THE DAILY ROUNDUP – Monday

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


Geothermal energy in the context of the ever growing cannabis market

The day of April 20th marks the “Marijuana Holiday”, the annual celebration of marijuana indulgence, with large groups of people congregating in public parks, nations capitals, and private venues alike, so an article by JRG Energy shared last month by our friends at Geo Energy Marketing. The current COVID pandemic will undoubtedly…

The billion-dollar industry is proportionally one of the most energy-intensive in the world, frequently demanding an array of 24-hour high-energy lighting, heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems, and fans at multiple growing sites.

Alexander Richter

Tesla has a new product: Autobidder, a step toward becoming an electric utility

Tesla aims to eventually become a massive distributed electric utility and we now learn of a new product: Autobidder, which appears to be a next step in that direction. Last year, Elon Musk said that Tesla Energy, the energy division of the automaker, is becoming a distributed global utility and it could even outgrow its automotive…

Autobidder provides independent power producers, utilities and capital partners the ability to autonomously monetize battery assets. Autobidder is a real-time trading and control platform that provides value-based asset management and portfolio optimization, enabling owners and operators to configure operational strategies that maximize revenue according to their business objectives and risk preferences.

Tesla

IEA calls for boost to lithium-ion battery, hydrogen technologies

The executive director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), Fatih Birol, said that the turmoil in the oil sector caused by the covid-19 pandemic gives governments the perfect opportunity to embrace green energy as a source of jobs that also serves climate goals. In an interview with Reuters, Birol said that not only well-established…

Lithium-ion batteries are now a technology opportunity for the wider energy sector, well beyond just transport. There is a need for manufacturing capacity to grow further. Assuming that the global auto industry’s announced targets for electric vehicle production are met despite the covid-19 crisis, around 1,000 GWh of battery manufacturing capacity would be needed in 2025. This output would require the equivalent of 50 plants, each on the scale of a Tesla Gigafactory.

a recent report by the IEA

Fossil fuels demonstrating their unreliability

On 20 April, the West Texas Intermediate (WTI) oil futures contract for May 2020 delivery defied logic and settled for the first time ever in negative territory at minus-US$37.63 a barrel. This was after an unprecedented fall in world aviation fuel consumption by 64.3 per cent so far for the month of April and, more importantly, a 32.8 per cent…

The Stone Age didn’t end for lack of stone, and the oil age will end long before the world runs out of oil.

the words of former Saudi oil minister Sheikh Yamani

Community solar microgrids explained

Going green with community solar microgrids is an increasingly popular strategy at the local level for solving, or at least mitigating, many of our electrical energy supply, consumption and safety problems. Resilience and sustainability become real benefits at the community level when we can enjoy locally produced and dependable…


Despite Tesla And The Model 3, Perception Of Electric Cars Hasn’t ‘Budged’ Since 1997 And GM EV1, Says Report

You would think with all the noise about Tesla that the average American’s take on the electric car would have changed. But the basic sentiment hasn’t shifted since 1997, according to the J.D. Power 2020 Q1 Mobility Confidence Index. The availability of charging stations, driving range, and price are still the top 3 barriers to electric vehicles…

Few consumers have any experience with battery-electric vehicles. The majority (70%) of American respondents have never been in a battery-electric vehicle, and 30% say they know nothing about them.


UAE- AI proven to be invaluable technology during pandemic

Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies have proven to be a key factor in helping residents and businesses across the UAE adapt to the new reality of functioning during a pandemic, with experts noting that the rate of adoption of the technology will only accelerate in the coming years. Jackson Liu, head of the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe region at BIGO Technology…

We believe that AI-driven digital connectivity is not only key to the current situation of social distancing, but will also redefine any economic landscape due to its applications across a variety of sectors and industries. We are, as a result, constantly innovating our social networking products and AI-driven capabilities to ensure that we will be part of the digital transformation narrative of the UAE and the region.

Jackson Liu

Solar, wind energy struggle as pandemic takes toll

The U.S. renewable energy industry is reeling from the new coronavirus pandemic, which has delayed construction, put thousands of skilled laborers out of work and sowed doubts about solar and wind projects on the drawing board. In locked-down California, some local agencies that issue permits for new work closed temporarily, and some solar…

There are many smaller companies going out of business as we speak. Up to half of our jobs are at risk.

Abigail Ross Hopper, president of the Solar Energy Industries Association

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