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First U.S. Solar Road Gets a Technical Upgrade – More Energy Production Expected

The Ray, the Georgia Department of Transportation (Georgia DOT), and international infrastructure innovator Colas have unveiled an upgraded version of the Wattway solar road at the Visitor Information Center located at Exit 1 on Interstate 85. Colas invented the Wattway solar road in partnership with the French National Solar Energy Institute. These thin…

In partnership with the Georgia Department of Transportation, The Ray is a cutting-edge pioneer in experimenting with innovative technologies that foster user safety and sustainable development. Thanks to high-quality partners like them, Smart Road solutions such as Wattway can progress. We are happy and proud to have The Ray and Georgia DOT among our partners.

Etienne Gaudin, Wattway Manager

South Australia’s clean-energy shift brings lowest power prices on national grid, audit finds

The shift to more than 50% clean energy in South Australia led to the lowest average wholesale power prices in the national electricity grid over the past two months, an audit has found. According to the national energy emissions audit published by the Australia Institute, South Australia has had lower monthly wholesale electricity prices than…

Tesla Energy: The Division Elon Believes Can Grow Faster Than Tesla’s Vehicles Business

Most people know Tesla for its electric vehicles, but Tesla CEO Elon Musk believes that Tesla Energy, an operating unit focused on energy storage and solar, is poised to potentially grow faster than its EV business. Musk believes that the demand for sustainable energy will continue to grow and with a series of moves in recent years, including Tesla’s…

Rivian adds $1.3 billion in funding for its electric utility and adventure vehicles

American automotive technology startup Rivian has raised $1.3 billion in new funding, the company announced today. The new investment is the fourth round of capital announced by the company in 2019 alone, following prior announcements of $700 million led by Amazon, $500 million from Ford (which includes a collaboration on electric vehicle…

How powering food storage could end hunger

In our fight against global warming, energy efficiency is the low-hanging fruit of cutting carbon emissions. It reduces the need to produce more energy and is quick, easy and inexpensive. The goal of ending global hunger by the UN’s target of 2030 must also start with efficiency. That means reducing food waste, which can only happen with…

2019 tipping point for renewable projects at mine sites – report

In a recent report, consultancy firm THEnergy stated that 2019 saw significant growth in the number of mining companies materially committing to develop onsite renewable energy projects.“The year 2019 has been identified as the tipping point. The business case for partly substituting expensive fuel like diesel, heavy fuel oil (HFO)…


Peer-to-Peer Energy Trading Still Looks Like a Distant Prospect

It’s been more than half a decade since grid watchers first began talking about the concept of trading energy with your neighbors across peer-to-peer platforms. Since then, the idea of selling the power generated by your rooftop solar panels to other individuals in the same way you might let your spare room through Airbnb has gained plenty of attention…

The big innovation in Europe is at least [peer-to-peer energy trading] not explicitly forbidden, which in many situations around the world would still be the case because of the strong lobbying power of incumbents [and] the market being less liberalized.

Henri van Soest of the University of Cambridge

10 Years Of Bitcoin Breakthroughs And Bombshells

If the 1980s marked the rise of personal computing and the 1990s and the 2000s the ascendance of internet connectivity, the 2010s will be known as the decade in which bitcoin and other blockchain-based cryptocurrencies started to change the way the world moves value. Bitcoin is a unique monetary asset in that it is free from the control of any…

AI year in review: Opportunities grow, but ethics loom large

Artificial intelligence garnered a lot of attention from the usual players — governments, tech giants, and academics — throughout 2019. But it was also a big year for business AI, with even more growth expected ahead. In a March KPMG survey, more than half of business executives said their company would implement enterprise-scale AI within two…

Despite privacy concerns over government use of AI, the technology can improve everyday life, especially if proper care is taken to consider the ethics.

Japan Sparks New Life In Local Communities With Human-Centric Smart Cities

In local lore “customer is god,” and the customers of any city are its people. In the Japanese sense, being smart when approaching city planning and development means finding ways for “customers” to have a better quality of life, healthier communities and strong regional values. Being smart is about directing future advances in ICT toward ever…

In some countries, a smart city is all about improving industry or transportation. In Japan, it’s about how to solve specific social issues and improve quality of life for the citizens.

Dr. Atsushi Deguchi, a Professor at Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, The University of Tokyo

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