THE DAILY ROUNDUP – Monday

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


New partnership for blockchain technology of electric systems

A new partnership has been formed in the U.S., designed to showcase how blockchain technology can be applied to enhance the security and operational efficiency of electric systems. This is for distributed energy resources. The project is a collaboration between blockchain cybersecurity platform startup Xage Security (located in Palo Alto, California, U.S.) and…

Grid modernization needs to be implemented with sophisticated and comprehensive security solutions from the start. Cyberattacks are becoming more advanced and focused, bypassing network-level protection to target specific industrial control systems.

Duncan Greatwood, CEO of Xage Security

A new concept could make more environmentally friendly batteries possible

A new concept for an aluminum battery has twice the energy density as previous versions, is made of abundant materials, and could lead to reduced production costs and environmental impact. The idea has potential for large scale applications, including storage of solar and wind energy. Researchers from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, and the…

The material costs and environmental impacts that we envisage from our new concept are much lower than what we see today, making them feasible for large scale usage, such as solar cell parks, or storage of wind energy, for example.

Patrik Johansson, Professor at the Department of Physics at Chalmers

More power firms studying energy storage systems

More power industry players are embarking on energy storage systems (ESS) developments to manage variable renewable energy supply and to provide ancillary service (AS) to maintain a stable power grid. Manila Electric Co. (Meralco), the country’s largest power distribution utility (DU), has built its first battery energy storage system (BESS) in partnership with…

We’re grateful to Hitachi for providing us two MW of battery storage energy system. These are modular, movable. They’re in 40-foot containers.

Meralco president and CEO Ray Espinosa

Is blockchain an overhyped tool for Asia’s energy transition?

Blockchain is already used in energy projects from South Africa to Singapore, but questions linger over its significance in the transition to clean energy. What was the final word when six industry experts came together for an animated debate over its potential? Branded as a revolution when it was launched in the early 1990s, the Apple Newton MessagePad personal…

Trying to convince someone to replace a polluting 25-year-old power plant on their island with something they don’t know (about), you say it’s cheaper but they don’t believe you—whether you have blockchain here or not is not going to solve the problem

Engie Factory Asia-Pacific managing director Quentin Vaquette

Energy Commodities Trading Software Launches on Hyperledger Fabric

A new software based on the Hyperledger Fabric blockchain was launched for commodities trading for the gas industry. EnHelix Marketplace was unveiled at the Gastech energy conference in Singapore, company executives told CoinDesk.The software streamlines commodities trading with applications supporting every step of the process — pre-trade KYC,

When you encapsulate commodity trades in blockchain smart contracts, you essentially increase the speed of your trading activities, avoid data reconciliations and messy data interfaces

EnHelix representative

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