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Tesla Energy: Elon Musk’s Next Big Plan

The way that you trade energy could soon have a whole lot more star power. Elon Musk is entering the energy trading scene with a new Tesla Energy software asset called Autobidder, which would allow both providers and consumers to exchange their energy capacity. The software is currently being used to run the company’s new battery…

The idea is that Tesla would keep deploying more solar and energy storage systems, big and small, at the residential level and on utility-scale, and manage those distributed systems to act as a giant electric utility. Musk’s company is already using Autobidder as a part of its Powerwall deployment with Green Mountain Power in Vermont

Electrek

Climate change is looming. But America has lost 600,000 clean energy jobs

The United States shed more than half a million clean energy jobs in March and April, a new report says, reversing years of growth in an industry that has helped reduce lung-damaging air pollution and the emissions responsible for climate change. Clean energy employment has fallen by 17% since the coronavirus brought much of daily life to a…

These are higher numbers than expected, and we were expecting bad numbers. It’s painful to see three years of growth essentially wiped out in a single month.

Greg Wetstone, president of the American Council on Renewable Energy

Clean energy can become Big Oil’s best investment

For years, major oil company CEOs and climate change activists alike have claimed they want oil corporations to make far larger investments in zero-carbon alternatives to oil. Now, with the collapse in oil demand and price, we have the perfect conditions to test whether each really means it. Global oil prices of $20 to $25 a barrel…

The oil business will be altered for some time to come whether because of economic bandwidth that people will have or businesses will have, or whether it is because of attitudes. We do not expect a recovery of oil prices or demand for our products in the medium term.

Shell Oil CEO Ben van Beurden

Wind Power & Hydropower Race To Crush Coal For COVID-19 Recovery

The Intertubes have been ablaze this spring with news that renewables are enjoying a record-setting run while coal continues to sink. In fact, the combination of wind power and hydropower alone has easily eclipsed coal power, even if you don’t factor in solar. With that in mind, let’s take a look at a particularly significant group of wind and hydro…


An archipelago in the Atlantic wants to add tidal power to its energy mix by using kite-like tech

Situated in the wilds of the northeast Atlantic between Iceland and Scotland, the Faroe Islands are peaceful, remote and beautiful. The archipelago is also the site of a trial that, using tidal “kite” technology, could radically alter its energy mix and, in the long run, make it greener. At the beginning of April, Swedish firm Minesto announced that, together…

There is an urgent need around the world to find ways of generating predictable clean energy at a cost-competitive level.

Martin Edlund, Minesto’s CEO

India’s CO2 emissions drop for the first time in 40 years

India, the world’s fifth-largest economy, has had its first year-on-year reduction in CO2 emissions in 40 years, according to a study by the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA) for Carbon Brief. This is due to an economic slowdown as a result of coronavirus and the growth of green energy. Emissions in India fell by around…

Studying daily data from India’s national grid, analysts found that coal-fired power generation fell 15% in March and 31% in the first three weeks of April, while renewable energy generation increased by 6.4% in March and decreased by 1.4% in April.

CNN

World map of wind power and solar energy

The study carried out to prepare this map has been published in the journal Nature Scientific Scientific. The map shows the density of this type of infrastructure in different regions and the approximate energy production. This is the world’s first open-access dataset for wind and solar power generation facilities…


The mysterious 150-hour battery that can guarantee renewables output during extreme weather

A US utility planning to source most of its electricity from wind power is hoping that a novel 150-hour battery invented by a secretive start-up will ensure that the lights will stay on during extreme weather conditions. Minnesota-based Great River Energy (GRE) —a not-for-profit wholesale electric power cooperative which provides electricity to…

What we’re looking for are batteries that can use either metals or other elements that are much lower cost, and an example of that would be sulfur. In fact, one of the ironies is that fossil fuels, which we’re trying to get rid of, are one of the great sources of sulfur.

Form’s chief scientist and co-founder, Yet-Ming Chiang

Sunverge Selected for Proposed Virtual Power Plant in Maryland

Following a competitive bid process, Sunverge, the provider of an industry-leading distributed energy resource (DER) control, orchestration and aggregation platform, today announced that it has been selected by Delmarva Power, an Exelon Company, for a proposed behind-the-meter virtual power plant (VPP) project on the Elk Neck peninsula in…

It will provide autonomous and aggregated energy storage, with the goal of providing additional grid reliability and resiliency benefitting Delmarva Power’s entire service area. The combination of real-time dynamic load flexibility and grid services is a powerful tool for managing the grid of the future and integrating the growth of distributed energy resources.

Martin Milani, CEO of Sunverge

Mobility For Africa Shows How Electric Vehicles Can Transform Lives Where it Matters Most – Part 2

Mobility For Africa (MFA) has just completed the first of a two-part pilot phase which we covered here recently. MFA has now started the second phase of the pilot. MFA tested several models which included exploring agricultural produce transport services as well as general taxi services. It also used the pilot to measure the financial viability of the…


Austrian Government-Funded HotCity Project Launches Blockchain for Gamifying Energy-Oriented Neighborhood Planning

HotCity, a sustainable energy project funded by the Austrian government and operated by various partners, is pleased to announce it is launching its testnet on the Ardor public blockchain. HotCity uses gamification powered by blockchain technology to crowdsource waste heat that will be directed into neighborhoods, making them more…

Urban planning and spatial energy planning often suffer from the availability of good, validated, and up-to-date data sets. Gamification is an innovative and elegant approach, using the power and the creativity of the people, to counteract this.

Dr. Ernst Gebetsroither-Geringer from the AIT GmbH

Forrester says blockchain is revolutionary, outlines challenges

Yesterday at Consensus Distributed, Martha Bennett, VP and Principal Analyst at Forrester gave her view of the 2020 state of enterprise blockchain or distributed ledger technology (DLT), referring to blockchain as a revolutionary technology. Following the hype that peaked in 2018, this year there are mainly projects that can deliver real benefits…

Blockchains are 80% business. I venture to state that all those technology problems that people are working on and where sometimes a solution may not be as close as people want it to be, they will still be solved before the non-tech issues and ecosystem challenges will be resolved.

Martha Bennett, VP and Principal Analyst at Forrester

ReNew Power wins 400-MW tender for 24/7 renewables supply in India

Indian renewable power producer ReNew Power Ltd has won a tender for 400 MW of renewables capacity in India that will be the first to deliver “round-the-clock” electricity. The tender was held by the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) on behalf of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy. Information on the Ministry’s website shows that…


How 5G and edge GPUs will unleash AI in the IoT platform (Reader Forum)

The combination of 5G and edge computing promises to fast-track the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in the Internet of Things (IoT). With 10 to 20 times faster speeds and dramatically lower latency, 5G makes it much more feasible to process AI workloads locally at the edge, where data is gathered, rather than the slower and more expensive…


Mammoth Solar Power Plant Drives Another Nail Into US Coal Coffin: Guess Who’s Holding The Hammer

Every day is opposite day with the Trump administration, and so it is with energy policy. The Leader of the Free World sailed into office promising to save the US fossil fuel industry in general and coal jobs in particular, only to drop coal like a hot potato in favor of oil and gas. Now it looks like the whole kit and caboodle is going under the bus as the…

This action is about getting Americans back to work, strengthening communities, and promoting investment in American energy.

Casey Hammond, who serves the DOI as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary

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