Sydney Airport EV Fire Destroys 5 Vehicles

Sydney Airport EV Fire Destroys 5 Vehicles


Essay by Eric Worrall

Should Electric Vehicles be banned from airports and ferries?

Five cars destroyed at Sydney Airport after battery from luxury electric vehicle ignites

By Olivia Ireland
September 12, 2023 — 4.48pm

Five cars have been destroyed at Sydney Airport after a battery from a luxury electric car burst into flames.

About 8.30pm on Monday, firefighters were called to a parking lot on Airport Drive in Mascot after flames engulfed a luxury electric car before spreading to another four vehicles.

Research officers from Fire and Rescue’s Safety of Alternative and Renewable Energy Technologies team have also been at the scene.

Fire and Rescue NSW Superintendent Adam Dewberry said … “There had been some problem with the car and the battery had been removed, we believe that the car has suffered some mechanical damage which can contribute to a battery breaking down and catching fire without notice.

“We don’t have a concern about this broadly, it’s not often that electric cars catch fire.”

Read more: https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/five-cars-destroyed-at-sydney-a...

The fire chief Adam Dewberry claims they don’t have a concern about this broadly, but in that case, why do they need a special fire department renewable energy technologies team?

Even if an EV needs minor accident damage to turn it into a ticking time bomb, airports are notorious for minor bumps and scrapes, lots of people arrive late and have to rush to catch their flight.

If a minor bump can turn an EV into a ticking time bomb, at the very least EVs should be isolated in their own fire hazard area, especially if they show any signs of damage.

As for passenger ferries, I mean we’ve all seen what an EV can do to a vehicle transport ship – ferocious white hot flames which can’t be quenched, even by experienced maritime fire control officers.

Even if the risk is small, it’s still only a matter of time until a group of EV’s parked next to each other on board a passenger ferry catch fire and torch the entire ship, leading to massive loss of life, and lifelong injuries to survivors who inhaled toxic lithium smoke.

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Comment by Willem Post on September 17, 2023 at 12:13pm

US/UK 66,000 MW OF OFFSHORE WIND BY 2030; AN EXPENSIVE FANTASY  

https://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/biden-30-000-mw-of-off...

 

The US government has the insane fantasy of wanting to build 30,000 MW of offshore by 2030, i.e., just 7 years, but several companies, building projects for Massachusetts, will be allowed to walk away from the signed PPAs, and rebid at much higher prices next year.

 

The UK government has the insane fantasy of wanting to build 36,000 MW of offshore by 2030, i.e., in just 7 years,

 

The continent-based European big wind companies have only 25% of the capacity per year for building 66,000 MW offshore by 2030, or about 9,500 MW/y. These companies will concentrate on the U.S. market, because Biden’s "Inflation-Reduction-Act” subsidies are much higher than in the UK

 

About 7,000 MW of offshore wind bids were rewarded by the UK 4th Auction, in 2022

Zero MW of offshore wind bids were submitted for the UK 5th Auction, in 2023

 

1) Vattenfall, Sweden, has put on hold 1,400 MW in 2023 (will re-evaluate its entire 4,200 MW zone), because its spreadsheets show a “net revenue shortage” of about 40%, meaning the prices, c/kWh, offered by the UK auctions are about 40% too low. 

https://www.offshorewind.biz/2023/07/20/breaking-vattenfall-stops-d....

 

2) OERSTED, Denmark, sees a $2.6 billion loss on its three US East Cost offshore wind systems, mainly due to high inflation, high interest rates, supply chain constrains and disruptions, and not being awarded “bonus” federal and state tax credits. Oersted, etc., urges Biden to ignore the domestic content requirements of the Inflation Reduction Act, so 100% of the wind turbines will be very expensively built in Europe, with US subsidies.

https://www.reuters.com/business/energy/denmarks-orsted-anticipates...

 

3) EU big wind conglomerates want, on average, 40% more, because turnkey capital costs (foundations, turbines, cabling to shore, installation) have gone to at least $5,500/installed kW and interest rates to 6.25% in 2023, from $3,500/kW and 3% in 2021

 

UK and New York State bureaucrats are grossly uninformed regarding market conditions, as usual. They have zero business sense. New York State bureaucrats calculated their estimates of offshore wind contract prices, but when the owners saw those numbers, they said, we need up to 66% more, for our spreadsheets to make business sense. These contract prices are after 50% US subsidies. See Item 4 and note

 

Oersted, Denmark, Sunrise wind, original price $110.37/MWh, needs $139.99/MWh, a 27% increase

Equinor, Norway, Empire 1 wind, original price $118.38/MWh, needs $159.64/MWh, a 35% increase

Equinor, Norway, Empire 2 wind, original price $107.50/MWh, needs $177.84/MWh, a 66% increase

Equinor, Norway, Beacon Wind, original price $118.00/MWh, needs $190.82/MWh, a 62% increase

https://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/liars-lies-exposed-as-...

 

4)

Lifetime Performance of World’s First Offshore Wind Farm 

https://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/lifetime-performance-o...

 

IRENA prepares glossy offshore wind reports, that 1) ignore industry cost data of offshore wind systems in the UK, 2) overestimates capacity factors, 3) underestimates decreases in output with aging, 4) underestimates O&M/MWh

IRENA is a government-controlled, offshore wind rah-rah site, that cannot be trusted

https://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/irena-a-european-renew...

 

NOTE: “The all-in, turnkey capital cost associated with a typical US offshore project, before bonus tax credits related to the "Inflation-Reduction-Act", has increased by 57% since 2021.

Increased costs of materials, energy, components, labor, and supply chain disruptions and constraints (shortage of European-owned specialized ships) explain about 40% of that, with 60% due to increased interest rates.”, per Bloomberg recently reported, citing figures from Bloomberg-NEF

Increased financing costs are due to larger amounts borrowed/installed kW, at higher interest rates

In 2021, borrowing $3500/installed kW at 3% for 20 years would cost 3.322 c/kWh

In 2023, borrowing $5500/installed kW at 6.25% for 20 years would cost 6.879 c/kWh

 

Part 1

 

BIDEN 30,000 MW OF OFFSHORE WIND BY 2030; AN EXPENSIVE FANTASY  

https://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/biden-30-000-mw-of-off...

 

The Biden administration announced on October 13, 2021, it will subsidize the development of up to seven offshore wind systems (never call them farms) on the US East and West coasts, and in the Gulf of Mexico; a total of about 30,000 MW of offshore wind by 2030.

 

This is part of the “Inflation Reduction Act”, which CBO estimated at $391 billion, but Goldman Sachs estimated at $1.2 trillion, due to Biden’s handlers “liberally interpreting” the various open-ended measures.

This deficit spending will be added to the national debt, which would increase inflation. See URL for explanation.

https://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/biden-s-green-energy-p...

 

Biden's offshore wind systems would have an adverse, long-term impact on US electricity wholesale prices, and the prices of all other goods and services, because their expensive electricity would permeate into all economic activities.

 

The wind turbines would be at least 800-ft-tall, which would need to be located at least 30 miles from shores, to ensure minimal disturbance from night-time strobe lights.

 

Any commercial fishing areas would be significantly impacted by below-water infrastructures and cables. The low-frequency noise (less than 20 cycles per second, aka infrasound) of the wind turbines would adversely affect marine life, including whales, and productivity of fishing areas.

https://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/feds-finally-admits-of...

 

Offshore Wind Electricity Production and Cost

 

Electricity production would be about 30,000 MW x 8766 h/y x 0.40, lifetime-average capacity factor = 105,192,000 MWh, or 105.2 TWh

The additional wind production would be about 100 x 105.2/4000 = 2.63% of the annual electricity loaded onto US grids.

The US grid load would increase, due to tens of millions of future electric vehicles and heat pumps.

 

Electricity Cost: Assume an offshore project consists of wind turbines and cabling to shore, and installation at $5,500/kW

 

- Amortizing bank loan for 50% of the project at 6.25%/y for 20 years, 6.879 c/kWh.

- Paying Owner investment of 50% of the project at 9%/y for 20 years, is 8.468 c/kWh (9% because of high inflation).

- Offshore O&M, about 30 miles out to sea, 8 c/kWh.

- All other items, 4 c/kWh 

- Total cost 6.879 + 8.468 + 8 + 4 = 27.347 c/kWh

- Less 50% subsidies (tax credits, depreciation in 5 years, interest deduction on borrowed funds) 13.673 c/kWh

- Owner sells to utility at 13.673 c/kWh

 

Not included:

- Levelized cost of onshore grid expansion/augmentation, about 2 c/kWh

- Levelized cost of curtailment/counteracting/balancing, 24/7/365, about 2 c/kWh

- Levelized cost of decommissioning, i.e., disassembly at sea, reprocessing and storing at hazardous waste sites

 

Floating offshore wind, as in Maine and California offshore, would be about $7,500 per MW. Payments for Amortizing bank loan, Owner return, O&M, and All other items would be higher, and the c/kWh would be higher than offshore wind with foundations.

The subsidies, added to national debt, would be higher.

 

- Amortizing bank loan for 50% of the project at 6.25%/y for 20 years, 9.380 c/kWh.

- Paying Owner investment of 50% of the project at 9%/y for 20 years, is 11.547 c/kWh (9% because of high inflation).

- Offshore O&M, about 30 miles out to sea, 8 c/kWh.

- All other items, 4 c/kWh 

- Total cost 6.879 + 8.468 + 8 + 4 = 32.927 c/kWh

- Less 50% subsidies (tax credits, depreciation in 5 years, interest deduction on borrowed funds) 16.464 c/kWh

- Owner sells to utility at 16.464 c/kWh

 

NOTE: If li-ion battery systems were contemplated, they would add 20 to 40 c/kWh to the cost of any electricity passing through them, during their about 15-y useful service lives! See Part 1 of URL
https://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/battery-system-capital...

Comment by Thinklike A. Mountain on September 16, 2023 at 9:35am

The electric vehicle (EV) house of cards is COLLAPSING: “honeymoon is over … don’t expect the marriage itself to last much longer either”
https://www.naturalnews.com/2023-09-15-ev-house-cards-collapsing-ho...

Comment by Willem Post on September 15, 2023 at 9:11pm

Plus, you shal not charge a battery, fast or slow, if the BATTERY temperature is at 32F or less.

You have to push the car into a warm room, warm it up, then charge.

Comment by Robert Powers on September 15, 2023 at 5:26pm

Actual experiences with EVs.  The following is an email I received from a credible friend.

Robert, That isn't even the half of it. . . Rapid - flash charging permanently, 
shortens the life, and, range of the battery power, each and every time it is 
done. By causing excessive heat in the batt. If using a heavy foot on the 
accelerator, rapid discharge of the batt, for the torque, does the same thing. 
The batt is dying from the getgo. 
 
Replacement costs for an entire batt pack, according to my insur co in NYC, 
plus labor, was $ 33,000 for a 14 month Tesla with a defective batt. I'm not 
kidding. 
 
Who would want to buy one of these elect cars, used, when facing that 
eventual fate. 
 
These cars catch on fire, while charging. My car repair shop, has a client 
who had his elect car catch fire, on his garage overnight charger. Worse, the 
client's garage also had his "Lambo" and "Ferrari" in there, and everything 
was a total loss. 
 
Luckily his garage was not attached to his house. Or he and his wife would have
died, as this happened at about 2:30 am. In Hawaii, and fake news ignoring,
some folks in electric cars were trying to escape the Maui fire. The heat
caused the elect car's to explode. The folks inside were killed. . .
 
If an elect car is in an accident, regardless of which side, or, front vs. rear is
hit, the batt either explodes from the impact or bursts into flames, plus the
noxious fumes from the batt's fire is deadly. Cold weather shortens range
up to 35 %. The car has to use some of it's own batt power to keep itself
warm. Ditto summers, to keep itself cool. Plus Air Cond, etc. Shorter range.
 
Neighbors took their brand new Tesla with their kids, loaded, with dog, and 
roof ski rack, from Weston to their farm house in Waitsfield, VT. for a mid Jan ski 
trip. The car batt ran flat, out of charge, at White River Junction, Vt. Only half 
way for a 235 mile trip ! It was cold. . .
 
These cars are not ready, yet. Synthetic fuels, or hydrogen, would be better. But
the facts are that there is no "Man Made" in climate change. To say there is, is
a giant conceit. . . We have always had it, and always will. It's in earth's DNA.
The sun, earth's thermal core, etc. This has again been confirmed by Princeton
& MIT Scientists, who say that EPA Climate Regulations are based on a hoax.
Front page of "The Epoch Times" U.S. Edition Aug 23 - 29, 2023. Excellent
article. The New Green Deal is a plan for the gov. to totally control us, and
institute a radical, Marxist, totalitarian socialism. The Corporate Globalists,
again, Robert, are the head of the snake on this one. Their reasons are about
their own complete financial control. The swamp is just the pawns doing the
C.G.'s bidding for them. This is an international play.  
 
And Trump is going to both expose it, and, kill it.
 
Sincerely,
 
Doug
had it, and always will.

 

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CMP Transmission Rate Skyrockets 19.6% Due to Wind Power

 

Click here to read how the Maine ratepayer has been sold down the river by the Angus King cabal.

Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT

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(excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/From Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-swept-task-force-set-the-rules/From Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.” https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine."

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