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Report: Blockchain Not Well-Suited to Transactive Energy

Blockchain—a distributed database technology that allows a network of parties to securely transact with each other—has been hailed as a game-changing innovation in the power sector for its potential to host transactive energy markets and boost decentralization (Figure 1). In one much-touted application, for example, residential and commercial actors…

While blockchain has many other potential energy-relevant applications for which it may be a far more logical and valuable tool, this does not currently extend to serving as the key platform for transactive energy markets.

Will Bidirectional EV Chargers Change Energy Provision as we Know it?

Though some people argue electric vehicles (EVs) aren’t as good for the environment as advertized, one thing is for certain: the automotive industry is going electric.  In fact, a recent study that claimed diesel is cleaner for the environment than electric was roundly criticized for misrepresenting the data on EVs. What’s more, EVs present…

The batteries of electric cars provide enough storage to power a home for four days or more.

Wallbox CEO Enric Asunción

Can Southeast Asia keep up with growing energy demand?

The energy market in Southeast Asia is growing rapidly. Overall demand has increased by 80% since 2000, with millions of new customers gaining access to electricity. That is putting pressure on energy systems, and with much of the demand met by a doubling of fossil fuel use, CO2 emissions have also risen. The number of deaths linked to outdoor and…

Southeast Asia is set to have a major impact over the next two decades, adding the equivalent of Japan’s entire energy system to global demand. This rapid growth underscores the importance of Southeast Asian countries’ energy policies for their citizens, but also for the world.

IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol

New membrane technology to boost water purification and energy storage

Imperial College London scientists have created a new type of membrane that could improve water purification and battery energy storage efforts. The new approach to ion exchange membrane design, which is published today in Nature Materials, uses low-cost plastic membranes with…

Our design hails a new generation of membranes for a variety of uses—both improving lives and boosting storage of renewable energy such as solar and wind power, which will help combat climate change.

Lead author Dr. Song, of Imperial’s Department of Chemical Engineering

An introduction to the state of energy storage in the U.S.

As calls mount for an electricity future substantially reliant on renewable energy, how can we cope with the variability of solar and wind power? Households, businesses, and industries all want to access power in a timely way – not just when the sun is shining or the wind blowing. Demand-response measures can modulate electricity consumption…

Microgrids and neighborhood power-sharing set to transform how we use energy

The ability to transport electricity long distances transformed the way we live, bringing cheap energy to people’s homes. But technological advances are causing ruptures in the traditional power grid and changing the way energy is produced and shared. Microgrids and smart energy systems are predicted to be the next big thing in…

The cost of electricity, when you’ve got solar panels on the roof, is already reduced because the majority of the power that you’re using, you’re generating yourself.

Local resident Donna Jones

Gilles Desroches (Schneider Electric): “Renewables provide cleaner, digital and decentralized forms of energy”

A French industrial group with a strong international dimension, Schneider Electric is a world-leader in energy management, industrial automation, and services related to the energy transition. The group is following a sustainable development strategy and intends to become carbon neutral across its entire ecosystem by 2030. Gilles Desroches…

How blockchain will kill fake news (and four other predictions for 2020)

As blockchain’s hype cycle continues to befuddle many about its potential beyond cryptocurrencies, businesses and governments are moving ahead with projects involving everything from digital identities to voting and supply chain tracking. Blockchain has slipped into the “Trough of Disillusionment” (see Gartner Hype Cycle) because it got…

AI models that support text writing and video production can be used to rapidly disseminate customized and highly believable fake content that serves as the new breed of cyber weapons. Tracking assets and proving provenance are two key successful use cases for permissioned blockchain and can be readily applied to tracking the provenance of news content.

Avivah Litan, a Gartner vice president of research

Artificial intelligence & machine learning: The brain of a smart city

In this article, explore how a combination of artificial intelligence and machine learning can act as the brains of a smart city while simultaneously considering how a smart city experience can become more personalized without compromising the privacy of its residents. Read on to see what the advantages and disadvantages of an ML and AI…

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