Nov 27, 2017 - 2min read
This week in Green Tech Briefing the future’s looking bright for electric vehicles and there is a new dawn for renewable energy in Africa. Tonik’s Managing Director, Chris Russell, picks his top five stories from the past seven days.
Costa Rica runs entirely on renewable energy for 300 days
Costa Rica has spent 300 days with 100% of their power generation from renewable sources. It looks as though they are going to make it one whole year running on renewable – setting an incredible example for others. The Costa Rican government is setting a stellar example – back in June they announced their plan to become the first country to eliminate single-use plastic by 2021.
Government will spend £400m on EV charging network in the UK
The big news in the UK this week was the annual outing of the chancellor’s bright red briefcase. Everyone has been talking about the Budget 2017 and we were somewhat cheered by the pledge of £400 million for a national charging network for electric cars. A further £100 million was granted for plug-in hybrids and £40 million is to be invested in research for new car charging technology. This investment in infrastructure will hopefully accompany a widespread adoption of electric vehicles across the UK.
EV cars are about to go really fast…
We’re pushing the pedal to the metal for EV technology. Almost as quickly as Elon Musk announced their bid for the fastest car ever made, Taipei-based company XING has challenged them. The Tesla Roadster is anticipated to be the fastest car ever made, the first in history to hit 0 to 60mph in under 2 seconds. The Roadster will do it in 1.9 seconds, but XING’s electric supercar prototype ‘Miss R’ will go from 0 to 100kmph in 1.8 seconds. 100km per hour roughly equals 62mph, giving the edge to XING.
Dutch Design Week
Dutch studio Super Local is showcasing beautiful objects and furniture made of recycled materials at Dutch Design Week. The collection is made of waste glass in collaboration with Zanzibari craftspeople. The Bottle Up project was launched in 2015. It’s a beautiful example of how to use Zanzibar’s waste glass imaginatively, rather than dumping it in a landfill.
“Africa has one of the best potential resources of renewables anywhere in the world”
A new age of renewable energy across Africa is dawning. International energy officials have predicted that in the next 5 years, cumulative capacity will expand by over 70%. People who live in remote off-grid locations have access to electricity for the first time thanks to renewables. After facing so much resistance from the coal-mining industry, projects to roll out large-scale solar and wind farms from South Africa to Uganda are finally underway.