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!


Tesla is working on technology to revolutionize the electrical grid with distributed solar power

Tesla is working on technology for “a scalable hierarchical energy distribution grid” that could revolutionize how the electrical grid distributes solar power. To date, Tesla’s energy division, Tesla Energy, mostly involved deploying distributed solar power and energy storage assets. But last year, CEO Elon Musk said that…

Tesla Energy is going to be a major part of Tesla’s activity in the future. And Tesla’s mission from the beginning has been to accelerate the advent of sustainable energy — that means sustainable energy generation and sustainable energy consumption in the form of electric vehicles.

CEO Elon Musk

New Fiat 500 BEV Production Lines Complete

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) released an update about its progress on the electrification front at its Mirafiori complex in Turin, Italy. As it turns out, the production lines have been completed. Fiat is now busy with manufacturing of the pre-series prototypes of the all-new all-electric Fiat 500 – currently undergoing product and process testing…

The installation of Solar Power Production Units at Mirafiori, consisting of a total of 120,000 square meters of photovoltaic panels mounted on building roofs and a further 30,000 covering 1,750 parking places and capable of generating up to 15 MW of electricity. This will contribute to a more than 5 kt reduction in CO2 emissions and supply sustainable energy to charge the electric models manufactured on-site.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA)

Europe’s Largest Economy Is Betting Big On Hydrogen

The energy transition is a herculean challenge that is being thwarted by the world’s addiction to fossil fuels. Fortunately, the IEA had some good news recently when it announced that CO2 emissions in 2019 did not increase compared to 2018 while the world economy grew by 3 percent. The unexpected stabilization is primarily the result of the rapid…


BASF and JenaBatteries cooperate to develop innovative power storage technology

BASF and German startup JenaBatteries are cooperating to produce battery technology suitable for stationary storage of energy from renewable energy sources and for stabilizing conventional transmission grids. JenaBatteries has developed novel redox flow battery (RFB) technology. RFBs are electrochemical cells in which energy is provided by two…

JenaBatteries is a startup that supports the use of renewable energies with its solutions and therefore fits perfectly with our sustainability strategy. For BASF, the cooperation offers a new, attractive and future-oriented field of application for our amine chemistry.

Oliver Cullman, Global VP of BASF and Head of Specialty Amines Europe

World’s largest electric vehicle is a 290-ton dump truck with a hybrid hydrogen fuel cell engine which is set to roll out at a South African platinum mine

An international mining company has announced it will debut the world’s largest electric vehicle at one of its platinum mines in South Africa. Called the Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle, it will weigh around 290 tons and is more than six times heavier than the second-biggest electric vehicle in the world, a 45-ton ‘eDumper’ used to move lime and marlstone…

Operating within a harsh environment is something we are familiar with as sole battery supplier for the Extreme E program and we remain committed to supporting long-term sustainability projects.

Williams’s Craig Wilson

Fast-charging, long-running, bendy energy storage breakthrough

While at the proof-of-concept stage, it shows enormous potential as a portable power supply in several practical applications including electric vehicles, phones, and wearable technology. The discovery, published today in Nature Energy, overcomes the issue faced by high-powered, fast-charging supercapacitors – that they usually cannot hold…

Moreover, the supercapacitor can bend to 180 degrees without affecting performance and doesn’t use a liquid electrolyte, which minimizes any risk of explosion and makes it perfect for integrating into bendy phones or wearable electronics.

Dr Zhuangnan Li (UCL Chemistry)

More of Africa’s leading economies are already looking to wind to power their homes

The stats tell a grim story: Africa is the world’s least electrified continent and its electrification rate is growing slower than anywhere else. To shore up the deficit as national grids lacking lack capacity and efficiency to power homes, solar power has often been deployed as a viable alternative—despite bureaucratic skepticism…


Another day, another PPA in Spain

Days after announcing a deal to supply electricity from 326 MW of solar generation capacity, Spanish energy company Iberdrola has secured another long-term power supply contract. Heineken Spain and power company Iberdrola have signed a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) related to a photovoltaic project the Spanish utility wants to…


New green technology generates electricity ‘out of thin air’

Scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have developed a device that uses a natural protein to create electricity from moisture in the air, a new technology they say could have significant implications for the future of renewable energy, climate change and in the future of medicine. As reported today in Nature, the laboratories of…

We are literally making electricity out of thin air. It’s the most amazing and exciting application of protein nanowires yet.

electrical engineer Jun Yao and microbiologist Derek Lovley at UMass Amherst

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