THE DAILY ROUNDUP – Monday

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The future of Blockchain-based Digital Identities: An analysis of the Huobi Research Report

Huobi China released a research report under the heading “BDI: Infrastructure in the Digital Economy Era.” The reports explore the usual problems and hurdles faced by digital identities. So, analyzing Technical and Application difficulties of the blockchain network. It deepens research about the application of blockchain technologies on digital…


ABB Traction & Battery Technologies to Drive Stadler Trains

ABB has won orders worth over USD 180 million from Swiss train manufacturer Stadler to supply leading-edge equipment for more than 160 trains and locomotives in Europe and North America. ABB battery and traction systems will further drive decarbonization and support the transition to more sustainable electromobility…


Storing wind and solar with new gravity-based system

Scottish start-up Gravitricity has developed a gravity energy storage system it says is perfect for storing solar and wind power. A 16m-high rig uses the clean power to raise a mass in a 150-1500m shaft and discharges the electricity thus ‘stored’ by releasing the mass to rotate an electric generator. Gravitricity said the mass used can range from 500 to 5,000…

The demonstrator at the Port of Leith will allow the technology to be trialed on a much smaller scale, utilizing an above-ground structure.

Gravitricity

Sabic to build mega utility-scale battery factory

Nusaned Investment, an investment company owned by Saudi petrochemical giant Sabic and Germany-based Schmid Group have closed their joint venture (JV) transaction focusing on manufacturing and technology development in the field of Vanadium Redox Flow Batteries (VRFB). The joint venture Advance Energy Storage System Investment…

The new JV will aim to establish a leadership position in the rapidly developing energy storage market and both companies are fully committed to realizing our joint vision for the project.

Christian Schmid, CEO of the Schmid Group

Blockchain Could Help Reduce Potential Damage to Innovators’ Work

Innovations and creativity must be normally handled with much caution, and they have to be protected from any possible danger(s). One of the most effective new alternative ways that can be used is by applying a groundbreaking decentralized tool called the blockchain. Recently, founder of Bitcoin SV, Dr Craig Steven Wright, also known as…


The relevance of the EU Green Deal in a post-COVID-19 world

Dr. Vicente Lopez-Ibor Mayor is Spain’s former National Energy Commissioner. He is also the founder of Lightsource BP, the EU’s largest solar energy generator. Raphael Heffron is a professor for Global Energy Law & Sustainability at the Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy at the University of Dundee. He is a Jean Monnet Professor in…

Accidents and calamities … are the universal legislators of the world.

Plato (was an Athenian philosopher during the Classical period in Ancient Greece)

Legislators Opposed To Fast-Tracking Energy Projects

The state legislators representing Chautauqua County are opposed to the new policy included in the 2020-21 state budget that calls for speeding up the permitting and construction of renewable energy projects. During the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce legislative breakfast held last month, state Sen. George Borrello…


Bank of Bangladesh Adds €200 Million to its Green Transmission Fund

The Bank of Bangladesh has decided to introduce €200 million (~₹16.38 billion) along with the existing $200 million (~₹15 billion) for the Green Transmission Fund (GTF). Accordingly, the participating authorized dealers (ADs) will now be able to draw loans from GTF at Euro Interbank Offered Rate (EURIBOR) plus 1% of the admissible purposes…


Will airborne wind energy ever take off?

In renewables, airborne wind energy has often been dismissed as pie in the sky. So when power-generating kite company Makani joined Google’s research and development organisation, named X, in 2013, industry experts saw the acquisition as a sign that the technology could finally enter the mainstream. Makani emerged from the innovation lab…

They were clearly the most advanced company in our field. Unlike other products, their 600kW turbine worked for a long time and they were also the first ones to scale up to such a big device.

Udo Zillmann, Secretary-General of Airborne Wind Europe

10,050 MW mega solar power plants to come up in two phases in Andhra Pradesh

As part of supplying reliable power to the agriculture sector on a permanent basis, the power utilities have laid a special focus on taking up works of 10,050 MW mega solar plants to supply free power to all the agricultural feeders. The mega solar project will be implemented in two phases and the project is estimated to cost Rs4,855 crore…

Studies have already been carried out for phase-1 system and we submitted a report on related issues, including required land and locations of solar park units.


Debunking Michael Moore’s myth about life cycle energy needs of wind and solar

One of several incorrect and/or misleading criticisms of renewable energy in the Jeff Gibbs/Michael Moore film, Planet of the Humans, is the claim that building renewable energy technologies requires more life-cycle energy to be invested than they generate over their lifetimes. If this notion were true, it would entail that the transition to…

A solar PV panel generates the energy required to build itself in 1-2 years, while its lifetime is 20-25 years. Thus wind and solar PV can be considered to be breeders of RE.


Has Covid-19 crippled big-battery and virtual power plant economics?

Big batteries in Australia have managed to get some serious momentum of late. Everyone has been inspired by the incredible economics of the early projects like Hornsdale Power Reserve, aka the Tesla big battery. The value stack for battery-enabled virtual power plants (VPPs) and grid-scale batteries is typically built on a foundation of participating in…


Why Electric Vehicles Are Going To Take Over The World

Interesting times in the electric vehicle market, as more and more carmakers try to position themselves in what looks like a second phase of growth. In the luxury market segment, the announced launch of Tesla’s Cybertruck has galvanized a market that, in the United States, buys two million vehicles each year. What at first looked like a…


Investing in better networks

The top countries generating electric power from renewable sources include Brazil, India, Turkey, Mexico, the Philippines, and Costa Rica. On behalf of Germany’s Federal Government, KfW Development Bank has supported this trend in countries concerned. For example, it made the largest single contribution to financing Africa’s most powerful solar…


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