By facilitating bi-directional energy transactions, the V2G project will investigate how EVs can help the grid during peak and off-peak hours.

Tata Power-DDL to demonstrate vehicle-to-grid technology in North Delhi

In an effort to improve grid stability and EV utility, Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (Tata Power-DDL) and the India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF) teamed up to implement a Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) technology demonstration project in North Delhi. By facilitating bi-directional energy transactions, the V2G project will investigate how EVs can help the grid during peak and off-peak hours. This entails offering crucial grid services, including voltage and frequency support, evaluating the suitability of EVs as standby power sources in the event of an outage, and researching the effects of bi-directional charging.

Scientists develop new hydrophobic, anti-reflective coating for solar glass

Scientists in Slovakia created a unique hydrophobic, antireflective coating for solar glass that consists of an inorganic-organic upper layer made of silica modified with triethoxy(octyl)silane and a bottom layer of silica-titania thin film. When compared to uncoated glass, this novel coating enhances glass transmittance by 7%. The study effectively built a double-layer hydrophobic AR using the sol-gel process, which has become a promising method of depositing films. Numerous benefits come with the technique, including its low cost, a large selection of precursors, low synthesis temperature, and superb control over the structural and morphological properties of the films. The outcomes show that the double-layer coating is a viable way to lower reflection and enhance glass substrates’ optical qualities, the researchers said. This coating has potential applications across a range of industries, but it is especially useful in the solar cell industry where it can boost the stability and efficiency of solar cells.

Australia launches policy to promote the development of the battery industry

The Australian government launched its first “National Battery Strategy” in an effort to encourage the growth of a competitive and diverse battery industry in the country. 5.23 billion Australian dollars will be invested by the government to help regional battery producers strengthen their position in the value chain, develop future battery capabilities, and strengthen inter-country cooperation. Furthermore, a 17-billion Australian dollar fund will be established to aid in the development and commercialisation of initiatives in important fields including renewable energy technologies. Additionally, tax breaks will be offered to encourage the mining of important minerals in Australia. Starting with the fiscal year 2027–2028, funds will be given to the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) for the ensuing 10 years. Investments of 0.91 billion Australian dollars are to go towards building a clean energy workforce. 

Export of Chinese EVs rising in Brazil before stricter import tax is implemented  

Brazil became China’s top export destination for the second consecutive month in April as the country’s exports of plug-in hybrid and pure electric vehicles increased 13 times year-on-year to 40,163 units, according to figures from the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA). The sharp rise in exports to Brazil, the tenth-largest export market in January, coincided with a decrease in shipments to European markets by Chinese manufacturers of electric vehicles in anticipation of an EU anti-subsidy investigation. The surge in exports to Brazil coincides with the impending July tariff hike on imports of electric and hybrid vehicles. A 10% tax on the importation of fully electric cars (EVs) went into effect in January. This tax will rise to 18% in July and ultimately reach 35% in July 2026. A number of Chinese manufacturers have already begun to raise their investments in order to support local production in Brazil.

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