THE DAILY ROUNDUP – Monday

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


New approach to energy management in microgrids

Energy consumers are effectively lowering their power costs as electricity grids continue to evolve amid rising adoption of renewable distributed energy resources (DERs), including rooftop PV, battery storage, and electric vehicles. But in order to maximize the individual value of these assets, DER owners should be enabled to participate in different markets…


The One Sun, One World, One Grid vision from India’s Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India has announced a new ‘One Sun One World One Grid’ vision for India to replicate its global solar leadership by encouraging the phased development towards a single, globally connected, electricity grid to leverage the multiple benefits of ever-lower-cost renewable energy. Countries like India have huge…


Energy Web Announces the Release Update For DOS Technology Stack

The Energy Web (EW) releases a set of supporting newsletters that talk about the growth of the core-technology stack, the Energy Web Decentralized Operating System (EW-DOS). There are two versions developed for both general and technical viewers. The papers exemplify how blockchain technology is already getting implemented…


HOW IS FORMULA E SHAPING THE CARS WE DRIVE IN THE REAL WORLD?

Net metering is an effective and straightforward measure to minimise the upfront costs of new solar installations, but its critics point out that it places a burden on power utilities. With the US state of Utah looking to move on from net metering, we profile some alternative solar subsidies around the world. While few doubt the environmental…

There are real translations in the technology from Formula E to our future production cars.

James Barclay, Head of Jaguar’s Formula E team

Blockchain supporting most of Renewable Energy Evolution of Germany

As Germany closes down all of its coal and nuclear-based power production, Blockchain is supporting most of its recyclable energy platforms. With Germany targeting at decommissioning all nuclear energy generation in the nation by the year 2022 and every coal-based stations by the year 2038, countless disparate recyclable power producers…


Samsung details sustainability progress

Samsung Electronics highlighted steps taken to achieve sustainability across its operations in 2019 and expressed confidence in achieving a goal of fully switching to renewable energy in some of its biggest markets by the year-end. In its 2020 Sustainability Report, the company noted 92 per cent of the electricity consumed at sites in the US…


The pandemic has everyone ditching coal quicker – except Asia

While the coronavirus pandemic is accelerating the death of coal in developed nations, the dirtiest fossil fuel is alive and kicking in Asia. Demand for electricity plunged — and with it the need for coal — as factories around the world sat dormant and people spent months at home. In the U.S. and Europe, that’s expected to accelerate the shift away from the…

Coal has really taken it on the chin. The longer the economic malaise, the more likely it is that coal plants will get shut down.

Benjamin Nelson, an analyst with Moody’s Investors Service

Blockchain gets its claws into Hong Kong’s fintech scene

Blockchain technology has been around for years now, and while once frequently criticised for its hype, it is finally (if cautiously) being deployed in supporting various industries – including the growing fintech sector in Hong Kong. As technology continues to disrupt the finance sector around the world, blockchain technology has added another layer…


Australia’s Renewable Energy Plan Will Require Lots Of Energy Storage. Siemens Wants To Help.

Despite pigheaded intransigence at the highest levels of its national government, the renewable energy revolution is coming to Australia in a big way. And why not? Enough sunlight hits what Bill Bryson calls “a sunburned country” every day to meet all of humanity’s energy needs for a year. All it has to do is figure out how to harvest and distribute…


On The Cusp Of An Industrial Size Breakout In The Battery Storage Market

In the global shift from fossil fuels to electric power and mass adoption of electric vehicles, power utilities will have to not only generate more power, but they’ll also need significantly larger transmission lines to carry it all. Witness the success of NIKOLA (NASDAQ:NKLA) motors, which makes battery-electric and hydrogen energy trucks, after its…

Utilities are looking at ways to avoid big capital deployment in infrastructure buildout and we can play a role in that. The key metal used in our system is zinc which is abundant and inexpensive. The zinc itself is not consumed and constitutes less than 10% of the total cost of the battery. So, the cost differentials are huge and that allows for a number of different applications on the economics of renewable energy as well as transmission.

MacDonald

Renewable energy: Government reallocates CORE capacity to residential market

Five months after the popular Consumer Owned Renewable Energy programme, or CORE, was shut down to new customers in December 2019 because it was fully subscribed, the Ministry of Commerce, Planning and Infrastructure has reallocated 700 kilowatts of the 1-megawatt capacity originally assigned to government to the…


Prohibitive costs stalling widespread retrofitting of homes, energy firm finds

Prohibitive costs associated with retrofitting houses and lack of information about the process are major obstacles to widespread uptake of this energy-saving option across Ireland, according to Tipperary Energy Agency (TEA). Homeowners have “real desire to radically improve their homes’ energy efficiency and to adopt renewable energy…


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