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Sembcorp Industries : Launches Singapore’s First Renewable Energy Certificate Aggregator Platform To Meet The Sustainability Needs Of Customers

Sembcorp Industries (Sembcorp) is pleased to launch Singapore’s first renewable energy certificate (REC) platform that manages RECs from multiple sources. Backed by the company’s fast-growing renewable power capacity in China and Southeast Asia, the Sembcorp REC platform enables customers to transact RE100-recognised RECs to meet their…


Western Union Quietly Tests Ripple (XRP) Technology For International Settlements

Western Union, one of the world’s most recognized money transfer services, has discreetly piloted Ripple’s distributed ledger technology and is mulling using it for its remittance services. This is according to equity research conducted by Credit Suisse dated January 24, 2020. Ripple has always touted itself as the successor to the old payment systems…


The Decade Of Transformation: Being In Balance With Nature

This is the fourth newsletter in our series on the 2020s as a decade of transformation See Remaking International Relations, Remaking the Economy for the People, and Remaking Healthcare. In addition to COVID-19 and the economic collapse, multiple crises are reaching a peak and the world is changing as a result. How the world changes…

Like any adolescent who is suddenly aware of having created a very real-life crisis, our species faces a choice — the choice between pursuing our dangerous course to disaster or stopping and trying to find mature solutions to our crises. This choice point is the brink of maturity — the point at which we must decide whether to continue our suicidal course or turn from it to responsible maturity.

Biologist Elisabet Sahtouris

Uncharted Power CEO Explains The Biggest Problem In Energy And Why Magic Johnson Is Helping Her Company Solve It

This conversation, between theRising’s Emily Dao and Uncharted Power CEO Jessica O. Matthews, has been edited for length and clarity. Uncharted Power has raised $7 million from investors like Kapor Capital and Magic Johnson to democratize energy access globally…

Globally, infrastructure development has not kept up with the innovation age. In the developing world, energy infrastructure is not operationalized. In the developed world, infrastructure is aging and failing. It is estimated to cost $5 trillion to fully replace this infrastructure which is only worth $2 trillion.

Uncharted Power CEO Jessica O. Matthews

How Low Can Energy Storage Go? Lots & Lots Lower!

The renewable energy transition sure makes for some strange bedfellows these days. The latest example is a new energy storage breakthrough from the University of California’s Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute in Los Angeles. The Loker Institute launched in the 1970s with a focus on fossil fuels and petrochemicals — think OPEC oil…

We have demonstrated an inexpensive, long-life, safe and eco-friendly flow battery attractive for storing the energy from solar and wind energy systems at a mass-scale.

USC Professor of Chemistry and Electrochemistry Sri Narayan

Elon Musk: Tesla’s upcoming event will focus on batteries, not powertrain — ‘a lot to talk about’

Elon Musk elaborated on Tesla’s upcoming event. He says that despite previous comments, it will focus only on batteries and not powertrain, as they have “a lot to talk about.” Last year, Musk said that Cybertruck is Tesla’s last product unveil for “a while,” but he teased some upcoming tech announcements. Those announcements were expected…


Europe’s largest solar PV plant, a 500MW facility in Spain, begins production

Spanish utility Iberdrola has commissioned Europe’s largest solar PV plant, the 500MW Núñez de Balboa solar farm in the southwest of Spain, which was built in the space of a single year. The Núñez de Balboa – built between the towns of Usagre, Hinojosa del Valle, and Bienvenida in the province of Badajoz, in the autonomous Extremadura – was…

Weak power prices and collapsing [forex] rates are severely damaging the economics of new investments across a wide range of countries. Projects that were slated for 2021 will be tougher to bring to market on time, if they make it at all.

Tom Heggarty, principal analyst for solar at Wood Mackenzie

U.S. CRYPTO MINERS SEE ABRUPT BLOW AHEAD OF HALVING FOR THIS KEY REASON

There were times when crypto mining was profitable even to the smallest hobbyist miner. But with the languishing prices and high costs of equipment and energy, those days are very distant. Now, U.S. miners face yet another blow before the halving as a higher rate for cryptocurrency mining facilities in Washington state is upheld…


New Chinese-backed, green energy ‘village’ to create 2,500 jobs in Peterhead

New company Newfield Energy aims to develop facilities on nearly 200 acres of land near the town’s power station. Glasgow-based Gen Cannibal, one of Newfield’s two shareholding directors, said plans for the site – to be known as The Holistic Renewable Energy Park – would deliver up to 150 megawatts of green energy, or enough to power tens of…


ABB moves step closer to megawatt-scale fuel cells for ships

Swiss-Swedish electronic manufacturing giant ABB has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with French hydrogen technologies specialist Hydrogène de France to jointly manufacture megawatt-scale hydrogen fuel cell systems for ocean-going vessels. As industry and nations around the globe look for ways to transition to a more…

With the ever-increasing demand for solutions that enable sustainable, responsible shipping, we are confident that fuel cells will play an important role in helping the marine industry meet CO2 reduction targets. Signing the MOU with HDF brings us a step closer to making this technology available for powering ocean-going vessels.

Juha Koskela, Managing Director, ABB Marine & Ports

Australia renewables hit 50% of main grid’s net demand on Easter Saturday

Renewable energy hit what may be a record level of renewable energy on grid demand in the early afternoon on Easter Saturday, when the combined output of rooftop solar, large scale wind and solar and hydro power accounted for 50.4 per cent of net load. The 50 per cent share of renewables – which even the federal Coalition government…


AfDB Approves $830,000 to Set Up Green Mini-Grids in the Republic of Guinea

The African Development Bank (AfDB) announced that it had approved a grant of $830,000 (~₹62.95 million) to the Guinean Agency for Rural Electrification (AGER) to help it set up green mini-grid projects in the Republic of Guinea. The bank said that the funds would help provide technical, economic, financial, and environmental and social…

It is expected that the deployment of the 57 mini-grids will give access to electricity to around 30,000 households. According to the expected results, the mini-network should create around 100 jobs (50% for women) and generate productive use possibilities for at least 100 micro-small enterprises.

Wale Shonibare, the acting vice-president of the Bank responsible for the Electricity, Energy, Climate Change and Green Growth Complex

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