The major automotive groups around the world are developing wireless charging solutions for their electric vehicles. Engineers and academics at Fraunhofer IISB in Nürnberg believe the industry is on the wrong track. By thinking “off the mainstream” they propose an alternative vision for wireless charging.
The attraction of wireless charging
Wireless charging of electric vehicles has a number of attractions. The driver does not need to get out of the car to start a recharge.
An energy hub has significant potential to ensure that the renewable energy generation potential of connected systems is exploited to its maximum.
An energy hub is a combination of multiple conversion, distribution, and storage technologies to supply various consumers of energy. The concept describes and manages the relation between input and output energy flows and can be used to optimise energy consumption.
For example, in an energy hub, biogas could be used to generate heat and electricity from a combined heat and power plant.
Climate change and a growing global population are putting increasing demands on the food and beverage industry. Sustainability is a hot topic; consumers are demanding greater transparency about the food they eat; and processors are looking at their total supply chain for opportunities to reduce energy, carbon emissions, water consumption and waste.
How can traditional Minimum Efficiency Performance Standards (MEPS) evolve over the next decade to continue to deliver very large energy savings? Seven areas have been identified as potential opportunities.
Minimum Efficiency Performance Standards (MEPS) have proven to be among the most effective and economically attractive national and regional policies for saving energy.
The Total Concept is a method for improving energy performance in existing non-residential buildings. It applies a systematic approach to work with energy issues in the building, with the aim to achieve maximum savings in a cost efficient way.
Improved energy efficiency and reduced total energy consumption in the building sector have been on the agenda for decades in most European countries.