Electric cars could be charged up and ready to go within seconds, according to scientists developing a new type of energy storage system. Chemists from the University of Glasgow have developed a flow battery system using a nano-molecule that can store electric power or hydrogen gas in a new hybrid energy storage system.Speaking about their "hybrid-electric-hydrogen" flow battery in the Nature Chemistry journal, they said it was based on the design of a nanoscale battery molecule and that it could release power on demand as electricity or as hydrogen gas - both which could be used to fuel cars.According to the study, when a concentrated liquid containing the nano-molecules is made, the amount of energy it can store increases tenfold and the energy can be released as either electricity or hydrogen gas, allowing for flexibility in its use.A benefit could be that electric cars would no longer need hours to charge with the material being a pumpable liquid. It means electric car batteries … [Read more...] about Researchers say new ‘flow battery’ could charge electric cars in seconds
HANOI (Reuters) - VinFast Trading and Production LLC has signed two contracts with Siemens Vietnam, a unit of Siemens AG <SIEGn.DE>, for the supply of technology and components to manufacture electric buses in the Southeast Asian country. VinFast, a unit of Vietnam's biggest private conglomerate, Vingroup JSC <VIC.HM>, said on Monday the deals will enable it to launch the first electric bus by the end of 2019. "Electric buses are an essential element of sustainable urban public transportation systems," Siemens Vietnam President and CEO Pham Thai Lai said in the statement. VinFast will also produce electric motorcycles, electric cars and gasoline cars from its $1.5-billion (£1.18 billion) factory being built in Haiphong City, it said. In June, General Motors Co <GM.HN> agreed to transfer its Vietnamese operation to VinFast, which will also exclusively distribute GM's Chevrolet cars in Vietnam. (Reporting by Khanh Vu; Editing by Himani Sarkar) … [Read more...] about Vietnam’s Vinfast in deal with Siemens for technology to make electric buses
Luis Reyes drove up to Durango from Taos, N.M., on a sunny April day in 2017 to tell folks how the Kit Carson Electric Cooperative, which he heads, left its interstate wholesale power provider and struck out on its own — and the room where he spoke at Durango’s Strater Hotel was packed.Kit Carson had paid $37 million to get out of its long-term contract with the Westminster-based Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, which serves 43 electric cooperatives in four states, including 18 in Colorado.One of the cooperatives, Mountain Electric Association, serves a large portion of the area east of Colorado Springs, from Monument to Limon and includes parts of Arapahoe, Crowley, Douglas, El Paso and Pueblo counties.Several co-ops have complained about what they see as Tri-State’s high power costs, limits on developing local renewable energy, and the loss of dollars sent out of town to buy electricity.Kit Carson, however, was the first to go beyond complaints. … [Read more...] about Rural electric cooperatives look at cutting the cord
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A DUP MP has expressed concern that Northern Ireland could become reliant on the Republic of Ireland for electricity, amid growing scrutiny of the all-island energy market. Jim Shannon, who is a member of a Westminster committee investigating the security of Northern Ireland’s electricity supply, said that although he did not oppose co-operation with the Republic, the moves to further integrate NI’s electricity market with the Republic’s “always worried me”.Since 2007, there has been a single electricity market for the island of Ireland.A new and more integrated all-island market is to launch on 1 October and as part of that process Kilroot power station, one of Northern Ireland’s main generating units, lost out, prompting its owner to announce it would be closed.And since 2009 the company which operates the electricity grid in Northern Ireland, the System Operator for Northern Ireland (SONI), has been owned by the Irish government.Last month the … [Read more...] about MP’s concern at NI’s increasing reliance on Republic for electricity