Monthly Archives: mayo 2016

DHL Trend Research regularly publishes a key instrument for the global logistics community – the Logistics Trend Radar. Now in its fourth year, the Logistics Trend Radar is a dynamic, living tool that captures the development of society, business and technology trends. It has become an inspiring benchmark for strategy and innovation in the logistics industry and has triggered a number of successful, award-winning pilots both inside and outside of DHL in close collaboration with their customers and partners.

Since the last update of the Logistics Trend Radar, they have conducted ‘deep dives’ into multiple specific logistics trends and the findings are published in the form of individual trend report. These DHL trend reports contain not only an in-depth analysis of each trend but also showcase first application ideas.

The latest update now confirms some familiar trends while also providing valuable glimpses of upcoming trends that are likely to shape the future of logistics, from the adoption of self-learning systems to leveraging the possibilities of smart energy logistics.

 

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Source: DHL Trend Research

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97 per cent of the world’s installed wind energy capacity of roughly 432,419 MW is provided by wind turbines installed on land. Onshore is the bread and butter of the industry, despite the fact that increasing numbers of ever bigger wind turbines are conquering the seas.

Since onshore wind turbines and components have more or less reached technical maturity, the current innovation focus for production and operation is on reducing costs. The advancements achieved in this respect will be demonstrated by leading wind turbine manufacturers at WindEnergy Hamburg from 27 to 30 September 2016. The world’s leading trade fair for wind energy expects more than 1,200 exhibitors showcasing their novelties on an exhibition floor covering 65,000 square metres across nine fair halls. This year for the first time, the conference of WindEurope will be held in parallel with WindEnergy Hamburg.

Leading turbine and component suppliers will at WindEnergy explain about their latest onshore product offerings all with a focus at further driving down lifecycle generating costs (LCOE). A second Hamburg main exhibitor focus is at new products and solutions for low and medium wind speed markets, including some of the latest 4MW-range platforms with matching 140-metre+ rotor diameters. Meeting specific demands for complex forested sites is another application area for these turbines offering new tower concepts and hub heights up to 160 m.

Suppliers including Enercon and Vestas have developed wide-base tubular steel towers with segmented bottom sections for easier road transportation and on-site final assembly. New cost-effective concrete-steel towers and optimized installation techniques serve similar market demands. Low-noise allows higher installation density in populated areas, increasingly a sales success factor. Wind power grid integration is finally a hot wind industry topic too at WindEnergy.

 

Source: WindEnergy Hamburg

JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. (“JinkoSolar”), a global leader in the photovoltaic (PV) industry, yesterday announced that it has supplied 122 MW to Pattern Energy Group LP (“Pattern Development”), for its Conejo solar project in Chile. Pattern Development, a US-based independent power producer, will also be the owner of this project.

Located in the municipality of Taltal, in the Antofagasta region of northern Chile, the Conejo project is one of the largest solar power projects in Chile.

The project has signed a 22-year power purchase agreement with Minera Los Pelambres, an affiliate of Antofagasta Minerals, and will be connected to the Sistema Interconectado Central transmission system. The project is expected to be completed in the second half of 2016 and will cover approximately 65% of Los Pelambres’ electricity demand.

 

Source: JinkoSolar

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Solar power could deliver $400 billion in environmental and public health benefits throughout the United States by 2050, according to a study from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

“We find that a U.S. electric system in which solar plays a major role—supplying 14% of demand in 2030, and 27% in 2050—would result in enduring environmental and health benefits. Moreover, we find that the existing fleet of solar plants is already offering a down-payment towards those benefits, and that there are sizable regional differences in the benefits,” said Ryan Wiser of Berkeley Lab’s Energy Technologies Area.

The total monetary value of the greenhouse-gas and air pollution benefits of the high-penetration solar scenario exceeds $400 billion in present-value terms under central assumptions. Focusing on the existing end-of-2014 fleet of solar power projects, recent annual benefits equal more than $1.5 billion under central assumptions.

The report, The Environmental and Public Health Benefits of Achieving High Penetrations of Solar Energy in the United States, is part of a series of papers published as part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s On the Path to SunShot study. The DOE launched the SunShot Initiative in 2011, with the goal of driving down the cost of solar energy so that it was cost-competitive with other forms of electricity by the end of the decade. The new reports take stock of the progress already made, and highlight various barriers and opportunities that remain to achieving SunShot-level cost reductions.

 

Source: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

The 278 charging points set up every 80 km along Germany and Belgium’s main motorways, will allow drivers of electric vehicles to “refuel” and extend their car’s range. The total investment of the EU-funded cooperation is approximately €18 million.

Every one of the multi-standard fast-chargers spread out over four countries have AC and DC connections, allowing drivers to charge their vehicles’ batteries easily and quickly. Electric vehicles can be charge up to 80% on the charging stations within an hour.

Renault sells more electric vehicles in Europe than any other car manufacturer and had a market share of over 23 percent in 2015. Indeed, nearly one out of every four electric vehicles sold in Europe comes from the French manufacturer.

Under the leadership of the charging station operator Allego, the project Fast-E brings together nine companies in the industry, including three charging station operators (RWE Effizienz, enviaM and Allego) as well as four car manufacturers (Volkswagen AG, BMW AG, Renault SAS, Nissan Center Europe), DB Energie GmbH, a subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn and the Hamburg-based company hySolutions, which, as a competence centre in several charging infrastructure projects, is responsible for the integration of new drive technologies in urban transport. The quick-charging stations installed as part of the project employ the Combined Charging System (CCS) and CHAdeMO, each with up to 50 kW power output, as well as a type 2 connector with 43 kW power output. The project is expected to end in December 2017 with the completion of the accompanying studies; the charging infrastructure will continue to operate commercially thereafter.

 

Source: Renault

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More than 8.1 million people worldwide are now employed by the renewable energy industry – a five percent increase from last year – according to a report released yesterday by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) at its 11th Council meeting. The report, Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2016, also provides a global estimate of the number of jobs supported by large hydropower, with a conservative estimate of an additional 1.3 million direct jobs worldwide.

“The continued job growth in the renewable energy sector is significant because it stands in contrast to trends across the energy sector,” said IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin. “This increase is being driven by declining renewable energy technology costs and enabling policy frameworks. We expect this trend to continue as the business case for renewables strengthens and as countries move to achieve their climate targets agreed in Paris.”

The total number of renewable energy jobs worldwide rose in 2015 while jobs in the broader energy sector fell, finds the report. In the United States for example, renewable energy jobs increased 6 per cent while employment in oil and gas decreased 18 per cent. Likewise in China, renewable energy employed 3.5 million people, while oil and gas employed 2.6 million.

As in previous years, enabling policy frameworks remained a key driver of employment. National and state auctions in India and Brazil, tax credits in the United States and favourable policies in Asia have all contributed to employment increases.

Countries with the most renewable energy jobs in 2015 included China, Brazil, the United States, India, Japan and Germany. The solar photovoltaic (PV) sector remains the largest renewable energy employer worldwide with 2.8 million jobs (up from 2.5 at last count) with jobs in manufacturing, installation and operations & maintenance. Liquid biofuels was the second largest global employer with 1.7 million jobs, followed by wind power, which grew 5 per cent to reach 1.1 million global jobs.

“As the ongoing energy transition accelerates, growth in renewable energy employment will remain strong,” said Mr. Amin. “IRENA’s research estimates that doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix by 2030 – enough to meet global climate and development targets – would result in more than 24 million jobs worldwide.”

Select report findings:

  • Solar PV is the largest renewable energy employer with 2.8 million jobs worldwide, an 11 per cent increase from last count. Employment grew in Japan and the United States, stabilised in China, and decreased in the European Union.
  • Strong wind installation rates in China, the United States and Germany drove a 5 per cent increase in global employment to reach 1.1 million jobs. Wind employment in the United States alone rose by 21 per cent.
  • Jobs in liquid biofuels, solar heating and cooling, and large and small hydropower decreased due to various factors including increased mechanisation, slowing housing markets, the removal of subsidies and the drop in new installations.
  • With more than a third of the global renewable energy capacity additions in 2015, China led employment with 3.5 million jobs.
  • In the European Union, the United Kingdom, Germany and Denmark were the global leaders in offshore wind employment. Overall, job figures in the EU declined for the fourth year due to weak economic growth. Jobs fell 3 per cent to 1.17 million in 2014, the last year for which data is available. Germany remains the highest European Union renewables employer– employing nearly as many as France, the United Kingdom, and Italy combined.
  • In the United States, renewable energy employment increased 6 per cent driven by growth in wind and solar. Solar employment grew 22 per cent – 12 times faster than job creation in the United States economy ¬– surpassing jobs in oil and gas. Employment in wind industry also grew 21 per cent.
  • Japan experienced impressive gains in solar PV in recent years, resulting in a 28 per cent increase in employment in 2014.
  • In India, solar and wind markets have seen substantial activity, as the ambitious renewable energy targets are translated into concrete policy frameworks.
  • Africa has also seen many interesting developments leading to job creation, including solar and wind development in Egypt, Morocco, Kenya and South Africa.
  • IRENA’s early research indicates that the renewable energy sector employed larger shares of women than the broader energy sector.

 

Source: Irena

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    SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY

    Bombardier Transportation Spain is a company leader in the national railway industry, chaired by Álvaro Rengifo. PRIMOVE is the e-mobility business unit within Bombardier Transportation focused on creating market-ready solutions for all types of rail and road electric vehicles. The PRIMOVE e-mobility portfolio is a fully integrated system including small, light and long-life batteries, fast inductive charging and highly efficient propulsion equipment, which makes the shift from conventional to electric mobility easy and feasible. The unique PRIMOVE portfolio is the world’s only e-mobility solution for all types of electric vehicles – from light rail and bus networks to commercial vehicles, trucks and electric cars. PRIMOVE makes sustainable mobility a reality by reducing local CO2 emissions to zero. It eliminates noise pollution and integrates seamlessly into the environment.

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    Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV), a global developer of large-scale solar power plants, and Environmental Services, announces the signing of a second power purchase agreement (PPA) with Origin Energy Limited (Origin), covering 100 percent of the electricity output of FRV’s 100 MW Clare Solar Farm.

    The solar farm will be located outside the township of Clare, near Ayr in Queensland. Upon completion, the 300-hectare solar farm will be the highest generating polycrystalline photovoltaic (PV) project in Australia and will utilize a single-axis tracking system to maximize energy generation during the day. The plant will generate enough green electricity to supply approximately 45,000 average Australian homes, while the annual greenhouse gas emissions are estimated to be reduced by approximately 181,000 tons of CO2.  Globally, FRV has successfully developed approximately 500 MW of solar plants using similar technology to that proposed for the Clare project.

    Clare Solar Farm is FRV’s second large-scale solar project to obtain an offtake agreement, with Origin also agreeing to purchase 100 percent of the electricity output of its 56MW Moree Solar Farm in northern New South Wales. It is expected to create up to 200 job opportunities during construction and up to five jobs during operation, and to bring investment to the area, while delivering additional, indirect economic opportunities to local businesses.

    FRV has had a presence in Australia since 2010 and is a major contributor to the growth of the Australian renewables sector. It is actively pursuing the expansion of its presence and its solar project development pipeline (1,000MW under development) in the country.

    In addition to the Clare Solar Farm, the company recently received planning approval for two other large-scale solar farms located near the townships of Tieri and Baralaba, both in the State of Queensland. The three projects could deliver a combined generating capacity of around 300MWac when completed.

    The company also developed the first grid connected project-financed solar farm in Australia, the Royalla Solar Farm, which was completed under an innovative government-led reverse auction program launched by the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). The 50-hectare Solar Farm was the first to be developed in the ACT, providing power for 4,500 homes. Earlier this year, FRV sold the project to Dutch Infrastructure Fund (DIF), an independent fund management company.

    Australia is a promising market for renewables, offering some of the highest solar irradiation levels in the world, which encourages the emergence of competitive large-scale solar PV projects.

     

    Source: Abdul Latif Jameel Energy

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    Solar energy company Proinso has announced it will open a new operation in Indonesia’s West Java province. Proinso will have distribution and integrated products available in Indonesia along with PT. Surya Energi Indotama (SEI), a highly experienced local EPM division.

    A spokesperson for Proinso commented, “Indonesia is a market of major focus for Proinso. With over 250 million people, a growing economy, good solar irradiance and energy deficiency it has vast opportunity. However, it has significant logistical and engineering challenges which our local partner is extremely experienced and successful in dealing with.”

    Proinso has worked in partnership with PT SEI on numerous off-grid, distributed generation and utility projects over recent years and this consolidates leading capabilities, experience and relationships both locally and worldwide.

    Earlier this year, Proinso opened seven new offices across Latin America. The company now has 27 office locations worldwide.

     

    Source: Proinso

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    Adwen has obtained the Type Certificate of its AD 5-132 offshore wind turbine awarded by the independent certification body DNV GL. This milestone marks the culmination of the turbine’s certification process and confirms the platform’s technology, which in turn bolsters the commercialization and industrialization processes.

    The AD 5-132 has been designed and certified as Special Class, covering the most demanding offshore sites worldwide. This wind turbine is tailored for Subtropical Monsoon climates typical of Asian offshore markets and it is designed to resist typhoons as well as harsh environmental conditions such as high temperatures and humidity.

    This offshore wind turbine is one of the most cost-efficient of its class, allowing a high degree of customization to adapt to customer needs. In addition, its modular design coupled with its high reliability minimizes operation and maintenance costs.

     

    Source: Adwen

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