THE DAILY ROUNDUP – Tuesday

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The Energy Expo Showcases Global Innovations in Energy Technology

The Energy Expo (TheEnergyExpo.com), the longest-running U.S. conference and expo dedicated to showcasing sustainable and energy-efficient technologies for the Americas, kicks off on Feb. 12  at the Miami Airport Convention Center, 711 NW 72nd Avenue in Miami. The two-day event, now in its 10th year, will feature an impressive…

The Energy Expo is considered the leading business platform connecting enterprises in Florida, Latin America and the Caribbean with global energy tech manufacturers and distributors.


Crystal City Startup Aims to Make Turning Homes Into Energy Generators More Accessible

A Crystal City-based startup that works to integrate energy generated at home with the electrical grid is looking to scale up operations and create a better product, thanks to new some new funding. Increasing adoption of electric vehicles and home solar panels has made houses a viable energy generator. Called distributed energy resources (DER)…

The growth of residential-scale DERs such as solar and storage presents an enormous challenge for utilities tasked with integrating them into the grid cost-effectively and with an outstanding customer experience.

Whitman Fulton, CEO of ConnectDER

How Strong Enterprise Interest In 2020 Is Pushing Blockchain Technology Further

We’re already one month into 2020 and it’s clear that this will be an exciting year for the enterprise blockchain space. Compared to previous years, the number of upgrades and advancements in the major protocols is unparalleled. This is no surprise, as it comes at a time when enterprise customer demand is growing exponentially from all major…


Could solar panels work at night? These researchers say yes

Researchers at the University of California, Davis, have published a new paper in the journal ACS Photonics that says “anti-solar panels” can generate night solar electricity. Solar panels absorb the sun’s heat and generate energy. At night, if a panel is pointed toward Earth, then it could capture the Earth’s invisible infrared light…

You have heat energy coming from the sun toward the Earth, and that normal solar cell picks off that energy as it’s transmitted from the sun to the Earth, so basically you need these two different temperature bodies and some way of converting that power.

Jeremy Munday, an author of the paper and a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UC Davis

Electric vehicles dominated the Super Bowl

The San Francisco 49ers may have lost the Super Bowl, but electric vehicles pulled through with a “W.” Between a surprise Jeep electric bicycle and a first look at the upcoming electric Hummer, EVs had a strong showing in Super Bowl commercials. Of the seven ads from car companies that played during the game, four featured…

It’s an interesting time for EV’s as there are more battery-electric models on sale and coming than we’ve seen in the modern era – with many of the upcoming models SUVs and pickup trucks.

Brooke Skinner Ricketts, chief experience officer at Cars.com

Rolls-Royce Explains its Qinous Acquisition and Microgrid Strategy

Rolls-Royce, which in January acquired a majority share in the energy storage provider Qinous, aims to move from a product supplier to an energy storage solutions provider, with a focus on microgrids. Rolls-Royce acquired a 29.9% share in the company in October 2018, then in January boosted that to a 73.1% share. 18, then in January boosted…

In order to optimize the cost-benefit of a decentralized energy solution, the system needs to be highly cost-effective. Completely tailored solutions are barely economic.

Cordelia Thielitz, vice president of business field microgrids, Rolls-Royce

World’s first liquid hydrogen fuel cell cruise ship planned for Norway’s fjords

A group of Norwegian companies is developing systems to achieve zero-emission shipping by combining liquid hydrogen fuel cells with battery storage by 2023, as decarbonization penetrates further into the transport sector. Bergen-based system integrator Norwegian Electrical Systems (NES) intends to plant a 3.2MW hydrogen fuel cell…

The ability to move to a 3.2MW fuel cell that enables the vessel to sail zero-emission for long distances along the coast will be a milestone within green shipping.

Stein Ruben Larsen, senior vice president sales at NES

Giant solar arrays: do big ambitions mean big problems?

Some of the world’s most ambitious large-scale solar projects have been plagued by delay, ultimately making them a financial burden rather than a beacon on the renewable power horizon. Does this mean such projects are outdated? In October 2019, a Reuters article questioned whether Chile’s Cerro Dominador solar tower and facility served as a…

Solar power is already an economic alternative. I think we’re almost past that point where we need to be talking about what’s needed now to make it a viable option.

Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis Dennis Wamsted

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