THE DAILY ROUNDUP – Tuesday

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


Algae biofuels could be the low-emission fuel of the future

Developing algae-based biodiesel at commercial levels will provide a number of benefits, including fewer greenhouse gases and relieving stress on food production. Scientists from Synthetic Genomics, Inc. (SGI) and ExxonMobil have developed a strain of algae that can convert carbon into a record amount of energy-rich fat, which can then be processed into…

We knew that algae had the potential to be more productive than other biofuel sources like corn and soy beans and, unlike those, they don’t require arable land or freshwater.

ExxonMobil scientist Alessandro Faldi

California School District Launches Sustainable Energy Program Across 33 Sites, Will Save $65 Million in Energy Costs

California’s Hayward Unified School District (HUSD) held a “flip-the-switch” event in honor of its 5.3MW solar photovoltaic and integrated electric vehicle (EV) and battery storage project, coupled with Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) education offerings aligned with the infrastructure improvements. Through a partnership with ENGIE, HUSD’s…


Ford Mustang SUV starts a blitz of new electric vehicles

Ford is unveiling its first all-electric SUV, marking the start of an avalanche of battery-powered vehicles coming from mainstream and luxury automakers during the next two years that industry analysts say will boost electric vehicle sales. The “Mustang Mach E,” which will go 230 miles to more 300 miles per charge depending on how it’s equipped, was unveiled…

Seeing 250 miles as a real thing has been kind of a game changer in the electric car market. There haven’t been a lot of choices for a vehicle that really could take the place of a mainstream vehicle. It’s a whole different animal now.

Jake Fisher, director of auto testing for Consumer Reports

Clean energy gets greener as battery technology gets better

Blackouts could be a thing of the past as battery technology improves. This is also essential in making green energy resilient. This year, as Pacific Gas & Electric has cut power to millions of people in an effort to prevent wildfires for individual homes and communities. But if more batteries were considered, fewer areas would need to be cut off from the main generation…


This single shipping container can start powering a small renewable grid in less than a day

Inside a shipping container currently en route to a school in Puerto Rico, a solar microgrid is ready for deployment: As soon as the container arrives, the system, from a startup called BoxPower, can be assembled and begin providing power in less than a day. The system, designed for use both immediately after disasters and to make communities more…

We jokingly call ourselves the Ikea of microgrids because there is some assembly required, but it is color-coded, pre-cut, and pre-drilled. And anyone who can assemble an Ikea dresser can assemble our solar array on top of the container. It doesn’t require any heavy equipment or machinery.

Angelo Campus, CEO and founder of California-based BoxPower

Hydrogen fuel cell innovation: the time is right, are you ready?

Hydrogenics’ hydrogen fuel cell solutions are fleet-ready and proven at scale, in the field; and across a wide range of applications. With 70 years of experience, Hydrogenics is helping to accelerate a global shift to cleaner energy by delivering technologies for onsite hydrogen generation and fuel cell power modules and systems for commuter buses…


Panasonic’s hydrogen station “H2 Kusatsu Farm” is now in operation

Panasonic Corporation has built the hydrogen station “H2 Kusatsu Farm” on the Kusatsu site of the Appliances Company located in Kusatsu City, Shiga Prefecture in order to verify the practicality of using hydrogen, which is attracting high interest as a next-generation energy source. The company started operation of fuel cell forklifts within…


Top 5 takeaways from POWERGEN Europe

In a strange twist of events, POWERGEN Europe (PGE) took place in Paris the week just prior to POWERGEN International. Normally, the events would be separated by at least a month but this year they fell back-to-back. While the timing could be better for exhibitors and attendees who normally go to both events, on the other hand, putting them…

Hydrogen, hydrogen, hydrogen.


Chinese bus and truck manufacturer announces $2.6billion plan for 200,000 ‘new energy’ vehicles by 2025, including electric, hydrogen fuel cell and hybrid engines

The Chinese truck manufacturer Beiqi Foton Motor has announced an ambitious new plan to manufacture 200,000 ‘new energy’ commercial vehicles by 2025. The company’s chairman, Zhang Xiyong, said the company would develop a range of alternative energy technologies as part of the initiative, including electric, hydrogen fuel cells, and hybrid gas-electric…


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