Monthly Archives: November 2015

007 James Bond’s New Electric Car

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The boss of Aston Martin has announced plans for an electric car with between 800 and 1,000 horsepower, ideal for a new zero-emissions 007.

Andy Palmer said the move of all carmakers towards electric motors is inevitable and said his 102-year-old company is ready to make the switch instead of trying to meet ever-decreasing emissions targets.

“We’re a V12 engine company. Project that into the future. Do I go the way of the rest of the industry and downsize the engine? Do I see Aston Martin with a three cylinder engine? God forbid,” Palmer said. “You’ve got to do something radical. Electric power gives you that power. It gives you that torque.”

With regards to James Bond’s choice of vehicle, Palmer said an electric Aston would make “an awfully good getaway vehicle. I don’t think James really cares what the power train is as long as it’s fast and beautiful.”

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Importing Icelandic Power

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An ambitious project conceived by an Icelandic economist aims to connect Iceland and the UK with an undersea power cable, exporting electricity to Britain.The idea has been in the works for many years but has had its fair share of logistical problems.Both Prime Minister David Cameron and Icelandic Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson have assembled separate expert groups to weigh the pros and cons of the plan. The results of the investigations are expected to be released within the next six months.The project courted controversy in Iceland where it was feared the cable would lead to increased energy prices in Iceland and decreased jobs of Icelanders. However, Sigmundur was quick to assure people this would not be the case. Investor and economist Hreiðar Guðjónsson believes that Iceland might not even have to pay for the project at all.

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National Grid Lowest Winter Capacity For Decade

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The chance of an electricity blackout has risen to its highest in a decade and the National Grid has admitted that it is more likely to draw power from additional sources to try to keep the country’s electricity flowing.The operator said it had enlisted power stations to provide extra capacity and has asked companies across the UK to be ready to cut their usage in case of a peak in demand.The acquisition of additional capacity means that the situation should be manageable, according to National Grid. These extra measures will come at a cost of 50p extra per year for customers.The forecast capacity margin for this year, in simple terms the difference between available supply and expected peak demand, is 1.2% without any additional power plants. The number is its lowest since 2005. The added power brings the number up to 5.1% however.

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UK accused of rigging market against renewable energy

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Dale Vince, a pioneer of the UK renewable energy industry and founder of green energy company Ecotricity, has accused the British government of corrupting the market in an attempt to scupper green energy in favour of fossil fuels and nuclear power.The criticism comes as RenewableUK, the industry’s trade association, announced that 25.3% of the country’s electricity was produced by green energy sources in the second quarter of this year – more than coal (20.5%) and nuclear power (21.5%).Ecotricity supplies nearly 170,000 British customers with electricity generated by wind and solar power.Mr Vince is calling on the government to do away with the subsidies it grants nuclear power and fossil fuels in order to create an equal opportunities market, since it has decided to cut funding for renewable energy projects already.

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