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Taiwan Power Company awards a $17.7 million contract to DNV to build the Changhua II wind project

Norwegian independent energy expert as well as assurance provider, DNV will partner with Taiwan Power Company (Taipower) as the latter’s engineer for the Changhua II offshore wind farm. In this $17.7 million deal, DNV will be in charge of the design analysis, fabrication inspection, and installation assurance. “Our journey with DNV began several years ago. Drawing on both organizations’ rich culture and technical expertise, we are set up to contribute to the growth of Taiwan’s clean and green future,” said Tsao-Hua Hsu, vice president of Renewables at Taipower.

This project will extend into the second part of the year 2025.DNV will collaborate closely with international and local experts to support project engineering reviews as well as marine coordination during the construction of the 31-turbine offshore wind farm. The outline and design of the project will be released before the year ends. The offshore project is expected to be fully functional in late 2025 when Taiwan purposes to make 20% of its total electricity sourced from clean energy.

“This is a true testimony to the partnership of organizations sharing the same objectives for this market. Taipower and DNV are fully committed to the Taiwan government’s efforts to promote localization and build local capabilities,” added Hsu. Taiwan’s renewable industry will get a boost, with 5.7 GW of the installed capacity expected to be ready from the offshore wind farms by 2025. These wind farms include Changhua Phase I, which has a 109.2MW capacity, and the incoming Changhua phase II project.

DNV is excited about this project and will be working alongside Taiwan-based GIBSIN Engineers Ltd, a local engineering consultancy. “This win is a great example of why we decided to merge the expertise of DNV’s energy and oil and gas organizations. It makes us uniquely positioned to support both offshore project engineering activities and marine coordination work, thereby ensuring smooth project implementation,” said Brice Le Gallo, who works as the Regional Director in charge of APAC, Energy Systems at the DNV.

“Our broad expertise helped secure what the largest-ever offshore engineering project for the power and renewables side of DNV is,” Le Gallo added. Taiwan’s administration is vouching for the addition of 10GW of offshore wind power between 2026 to 2036. DNV will play a significant role in advising the Taiwanese energy sector on renewables’ risks and opportunities.

“We are committed to helping local developers in Taiwan and elsewhere assess the risks and to assist local stakeholders in achieving their renewable energy goals. In our experience, partnering with local companies can eliminate some uncertainties in local business environments,” said Mighui Zhang, who works as the Head of Section Taiwan for the Renewables Advisory at DNV. Taiwan will become the second-largest offshore wind market in the Asia Pacific region, competing with Mainland China that holds the throne.

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Canada to mine materials for building more electric vehicles in North America

The automotive industry is slowly transitioning from gas-powered cars to electric cars since the globe is working on cleaning up the environment. However, change means having the necessary resources to build new technologies and resources to help the masses adopt new products. With this shift, we have learned and understood the importance of things in the ground and the role they can play in our daily lives. Before the automotive industry, we drilled to get petrol for our cars’ functionality; however, now we need minerals to help build batteries and electric motors for these digital cars.

Currently, Canada is working on Cobalt and Lithium mining, according to reliable sources from the country. Automotive supply settings are always a mixture of local and global partnerships, which explains why the US is working with Canada to help the country’s electric vehicles’ industry. President Biden’s administration works towards a net-zero emission target, meaning it requires adequate EV production, seeking help from Canada.

Recently, the US government, under the commerce department, held a virtual meeting with battery manufacturers and miners targeting to mine more minerals from the Canadian grounds to supply to the US automotive industry. With that, North America can have adequate electric vehicles to match the much-needed transition to clean energy. This move key reason is an international competition that doesn’t surprise with recent China and Europe’s investments.

VW announced its plans of building six battery gigafactories across Europe while the leading EV market, China, is currently working on its regional electric vehicles supply chain. The Tsingshan Company stated that it would supply about 100,000 nickel tonnes to Chinese battery producers, demonstrating the country’s strategic interest in maintaining its dominance in the electric vehicles’ market.

The US Commerce department declined Reuter’s request to comment on this matter, but reliable sources claim that they were 30 plus attendees, including Talon Metals, Tesla and, Livent Corp. North America is looking to see if Canada can become one of its most extensive minerals’ suppliers and help it handle some issues. In February, President Biden and Canada’s Prime Minister Trudeau met and mentioned that the two nations would improve the electric vehicles’ sector.

The two leaders agreed to work on the Minerals Action plan to reach the net-zero emission target by improving the batteries’ sectors and improving the renewable energy sources. Several existing EV minerals’ agreements between the two countries giving Canada benefits from these partnerships. Seamus O’Regan, the Natural resources minister in Canada, stated that North America is aware that Canada is the best and safest supplier of metals.

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VW targets EV lead by 2025 in platform push

Volkswagen automakers have made a name for themselves in the industry’s short term in the electric vehicles industry. Experts claim that it stands a chance to battle Tesla for the leading EV manufacturing company position despite the current gap. They currently deliver several electric vehicles at a friendly price compared to other carmakers and are targeting investing in new technology to promote the brand.

The Volkswagen Group aims to widen its cost-cutting efforts by using standard vital technologies. This German carmaker plans on accelerating a seismic shift towards electric vehicles in their plans to battle Tesla and keep the traditional manufacturers below them. It plans to make at least one million electric vehicles’ sales this yet and targets becoming the leading manufacturer of EVs in the next four years. Experts argue that shares of electric cars in Europe by the end of this decade are set to increase to about 60% of group deliveries.

In a statement from VW’s CEO, Herbert Diess, he talked about its plan to lead the EV market globally. Herbert stated that by pooling VW’s strengths, the development team would quickly scale up their future technologies. The company is overhauling its sprawling operations to have adequate funds to invest in new technologies to create the largest electric vehicle fleet in the market.

VW seems to be working day and night to combat Tesla and stand out among other traditional automakers from the recent reports. Recently, it unveiled Europe’s boldest move in the battery production industry and partnered with unions to cut more jobs in Germany. How will VW sell out its technologies and products? The company hopes to use a platform approach to raise efficiencies when releasing technologies such as batteries, software, and charging infrastructure.

Volkswagen is working on a plan to lower the fixed cost of electric vehicles by 5% equaling 2 billion euros and 7% of material expenses by 2023. In their recent interview, the VW carmaker explained that they expect their operating margin to increase by 5% to 6.5% this year. The company still keeps its dividend proposal the same even as experts braced for a cut. It replied that the management team expects a rise in vehicle deliveries to improve the revenue significantly.

VW’s effort to electrification slowed down last year after the covid-19 pandemic hit the globe, and with the health crisis, the management team was quick to stop most of their factories and showrooms. As European countries struggle with the rising infections and slow vaccination, the electric vehicles industry is suffering from inadequate semiconductors, which are slowing the production of electric vehicles.

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P.E.I. is planning to provide $5K incentives for new or used electric vehicles

In the quest to make electric vehicles more affordable, P.E.I. (Prince Edward Island) has revealed plans that would ensure that these vehicles go for a lower price after the incentives are implemented. The Islanders will receive a $5000 incentive for either a new or used electric vehicle bought from an Island contractor.

Moreover, there will be a $2500 incentive for plug-in hybrids bought within this circle. Steven Myers, the Minister of Environment, Energy and Climate Action, stated that he is excited to witness P.E.I obtaining the bragging rights for being the first province with net-zero emissions as per this program.

Myers explained that they have decided to reach the 2030 vision by electrifying all the vehicles roaming this province’s roads. He added that the primary factor facilitating the high emissions from Prince Edward Island is the transportation sector. Therefore, switching to electric vehicles mitigates this emission problem. Additionally, the program ensures that anyone who purchases an electric vehicle is entitled to a free level-2 charging station that charges the vehicle in a short time.

The amount stated as an incentive was infused into the operating budget when it was being rolled out. The appropriation committee will be meeting to discuss the date when this plan becomes active. The Islanders will be observing the sliced price when they go to their car dealers to purchase the electric vehicles. Myers added that the dealers would be submitting their paperwork to the province for indemnity as provided in the budget allocations.

Myers emphasized that they are doing all this to effectively ensure that the people in all the income brackets transition to electric vehicles. He added that the incentives would be making the electric vehicles cheap for the low-income earners to access this new technology. Moreover, people can take loans to procure the cars since it is a prime time to utilize the cars to repay the loan and save the Island from the emission problem.

Myers noted that the remote and vulnerable areas are still skeptical about this idea since they fear that the models might not be suitable for their geographical habitat. One of the factors cited by these critics is the mileage range of the cheap models when factored with the availability of the charging stations for the cars. Myers articulated that they are working on disbanding these myths and proving that electric vehicles can efficiently serve rural areas. He explained that many of these vehicles could suitably host a person around the Island since the whole area does not have roads that can surpass 500 kilometers.

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Nelson is hopeful that he’ll be nominated for the position of NASA administrator

The Biden administration is planning to nominate Bill Nelson to fill the position of NASA administrator. This move will be considered a token of appreciation because this former senator was among the proponents of the agency on Capitol Hill. Reliable sources indicate that the administration will be announcing the nomination before the end of this week. The process was supposed to take place early but was postponed to prevent interferences with the Green Run engine test of the Space Launch System core stage that was going to happen at the Stennis Space Center. A recent White House briefing by press secretary Jen Psaki was adamant about divulging details concerning the nomination. She explained that she didn’t have anything to add to what they had already said concerning this matter and that they would continue to brief the country as updates arise.

Nelson became the most suitable nominee about a month ago, going with the previous nomination statistics that the Biden administration has encouraged. In this period, Psaki stated that the White House had no plans for selecting an administrator for this vital agency. Speculations about the nomination of Nelson filled the air in March, and there is no announcement related to the truth of the matter. Nelson is not a newbie in the space community after serving as a senator for three terms in Florida, a position that allowed him to be involved in Senate Commerce Committee and its space subcommittee. Additionally, he also led the establishment of the 2010 NASA authorization act that favored the production of Orion and an SLS rocket after halting the Constellation program. This policy allowed NASA to operate the commercial crew program.

Nelson aggressively participated in the election of the two previous NASA administrators. He advocated for the election of former astronaut Charles Bolden as the administrator, thrashing the other candidates proposed by the Obama administration. Bolden then served the agency through to the end of the Obama Era. Nelson again rallied behind Jim Bridenstine, who has served the Trump administration in NASA until its end. Nelson heaped praise upon Bridenstine for not politicizing the role considering he was a Republican congressman. The current senators will remember Nelson after his service, which was ended when he lost his fourth term election.

One commercial space pioneer stated that selecting Nelson for the position will be advantageous considering his previous choice, Bridenstine, has performed effectively. Experts think that Nelson has an eye for talent, and that is why he is the ideal person to head NASA. Another possible selection is a former astronaut Pam Melroy as Nelson’s deputy, although the details of the nomination are still scanty.

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Philippines leading grid operator gives Wartsila a contract to install a floating barge-mounted energy storage system

Finnish multinational energy sources manufacturer and service provider, Wartsila Corporation, will supply materials and install a floating barge-mounted 54megawatts (MW) energy storage system in a contract granted by Therma Marine Inc. (TMI).TMI, a subsidiary of Aboitiz Power Corporation, one of the significant grid operators in the Philippines, placed the order in September 2020. The first delivery is expected before the end of 2021 and will be carried out on a fast-track basis.

Wartsila, headquartered in Helsinki, will be the sole engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) operator for this project. Wartsila will install the new barge next to TMI’s thermal power barge with a 100MW capacity in the Maco municipality in Davao de Oro province. “Wartsila will meet our urgent needs with this innovative and unique floating energy storage barge. Their ability to deliver this first-of-a-kind solution in less than 12 months is, to say the least, impressive,” said Aboitiz Power CEO Emmanuel V. Rubio.

This will be the first floating storage system in the South East Asia region. Wartsila will place ten of its Wartsila GridSolv Max system using its GEMS technology. The technology is an intelligent software platform that monitors, controls, and optimizes energy assets on-site and portfolio levels. The project will deliver flexibility for TMI in their subordinate role for the National Grid Corporation.

“In addition to meeting TMI’s needs, it is important to note that Wartsila is the sole EPC provider for this kind of project. The alternative would be to have one supplier for the barge and another for the energy storage system, which would require a lot of coordination and would undoubtedly slow the final delivery considerably,” said Kari Punnonen, Wartsila’s Energy Business Director for the Australasia region. Wartsila’s services in South East Asia are well recorded. The company prides itself on a great portfolio, including 9,000MW of installed systems.2000MW among the 9,000 were installed on an EPC basis, and 300MW represent energy storage technology.

A floating power barge enables a fast supply of electricity to areas with limited infrastructure and is a mobile asset, promoting relocation or trade. Globally, the Finnish company has installed about 26 power barge systems, with a total power output of 1,500MW.GEMS is one of the fastest-growing and widely used energy storage software and integration platform worldwide. It can manage and coincide with any complex composition of energy assets such as wind, solar, thermal, and storage. The Wartsila GridSolv Max is an advanced energy storage solution that can support both stand-alone and combined energy storage systems. The technology provides flexible and modular storage for the core hardware assets within an energy storage system.

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RUAG International becomes a space-centered ‘beyond gravity’ company

RUAG International, the Swiss component manufacturer, sheds its military operations into a space-only operational system that transforms into a ‘beyond gravity’ supplier. The new company is going to invest in news services, with a special focus on the United States and Asia, to broaden internationally

The company moves from a government-owned enterprise mentality to a smart startup with a view to analytical forecasting a space market of $ 1 trillion in the year 2040, stated André Wall, Chief executive of RUAG International. “Access to space was never more appropriate geopolitically,” Wall stated.

Since the parent group RUAG was divided into two independent firms last year, RUAG International has been formed. The Swiss Armed Forces were established to offer services while the RUAG international conducted space, aero-structures, munition, as well as aviation simulation and training activities. The MRO Switzerland supplied services.

General Atomics Europe purchased its activities recently in commercial aircraft and military helicopters. The defense as well as a technology giant. The new plan will allow RUAG International to retreat from military enterprises while optimizing its aero-structural operations ultimately.

Even before the end of 2021, the Swiss company will look for a different owner for its munitions business. However, it was said that the disposal of RUAG Aerostructures could be more difficult due to the impact of COVID-19 on the manufacturing of aircraft. “Not overnight change takes place,” Wall stated.

“We have nevertheless already taken numerous steps to build our present motivated by the upcoming future of us. As a leading tech firm with the highest dependability and attitude for a startup, we contribute greatly to its consistent growth and aim to become an innovation incubator.”

This shift is a major change for a firm that has provided computers, isolation, and processes to Europe’s space missions for over forty years. It follows a modern 5-year strategy by European integration mission manager Telespazio, who is hunting for newspaper purchases as he transforms his business in the next five years.

Telespazio is re-grouping its European space mission integrator after evolving world initiatives that in the 5 years to now are expected to contribute to almost double revenues. In the recent purchase under this strategic plan, the joint venture between the Thales Group of France aerospace giants and the Leonard of Italy acquired the space activities of Vitrociset centereds in Italy in order to improve its support services. Established in 1992, Vitrociset provides a range of defense, safety, space, and transport services by merging its CISET air traffic control company and Vitroselenia, defense logistics provider.

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ISRO expected to launch a “game-changer” satellite on March 28th to monitor India’s borders

Every country on the planet is working on its space industry to ensure that experts can monitor all the happenings like other countries. India is one of the top Asian countries to invest in the space world, with many operational satellites in the earth’s orbit following multiple successful launches. In a recent announcement, India will move a milestone in the country’s security system. Why not when recent reports indicate that ISRA plans on launching a “game-changer” satellite on March 28th. The satellite’s fundamental goal is to deliver real-time images of the countries’ borders while expecting to monitor any suspicious activity or upcoming natural disaster.

This satellite will give India a reliable way of monitoring all the occurrences around its border and taking necessary emergency measures in anything fishy. The GISAT-1 launch date is likely this month on the 28th, and the reports follow after a recent successful launch of another observation satellite, Amazonia-1. It went aboard on the PSLV-C51. After the successful launch, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has been interested in launching the GISAT-1.

The mission that GISAT-1 will carry is fast monitoring upcoming natural disasters and giving images of the borders. This observation satellite will lift-off onboard the GSLV-F10 rocket. Its flight area is the Sriharikota Spaceport, Andhra Pradesh Nellore district, whose location is one-hundred kilometres north of Chennai. In an interview with ISRO’S official, the company hopes to launch the GEO Imaging satellite subject to weather conditions. The GSLV-F10 rocket will position the satellite in the geostationary orbit around 36,000 km from the earth’s equator via the onboard propulsion technique.

Initially, the GISAT-1 launch was to take place on March 5th,  2020. However, the development team raised technical reasons leading to its postponement to March 28th. Experts claim that this launch will take India to a higher and better level with the many advantages that come with this launch. The satellite features high-resolution cameras to allow clear images to monitor India’s landmass. With the data, India can prevent natural disasters and quickly respond to desperate situations.

Other than security, the observation satellite aims at getting spectral signatures in the forestry, agriculture, mineralogy and other ministries. The monitoring will occur at frequent intervals to make sure that experts don’t miss out on anything. With the successful launch of Amazonia-1, ISRO is aware of the benefits of an observation satellite. And this second launch of GISAT-1 to space will make the situation better. The initial forward step ISRO must take is to ensure that the launch is successful with no technical errors. Later, experts can follow necessary instructions for a productive venture.

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A Study on the future of how OEMs will adopt the Charging Technologies

A recent report has been released following the study on the transformation of EV charging technologies and infrastructure. This study including analyzing the future of the charging technologies adoptions extensively as far as OEMs are concerned. It looked at AC charging, and the DC charging was not excluded either. OEMs have integrated Electric Vehicles in their business strategies. After all, it is a clean energy initiative, and everyone would like to be part of such a life-changing situation. It has also played a considerable role in the automotive sector’s rapid growth in environment conservation and technology.

The future seems bright for electric vehicles, and sooner or later, the sector is most likely going to boom. In preparation for the same, automakers including Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi (RNM), Volkswagen, and Hyundai-Kia are coming up with complementary strategies. What the three have in common is coming up with business units that deal with electric vehicles exclusively. Every action has a reaction, and in this case, the latter is a rise in the need for charging stations. In addition to the infrastructure, there is also a need for safety regulations and standards when using them.

However, the electric vehicle market has its fair share of challenges. They include charging and vehicle range inconveniences, and that’s where the OEMs come in. their focus at the moment is coming up with technology that’s advanced enough to deal with such problems. Nevertheless, what they offer the consumers depend on what the EV on-board chargers (OBCs) dictate. After all, the responsibility of determining the specifications lies on their shoulders. OEMs need to come up with second-generation charging stations to facilitate fast AC charging. Currently, one needs 8 hours to charge a 25 kWh battery unit since most stations have a charging power of 3.7 kW. With the right technology, a power rating of 6.6 kW is possible, resulting in fast charging, saving time, and convenience.

A large percentage of OEMs, 98.3% to be specific, plans to change from 3-5 kW to 6-11 kW OBSs. That makes them ideal for the changing charging infrastructure, which could go up to 43 kW OBCs come 2027. There are high chances that the standard for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles will soon become anything between 6 and 8 kW OBCs, whereas that of battery electric vehicles will be 11 kW OBCs. DC charging will also soon become dominant for battery electric vehicles, and 50-250 kW options will become the standard charging capability. Whereas DC charging is not typical among plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, that is bound to change in the future. After all, at least 8 OEMs are currently working to change it.

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Minnesota will soon have electric cars and Republicans and Democrats disagree about how the state government should proceed

In Minnesota, electric vehicles account for just a small percentage of all automobiles. That, however, is about to change. Automakers are gradually focusing on electric vehicles over gas-powered vehicles, and state and federal policymakers across the United States are supporting EVs as part of a drive to curb carbon emissions from transportation.

Legislators in Minnesota are considering a slew of reforms to the state’s laws in order to plan for the emergence of electric vehicles. However, Republicans in charge of the Minnesota Senate, as well as Democrats in charge of the Minnesota House, have found no commonality on how exactly the state can respond to the burgeoning sector so far in the year 2021.

The GOP has concentrated on requiring electric vehicle owners to pay a replacement fee in lieu of Minnesota’s gas tax, which funds road construction, as well as stripping Gov. Tim Walz of his authority to set new car emission standards. DFLers also suggested electric car rebates in the hopes of encouraging the state government to buy more electric vehicles, finance the acquisition of the electric buses in the Twin Cities, and install charging stations in the state parks.

Senator Dave Senjem, who is a Rochester Republican who serves as the chairperson of the Senate’s Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy Committee, stated, “I think we all recognize that Electric Vehicle transportation is on its way.” “It’s a modern way of doing things, and it’ll be here sooner than we think.”

Electric vehicles have for a while been predicted to potentially compete with the gas-powered vehicles, but in the United States, those projections have only recently become a reality. General Motors stated in January that by the year 2035, it would only sell electric cars. California, the world’s largest vehicle market, intends to prohibit the selling of gas-powered vehicles by 2035, significantly reducing fossil fuel use in transportation.

Minnesota officials have stated that they would not take similar measures in the near future. Walz, on the other hand, is working to introduce stricter new vehicle pollution regulations that would force automakers to sell more cars in the state. Minnesota’s transportation system emits the most greenhouse gases, surpassing a power grid that has shifted away from the fossil fuels faster compared to the cars and trucks. As per the electric car analysis website EVAdoption, there are only about 14,484 electric or the plug-in hybrid vehicles in Minnesota in the month of September, as well as EVs, had about a 1.14% market share of the net sales in the year 2018, compared to the nation’s top California (7.84%) as well as Washington state (4.28%).