THE DAILY ROUNDUP – Friday

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Crypto May Be the Future of Humanitarian Aid

A video from San Cristóbal, Venezuela, dated March 2019 shows a never-ending line of people waiting on the street. They are all waiting, the narrator tells us, for their turn at the bank, hoping to withdraw money to buy food and goods before hyperinflation drives the value of Venezuela’s currency further into the dirt. Venezuela’s political and economic crisis…

In countries where the government controls their people by controlling the money, digital currency can be a powerful solution for the oppressed.


Construction to begin on world’s first hydrogen fuel push boat

The hydrogen fuel push boat, which will be named Elektra, will feature propulsion power provided by the Ballard fuel cell modules, along with modular batteries. The hydrogen fuel push boat is 20 meters (65.6 ft.) long and 8.2 meters (26.9 ft.) wide. Its primary purpose will be to transport goods between Berlin and Hamburg. It will also travel on inner-city transport route…

During 2019 we have taken on a growing number of European marine projects, a sign of the growing interest around zero-emission solutions for the marine industry, with the Elektra being the latest example

President and CEO of Ballard Power Systems Europe, Jesper Themsen

Climate concerns, affordable renewable energy starting transition away from coal in Southeast Asia

The world’s dirtiest fossil fuel is in decline from the United States to western Europe. But in Southeast Asia coal has found one of its final frontiers: last year it was the only region where coal’s share of power generation grew. Yet the growing urgency of the climate crisis and increasingly affordable renewable power could help catalyze a regional shift away from…

The finances are shifting to green globally. Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Thailand will all pivot over the next two years.

Tim Buckley, director of energy finance studies at the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis

Hurtigruten Introduces Battery-Powered Snowmobiles

The latest addition to the Hurtigruten fleet is the electric, emission-free snowmobile. The deal, a partnership between Hurtigruten’s land-based adventure travel company Hurtigruten Svalbard and the Finnish startup company Aurora Powertrains, is one of a kind in the history of snowmobiles and starts a new era of silent and emission-free snowmobiling…

Our eSleds and the entire operation will literally be powered by the midnight sun and Arctic winds. For us, this is only the beginning—we’re already planning similar solutions to be installed at our hotels and other parts of our Svalbard operation.

Krisztina Uzonyi, Hurtigruten Svalbard destination director

GE to Supply Battery Energy Storage Systems in California

GE Renewable Energy recently announced it is has been selected by Convergent Energy + Power for the supply of battery energy storage systems for three projects in California for a total capacity of 100 MWh. GE’s scope of work includes a long-term service agreement and augmentation guarantees. With this project, GE will reach a total of 495 MWh…

Convergent has a track-record of developing trailblazing energy storage assets that advance the energy storage sector; we’re proud to partner with GE to provide for local area reliability and support the growth of renewable energy in California.

Frank Genova, COO and CFO of Convergent

How Blockchain Can Bring Sustainability to the Energy Industry

The International Energy Agency keeps warning us that our current energy system is absolutely unsustainable. Renewable energy seems like the only solution – but only if the whole framework of energy trading and consumption is overhauled. Blockchain technology can provide the missing element to achieve that. The growth of GDP and prosperity across the world…


HOW THE U.S. POWER GRID IS EVOLVING TO HANDLE SOLAR AND WIND

October 3, 2019 — Renewable energy is on the rise. Roughly 15% of the electricity generated in the U.S. comes from renewable sources like wind, solar, geothermal, hydropower and biomass, amounting to 64 million of the 411 million megawatt-hours (MWh) of total electricity generated in July 2019, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration…

The basis of the transition is the need to get off carbon-based energy and stop emitting greenhouse gases.

John Jimison, executive director of Americans for a Clean Energy Grid

AI Starts to Live Up to Its Energy Efficiency Potential

Perhaps no technology has generated more hype in recent years than artificial intelligence (AI). In some industries, it is certainly living up to it. AI powers the algorithms behind transport apps Uber and Waze, microtargeted online advertising, your commercial flight’s autopilot, and digital assistants like Amazon’s Alexa. Yet AI’s impact in energy efficiency and…


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