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The “Gigafactory”: Tesla Motors and PANASONIC working on mass-producing Lithium Ion Batteries!!

The Gigafactory Project (Picture - Tesla Motors)

The Gigafactory Project (Picture – Tesla Motors)

 

“With a planned production rate of 500,000 cars per year in the latter half of this decade, Tesla alone will require today’s entire worldwide production of lithium ion batteries. The Tesla Gigafactory was born of necessity and will supply enough batteries to support our projected vehicle demand.

Tesla broke ground on the Gigafactory in June 2014 outside Sparks, Nevada, and we expect to begin cell production in 2017. By 2020, the Gigafactory will reach full capacity and produce more lithium ion batteries annually than were produced worldwide in 2013.

In cooperation with Panasonic and other strategic partners, the Gigafactory will produce batteries for significantly less cost using economies of scale, innovative manufacturing, reduction of waste, and the simple optimization of locating most manufacturing process under one roof. We expect to drive down the per kilowatt hour (kWh) cost of our battery pack by more than 30 percent. The Gigafactory will also be powered by renewable energy sources, with the goal of achieving net zero energy.

The name Gigafactory comes from the factory’s planned annual battery production capacity of 35 gigawatt-hours (GWh).”  (Tesla Motors)

 

Great Project and Vision! Congratulations to both Tesla and Matsushita (PANASONIC) for this “environment-friendly” business plan!!

 

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https://www.teslamotors.com/en_GB/gigafactory

https://www.teslamotors.com/en_GB/blog/panasonic-and-tesla-sign-agreement-gigafactory

 

 

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Is Japan’s future an Hydrogen Society??

Hydrogen Fuel Car (picture - ORNL)

Hydrogen Fuel Car (picture – ORNL)

 

Toyota’s plans to build a hydrogen-based society

The Japanese automaker says it will sell 30,000 fuel cell vehicles by 2020 and use hydrogen at its factories to reach ambitious environmental targets.

While other automakers are investing more into electric vehicles as a means to reduce tailpipe emissions, Toyota is betting on hydrogen and hybrid cars.

The automaker sold more than 1.2 million hybrid vehicles in 2014 and expects to reach 8 million in worldwide cumulative hybrid vehicle sales by 2015.

Hydrogen cars are another matter. Toyota launched its first fuel cell vehicle, the Mirai, in late 2014. To reach its 30,000 annual sales goal by 2020 it will have to increase production volume tenfold from 2017. The car, which the EPA says has a 312-mile range, will debut in the U.S. market (just California) this fall. Even if customer demand for the fuel cell vehicle tops expectations, sales will likely remain sluggish until infrastructure problems are solved.

There are only 12 public hydrogen fuel stations in the United States, according to the Department of Energy. Ten of those are in California, making it the only feasible market in the U.S. for hydrogen cars.

In Japan, hydrogen cars have at least a fighting chance, thanks largely to a push by Toyota, Nissan, and Honda.

Toyota isn’t stopping with vehicles. The company wants to “foster a hydrogen-based society,” which means using hydrogen in cars, buses, and manufacturing. To do that, Toyota says it is making 5,680 fuel cell patents freely available and collaborating with other automakers to support the development of hydrogen infrastructure.

Toyota plans to use hydrogen and renewable energy such as wind power to cut emissions generated when manufacturing its cars.”   (Fortune)

 

Is Japan’s future an Hydrogen society?? 

What about Electric vs Hybrid vs Hydrogen fuel Cars?

Do you share Toyota’s vision? It is a brave and smart move!!

What do you think?

 

Read more from:

http://fortune.com/2015/10/14/toyota-hydrogen-goals/

 

“The Japanese government has joined forces with some of the country’s biggest manufacturers to push for what it’s calling a “hydrogen society,” in which everything from buses to cars to homes are powered by the plentiful, zero-emission fuel.

A big coming-out party for the hydrogen society is planned for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, when hydrogen-fueled buses will ferry athletes and fans around Olympic event sites. The government and companies including Toyota and Iwatani are working together to build a network of hydrogen fueling stations—there are around a dozen across the country already, with the goal of 35 up and running by 2020.”    (Fortune)

 

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100% Renewable Energy by 2050 for the “Island of Beauty” (Corsica)?

© Arnaud Février The Alata Plant is located about 20 km from Ajaccio.

© Arnaud Février The Alata Plant is located about 20 km from Ajaccio.

 

Partial Translation of the “Le Figaro/MSN post”:

“New installation in Corsica from COFELY Ineo (part of the GDF Suez Group) about 20 km from Ajaccio: the “Alata Solar Smart Grid”. This 4.4 MWc PV plant will be runned by the “Corsica Sole” operator. The major characteristic of this 15 million Euros investment/installation is  its «Smart Energy Storage & Management Solution”. The electricity produced at Alata will feed over 1000 homes in Corsica, where renewable energies already count for over 30% of the total energy production. The island targets 100% energy independance by 2050.

This storage system will compensate for the non-continuous aspect of solar energy: batteries located near the plant allow to keep/store electricity and to inject it into the grid whenever needed. Depending on the weather and the time of the day, the operator will be able to choose between using the electricity at once or storing it for a later consumption.”

 

So, can “Smart (Renewable) Energy Storage & Management Solutions” be the key to 100% energy independance of all islands in the world (including Japan)? What do you think?

 

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NEW PUBLICATION: “Europe Japan Industrial Relations 2015 – working together for a better future”

"Europe Japan Industrial Relations 2015 - working together for a better future"

“Europe Japan Industrial Relations 2015 – working together for a better future”

 

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Japan: when the electricity market gets deregulated!

Mount_komekura_photovoltaic_power_plant (Wikipedia)

Mount_komekura_photovoltaic_power_plant (Wikipedia)

 

“News that 7-Eleven stores in the Kansai region will trade Kansai Electric Power Co.’s electricity in favor of cheaper electricity from Tokyo Electric Power Co. has locals wondering if Kepco’s six-decade monopoly over Kansai’s electricity supply might be ending.

From October, about 1,000 Seven-Eleven Japan Co. Ltd. stores in three Kansai prefectures will purchase their electricity from Tepco. The move comes just months after Kepco raised rates, and Seven-Eleven Japan, noting Tepco’s cheaper fees, made the move to switch utilities.

With deregulation in the smaller users electricity market set to begin next April, giving small businesses and residential customers a wider option of providers, Kepco seems particularly ill-placed to take advantage of the new competitive environment.” (The Japan Times)

 

It is great to see the positive aspects of the after-2011 period: lower energy consumption in Japan as a result of national saving awareness, wider introduction of renewable energies, enhanced price competition between the market players and utltimately the end of old monopolies! Time to reduce bonuses at Kepco? What do you think? 

 

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Wind Turbines Tech: are we witnessing a race for (Electric) Power?

Siemens-7MW-Osterild (source - Clean Technica)

Siemens-7MW-Osterild (source – Clean Technica)

 

Siemens Looks Toward Next-Generation 10–20 MW Wind Turbines

“Siemens has for some time been known to have its sights on developing the next generation of wind turbines — a class of platforms rated to 10 MW and above. But as a new manufacturing plant takes shape, the company’s management has begun speaking more openly on activities geared towards those objectives.

Siemens recently signed off on a new German factory that will produce its flagship 7 MW offshore turbine. The new manufacturing plant is slated to begin production in mid-2017 and will be tasked with assembling generators, hubs, and nacelle backends together into complete nacelles — the working body of wind turbines to which blades are connected.”     (Clean Technica)

The bigger the turbines, the bigger the environmental (noise) issues? What about integrating these giants in our landscapes? Maybe, using many smaller turbines instead might be more environment-friendly? What do you think?

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Japan sets 26 percent cut in greenhouse gas emissions as 2030 target

Mitsubishi floating concept

Mitsubishi floating concept

 

” The government said Friday that Japan will slash greenhouse gas emissions by 26 percent by 2030 from 2013 levels and will submit the plan to the United Nations as its contribution to a global summit on climate change in Paris in November. METI on Thursday said the government will plan to make nuclear energy account for 20 to 22 percent of Japan’s electricity mix in 2030, versus 30 percent before Fukushima. It set the target for renewable energy at 22 to 24 percent of the mix, liquefied natural gas at 27 percent and coal at 26 percent.” (Japan Times)

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