THE DAILY ROUNDUP – Tuesday

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The New Cash Cow: How Solar Can Save Dairy Farms

Borden Dairy Co., one of America’s oldest and largest dairy companies, on January 6, became the second major milk producer to file for bankruptcy in the last three months after Dean Foods, America’s largest milk producer, filed for bankruptcy in November. Borden Dairy says that tumbling milk consumption combined with the rising price of milk…

I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.

Thomas Edison

Iberdrola will build its next wind farm in Spain with the most powerful onshore wind turbines

The 63 MW Herrera Wind Energy Complex will contain the first SG 4.5-145 wind turbines, which have a 4.5 MW wind power rating, to be installed in the country. It is moving forward with its renewable strategy in Spain, where it plans to install 3,000 renewable MW by 2022, incorporating cutting-edge technology to provide more competitiveness…

Iberdrola’s choice of a decarbonized economic model has entailed investments of almost €10 billion euros a year around the world, having allocated almost €100 billion in this area since 2001. Of these, 25 billion have been invested in Spain.


Futuristic desert city to get water using solar technology developed at Cranfield

Technology researched at Cranfield University that harnesses concentrated solar power to desalinate seawater is being adopted by a new smart city under construction in Saudi Arabia. NEOM – a region in northwest Saudi Arabia on the Red Sea being built from the ground up as a living laboratory – has signed an agreement with Solar Water…

NEOM – a region in northwest Saudi Arabia on the Red Sea being built from the ground up as a living laboratory – has signed an agreement with Solar Water Plc to build the first-ever ‘solar dome’ desalination plant.

Professor Chris Sansom, Head of the Centre for Renewable Energy Systems at Cranfield

Nikola Motors unveils new electric pickup with battery/fuel-cell hybrid: 600-mile range, 0-60mph in 2.9s, and more

Nikola Motors, better known for its electric fuel-cell semi-trucks, is today unveiling a concept for a new electric pickup with a battery/fuel-cell hybrid powertrain enabling 600 miles of range, 0-60 mph acceleration in 2.9 seconds, and more. The Arizona-based company is planning to use battery packs in its larger hydrogen semi-trucks and all-electric…

Nikola has billions worth of technology in our semi-truck program, so why not build it into a pickup truck?

Trevor Milton, CEO, Nikola Corporation

Japan’s risky new resource strategy

The second Japan–Australia Economic Ministerial Dialogue was held on 10 January in Melbourne. Before the meeting, Japan’s Minister of Economy, Trade, and Industry Hiroshi Kajiyama described Australia as a key strategic partner for Japan. The Minister noted this year’s discussions focus on collaboration in hydrogen and ‘carbon-recycling’, in…

Ultimately what matters is the rapid deployment of zero-carbon technologies at scale.


Finance for renewable energy in Africa follows colonial roots

The role of renewable energy has drastically changed in recent years. Just a few decades ago, it was only on the agenda for a few ecologically conscious visionaries. Today, our future is unimaginable without a tremendous expansion of renewable energy. This is especially true for Africa, where, firstly, climate conditions are evidently favorable for…

The current programs aimed to strengthen private investments in the renewable energy sector in Africa are at a deadlock.

Steffen Haag

Coronavirus to ‘impact solar supply chain’

The Chinese government has implemented measures to help control the spread of the coronavirus that will put constraints on the global solar module supply chain, according to Wood Mackenzie. The measures include restricting movement and extending the Lunar New Year holiday. Wood Mackenzie senior analyst in the energy…

If the production interruption in mainland China lasts longer than one month, factories in south-east Asia and the US will start to see supply shortages that will reduce their production output.

Wood Mackenzie senior analyst in the energy transition research team Xiaojing Sun

Solar and wind push wholesale power prices to record lows in Australia

The uptick of renewables in Australia has helped bring about three-year lows for wholesale electricity prices on the country’s largest power market. In its quarterly market report published Monday, Australia’s Energy Market Operator (AEMO) noted that prices on the National Electricity Market (NEM) dipped to AU$72/MWh…


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