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!


How crypto and blockchain are transforming the auto industry

The automotive industry prides itself so much on innovation and transformation that many brands find it hard to keep up with the recent tech developments in the sector. It is not merely the vehicle-to-vehicle communication or the autonomous technology that the car manufacturers are trying to cope with; the industry is now facing another technology in the…


What Would Greta Thunberg’s Dream World Look Like?

A sixteen-year-old girl from Sweden has gotten a lot of attention (some supportive, much vitriolic) this week as she took on policymakers at the 2019 UN climate action summit in New York, imploring them to take action against the growing threat of catastrophic climate change. Greta Thunberg’s high-profile activism has come a long way in a short time, from…


This Year At The Largest Gathering Of Renewable Energy Professionals

Solar Power International (SPI) and Smart Energy Week, one of the largest gatherings for renewable energy professionals, held its 15th annual conference this year in Salt Lake City, Utah. The conference brings together large and small players shaping the renewable energy landscape. This year the events backdrop was the vast rocky mountains, at the western edge of…


Big Tech’s eco-pledges aren’t slowing its pursuit of Big Oil

Employee activism and outside pressure have pushed big tech companies like Amazon, Microsoft, and Google into promising to slash their carbon emissions. But there’s another thing these tech giants aren’t cutting: Their growing business ties to the oil and gas industry. When Microsoft held an all-staff meeting in September, an employee asked CEO Satya Nadella if…

There’s no fossil fuel CEO who sits there and says, ‘You know, I’m just gonna deny climate change‘ . If anything, they’re all saying, ‘Let us have, in fact, the regulation, the pricing mechanisms that get us to this future.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Eco-Friendly Electrochemical Catalysts Using Solar Cells to Harvest Energy From the Sun

A research team from the Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) and Kanazawa University developed an eco-friendly device that uses solar energy to catalyze an electrochemical oxidation reaction with high efficiency. Green energy sources constitute a hot research field globally because of the current environmental crisis and the necessity to avoid…


Horizon first utility to pull down power lines and replace with renewable micro-grids

Horizon Power is to become the first utility in Australia to remove parts of its overhead network and replace it with an off-grid renewable energy power solution. The West Australia government announced on Thursday that the state-owned Horizon, which serves the vast regional areas of the state, will now install 17 standalone power systems on…

The energy sector is undergoing a significant transformation, which is mainly driven by the rapid uptake of solar panels and battery storage systems at homes.

WA energy minister Bill Johnston

Power Ledger extends P2P solar software reach in Japan

An Australian company that harnesses blockchain technology for peer-to-peer (P2P) energy trading has secured its second trial in Japan. Perth-based Power Ledger has announced a partnership with Japanese solar provider Sharing Energy and electricity retailer eRex to trial its P2P trading platform in Kanto, a region that includes Tokyo. The move comes amidst a…

Using Power Ledger’s technology, households with solar panels will be able to sell any excess solar energy they have generated at a more competitive price than if they were to sell the energy back to the grid or to an energy retailer.

Power Ledger co-founder and chairman Dr Jemma Green

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