THE DAILY ROUNDUP – Wednesday

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CGI helps Western Power Distribution put data at the heart of its distribution strategy

CGI has announced that it has been working with Western Power Distribution (WPD), the distribution network operator (DNO) for the Midlands, South West, and South Wales, to build a digital network model for the future using CGI’s Integrated Network Model solution (INM). This will support WPD’s transition from a Distribution Network…

Western Power Distribution is once again leading the industry in addressing focus on data requirements to enable the decarbonized energy grid of the future. We are excited to be their partner on this journey and to collaborate with them in preparing for the new future energy grid.

Tara McGeehan, CGI President of UK Operations

The Coronavirus Pandemic And The Long-Term Energy Outlook

I was talking last week with Dr. Charles Forsberg, in the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, about this pandemic and the long-term implications for our energy use. We agreed that short-term predictions are kind of easy – the recession is decreasing our energy use as we all hunker…

We have the solutions to these new problems and, if we’re smart, we’ll eventually emerge with a leaner and meaner economy.


Climate emergency: what’s the plan?

Parliament has declared a climate emergency because when it comes to stopping climate breakdown – we’re in the last-chance saloon. We need to put the brakes on climate breakdown as soon as possible. That means urgently cutting greenhouse gas emissions until we’re only producing as many as the earth can naturally absorb. Extreme weather…

Marine ice sheet instability in Antarctica and/or irreversible loss of the Greenland ice sheet could result in a multi-meter rise in sea level over hundreds to thousands of years. These instabilities could be triggered at around 1.5°C to 2°C of global warming.

IPCC special report on global warming

Seeking the 2030 headline for California’s energy storage industry

California, the world’s fifth-largest economy and a global innovation engine, is confronting ambitious clean energy and GHG reduction goals. California must achieve 60% renewable energy and 5 million electric vehicles on the road by 2030, and a fully decarbonized power sector by 2045. Energy storage solutions will be required to support…


When less bad isn’t good enough

As we enter what has been dubbed “the climate decade”, is it enough for companies to just talk up their ambitions to become carbon neutral? Or should they be taking further action and starting to look at ways in which their operations can become climate positive? In recent months there has been a slew of corporate announcements, as some of the…

Recent environmental disasters around the world, coupled with stakeholder demands, have accelerated the need for these companies to make moves beyond pledges.

Mathias Lelievre, chief executive at global sustainability consultants ENGIE Impact

Blockchain could transform supply chains, aid in COVID-19 fight

Companies that specialize in moving goods from one place to another are starting to use the technology that powers cryptocurrency to streamline their work, and they say it could help hospitals stay stocked and staffed during pandemics like the one caused by COVID-19. Blockchain technology, as it’s called, is already being adopted in the…

Pick the biggest retailer you know, pick the biggest hospital you know, the biggest medical supplier you know — none of them or their supply chain is apparently big enough right now to help the situation. We need to connect systems. We need to share data.

Jerry Cuomo, IBM vice president of blockchain technologies

The big benefits of microgrids in disaster

Power outages can have far-reaching and cascading impacts. When the power goes out, communications systems fail, hospitals and healthcare facilities can’t function at full capacity, and those on life-supporting medical equipment can be left in a lurch. Vulnerable community members, such as the elderly and the very…


This is exactly the time to be talking about climate change

I rarely get exasperated from reading environmental business media, but a quote last week in a Bloomberg article about sustainability and the U.S. economic crisis got me headed in that direction. The quote came from Ted Nordhaus, co-founder of the Breakthrough Institute, a research group whose founders, self-described…

Right now I would have no explicit climate or clean-energy angle. It’s not the time to be talking about climate change or demanding climate policy.

Ted Nordhaus, founder of the Breakthrough Institute

Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator Announces Partner Awards to Support Network of Cleantech Startup Champions

The Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2), a technology incubator and platform funded by the Wells Fargo Foundation and co-administered by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), today announced eight new Channel Partner Award winners. The award program strengthens sustainable…

The Channel Partner Awards establish a continuum of innovation within the IN2 program––from early-stage concept to commercialization. By allocating resources to Channel Partner initiatives, in addition to selecting companies for our tech incubator, we’re reaching startups at multiple points along their journey and will get more transformative resources to market.

Trish Cozart, IN2 program manager at NREL

Tesla’s next killer app: solar power on its electric cars – starting with Cybertruck

Solar power on electric cars has yet to become a common feature, but Tesla is about to change that – starting with the Cybertruck electric pickup. We’ve discussed solar roofs on electric vehicles before, most recently with the one on the latest Prius Prime, but the recurring problem is that they rarely generate enough power to be worth it…

In 2017, he pushed his Tesla engineers to look into integrating solar cells on Model 3, but they concluded that it wasn’t worth it at the time.

Tesla CEO Elon

The 5 Most Promising Long-Duration Storage Technologies Left Standing

Rarely has such a crucial enterprise for the future of human civilization led to such little commercial success. Long-duration energy storage holds great potential for a world in which wind and solar power dominate new power plant additions and gradually overtake other sources of electricity. Wind and solar only produce at certain times…


New battery plant planned for U.S.

The surge in renewable energy such as wind and solar power is a reason why energy storage solutions developer KORE Power has announced it intends to open a U.S. plant with a tentative 2021 start construction timeline and goal of creating approximately 2,000 jobs when fully operational. The plant — in a location yet to be determined…

Energy storage is the core component of the nation’s evolving power grid.

KORE Power CEO Lindsay Gorrill

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