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Are Large-Scale Solar Projects Doomed To Fail?

Humans have been harnessing power from the sun as long as we have existed. By eating our photosynthesis-fueled friends in the animal kingdom and other organisms that eat plants, we are, ultimately gaining all of our energy from the sun. It stands to reason that we tried to extract energy from the sun for industrial purposes as well at the outset of…

If humanity could capture just one 6,000th of Earth’s available solar energy, we’d be able to meet 100 percent of our energy needs.

Singularity Hub

Coronavirus Checks China’s Blockchain Ambitions

It was inevitable: the scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of non-reciprocal trade. American nuts are to be sold en masse to the Chinese as part of the extra $200 billion worth of extra U.S. goods that the mainland promised to purchase – $40 billion of that from U.S. agricultural producers. At least that was what the new…

It will be difficult to develop dependable and bankable use cases for China’s new RMB-backed digital currency when everyone is locked up at home under curfew due to the Coronavirus outbreak and containment strategy.

James Cooper

Oil and gas giants Shell and Total get serious about solar

Oil and gas majors have made forays into solar power and renewable energy over the past decades but it always seemed more like public relations than full-on commitment. That might be changing. The history of photovoltaic commercialization was launched, in part, by Exxon in the 1970s. Atlantic Richfield’s efforts in solar manufacturing and…

The energy transition will have an impact on every single oil and gas player.

Valentina Kretzschmar, director of corporate research at Wood Mackenzie

ACG Inspection: Blockchain-based Brand Platform

ACG Inspection—one of the four businesses of ACG Group, a supplier of end-to-end manufacturing systems for the pharmaceutical industry—has introduced an advanced blockchain-based system that is designed with improved traceability and anti-counterfeiting, meeting the requirements for the pharmaceutical supply chain…


Everything You Need To Know About The Tesla Powerwall 2 (2020 Edition)

The Tesla Powerwall 2 is one of the most advanced residential energy storage systems in the world, and the real magic behind it is the batteries. Tesla’s leadership in battery technology from the cell to the pack and into the finished products that utilize them highlights the fact that Tesla is truly not just an automotive company but really more of a…


Ocean Renewable Energy Action Coalition Launched

An international Ocean Renewable Energy Action Coalition has been formed to advance the sustainable deployment of ocean-based renewable energy and mitigate the harmful impacts of climate change. Ocean-based renewable energy, such as offshore wind, floating solar, tidal and wave power, could meet nearly 10 percent of the annual greenhouse gas…

The Action Coalition will prepare a vision for 2050, highlighting the actions that industry, financiers and governments can take to sustainably scale-up offshore wind, and thereby contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and global decarbonization goals.

The MAritime Executive

Inside Kenya’s blockchain ecosystem: What the future holds

As blockchain technology takes off in Africa, Kenya’s preparedness comes to critical focus due to its robust technological ecosystem that has, in the past 15 years, attracted tens of global digital business companies. There are numerous gaps in the field in Kenya but this revolutionary technology will eventually disrupt every…

This is the technology that will eventually help democracies achieve electoral justice. Election rigging shall become a practice of the past. To achieve free and fair elections, blockchain must be used to create a tamper-proof system that eliminates voter fraud and provide an authentic record of votes cast.

Mr Benjamin Arunda, author of “Understanding the Blockchain”

Electric car sales tripled last year. Here’s what we can do to keep them growing

A total of 6718 electric vehicles were sold in Australia in 2019. That’s three times as many as in 2018, but it’s still small beer. More than a million fossil-fueled light vehicles (including SUVs and utes) were sold in the same period. The sales figures were published in the wake of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement that sales of…

But possibly the most important factor has been that the government has enabled imports of high-quality secondhand electric cars from Japan. In 2019 they accounted for more than half of electric vehicle sales (4155 used compared to 2390 new).

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