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!


A prescription for a post-COVID economy: A national climate bank

When the Obama administration entered the White House in January 2009, the previous year’s financial crisis had sent the U.S. economy spiraling. Unemployment was on its way to peaking at about 10 percent, and the new president and Democrat-led Congress’s first job was sparking an economic recovery. Their hope was to put people back to work…


Australia could create hundreds of thousands of jobs by accelerating shift to zero emissions – report

Hundreds of thousands of jobs could be created in Australia by hurrying the shift to zero greenhouse gas emissions, a study backed by business and investment leaders has found. The Australian Bureau of Statistics estimates 835,000 jobs have been lost since the coronavirus pandemic shutdown began in March. A report by Beyond Zero Emissions…

No one thought 2020 would turn out the way it has. We now have a unique opportunity to seize this moment, to retool, reskill, and rebuild our battered economy to set us up for future generations.

Eytan Lenko, Beyond Zero Emissions’ interim chief executive

Hydrogen fuel bubbles up the agenda as investments rocket

More than 50 years ago hydrogen fuel cells helped put Neil Armstrong on the moon, but mainstream usage of the technology has remained elusive since. Now there are signs that may be changing, with a spate of new investments even amid the coronavirus pandemic. In the UK, the transport secretary, Grant Shapps, this week told MPs that the…


Elon Musk Mocks Nikola Motors As “Dumb.” Is He Right?

That’s the latest insult Elon Musk threw at Nikola Motors (NKLA), which has rocketed a crazy 500%+ since April. Love him or hate him, no one denies Musk is a genius. He built Tesla (TSLA)—easily the world’s most innovative car company—from scratch. When he’s not running Tesla, he works a “side job” as a rocket scientist for his private space…


Waymo and Volvo team up for all-electric robotaxis and Level-4 Polestar EVs

Waymo and Volvo this week announced an exclusive partnership to build a new self-driving electric vehicle for use in a ride-hailing service. Few details were provided other than the goal of working together to develop a Level 4 vehicle capable of autonomy in a wide range of locations and road conditions. Waymo, the Alphabet subsidiary…


Heads Up Microgrid Developers. EVs will Create $30-50B Need for Generation and Storage

A new report by The Brattle Group finds that electric vehicles (EVs) could spur the need for a $30-50 billion investment in generation and energy storage — a figure likely to catch the attention of microgrid developers. The microgrid industry sees electric vehicles creating new markets for microgrids, particularly when located in areas…

While EVs and chargers are becoming more common in our everyday lives, the industry is really just seeing the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the impact that EVs will have on the grid. System planners across the electricity supply chain need to better understand and prepare for the impacts of EVs, including the opportunities for EV participation in balancing the system.

Michael Hagerty, a Brattle Senior Associate and study coauthor

Siemens Energy establishes network for efficient energy storage solutions

Siemens Energy has launched the “Future of Storage” initiative. The aim of the initiative is to bundle knowledge and build an ecosystem of technology partners in order to offer energy storage solutions tailored to customers’ needs. An essential component of climate-friendly energy systems of the future will be efficient energy storage systems…


Nasdaq’s New Platform Backed By R3, Digital Asset, Symbiont And Microsoft May Not Be What You Think It Is

Last week, the exchange giant Nasdaq announced the launch of its SaaS-based digital asset suite named the Marketplace Services platform. As the exchange giant is best known for its technology-oriented public stock market exchange, one would be forgiven for jumping to the conclusion that the company is getting into the business…


Black Hills forecasts $66M in savings over 15 years from solar project

Black Hills Energy said it is forecasting $66 million in customer savings over 15 years with a new, 200-megawatt solar project to be constructed in Pueblo County under the utility’s Renewable Advantage Plan. The project represents the utility’s preferred bid in a competitive solicitation for resources held earlier in the year. Black Hills last week…

With the participation of a third-party evaluator, we completed extensive modeling and analysis of each of the bids to fully assess the value of each project. The results speak for themselves and further confirm that Renewable Advantage will provide significant and far-reaching benefits for our customers and communities.

Vance Crocker, Black Hills’ vice president in Southern Colorado

Why thirsty Arab region needs sustainable desalination tech

DUBAI: For all its hydrocarbon wealth, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region suffers from a fundamental scarcity, namely of underground renewable freshwater resources. The region, one of the most water-scarce places on the planet, has some of the lowest water-availability levels on a per-capita basis…


This company is building a road that charges electric vehicles wirelessly while they drive on it — here’s how it works

Electric cars might be the way of the future, but ‘range anxiety’ is one of their weaknesses. Israeli startup Electreon Wireless is developing a solution, creating roads that can charge electric vehicles as they drive. Electreon markets its system primarily to governments, cities, and fleet operators, with a proposal to increase efficiency by lowering battery…


GE to Come up With Taller Wind Turbines With Optimized 3D Printed Concrete Bases

U.S.-based GE Renewable Energy, COBOD, and LafargeHolcim have signed a contract to co-develop wind turbines with 3D printed concrete technology, creating larger bases and cost-effective taller hybrid towers, reaching up to 200 meters. Building on the industry-leading expertise of each partner, this collaboration aims to accelerate the…

With our groundbreaking 3D printing technology combined with the competence and resources of our partners, we are convinced that this disruptive move within the wind turbines industry will help drive lower costs and faster execution times, to benefit customers and lower the CO2 footprint from the production of energy.

Henrik Lund-Nielsen, the founder of COBOD International

Transition to a two-sided market: How the Monash Microgrid can help

Recent technology advances and the increasing uptake of distributed energy resources in Australia have provided an opportunity to reform the National Electricity Market (NEM) as a two-sided market, as highlighted in a recent paper by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Energy Council. Electricity networks were originally designed…


Companies Try New Tactic to Tap Climate-Sensitive Investors

When Cadent Gas Ltd. needed to replace parts of its pipeline network across England this year, it raised €500 million selling a new type of debt, known as transition bonds. These bonds, worth $560 million, are being positioned as part of a do-good pool of investment opportunities that track environmental, social and governance (ESG) benchmarks…


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