THE DAILY ROUNDUP – Thursday

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Hi! Here is your daily dose of useful links and articles related to renewable energy and technology. Enjoy!


Blockchain-related energy applications crystalizing around power market opportunities

With the technology having gone through the hype cycle, energy market applications for blockchain are emerging as power markets change to address customer needs and evolving power system conditions, industry executives and experts said Wednesday. Between 2016 and 2018 blockchain received lots of attention as the technology behind cryptocurrencies and…

We have gone through the hype cycle

Lawrence Orsini, founder and principal of LO3 Energy,

The emergence of grid-interactive buildings

Energy flexibility of local loads are a key asset to the distribution feeder – and, where managed correctly, no municipality should fear the introduction of commercial and industrial rooftop PV installations. The value of a distributed energy resource (DER) approach is about a more resilient energy future, where building owners and municipalities profit…

Then – our future is at risk, mitigate to
improve the future
Now – our future is arriving, adapt for the
worst impacts


The tiny island that aims to become a carbon-neutral paradise

The South Korean holiday province of Jeju needs to find a sustainable energy solution to ensure a thriving future. One tiny island off the coast may provide a blueprint.Could a tiny island become the blueprint for an entire nation to drastically reduce its carbon emissions? It’s a hypothesis currently being tested on Gapado, a speck of land off the southern coast…

The effects of climate change, like sea level rise, will impact islands around the world

Kass Rohrbach, a deputy director at environmental organisation the Sierra Club

The tech industry is finally taking its environmental responsibilities seriously

In what has been recognized as the largest renewable energy deal in modern history, US tech giant Google has signed off on 18 separate solar and wind power contracts. The key goal behind this move is to retain a carbon-neutral profile, but it’s not easy being green if you’re a global, multi-billion dollar conglomerate requiring around 10 terawatt-hours of energy…

We’re done being in the middle of the herd on this issue — we’ve decided to use our size and scale to make a difference.

Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO

Honda makes largest renewable energy purchase of any automaker

Multinational auto manufacturer Honda Motor Company, headquartered in Tokyo, recently made the largest renewable clean energy purchase by any car maker. The electricity will be utilized to offset emissions from its United States factories, thus enabling Honda to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 60 percent in its North American manufacturing plants…

Two Virtual Power Purchase Agreements (VPPAs) will secure 320 megawatts (MW) of wind and solar power totaling over 1 million megawatt-hours (MWh) of renewable electricity annually.

Honda’s press release

South Africa’s Eskom Preparing First Large-Scale Battery Tender

South Africa’s utility Eskom is preparing to launch a tender for 1.4 gigawatt-hours of battery storage that will need to be installed by December 2021. The large-scale energy storage tender, the first of its kind in the country and in Africa as a whole, will be split into two phases, with an initial 200 megawatts/800 megawatt-hours of capacity to be built by December 2020…

Eskom wanted to be proactive. This was a key thing for us because it’s in line with the original objectives of the project.

Frederic Verdol, World Bank Group senior power engineer

Scotland will probably reach 100% renewable energy goal ‘soon’

With nearly three-quarters of its energy coming from wind, solar, and hydroelectric energy, Scotland is well on its way to a carbon-free energy grid. Scottish Renewables, “the voice of Scotland’s renewable energy industry” predicts in a recent report that the country will soon be meeting its 100% target for energy from clean sources. Wind, solar and hydropower…

I’m hugely proud that renewable energy projects across Scotland are delivering on jobs and for communities, particularly in rural areas, while helping to displace the carbon emissions which cause climate change.

Claire Mack, Chief Executive of Scottish Renewables

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