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Understanding Energiewende

Arne Jungjohann has been speaking about the German Energiewende at a Clean Energy Discussion in Ottawa last week.

Jungjohann offered “lessons” from the German clean energy story, also called the Energiewende. It’s the German word for the country’s clean energy transition, and Jungjohann co-wrote a book about it: Energy Democracy — Germany’s Energiewende to Renewables. […]

It’s a technical transition from fossil fuel-based energy to renewable energy, he explained, but it’s also a political and cultural transition; it’s a transition from centralized, corporation-dominated energy, to a smaller, decentralized power grid.

 

 

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Rethinking Transportation

Tony Seba (Stanford University) came up with a kind of best-case scenario for electrification and decarbonization. “Rethinking Transportation 2020-2030” sees a self-amplifiying change in how we travel and transport things:

By 2030, within 10 years of regulatory approval of autonomous vehicles (AVs), 95% of U.S. passenger miles traveled will be served by on-demand autonomous electric vehicles owned by fleets, not individuals, in a new business model we call “transportas-a-service” (TaaS). The TaaS disruption will have enormous implications across the transportation and oil industries, decimating entire portions of their value chains, causing oil demand and prices to plummet, and destroying trillions of dollars in investor value — but also creating trillions of dollars in new business opportunities, consumer surplus and GDP growth.

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Tumblr of the Day: Iconic Photos

The Tumblr of the Day is Iconic Photos, which currently comes with the image above and a very nice text explaining the history and making-of of the image and the rise and fall of the drive-in cinema (“By 1958, 83% of American households had a television set in their homes, up from 9% in 1950.”).

Iconic Photos is on Patreon, too.

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Car Sales are a markovian process

A group of people from SEAT, Uni Barcelona, Uni Lausanne and the Captain Obvious Institute for Market Research did Big Data on 10 years worth of car sales (PDF) . They find the process is unsurprisingly Markovian for at least 5 years. Meaning that past sales have an influence on current sales (and expectations of future market changes have an influence on current sales as well).

Meaning that while 2022 is probably not a bad horizon for going electrical, the change to carbon free transport is still going to be fast and violent.

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Velo-City Expo, and the Dutch view on cycling helmets

Bicycle Dutch has a selection of news:

Velo-City  is a conference on June, 13 in Nijmegen, NL. Because he’s not flying for KLM on that day, Willem-Alexander will open the conference.

Also, the Dutch View on cycling helmets:

Take the bicycle helmet. If you make it mandatory, you strengthen the idea that the bike is a dangerous means of transport. That leads to a decrease in the number of cyclists. That again decreases the safety, because the more cyclists there are, the more other road users will consider them. In short: the bicycle helmet increases the individual safety, but decreases the safety in general.

I have yet to see Dutch people riding their bikes with helmets on.

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Gemini Offshore Wind Park opens in the Netherlands

The Gemini Offshore Wind Park opens in the Netherlands:

With 150 wind turbines spanning 68 square kilometers, Gemini is one of the largest offshore wind parks in the world. Located 85 kilometers off the coast of Groningen in the North Sea, the Gemini is invisible from land. The project chose the location due to its high, constant wind speeds […] Management and maintenance headquarters for the wind park are in Eemshaven.

The park features 4MW turbines, so about 600 MW best case capacity (Wikipedia, Van Oord building this, 4C offshore, official website)

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Albert Heijn electric delivery vehicles

AH has the first two electric delivery vehicles

Nederlands newspaper Het Parool reports that Nederlands supermarket chain Albert Heijn put the first two electric trucks into service to deliver wares to Amsterdam supermarkets. The trucks are running five to six runs between the AH distribution hub in Zaandam and Amsterdam centrum. They are charged while loading/unloading and can hence ride continuously.

Amsterdam aims to ban all ICE inside the A10 ring by 2025, if at all possible.

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Cycling in Berlin

Cycling outside of the Netherlands is… sometimes complicated. @Polizeibeobachter is showing a case from Berlin.

This is a DriveNow parked completely blocking a cyclepath at Saatwinkler Damm, Berlin. Police have been called, but cop on the ground refused to have the car towed (“I see no reason to have this towed”). It took two hours to get the police district supervisor to come out, check this out – and have it towed.

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