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The Outlander PHEV was the first plug-in hybrid in the world. Its electric motors on both the front and rear axles and an efficiently powerful petrol engine work in harmony to optimise performance. Its game-changing technology turns the Outlander PHEV into a highly efficient and silent vehicle that offers the best in electric and hybrid technologies, making it the plug-in hybrid par excellence, with significant advantages over other models in the same segment from its competitors, as well as over pure electric models.

The innovative plug-in hybrid technology of the Outlander PHEV prioritises the electric mode, allowing day-to-day journeys to be undertaken with almost no petrol consumption.

Compared to pure electric models, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV triumphs due to its great range: 54 km in 100% electric mode. This is due to its large capacity battery (13.8 kWh) and up to 600 km in combined autonomy thanks to its efficient 2.4-litre Atkinson cycle petrol engine.

And all this with the zero-emissions badge. As the Outlander PHEV uses the electric engine more frequently, it is much more environmentally-friendly, with very low CO2 emissions of just 40 g/km (NEDC) and 46 g/km (WLTP).

For urban and short trips, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV drives in 100% electric mode. The electric motors power the vehicle using electricity from the battery, meaning zero fuel consumption and zero CO2 emissions. Driving is silent, clean and powerful. It has a top speed of 135 km/h. Here the advantage over other hybrids is the size of its battery, which allows it to use 100% electric mode for most everyday journeys.

The hybrid mode provides the Outlander with an increased autonomy, but with a far more satisfactory operation compared to conventional hybrids, thanks to its larger batteries and enhanced capacity of its twin electric motors: permanent 4WD electric traction plus safety, a smooth ride, response and less noise…; with a consumption in hybrid mode similar to that of any conventional hybrid with an equivalent capacity.

When the power accumulated in the batteries is consumed or where there is no plug-in option available, the Outlander PHEV works as any other hybrid… but it’s even better. It is self-charging, in other words, it is able to charge up its batteries with its 2.4-litre Atkinson cycle petrol engine. It also self-charges by means of regenerative braking that converts the braking force into electrical power which charges the batteries.

Easy charging and a free charging point

Charging the battery of the Outlander PHEV is as easy as charging a mobile phone as it plugs into a conventional socket in the garage, in a private car park at home or at work, or using a charging point. With a quick charger, it only takes 25 minutes to achieve 80% of battery capacity. Its charging options give it additional advantages over non-plug-in conventional hybrids.

The Mitsubishi commitment to the new mobility has translated into an agreement with Endesa which, with no need to change utility company, enables the installation of a charging point free of charge, whether for a private house, a residents’ association or at the office. The installation of the charging point includes: a Wallbox Pulsar 16/32 A unit, with a mobile app to set up the charges, the physical installation and labour, up to 10 metres of cable and the CIE, Electrical Installation Certificate.

For more details, please ask your dealership or visit www.mitsubishi-motors.es

i-DE, Iberdrola’s electricity distribution arm, has inaugurated the first electrical energy storage system with lithium-ion batteries for distribution networks in Spain. The project, which is the first in the country, is located in the Murcian municipal district of Caravaca de la Cruz and will improve the quality of the energy supply in the surrounding area, as well as the use of solar energy generated in the area.

The storage system, with a capacity of 3 MWh, can operate in isolation and, in the event of an interruption in supply, will be able provide up to five hours of electricity to the main districts in the surrounding area: Cañada de la Cruz, Inazares, Moralejo, Barranda, El Moral and Los Royos.

Adverse climate and rural environment

The special circumstances in the rural environment around Caravaca de la Cruz have determined the choice of this enclave for this innovative solution.

In recent years, the area has been recording very adverse weather conditions that cause incidents in the distribution network. Also, it is an area consisting of various small and scattered centres of consumption, so a fault can leave several villages without service. To this is added the long distances that have to be covered to reach the source of the problem, which further complicates the resolution of incidents.

The traditional solution would have been to construct 22 km of overhead power lines, crossing environmental protection areas. This is the reason why an innovative solution was chosen, based on energy storage installed at a point where overhead cables intersect, allowing several areas to be served with a single battery.

The project has shown that batteries can improve the continuity of supply in contingency situations, as well as the use of photovoltaic plants connected to the impacted grid, including in isolation using only renewable energy. The batteries, in short, constitute a complement to the conventional local operation.

Smart storage system

There are several large photovoltaic plants in Caravaca de la Cruz that upload electricity to the grid during the hours with the most intense sunlight. A battery with these characteristics is able to adjust the voltage to the appropriate values and be ready to intervene as a second source of power supply in the event of a power failure.

To achieve this, it has a smart storage system that is able to assess the situation and decide what part of the network will remain in operation from the battery, taking into account actual consumption at that time, the generation capacity of photovoltaic plants nearby and the state of charge of the battery, among other aspects.

The system estimates both the consumption and the potential renewable generation power of the solar plants in the area at that time and for the following hours. It can, thus, take advantage of local power generation and, in addition, absorb excess energy, in case of excess production.

The combination of this battery and the electricity produced by the photovoltaic plants in the area will significantly reduce the interruption times in the power supply during an emergency.
Storage and grids, the keys to the energy model of the future

Storage systems are key to addressing the challenges of the energy transition and are destined to become an essential element in the electrical system of the future. This is because they allow the quality of the electricity supply to be improved, ensuring the stability and reliability of the network and integrating and harnessing the energy generated by renewable sources.

Iberdrola is a leader in energy storage, with an installed pumping technology capacity of 4,400 MW, which is currently the most efficient method. It is also undertaking numerous initiatives that combine the use of batteries with renewable energy – wind and photovoltaic – projects, as well as those oriented towards improving the quality of the supply by its grids, as is the case with the installation in Caravaca de La Cruz.

Electricity distribution networks are the circulatory system in the new energy model and an essential platform in the transition toward a decarbonised economy based on competitive, renewable energy. Transforming the grids into smart infrastructure responds to the challenges of an electrified economy, with greater integration of renewables, sustainable mobility, smart cities and consumption models and distributed generation.

In this context, i-DE has allocated 2 billion euros to digitising its electricity networks, with the installation of almost 11 million digital meters, together with the infrastructure that supports them, and the adaptation of around 90,000 transformer centres in Spain, to which it has incorporated remote management, supervision and automation capabilities. It is also currently working on the digitalisation of the low voltage network and is investing in control and operation systems.

I-DE, smart electricity grids

The activities of i-DE the new name for Iberdrola’s electricity distribution arm – include the planning, construction and maintenance of power lines, substations, transformer centres and other infrastructure, as well as operating the system in a way that efficiently distributes energy among the various agents that produce and consume it.

Iberdrola operates a distribution system consisting of 270,000 km of power lines in Spain and is present in 10 Autonomous Regions serving a population of 17 million. In 2018, Iberdrola’s distribution business invested almost €500 m in Spain in projects designed to improve its procedures and customer service channels; complete the roll-out of nearly 11 million smart meters and the supervision and automation of the grid.

Iberdrola’s network business is a significant driver of the Spanish economy, generating more than 10,000 jobs in total (both direct and through its suppliers). In 2018, the company made purchases to the value of €500 m from 2,000 local companies.

Source: Iberdrola

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Electric, self-charging and much more, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, the revolutionary plug-in hybrid SUV with the Mitsubishi Motors zero-emissions guarantee, offers the best in electric and hybrid technologies as well as added advantages compared to both technologies.

As regards hybrid technology, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV offers the possibility of driving 54 km in pure electric mode, with zero emissions, while offering a smooth, silent, safe (permanent electric 4WD) driving experience at a lower cost per day – at the same price as a hybrid in the same segment.

In comparison to a PEV, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV offers greater autonomy, thereby eliminating “range anxiety”. The 13.8 kWh large capacity battery of the Outlander PHEV has a range of up to 54 km in 100% electric mode. By adding the efficient 2.4-litre, Atkinson cycle petrol engine, a combined range of over 600 km can be achieved, bringing together all the benefits of e-mobility while removing the worry of finding yourself without power. It also offers much more space and versatility with an improved size-equipment-price ratio.

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Charging the battery of the Outlander PHEV is as easy as charging a mobile phone as it plugs into a conventional socket in the garage, in a private car park at home or at work, or by using a charging point. With a quick charger, it only takes 25 minutes to achieve 80% of battery capacity. Its charging options give it additional advantages over non-plug-in conventional hybrids.

But moreover, its battery has a much greater storage capacity compared to any other hybrid. This allows running in electric mode for everyday journeys, such as the daily commute to work, which apart from being environmentally-friendly, significantly reduces fuel expenditure (taking into account that the costs of electricity is approximately one third that of fossil fuel).

Its twin electric drive motors, one on each axle, are more powerful than those of any conventional hybrid, resulting in silent gears, immediate response and a refined driving experience, making this vehicle stand head and shoulders above its competitors.

Its 54-km range in electric mode has qualified the Outlander PHEV for the Spanish Traffic Authority (DGT) zero-emissions badge (etiqueta azul). This badge offers far more advantages than the ECO badge, as there are no restrictions, enabling free parking in some cities such as within the entire reduced-emissions zone of Madrid. It also enjoys free access to the APR zones (priority residential areas restricted to traffic), the HOV (high occupancy vehicle) bus lane and toll-free roads in some Autonomous Communities.

When the power accumulated in the batteries is consumed or where there is plug-in option available, the Outlander PHEV works as any other hybrid… but it’s even better. As with any other hybrid, it is self-charging, in other words, able to charge up its batteries with its 2.4-litre Atkinson cycle petrol engine. It also self-charges by means of regenerative braking that converts the braking force into electrical power to charge the batteries.

Hybrid mode provides the Outlander with an increased autonomy, but with a far more satisfactory operation compared to conventional hybrids, thanks to its larger batteries and enhanced capacity of its twin electric motors: permanent 4WD electric traction plus safety, a smooth ride, response and less noise…; with a consumption in hybrid mode similar to that of any conventional hybrid with an equivalent capacity.

Unbeatable price and a fantastic guarantee

The Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV starts from €34,350 for the Motion model (including the brand discount and a financing discount), offering a very full specification which includes: hill start assistance, Smartphone Link Display Audio connectivity, 18″ alloy rims, Blind Sport Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, electric hand brake, key-free access and ignition, rear camera and photosensitive rear-view mirror.

In addition, it comes with a 5-year guarantee or 100,000 km and an 8-year guarantee or 160,000 km for the battery set, representing one of the most extensive and comprehensive guarantees in the market.

Free charging point

The Mitsubishi commitment to the new mobility has translated into an agreement with Endesa which, with no need to change utility, enables the installation of a charging point free of charge, whether for a private house, a residents’ association or at the office. The installation of the charging point includes: a Wallbox Pulsar 16/32A unit, a mobile app to control the charging, the physical installation and labour costs, up to 10 metres of cable and the Electrical Installation Certificate.

Please ask your dealer for more information or visit  www.mitsubishi-motors.es

Seine Alliance has unveiled the Black Swan, the first electric boat specifically designed for private or business cruises on the Seine to be fitted with second life batteries. The aim of Seine Alliance and its partners – Groupe Renault and Green-Vision – is to be able to demonstrate the effectiveness of a model based on the principle of the circular economy, in order to reproduce it and create synergies between the various mobility players.

In the current ebullient atmosphere, in which innovative solutions are being sought to preserve our planet, the initiatives taken by professionals in the river sector offer encouragement for the future. Highly mobilised around the environmental aspects of their activities, they have been the source of many exemplary projects that are setting the pace for energy transition. The Black Swan, a zero-emissions* boat with a capacity of 2 to 8 people for family excursions of around 2 hours, has been designed in this spirit. It is powered by two electric motors and needs no generator or back-up internal combustion engine. So, it won’t emit any exhaust gases and proceeds noiselessly. It is a voluntary transformation approach towards reducing the impact of river activities on the environment.

Circular economy, safety and onboard comfort

The Black Swan is equipped with two wholly independent, autonomous, 100% electric propulsion lines. This redundancy means worry-free sailing.

Lithium-ion batteries taken from Renault electric vehicles once they have reached the end of their “first car life” are being re-conditioned and re-purposed. They are then installed beneath the boat’s side bench seats in 4 battery stainless steel housings that have been specially designed to ensure safe, water-tight operating conditions. Thus, the energy and raw materials required to produce new batteries has been avoided.

Each propeller is connected to two battery arrays that have a nominal power output of 10kW (20kW at maximum power), which easily allows the boat to reach the usual cruising speeds (there is a speed limit in force on the Seine in Paris). In total, the batteries weigh 278 kg, which is lighter than the fuel tank fitted in the boat when it was powered by an internal combustion engine.

The hull, with the dynamic lines and timeless design of its Italian builder, Tullio Abbate, has been retained, but it has neither outboard nor inboard motors. Propulsion and turning is provided by underwater directional units (known as pods). This is a technical development that gives the boat a sleeker profile and makes it possible to optimise the ergonomics of the cockpit to make steering easier and ensure maximum comfort for passengers as the boat glides silently along. And those passengers are able to enjoy 2-hour cruises after a charging time of just 2 to 3 hours.

A boat to inspire the rest of the profession

The technical presentation of the Black Swan took place yesterday, Monday 4 November, at the Atelier du France. The professional from the world of river navigation gathered at the Port de Grenelle in Paris to learn about an elegant, operational boat that could inspire the 150-odd commercial boats that ply their trade in Paris’ waterway, now that the migration to more environmentally friendly propulsion systems has become possible.

Demonstrations for the press will take place in the first quarter of 2020, at the same time as the Black Swan comes into service (once the necessary government permits have been obtained).
This is also when Seine Alliance will begin to refit a new analogue boat, before continuing with other boats to reach the target of a 100% electric fleet by 2024.

The Black Swan is the precursor of a new generation of boats, setting the bar for creativity, carbon neutrality and functionality, without compromising on elegance. The synergy developed with Groupe Renault and Green-Vision will allow the smart use of re-conditioned products that forms part of a truly sustainable development approach.

* zero emissions in operation

Source: Groupe Renault

Ignacio Galán in a electric Iberdrola car

Iberdrola, a world leading renewable energy company, has further enhanced its sustainable ambitions by becoming the first Spanish company to sign up to The Climate Group´s EV100 initiative.

EV100 is a global initiative bringing together forward-looking companies committed to accelerating the transition to electric vehicles (EVs) and making electric transport the new normal by 2030.

Under the agreement, sealed within the framework of the Climate Week NYC, Iberdrola will fully electrify its vehicle fleet and provide charging for staff across its operations in Spain and UK- where local EV market conditions make this possible- by 2030.

Iberdrola will also aspire towards this objective in Brazil, Mexico and the USA, but this will be reliant on national characteristics and further developments in the wider EV markets in each of these countries. As part of the partnership, Iberdrola will work with The Climate Group to engage key stakeholders in these countries to help overcome barriers.

A fleet of more than fleet of more than 3,500 vehicles across Spain and UK

This initiative will see Iberdrola have a fleet of more than 3,500 vehicles completely electrified in these two countries by 2030.

Light passenger cars and vans are included, as well as off-road vehicles used for windfarms and power line maintenance tasks like SUVs, pickup trucks and man basket cranes.

Iberdrola has already committed to installing up to 16.000 charging points at homes and 9.000 at workplaces in Spain by 2021. Beyond that, the company´s Smart mobility program for customers is increasing in popularity, which includes both the provision of a charging point and a special tariff to charge vehicles with green electricity.

In the UK, ScottishPower was the first energy company to offer and end-to-end EV ownership package for customers. Working with major car retailer Arnold Clark, buyers can purchase or lease an EV of their choice, book a home charging point installation and sign up to a smart 100% renewable electricity tariff as part of the same package.

In the US, Iberdrola´s subsidiary Avangrid just recently announced the expansion of its partnership with Nissan North America, seeking to provide 3.2 M customers and employees across New York, New England and Oregon with a 5,000 $ discount on the purchase of a Nissan LEAF EV. In addition, the company is also delivering a 34 M$ investment in the expansion of EV charging infrastructure across Maine and New York.

Source: Iberdrola

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Parque eólico El Andévalo (Huelva) / El Andévalo wind farm (Huelva)

Iberdrola and Heineken España have added to their commitment to sustainability as a strategic thrust in their businesses with the first long-term Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) in Spain between an electricity supplier and a brewing group. The agreement reached by the two companies will promote the construction of a new photovoltaic plant in Andévalo, which will guarantee the supply of green electricity to the four breweries and offices of Heineken España. The plant will become operational in 2020, in PPA mode, avoiding the mission into the atmosphere of over 100,000 tonnes of CO2 a year.

Andévalo forms part of Iberdrola’s strategy of investing in clean power generation projects in Spain – where it plans to install 3,000 MW by 2022- and its commitment to using bilateral agreements with big customers who are committed to sustainable consumption as a way to promote the supply of energy at affordable, stable prices.

Through this partnership Heineken España will be able to brew its beer using only renewable energies by 2023. To achieve this, Heineken is implementing an ambitious road map which, among other initiatives, encompasses a 100% renewable electricity supply.

Located in the municipality of Puebla de Guzmán (Huelva) and with a surface area of 150 ha., the project will have an installed capacity of 50 MW and will consist of 147,000, 340 Wp polycrystalline silicon modules that will generate 82 GWh/yr. The plant will be built inside the biggest wind farm in continental Europe, El Andévalo (292 MW), developed and managed by Iberdrola since 2010.

In addition to its environmental impact, the new solar photovoltaic installation will contribute to reactivating employment in the local community

Iberdrola’s plan to relaunch clean energy in Spain

The Andévalo photovoltaic project forms part of the company’s commitment to strengthening its investment in the production of clean energy in Spain, by installing 3,000 new MW by 2022. By 2030, company forecasts point to the installation of 10,000 new megawatts (MW). The plan will create jobs for 20,000 people.

Iberdrola’s commitment is to lead the transition toward a completely carbon-free economy by promoting renewable energies and accelerating investment in Spain, where it intends to spend 8 billion euros between 2018 and 2022.

Iberdrola is the most prolific producer of wind energy in Spain, with installed power of 5,770 MW, while its total installed renewable capacity, including both wind and hydroelectric, is 15,828 MW. The company operates 883 MW in Andalusia, mainly using wind power. Globally, Iberdrola’s installed renewable capacity is over 30,300 MW, which makes its generation fleet one of the cleanest in the energy sector.

Iberdrola is a global reference point in the area of PPAs and has long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs) in markets that include Spain, United States and Mexico, with wind and photovoltaic power projects totalling over 1,500 MW. In Spain, the company has been a pioneer in promoting this type of agreement with companies from various sectors (banking, telecommunications, distribution and sports brands).

Beer brewed 100% using renewable energy: the commitment from Heineken España

After covering all the demand for electricity from its breweries in Spain with the development of this new solar photovoltaic installation, Heineken’s plan focuses on replacing its current gas boilers with others that use solar energy in order to bring about its commitment to making its beers using only renewable energy by 2023.

These measures form part of its sustainability strategy Brewing a Better World, which focuses on six priority areas in which the company considers that its activities can make the most positive impact. Among them is the fight against climate change by reducing the amount of CO2 emitted into the atmosphere, a commitment on which Heineken España has made great progress in recent years by reducing its carbon footprint by 64% since 2008. In 2018, the company succeeded in meeting the 2020 goals two years ahead of schedule, setting new challenges for 2030 in the areas of production, cooling and packaging in order to meet the commitments of the Paris climate conference (COP 21) and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), among which is the commitment to using only renewable energy for the entire production of its beers by 2023.

Source: Iberdrola

Norway leads the way in the transition to a 100% electric mobility model. The volume of energy that transportation needs constitutes a fourth of the country’s total consumption, which is the reason why they find their electrification absolutely feasible. In addition, its mobility goals are aligned with the rest of the sustainable goals: to reduce 40% of the emissions by the year 2030 and become neutral in carbon emissions by 2050.

There are many characteristics that make Norway ideal for transport electrification. Among them, the political consensus for implementing measures that incentivise the use of electric vehicles, their knowledge of the electric transportation sector, their experience in R&D, their search for sustainable solutions and the country’s natural resources that enable them to have an almost 100% electric system.

Current situation

Norway is the country with the highest number of electric vehicles per capita in the world. Only in 2017, 21% of the new vehicles were electric and adding the hybrid models, 52% of the cars sold in the country last year were electric or hybrid. Thus and for the first time, the Scandinavian country had a participation in the fossil fuel market below 50%.

One of the keys to their success has been the support plan to the citizens, which exempts new electric cars from almost all taxes, giving benefits such as free or subsidized parking, a system of recharge points and use of highways, ferries and tunnels.

Land, sea and air, the ambitious proposal of the Norwegian electrification

By land: the country’s target is that all new cars, city buses and light vans should be zero-emissions by 2025.
If we look at the railway transport, we will find that it is already electrified by 78%.

By sea: 40% of all ships in the local transport should use biofuels or be low or zero-emission by 2030.
The Ampère Ferry initiated the technological change in the sea. Since then, four additional electric ferries have come into operation and another 62 are on its way. Furthermore, by the year 2021 they expect a third of the Norwegian vessels to be electric.

By air: being aware that airplanes use big quantities of fossil fuel and generate high levels of emissions, they are planning that all national air traffic becomes electric by 2040.

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To kick off the Global Wind Summit, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) will celebrate the topping-out ceremony of its electric thermal energy storage (ETES) facility in Hamburg-Altenwerder. With this innovative storage system, Siemens Gamesa is providing an answer to one of the central challenges facing the energy transition: how to make the supply and demand for electricity from renewable energy sources more flexible. The facility can store up to 30 MWh of energy and boasts maximum scalability at a low investment cost. The pilot facility is currently in the final construction phase, and all of the storage facility’s buildings and main components have already been completed.

The storage facility, able to hold the daily energy requirements of 1,500 German households, is set to be commissioned in 2019. Scientists from the Institute of Thermo-fluid Dynamics at the Technical University of Hamburg and the energy supplier Hamburg Energie have been involved in the development. Hamburg Energie will sell the stored power on the energy markets. Hamburg’s municipal energy supplier developed an IT platform to which the storage unit is connected. The platform guarantees that maximum possible proceeds are achieved by an optimized storage usage. The Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy is promoting storage development as part of the Future Energy Solutions project.

Renewable energies are available in large quantities when there is plenty of wind and sun – often more than the electricity grids can transport today. Storage facilities are used to buffer periods of low production, for example when there is a lull or it is dark. A lot of storage facilities have limited capacities or the storage technologies are too expensive, however. With ETES, Siemens Gamesa has developed a storage facility that reduces the construction and operating costs of larger storage capacities to a fraction of the usual level for battery storage. In commercial use, the technology can store energy at a cost of well below ten euro cents per kilowatt hour.

The simple thermal principle of the storage facility is based on known components which are used in a new combination. For example, fans and heating elements from series production are used to convert the electrical energy into a hot air flow. The same applies to reconversion: a highly dynamic Siemens steam boiler is used as standard in a steam turbine to produce electricity at the end of the storage chain. Siemens Gamesa invested the largest amount of research in the insulating container filled with a rockfill, the core of the innovation. In this research project, the Siemens Gamesa team investigated the thermo-fluid-dynamic principles of bulk material storage technology. Their findings enable scaling to the current scale.

A very interesting option of this technology is to convert decommissioned thermal power plants into high-performance storage facilities for renewable energies at a low cost. With this second-live option, the majority of components such as grid connection, turbines and generators can continue to be used.

After extensive tests, the new storage facility is to be incorporated into regular operations in partnership with Hamburg Energie GmbH.

Source: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE)

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The new MTU Onsite Energy 20V 4000 DS3600 genset was recently launched on the market. Based on enhanced MTU Series 4000 engines, the 20V 4000 DS3600 diesel genset significantly outperforms previous offerings with a 10% uplift to around 3,000 kW of electrical output (3,730 kVA) in standby operation, and some 2,700 kW of electrical output (3,390 kVA) when generating prime power. Earlier models of this Series 4000 engine have a proven track record with over 23,000 units sold for power generation applications.

More than 30 of these new units are already set for delivery in 2018. Most of the initial consignment, supplying 75 MW overall, is destined for a global internet group to generate standby power for its European data centre. MTU Onsite Energy has already announced further advancement to an even higher level in the form of the 20V 4000 DS4000 diesel genset delivering roughly 16% more output, amounting to as much as 3,200 kW of electrical output (4,000 kVA of standby power), compared with previous offerings. At around 20 m2 both units take up strikingly little space.

Optimized engine design boosts performance

Steadily increasing power demands in mission-critical applications, like those encountered in data centres, airports or hospitals, necessitate the use of ever more powerful engines – such as the enhanced Series 4000 from MTU – to allow the gensets to step in smoothly and cover demand should a contingency arise.

Performance has been boosted by optimizing engine design to allow for a higher BMEP (brake mean effective pressure ) in the cylinders, and fitting a redesigned turbocharger and modified peripheral equipment with some astutely matched components.

Genset beats the standard

In-house expertise in all the key technologies involved here, coupled with state-of-the-art simulation and analysis tools, have allowed to develop a generation of engines with which the new diesel genset can even beat the standard. One reason is the high engine load factor which allows the standby genset to be operated at 85% of its maximum power on average – a value which surpasses the requirements set out in ISO-8528-1 by 15%. What’s more, the generator can run for up to 500 hours a year in its vital standby power role. This value goes way beyond the 200 hours specified in the standard.

In case of a power outage, delivering a dependable power supply in a matter of seconds is key. Data centres with their sensitive IT facilities present the additional challenge of mitigating fluctuations in voltage and frequency. These gensets have therefore been developed to curb these variations by design. Receiving the first order for the new genset from a global player in the Silicon Valley is a great honour.

Certified to feed the public grid

Series 4000 gensets comply with VDE guidelines (the German Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies) and are certified for mains parallel operation. This allows users to feed power into the public grid at a profit as well as safeguarding supply in case of an emergency. In terms of energy efficiency, this is also a sensible approach to dealing with the increasingly common grid instabilities resulting from the use of renewables. Certified diesel gensets from MTU Onsite Energy tick all the boxes in meeting the technical criteria for doing just this.

Source: Rolls Royce

51-year-old Roberto San José Mendiluce, born in and resident of the city of Valladolid in Castilla-León, is Spain’s first 100% electric taxi driver – an honour he has held for the past six and a half years. With 12 years experience under his belt, his life changed completely in October 2011 when he unknowingly purchased the country’s first 100% electric taxi. Since then, his 100% electric Nissan LEAF has travelled over 323,000 km. In this article, Roberto shares his experience of the past six and a half years, which have been very encouraging in every sense, as we will see below.

To take the decision to buy a 100% electric taxi, I basically compared the fuel costs generated by my previous taxi, a Volkswagen Touran 2.0 TDI 140 CV DSG (with an estimated consumption of 8.5 l/100), knowing that in four and half years it would have travelled 320,000 km and have consumed some 27,200 litres of fuel. Taking an approximate fuel cost of 1.2 €/litre, the total cost of fuel would amount to €32,640. The purchase price of the Nissan LEAF was €30,650 (including a €6,000 discount resulting from a subsidy). Taking the consumption of the old taxi at 8.5 l/100 and the cost of fuel at €1.20, the investment in the purchase of an e-taxi would be paid back after 300,000 km (cost of diesel €30,600).

Of course, to the gross fuel saving must be added the savings made in maintenance costs and breakdowns. These are essentially brake pads (for example, I have still got the original set that are 50% worn), filters, fan belts, injectors, distributor, etc. Read more…

Roberto San José Mendiluce
Spain’s first 100% electric taxi driver, since October 2011

Article published in: FuturENERGY April 2018

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