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!


A Preview Of Key Energy Challenges For The 2020s

The history of energy can be pretty neatly divided by the decade. Going way back, the 1880s stood out for the dawn of electrification and the opening of the first central power plant, Thomas Edison’s Pearl Street station in Manhattan. Jump forward a century and energy’s future didn’t look so bright. Two 1970s oil crises brought the era of easy oil to an…

I think that the deployment of renewables will continue in all likelihood to increase. The question is, what could slow it down?

Aklin, an associate professor of political science at the University of Pittsburgh

Six energy tech firms win business growth support from Energy Systems Catapult

Six energy technology companies have been selected for a business growth programme run by the Energy Systems Catapult. In this round, the third of the ‘innovator challenge’, the Catapult was looking for digital and data-focused SMEs working on solutions to help create a smarter, more flexible energy system. The companies are to receive tailored…

With the Catapult’s support, we should be able to deliver these solutions to power transmission companies around the world. That’s a really exciting prospect and I can’t wait to get started.

Rob Sunderland, managing director of Digital Engineering

MAKING SOLAR PANELS IS AWFUL FOR THE ENVIRONMENT. THIS NEW DESIGN MAY BE THE CURE.

When it comes to combatting the planet’s rising temperature and carbon emissions levels, renewable energy options like solar panels are a clear path of action. But despite the obvious environmental advantages of such an approach, authors of a new energy analysis write that current solar power technology has a larger carbon footprint than you…

For example, the footprint of a Si-PV [silicon photovolatic] module produced in China is twice as high in comparison to a production in the EU or the US due to a different degree of industrialization and environmental restrictions.


The growing list of applications and use cases of blockchain technology in business and life

As Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have been picking up steam, the focus has turned to blockchain – the underlying distributed ledger technology (DLT) that powers these digital currencies. Blockchain technology is simple to understand at its roots. Basically, the tech exists as a shared database filled with entries that must be confirmed by peer-to-peer…


EWF completes test for blockchain renewables market in Japan

Last week, the Energy Web Foundation (EWF) and Japanese utility Minna Denryoku (Minden) announced they completed a joint test of blockchain for renewables markets. Founded in 2011, just two months after the Fukushima disaster, Minden aims to decentralize energy distribution centered around renewables such as solar and wind power…

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, chief technology officer for EWF

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 analyzed different scenarios to examine whether individual countries…

Nine out of every 10 people on the planet breathe polluted air, according to the World Health Organization, which can lead to respiratory diseases, heart conditions, strokes, and other life-threatening diseases. Pollution, largely from burning fossil fuels, kills up to seven million people annually, with low and middle-income countries carrying the highest burden.


Sustainable: St. Thomas microgrid tests vision for future

In a cinder block basement of a building on the south campus of the University of St. Thomas, a group of electrical engineering students huddle at computers monitoring operations of one of Minnesota’s only microgrids. Opened last November, the St. Thomas Center for Microgrid Research is one of the few such institutions in the country…

Our microgrid is not a toy; it’s at a scale where the research has grid-level implications. A lot of universities have microgrids at low power. When something works in our microgrid and you can demonstrate with data [whose findings] can be applied to the real world.

Don Weinkauf, engineering school dean

India needs 400 GW of solar power capacity to implement decentralized solar network: EESL MD

The implementation of a decentralised solar network across India involving solarisation of all substations feeding the agriculture power demand will require setting up of 400 Gigawatt of solar capacity, according to Saurabh Kumar, Managing Director at state-owned Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL)…

If you look at the decentralized solar market, the aggregate is very large and if it has to be implemented across India, it requires build up of around 400 GW capacity to solarise all agricultural substations across the country.

Saurabh Kumar

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