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Need for Resilience Supports Energy Storage

Independent power producer Neoen Australia said an expansion of the world’s largest lithium-ion battery system has completed its network connection, bringing the Tesla-supported Hornsdale Power Reserve, adjacent to a wind farm in South Australia, to a rated size of 150 MW/193.5 MWh. It’s the latest in a series of projects being developed…

This was expected to be a banner year. We’re going to see a real hit on that, especially with behind-the-meter projects. People don’t want workers coming to their homes, and businesses are closed.

Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO of the Energy Storage Association

How utilities are using AI to adapt to electricity demands

The spread of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 has prompted state and local governments around the U.S. to institute shelter-in-place orders and business closures. As millions suddenly find themselves confined to their homes, the shift has strained not only internet service providers, streaming platforms, and online retailers, but the utilities…

During these turbulent times, AI-based load forecasting gives energy providers the ability to … develop informed, data-driven strategies for future success. With utilities and energy retailers seeing a once-in-a-lifetime 30%-plus drop in commercial energy consumption, accurate forecasting has never been more important.

Innowatts CEO Sid Sachdeva

A photovoltaic thermal panel for heat-pump houses

Dutch company Triple Solar has launched a photovoltaic thermal solar panel for residential buildings which can be connected to a brine or water heat pump. The manufacturer says the heating system based on the panel is an ideal alternative to less efficient air and water heat pumps and more expensive geothermal systems. The grid-connected PV…

Electricity and heat provided by the PVT system will be used for powering the house and the heat pump. Any excess power generated could be exported to the grid – in return for payments in territories with net metering regimes.

Mark Hoff, market manager for Triple Solar

Morning Brief: Mysterious Rashba effect detected in bulk perovskites, Zanzibar’s ‘solar mammas’

New discovery settles the long-standing debate about photovoltaic materials: Scientists have theorized that organometallic halide perovskites — a class of light-harvesting “wonder” materials for applications in solar cells and quantum electronics— are so promising due to an unseen yet highly controversial mechanism called the…

How Norway Convinced Nearly Half of Their Drivers to Switch to Electric Cars

Americans love their cars – their gas-guzzling, air-polluting, smog-producing cars. Although the vast majority agree that if we all drove electric vehicles we could reduce oil consumption and pollution, only a third would consider buying one anytime soon. Far fewer are actually making the switch. The adoption of all-electric and plug-in hybrids has…

In Norway, we tax what we don’t want and we promote what we want, and the consumer has, in this way, actually the opportunity to make the right choice.

Christina Bu, secretary-general, the Norwegian EV Association

5G for Blockchain Technology: Will Fifth Generation Internet Boost Distributed Ledgers?

The first nut to crack open is asking: “what can 5G do for blockchain?”, or, is it: “what can blockchain do for 5G?”. 5G will push many industries forward, but it could have a particularly big impact on blockchain. Experts believe that the combination of 5G and blockchain distributed ledger technology will lead to significant benefits around the…

Are Banks and the Capital Markets Ready to Embrace Blockchain?

Very few banks, or even countries, emerged unscathed from the rubble of the 2008 global financial crisis. The aftermath of the worldwide recession coincided with profound technological innovation and breakthroughs that have forced banks and other financial service providers to reconsider their approach to doing business…

The effects of coronavirus measures on electricity markets

As global economic activity has rapidly ground to a halt, energy markets have witnessed a rapid, unprecedented drop in demand. While economic impacts on electricity markets and investment so far have been limited compared to oil and gas markets, substantial short-term uncertainty could complicate long-term investment decisions….

Digital currency to be based on blockchain

The government-backed digital currency in China, which is in the works, will have at its core technologies like blockchain that will combine with a traditional centralized structure of the money mechanism, according to a document viewed by China Daily. The People’s Bank of China, the central bank, is in the process of developing the digitalized…

There is a certain conflict between the pure decentralization and the central bank’s centralized management requirements.

Mu Changchun

Has the world reached peak carbon?

Goldman Sachs analysts don’t assume energy-related emissions will fully rebound after the pandemic, suggesting the world may have already reached peak carbon for energy. On the 10-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill, BP-funded recovery programs are slow-moving, coastal fishing communities…

Capstone Turbine to launch innovative animal waste biogas project in Japan

Capstone Turbine has announced its first 800kW order for a new and innovative biogas project in Japan. The project will utilize organic biomass in the form of agricultural and animal waste to generate clean and efficient energy for the Biokurasix Handa biogas power generation facility. The biogas-fueled 800kW microturbine will be installed in…

However, since Fukushima, Japan has been striving to expand its renewable energy generation capacity to reduce its dependency on fossil fuels. Japan has one of the largest biogas markets globally and the government aims to double generation by 2030.

Darren Jamison, President and Chief Executive Officer of Capstone Turbine Corporation

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