THE DAILY ROUNDUP – Tuesday

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Blockchain Bites: Bitmain’s $4B Valuation, Cambodia’s CBDC and BTC-e’s Bust

Alexandra Elbakyan, the founder of Sci-Hub, a database of over 80 million articles from academic journals usually locked behind subscription services, is fomenting a quiet rebellion against copyright funded by bitcoin. The website has been sued by two science publishing houses and reportedly investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice…


A ‘system value’ approach can accelerate the energy transition. Here’s how

COVID-19 has brought the global economy to its knees, but with this disruption comes an opportunity to rebuild with climate change as our centerpiece. We now have a chance to steer the world towards a transformative new age, where sustainable policies can give rise to clean industries that protect the lives of future generations. To get there we need…


Standard Bank is helping Africa chart a green energy path

The Covid-19 crisis is presenting governments and businesses with an opportunity to accelerate the shift to a low-carbon economy that allows current and future generations to prosper. As Africa’s largest bank by assets, Standard Bank Group fully recognises the role it has to play in enabling this transition, and we have been preparing…


Big deal: Sunrun and SCE team up on virtual power plant program

Sunrun and Southern California Edison (SCE), the largest utility in Southern California and the country as a whole, are teaming up to launch a virtual power plant. The partnership between Sunrun and SCE will demonstrate how residential rooftop solar and batteries support California’s ongoing transition to clean, reliable, locally-generated electricity…

As we continue to decarbonize the power grid it is essential that we find innovative solutions enabling clean, affordable, and reliable service. The Virtual Power Plant will help us understand how home battery systems can perform similar to single large capacity energy sources to benefit all customers.

Jill Anderson, SCE’s Senior Vice President, Customer Service

Floating solar park begins commercial operations in Germany

Solar developer 7C Solarparken has energized its first floating PV system in Germany, on a lake near Salzwedel, in the eastern region of Lower Saxony. The Association of Municipal Water Supply and Wastewater Treatment Salzwedel uses the lake as a temporary water store – a function which does not affect operation of the PV system…

The construction of the plant went very smoothly and we also believe that the installation is relatively easy to maintain.

7C Solarparken chief executive Steven De Proost

Lyft’s commitment to electric vehicles is huge. Three lessons for leaders.

Investor, employee and customer pressure on companies to help lead the way to a more sustainable, equitable and resilient future is at an all-time high. Their calls for leadership are only reinforced as the current administration continues to denigrate and divide, while the nation tries to recover from the devastation of COVID-19 and work for…


New battery electrolyte developed at Stanford may boost the performance of electric vehicles

A new lithium-based electrolyte invented by Stanford University scientists could pave the way for the next generation of battery-powered electric vehicles. In a study published June 22 in Nature Energy, Stanford researchers demonstrate how their novel electrolyte design boosts the performance of lithium metal batteries, a promising…

Our study focused on lithium metal batteries, which are lighter than lithium-ion batteries and can potentially deliver more energy per unit weight and volume.

Yi Cui, professor of materials science and engineering and of photon science at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Asia risks missing ‘green’ economic reset after coronavirus

When it comes to leading on climate change, many have greener credentials than Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha. But at a regional United Nations’ gathering late last month, where a handful of Asia-Pacific leaders delivered video messages, Prayuth encouraged member states to “build back better,” calling for a reset of national economies…


Communities embrace battery energy storage systems

Battery energy storage systems are powering ahead around the country with the launch of two new community batteries in Western Australia and the Northern Territory. The City of Busselton in south-west Western Australia has launched a new Tesla 464 kilowatt hour (kWh), while a new project to install a 970kWh battery energy storage system in…


Energy investment roundup: $50M for drinking water from solar-powered ‘hydropanels’

Zero Mass Water raised $50 million in a C1 venture round led by BlackRock, along with Breakthrough Energy Ventures and Material Impact Fund. Duke Energy also invested. The firm claims that its “hydropanel” creates drinking water from sunlight and air, “made possible by the combination of thermodynamics, materials science, and controls…


ENERGY WEB’S BLOCKCHAIN SOLUTION FOR THE GLOBAL MARKET

The celebration from the team on reaching the milestone was a muted reflection of the progress made by the organisation and the performance of the recently issued associated utility token – Energy Web Token (EWT) – which, since opening at around $0.60 per token in March, went to over $8 earlier this month. Blockchain-based solutions such…

From ENGIE’s TEO in France, to PTT in Asia, to PJM in North America, we are seeing cutting-edge new renewable energy marketplaces. From APG in Austria, to Elia in Belgium, to Stedin in the Netherlands… we are seeing how customer investment in DERs and virtual power plants can balance our electricity grids the way coal-fired power plants once did.

Energy Web’s CEO, Walter Kok

Cleantech Solar gets $75 mln loan from ING to fund SE Asia expansion

Singapore-based Cleantech Solar has secured a $75 million loan from Dutch bank ING Groep NV to finance its expansion across Southeast Asia, the companies said in a joint statement on Tuesday. Cleantech, which has Shell as one of its investors, will use the funding to help build over 500 megawatts of solar projects, according to the statement…


The case for scale: Why bigger solar projects deliver lower costs

There are often very good reasons to build small or average size solar farms – available land, local demand, and grid capabilities among them. But there can be no doubt that costs for large scale solar farms benefit from scale. This will be the underpinning argument behind the multi gigawatt projects now being proposed across Australia…


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