniel Fernandez Hevia, Head of R&D in INAEL Electrical Systems and coordinator of the EU-funded SPEED project.
SPEED is a consortium of power electronics research centres and major companies, including ABB and Infineon, Inael, Ingeteam, the Fraunhofer Institute, universities in Munich, Prague, Bremen, Oviedo