THE DAILY ROUNDUP – Wednesday

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New Zealand just became the first country to legalize salary payments in cryptocurrencies (BTC)

New Zealand has become the first country to legalize cryptocurrency salaries, according to a report on Monday from the Financial Times. The country’s tax agency ruled salaries and wages may be paid in cryptocurrencies so long as the preferred digital coin is pegged to at least one standard, or fiat, currency. New Zealand also requires that the crypto…


Scientists discover key factors in how some algae harness solar energy

Scientists have discovered how diatoms—a type of alga that produces 20 percent of the Earth’s oxygen—harness solar energy for photosynthesis. The Rutgers University-led discovery, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, could help lead to more efficient and affordable algae-based biofuels and combat climate change from fossil…


Next-Gen Grid Architecture: A grid coordination primer

Grid coordination is the operational alignment of assets to provide electricity delivery. Although the grid has always relied upon effective coordination, it has become a higher priority issue for electricity distribution because of the rise of distribution-connected distributed energy resources (DER) such as solar, batteries, and EVs (electric vehicles), that…


IN THE AFTERMATH OF HURRICANE MARIA, EFFORTS TO REBUILD PUERTO RICO’S ELECTRICAL SYSTEM OFFER LESSONS FOR BOOSTING ENERGY SECURITY

After Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico in September 2017, one of the first things I saw outside were my neighbors working together to clear the streets of fallen trees and debris. It was difficult to see the damage and not feel an immense sense of sadness. Like others throughout the U.S. territory, only those with functioning generators had electricity and no…


Growth of wind energy points to future challenges, promise

Advances in adapting the technology for cold climates and offshore use and better methods for predicting wind conditions have fanned significant growth of the use of wind turbines for electricity in the last 40 years. A new report takes stock of where the field is now and what lies ahead. A team of researchers from Germany has published its findings in Applied Physics


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