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Oil Companies Are Collapsing, but Wind and Solar Energy Keep Growing

A few years ago, the kind of double-digit drop in oil and gas prices the world is experiencing now because of the coronavirus pandemic might have increased the use of fossil fuels and hurt renewable energy sources like wind and solar farms. That is not happening. In fact, renewable energy sources are set to account for nearly 21 percent of the…

Renewables are on a growth trajectory today that I think isn’t going to be set back long term. This will be a bump in the road.

Dan Reicher, the founding executive director of the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance at Stanford University and an assistant energy secretary in the Clinton administration

California: We Need 1GW of New Long-Duration Energy Storage by 2026

California officials expect that the state needs 1 gigawatt of new long-duration energy storage by 2026 to advance its clean-energy transition. That figure emerged in the “reference system portfolio” that the California Public Utilities Commission approved on March 26. The grid planning document calls for no new gas plants, although…

This is the first formal mechanism we’ve seen that recognizes that need in the system. The state recognizes that it needs to send the right signal to the market now in order to meet the longer-term goals.

Mateo Jaramillo, co-founder of seasonal storage technology startup Form Energy

Infrastructure 4.0: Accelerating Energy Cloud Implementation

Alongside the grim societal and economic reality we face amid the COVID-19 pandemic is the very real challenge of maintaining and operating critical infrastructure around the world. Referring to assets that are essential for the everyday functioning of societies, critical infrastructure provides the foundation on which modern economies are built…

Infrastructure – the most long-term of assets – needs to be prepared for an uncertain future.

World Economic Forum’s Infrastructure Future Scenarios

Tesla Virtual Power Plant with Powerwalls proves successful in early phase, report says

Tesla is participating in a massive ‘Virtual Power Plant’ using its Powerwall in South Australia and the first phase of the system is already proving successful according to a new report. The project is the biggest of its kind and it would dwarf any other stationary energy storage deployment if it is ever completed. It came around after Elon Musk visited…

The AEMO VPP trial has provided significant opportunities to demonstrate the capability and revenue earning opportunities for aggregated DER and VPPs operating in the NEM; specifically, the capability of aggregated assets to rapidly respond to frequency deviations and provide critical system security services.

TESLA

How are energy companies helping tackle coronavirus?

In three months, the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic has spread to 209 countries, infecting more than a million people worldwide and impacting global economies, including the power sector. Despite being hit by the lockdown measures imposed by several states, utility companies have been at the forefront of the fight against the…


The Solar ‘Duck Curve’ Might Look Different Under Coronavirus

As the coronavirus pandemic forces people across the country to shelter at home, utilities and grid operators are watching typical energy-use patterns change in unpredictable ways and trying to understand how this will affect their grid operations, power purchasing practices and long-term plans. Austin, Texas-based Pecan Street Inc…

We know they’re not indicative of every household in America. But it is illustrative of what happens when you tell people to stay home, stay cool, and stay productive.

Scott Hinson, Pecan Street’s chief technology officer

Nokia deploys private LTE for Polish power grid operator

Polish power grid operator PGE Systemy is using Nokia to deploy a private LTE network in the 450 MHz band as it works to develop a country-wide critical communications network for the energy sector. This follows the successful trial of a 450 MHz proof-of-concept (PoC) network that’s been operating since April 2019.  Nokia called its 5G-ready…

Poland has a strong concern to digitalize our energy grid because further integration of Renewables with grid as well as conversion to distributed energy systems requires ubiquitous, reliable and safe communications. Private wireless operating in the 450 MHz range is the communications technology of choice for the energy sector right across Europe, which ensures support from industry suppliers.

PGE Systemy VP Andrzej Piotrowski

Pace of renewables uptake will vary across Africa, says CEO of PIDG

The offices of the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG) are nestled in the heart of the City of London, overlooking the iconic Gherkin and Scalpel buildings. Here, African Business caught up with CEO Philippe Valahu to talk about the group’s work facilitating private investment through public private partnerships (PPPs) and bringing…

You can’t compare South Africa to South Sudan to Liberia to Ethiopia – sure you can talk about pockets of countries but you can’t talk about risk in a continent. When you talk about European risk do you compare Portugal and Greece to Germany or Sweden? You don’t. And you wouldn’t. So why would you do that in sub-Saharan Africa?

CEO Philippe Valahu

Google announces 11 startups to participate in its sustainability pilot

Google has announced 11 startups set to join the tech giant’s new sustainable development accelerator program. Some 1,200 startups from across Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) submitted entries with Google announcing today the successful 11 firms that will be attending its inaugural accelerator pilot. The initiative was launched last year at…

Due to the current corona crisis all physical elements (e.g. workshops, events) of the program have been transformed into a virtual version in order to support both the startups and the people behind them. All 11 finalists will now have access to a five-months accelerator program provided by Google for Startups.

Google

Renewables adds 176 GW with solar and wind energy accounting for 90 per cent of additions

The renewable energy sector added 176 gigawatts (GW) of generating capacity globally in 2019, marginally lower than the (revised) 179 GW added in 2018. However, new renewable power accounted for 72 per cent of all power expansion last year, according to new data released by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)…

Renewable energy is a cost-effective source of new power that insulates power markets and consumers from volatility, supports economic stability and stimulates sustainable growth. With renewable additions providing the majority of new capacity last year, it is clear that many countries and regions recognise the degree to which the energy transition can deliver positive outcomes.

IRENA Director-General Francesco La Camera

California: We Need 1GW of New Long-Duration Energy Storage by 2026

California officials expect that the state needs 1 gigawatt of new long-duration energy storage by 2026 to advance its clean-energy transition. That figure emerged in the “reference system portfolio” that the California Public Utilities Commission approved on March 26. The grid planning document calls for no new gas plants, although…

This is the first formal mechanism we’ve seen that recognizes that need in the system. The state recognizes that it needs to send the right signal to the market now in order to meet the longer-term goals.

Mateo Jaramillo, co-founder of seasonal storage technology startup Form Energy

Vanadium flow battery giant to go ‘head-to-head’ with Li-ion kings

Next-generation energy storage technology companies redT and Avalon have merged to form Invinity Energy Systems, to further develop vanadium flow technology as a competitor to the lithium-ion (Li-ion) designs that have come to dominate the market as the global renewables build-out gathers pace. Invinity believes its battery design…

The merged company will be a world leader in flow batteries. This gives us the platform to compete head-to-head against incumbent Li-ion giants, and in so doing prove that our robust, safe, non-degrading energy storage solutions are the best option for delivering the world’s ambitious decarbonisation targets.

KORE Power CEInvinity CEO Larry ZulchO Lindsay Gorrill

Italy’s Top News Agency Uses Blockchain to Fight Fake Coronavirus News

Amid the global pandemic crisis, the importance of ensuring trusted information is getting more crucial as fake coronavirus news poses a direct threat to life and health of people worldwide. While some global jurisdictions are imposing fines and imprisonment for spreading false coronavirus information, a major news agency in Italy is…

We are therefore particularly proud to be the first to launch a highly innovative project, carried out for all our readers and the clients of the Agency […] Starting today, we can track the origin of the news and – at the same time – support the professionalism of our journalists.

Stefano de Alessandri, CEO at ANSA

Tesla is using blockchain technology to help with its Gigafactory Shanghai logistic

Tesla has been confirmed to be a partner in a new project to use blockchain technology to help with logistics in importing products for Gigafactory Shanghai. CargoSmart, a company specializing in shipment management technology, announced the completion of a successful pilot project with COSCO SHIPPING LINES, Shanghai International Port Group…

During the pilot in December 2019, COSCO and SIPG streamlined the cargo release process by enabling Tesla to accelerate its cargo pick up procedures on a trusted and secure platform.

CargoSmart

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