THE DAILY ROUNDUP – Weekend Edition

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Hi! Here is your dose of useful articles related to renewable energy and technology. Have a nice weekend and stay safe everyone!


Insolar to pilot blockchain for distributed energy resources in Canada

Yesterday, enterprise blockchain firm Insolar announced it is collaborating with Canada’s Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) to pilot use cases for distributed energy resources (DERs) such as solar and wind. The goal is to develop a mechanism complementary to Ontario’s Long Term Energy Plan and boost the use of…

As part of an integrated transactive energy system, DERs can add much value to community electricity supply. An effective transactive energy system can maximize renewable energy use and solve the intermittency problem. It can connect and aggregate prosumer DERs, enterprise microgrids, and electric vehicles to the grid.

Gil Amdurski, Technical Coordinator, STEP

Envision Solar announces upgraded EV ARC

The EV ARC is already used by over 100 US municipalities. The upgraded version features a re-engineered S-curved column with electronic components and energy storage elevated to the underside of the sun-tracking solar canopy. The new design is flood-proof to 9.5 feet and provides extra space to park on the cambered ballast pad…

We never stop listening to our customers and their wishes have informed several significant improvements in the design, aesthetics, and functionality for the EV ARC 2020.

Desmond Wheatley, CEO of Envision Solar

Bringing blockchain to India’s power consumers

BRPL is the first electricity distribution company (Discom) in India to use the technology to trial P2P solar trading. The trial initially comprised 5-6MW of existing solar infrastructure, servicing a group of gated communities (CGHS) in the Dwarka region. During the trial, residents with rooftop solar infrastructure sold excess solar energy to their…

Our partnership with Power Ledger is yet another testimonial to these efforts.

BRPL CEO Mr Amal Sinha

Toyota Green Energy Established to Conduct Renewable Energy Power Generation Business

Toyota Motor Corporation, Chubu Electric Power Co., Inc., and Toyota Tsusho Corporation concluded an agreement today to establish Toyota Green Energy LLP for the purposes of obtaining and managing renewable energy sources in Japan and supplying electric power from renewable energy sources to the Toyota Group in the future…


Solar panels that float whatever the weather and waves

How do floating solar panels work in practice and what are the consequences for the environment? What is the influence of waves and wind on this form of energy generation? A consortium recently started a study into this. It is a collaboration between TNO (the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research), petrochemical…


No such thing as ‘next-generation’ modules

Next time you hear about the launch of a new “next-generation” solar module, take the news with a measure of caution, because the product not only might not actually be as innovative as its manufacturer promises, but also because there are no “new generations” of products in the solar industry, according to Win C. Sinke…

The categorization in three generations has been used frequently by researchers, students, analysts and others over the past 25 years. This has often led to the conclusion that wafer-based crystalline silicon technology is something of the past, not innovative and not worthy of R&D efforts anymore.

Win C. Sinke, researcher at the University of Amsterdam

Sandvik sustainability focus on show at Zimbabwe remanufacture facility

Solar power is energizing Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology’s facility in Zimbabwe, with the mining OEM saving around 400 t/y of carbon dioxide emissions, it says. The Harare-based operation, which focuses mainly on the remanufacture of Sandvik trucks, loaders, drills and bolters, kicked off its solar power journey in 2017 with an 18-month…

We will provide loans to staff members wanting to install solar power at home, empowering them to further reduce climate impact. We will roll out this program in 2020 through an offer to all staff, and we expect an enthusiastic uptake.

Ian Bagshaw, Territory Manager Zimboz – Southern Africa at Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology

BYD, Toyota to develop all-electric vehicles

BYD Toyota EV Technology was officially registered on 25 March, with a total registered capital of 345mn yuan ($49mn). It is expected to start operations in May. Toyota in June last year said that its new energy vehicle (NEV) sales will account for more than 50pc of total sales by 2025, of which all-electric vehicles and fuel cell vehicles is expected…


Energy storage startup Gravitricity secures £300k

Once they were used to transport miners deep below the earth’s crust. Now South Africa’s gold mines could find a valuable new role – as energy stores. Scots energy storage start-up Gravitricity has just received £300,000 from government agency Innovate UK to explore South Africa’s mineshaft potential. The African nation faces an energy…

South Africa has an energy crisis – with insufficient grid capacity to meet demand. Our technology helps bridge that gap.

Gravitricity Managing Director Charlie Blair

Double coup for TTP with Dyson and Dhaka projects

National media widely reported that TTP was working with Dyson to produce 15,000 ventilators, branded The CoVent – a bed-mounted, portable ventilator that can run on mains or battery power. TTP is not allowed to comment on the Dyson-run project but the use of battery power would allow the ventilators to be used outside normal medical emergency…


Nigeria And Alternative Energy Source

To promote commercial viability and further investment in the power sector, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), in 2015, announced a 45 percent tariff increase, designed to come into effect on February 01, 2016, which was nullified by a decision of a federal high court. Although the organized labor hailed the decision of the…


BMW develops blockchain for tracking auto components

BMW Group has announced that it has developed a blockchain-powered supply chain management system called PartChain that will help the German luxury carmaker to track auto components. The system will be launched in 2020 in collaboration with 10 of its suppliers, informed the automaker in a release. As it claims, the PartChain will…

This move is designed to take the digitalization of purchasing at the BMW Group to the next level. Our vision is to create an open platform that will allow data within supply chains to be exchanged and shared safely and anonymized across the industry.

Andreas Wendt, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Purchasing and Supplier Network

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