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Blockchain energy trading live in Scotland’s Orkney Islands

Local energy trading using blockchain is now live in the Orkney islands off the coast of Scotland. The project is led by UK fintech company Electron. Over 1,100 trades have taken place at the time of writing since the end of March. Project TraDER supported by the UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) aims to deliver a…

We want to make it easier for distributed energy resources (DERs) to play their full role in lowering the cost and carbon intensity of managing the grid. We believe that this is the first multi-sided local marketplace that actually affects the physical flow of power and brings more zero-carbon, zero marginal cost power online.

Jo-Jo Hubbard, CEO of Electron

PG&E Poised to Expand Battery Energy Storage Capacity by More Than 420 Megawatts

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has requested approval of five energy storage projects totaling 423 megawatts (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…

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

Chinese Solar Perseveres During Pandemic

All around the world, the economic disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic is having a negative effect on virtually every industry. Solar power is no exception. In China, the rate of solar installations dipped by about 25% in the first quarter of the year compared to the same quarter in 2019, but the total was still a respectable 3.95 gigawatts of…

The customized, AC-coupled, low-voltage design can guarantee cost-savings for the customer. Furthermore, the flexibly-built microgrid system with Sungrow PV and energy storage system is able to supply electricity in the early construction period and slash the construction time.

Sungrow

In Congress, a New Bill Asks for Mass Survey of Blockchain Technology in the US

A new bill before Congress asks regulators to put together a massive survey on the state of blockchain adoption and rank the U.S.’s adoption relative to other nations. On May 19, Representative Brett Guthrie (R-KY) introduced the “Advancing Blockchain Act.” Per a May 18 draft of the legislation obtained by Cointelegraph, the bill asks the…

An international survey of other countries to establish a compendium at least 10 and not more than countries consisting of each country’s national strategy on blockchain technology to determine where the United States ranks with respect to the development and adoption of blockchain technology.

Representative Brett Guthrie

New flow battery could help unleash renewable energy

USC scientists have developed a new battery that could solve the electricity storage problem that limits the widespread use of renewable energy. The technology is a new spin on a known design that stores electricity in solutions, sorts the electrons, and releases power when it’s needed. So-called redox flow batteries have been around a while, but the USC…

We have demonstrated an inexpensive, long-life, safe, and eco-friendly flow battery attractive for storing the energy from solar and wind energy systems at a mass scale.

Sri Narayan, professor of chemistry at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, lead author for the study and co-director of USC’s Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute

Vermont regulators approve GMP energy storage programs

Green Mountain Power (GMP) customers now have two new home battery programs they can enroll in starting on June 5, after a Vermont Public Utility Commission order issued late Wednesday. GMP’s Tesla Powerwall and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs are both modeled on the company’s popular and groundbreaking pilot programs that have…

Thanks to the new GMP incentives, reliable and safer electric battery storage is even more affordable for Vermonters. Seamless, automatic, and gas-free back-up with battery storage charged by local renewables is the best way to weather storms and keep the lights on in your home or business. Vermonters can work with any of the more than 3 dozen local installers and choose what battery works best for them.

Olivia Campbell Anderson, Executive Director of Renewable Energy Vermont

Energy Networks After the COVID-19 Crisis

COVID-19 has fueled what many think will be one of the worst economic periods in generations. The pandemic has hit the power and gas utility sector with a number of simultaneous impacts never experienced before. Network companies have not been immune to the crisis. During the lockdown, the refrain has been to adapt in key areas…


MNRE may now hold auctions only for RTC and hybrid projects

BENGALURU: The government may now hold renewable energy auctions only for round-the-clock and hybrid projects, a move seen reducing the problem of intermittent supply and making clean power more competitive against traditional thermal plants…

Since we are coming out with such bids again and again, we are expecting that a good market will be created for storage. This will reduce the tariff further.


Ameren Announces New Engagement with Energy Startups

Ameren Corporation (NYSE:AEE) is collaborating with the Electric Power Research Institute’s (EPRI) Incubatenergy® Labs startup challenge to demonstrate and explore today’s and tomorrow’s technologies, products and services that have the potential to benefit Ameren’s customers. Ameren and EPRI, and 12 other utilities, are hosting a set of…

Ameren Accelerator 2020 evolves our successful energy innovation model to incorporate more energy technology demonstrations. We have confidence that our engagement with these promising startup companies will help us deliver the kinds of clean, reliable, and affordable energy solutions our customers are looking for.

Warner Baxter, chairman, president and CEO, Ameren Corporation

Leaked Document Lifts Lid on EU’s Green Deal ‘Recovery’ Package

The European Union is planning a 15-gigawatt renewable energy tender and auctions for green hydrogen projects as part of a trillion-dollar Green Deal package, according to draft proposals leaked this week. First revealed in December 2019, the EU’s Green Deal was initially structured as a roadmap for the bloc to achieve its goal of net-zero status…


EGEB: 58% of global car sales will be electric by 2040 — new study – Electrek

New analysis from research firm BloombergNEF says that in the long run, electric vehicle adoption is going to grow. According to the International Energy Agency, electric vehicles currently make up more than 2% of global car sales. That is expected to increase to 58% by 2040. Electric models will then make up 31% of all of the cars on the road…

The outlook is even brighter for electric buses, expected to make up 67% of all buses on the road by 2040, according to the analysis, as well as two-wheeled vehicles like mopeds and motorcycles, which are expected to be 47% electric by that year.


Enel taps into bifacial as Chile’s ‘first’ solar-wind hybrid enters construction

Enel Green Power (EGP) has started building Chile’s self-styled “first hybrid industrial plant” in the midst of the COVID-19 state of emergency, with PV panels set to join pre-existing wind turbines. Earlier this week, the firm announced construction has gotten underway to deploy the 60.9MW Azabache solar plant in the Atacama Desert…


3 Major Materials Science Breakthroughs—and Why They Matter for the Future

Few recognize the vast implications of materials science. To build today’s smartphone in the 1980s, it would cost about $110 million, require nearly 200 kilowatts of energy (compared to 2kW per year today), and the device would be 14 meters tall, according to Applied Materials CTO Omkaram Nalamasu. That’s the power of materials advances…


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