THE DAILY ROUNDUP – Thursday

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Hi! Here is your daily dose of useful articles related to renewable energy and technology. Stay safe!


Ripple joins Mobility Blockchain Initiative of BMW, IBM, Ford and more

Ripple has apparently joined the Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative (MOBI). The initiative was founded in May 2018 and aims to explore blockchain use cases in a new digital mobility ecosystem. Upon formation, MOBI was actively working with companies accounting for over 70% of global vehicle production in terms of market share…


VC funding into energy storage stepped up in first quarter of 2020

While the renewable energy industry has suffered significant blows such as loss of employment during the COVID-19 crisis, venture capital (VC) funding into the battery energy storage sector in the first quarter of this year nonetheless saw a significant increase over the previous year’s equivalent period. Corporate funding overall was in…


Planet of the Humans review – contrarian eco-doc from the Michael Moore stable

Recently, petrolhead pundit Jeremy Clarkson was thought to have disgraced himself by pointing out that the hi-tech sea yacht used by Greta Thunberg for her transatlantic crossing, for all its solar panels and underwater turbines, had an old-fashioned diesel engine aboard for emergencies. I thought about Clarkson’s jibe while watching this refreshingly…

…suggesting that unfettered capitalism and its insanity of eternal growth on a finite planet is also what is leading us to the cliff edge.

 director Jeff Gibbs

COVID-19 could send Asia-Pacific renewables back two years

Renewable energy construction in the Asia Pacific region could be pushed back by two years if a COVID-19 pandemic recession crunches economies into next year. Over 150 gigawatts (GW) of wind and solar projects in the region could be delayed or canceled over the next five years if countries can’t restore their economies to growth mode…

The coming months will be crucial to determine if the region is moving towards a rapid recovery or extended recession future.

Wood Mackenzie research director, Alex Whitworth

A Look at the Oil Industry’s Favorite Climate Solutions

Shell recently announced plans to “stop adding greenhouse gases to the atmosphere by 2050,” a move hailed by some as a major step towards addressing climate change. Around the same time, however, the oil and gas major confirmed it would go ahead with its investment in a joint $6.4 billion gas project in Australia. This approach of saying one thing about…

ExxonMobil engineers and scientists have researched, developed, and applied technologies that could play a role in the widespread deployment of carbon capture and storage for more than 30 years.


India rekindles solar manufacturing push as crisis exposes import reliance

India has staged the launch of a new campaign to foster its domestic renewable manufacturing scene, in a bid to curb the dependency on imports the COVID-19 crisis had laid bare once more. Letters sent by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) in recent days asked state and port authorities to set aside land sites of 50 to 500 acres for…

During lockdown, we kept our interaction with stakeholders alive through virtual platforms and also brought out new bids. This tariff is the result of several measures which we have undertaken during the past few months to enhance confidence of investors and to promote ease of doing business. We stand committed to minimizing the risk to investors.

Minister of State R. K. Singh

I Squared Capital sells the largest solar platform in Taiwan to Marubeni

I Squared Capital, through its ISQ Global Infrastructure Fund I, has completed the sale of Chenya Energy to Marubeni Corporation. Chenya Energy is a dedicated solar development, construction, and operating platform in Taiwan and was a wholly-owned subsidiary of Asia Cube Energy, a pan-Asian renewable portfolio company founded…

In three years under I Squared Capital’s stewardship, Chenya Energy grew from 2.3 to 344.4 megawatts of solar capacity across multiple technologies, including floating, ground-mounted and rooftop solutions. The company is currently building the world’s largest floating solar project and has grown rapidly to become the largest solar platform in Taiwan.

Gautam Bhandari, Managing Partner at I Squared Capital

Bundle of diamond threads can store and release energy

April 21 (UPI) — Scientists at the Queensland University of Technology in Australia have developed a new energy storage technology using tiny diamond threads. When the so-called diamond nanothread bundle is stretched or twisted, it stores energy. When the bundle is allowed to unravel, the energy is released. Researchers estimate the…

Similar to a compressed coil or children’s wind-up toy, energy can be released as the twisted bundle unravels. If you can make a system to control the power supplied by the nanothread bundle it would be a safer and more stable energy storage solution for many applications.

QUT mechanical engineer Haifei Zhan

ORNL demos 20 kW bi-directional wireless charging on UPS PHEV truck; 11″ air gap, >92% efficiency

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in late February demonstrated a 20-kilowatt bi-directional wireless charging system installed on a UPS medium-duty, plug-in hybrid electric delivery truck. The project is the first of its kind to achieve power transfer at this rate across an 11-inch air gap…

Scaling the technology to a fleet of 50 trucks gives you megawatt-scale energy storage.

Uncharted Power CEO Jessica O. ORNL’s Omer Onar.

Can EDF Make Big Money in Small-Scale Renewables?

The world’s leading nuclear power generator is betting big on a future of small-scale, distributed energy. Électricité de France operates 58 nuclear reactors in its home country and owns stakes in several U.S. nuclear plants that it’s now moving to sell. But EDF’s biggest stamp on the American power market has come in large-scale renewables…

It’s a grab game right now, getting as much of that value chain as possible. In a way, you’re almost seeing a new type of utility emerging in the market.

Elta Kolo, content lead for grid edge research at Wood Mackenzie

Power Ledger Rolls Out Blockchain-Based Solar Energy Trading in Western Australia

As the benchmark oil futures contract in the United States fell into negative territory this week for the first time in history, blockchain devs have been focusing on greener, sustainable energy projects. Australian blockchain firm Power Ledger has just signed a deal with the largest medium-density residential developer in Perth to roll out…

European Commission explores blockchain, AI, IoT convergence

The EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum recently published a whitepaper studying the use of blockchain alongside two other emerging technologies —the Internet of Things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI). The paper titled ‘Convergence of Blockchain, AI, and IoT’ explores benefits, current trends, and challenges of combining the technologies…


Smart city accelerator demo days go virtual

Smart city accelerators are using the online environment to stage virtual demo days in the face of the Covid-19 outbreak. The Urban-X smart cities accelerator conducted its first-ever virtual demo day yesterday, while Techstars, the global platform for investment and innovation, is hosting all of its 16 virtual accelerator events online throughout April and…

As the need for solutions for local resilience has come into clearer focus across the world over the past weeks, we could not be more proud of the dedication Cohort 07 has shown in addressing large-scale challenges to improve city life.

Urban-X managing director, Micah Kotch

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