THE DAILY ROUNDUP – Wednesday

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


Clean energy revolution

Four years ago, Queen’s University researcher Gregory Jerkiewicz and his team of Canadian and international collaborators received a competitive $4 million Discovery Frontiers grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). Funding is presented to only one project every two years and the broadly defined…

Batteries, which are heavy and have a limited life span, will soon be replaced by fuel cells (in electric cars for example), which are currently very expensive. The problem is, the currently available fuel cells employ platinum nanoparticles and there isn’t enough platinum on earth to convert all batteries to fuel cells. Nickel solves that problem and allows us to create cost-effective and efficient alkaline fuel cells.

Dr. Jerkiewicz (Chemistry), the project leader and scientific director

Are Microgrids Expensive?

Asking ‘Are microgrids expensive?’ is a bit like asking what rocks cost. Are we talking about diamonds or driveway gravel? Any discussion tends to be a long one. There is no elevator pitch answer for three main reasons. First, microgrids vary dramatically in size and complexity and more importantly purpose, which creates a wide cost…

People think the cost is millions and millions and millions and there’s no way to justify the economics. I still hear that on a very consistent basis. So the education process continues.

Clark Wiedetz, microgrid director for Siemens Energy Management

Sony Shocks — Announces Electric Car

There have been rumors or expectations for years about Apple electric cars, Google electric cars, and Samsung electric cars outside of the Samsung–Renault partnership in South Korea. Though, I don’t recall any rumors about a Sony electric car. I guess Sony is good at keeping a secret, because it just unveiled an electric car concept at CES 2020…


Contenders: Long duration energy storage technologies, and who’s behind them

As the global energy market, piece by piece, slowly but surely, moves towards a renewables-centered paradigm, dispatchable solar and uncurtailed wind, along with other forms of clean energy, are requiring longer and longer durations of storage to integrate them to the grid. While there’ll be a place for lithium-ion for many years yet, the…

Because it’s an aqueous chemistry and because there’s no material degradation of the electrode, this battery can charge and discharge at 100% DOD [depth of discharge] for up to 20 years.

Eos VP for business development Philippe Bouchard

Can emerging economies leapfrog the energy transition?

Around half of current total global carbon emissions are a result of electricity and heat production. At the same time, there are still more 860 million people across the globe that lack access to energy. As countries strive to grow their economies, how can we effectively and efficiently balance people’s need for access to reliable and affordable energy…


Blockchain and the Smart Cities Agenda

Smart cities are becoming a framework for urban enhancement and design apply ICT to address pollution, congestion, governance, and infrastructural development. Considering smart cities will utilize 9.7 billion IoT devices by 2020, they’ll produce massive amounts of sensitive information. Aside from being the only…

Digital technologies could become the engine of economic progress, and blockchain, without a doubt, could be one of them.


12 Biggest African Tech Funding Deals In 2019

In 2019, Nigerian and Kenyan fintech and logistics firms secured major funding deals while an Egyptian startup attracted $42 million — the largest round of funding for a tech startup in Egypt to date. South African tech firms had many smaller investment rounds that did not make this list, the largest of which was a $12 million round of funding for…


CES 2020: Samsung rolls out ‘Ballie’ the robot to demo its vision for human-centered tech

The next decade will usher in the “age of experience,” Samsung President and CEO H.S. Kim declared at CES 2020 on Monday night. Samsung intends to remain a technology leader in this era, he said, by creating products and services that create meaningful, personalized experiences for consumers. To showcase what those products could look…

The goal isn’t to add more devices and products. It’s to “live better with more intuitive and simplified technologies.

Federico Casalegno, Chief Design Innovation Officer of Samsung Design Innovation Center

New microgrid tech brings solar energy to Melbourne renters

Ovida has launched the first site of its $2.3million Community Energy Hubs project – a 52-resident community housing apartment building in the Melbourne suburb of Preston, with a solar and battery storage system. The Australian-first microgrid project will allow all the building residents to have access to solar energy. Ovida Executive…

This initiative uses smart technology to bring renewable energy to people who were not able to access it in the past such as renters and low income earners. 

Ovida Executive General Manager, Chris Judd

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