- BYD announced that it was releasing the technology for 341 sensors and 66 controllers for its DiLink system “on an open platform” to encourage other companies to adopt a standard platform for the developing EVs. BYD’s DiLink Intelligent Network System is a critical part of its e-Platform, the foundation for its EV technology. [CleanTechnica]
- Hydro-Québec and Central Maine Power Company jointly announced the successful conclusion of contract negotiations with Massachusetts electric distribution companies for the New England Clean Energy Connect 100% hydropower project. The deal will provide enough renewable electricity to power over 3 million electrical vehicles. [CleanTechnica]
- BYD opened a 24 GWh battery factory in Western China’s Qinghai province, with plans to ramp up to a total production capacity of 60 GWh by 2020. The new factory joins BYD’s two other existing battery factories in Shenzhen and Huizhou. At full capacity, the factory’s 60 GWh of batteries can supply 1.2 million of BYD’s popular Tang EV. [CleanTechnica]
- At the World Gas Conference in Washington this week, the world’s biggest energy companies championed natural gas as the fuel of the future, rather than one that simply bridges the gap toward renewables. Their message was that to reduce emissions and provide affordable electricity, the world needs to burn more fossils, not less. [Bloomberg]
- “How to convince a country to end their reliance on coal” • In a victory for all of us campaigning for a renewable future, Israel’s Minister of Energy, Yuval Steinitz, recently announced that Israel will be free of coal and oil by 2030. We focused on three issues: Coal is bad for public health, bad for public finances, and bad for our climate. [Greenpeace International]
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