Global solar PV market will see ‘spectacular growth’ over next 5 years

Solar PV installations on both residential and commercial buildings will see rapid growth over the next five years, according to the latest market forecast from the International Energy Agency (IEA).


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Webasto starts battery production, prepares to enter China

German automotive supplier Webasto has begun producing EV batteries at the company’s manufacturing plant in Schierling, Germany. The first battery packs will go to an unnamed European bus maker.

Three years ago, Webasto decided to branch out of its core business of roofs and heaters and expand into electromobility, with charging solutions and battery systems. Webasto has invested €11 million in a multi-product line at the Schierling site, and a further €18 million to establish a prototype construction and validation center at its site in Hengersberg, Germany.

MORE: Webasto acquires AeroVironment’s Efficient Energy Systems

The Hengersberg site manufactures aluminum boxes for the battery systems, which are then sent to Schierling for completion. Webasto sources its battery cells from Samsung SDI, which it has partnered with since 2018.

Webasto is currently preparing to enter the Chinese market. It will manufacture both battery systems and roofs at a new production site in Jiaxing, which it expects to open at the beginning of 2020.

Dr. Holger Engelmann, Chairman of Webasto’s Management Board, said, “We have successfully entered this market and the first buses with Webasto batteries will shortly take to the streets of major European cities.”

Proterra’s new multi-dispenser charging system for heavy-duty EV fleets

Proterra has added a useful new offering to its charging solutions – a multi-dispenser system that enables Proterra stations to have up to four low-profile charging dispensers paired to a single Power Control System (PCS).

The solution enables automated, sequential vehicle charging, which allows multiple vehicles to charge one after the other automatically and at full power. To optimize space, dispensers can be installed up to 500 feet away from the PCS.

Multi-dispenser charging is available for Proterra’s 60 kW and 125 kW systems, and serves the Proterra Catalyst transit vehicle as well as the Proterra Powered Saf-T-Liner C2 Jouley electric school bus. Customers who already have Proterra chargers can retrofit the multi-dispenser solution onto existing PCS units.

Proterra chargers use standard CCS Combo plugs and overhead pantograph technology, which enables fleet operators to charge a variety of heavy-duty and light-duty electric vehicles with the same chargers. Proterra chargers are also vehicle-to-grid capable and smart-grid ready.

“One of the biggest challenges with full fleet electrification is managing a complex energy ecosystem and charging infrastructure,” said Proterra Chief Commercial Officer Matt Horton. “Proterra has consistently designed and developed both products and services that help lower upfront costs and provide flexible, scalable charging solutions to meet customer needs.”

Minnesota and New Mexico to become clean air states

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As the federal government struggles to wrest control of emissions standards from state governments, two more states have announced plans to join the 13 that already enforce their own more stringent standards.

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz announced that the Minnesota
Pollution Control Agency will begin the process of setting vehicle emission
standards for automakers this year with public hearings, and hopes to adopt the
Clean Cars Minnesota Rule next December. Walz said the MPCA has the authority
to implement the regulations without legislative approval.

The new emission standards will go into effect for 2023
models. They will have no effect on any current vehicles, and drivers will not
need to have their vehicles modified or tested now or in the future. As in
California and other clean air states, emission limits will be set for each manufacturer’s
entire fleet of vehicles, so carbon-spewing pickups will have to be offset with
ZEVs or low-emission vehicles.

“If you want to continue driving your F-150, go ahead,” Walz
said. “If you want to take your F-150 to pull your fish house onto the ice, do
that. We want to make sure there is ice on the lake.”

Walz said the standards will give a boost to the EV market in
Minnesota as manufacturers will offer more electrified options in the state.

Referring to the Administration’s campaign to block
California and other states from setting their own emission or mileage
standards, Walz said, “Trump won’t win in court. The only people who were happy
with his decision were the oil companies.”

In New Mexico, Governor Lujan Grisham announced that by the
end of next year, her state will also adopt clean car standards more stringent
than the federal government’s. The new standards will increase average fuel
economy to 52 mpg, as opposed to 37 mpg under the proposed federal rollbacks.

“It is environmentally and economically counterproductive to
stall fuel economy standards as contemplated by the proposed federal rollbacks,”
said Governor Grisham. “While President Trump threatens to rob New Mexico and
indeed all states of a valuable tool for combating air pollution and decreasing
greenhouse gas emissions, New Mexico will stand up and deliver on our
commitment to environmental leadership.”

Tesla patent reveals cooling system in battery packs

Tesla has patented a battery pack design with a cooling system using plates to dissipate heat. It’s likely what is in Tesla’s current stationary energy storage products. more…

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