Less wind energy from the north sea - decline but weaker than on land

Wind farms in the North Sea supplied significantly less electricity in the first half of the year than in the same period last year due to weather conditions. However, because periods of calm put even more prere on onshore wind power output, the share of North Sea power in total German wind power generation rose to 16.6 percent in the period from January to June (previous year: 15.6 percent), according to grid operator Tennet in Bayreuth, Germany.

Offshore expansion important

For Tennet CEO Tim Meyerjurgens, this development proves how necessary an expansion of offshore wind energy is for the security of supply and a successful energy transition. "Especially in lower wind years, the ratio of wind power generated shifts toward offshore", he said. "There, we generate on average about twice as many full-load hours as onshore and can thus partially compensate for lulls onshore."

Overall, wind power transmitted by Tennet from the German North Sea fell 16 percent in the first half of the year to 9.67 terawatt hours (TWh). 1.81 TWh came from wind turbines in the Baltic Sea, which are not part of Tennet’s grid area, 17.5 percent less than a year earlier. Germany’s total offshore wind output in the North Sea and Baltic Sea was thus around 11.5 TWh in the first half of 2021.

Vw subsidiary seat invests billions more in electromobility

Volkswagen’s Spanish subsidiary Seat plans to invest five billion euros in research and in the development of new models and plants by 2025. All-electric vehicles are to be produced at the main Catalan site in Martorell as soon as the market for electric cars has grown, the new CEO Carsten Isensee, who has been in office since the beginning of the year, said in Barcelona on Wednesday.

According to Seat, the money will primarily be used to finance new projects for the electrification of the fleet. In addition, the plants in Martorell and Barcelona will get new production facilities. Seat wants to drive the transformation of the auto industry in Spain, Isensee explained: "The future requires more digitization, more automation, more use of renewable energies."

"Huge opportunity"



Volkswagen recovers from covid 19 fallout, chip shortage slows china business

The Volkswagen Group reported today that its brands delivered nearly five million vehicles worldwide between January and June.

The increase of around 28 percent compared to the first half of 2020 is due to a pronounced catch-up effect. At that time, during the peak of the first Covid 19 wave, temporary closures of plants and handlers as well as the slump in demand had hit the automotive industry hard.

In Western Europe, sales were now up almost 31 percent, where the recovery had stalled in some areas in the spring. Volkswagen reported a half-year increase of over 45 percent for North America, as well as for the South American countries.

Electric cars: aral establishes electric mobility division

Aral, BP’s gas station chain in Germany, now has its own business unit on its board of directors. The previously two-headed board is now supplemented by Alexander Junge, who will continue to be responsible for new mobility for the company’s parent company, including an electric mobility project in India.

Junge, a business economist, was previously responsible for creating an ultrafast charging infrastructure at Aral. The new board position for him is to underline the important significance for Aral, it says in a statement .

500 fast charging points

According to its own information, Aral operates 2400 service stations in Germany. The company plans to install 500 charging points with up to 350 kW charging power on a good 120 of them by the end of this year. A year ago, the company said it wanted to integrate electric charging into its overall station offering, improve traffic management on the service station site, and build a canopy where possible,

Tesla in grunheide: elon musk shows rendering of his german gigafactory

"Giga Berlin", That’s all Elon Musk wrote on Twitter before he supposedly offered to double Bitcoins there. In addition the glittering billionaire posts a computer graphic probably of the future area of the Gigafactory in Grunheide.

The picture shows a closed low-rise building on 300 ha in the middle of forest. Above the entrance there is a terrace with a swimming pool. It is questionable where the trees on the cleared site are supposed to come from; not visible are the parking lots of the 12.000 employees planned to build the Model Y electric SUV there next year.

Permission ahead of time

Tesla recently received permission from the Brandenburg State Office for the Environment for initial foundation and other work. However, you do so at your own risk, as the Gigafactory permit is still pending; objections are possible until September 3. September.

Media: uber to make billion-dollar takeover of us food delivery company postmates

Uber to acquire U.S. delivery service Postmates and pay $2.65 billion (about 2.35 billion euros). This was reported by the New York Times, citing two sources familiar with the planned deal. The acquisition could be announced as early as this Monday. Uber plans to combine Postmates with its own Uber Eats service and bring it together under the direction of the Uber manager responsible for it. Together, the two services would have a market share of around 37 percent in the U.S., writes the U.S. newspaper – that would be second place behind DoorDash.

Breakdown of Uber’s core business



While Uber’s core business – arranging rides in Uber drivers’ private cars – plummeted massively in the Corona crisis, in some cases by as much as 80 percent, prepared food delivery fared much better. The reason was the curfews and the closure of restaurants in many states. In part, a growth of almost 90 percent was achieved, the company had announced in early May. Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi had already announced that he wanted to focus more on the business, but only in markets where Uber could safely become number 1 or 2. Uber Eats was therefore discontinued simultaneously in several states.

Exhaust gas fraud: proceedings in france also against peugeot, citroen, fiat chrysler

France’s judiciary has also opened an investigation against carmaker Peugeot over possible manipulation of diesel emissions data. The case is being investigated on suspicion of fraud, which poses a danger to humans or animals, the German Press Agency in Paris today from judicial circles.

According to Peugeot’s parent company Stellantis, investigations are also underway against its subsidiaries Citroen and Fiat Chrysler (FCA). Stellantis rejected the accusations. The emission control systems had met all requirements at the time in question and were still doing so now.

Cars with diesel engines from 2009 to 2015 affected

Stellantis praised that the case is about the sale of diesel cars between 2009 and 2015. Investigations into the matter had been ongoing for years, including against other companies. Just this week, investigations had been launched in France against Volkswagen and Renault.

Exhaust gas fraud: lawsuit possible in austria

According to an opinion of the EU Advocate General, buyers of a Volkswagen with manipulated exhaust gas software are entitled to sue for damages in the country where they bought the car. The attorney general ruled on Thursday (2. April 2020) on 574 VW customers in Austria whose class action lawsuit is pending before the Klagenfurt regional court.

Who is competent?

Normally, a lawsuit had to be filed in the country where the defendant is domiciled or resident. Therefore, the Austrian court had asked the European Court of Justice (ECJ) whether it is competent at all. However, the Advocate General, whose opinion is an essential basis for the later ECJ decision, sees an exception in the present case.

There were also alternative jurisdictions, explained the Advocate General. In the case of disputes about tort or an act that is equivalent to a tort, the plaintiff has the possibility to sue in the court of the place where the damage occurred or threatens to occur.

Electric car startup byton reportedly shows signs of life

Chinese electric car startup Byton could restart operations. It has, according to media reports, applied to the Chinese authorities to register a new company called Shengteng. If it is granted a license this month, it plans to raise the equivalent of 245 million euros with the help of Byton investor FAW Group to build the M-Byte model in series.

Byton had closed its operations for six months in early July this year due to financial problems. The startup had already announced in April that it would cut half of its 450 jobs in the USA. In March of this year, Byton announced that its SUV M-Byte would be available for pre-order in the second half of 2020. At that time, 65,000 reservations for the.000 reservations had been made for the e-car, 25.000 of them from Germany. The production plant in China has been completed and the Chinese government has given the go-ahead. The coronavirus crisis got in the way of Byton, investors withheld their remittances.

M-Byte from Byton – outside and inside