THE DAILY ROUNDUP – Wednesday

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


DC smart grids for production plants

Most production plants today are still powered by alternating current. In the long term, however, research teams from the Fraunhofer Institutes for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA and Integrated Systems and Device Technology IISB would like to see industrial manufacturing shift to operating with direct current…


UK electricity coal-free for first month ever

The UK’s electricity system recorded its “greenest” ever month in May after running without coal-fired electricity for a full calendar month. The National Grid, the energy system operator, said the country’s sunniest spring on record helped generate enough solar power to reduce the carbon intensity of the grid to its lowest level ever recorded…


Greater investment in clean, secure and sustainable electricity systems amid Covid-19 crisis

Energy ministers and electricity industry CEOs from around the world took part in a roundtable discussion today about the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on the electricity sector and the need to mobilise investments for secure and sustainable power systems. The high-level virtual meeting was co-hosted by the International Energy Agency and the Government of…


U.S. Hopes to Expand Strategic Minerals Initiative

The U.S. State Department hopes to expand a strategic minerals initiative aimed at ensuring supply chains for metals critical for batteries and wind and solar power as demand for green energy keeps growing despite the coronavirus, a top diplomat said on Tuesday. Ten countries, including Canada, Australia, and Brazil, joined the…

We are very much looking to expand ERGI to include other governments as well as governmental institutions.

Frank Fannon, the top U.S. energy diplomat

MingYang Offshore-Tested Energy Storage System Hits the Market

The system has been commissioned and put into operation at the 43.2 MW coastal Huian Quanhui wind farm in Quanzhou, Fujian Province. This represents the first batch application of the energy storage system on a wind farm in the typhoon zone, after it was tested on MingYang’s MySE5.5MW typhoon-proof offshore wind turbine…


Engie, Enel X and Tesla head Guidehouse’s list of leading distributed storage integrators

With the role of distributed storage in the energy transition growing by the day, Guidehouse Insights, the market intelligence arm of Guidehouse, has released a report outlining the leading distributed energy storage (DES) integrators. The report, Guidehouse Insights Leaderboard evaluates the strategies and corresponding execution…


A 25-year PPA deal for hybrid-tech microgrid on British isle of Saint Helena

UK-based impact investment company and renewable energy project developer Pash Global has signed a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Island of Saint Helena’s sole utility company for the development of a 3.2 MW hybrid-technology microgrid project. The agreement with Connect Saint Helena Ltd includes a microgrid system…


Hydrogen Truckmaker Nikola Is Ready For Its Nasdaq Debut

Nikola, a maker of hydrogen- and battery-powered semis, is set to trade shares on Nasdaq NDAQ this week after investors approved its reverse merger with VectoIQ. With plans to shake up commercial trucking with zero-emission vehicles and fuel, it’s the most audacious Wall Street debut for a high-tech transportation startup since Tesla’s a decade…

We have trucks coming out of Ulm, Germany, in full production next year, and then the year after here in Arizona, and we’re about ready to break ground here. We’re kicking ass.

Nikola founder Trevor Milton

Ramping up solar energy generation and equipment manufacturing can make India’s economy sustainable and ‘Atmanirbhar’

As countries around the world prepare to reboot their economies post the COVID-19 pandemic, a clear shift in perspectives on economic growth is evident. Instead of giving in the short term temptation of keeping climate action in the shadows, it is now in the frontline of economic recovery plans. On March 26, EU leaders re-committed the…

It is a fact not unknown to many that with 300 clear sunny days in a year and with a calculated solar energy incidence on India’s land area at about 5000 trillion kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year, the solar energy available in a single year exceeds the possible energy output of all of the fossil fuel energy reserves in India.


EZ Blockchain launches a new business line EZ Energy, devoted to stranded, trapped and renewable energy

EZ Blockchain – Chicago-based blockchain technology service company has reorganized its business into two companies with two distinct but equally innovative purposes. As a result of a spin-off, a new power generation business will be called EZ Energy Technologies, Inc., or EZ Energy. The transition separates their work in power generation and…


20-year Gerdau power purchase agreement signed

The 80-mW Gerdau Solar project, located adjacent to the company’s Midlothian Steel Mill in Midlothian, Texas, will be comprised of more than 231,000 solar panels, spanning more than 700 acres. The BTM system will provide power directly to the Midlothian mill, creating cost and energy consumption benefits, claims Gerdau. The project plans to…

The Gerdau Solar project will provide near-term stimulus, revenue for the city and schools, as well as long-lasting economic benefits. Midlothian is a great place to do business, and we are pleased that Gerdau continues to invest in our community.

Midlothian Mayor Richard Reno

Why Blockchain Needs Storage to Drive the IoT Data Marketplace

It’s no secret that the Internet of Things (IoT) is rapidly multiplying. It’s expected that there will be nearly 30+ billion connected devices by 2021, which is more than three per person on Earth. In addition, as smart sensors are placed to connect billions of “things” around the world, new IoT applications are emerging in virtually every industry, large…


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