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!

Blockchain-Based Investment Firm Invictus Capital Launches Green Energy Impact Investment Initiative

Founded in 2017, Invictus Capital is grounded in the idea that investment should be democratized, made more affordable, and conscientious. Using blockchain technology and a scientific-data approach to radically transform the investment industry, Invictus Capital allows investors to have a diversified portfolio and reach ambitious investment…

The global demand for energy is rising, driven by economic and population growth. This is especially true in emerging markets, which are expected to account for 90 percent of energy-demand growth by 2035.


Sustainable green hydrogen requires binding criteria

The absence of legally binding requirements for green hydrogen could lead to adverse effects, for example, rising CO2 emissions if partly fossil-based electricity is used in synthetic fuel production, write Corinna Klessmann, Jonas Schröder, and Felix von Blücher. Corinna Klessmann is director of Navigant’s energy policy team in Berlin…

Energy Web Foundation and Minna Denryoku Finish Off the Blockchain Test for Japanese Renewable Energy Markets

Energy Web Foundation and Minna Denryoku Co. Ltd. together have consummated a blockchain joint test for renewable energy markets of Japan. Minden employed Energy Web Chain’s architecture and performance along with EW Origin SDKs or software development toolkits to evaluate and benchmark its private Enection…

Through our work with PTT in Thailand and SP Group in Singapore, we’ve continually seen the strong willingness to experiment and innovate with blockchain-based technology among leading Asian markets, especially when it comes to the region’s sizable demand for green energy. Japan is now one of the world’s largest deregulated electricity markets, and our collaboration with Minden has been a valuable opportunity to share mutual insights as the market continues to evolve.

Micha Roon, the chief technology officer for EW

Digitalization of the Solar Photovoltaic Energy Industry and Why Energy Analytics is Important

Just like every other industry, the solar photovoltaic energy sector stands to benefit from digitalization significantly. More so, when sustainability concerns are compelling business to turn towards renewable sources and keep pace with the growing energy demands of the world. Emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things, Cloud…

‘It’s purely economics’: Meet the man taking charge of getting the electrical grid to smarten up

FOR THE UNINITIATED, it can be tough to follow what exactly is going across the many screens that adorn GridBeyond’s Citywest office. Lines rise and fall across a dizzying array of screens at varying pace. GridBeyond’s machine learning tech reacts to ‘faults’ that happen on the energy grid and switches to a different power source…

It’s a very fast metering system that’s capable of capturing things like power levels, voltage and current in milliseconds.

Michael Phelan, chief executive of the company

MSU researchers aim to optimize algae biofuel production

Michigan State researchers are testing algae hibernation to optimize the plant’s ability to be used for biofuel production. Using algae to produce biofuels is a question of economic feasibility, Tomomi Takeuchi, a research assistant in MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory said. Algae produce oil as a response to adverse situations such as starvation, but when…

There’s a lot more to figure out in terms of actually solving the issue, but I think that we are getting a better understanding of how the growth of the algae and oil accumulation processes are coordinated and coupled together.

Tomomi Takeuchi, a research assistant in MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory

How 3 metals could drive the EV revolution

The acronym “NMC” may be the key to a global competition to push down the cost of lithium-ion batteries, and thus the key to the future of electric vehicles. The letters stand for compounds of nickel, manganese and cobalt, three elements that are vital ingredients in the most common of today’s EV batteries. Combined into a complex lattice structure…

Most of the [vehicle] batteries out there are some combination of the three elements. Tesla Inc.’s battery design has been the main exception, but it filed a patent at the end of last year for an advanced NMC battery of its own.

Haresh Kamath, senior program manager for the Electric Power Research Institute

Morning brief: Oil billionaire pursuing perovskites, energy storage market to grow to $546 billion

Perovskites have been heralded for nearly a decade now as the future of solar. What’s surprising is that some of the most innovative work in the field has been taking place in the laboratories of Hunt Perovskite Technologies, a division of Hunt Consolidated, the conglomerate owned by the Dallas-based billionaire family of Ray L. Hunt, 76…

We continue to expect electric mobility applications, primarily light-duty passenger vehicles, to be the principal long-term driver of energy storage annual revenue and demand.

Chloe Holzinger, one of the report’s lead authors

Next stop, hydrogen-powered trains

From the platform it looked like any other British commuter train. But as several hundred passengers climbed on board the steel-bodied carriages at Long Marston, they were met with an unusual sight. In one of its cars, passengers were encouraged to perch around four hydrogen fuel tanks, a fuel cell, and two lithium batteries. The train’s hydrogen power…

While hydrogen has a lot of energy per mass, because it is super light, it also takes up a lot of volume. With our current hydrogen storage technologies, hydrogen takes up significantly more space than [equivalent] fossil fuels do.

Raphael Isaac, a researcher on fuel alternatives in rail at Michigan State University’s Center for Railway Research and Education

Renewable energy could power the world by 2050. Here’s what that future might look like

What would a more sustainable world powered by renewable energy look like? We have a better sense, thanks to a special collection of research from experts from around the globe. Collated by Stanford University, a collection of 47 peer-reviewed research papers by 91 authors analysed different scenarios to examine whether individual countries…

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