Trains, ships and automobiles have all been swept along in recent years by the electric power revolution – and planes are next. Passenger jets are poised for an electric makeover that could fundamentally change the economics and environmental outlook of the aviation industry. Up until now the fact that the necessary batteries weigh two tonnes each has limited the switch from fossil fuels to a totally electric-powered future. However, last month a consortium comprising Airbus, Rolls-Royce and Siemens said they had found a way to use hybrid electric jet engines to conquer gravity. They are converting a regional jet into a demonstration plane, called the E-Fan X, which will be ready by 2020.
Guardian 28th Dec 2017 read more »
Electric car drivers who wish to top up their batteries at home during peak times should face extra charges to ensure their local power network can cope, one of the companies in charge of distributing electricity in the UK has said. SP Energy Networks, part of the energy company ScottishPower, has also warned a mass switch by drivers to electric vehicles may come far sooner than policymakers are expecting – certainly before the 2040 target the UK government has set for a ban on new petrol or diesel cars that are not hybrids. Think-tanks such as the Green Alliance have suggested that charging as few as six EVs on the same street during peak times could cause power shortages, requiring costly upgrades to local grid infrastructure.
FT 29th Dec 2017 read more »