THE DAILY ROUNDUP – Wednesday

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Renewable energy to underpin Asian emerging economies’ growth

Today, the world faces two key energy challenges: to fulfil rising energy demand and at the same time, ensure as much of that demand as possible is met through low-carbon energy sources to avoid SDG7 is a crucial steer for the Academy and our LIF  further damage to our climate. The United Nations’ (UN) 7th Sustainable Development Goal…

Through public and private sector innovation, the Indian Government’s solar capacity targets are looking increasingly achievable. In 2010 we had just 500 MW of national solar capacity, but by the end of 2018, we had surpassed 30,000 MW.

Indian solar energy expert and LIF alumnus Himmat Singh of Photom Technologies 

UNTAPPED POTENTIAL: Renewable Energy in Indonesia, part 2

Even after the Dutch colonization, Indonesia remains to be a leader in fossil fuel exploration in the ASEAN region. Vast reserves of oil and gas, together with the massive low to medium-quality coal, explain the country’s reliance on fossil fuel to address its power generation needs. However, aging oil and gas fields and depleting fossil fuel reserves force…


Giant solar park in the desert jump starts Egypt’s renewables push

Near the southern Egyptian city of Aswan, a swathe of photovoltaic solar panels spreads over an area of desert so large it is clearly visible from space. They are part of the Benban plant, one of the world’s largest solar parks following completion last month of a second phase of the estimated $2.1 billion project. Designed to anchor a…

They have plans to bring out renewable energy, private sector invested, across the Red Sea in wind and throughout the deserts for solar power.

Christopher Cantelmi of the International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Bluetech: Portugal looks to the high seas for high growth

There are not many countries with a dedicated “Ministry of the Sea”, but for a country that is essentially one extended coastline, it highlights the huge political will there is in Portugal to take advantage of the country’s ocean-facing geography. The Portuguese government has committed to doubling the size of the country’s Blue Economy to 5% of…

You have several conditions here that make Portugal a very interesting place for investment in the sector. You have cold waters in the north and more temperate waters in the south, that gives way to a very significant biodiversity of seafood and fish, but also of algae and microalgae.

Ruben Eiras, director general for the Ministry of the Sea’s maritime policy

UL acquires microgrid software HOMER Energy

UL announced the acquisition of Boulder, Colorado-based HOMER Energy, the world leader in modeling and optimization software for microgrids. The acquisition combines UL’s experience and recognized thought leadership in solar, wind and battery technology with HOMER Energy’s system design capabilities and distributed…

The distributed energy market is a fast-growing segment of the renewable power industry. By combining our expertise in product testing certification and HOMER Energy’s expertise in system design capabilities, we will help customers along the microgrids value chain realize more value and reinforce UL’s mission to make the world a safer place.

Jeff Smidt, VP and general manager of UL’s Energy and Power Technologies division

Gartner: Blockchain is the perfect match for the IoT

Gartner believes that blockchain technology is the perfect match for the IoT and will help it to overcome some of its biggest problems. Blockchain is synonymous with security. The IoT, on the other hand, is known for suffering from serious vulnerabilities which have led to repeated high-profile breaches and cyberattacks. In a blog post…

Blockchain networks have emerged as a promising innovation because of their ability to affirm the integrity of data shared among constituents in multiparty process collaboration. IoT has emerged as a method for bridging the gap between resources (or ‘things’) and their associated business processes.

Avivah Litan, VP and Distinguished Analyst at Gartner

China’s Big Blockchain Bet Aims for an Early Advantage Over the U.S.

Any talk of the on-going “tech Cold War” between the U.S. and China includes the countries’ positions in the fields of artificial intelligence, 5G networks, quantum computing, and semiconductors. Meanwhile, the development of blockchain, the distributed ledger technology that underpins Bitcoin and has potential uses in cross-border payments…

There’s a lot of hype right now [in China] around the whole blockchain concept. That means money will flow into startups and probably a lot of them will fail, but there’s at least a lot of hype and excitement. It seems like there’s a conference every day now in China on blockchain.

Paul Triolo, practice head of geo-technology at Eurasia Group

Off-Grid, Mini-Grid Technologies Critical For Africa, Report Says

Achieving universal energy access with the help of mini and nano solutions is vital to meet rising food demand and transform rural lives in Africa, according to a panel of experts. Africa accounts for just six per cent of the world’s energy demand, despite hosting 20 percent of the global population, leaving rural areas relying on manpower for as…

As demand for food continues to grow globally, universal access to energy will become an urgent necessity, both for the production, processing and consumption of more nutritious food.

Ousmane Badiane, co-chair of the Malabo Montpellier Panel

Solar experiment lets neighbors trade energy among themselves

Brooklyn is known the world over for things small-batch and local, like designer clogs, craft bourbon and artisanal sauerkraut. Now, it is trying to add electricity to the list. In a promising experiment in an affluent swath of the borough, dozens of solar-panel arrays spread across row-house rooftops are wired into a growing network. Called the…

Community members can work both individually and collectively to help meet demand in an efficient way. It takes a central procurer — in this case, historically, the utility — out of the mix, and really sets the market where they’re not buying and selling to the utility but they’re identifying each other’s need and willingness to buy and sell.

Audrey Zibelman, who recently resigned as chairwoman of the New York state Public Service Commission, which regulates the state’s utilities

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