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Energy

EV Sales in China on the Rise

Electric vehicles are slowly taking over short distant transport. From in based transit in cities to cross-regional migration, the use of electric vehicles is quickly gaining ground. This trend is more evident in technologically advanced countries that embrace industrial change. Such a country is China. 

The electric vehicle craze in China is perhaps one offer the fastest growing industries in the world. Recent developments have placed the industry in good light globally. If the current EV trends are to continue, the country will see an exponential increase in EV sales. 

As of 2020, EV sales in China are increasing, especially in March’s sales statistics. However, in February, it was low due to the coronavirus outbreak. The sales in March lays hope for the manufacturers to produce more. This effect relays hope that the citizens have survived the coronavirus pandemic.

In February, BYD sold about 2800 electric vehicles and hybrids. However, in March the number has risen to 12000. At such a time last year, the cars sold were over 30000 depicting the fact they have a lot to do. It is, however, good news given the majority of the customers are recuperating from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

In the prior months, when the Chinese government opted to slash EV incentives last year, the sales plunged as a result. For this reason, the government is currently looking into the idea of keeping some of those incentives. The government also plans to check on the emission control standards until the economy recovers.

Xin Guobin, China’s industry vice-minister, states that China plans to integrate the new electric vehicles with the related policies. This move is to ensure the healthy development and growth of the automobile industry. 

NIO, another electric car manufacturer, has also experienced challenges due to the coronavirus outbreak. NIO recorded a rise in sales in March of approximately 1600 cars, which is higher than in the previous months. These cars include ES6s, high-performance electric SUVs, and 6-seater variants. 

NIO’s CEO, William Bin Li, retorts that the production increase in March results from the invaluable support from their chain partners. He further adds that online company activities are boosting sales. In-store visits by customers are also on the rise, therefore, replenishing profits. The CEO also thanked the government for their unrelenting support to ensure the automobile industry survives.

In conclusion, the auto industry all over the globe is open to any glimmer of hope. One such encouragement is the sales of Tesla Model 3 from China. The sector appreciates these trends, especially during current trying times.

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Space

Apollo 13 fiftieth anniversary commemorated by space pens and metal medals

The innovation of spacecraft has revolutionized space explorations and brought the space closer to humans. Likewise, space exploration has transformed the technological field through the change of satellite that displays the constitution of the universe. Similarly, different space satellites show images and provide relevant information to archaeologists and scientists on the possible formation of the earth and the world. Recent space pictures have displayed the possibility of lakes in the early formation of mars. Consequently, satellite images show mineral deposits like calcium that back up the existence of water bodies and other likened earth features exhibited in other planets. 

Space exploration has undergone failure and achievements since its launch. The Apollo 13 failure to reach the moon presented a significant challenge in the space industry. However, NASA has stated that Apollo 13 was both a failure and a success since it failed to reach the moon and presented new challenges that inspired innovation, respectively. Apollo 13 launched successfully into space without technical hitches. Nonetheless, fifty-six hours after its launch, the spacecraft experienced a blast in the oxygen tank, which resulted in a drastic drop in the level of oxygen and power hence jeopardizing the life of the three spacemen.

In an attempt to survive through the life and death situation, the astronauts shifted to the lunar module that acted as a space lifeboat. The shift yielded yet to another challenge since it could accommodate three people compared to the three astronauts in Apollo 13. The carbon dioxide levels started to rise due to the overload that necessitated the spacemen to innovate an air filtration system that can filter out carbon dioxide, and minimize toxicity. With only duct tape and airbags, they manage to create a filtration system that sustained them back on earth.

NASA flew the Apollo 13 medallions to the moon and back to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 13. The ornaments were built by Winco International based in California. Other products that highlighted the successful spacecraft failure included space pens and lapel pins. The anniversary commenced further deep space exploration missions also from the moon and mass. Additionally, the medallions are available for sale at different prices, depending on the broker. The logo on the emblems is composed of flying horses, the moon, and the 50th mark to symbolize the anniversary. Likewise, Winco has further produced other products that mark the anniversary, which entail embroidered patch and lapel pins. The lapel pins are not available for purchase.

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Coronavirus

Corona Virus results in energy storage depletion

The US energy storage grid is estimated to hold 31.2 GW as of 2019, a rise compared to the previous year. Additionally, the global energy storage capacity estimation was 175.8 GW in 2018. Likewise, energy grids are primarily stored to enhance stability, reliability, and continuous flow and balance of power in the demand and supply. The energy storage is in the battery, and when the order is higher than the supply, then the energy from the cells will be transferred from the cells into the grid system. However, due to the Corona Virus pandemic, global power is approximated to experience a 19 percent decrease in the energy grid. 

According to an analysis conducted by Wood Mackenzie, if the Coronavirus restrictions on the movement of people and goods persist, then the global energy storage will experience another drop in power. Wood further states that approximately 3 GWh from 2020 could be fed into the energy grid to provide power during the pandemic, although 12.6 GWh power is still reserved. Furthermore, lithium production has encountered a 10 percent decrease in production due to China’s restrictions and lockdown of major lithium companies. However, other countries like the South Korean and Japanese companies had taken advantage of the shortcoming by increasing their lithium production and taking over the market.

Additionally, China’s government lifted the restrictions since March, and the majority of factories operate at 60 to 70 percent efficiency. Therefore, the lower lithium production levels experienced a reverse. Consequently, the supply of inverters was affected, and resultantly yielded to a minimal cell supply chain. The companies in the supply chain have gained the supply momentum, and 

McCarthy notes that the temporary economic decline is due to a decrease in demand since customers currently spend less on extravagant items that consume more energy. Therefore, luxury items like residential power storage are often utilized, resulting in decreased power usage and finally, low returns in the energy sector. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, McCarthy predicts that the coming five years present new opportunities to the energy sectors due to energy change; therefore, the energy company is yet to thrive. Wood’s expectations on the worldwide energy market are 230GWh by 2025. Also, the total power capital is expected to rise from $ 18 billion to $ 100 billion by 2025.

Finally, the US, Australia, and China have stated targets to install GW worth of energy every year until 2025. Thus, the installation of gigawatts of power per annum of the said countries presents a crucial worldwide growth market pool over the years.

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Coronavirus

Satellite Images shows the change in emission and lights at night in China Due to corona Pandemic 

The outbreak of coronavirus pandemic has made most of the countries to shut down daily activities. According to the satellites around the earth, the change is noticeable worldwide. The spacecraft that measures the world emission and the lighting at night have noticed their reductions because most of the people have subjected to the orders that allow them to stay indoors and work from home to reduce personal contact. The approaches made by most countries are the best to minimize the coronavirus that leads to the development of COVID-19 diseases from jumping from one person to the other. Besides that, the regulations reduce the earth’s visibility of humanity.

The coronavirus spread faster compared to other viral diseases; satellites are monitoring the impacts of the rules set to reduce the effect of the virus on multiple continents. Wuhan is an example of where the pandemic originated in the New Year. In the mid of January, the first person scammed to COVID-19 diseases, which led to the establishment of quarantine rules later in the city.  In mid-January and early February, the satellite images proved there is an effect of quarantine at night.  According to the photos, there was a reduced night-lighting on the highways. It is because of the reduction in the number of people traveling, and goods had reduced due to quarantine.

According to Miguel Roman, who is the principal investigator of the research team, “Black Marble” said that the presence of light has a different perspective on the way the human settlement is. Miguel spearheaded the above work according to the statement issued by NASA.  He added that they are not focusing on the Highways, but the images show the ongoing activities on the roads. The events in the road reflect how human activities are taking place.

The quarantine measured put by the Chinese government has shown a change in atmospheric activities, according to the observation on the satellite. In Beijing and Wuhan, the carbon monoxide emission in the atmosphere had reduced by more than 10 percent since when the Chinese government established quarantine measures, according to the measurement done recently.

Also, the roads in China have remained the same, but the only change is on human activities. The difference is because of the adherence to the regulations issued by the public health. In other continents such as Europe and America, the emission has changed according to the satellite monitoring of the changes in emission, especially the production of nitrogen dioxide.