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Report: Clean energy employment to drop 15%, group calls on government stimulus for the sector

Like virtually every other industry, the clean energy sector has received an economic body blow during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a report released Wednesday by the business advocacy group Environmental Entrepreneurs, or E2, more than 106,000 workers at clean energy-related companies lost their jobs in the first few weeks of…

What we know about economic recovery in this country is that we need big, bold ideas. Right now we have the opportunity to restart this economy and make it cleaner and more resilient.

Bob Keefe, E2’s executive director

Micro-mobility and urban lifestyle with Florence Milner, Lime

Lime is revolutionizing micro-mobility and empowering a new urban lifestyle. The mobile app lets riders easily find and unlock our fleet of shared smart bikes and scooters, providing them with a fun, efficient, and sustainable way to move around the city. By partnering with local communities, Lime is working to not only improve transportation…

Lime is changing people’s mobility habits and encouraging more sustainable mobility. Sustainability is core to Lime’s mission, and we’ve taken multiple steps to reduce our environmental impact, including streamlining our charging operations, powering our scooters with 100% renewable energy, offsetting the emissions from fleet vehicles, and establishing a robust repair and reuse program to extend the life cycle of our products.

Florence Milner

Engineers to work on cybersecurity for systems linking solar power to grid

Distinguished Professor Alan Mantooth of the University of Arkansas received a $3.6 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office to advance technologies that integrate solar power systems to the national power grid. Mantooth and engineering researchers at the university’s National Center for Reliable…

As U.S. energy policy shifts toward more diverse sources, particularly solar, the Energy Deparment understands the critical importance of protecting these systems and technologies. Our group is nicely qualified to address these problems. We’re already developing systems to protect the power grid from cyberattacks, and this work will be a logical extension of that effort.

Alan Mantooth, Distinguished Professor of electrical engineering and principal investigator for the project

Blockchain Innovations in the Energy Sector, Explained

Before diving into how blockchain can improve the energy sector, it’s important to first understand how this sector operates. In general, upstream generators produce raw material that is processed and transported by the midstream delivery network to downstream distributors, which sell to the end-user. While this seems like a fairly simple process at…


DSO Models Promise a More Digital, Distributed Grid

It simply does not make financial sense for small energy producers — businesses and homeowners — to invest in distributed energy technologies. A more dynamic model, including a distribution systems operator (DSO) function, is needed to achieve a return on their investments. In Part 2 of this two-part series based on the findings of Black & Veatch’s…


Smart Grid Flexibility Markets – Entering an Era of Localization

As renewable energy power continues to proliferate, localized, real-time flexibility at both the supply and demand level is becoming instrumental. Project Drawdown ranked Grid Flexibility 77th on their list of climate solutions, seeing it as essential to enable 80% of energy generation to be renewable by 2050. “Grid Flexibility” refers to the…


Humless adds super cool electricity management function to its energy storage system

When the grid shuts down, appliances fight for attention from the power grid. Integrating these different vendor appliances is critical for efficient use of an energy storage system. Interoperability is the ability of two or more systems to interact with each other, so the technical interfaces of each system are completely recognized by each other…

BACnet communications among various vendor devices makes the Humless Universal Energy Management even more universal. This enhancement further expands the Universal’s reach to more efficiently use power in more than just PV solar applications. Increasingly unreliable utility power is motivating home and business owners to store and manage electricity for maximum benefit.

Glenn Jakins, Humless CEO

IDTechEx Predicts $350 Billion in Off-Grid, Zero-Emission Microgrids

IDTechEx forecasts exponential growth to a huge $350 billion in 2040 for clean microgrids. It will be driven by legislation, cost, increasing problems with national grids and many new applications. Electrifying mines to farms and transport helps too. The new 230 page IDTechEx report, “Distributed Generation: Off-Grid Zero-Emission kW-MW…


Energy Infrastructure Is Hurting Underserved Communities Most: Why 840 Million People Still Don’t Have Electricity

Since 2010, the global population without access to electricity dropped by 400 million. However, in such a tech-driven generation, it seems shocking that 840 million people worldwide still don’t have access to electricity. Time and time again, underserved communities must deal with extremely outdated or unreliable energy infrastructure…

Without advances in energy efficiency, the combined ICT industries (e.g. telecom, data centers) could consume 20% of all the world’s electricity by 2025.

Uncharted Power CEO Jessica O. Matthews.

Canada becomes leading blockchain country in 2020

Canada is only third to the USA and the UK when it comes to blockchain technologies. Convenient regulatory regimes, high-speed internet, and low energy costs are contributing to the countries growth in the crypto world. In addition, the use of Ethereum blockchain technology in different spheres, from health, education, government to finance and even…

We are building a bridge between the human readability of cryptographic addresses and machine readability. While some others are working similar platforms that they feel may have their own advantages, the size of the development teams around Ethereum ballooned with initial spikes in interest to something larger than anything else in the space. With that, application development, innovation in scaling and other areas followed the trend, thereby creating a snowball effect.

Nick Johnson, the chief software architect of Ethereum Foundation

The Impact of the Coronavirus on the Renewable Energy Industry

Scientists and experts around the globe agree that to mitigate the worst consequences of climate change, the world must transition to a 100 percent clean future powered by clean energy sources as soon as possible. Now, with the rapid spread of COVID-19 across the nation leading to a historic health and economic crisis, the renewable energy…

Blockchain Acceptance Could Revolutionize Finance in Abu Dhabi

Businesses in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates’, or UAE, are increasingly embracing blockchain technology as local regulators move towards adopting inclusive legislation regarding crypto assets. Though Abu Dhabi Global Market, or ADGM, announced its plan to allow crypto asset trading in 2018, the UAE capital has taken a…

ADIB is committed to expanding its digital footprint in trade financing and distribution, enhancing the efficiency and productivity of businesses across the region and globally.

Haytham Elmaayergi, ADIB’s global head of transaction banking

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