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!


5G MEETS IOT TO FORM AMERICA 2.0’S 1ST SMART CITY

Just under nine hours from my house is a city that’s on the cusp of changing the future as we know it. Resting in the suburbs of Atlanta, with a population of just over 43,000 people, Peachtree Corners, Georgia, is not your typical American city of the 21st century. This community is actually on the cutting edge of smart city technology…

Companies that are paving the way forward with next-generation IoT technologies have been missing one step in the development process: a living laboratory environment to test the technology that has graduated from a controlled laboratory environment.


Congolese president makes off-grid renewables pledge

The president of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has reportedly pledged to use off-grid renewable energy systems to bring electricity to at least 21 million people by 2029. A press release issued by London-based off-grid solar system supplier Bboxx yesterday quoted an announcement made by president Félix Tshisekedi, apparently at the UK…

With the DRC’s growing population, new grid connections are needed each year to keep the electrification rate constant. My ambition is to use decentralized and renewable energy solutions as a foundation to improve the country’s electrification rate from 9% to 30% during my presidency.

president Félix Tshisekedi

Tesla Big Battery deal will help South Australia push for 100 percent green energy by 2030s

Tesla is set to activate a massive 25 MW Powerpack battery farm that will support Infigen’s 278.5 MW Lake Bonney Wind Farm in South Australia. Tesla’s utility-scale battery storage system will help Infigen Energy provide reliable electricity to households and businesses while lowering South Australia’s emissions footprint. Currently, the Lake…

Assets such as the Lake Bonney Wind Farm and Battery provide reliable, affordable and renewable electricity to this state’s commercial and industrial customers. It will allow South Australia to incorporate more renewable energy into the system and move towards net-100% renewable energy in the 2030s.

South Australia’s Minister for Energy and Mining Dan van Holst Pellekaan

A New Dawn For Sustainable Packaging

Everyone recognises that plastic waste is bad for the environment. But plastic itself is a good thing – a practical and valuable resource that can be recycled and reused. Supporting the development of an efficient circular economy, in which our natural resources never become waste, is essential. We need to find new ways to eliminate…

Plastics play a vital role in our society. From aircrafts and vehicles to medical and electronic devices and packaging, plastics have improved safety, sanitation and living standards thanks to their optimal mechanical properties – they are resistant, low in weight, malleable and cost-effective.


Amazon, DHL and IKEA front new group that’s pushing for more electric vehicles

Amazon.com, AT&T Inc., DHL Express USA Inc. and other select companies with major delivery fleets and their accompanying heavy carbon footprints are banding together for an electric-vehicle collaboration expected to keep up the pressure on the EV industry and the corporations that dominate American roads…

The climate crisis demands we decarbonize transportation — the highest-emitting sector in the U.S. — and electric vehicles are an essential component of this transition.

Sue Reid, vice president of climate and energy at Ceres

How the sea is being used in Wales to fight climate change

The sea surrounding Wales can play a surprisingly important role in the fight against climate change. When you think of tackling the climate emergency your mind probably goes to images of solar panels, recycling centres and tree planting. However, our seas can and are playing a key role in the fight to stop our climate from warming…

It works like tidal power using an underwater turbine. However it is attached to a chord which means it flies in a figure of eight shape like a kite. This increases the speed of the turbine to a far greater speed, thereby generating more electricity.


How blockchain technology can help decentralize electricity supply

Problems of climate change due to fossil energy has led to the need to scale up the amount of renewable energy (e.g. wind and solar) generated and integrate great quantities into the grids. Renewable energy tends to be irregular and is usually generated from decentralized and smaller-scale sources. Therefore, there is need to smooth its generation…

Decentralization of electricity supply cannot be avoided and blockchain is making it easier. With blockchain technology, more people using solar panels and those who plan to use solar panels will find it easier to sell their excess power to their neighbors or to the decentralized grids.


Report: the commercial opportunity for off-grid solar power in Africa is $24 billion per year

The commercial opportunity for off-grid solar power in Africa is $24 billion per year, according to a report from Kleos Advisor. This is the positive news and huge opportunity for a continent faced with inadequate access to an unstable and expensive grid, lack of transmission lines, and poverty. The World Bank estimates that more than…

Given the ability of solar-fintech solutions to deliver power to African households along with the affordable financing to pay for it, solar could be the breakthrough technology that finally connects Africa’s vast off-grid communities.


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