THE DAILY ROUNDUP – Thursday

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Hi! Here is your daily dose of useful links and articles related to renewable energy and technology. Enjoy!


2020 Vision: A New Year’s Regeneration

Beyond the media smog, the 24/7 fixation on the Trump cesspool and the endless distractions of the holiday season, I probably don’t have to remind you that the end of the modern era is at hand. As most of us realize, even as we repress this thought in order to maintain our sanity, we are fast approaching “the point of no return,” whereby our 21st…


Solar panels on homes are increasingly popular, but should you buy, lease or rent?

2020 is shaping up to be a dramatic year for solar power. Starting this year, for instance, most new homes in California will be required to have solar panels. But many homeowners in the state have already rushed to add solar panels and batteries to their houses as they grapple with increasingly frequent blackouts…

Interest has by far gone through the roof.

Evelyn Huang, chief customer experience officer at Sunrun

The Role of Blockchain Startups in the Creation of Internet of Value

A good number of technology companies globally are steadily venturing into futuristic technologies including blockchain, Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, and this is one way of them developing a top-notch internet of value as well as shaping the world they want to operate in. The relationship between a startup and blockchain has always…


New Way to Make Hydrogen Energy Out of Water Much More Cheaply

Hydrogen-powered cars may soon become more than just a novelty after a UNSW-led team of scientists demonstrated a much cheaper and sustainable way to create the hydrogen required to power them. In research published in Nature Communications recently, scientists from UNSW Sydney, Griffith University and Swinburne University of Technology…

An additional benefit is that our nickel-iron electrode can catalyze both the hydrogen and oxygen generation, so not only could we slash the production costs by using Earth-abundant elements, but also the costs of manufacturing one catalyst instead of two.

UNSW School of Chemistry’s Professor Chuan Zhao

10 Electric Vehicles to Watch

The funding pitch for off-grid energy companies across This was the year that Tesla’s lock on high-end all-electric vehicles began to break, with Audi and Jaguar sending electric S.U.V.s out into the world. They joined more workaday E.V.s from Chevrolet, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, and Nissan. So 2019 was, finally, the year of the electric vehicle…

Just as demand for gas mileage doesn’t go down when there are more gas stations, demand for better range won’t ease even as charging infrastructure improves.

Mark Reuss, the General Motors president

UK royals William and Kate launch the Earthshot Prize ‘to repair the Earth’

William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, have started 2020 with the launch of a global environmental initiative to “inspire a decade of action to repair the planet.” The Earthshot Prize “will seek answers to the biggest issues currently facing the planet, including: climate and energy, nature and biodiversity, oceans, air pollution, and…


Here’s What the World Will Look Like in 2030 … Right?

Predicting the future is hard, but that doesn’t stop people from trying—especially people named Elon Musk. As he well knows, being bold is pretty much the only way thought castles can become concrete (or wood, brick, or metal). In this list, WIRED has gathered a handful of far-reaching goals as a framework for what to expect in the decade ahead…


As Gogoro expands globally, will its popular battery swap stations follow?

Gogoro is one of the global leaders in electric scooter innovation, despite not expanding outside of its native Taiwan. But as slick as its 90 km/h (55 mph) seated electric scooters are, the Gogoro battery swap stations are perhaps one of Gogoro’s most important innovations. Gogoro’s scooters are powered by either one or two of its iconic…

Like everyone, we believe the future is electric. And that’s why we are incredibly excited to be the first importer in the world to bring Gogoro’s electric scooters to the retail market. For charging, Gogoro’s electric scooters will be able to charge at owner’s homes and apartments, but we’ll also have battery swap stations set up at Metro branches and are working with other businesses to set up battery swap stations there, such as Superpharm [a pharmacy similar to CVS or Walgreens) and corner stores to offer 24/7 battery swap service.

Metro Motor’s CEO Tomer Komerov

The Green New Deal would create nearly 30 million jobs — study

If we want to avoid the possibly catastrophic effects of climate change, we’re going to have to transition to renewable energy as soon as possible. That will mean jobs will be lost in the fossil fuel industry, but a new study out of Stanford University shows a lot of jobs would be created. The study was recently published in the journal One Earth…

Any individual in their own life can pretty much electrify almost everything. Even people who don’t have a lot of money can do it because in the United States there are several states that allow you to purchase 100 percent renewable energy from the electric grid instead of fossil energy… Most people just don’t know this.

Mark Jacobson, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford

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