Achieved connection Future Energies Future Energies en-gb Future Energies UK: Scientists develop pioneering new spray-on solar cells A team of scientists at the University of Sheffield are the first to fabricate perovskite solar cells using a spray-painting process – a discovery that could help cut the cost of solar electricity. The discovery could help cut the cost of solar energy. Perovskite is a promising new material for solar cells. It has high efficiency with low materials costs. The Spray-painting method could be used in high volume manufacturing. Experts from the University’s Department of Physics and Astronomy and Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering have previously used the spray-painting method to produce solar cells using organic semiconductors - but using perovskite is a major step forward. UK: WAVE RETURN 2014 This year Team GMS had two entries in WAVE 2014. The WAVE consists of 4 different WAVE-events, and each WAVE-event will have one winner of the prestigieous WAVE TROPHY. All together there were 80 participating teams from all over the world. The WAVE aims to show that electric mobility powered by renewable energies is available and a great solution for our future mobility. WAVE is the world's leading and largest electric vehicle rally. Green MotorSports first entry was a prototype lightweight pure electric utility vehicle powered ( Number 3 ) by our revolutionary 2014 Cost effective liquid-cooled electric motor and the second WAVE entry was a iMiEV production car made by Mitsubishi. (Number 37) see Green MotorSport news for more info. UK: RenewableUK hails IPCC report Commenting on today's publication of the 5th UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, which calls for a shift away from fossil fuels to focus instead on developing renewable energy sources, RenewableUK’s Deputy Chief Executive Maf Smith said: “When it comes to taking practical action against carbon emissions, the most useful tool in the kit is wind energy. It’s the most developed renewable technology we have, providing more than half the low-carbon electricity we generate in the UK. Battery offers 30-second charge time An Israeli start-up called StoreDot has been reported to have displayed a device made of biological structures at Microsoft's Think Next Conference that can charge a smartphone from a dead battery state to full power in under 30 seconds. StoreDot’s technology can be applied in batteries for mobile devices, providing a sustainable solution that can replace lithium-ion batteries. Due to the size of StoreDot nanodots, the electrode capacitance is increased, resulting in next generation batteries that can be fully charged in minutes rather than hours. For more information see BBC News. Climate inaction to be 'catastrophe' Costs of inaction on climate change will be "catastrophic", according to US Secretary of State John Kerry. Mr Kerry was responding to a major report by the UN which described the impacts of global warming as "severe, pervasive and irreversible" One example of an adaptation strategy would be the construction of sea walls to protect against flooding. See the full article at BBC News 2014 WAVE ELECTRIC CAR RALLY The popularity of (WAVE), with its growing number of participants, has demonstrated how quickly battery powered vehicles are adapting to all types of driving conditions, from local urban roads to long distance routes and demanding conditions in the high Swiss Alps. A major objective of WAVE is to encourage the installation of the recharging infrastructure and each year we find more enthusiastic suppliers enabling us to recharge our cars. This will take some time to complete, but in the meantime, each WAVE team feeds electricity from a renewable source, such as wind or solar, into the grid in their home country. En route they can withdraw that energy from any power socket. Read the full news at Green MotorSport News US : Battery advance Researchers in the US have made an important step in the quest to store electricity from intermittent energy sources. At Harvard University, a team came up with a way to drive down the cost of flow battery technology, which is capable of storing energy on huge scales. The researchers say their new battery already performs as well as vanadium flow batteries, but uses no precious metals. Read the full article at BBC News Contraction and Convergence is a great proposition As we have a tremendous environmental crisis at hand, contraction and convergence is a very proper proposition. Lowering our greenhouse gas emissions is a good step towards a more liveable planet. Also, having the nations work in unison will help us become more united over this issue as a planet, and less divided among nations. C&C will allow all countries to a reasonable way to achieve low emissions by establishing entitlements or rewards for meeting target emission standards. This allows countries to continue to emit emissions as long as they are meeting goals set by a world governing standard. Another benefit from this solution will help poverty stricken nations become better economies through those standards. See the full details. France: Hydrogen squeezed from Rocks It has been reported that Scientists from the University of Lyon have discovered a way to split hydrogen gas from water, using rocks. The new method may promise a new green energy source, providing hydrogen from a simple mixture of water and rocks. The method uses low temperatures and involves no fossil fuel. This type of "greener chemistry" could promise a route to new sources of free energy at a lower cost. See the full report at bbc news THORIUM ENERGY IS OUR FUTURE The UK is reverting to using traditional nuclear power, but there are potential safety problems with conventional technology. With all solid fuel high pressure nuclear technologies there is the danger of reactor meltdown under certain circumstances, and there could be proliferation of nuclear weapons if plutonium becomes more widely available. It will also be necessary to store hazardous waste for 10,000 years. There is however, a safe alternative to our present nuclear reactors. UK: Newbury : £50m solar PV deal PassivSystems today announced that it has been awarded an exclusive contract with Freetricity to provide the monitoring of a major ’free solar PV’ roll out campaign targeting an initial £50 million portfolio of rooftop solar photovoltaic systems in the UK. Team Green MotorSport Completes WAVE 2013 Team 20, Gordon Foat of Green MotorSport and his co-driver, Leora Rosner of the Growing Air Foundation have just returned after successfully completing the World Advanced Vehicle Expedition, WAVE 2013. Driving the new electric Peugeot ION they collected first prize for Best Car Decoration and were awarded 3rd for most efficient drive. Overall, out of 40 teams Team 20 made a desirable 7th place. UN Climate Talks Resume in Bonn United Nations climate negotiations will resume for a fortnight-long session in Bonn, Germany, from the 3rd to the 14th of June. The talks come as the world recently crossed the threshold of 400ppm concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, at least 50 parts above what scientists suggest is safe (350ppm) and significantly higher than pre-industrial levels (270ppm). The meeting will consist of technical bodies as well as continued long-term talks. This will be the final confirmed negotiation session before the annual UN climate summit is held in Warsaw, Poland, in November. Full consent for 40MW Lewis wave energy farm Aquamarine Power has received full consent from the Scottish Government for a 40MW wave farm off the north-west coast of Lewis, Scotland - making it the world's largest fully-permitted ocean energy site. The announcement was made by the Scottish Government's Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism Fergus Ewing at the All Energy conference in Aberdeen. see the full details. Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere passes a landmark value The concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) gas in the Earth's atmosphere passed 400ppm (parts per million) according to the Mauna Lao Observatory in Hawaii in the Pacific Ocean, where researchers have been recording levels of CO2 in the atmosphere. see the full details. UK: World’s largest offshore wind farm goes fully operational RenewableUK has welcomed the announcement that all 175 turbines at the world’s largest operational offshore wind farm, London Array, are now generating clean electricity. The turbines were installed in the Thames Estuary between January and December last year. First power was generated in October 2012 and with the 175th turbine now online, Phase One of London Array is fully operational. ‘WAVE 2013’ Help the Forest Grow! Green MotorSport is joining hands with the Growing Air Foundation "GAF" to wield a double-edged sword against climate change. Both sustainable energy and reforestation are necessary to lower greenhouse gases and normalize weather patterns. GAF uses 90% of its donations for reforestation. Green MotorSport complies with the partnership parameters of the Growing Air Foundation. We have a long history of demonstrating our green commitments and achievements towards reducing global greenhouse gas emissions. For the past decade we have shown how renewable energy from the sun and wind can power our transport. A STUDY INTO THE ECONOMICS OF GAS AND OFFSHORE WIND The report finds that, compared to a future power system more heavily dependent on gas, large-scale investment in offshore wind would impact positively on the UK’s GDP and employment. In the longer term, offshore wind would prevent locking the UK into natural gas usage and imports. UK power sector CO2 emissions in the WIND scenario would be around one-third of those in the GAS scenario in 2030, even though some gas-fired power is needed to provide backup when there is insufficient wind to meet power demand. JOIN GMS IN THE WAVE 2013 Green MotorSport is inviting participants to join us in the World Advanced Vehicle Expedition (WAVE) from 29th June to 7th July. WAVE has a special mission to promote electric mobility running on renewable energy. In 2011, twenty four teams from eight countries joined the first WAVE, driving from Paris to Prague powered by the sun and the wind. In 2012, we drove from Genoa in Italy to Amsterdam in The Netherlands. We visited governments, business leaders, schools and places of interest, and again reached the attention of millions of people. Green MotorSport's participation in WAVE was recently featured on the BBC and just recently we released a series of full length HD documentary videos of both trips. See more at GMS NEWS. UK: MARKETS FOR INNOVATIVE ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES New world markets are opening up as the cost of fossil fuels continues to rise and the problems associated with changes in the chemistry of the atmosphere and oceans are recognised. Ways are being found to store energy from intermittent renewable sources, including advanced batteries, hydrogen, ammonia, biomass and synthesised gases. UK: GREEN MOTORSPORT DRIVER DETERMINED TO CREATE ‘THE PEOPLE’S CAR’ An award-winning company director of Green MotorSport Limited from Woking in Surrey is recharged in his mission to make the UK more committed to being a low-carbon country, having just returned from a trip covering 2619km from Genoa Italy to Amsterdam in a 72 volt electric car. Representing the UK in the World Advanced Vehicle Expedition ‘WAVE’, a unique and highly visible Europe-wide rally event demonstrating the performance and viability of electric vehicles ranging from everyday commuters to 300 BHP supercar projects. ITALY : WAVE 2012 TEAM GB READY TO GO IN GENOVA! Final preparations are in hand in Genoa, Italy, for the launch of this years WAVE! The 2012 World Advanced Vehicle Expedition (WAVE) is commencing on Sunday 9th September. Over 19 electric cars powered by renewable energy will drive from Italy across France, Switzerland, Germany and the Netherlands, to finish on 22nd September in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The global media is invited at each stage of the drive in order to promote interest in the development of clean, electric vehicle technologies for future generations. See the full article at Green MotorSport news. HYDROGEN FUEL CELLS IN A DIVERSE TRANSPORT SYSTEM As the world’s motor industries introduce measures to reduce transport’s dependence on oil and to meet the legislation to cut CO2 emissions, a timely meeting in Birmingham, UK, considered the role of hydrogen fuel cells in a low carbon transport system. At the conference entitled ‘Smart Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Power’ different options were proposed to commercialise hydrogen fuel cells for transport. See the full new report at FuelCellPower. Higgs boson-like particle discovery claimed at LHC Cern scientists reporting from the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) have claimed the discovery of a new particle consistent with the Higgs boson. The particle has been the subject of a 45-year hunt to explain how matter attains its mass. Both of the Higgs boson-hunting experiments at the LHC see a level of certainty in their data worthy of a "discovery". Could this open up new energy technologies for our future? See the full article at BBC NEWS ARCTIC METHANE EMERGENCY There are vast quantities of the powerful greenhouse gas methane frozen under shallow seas which are beginning to be released into the atmosphere as the global temperature increases. The temperature in the arctic is rising four or five times faster than the global average.