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!


The case for green energy’s ascendance with AI and blockchains

Out of the myriad of failed ICO projects and enterprise blockchain investments, some of the more tangible applications of public blockchains have finally taken shape. Renewable energy and sustainability tech are promising areas. This sector in particular has been overdue for a critical inspection of its inefficiencies and weaknesses…

In an industry where lithium battery storage of excess renewable energy produces vast quantities of rapidly deteriorating waste, public blockchains instilled with AI contract execution can become powerful mediums of more fluid, liquid energy markets.


Why India is the new hotspot for renewable energy investors

As the world comes to terms with the enormity of the threat posed by climate change, India’s emergence as home to one of the world’s largest clean-energy expansion programs is like a whiff of fresh air. On the back of a highly conducive policy environment, a steady influx of capital, falling prices, and new technologies, India has seen an exponential…


An offshore wind farm using huge turbines has started to send electricity to the Belgian grid

The first turbine at the Northwester 2 offshore wind farm in the North Sea has started sending electricity to the Belgian grid. Construction on the 219 megawatt (MW) project is still ongoing, although it is slated to be fully up and running before summer. Belgian wind energy firm Parkwind has a 70% share of the project, while Japan’s Sumitomo…

Starting up production of energy is a key milestone for the Northwester 2 project and is the result of thorough preparation and collaboration between our team, contractors, shareholders, authorities and the Belgian transmission grid operator Elia.

Peter Caluwaerts, Parkwind’s project director for Northwester 2

Million solar roofs might not be enough: Austrian environmentalists

Greenpeace and the Austrian Federal Association of Photovoltaic Energy have said that the Austrian government’s new plan to equip one million roofs with solar panels might not be enough for Austria to source 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. Photovoltaic Austria CEO Vera Immitzer told Power Technology that…

In order for the roofs to actually be used, the administrative requirements and the PV obligation for new buildings must also be observed. This can only be done via appropriately large systems, in parking lots as well as fallow and open spaces.

Vera Immitzer

Are the 2020s the EV decade? 4 key questions will decide

Talk to an energy or climate wonk, and it’s almost an article of faith that the electric car is the next big thing. It needs to happen to solve climate change; the prices for batteries are dropping; it’s only a matter of time. But will that transition become apparent in 2022 … or in 2030? The timing has weighty consequences for a warming climate, and for how…

There is no agreement on whether EVs will be a niche car or whether they will dominate vehicle sales by 2040.

Marianne Kah, the author of the Columbia report

Going green: Asahi to start producing non-alcoholic beer with renewable energy

Asahi Breweries will start producing its non-alcoholic beer Asahi Dry Zero using renewable energy, following in the footsteps of some of Asahi Super Dry. The firm will procure the same renewable energy from Japan Natural Energy Company Limited, which is mainly derived from biomass and wind…


Sunverge Collaboration with LG to Offer Utilities Most Comprehensive Integrated Residential Smart Home Energy Management Solution

Sunverge, the provider of an industry-leading Distributed Energy Resource (DER) control and aggregation platform, today announced a strategic alliance with LG Electronics (“LG”), a global leader in smart appliances and renewable energy technology. Sunverge and LG Electronics will jointly offer LG’s premium solar module technologies, energy…

Collaboration with leading consumer technology companies like LG will help drive major changes to our electrical systems.

Martin Milani, CEO of Sunverge

Singer Akon announces futuristic ‘Akon City’ in Senegal

Is a pop idol building Wakanda? Akon announced on his social media channels on Monday that he is building a city of the future in Africa. “Just finalized the agreement for AKON CITY in Senegal. Looking forward to hosting you there in the future,” the musical artist of Senegalese descent tweeted…

A lot of people don’t really know, but I’m literally advising 30 African presidents as we speak.

Akon

CES 2020: A Smart City Oasis

Like the city that hosts the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) there is a lot of noise on the show floor. Sifting through the lights, sounds, and people can be an arduous task even for the most experienced CES attendees. Hidden past the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) is a walkway to a tech oasis housed in the Westgate Hotel. This new area…

With people, buildings and vehicles all connected and communicating with each other through data and sensors, we will be able to test AI technology, in both the virtual and the physical world, maximizing its potential. We want to turn artificial intelligence into intelligence amplified.

Akio Toyoda, Chief Executive of Toyota

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