THE DAILY ROUNDUP – Wednesday

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HashCash to launch P2P energy trading platform with German Solar Power Company

PALO ALTO, Calif., Dec. 4, 2019,/PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — HashCash Consultants enters the energy trading market by partnering with a German solar power company. The proposed collaboration aims to deploy a Blockchain-based platform for peer-to-peer trading of renewable solar energy creating a microgrid of prosumers and consumers…

Smart contracts will be used to balance the demand and supply of solar energy and to allow P2P trade. The Blockchain network participants will be able to register their preferences in the shared ledger and conduct trade without the interference of a central body or a middleman.

Raj Chowdhury, CEO of HashCash Consultants

Uttar Pradesh Approves Blockchain Technology for Trading Power from Rooftop Solar

The Uttar Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC) has approved a pilot project for peer-to-peer (P2P) transactions of power from rooftop solar systems using blockchain-based technology. Under this pilot project, government buildings or consumers will carry out peer-to-peer transactions for the trading of rooftop solar power…

…blockchain is an open, distributed ledger that can record transactions between two parties efficiently and in a verifiable and permanent way…

Harvard Business Review

Drax: Britain needs 10 times more energy storage capacity to hit net zero

Great Britain must increase its energy storage capacity 10-fold if it is to meet its net-zero goals, new research from Drax reveals today. The analysis, drawn up by Imperial College London on behalf of the energy giant, estimates Britain needs at least 30GW of energy storage to meet its climate goals, up from 3GW today…

It’s clear from this Electric Insights report that more energy storage systems are vital to ensure the country has the power it needs in the decades ahead as wind and solar become the biggest sources of electricity.

Andy Koss, CEO of generation at Drax

Amazon Announces Three New Renewable Energy Projects in the US and Spain to Support Amazon’s Pledge to Reach 80% Renewable Energy by 2024 and 100% Renewable Energy by 2030

Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced three new renewable energy projects in the US and Spain that support Amazon’s commitment to The Climate Pledge and reaching 80% renewable energy by 2024 and 100% renewable energy target by 2030 on its path to net-zero carbon by 2040. Amazon is committed to major investments in…

Earlier this year, we announced The Climate Pledge, setting a goal to meet the Paris Agreement 10 years early and be net zero carbon by 2040. We also plan to run on 80% renewable energy by 2024 and 100% renewable energy by 2030. We’re committed to investing in renewable energy as a critical step toward addressing our carbon footprint globally.

Kara Hurst, Director of Sustainability, Amazon

How a National Lab is Securing Electric Vehicles and Smart Cars of the Future

The reality of an all-connected world with interacting autonomous vehicles and heaps of communicating internet of things devices has yet to take effect—but researchers at Argonne National Laboratory are already working to outpace sophisticated cyber threats of the future. In a conversation with Nextgov Monday, Cybersecurity Analyst…

We’re looking at security more holistically—a lot of the time it’s more pigeonholed, almost like whack-a-mole, where we are looking for very specific solutions for very specific problems.

Cybersecurity Analyst Roland Varriale

The Current State of Energy Storage

As the world begins to derive more and more of its energy from renewable sources, the topic of energy storage will become increasingly important. Though wind and solar are significantly more environmentally friendly than coal, oil, and natural gas, the intermittent nature of these greener sources necessitates the creation of technology to hold the…


Microgrids, Solar Panels, And Batteries: Is Electricity Becoming A Luxury For Californians?

Many Northern Californians are worried about what the future holds for their state’s ecosystem and are increasingly determined to do something about the massive disruptions one of the world’s wealthiest regions experienced throughout the fall. Over the course of several weeks in October and November, the region experienced multiple…


Military Microgrids: Four Examples of Innovation

It’s not surprising that military microgrids in the US demonstrate some of the most sophisticated and innovative uses of distributed energy. After all, they are designed with national security in mind. As such, they serve as a learning ground for microgrids developed for the civilian sector. Here we offer a look at four military microgrids that…

One of the challenges associated with landfill gas is the uncertain nature of its output. It’s not like burning natural gas that has been provided by a utility, filtered and cleaned and the same pressure at all times.

Mark Feasel, vice president, electric utility segment & smart grid at Schneider Electric

Hyundai Nexo breaks world record distance for hydrogen fuel cell vehicle

Hyundai continues its efforts to keep hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in the broader discussion of zero-emission vehicle technologies of the future. For its latest feat, it used a Nexo SUV to break the world record for longest distance traveled in a hydrogen-powered vehicle on a single tank, logging some 484 miles across France and shattering the…

With this adventure, we have proven that with clean technologies, we no longer need revolutionary experimental prototypes to break records. Everyone can now do it with standard zero-emission vehicles. A new era in performance is beginning, for the benefit of environmental protection.

Bertrand Piccard, a Swiss-born aeronaut, balloonist and environmentalist best known as the founder of Solar Impulse

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