February 2022 Smart Energy News

By Pilgrim - February 16, 2022

Our new video podcast Smart Energy People launches with a couple of great episodes.


Smart Energy People: Phil Nunn of Jumptech explains how they help the EV charging industry to organise all the tasks necessary to get chargers in the ground.

We love a good show. Let us know if you'd like to meet up at any of these: Everything EV (London, 24 Feb), EV infrastructure Expo (Silverstone, 12 May), Fully Charged Live (Farnborough, 29 Apr - 1st May), Cenex (Millbrook, 7-8 Sep), EV World Congress (25-26 Oct) or the London EV Show (Dec?).

DevicePilot customers can now precisely calculate CO2 emissions and savings when using electricity for any purpose, including for EV charging, by ingesting a live feed from the UK grid carbon API, or in other countries including European and US states, ElectricityMap. By my calculations, for an EV to be as dirty as a modern ICE car, grid carbon intensity would need to be around 640 gCO2/kWh, whereas the UK grid today varies between 10% and 50% of that figure, as the UK is now sometimes more than 50% powered by wind.

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Smart Energy People: Harriet Allman-Carter of Lightsource Labs introduces what they’re doing in Home Energy Management

  • UK grid regulator Ofgem plans to make smart meters do half-hourly billing unless you opt-out (whereas today you have to opt-in).
  • Folks are starting seriously to consider the costs of moving Smart Meters away from 2G & 3G networks
  • TaDo the German Smart Energy company will go public at a €450m valuation.
  • ClimateScope is a useful tool for comparing the cleanliness of each country’s energy.
  • Customer consent, interoperability, data catalogues… lots of good ideas in the latest report by the UK Energy Digitalisation taskforce (EDiT).
  • It can take time for a government’s energy legacy to become clear. While UK PM Tony Blair (1997-2007) kick-started our journey to what we now call Net Zero, his successor David Cameron (2010-2016) - who famously “cut the green crap” - burdened consumers with an additional £2.5bn on today’s UK energy bills.
  • To address very steep energy price rises, the UK government looks set to use a combination of loans and direct support to the less well off, eschewing windfall tax and the abolition of green levies. There’s increasing attention to the unfairness that the vulnerable pay more for energy via pre-pay meters.
  • In just the last year China built more offshore wind than all other countries combined in the last 5 years - giving it now 50% of the global total. Wow.
  • 10 years ago I briefly considered using potential energy for home electricity storage (a motor, a heavy weight and a large drop) - but quickly gave-up after a back-of-the-envelope calculation. Seems like I’m not the only one to have a downer on the idea.
  • Putting solar panels over canals increases efficiency of both water transport and PV, neat.
  • Last week JET achieved fusion for 5 seconds, generating 16kWh (equivalent to 11MW sustained). With a Q factor of only 0.3 overall this is not yet net-energy-positive, but perhaps we're nearing the tipping point between a science project and exponential engineering? I'm reminded of futurist Ray Kurzweil’s comment upon hearing that after billions and decades invested, the Human Genome Project had only sequenced 1% of the genome: “So, they’re about half way there”.


Until next month,


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