THE DAILY ROUNDUP – Tuesday

Reading Time: 4 minutes

Hi! Here is your daily dose of useful articles related to renewable energy and technology. Stay safe!


Assessing the sustainability of existing photovoltaic technologies

The Covid-19 pandemic has the world in an economic meltdown. The lockdown in many countries is affecting trade and business and is directly impacting the global economy. However, this effect on our economic activities has brought some good news regarding our environmental footprint on the planet. The U.S. and China show a…


The future of healthcare services: Interview with Hank Selke & Edwin Lubanga, Snark Health

Snark Health is a platform that connects patients, doctors, payers (i.e. insurers) and donors for health care services, private data sharing, and payments via blockchain technology. Built around the doctor-patient relationship, we help patients to get the right care, at the right place, at the right time. Through virtual healthcare services and high…

The global response to the COVID-19 pandemic is at a critical point and requires unprecedented coordination. We are building a framework for data-driven discussions and shared learnings to help people have a greater impact at their respective local, state, and national level in collaboration with their organizations and governmental agencies.

Snark Health

Solar energy savings at Greenfield buildings to provide boost to Community Action

Thanks to newly installed solar arrays on two of its Greenfield buildings, Community Action Pioneer Valley is not only saving money that will be reinvested into its programming, but it’s also supporting clean energy and the local economy. Co-op Power, a consumer-owned sustainable energy cooperative, provided project management and…


Some Countries Are Panic Buying Solar Panels. Is the U.S. Next?

Australians are stocking up on renewable energy storage in response to the global COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. In a new press release, a solar firm in New South Wales called Smart Energy reports a 400 percent increase in customer inquiries in the last two weeks, reflecting public panic over shortages and any hypothetical changes to infrastructure…


Solar emerging as best bet for West Africa’s future energy mix

The countries of West Africa should make solar PV the “prime source” in their future energy systems as they decarbonize in the decades leading up to 2050, according to a newly published study by a team of researchers in Finland. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) needs to substantially ramp up generating capacity over the…

The ECOWAS energy policy should place solar PV at its core. Hybrid solar PV-battery power systems appear the least-cost solution for the region. A strong transmission grid infrastructure can enable substantial wind electricity generation from Niger and Mali, which can further reduce the entire energy system [levelized cost of energy] of West Africa.

The researchers

Not just biofuels: Algae’s next wave

Biobased materials, particularly in the thorny realm of bioplastics, are a polarizing subject. But for as many systemic kinks that their management lays bare, the slew of potential long-term benefits to swapping out petroleum-based products for plant-based alternatives is hard to ignore. While sugar cane and corn are popular feedstocks…

If we look at the average life-cycle of algae, it can grow up to nine or 12 feet per day, all while sequestering carbon. We source anywhere from five to eight different species [of algae] and we custom blend to create our products, which gives us that wonderful balance between structural integrity and flexibility. It allows us to really mimic plastic at a very high degree.

Loliware co-founder and CEO Chelsea Briganti

Assessing the sustainability of existing photovoltaic technologies

The Covid-19 pandemic has the world in an economic meltdown. The lockdown in many countries is affecting trade and business and is directly impacting the global economy. However, this effect on our economic activities has brought some good news regarding our environmental footprint on the planet. The U.S. and China show a…

With a more sustainable life cycle and better field performance, thin-film technologies are expected to increase in the share of the global market and are to play a significant role in the global energy transition.

JAHANZEB TARIQ

From skyscrapers to office blocks, these award-winning buildings use sustainable ideas and tech

Whether it’s intelligent air-conditioning, smart-meters that monitor energy consumption or automatic lighting systems, the buildings that we live and work in are becoming increasingly sophisticated. Many of these innovations are helping to boost the environmental credentials of buildings, making them more energy-efficient and sustainable…


BYD Blade Battery promises safer electric vehicles

A Chinese company called BYD officially announced the launch of Blade Battery that it developed to mitigate concerns about battery safety in electric vehicles. The goal of the company was to resolve issues with battery safety and redefine safety standards for the entire electric vehicle industry. The company shared a video of the Blade Battery…

The Blade Battery was also able to be crushed, bent, heated in a furnace to 300 degrees Celsius, and overcharged by 260 percent without resulting in a fire or explosion.


Effective storage solutions are essential to the success of Eskom’s turnaround

Seydou Kane, managing director at Eaton South Africa explains how storage solutions will help grow the energy mix in South Africa, in response to the government’s recently released plans. The Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), gazetted in October 2019, emphasizes that South Africa will continue to pursue a diversified energy mix that reduces…

Renewable technologies present a huge potential for the creation of new industries, job creation, and localization across the value chain.


GCL Plans To Invest $2.5 Billion In World’s Largest Solar Panel Factory

A report by Power Technology claims China’s GCL Systems Integration Technology plans to invest more than $2.5 billion to construct the world’s largest solar panel factory. Citing a report by Bloomberg, it says the new facility will be built in eastern Hefei province. According to a regulatory filing with the Shanzen stock exchange, the company says…

Powin is a U.S. based, world-leading designer and developer of energy storage solutions. It has delivered over 200 MWh projects and holds a global pipeline of more than 6 GWh. The new G-Powin JV intends to collaborate on front-of-the-meter energy storage solutions for grid support to better integrate and increase capacity.

GCL SI chairman Eric Luo

60 Minutes Segment “Incredible Exposure” for the Microgrid Movement Globally

A recent segment of “60 Minutes” about the Rocky Mountain Institute’s (RMI) work in the Bahamas was “incredible exposure” for the microgrid movement globally. The 60 Minutes story focused on RMI’s Ragged Island microgrid, now being built to withstand hurricane-force winds in the wake of Hurricane Dorian. The hurricane battered the…

It’s a really exciting time. Renewable energy and microgrid transition (are) in full swing in the Caribbean.

Chris Burgess, director of projects for RMI’s Islands Energy Program

Don’t forget to subscribe to our Daily Roundup straight to your inbox, catch up with some of the previous roundups, or visit our front page for more articles and interviews. Feel free to leave a comment or continue the discussion on our Facebook and Twitter pages. See you around and stay tuned!

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.