THE DAILY ROUNDUP – Tuesday

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Energy transition – changes go into high gear

It seems that during the last couple of months the speed of change has been the main characteristic of energy transition. This is particularly true for the price drop of renewable energy technologies. It could be easily determined that the price of one megawatt-hour (MWh) of electric energy from solar is considerably cheaper than one…


Companies sign MoU to study hydrogen for Singapore’s energy future

SINGAPOREAN and Japanese companies, including Mitsubishi, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to study hydrogen as a low-carbon alternative that could contribute to a clean and sustainable energy future for Singapore. The seven companies will work together to evaluate the technical and commercial feasibility of…

Singapore needs to stay ahead in the research and development of alternative energy sources in our transition towards a low-carbon and low-emission economy. We are encouraged that companies are coming together, leveraging each other’s expertise, to study how hydrogen can be used as an emissions-free alternative to existing carbon sources.

NFR CEO Low Teck Seng

New York passes renewable energy act amidst coronavirus pandemic

State of New York authorities have passed legislation to speed up the siting and construction of large-scale clean energy projects to help the sector recover from the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak and meet climate targets. The Accelerated Renewable Energy Growth and Community Benefit Act – to be implemented in 2020-2021 – will improve…

Governor Cuomo’s renewable energy siting plan is not just a responsible environmental policy, but it’s a smart economic development strategy.

Empire State Development president Eric Gertler

In 2019, Three Quarters Of The World’s New Energy Projects Were Renewable

Some welcome good news for a pandemic-weary world: renewable energy made up 72% of all new energy generation projects last year, with solar and wind power making up 90% of that capacity. According to a new report from IRENA, the International Renewable Energy Agency, 176 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy capacity were…

Coronavirus sits alongside climate change as a defining challenge of our time. Governments may be tempted to focus on short-term solutions to rebuilding their economies.

IRENA director Francesco La Camera

Electrica Expands its NES System by Executing Option for Smart Grid Project in Romania

Networked Energy Services Corporation (NES), a global smart grid solution provider with the industry’s leading Energy Applications Platform (EAPTM), has announced that Electrica’s SDEE Muntenia Nord has exercised an additional option to purchase and install an additional 32,000 NES smart meters and associated data concentrators and…

By exercising this option, Electrica has demonstrated their confidence in the value of the NES System as the market’s premier smart metering system and Adrem as a trusted project management partner.

David Thomson, President and CEO of NES

Renewable power at Sandvik Zimbabwe cuts climate impact

Promoting Sandvik’s sustainability goals, the Harare-based operation kicked off its solar power journey in 2017 with an 18-month Phase One project. This included strengthening the roof of the remanufacture facility to accommodate the weight of some 400 solar panels. Using local contractors and expertise, the project was soon generating 50 kW of power…

This takes our Harare facility to the next level in terms of technology and sustainability.

Ian Bagshaw, territory manager Zimboz – Southern Africa at Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology

Green transportation, from electric cars to walkable cities

The transportation sector is one of the biggest reasons why the average temperature on our planet is climbing, a phenomenon you probably know as climate change. In the United States, transportation contributes about a third of the carbon dioxide, or CO2, that the country releases into the atmosphere where it traps heat and causes temperatures to…


Capstone Turbine Partners with NYPA and Brenmiller Energy on Thermal Energy Storage Project

This project will investigate thermal energy storage as a means to improve the efficiency of a typical CHP system. When complete, it will consist of a thermal storage unit paired with a typical CHP system. The innovative system will supply electricity and heating to the physical education building. Preliminary estimates indicate that the CHP and…

Our microturbine will directly pipe low emission exhaust gas into a Brenmiller bGen zero carbon thermal storage unit so that it can extract and store the heat until it is needed. The system represents an alternative to battery storage with potentially greater discharge durations.

Darren Jamison, Capstone Turbine president and chief executive officer

Most of China’s DLT Firms That Closed in 2019 Were Scams or Poorly Planned

Most of the blockchain firms that closed in 2019 were cryptocurrency scams or had deficient business models, according to recent research. Research sent to Cointelegraph by Chinese market research firm EqualOcean on March 26 suggests that most blockchain-backed Chinese businesses that halted their activity last year had major flaws…

A considerable number of which were crypto exchanges that involved scams, digital wallets and decentralized applications that used multiple-level marketing, and public blockchains that did not have a defined business model.


European Commission Looking at Crypto and Blockchain Regulations

The head of the European Commission’s (EC) digital innovation and blockchain unit expanded on the pros of distributed ledger technology (DLT), and the current state of the regulatory framework in Europe. In an interview with The Banker, a subsidiary of Financial Times, the head of the EC’s digital innovation and blockchain unit discussed the…

We think that it presents an excellent technology for situations where different stakeholders need to collaborate but, due to competition or legal reasons, they do not want to or are unable to share a single database. In this sense, it can avoid a single point of failure.

The head of the EC’s blockchain unit, Pēteris Zilgalvis

The Future Of Solar Energy Looks Bright

While the falling costs have boosted the adoption of solar energy in recent years, solar cell manufacturers are not resting on their laurels. In 2018, 100 gigawatts (GW) of solar power were added to the global power grid, mainly in China and India. The market as a whole is expected to reach US$430.2 billion by 2024, according to a report by Goldstein…


RayGen signs up global developer Photon, plans huge 1000MWh solar storage project

Melbourne-based solar plus storage developer RayGen Resources says it has brought in international solar project developer Photon Energy as a minor equity partner, and has plans for a huge 100MW/1,000 MWh solar plus storage project. RayGen recently secured $3 million in funding for a pilot project of what it calls its “solar hydro” storage…

The elimination of solar energy’s intermittency and ensuring its 24-hour availability at grid-competitive cost is the holy grail and RayGen has found it.

Photon Energy’s CEO Georg Hotar

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