Dachser Poised to Move Completely to Green Electricity

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Green electricity can bring about a swift energy transition. What is it all about? The electricity generated using renewable energy sources is the key to global climate protection.

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China’s Growing Electricity Crisis Threatens Global Supply Chain

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China’s energy crisis is getting more prominent with the latest shockwave to global supply chains as factories in the country are forced to conserve energy by curbing production. Continue reading

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Bitcoin Mining Electricity Consumption and Concerns

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Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin have become increasingly popular. On the upside, the values are soaring, but on the downside, they use incredible amounts of electricity. Continue reading

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Are Microbes Poised as the Future of Clean Electricity?

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All over the globe, nations are looking at switching to renewable energy. While the quest for eco-friendly options is still gaining popularity, the answer for sustainable methods for storing green energy may be found in a bacteria called Shewanella oneidensis. Continue reading

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Thermoelectrics Can Make Electricity from Heat Flux

Thermoelectrics (TE) are semiconductor devices that can convert heat flux into electricity from the Seekbeck effect.

Thermoelectric generators turn heat flux into electricity. As there are no moving parts and combustion, the generation does not produce greenhouse gas emissions. Continue reading

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Hydropower – Forgotten Giant of Clean Electricity Needs Revival

According to a recent International Energy Agency (IEA) special report, the forgotten giant of low-carbon electricity needs an investment push and comprehensive policy to align with the net-zero goals. Plus, support a faster expansion of solar and wind power. Continue reading

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Lower  Electricity Cost Makes UK Motoring Cheap

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Brits can now consider fuelling their cars economically. For gasoline or diesel-powered vehicles, fuel has touched new heights. The trend is due to a new specialist energy tariff, where electric car drivers in the UK can charge their EVs and drive them for the equivalent of around 1.3 pence per mile. Continue reading

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Australia’s Electricity Sector has Innovative Lessons for Defence

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Disruptive innovation can be difficult to foster, and most successful organizations look out for sustaining innovation instead. One can see a prominent case of disruptive innovation in action, a case of Australia’s electricity sector with critical lessons for the Department of Defence. Continue reading

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Harvesting Radio Waves into Electricity to Power Wearable Devices

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Radio waves are ubiquitous from microwave ovens to Wi-Fi connections; they permeate the environment. The waves are signals of energy consumed and sources of energy themselves. Groundbreaking research can now harvest energy from radio waves to power wearables. Continue reading

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Electricity Dreams and Plans Need Public Support

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The use of electric cars may be one of the reasons why the demand for power will rise shortly. In this context, David Connolly, the CEO of Wind Energy Ireland, the industry group representing wind farm operators, cited his viewpoint in an interview on the Climate Action Plan targets for renewable energy recently.

The organization published a report in 2020, which warned that the industry was running short of time for meeting the Climate Action Plan targets for renewable energy to be reached. Mr Connolly stated during the interview that the biggest constraint for both our onshore and offshore members was the electricity grid. He added that it was the single biggest barrier in getting clean electricity to Irish consumers by 2030.

The national grid will need significant investment to connect the disparate sources of renewable energy from planned windfarms that are offshore and onshore. Furthermore, Eirgrid, which operates the national grid, will present four distinct options to the Government shortly. The cost is said to range between €700m and €3bn.

The Government’s Climate Action Plan aims for Ireland to achieve around 70% of its electricity generated by renewable means by the end of the decade. In simple terms, the plan calls for an additional 12,000 megawatts of renewable power. So, to achieve the plan, the program for the government expanded the existing target for offshore wind energy to 5,000 megawatts of power. The rest of around 8,000 megawatts will come from new onshore wind farms.

One must look at the scale of what’s being planned, where the total amount of installed wind energy in the Republic currently is around 4,000 megawatts. The plan is to increase the amount of onshore wind to almost double. It could be ambitious and revolutionary.

According to Eirgrid, the demand for power in Ireland is forecast to grow by between 19-50% over the next ten years. Plus, half of that demand is expected to come from charging electric cars and using electric heat pumps at homes. The other half could come from large users, including data centres. In fact, large energy users could account for 27% of electricity demand by 2028.

Moreover, MaREI, an energy research institute in UCC, estimates that there would still be a burning of 80% of the gas that one is burning today to generate electricity by the time one could get to 2030. It is evident that the human dimension will become an even bigger, critical factor as these plans are put into practice.

According to a recent report from the Irish Academy of Engineering, the cost of opposition to big infrastructural projects to bring more renewable electricity onto the grid was underestimated in Denmark and Germany. In conclusion, the Climate Action Plan heralds a revolution in our energy system, and it will only succeed if it brings people with it.

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