THE DAILY ROUNDUP – Friday

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Orange partnership to drive off-grid solar in Africa

Global telecommunications operator Orange has partnered with solar pay-as-you-go provider Greenlight Planet, to provide Orange customers with access to clean energy solutions in several African countries. These countries include Burkina Faso, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Liberia, Mali, Sierra Leone, etc…

I am very delighted about this new partnership with Greenlight Planet, it allows us to turn an energy player into a digital energy operator, using our telco operator assets. African populations will thus be able to access energy via simple mobile pre-payment, wherever they are and regardless of their total energy needs. This is our ambition and our contribution to the African energy transition.

Nat-Sy Missamou, director of Orange Energy

The Power of Us – Decentralize Electricity and Make It Usable for All People Around the World

One of the most futuristic use cases in this landscape happens to be the decentralization of energy and that’s exactly what AVALO-energy offers. Just to set the perspective here, we allow our users to generate, distribute, share and consume renewable energy without depending on any centralized authority. In fact, everything is handled on the blockchain, thus making the…


They turn ’49 Mercurys and Shelby Cobras into EVs, one Tesla carcass at a time

In a garage near South Los Angeles, metal fabricator Greg Abbott fits battery packs borrowed from a decommissioned Fiat 500E under the hood of a 1965 Mustang. In Oceanside, Calif., former AAMCO mechanic Matthew Hauber combines the suspension system and battery packs from a totaled Tesla to make an 800-horsepower, all-wheel-drive Shelby Cobra. In an…

These guys are taking drivetrains out of Teslas and Nissan Leafs and putting them in all kinds of vehicles. They’re hot-rodding electric cars just like their grandfathers did with 1932 Fords.

Gordon McCall, founder of the Quail Motorsports Gathering in Carmel, Calif.

What’s Top Of Asia’s Energy Agenda?

In Europe, investor agitation has spurred action; in Asia, the impetus for change is coming mostly from above. With both energy demand and urbanization rising, China and India want to tackle air quality as well as carbon emissions. At some point in the next few years, Japan is expected to join the UK, Germany, and France in the ranks of the G7 nations with the…


New Battery Tech Energizes Demand

In 2011 Craig Evans started Energy Storage Systems from a lab he set up in his Portland garage. His goal, along with co-founder and chief technology officer Dr. Julia Song, was to create an industrial-grade battery that could solve one of the biggest problems preventing more widespread use of renewable energy: how to harness solar and wind energy when the…

If you’re going to be competitive as an energy company you’re going to have to offer low cost at low volume. Lithium-ion batteries are low cost due to their large scale, which makes it harder for new players to get into the market.

Craig Evans, CEO, Energy Storage Systems

Agility in Managing the Grid: The Case for Batteries

With just over 3 GW deployed worldwide, grid battery storage remains a small business today, but recent developments demonstrate that the sector is thriving. In the United States in 2018, more than 300-MW battery storage was deployed, led by California. Globally, network operators are testing projects in Italy, the United Kingdom, Spain, and other…


Samsung SDS Beefs Up Privacy on Its Business-Grade Blockchain

Samsung SDS, the enterprise technology arm of the South Korean behemoth, is enhancing privacy on its Nexledger blockchain with zero-knowledge proofs (ZKPs). The company said Thursday it had formed a partnership with Israel-based QEDIT to record and authenticate the transfer of assets on a shared ledger without revealing underlying…

The performance of QEDIT’s private asset transfer solution has been exemplary during the rigorous series of testing and trials we conducted. The QEDIT team has consistently demonstrated the ability to horizontally scale ZKP cryptography in a blockchain environment.

Jeanie Hong, Senior Vice President, Leader of Blockchain Center at Samsung SDS

Data, Automation, IoT Will Enable Virtual Societies In 2020: Report

NTT Ltd has today announced its ‘Future Disrupted: 2020’ technology trends predictions. They’re based on the most critical technology trends companies need to be aware of next year and the steps they need to take to address them. Formed from key insights from its technology experts, the company outlines the trends that will shape the business technology…

The industry has been talking about different technologies, including the cloud, data, AI and security in different siloes. But 2020 is the year that will change. Next year, we’ll see complete end-to-end computing come to the fore, bringing to life fully intelligent environments that are completely connected and will have a big impact on the world we live in.

NTT Ltd, Director, Lux Rao

A Green Industrialization Strategy for Africa

Africa has contributed less to the climate crisis than any other continent, but it will suffer some of the worst consequences. It already is: this year, Cyclone Idai killed more than 600 people in Mozambique, and droughts in eastern and southern Africa left more than 45 million people without enough food. How can Africa achieve economic growth and development…


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