THE DAILY ROUNDUP – Tuesday

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


Old Electric Car Batteries Are Now Powering the Grid

Used electric car batteries are getting a second life—as cells on the power grid. Relectrify, an electronics company based in Melbourne, Australia, is currently working on a pilot with American Electric Power and Nissan to use expired batteries in building industrial energy storage. The technology, called a battery management system, could boost lithium-ion…


FPL solar installation powers Super Bowl festivities

Florida Power & Light Company unveiled a multipurpose solar installation at Bayfront Park to provide some clean power for Super Bowl festivities. The installation covers nearly 400 feet of walkway around the FPL Solar Amphitheater at Bayfront Park and features seven solar trees. FPL said the 500-panel structure generates about…

With hundreds of thousands of football fans descending on our community and millions more worldwide tuning in for the big game, the FPL Solar Amphitheater showcases the bold, innovative spirit of Miami and the city’s relentless commitment to sustainability and resiliency.

FPL President and CEO Eric Silagy

Energy Blockchain’s Most Obvious Use Case Is Not What You Think

Blockchain seems finally to have found a here-and-now application in the power market — and it isn’t energy trading. Instead, a select group of blockchain companies is finding success with a focus on certificates of origin, helping demonstrate the provenance of renewable energy supplies. While certificates of origin are nothing new in…

The automotive, consumer goods, retail, IT and real estate segments are increasingly concerned with sustainability. The more sophisticated ones are realizing that not all green energy is equally green.

oan Collell, chief operating officer and business and strategy leader at FlexiDao, a Spanish startup backed by SET Ventures

From AI to 5G connectivity to big data; Can technology help tackle climate emergency?

The raging Australian and Amazon wildfires have raised a burning question for all of us – why the very technology, that has been a major facilitator to human evolution and growth could not predict, manage or control its destruction? To those of us who are in the business of technology, it is time to ask a few tough questions in our boardroom meetings…

Strategy to a sustainable, ecosystem demands an innovative and fresh thinking approach. Technologies like artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and the internet of things, when combined, can be a formidable force in addressing the current climate emergency.


WHAT’S NEXT: CONEXPO-CON/AGG TECH EXPERIENCE TO SHOWCASE CUTTING-EDGE INNOVATIONS

The award-winning CONEXPO-CON/AGG Tech Experience is back, serving as the place where tomorrow’s technologies and tools are shaped today. Scheduled to be held at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020 – which will take place March 10-14 in Las Vegas, Nevada – the Tech Experience will shed light on what’s shaping the present and future of…

We’re thrilled to announce our Tech Experience has returned for the 2020 show. We want visitors to consider how innovations will impact their operations, so we’re pleased to provide immersive demonstrations where cutting-edge ideas and game-changing technologies are presented in a fun, insightful way.

AEM Vice President of Exhibitions Dana Wuesthoff

General Motors to invest $2.2 billion in Detroit to build electric vehicles

General Motors is spending $2.2 billion to refurbish an underused Detroit factory so it can build a series of electric and self-driving vehicles, eventually employing 2,000 people. GM said in a statement Monday that the factory will start building the company’s first electric pickup late in 2021, followed by a funky-looking self-driving shuttle for GM’s…


Peak performance: could mountains create long-term energy storage?

As the world looks for reliable and cost-effective means of housing energy for long periods of time, a new study is proposing using mountains and gravity as giant storage systems. The paper’s author, Julian Hunt, a researcher at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, tells us about his findings. As the global economy attempts to…

This could certainly benefit mountainous regions, such as the Himalayas, the Alps or the Rockies. Even in the UK, it could perhaps work in Scotland or Wales, although I doubt England is mountainous enough.

The paper’s writer Julian Hunt, who headed up the IIASA team of researchers

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