THE DAILY ROUNDUP – Weekend Edition

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Hi! Here is your dose of useful links and articles related to renewable energy and technology. Have a nice weekend!

Smart Cities Can Help Us Tackle The Climate Crisis—Part Two

There is no longer any credible reason to deny our part in the climate crisis. We are now facing the destruction of vital ecosystems, and every year 12.6 million people die because of environmental pollution. Cutting edge smart city technologies may be our most useful weapon in the fight against the climate crisis, helping us to reduce our impact on…

Nearly 2 trillion gallons of water are lost in the United States before it even reaches an end use due to leaks and pipeline faults.

Maryrose Sylvester, the U.S. Managing Director and Head of Electrification for ABB

Study Finds Wind Speeds Are Increasing, Which Could Boost Wind Energy

The world is getting windier, according to a new study in the journal Nature Climate Change. Researchers analyzed decades of weather data and determined global wind speeds have risen dramatically over the past 10 years. The study says wind farm operators are likely to benefit from the uptick in wind speeds since faster wind means more…

When you increase the wind speed by a little bit, you still increase the power quite a lot.

Princeton University scholar Timothy Searchinger

Bins to Panels: Ways Australia is Embracing Sustainability

Over the last few years, Australia has taken massive strides toward becoming a country that stands for sustainability by embracing solar energy. Back in September, the Clean Energy Regulator (CER) for Australia proudly announced that the country was guaranteed to hit its large-scale 2020 renewable energy target (RET), thanks to a rise in the…

Mercedes owner cuts 10,000 jobs to develop electric vehicles

(CNN) — Daimler, the owner of Mercedes-Benz, is cutting at least 10,000 jobs around the world, making it the latest carmaker to shed workers as the industry races toward its electric future. The German company said Friday that it needs to reduce staffing costs in order to develop clean vehicles, an imperative that is roiling the global autos…

The automotive industry is in the middle of the biggest transformation in its history.


BMW and Great Wall are building factory to produce 160,000 electric vehicles per year

BMW and Great Wall inaugurated their new joint-venture that is going to build a factory in China to produce 160,000 electric vehicles per year, including new electric Mini vehicles. The electric Mini Cooper SE, a 3-door Cooper, was unveiled last month, and it’s BMW’s first all-electric car since the BMW i3 was released in 2013. Some were disappointed…

Today we are taking the next step in our collaboration: With the BMW Group as a pioneer in the field of electromobility and Great Wall as a major player and expert in industrialisation in the Chinese market, we are joining forces for development and production of the future electric MINI and new Great Wall models.

Klaus Fröhlich, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Development

Another Voice: Advanced energy storage technologies must be the new normal

Power outages have become an unavoidable part of our lives. Increasingly frequent extreme weather events, combined with the public safety power shutoffs in California, are causing homes and businesses to go without electricity for extended periods — and it’s costly. In fact, the U.S. Department of Energy estimates that power outages…

It is time to pursue new business models to enhance grid reliability and security while utilizing local renewable power more effectively.

Highview Power to build Europe’s largest battery storage system

HIGHVIEW Power, the designer and developer of the CRYOBattery, is to build what it claims will be Europe’s largest battery storage system, in the North of England. The project will also be the UK’s first commercial cryogenic energy storage facility at large scale. The 50 MW/250 MWh clean energy storage facility could help the UK to achieve its…

This plant will provide the critical services needed to help maintain a stable and reliable grid. Long-duration, giga-scale energy storage is the necessary foundation to enable baseload renewable energy and will be key to a 100% carbon-free future.

Javier Cavada, CEO of Highview Power

Schweppes commissions 1MW rooftop solar plant

ENERGY and Power Development Minister Advocate Fortune Chasi yesterday officially commissioned a 1-megawatt rooftop photovoltaic solar plant for Schweppes Africa Holdings’ Harare factory where he called on the private sector to invest more in such projects to ease the energy supply gap facing the country. A total of US$2 million was…

I’m honoured to officially commission one of the single largest solar rooftop projects in Sub Saharan Africa outside of South Africa and Zimbabwe’s largest rooftop solar system ever. Zimbabwe is a country endowed with abundant solar resources, the potential for solar photovoltaic alone is estimated to be 100GW.

ENERGY and Power Development Minister Advocate Fortune Chasi

BENIN: Fonroche wins major contract to install solar streetlights

The French company Fonroche Éclairage, a subsidiary of the Fonroche group specializing in street lighting and renewable energy production, has been selected to supply and install solar street lamps in several localities in Benin. The value of this contract is €22 million. West Africa once again chooses Fonroche Éclairage, the subsidiary of the Fonroche…

…will produce the same power as traditional public lighting (15 to 20 lux depending on needs), will operate 365 days a year without interruption and will not require maintenance for ten years.

Laurent Lubarno, general manager of Fonroche

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