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Innovation and new technologies are central to the energy transition. While there are plenty of interesting ideas to help decarbonise the economy, scaling them to profitable businesses remains tricky in a capital-intensive industry.
Spirii is a digital EV charging platform. Launched in 2019, the company has grown rapidly and is now present in 14 countries, with plans to go even further.
Tore Harritshøj, founder and CEO of the Copenhagen-based company joins David Weston to discuss the best way for start-ups to be supported and why the Nordics are a fertile ground for new companies.
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The sales of electric vehicles continue to rise globally, but much more needs to be done to deploy charging infrastructure
The ability of consumers to adjust their electricity demand in response to price signals and system operator requirements has a fundamental role to play in the energy transition
President Joe Biden’s plan to increase the level of electric vehicles (EVs) in car-mad United States is laudable, but has underestimated several of the perceived barriers to uptake, undermining its aim already
Without a doubt, battery-powered electric vehicles will play a role as a storage medium and supply source for electricity grids in the future. To make it more tangible, we calculated the total potential of vehicle-to-grid (V2G) power for the city of Munich in 2030. The scenario clearly indicates that battery-powered EVs will be important for the stability of future energy systems, says Markus Mildner from Siemens Smart Infrastructure
Energy prices across Europe remain high and volatile with no signs of slowing down. But placing the power to change in consumers’ hands could help alleviate the pressure, says Johan Söderbom from EIT InnoEnergy
A fully renewable energy future is within reach and storage is definitely required, but it is a combination of measures that will truly make it possible, argues Johan Söderbom of EIT InnoEnergy
Lithium demand is set to rocket in the coming years massively outstripping supply. Investments need to be made in lithium production today for it to match the world’s needs and to become more environmentally friendly, says Ernie Ortiz, president of Lithium Royalty Corp
As the first generation of EVs begins to reach the end of its operational life, the car market is examining what to do with the batteries held within. With the demand for batteries set to increase in transport and other sectors, experts are examining how recycling and reusing old batteries can continue to support the energy transition
The rise in demand from electric vehicles (EVs) will put untold pressure on the already constrained grids. Supporting and expanding smart charging infrastructure will not only stabilise the grid but also provide fair prices to customers at times when energy bills are high, says Torben Fog of Spirii
Vietnam’s mobility sector is beginning to gain momentum but will soon hit the buffers unless national charging infrastructure can emerge
Providing EV users reliant on public charging services with equal opportunities is vital for the decarbonisation of transport, says Jaap Burger from the Regulatory Assistance Project
Vehicle electrification is key to decarbonisation but represents a challenge for the grid. Utilities and electricity network operators should be talking to charge point operators to get ahead of the issues, says Tore Harritshøj of Spirii
Despite differences in system architecture, regulation and technology adoption, a global community of electricity distribution operators can leverage knowledge, innovation and lessons learned to deliver a better energy future, say EY’s Serge Colle and Dana Hanson
On World EV Day, the stage is set for electric vehicles to become the mainstream mobility choice, as long as the main actors play their part, says Frank Mühlon, head of ABB’s Global E-Mobility Infrastructure Solutions
Decarbonisation of haulage fleets within cities and on highways is reaching a tipping point as technology improves
Three concerns are said to be hindering the uptake of electric passenger cars—high purchase cost, fear of a flat battery, and lack of charging infrastructure. But cost has fallen, the range of car batteries now rivals that of a full tank of fuel and recharging a depleted battery when the need arises is proving to be easier than expected
Around 50% of the shift from fossil fuels to renewable forms of energy has been a digitised transition to 2020, says Energinet, Denmark's power system operator. As the world digitises further, the already vast volumes of data will only increase in mass. Advances in Artificial Intelligence technology and machine learning tools provide ways of processing this tsunami of data into a new world order
Low-emissions zones are a popular feature in many European cities, with more than 260 schemes in operation across the continent. But with questions over their efficacy, authorities are turning to other approaches to curb emissions from city centres and promote the use of transport that uses clean energy
The bigger the pool of energy demand, the less the ripples in supply from renewable energy are felt. Special report part 2/3
Carbon prices at sufficiently high levels can push firms to internalise the costs of greenhouse gas emissions while providing a long-term price signal to drive investments needed for decarbonisation. Emission trading systems and carbon taxes feature in a growing number of climate strategies, but even the most well-designed instruments must be accompanied by other policy measures if emissions reductions goals are to be reached
The decarbonisation of truck traffic is on its way. Zero-emission trucks are ready to roll and megawatt-charging technology will satiate the resulting charging needs. Now regulatory bodies must do all in their power to speed up the transition, says Markus Mildner of Siemens eMobility
The United States aims to clean up its car fleet with strict standards, and although this new mobility plan has quietly passed under the radar, it can potentially cause a huge green shift in the transport sector. Stephanie Searle joins the show to explain why
Cutting emissions from road transportation is a major part of the energy transition. Electrification promises to transform the way we move people and things around
Increasing the amount of recycled battery material available in Europe is encouraging new companies to examine different ways to maximise the extraction of the essential metals
Building controls are a prime example of where artificial intelligence (AI) can support and accelerate the energy transition. With emissions from building use continuing to grow, effective efficiency tools are becoming more important
Technology start-ups in Africa are making use of the roll-out of mobile phone networks to bring digital innovation to remote areas through pay-as-you-go models for services that can increase prosperity. For the first time, smallholders can afford solar panels for electricity while others can sign on to thriving energy-as-a-service business models that do not require an initial capital outlay