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John Olver says:
Electric Vehicles, An Unstoppable Market Force


Category: Electric Transport, Uncategorized
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Electric Vehicles, An Unstoppable Market Force

Worldwide increase in demand for EV’s.
The Nissan Leaf is the world leader in number of cars on the road and increase in sales but all makes are up. Although total numbers are small, less than million worldwide, EV’s arre coming on market in a world dominated by ICE’s for a hundred years. The infrastructure for EV’s is just beginning and the technology is in it’s infancy. What is evident is that there is a market demand for EV’s and that demand is growing as consumers become familiar with EV’s, the number of models grows and the infrastructure comes on line.

http://cleantechnica.com/2015/03/28/ev-demand-growing-global-market-hits-740000-units/

Battery costs are falling more rapidly than predicted.
In 2007 lithium-ion batteries were priced at US$1000 per kWh. By 2014 the price ha fallen to US$300 per kWh. This has been due to increased demand and technological improvements in both the batteries and the manufacturing process. At this pace the US$150 price should be reached within the next few years as Tesla and Nissan bring their mass battery production facilities on line and further improvements are made to the batteries themselves. EV’s will be price competitive with ICE vehicles when the US$150 range is reached. At that same time consumers will be over the range phobia that has held up sales, the EV’s offered will have increased range and probably recharge more quickly. Those that own or rent a living space that makes charging at home possible will find it hard to resist a vehicle that is much cheaper to operate than an ICE vehicle.

http://www.rtcc.org/2015/03/23/falling-battery-prices-boost-outlook-for-electric-vehicles/

Environmental benefits of EV’s will lead to faster adoption.
Mass adoption of EV’s would lead to less environmental devastation caused by fossil fuel extraction and transport, less smog in densely populated areas and cooler cities as well as other benefits. Certainly there is an environmental impact to manufacturing EV’s but the vehicles themselves have far fewer parts than ICE vehicles and therefore manufacturing impact should be less and the battery manufacturing process can be made nearly pollution free if we wish it to be. A recent study at Michigan State University found that EV’s produce only 20% of the heat that ICE vehicles produce. This translates to cooler cities and lower air conditioning costs.

http://www.rtcc.org/2015/03/23/falling-battery-prices-boost-outlook-for-electric-vehicles/

Will other technology jump ahead of EV’s?
Toyota is pushing hard for hydrogen fuel cell powered EV’s but to date they haven’t solved all the technical problems needed to make the fuel cells practical and cheap and the infrastructure is a long way behind the battery infrastructure. But in the end there will be room for both formats. The biggest breakthrough that put a stop to individually owned EV’s is the driverless vehicle movement. If we all have multipurpose hand held device and a driverless vehicle can be summoned with the push of a button to drive us to our destination it would seem far cheaper to have the vehicles owned by a transportation company and just call a car as needed. Of course these vehicles are likely to be either battery or hydrogen EV’s.

Cleaner transportation is inevitable.


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  • vince comments:
    "At an election hustings last night the failure to grasp the need to focus and do something now about climate change was so obvious from the key parties.
    Sure they all make noises but it needs real guts to pioneer and challenge the status quo that is the political classes today.
    Right now you have a chance to insist even demand that if any candidate wants your vote then they must champion carbon reduction at far higher levels than the current Dorset target.
    Other countries will be mainly renewable before we even achieve modest targets and why ? Old thinking, attachment to fossil fuels, dependance on Nuclear and all totally un-necessary.
    Listen to your conscious and vote independently of old baggage or misplaced loyalty.
    Vote for the future of generations to come and the Planet. "

    April 16, 2015 a 3:29 pm


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Vince Adams says:
Story from Sweden


Category: Combined Heat & Power, Energy Efficiency, Sustainable Energy Stories, Sustainable Living
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Story from Sweden

High on the Bjare peninsular near Barstad there is a famous tourist destination called Havers Hog below which the Halland Sas becomes the Kattegat Sea leading North to the Arctic.Its a beautiful site and has a great Hotel with views and good food.

I meet with the Owner and he explained his approach to sustainability and the environment and I was truly impressed. All their heating and hot water is produced by their own biomass boiler using local hay stubble that previously was burned in the Autumn.

All the hotel roofs have been grass covered and at this time of year are a haven for wild flowers and grasses. The grass provides amazing insulation and is great for the environment. In the main lounge and dining room they have a huge wood stove that in Winter is hugely productive using only local wood from sustainable sources. They use as much local food as possible and have their own market garden that is fully productive throughout the year. To cap it all they have pioneered with a local Swedish company a means of maintain great-usable clean water without burdening the local eco structure. I was shown the system which involves three levels of purification from proactive to react and then finally into an interact area with reeds, ponds and wildlife. The system is now being marketed throughout Scandinavia and has created a prosperous grwowing company with many staff and distributors all benefiting from what started at Havers Hog Hotel.

The projects have all shown economic sense as well as the Green feeling so why oh why can’t more of our UK hotels follow a similar pattern?

I am sure that they are trying so let’s hear their stories and spread the word.

View from Havers Hog

View from Havers Hog



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Lets Get Energized says:
Energize your day with It’s All Good Radio Show & Dorset Energized


Category: Climate Change, Energy Efficiency, Green Electricity & Gas, Renewable Energy, Renewable Energy Film/Video, Sustainable Living
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It’s all going on this week here at Dorset Energized, and its all good!!!

Dorset Energized are very excited to be working with the inspiring duo Debbie Hyde and David Durant who have created their own internet radio show entitled It’s All Good as co-founders of Media for Good, which is a non-profit partnership with the aim of harnessing the power of media to effect change towards a more sustainable economy and protection of the Earth’s resources.

Dorset Energized’s Vince Adams first met Debbie at Ecotricity’s Green Britain meeting in March 2014 in Brighton, and since then our team have been in talks with Debbie and David about how we can work together to help people get energized and create a renewable energy future…

It’s All Good Radio Podcasts

You can tune in to stories, news and interviews with people like you – creating a bright clean energy future, every week on the It’s All Good radio show podcasts on Renewable Energy which will also feature contributions from the Dorset Energized Team including our bloggers Vince Adams and Keith Wheaton-Green.

Debbie has also set herself a challenge to write a blog post every single day this September so make sure you check them out at www.itsallgoodradioshow.com

As Debbie says on her latest blog post Communicating a positive vision of a 100% clean energy future – we all have power and we all have choices. Every one of us has the opportunity to choose today to work towards a positive vision of a 100% clean energy future, for as William Ward says “If you can imagine it, you can create it. If you can dream it, you can become it.”

She calls upon fellow broadcasters, advertisers, writers, bloggers, designers, photographers, film makers, actors, artists, musicians and singers – as “together we need to bring sustainable living to life and make it a natural part of our culture which is relevant and fun for all of us.”

We are right here with you Debbie and very much looking forward to sharing your shows…

Throughout September you’ll enjoy a mix of stories, news and interviews from people all around the world who are making the switch to renewable energy. Get involved and share your stories too. Just click onto www.itsallgoodradioshow.com plus check out the previous podcasts on Renewable Energy at http://www.mixcloud.com/debbiehyde88

Do YOU support a 100% Clean Energy Future?
Choose a way YOU can take action:

Here are some great actions Debbie also shared on her latest blog post we wanted to make sure you didn’t miss:

It’s All Good Radio Show is an internet radio show produced and presented by Debbie Hyde which is broadcast at 9pm GMT on http://www.brooklandsradio.co.uk.



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