In the following guest contribution Kyle Pennell digs into the issue of lithium availability for battery electric vehicles. Lithium ion batteries have several advantages over other battery types. And while they’re still more expensive than their lead-acid counterparts, lithium ion batteries have been steadily declining in price.
The world’s largest electricity producer reforms its power sector. The development of a provincial spot market is increasingly important to allow for efficient power plant dispatch in China. Zhejiang province aims to introduce a spot market by early 2019.
On behalf of Agora Energiewende and the China National Renewable Energy Centre (CNREC), Energy Brainpool investigated the Chinese power supply. It became clear that the power system is in a significant transition. The increasing regenerative supply is followed by stagnating CO2 emissions since 2013.
Natural Gas is currently the third most important primary energy carrier in the world (after oil and coal). The main advantages of natural gas in comparison to coal or oil are the high efficiency levels that can be achieved when generating electricity from natural gas. As with oil, the global reserves of natural gas are concentrated in a few countries around the world.
1380 MW offshore wind power plants forego state subsidies. According to the experts at Energy Brainpool, the average revenue for non-subsidized offshore wind farms will grow from around 53 EUR/MWh in 2025 to around 76 EUR/MWh in 2035.
The technology giant and the Beijing-based Energy-Blockchain Labs want to use the new platform for allowing its users to manage their carbon assets. With the help of blockchain technology they want to improve efficiency in China’s national carbon market, which will be opened during 2017.