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Renewables Are Gaining Traction, But We Need to Be Able to Store the Energy

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences’ recent decision to award the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry to scientists who developed rechargeable lithium-ion batteries reminded the world just how transformative they have been. Without them, we wouldn’t have smartphones or electric cars. But it’s their potential to store electricity generated by the sun and…

Our electricity grid is where our food distribution system was before refrigeration. Up until the 1920s, when the refrigerator became widely available, most people had to eat fresh food right away because they had no good way to keep it cold. A grid with storage capacity would allow consumers to light their homes at night with the extra energy from solar panels during the day.

Mike Jacobs, a senior energy analyst at my organization, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS)

Gates, Bezos bet on flow battery technology, a potential rival to big bets on lithium-ion

A UN report on climate change released Nov. 26 amounted to a dire warning for Earth: Unless greenhouse gas emissions are drastically reduced, and soon, the planet faces dangerously and irreversibly high temperatures in the near future. The report also criticized the 195 nations that signed the 2015 Paris Agreement for not doing nearly enough to…

Right now we’re only looking at energy storage that are around four hours. And lithium ion can still compete at four hours. But as we move into the next phase of the energy transition, four hours isn’t going to cut it anymore. That’s why all these investors are asking if there’s a longer-duration technology that scales better than lithium ion. This is where flow batteries come in.

Daniel Finn-Foley, head of the energy storage team at Wood Mackenzie

Flora to fuel: could wind-powered algae make bioreactors competitive?

The Scotland-based BioEconomy (ENBIO) project builds on findings from the Algal Solutions for Local Energy Economy (ASLEE) project, which developed the Pandora internally-lit photobioreactor in its efforts to investigate the potential of novel algal products at scale. This bioreactor uses LED technology to produce microalgae, with scalable and…

The dream has been broken not by failings in engineering, but by the inefficiency of biochemistry. Simulations of microalgal biofuel production show that to approach the 10% of EU transport fuels expected to be supplied by biofuels, ponds three times the area of Belgium would be needed.

Swansea University marine biologist Professor Kevin Flynn

Building a resilient, renewable power system with innovative hydropower technology

A major new energy innovation project to demonstrate how smart hydropower technologies can deliver a low-carbon, reliable, and resilient power system was launched today. The €18 million initiative was announced by the European Commission and a consortium of 19 partners, including the International Hydropower Association, at the United Nations…

Combining the excellence and expertise of 19 partners from across Europe, the XFLEX HYDRO project will test innovative solutions based on renewable energy sources that will provide greater flexibility and sustainability to the energy system.

Mr Patrick Child, Deputy Director-General for the European Commission’s Directorate-General Research and Innovation

Best Technical Development within Energy Storage – IDTechEx Show! | IDTechEx Research Article

Farad Power Inc took home the Best Technical Development within Energy Storage Award from the recent IDTechEx Show in Santa Clara. Their submission on ‘Solid State Sodium-Ion Batteries for Grid Energy Storage’ caught the attention of the independent group of judges, which included Engie Storage, UL, and Enevate…

We are excited to win the award for the Best Technical Development within Energy Storage at the IDTechEx Show this year. As an innovative battery materials startup company in a highly competitive market, it is an honor to be recognized by such a prestigious and renowned organization as IDTechEx.

Shantanu Mitra, CEO and Founder of Farad Power Inc

Seven Solar-Plus-Storage Microgrids Live in the Bahamas; More to Come

Hurricane Dorian all but devastated the Bahamas in September, the lightly populated island of Abaco being hit the worst. It wasn’t long thereafter that the Rocky Mountain Institute joined forces with the Bahamian government, state-owned Bahamas Power & Light (BPL) and U.K.-based Emera-owned Grand Bahama Power Company (GBPC), the primary…

There is a plan in place to create microgrids in cooperation with a number of private sector entities. There are a number of entities that want to generate power and to generate renewable energy in a number of the cays, and BPL is working closely with those entities to ensure that we can create the microgrids.

Minister of Public Works Desmond Bannister

African Development Bank to lend almost €49 million for 208 MW of solar in Burkina Faso

The lender is providing the funds to support the West African country’s solar ambitions under the bank’s Desert to Power program. Several other European organizations have vowed to back the €137 million Yeleen solar project, which will encompass four sites. The African Development Bank (AfDB) has revealed plans to lend €48.8 million to…

This project will augment the bank’s efforts to ensure inclusive access to energy through improvements in rural electrification, regional interconnections and energy sector reforms. Notably, it will increase Burkina Faso’s generation capacity by 15%, which will greatly help to reduce Burkina Faso’s reliance on fossil fuel imports.

Wale Shonibare, AfDB acting VP for power, energy, climate change and green growth

Japan’s 2nd-Largest Utility Trials Blockchain for Renewable Energy Credits

The second-largest power utility in Japan is extending its trial of a blockchain-powered system for transacting renewable energy credits. According to a press release shared with Cointelegraph on Dec. 9, the Kansai Electric Power Co Inc (KEPCO) is extending its trial of a blockchain-enabled renewable energy trading platform developed by…

Taiwan to open 4.8 GHz to 4.9 GHz band for dedicated 5G testing

In early October, Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen stated that the government will continue prioritizing the development of 5G technology so as to secure Taiwan’s position in the global market. Now, as another step in the plan to establish Taiwan as an early adopter of 5G technology, Taiwan’s government has announced plans to release 100MHz of…

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