THE DAILY ROUNDUP – Wednesday

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


Thinking Outside the Grid

Thirty years ago, a friend of mine published a book called 50 Simple Things You Can Do to Save The Earth. It described the huge environmental benefits that would result if everyone made some simple adjustments to their way of life. Six hundred thousand gallons of gas could be saved every day, for example, if every commuter car carried just one more…

Scaled-down localized alternatives to the media- and advertising-saturated consumer culture would allow the majority to live fuller, richer, more meaningful lives.


Hydrogen Truck Maker Nikola Claims It Has Breakthrough Battery Tech—And Doesn’t Care If You’re Skeptical

Nikola Motor, the Phoenix-based startup that wants to disrupt trucking with futuristic electric semis powered by hydrogen, says it has developed a new type of battery cell with double the energy density, only 40% of the weight and half the cost of current lithium-ion batteries used in Teslas and other consumer-market electric vehicles. But it’s not…

This is the biggest advancement we have seen in the battery world.

Nikola CEO and Founder Trevor Milton

Old dog solar panel manufacturer, Panasonic, learning new home storage tricks

Panasonic has been entertaining in your home for a long time already, but now they want to be your home’s source of electricity – 24 hours a day. PV Magazine USA met with the company at their booth while at Solar Power International in Utah to learn about their new energy storage offerings, and get an update on their solar module work…


Homes to Sell Renewable Energy to Businesses in Vermont’s First of a Kind Local Energy Marketplace

The Holy Grail of local energy lies in the ability of customers to sell to one another. LO3 Energy, a leader in the quest, took a big step today with a program that lets homeowners sell renewables directly to businesses served by Vermont utility Green Mountain Power. Called Vermont Green, the pilot project also looks to solve some haunting industry issues…

This is a landmark moment for energy in the US as it is the first time a community scale local energy market has been developed, regulated and commercially operated.

Lawrence Orsini, CEO of LO3 Energy

The New Normal Is Digital Cities — Not Smart Cities

The process of rapid urbanization has begun, and it is predicted that over two-thirds of the world’s population will live in urban areas by 2050. Within these urban areas, 70% of citizens desire walkability, a short commute, and highway access, and 88% of residents say the quality of life improves when there are nearby walkable places. These characteristics…


Total, Qatar University launch algae-based research collaboration

Total and Qatar University’s Center for Sustainable Development has initiated two research projects for the investigation of micro-algae from Qatar to produce biofuels as well as Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS). Both projects are sponsored by Total R & D Group and will be performed at Qatar University.  The partnership is a very…

Total is investing and supporting the development of Algae with CO2 in partnership with Qatar University as we believe that Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage will leverage innovative technologies which contribute to achieve carbon neutrality in the second half of the century.

Marie-Noelle Semeria, Senior Vice President, Group Chief Technology Officer at Total

Debate: can tech giants like Tesla and Apple change mining for the better?

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is reportedly considering taking the company into the mining business to gain more control over its supply chain and the scalability of raw materials for its electric car and battery work. Amid the backdrop of expected global shortages of key components in the future, will tech companies like Tesla and Apple get involved in…

One condition that can slow a company’s growth is poor sustainability performance, as measured in environmental and social impact. To make and sell goods, consumer businesses need affordable, reliable supplies of energy and natural resources, as well as permission from consumers, investors, and regulators to do business. But companies can no longer take those enabling factors for granted.

A recent report by McKinsey

How the Philippines can lead in floating solar technology in Asia

An array of solar panels floats on the waters of San Antonio in San Pedro, one of the cities surrounding Laguna de Bay, the Philippines’ largest freshwater lake 55 kilometers south of Metro Manila, on the northern island of Luzon. Installed in March by renewable energy firms Sun Asia Energy and Ciel et Terre, the 13-kilowatt structure is a year-long…

The Philippines has a potential of 11 gigawatts of inland floating solar if it covers just 5 per cent of the country’s water surface, which can power up to 7.2 million households.

Karlo Abril, Sun Asia’s floating solar project lead

Heliogen’s new tech could unlock renewable energy for industrial manufacturing

Last Monday a group of millionaires and billionaires took a trip to an industrial site in Lancaster, Calif. to witness the achievement of what could represent a giant leap forward in the effort to decarbonize some of the world’s most carbon-intensive industries. For Bill Gross, the founder of Idealab…

Today, industrial processes like those used to make cement, steel, and other materials are responsible for more than a fifth of all emissions.

Bill Gates

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