THE DAILY ROUNDUP – Wednesday

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To go big on EVs, Japanese carmakers think super-small

TOKYO (Reuters) – As global automakers race to put long-range electric vehicles on highways amid stricter emission laws, Japanese rivals are taking a niche approach and steering towards cheaper, pint-sized runabouts to make costly battery technology more accessible. At the Tokyo Motor Show that starts on Thursday, Toyota Motor, Nissan and others are due…

It’s difficult to apply the same technology to all driving needs, so if we can leverage the strengths of battery electric technology into smaller vehicles, we’d like to initially focus on that application.

Akihiro Yanaka, a manager at Toyota’s EV product development and planning department

City of Sydney to go totally renewable by 2020

The City of Sydney has inked a $60 million renewable energy deal that will see it powered entirely by wind and solar power by next year. By 1 July 2020, all City-owned properties, including pools, libraries and council buildings, will be powered by renewable electricity. The agreement with energy company Flow Power will see three-quarters of the City’s power…

This is a $60 million commitment for us, but each year we are going to be saving our rate payers half a million dollars.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore

United Overseas Bank launches first solar industry ecosystem in Asia

KUCHING: United Overseas Bank (UOB) yesterday launched U-Solar, the first solar industry ecosystem in Asia to power the development and adoption of renewable energy across Southeast Asia. Through U-Solar, the bank connects businesses and consumers across the entire solar power value chain and helps each play their role in their collective efforts to…

A sustainable energy industry is key to maintaining healthy development of the economy and community.

Wee Ee Cheong, Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, UOB

Chinese tech crucial to Cuba’s solar shift

The sun shines on a gigantic sheet made of solar panels located on the outskirts of the Cuban city of Pinar del Rio, some 150 km west of Havana. Cuban and Chinese flags were fluttering above the Pinar 220 A2 photovoltaic plant, which operates on raw materials and technology donated by China. The solar park, which came into operation in February…

Since we started operating until now, the solar plant has generated about 10,800 megawatt-hours (MWh), which represents a saving of 2,800 tons of fuel.

Rosa Maria Molina, director of the solar plant

Smart Low-Carbon Cities – Big Changes Ahead

Research by climate scientists has shown that CO2 levels and global temperatures are climbing faster than previously projected, and cities around the world increasingly are taking action, pursuing strategies to both reduce the amount of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions they create and to increase the supply of renewable energy they consume. As U.S. cities…


Saft supplies ‘mini grid-scale battery storage’ to first Australia projects

Advanced battery technology company Saft has executed its first projects in Australia, installing around 2MWh of battery energy storage systems (BESS) at 13 sites in Queensland. Electricity distribution network operator Ergon Energy has decided to adopt Saft’s lithium-ion energy storage systems to meet customer needs at fairly remote locations in Queensland, with the…


There’s a push in Brooklyn to turn its microgrid into a local energy marketplace via blockchain

Brooklyn residents have launched a campaign via Change.org to turn the Brooklyn Microgrid into a fully functioning Local Energy Marketplace, in a bid to help progress New York City’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV). The Brooklyn Microgrid (BMG), which has been run by LO3 Energy as a test project since 2016, was the first network to transact energy…

The Brooklyn Microgrid and its participants are huge supporters of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) for New York to generate 50% of its electricity from renewable resources by 2030.

 Adrienne Smith, the BMG’s new Executive Director

Neste inks PPA with Fortum for Finnish wind power

Renewable diesel producer Neste has signed a deal to buy renewable electricity to power its production sites in Finland. It has inked a 12-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Fortum, which will supply power from the 90MW Kalax wind farm, currently under construction in Närpes, Ostrobothnia. The total capacity of the agreement is more than…


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