THE DAILY ROUNDUP – Thursday

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Hyundai Motor tees up flying cars, electric vehicles with $52 billion investment

For automakers, it’s somewhat of an arms race; the world has become a battle of bringing advanced technology to market first as self-driving cars, electric vehicles and even flying cars flirt with, or have become a mainstream reality. To the tune of $52 billion, Hyundai Motor will be ready. The South Korean automaker, which owns Hyundai…


Indonesia Dangles Cheaper Energy to Lure Billions in Investment

Indonesia is touting an abundance of low-cost renewable energy to lure billions of dollars in investment Southeast Asia’s largest economy needs to build processing plants for commodities such as nickel, copper, and aluminum. The commodity powerhouse has the potential to develop 33,000 megawatts of hydropower and 29,000 megawatts of…

There is an abundance of energy in Indonesia. We’d like to maximize the use of this energy. To keep Indonesia less polluted as well.

Coordinating Minister for Maritime and Investment Affairs Luhut Pandjaitan

Yes, South Africa’s clean energy output up from zero to ‘over 4.5%’ since 2010

South Africa’s government had “successfully increased the contribution of clean energy from 0% in 2010 to over 4.5% within five years”, energy minister Gwede Mantashe said at a wind energy conference in October 2019. The increase was due to the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPP), the minister said…

There were other clean sources on the grid before then, for example the hydro electric plants on the Orange River… but the big advance has been the REIPPP.

 Professor Anton Eberhard, director of the Power Futures Lab at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business

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

Gartner sees blockchain as top tech trend for 2020

Research and advisory firm Gartner listed blockchain as one of the top ten strategic technologies for 2020. It said public blockchains are presently too immature for enterprise deployment due to poor scalability and interoperability but expects the technology to overcome these issues by 2023. However, it sees a current role for enterprise blockchain in…


Facial recognition avoided by Spanish smart city project, planned in Dominican, Indonesia, Brazil

Police in Marbella, Spain are using computer vision analysis of gait, clothes gender, and hair color, but not biometric facial recognition, to identify criminal suspects, El Pais reports. The city has 85 cameras but plans to add 105 by the summer of next year, followed by two more phases, one of which includes license plate recognition. The city in Spain…


Scottish Power plans to build solar panels beside windfarms

Scottish Power plans to squeeze more renewable electricity from its onshore windfarms by covering the ground beside the turbines with photovoltaic panels and batteries. The wind power firm has applied for permission to build its first solar power projects beneath the blades of its existing wind farms in Cornwall, Lancashire, and Coldham. Scottish Power…

Every green megawatt of electricity will be crucial if we stand any chance of hitting net zero in 2050. This means squeezing the absolute maximum potential out of every clean energy project that we consider.

Keith Anderson, Scottish Power’s chief executive

Electric vehicles pose a major threat to autoworkers’ jobs

Electric vehicles may be the future for the auto industry. And if they are, that may spell the end of many traditional auto jobs. The problem for the workers is clear: The electric motors that will power those new vehicles have far fewer moving parts than traditional internal combustion engines and the transmissions that go with them. Building a…

The internal combustion engine and transmission are vital parts of automotive manufacturing. They are ones that are clearly at risk right now. That has everyone concerned.

Brett Smith, director of research at the Center for Automotive Research, a Michigan think tank

Billionaires Investing in China’s Electric Cars Face Shakeout

Some of China’s wealthiest tycoons steered billions of dollars into electric car companies to fuel the country’s dreams of becoming a leader in the field. Now a reckoning may be looming as car sales slow and the government reduces subsidies for the nascent industry. That leaves the flagship companies of Jack Ma, Pony Ma, Hui Ka Yan, and Robin Li…

Our sales have been under pressure since the subsidies went down. It has come to a new era that one can only win customers with quality products and services.

William Li, CEO of NIO

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