Shell UK adding charging to gas stations

Shell Retail Looks to the Future With Car Charging
Bloomberg News

Shell set up its first hydrogen refueling station in the U.K. earlier this year and will install its first electric car charging point later this month, said John Abbott, the top executive of its downstream business, which includes refining, marketing, retail, trading and chemicals. By 2025, he expects these new operations supplying cleaner fuels, including natural gas, to make up a fifth of margins from selling fuel.

Shell, still doesn’t quite get it. They are trying to preserve legacy methods of fueling involving tanks, tanker trucks, and all the plumbing that goes with fossil fuels (I include hydrogen since it is generally made from natural gas). It may seem like a way to preserve their capital investment, but really they are just making their stations WAY more expensive, since they will have to install more storage tanks and fueling hardware, which just mean spending LOTS of money and creating a very complex, expensive to maintain site, that will also complicate the logistics of scheduling deliveries of natural gas and hydrogen on top of the diesel/gasoline products already carried.

Oh, and you are adding the dangers of H2 and NG “spills” to the risk of gasoline/diesel spills. So, each time you resupply a station, you triple the number of chances something can wrong.

It’s simple guys. You have electrical wires right there above your station. Installing chargers is a matter of tapping the existing electrical infrastructure and setting aside some spaces for charging EVs. Simple installation, nothing to resupply multiple times a week, fewer tanker trucks on the road burning diesel.

Health cost for renewable vs fossil energy 7 cents per kilowatt hour.

Health benefits of wind and solar offset all subsidies
Ars Technica

A paper in Nature Energy this week dives into the weeds by trying to estimate the economic benefits of wind and solar power across the whole of the US. Berkeley environmental engineer Dev Millstein and his colleagues estimate that between 3,000 and 12,700 premature deaths have been averted because of air quality benefits over the last decade or so, creating a total economic benefit between $30 billion and $113 billion. The benefits from wind work out to be more than 7ยข per kilowatt-hour, which is more than unsubsidized wind energy generally costs.

Two ways to look at this: Either we should be subsidizing the cost of solar/wind at 7 cents/kWh or we should be adding a 7 cents/kWh tax to all fossil-fuel generated electricity (coal/oil/NG).