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Mobility Diesel Emissions

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Senior Consultant Microgrid Labs

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Microgrid Labs, Inc. Advisor: 2014 to Present Developed product plans, conceptual and preliminary designs for projects, performed industry surveys and developed...

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There are two reasons that Energy Professionals should be interested in this subject. The first is that large vehicles that use diesels emit large amounts of greenhouse gas, and as a result will be phased out over the next couple of decades in California: by 2040 (buses) or 2045 (heavy-duty trucks). Most of their replacements will be battery electric vehicles, and since many of these are very large vehicles and are in large fleets, they will draw massive amounts of power when recharging. This will impact the electric grid at every level.

The second reason has to do with health and other impacts of diesels, which are dire.

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Matt Chester on May 18, 2021

You're absolutely correct about the importance of this topic to the utility industry-- power & transportation will become more and more intertwined with each passing year. We're going to see massive industry shifts as this continues, so it pays to pay attention today

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John Benson on May 18, 2021

Thanks for the positive comment, Matt.

It's sort of funny, that my post next week on the future of microgrids is pertinent to this one. Many large fleets of heavy vehicles will charge at the same time (mainly at night), and thus a big surge in demand at the same time as light EVs are charging. One solution of this is evolve their charging depots to microgrids and charge their batteries during lower demand periods. one of my earliest posts was on large trucks and their primary support facilities (linked below).

Another older past post covered battery electric buses and their charging infrastructure (in sections 4 and 5). This is linked below.



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