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World’s Largest All-electric Aircraft Takes First Flight

On May 28th, the world’s largest electric aircraft, Cessna 208B Grand Caravan, flew over Washington, U.S for a full 30 minutes and generated zero carbon emissions. Developed by Magnix, the aircraft can carry between 9-14 people and can cruise up to 214 miles per hour.

Roei Ganzarski, CEO of MagniX, said, “This first flight of the eCaravan is yet another step on the road to operating these middle-mile aircraft at a fraction of the cost, with zero emissions, from and to smaller airports,” 

“These electric commercial aircraft will enable the offering of flying services of people and packages in a way previously not possible.”

According to consulting firm Roland Berger, there are over 200 electric aircraft projects underway globally. However, further development in battery capacity is needed if we are to widely transition into using electric aircraft. The successful flight was captured via livestream.

You can watch the video of the flight here: https://bit.ly/3cKkIgD 

Britain is Set to Reach New Coal-free Milestone

At midnight today (Wednesday 10th June),  Britain will have gone two full months without burning coal to generate power. This is partly due to the electricity demand plummeting after the lockdown was enforced. As a response, the National Grid started taking power plants off the network. No coal has been burnt for electricity since 9th April when the last coal generator was shut down.  The figures apply to Britain only, as Northern Ireland is not on the National Grid.

The previous record was 18 days, 6 hours and 10 minutes which was set in June last year.  A decade ago, about 40% of the country's electricity came from coal. Only 3% of the country's electricity came from wind and solar. Now, the UK has the biggest offshore wind industry in the world.

https://bbc.in/2UGPpxl

Cenex Electric Vehicle Study

Are you able to give half a day of your time to join an online focus group on electric vehicle purchasing?

The ideal candidate will:

  • Be able to drive
  • Be thinking about purchasing/leasing a vehicle in the next year
  • Will not have experience with electric vehicles
  • Able to join an online meeting with video and audio

If you would like to take part, please share your interest by contacting: beth.morley@cenex.co.uk

If you do not have the time to join the focus group, you can still participate in the study through this questionnaire.

Solar-Active is Looking for Zero Carbon Activities for their Website

Solar-Active (Schools & Homes Energy Education Project) is an independent not-for-profit company and a registered charity. They have received matched funding from Social Enterprise Exchange/South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation to update their website.

The website aims to increase accessibility to downloadable STEM solar resources for teachers, home educators, parents and students/young people. They are currently looking for links to and ideas for practical zero carbon activities to include in their new website.

If you would like to contribute, please contact: david@solar-active.com

https://bit.ly/3h3ygaF

Bright Green Future 2020-2021 deadline approaching

Bright Green Future is a free, year-long programme, starting in September 2020, for young people aged 14-17 with an interest in the environment and climate change. The programme is run by the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE).  

Joining the programme will help young people gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to embark on a career path which could influence decisions on energy and climate change. 

As part of the programme, participants will be able to experience running simple low carbon projects in their local community, attend a four-day summer school, receive mentoring from a member of staff at CSE, and work placement or shadowing opportunity at a professional organisation which influences local or national policy.

The deadline to apply for BGF 2020 is 29th June 2020 at 6pm

https://bit.ly/2UnL3uJ