THE DAILY ROUNDUP – Weekend Edition

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

The Machine Economy is Upon Us

We are on the verge of a major shift in the way we do business. Between artificial intelligence, edge computing and the Internet of Things (IoT), machines are getting “smarter.” So smart, that in the not too distant future they will be making decisions and conducting transactions between themselves without any human interference. We’re entering…

This first inception of the Industry Marketplace is the autonomous training between machines. The next step is adoption of this autonomous interaction between machines.

Holger Köther, director of partner management at IOTA Foundation

Are Smart Cities The Pathway To Blockchain And Cryptocurrency Adoption?

At the recent Blockchain LIVE 2019 hosted annually in London, I had the pleasure of giving a talk on Next Generation Infrastructure: Building a Future for Smart Cities. What exactly is a “smart city?” The term refers to an overall blueprint for city designs of the future. Already half the world’s population lives in a city, which is expected to grow to sixty-five percent in…

Finally, An Electric Crate Motor You Can Drop Into Your Old Car

The idea of converting classic cars to EVs has been around a while, and a number of companies, including some major automakers, have been retrofitting old, classic cars with all-new EV drivetrains. Individual tinkerers have been doing this as well, but it’s not as easy as you’d hope. Dealing with salvaged EV drivetrains is difficult, with complex control and…

From Corn To Solar: For Some Farmers, There’s ‘More Money In Producing Electrons’

Hoosier farmers are making less money per acre than they have in years, but some are trading corn and soybeans for solar panels. Yet, the incentives for such projects vary greatly from state to state, and that makes it difficult for landowners to know what the policies to their specific locality are. Among those farmers is Mark Simons. He’s been farming for 44 years, and…

The electrons produced out there are just another crop. Instead of producing carbohydrates, we’re producing clean, renewable energy that goes on for a long time. The solar project out there can be producing power for forty years.

Mark Simons, farmer

Hull to get its own Operating System

Hull is set to become “one of the Smartest cities in the world” with its own, purpose-built, operating system. Developed by Connexin and Cisco, the CityOS platform will connect council services and also centralize information, which can then be analyzed and used to promote a “better quality of life for residents…

We’re thrilled to be partnering up with our home city and are committed to making Hull a world-leading Smart City to foster economic development and enhance many aspects of liveability, workability and sustainability.

Furqan Alamgir, Founder and CEO of Connexin

Facebook and Google: Utilities Must Take Lead on Grid Decarbonization

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Utilities, not green-minded corporations, need to lead on decarbonizing the grid, said executives at Google and Facebook. Corporate procurement now ranks among the top drivers of large-scale U.S. renewables purchases. But it’s not the long-term answer to clean energy deployment, the technology executives said Thursday, speaking at an event…

What we’ve been doing we’re very proud of, but it’s not necessarily the scale or the answer long-term. We’re not a utility, we’re not a power company.

Robert Parker, Google’s senior lead of data center energy and location strategy

Pittsburgh International Airport plans to generate its own electric power

Pittsburgh International Airport officials say they won’t be dependent on the traditional electric power grid come 2021. That’s when a microgrid is expected to go online. Instead of depending on power from the national electric grid that supplies most everyone else, the airport will get its power from generators fueled by solar energy or natural gas drilled on its land by…

It’s really important for us to demonstrate to our international airline partners that we have assets in this region that allow us to think differently, to innovate, and to really move the industry forward.

Allegheny County Airport Authority CEO Christina Cassotis

Croissant-inspired green energy storage offers highest density of its kind

A morning croissant could hold the answer to the planet’s energy problems. Scientists at the Queen Mary University of London have developed a dielectric capacitor with the ability to store more energy than anything else of its kind. Similar to a battery, this new creation could help store electricity harvested from renewable sources like wind and solar to keep the lights on…

We are still far away from beating batteries. Perhaps it will never happen. But with our work, we have substantially pushed the bar of the energy density a polymer film capacitor can store. This means that capacitors might find broader application fields and, perhaps, work better in tandem with batteries to compensate for each other limitations and get the best of both worlds.

Emiliano Bilotti, lead researcher of the study

Momentum Builds for Hydrogen Fuel in Japan, Australia

Japan and Australia are expanding their support for hydrogen fuel technology. Hydrogen-powered automobiles will be featured at the annual Tokyo Motor Show that begins in a week. They were also featured prominently during the Group of 20 environment ministerial held in the resort community of Karuizawa. And they’ll likely be featured when the…

The hydrogen economy was first envisioned nearly 50 years ago, but it has not come to full fruition partly due to high costs and sufficient availability of alternatives. In recent years, however, momentum has been building as a confluence of factors drives increased investment.

Navigant Research

Europe’s largest floating solar plant opens in France

The most powerful floating solar PV plant in Europe was inaugurated in southern France on Friday (18 October), marking another milestone in the development of solar energy. The Rhône valley in southern France is best known for its fine wines and gorgeous food. Now, it can also add solar power to its list of attractions. The O’MEGA1 project is a 17 megawatt (MW)…

Today, as well as inaugurating Europe’s largest floating solar plant, we are showing that fighting climate change requires a collective effort.

Eric Scotto, chairman and co-founder of Akuo Energy, the solar PV developer

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