THE DAILY ROUNDUP – Thursday

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French Government awards 1GW solar projects and lines up 7GW for future auctions

The world has changed significantly since the beginning of the Covid-19 crisis. Covid-19 has forced federal governments across the globe to announce fiscal measures to support their ailing economies. Most of the countries have adopted the traditional pattern: adjusting their monetary rates, huge spending to support affected households, newer laws…


‘Feasible community-scale decarbonization’: LA neighborhood gets blockchain-backed energy solution

With the award of funding from the California Energy Commission, advanced energy hardware and software including solar-plus-storage, blockchain, and EV charging stations will help demonstrate the feasibility of decarbonizing a disadvantaged community in Los Angeles. Over US$9 million has been awarded through competitive…

The motivation and potential are huge – approximately 2,000 similar disadvantaged communities could benefit from this protocol inside California, and even more when we replicate the formula outside the state. We are excited to be part of the co-development of this multi-asset community-scale prototype using a blockchain backbone, making this Advanced Energy Community the biggest and most versatile in the world when built out.

Community Electricity CEO Luis Felipe Cano

Fina Enerji to receive 52 turbines from GE Renewable Energy

GE Renewable Energy is supplying 52 of the company’s 3 MW platform onshore wind turbines. They will be headed to four different wind farms located across Turkey. The farms are owned by Fina Enerji, a green power company in the country. The addition of the wind turbines will give the country a considerable boost in its wind produced electricity…


Northvolt & Vattenfall introduce modular energy storage solution to replace diesel generators

Northvolt and Vattenfall have launched of a new battery energy storage solution, Voltpack Mobile System—a rugged, highly modular lithium-ion battery system envisioned as a zero-emission alternative to replace diesel generators. Voltpack Mobile System delivers up to 250 kW with a scalable capacity from 245 to 1225 kWh of available energy…

The battery storage solution will be offered as part of our concept “Power-as-a-service”, which means that we deliver a complete package with ownership of the energy storage and manage it to the specification of the customer. Vattenfall adds a long experience of owning and operating different kinds of network solutions including energy storage.

Torbjörn Johansson, head of Vattenfall Network Solutions Sweden

Department of Energy researchers say blockchain may be revolutionary for renewable energy

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), a unit of the U.S. Department of Energy, has been investigating blockchain for energy transactions. Some use cases are a natural fit for blockchain. The proliferation of solar energy and other renewable sources has a missing link. For neighbors to share energy during peak times rather than…

Distributing grid operational decision-making is revolutionary. It’s really like somebody in the 1980s expounding on the economic opportunity of the Internet. Everyone would have laughed at you. That’s kind of what’s happening right now with blockchain applications — the foundational tools for another technology revolution are emerging, and this could be one of them.

Dane Christensen, an engineer at NREL

Work Has Begun at Mirafiori on the FCA-ENGIE EPS Vehicle-to-grid Pilot Project

The COVID-19 outbreak has not put a stop to the cooperation between Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and ENGIE Eps (Paris:EPS), nor to their commitment to support the deployment of electric mobility. Since the announcement with Terna in September of the intention to jointly experiment with interactions between electric cars and the…

The project is acting as our laboratory to experiment on and develop an offering to add value in the energy markets. On average, cars remain unused for 80-90 percent of the day. During this long period, if connected to the grid by Vehicle-to-Grid technology, customers can therefore receive money or free energy in exchange for the balancing service offered, without compromising their mobility needs in any way.

Roberto Di Stefano, Head of EMEA e-Mobility at FCA

Wind and solar hit record grid levels in Europe as pandemic curbs energy demand

The significant fall in electricity demand as a result of the Covid-19 lockdowns has led to record shares of variable renewable energy – wind and solar – in some European countries. A new report from International Energy Agency notes that the “instantaneous” share of wind and solar (VRE) reached unprecedented levels of 63 percent in Italy…

A combination of low electricity demand and the additional capacity coming online in 2019 and the first quarter of 2020, is leading to record-high shares of infeed from variable renewables in electricity demand in some regions.

IEA

Tesla’s switch on vehicle-to-grid technology is big news for clean energy shift

The potential for electric vehicles as a part of the clean energy transition is more than just a form of zero-emissions transport, and this is not lost on Tesla. In fact, Tesla has done a complete turnaround on its previous position on vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology (which was that according to CTO JB Straubel, V2G was not economically viable due to battery…

To complement this, the bidirectional design is replicated 3 times across the same PCB on the Model 3 charger. Another example of redundant design that assures a working process even if one of the circuits fails. Additionally, it is 3 phase design, so it can be used worldwide.


Ute Mountain Ute Tribe wins Energy grant for solar project in Utah

Every time the sun shines on the Ute Mountain Ute community of White Mesa next year, new solar panels on the town’s government buildings will generate electricity, eventually saving the tribe on energy costs. The tribal government was the recent recipient of a $246,000 grant from the Department of Energy’s Office of Indian Energy…


Our health depends on nature’s health – on May 22 world marks its biodiversity day

The United Nations has highlighted the fundamental role of nature in ensuring people’s health and good nutrition on the occasion of last year’s International Day for Biological Diversity. In the meantime, human society suffered a sudden and long-lasting change with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite all our technological advances we are…

The rampant destruction of nature and unsustainable utilization of its components have created a pathway for some of the emerging global crisis such as massive landslides and floods, loss of fertile soils, habitat loss that trigger animal-human interactions/conflict leading to cases of zoonotic diseases becoming more frequent.

Keriako Tobiko, Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Environment and Forestry

A circular economy of plastics will reduce plastic pollution and slow down climate change

Plastics have extremely useful properties: they help us keep our food fresh, make it possible to safely operate electrical devices, and create various solutions in the medical field, such as disposable syringes and artificial joints. However, because of inadequate or non-existent plastic waste collection and management as well as the culture of using…

Plastic is everywhere in our day-to-day lives. It revolutionized our way of life and soon it will do so again. This time, plastics will be modernized through circular economies and ecodesign without compromising their performance.

Vice President Tuulamari Helaja of VTT

PG&E plans to bring online 423 MW of lithium-ion energy storage by 2021

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has requested approval of five energy storage projects totaling 423 MW in a filing with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). The projects are intended to further integrate clean energy from renewable generation sources while ensuring future reliability of the electric system…

PG&E is deeply committed to the California vision of a sustainable energy future. As we continue to integrate large amounts of intermittent renewable energy, we are now taking advantage of advancements in energy storage technology to ensure that customers continue to receive clean and reliable power from a flexible and dependable electric grid.

Fong Wan, senior vice president, Energy Policy and Procurement, PG&E

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