THE DAILY ROUNDUP – Thursday

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


Akon has started building Akon City in Senegal with focus on cryptocurrency and renewable energy

You may not have thought about Akon since his song ‘Lonely’ took over the charts a decade ago, but the musician has moved from conquering the charts to building what has been dubbed his very own ‘Wakanda.’ Between setting up his own cryptocurrency AKoin and vowing to bring…

It’s Akon City. It’s all renewable, the Akon-tainment solar city. A real physical place, it’s going to have a real airport.

Akon

What circular economy proponents can learn from lead batteries

With Extinction Rebellion making their presence felt in major cities around the globe recently, the conversation around climate change is heating up and every industry is expected to have an answer. The technology industry is no different, and in many ways, technology has seen itself placed at the…

With IoT, utilities can collect data and better manage their grid by detecting and restoring service outages quickly.

Warren Westrup, director of business development, utilities, for Sierra Wireless

Audi to cut 9,500 jobs to fund electric car push

Carmaker Audi is to cut 9,500 of its 61,000 jobs in Germany between now and 2025 to make more money available for electric vehicles and digital working. The cuts – which aim to save €6bn (£5.1bn) – will be achieved through an early retirement programme. But the Volkswagen-owned firm also…

The company must become lean and fit for the future, which means that some job profiles will no longer be needed and new ones will be created.


Smart islands tech brings renewable future to French overseas territory

The French overseas territory of New Caledonia has hailed the switch-on of a 16MWp solar farm, with battery energy storage to be later attached, and another standalone 5MWh battery project as significant steps towards ‘100% renewable energy’ targets. Both projects have been executed by…

The system delivered in Lifou leverages the expertise built by ENGIE EPS in designing, supplying and operating microgrid systems on islands around the globe, and represents the blueprint for achieving exceptional levels of renewable penetration, while guaranteeing world-class power quality and reliability.

ENGIE EPS chief executive officer, Carlalberto Guglielminotti

Plastic Omnium wins ‘significant contract’ for hydrogen tanks

French injection molder Plastic Omnium has recently won a significant order from a German automotive company for the development of 350-bar hydrogen tanks, the company has announced.
The contract, the details of which have not been disclosed, involves the supply of equipment for…

This contract and this first certification demonstrate the recognition of Plastic Omnium’s technological know-how, developed in the field of high-pressure composite plastic tanks over the last four years.

Plastic Omnium

India moving towards hybridized power utilities to achieve rural growth

New Delhi: India’s state-run power utilities or DISCOMs are badly in debt despite repeated bailouts, and are failing in their mandate to deliver reliable, quality power to homes and businesses. However, a new trend is emerging that has the potential to address these challenges…

DISCOMs are not only inefficient but are the biggest hurdle for microgrids. The government needs to ensure that provisions are made by DISCOMs for the sale of microgrid power, so that they become catalysts for the growth of microgrids in India.

Niti Aayog’s CEO Amitabh Kant

Making clean fuel from used diapers, this startup just bagged first prize at world’s largest green startup competition

Climate change is damn real and some concerned people are working harder than ever to tackle it. There are also numerous startups that use technology to encourage sustainable progress and help reverse environmental damage in the process. ClimateLaunchpad is the world’s largest green…

Women leading start-ups are tackling some of the biggest challenges the green economy faces in the coming years. But somehow we still see women entrepreneurs woefully underrepresented in this space, and dramatically underfunded. This award highlights the great work women are doing for the climate and encourage others to start green businesses themselves.

Lisa Ann Pinkerton, chairwoman of Women in Cleantech & Sustainability

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