THE DAILY ROUNDUP – Weekend Edition

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Hi! Here is your dose of useful links and articles related to renewable energy and technology. Have a nice weekend!


Is Blockchain the savior of IoT?

A year ago, multi-national Bosch launched its new programmable sensor device and programmable IoT prototyping platform, the Cross-Domain Development Kit (XDX), in partnership with IOTA thrusting the combination of blockchain technology and the Internet of Things back into the spotlight. With an estimated 30 billion connected…

Several companies are working on a variety of blockchain platforms focusing specifically on the IoT landscape with IOTA being the most known creating a platform that provides a transaction settlement and data transfer layer specific to IoT devices.


Next-generation of greenhouses may be fully solar-powered

Many greenhouses could become energy neutral by using see-through solar panels to harvest energy — primarily from the wavelengths of light that plants don’t use for photosynthesis. Those are the findings of a new modeling study conducted by engineering, plant biology and physics researchers at North Carolina State University…

Plants only use some wavelengths of light for photosynthesis, and the idea is to create greenhouses that make energy from that unused light while allowing most of the photosynthetic band of light to pass through.

Brendan O’Connor, corresponding author of the study and an associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at NC State

Thailand’s Path to Green and Clean – part 2

Thailand’s current approach to supply and demand management has been through centralized planning at the ministerial level. The current quality of electricity access in Thailand is in line with developed ASEAN countries, illustrated in the figure below. The Ministry of Energy has taken the lead in forecasting future demand. In coordination…

Moreover, policymakers do not want EGAT power plants, IPPs and SPPs to dominate the power generation market in the future.

Dr. Siri Jirapongphan, the Minister of Energy of Thailand

Alperia contracts Power Ledger for energy trading blockchain

Australian technology start-up Power Ledger has signed a contract with Italian renewable energy supplier Alperia to explore a number of services for Alperia’s customer base, including energy trading and power source tracking. Power Ledger makes blockchain software for peer-to-peer power trading and tracking energy supply sources. It was one of six…

At the end of this, the results will be used to shape additional service offerings to Alperia’s 280,000 customers that could include peer-to-peer trading, virtual power plants and renewable energy certificate trading.

Power Ledger

Amazon is making moves to acquire green energy startup GridX and won’t take no for an answer

Amazon has famously acquired more than 80 companies, including Whole Foods, Ring, and PillPack, as it continues to take a stake in — seemingly — every industry possible. And now, sources close to the matter tell Grit Daily that Amazon is making a bid to acquire GridX, an energy IoT startup based in Germany. Importantly, the suggestion is that the…


LF Energy Ecosystem Gains Momentum for Open Source Innovation With New Members and Projects

LF Energy, a Linux Foundation initiative developing and sustaining open source technology innovation in the energy and electricity sectors, is rapidly growing its community with additional founding Premier member, Faraday Grid, joining RTE. New General members include IBM, OSISoft, and Recurve; while Elering AS, Energinet, Energy…

LF Energy is working with global energy providers to build and run scalable applications in modern, dynamic environments to transform centralized grids into distributed systems by leveraging open source and open standards.

Shuli Goodman, Executive Director of LF Energy

Why must the technology industry drive a more sustainable future?

Most experts accept that climate change is the biggest issue that society faces today. Global temperatures are rising, droughts and wildfires are starting to occur more regularly, rainfall patterns are shifting and the sea level is rising. It’s widely agreed that, to mitigate the damage being caused to the environment, we must reduce or prevent the emissions…

If we are to mitigate society’s hunger for more technology, more collaboration is required, and the tech industry must harness its convening power collectively to drive accountable, effective, resource-efficient, end-to-end information communications technology ecosystems.


UOB launches U-Solar programme in Thailand to support local solar industry ecosystem

United Overseas Bank Thai (UOB) today launched U-Solar, Asia’s first solar industry ecosystem, in Thailand to lead the take-up of renewable energy nationwide. Through the U-Solar programme, the bank connects businesses and consumers across the solar industry value chain and helps their transition to a low-carbon economy. The programme is…

This programme is aligned with the Ministry of Energy’s Energy for All policy that aims to enable the local community, especially low-income residents, to participate in the production of renewable power sources to earn more income.

Mr Sontirat Sontijirawong, Minister of Energy

Hewlett Packard obtains seven DLT patents, references IOTA and blockchain

Not for the first time, CNF reports that global corporations are filing patents to secure the rights to new technologies based on the blockchain or the IOTA Tangle. IOTA, in particular, has recently made headlines with the news that Siemens and Bosch have received several patents based on the Tangle technology. Bosch received a patent for the…

Distributed ledger technology (DLT) describes the superset of the different variations of this technology. One presently popular type of DLT is blockchain technology.

Hewlett Packard

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