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!


Aluminium can help us build a circular economy in a post-Covid world

As COVID-19 has disrupted lives and economies in an unprecedented manner, societies across the globe are grappling with an immediate need to protect lives and livelihoods, challenging the urgency of the climate agenda. Yet at the same time, some have argued that the pandemic shows how the climate change crisis might affect the global…


Generation Startup: How a Dubai start-up is tokenising solar power

SolarGridX, a Dubai renewable energy start-up, has entered a space that remains fairly untested – that of global solar project finance during a time of tight liquidity. Founded by Hardik Bhatia, 22, a final-year student at the Dubai branch of the Birla Institute of Technology and Science Pilani, and two of his college friends, the company is looking to…


Zimbabwe Awaits Its Economy to Shift to Blockchain Technology.

Zimbabwe is an underdeveloped country that is suffering from the last few years due to the destructive condition of its economy. If we take a brief review of the last few years of the Zimbabwean economy then it can be seen that the main source of income of the country is its agricultural output which is also has decreased by 51%. GDP per capita dropped…


SOLshare Raises $1.1M in New Funding

SOLshare, a Dhaka-based solar energy company that enables P2P electricity trading, has raised $1.1M in a new funding round for an off-grid solar energy marketplace. First reported by the Daily Star, the funding round was supported by IIX Impact Partners – the debt and equity crowdfunding platform for impact investing and included follow-on capital…

Bangladesh has five million solar home systems installed. More than half of the country’s population has no access to electricity, and demand has reached nearly double the country’s generating capacity. This offers an incredible opportunity for companies like SOLshare to grow and build a business at scale.


Global solar firms reap big as Kenyans take to their goods

Kenya has overtaken India to become the number one market for solar systems, a new report shows. The report by the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21), a global network of players in the renewable energy sector, is a pointer that the high demand means the government’s efforts to connect Kenyans to the national…

The top five markets for affiliated off-grid solar systems in 2019 (by sales volume) were Kenya, India, Ethiopia, Uganda and Nigeria.


Smart tech energy upgrades to HVAC systems

As more people live and work at home 24-7, some property managers, condo boards, and other tenant organizations are paying close attention to how smart tech helps clarify energy usage and what that means for resident comfort and costs. In the middle of a pandemic, it’s hard to shift attention to things like condo energy use and increased building…


Duke Energy reaffirms capital investments in renewables and grid projects to deliver cleaner energy, economic growth

Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) today said that the company will continue advancing its ambitious clean energy goals without the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) by investing in renewables, battery storage, energy efficiency programs and grid projects. Duke Energy’s $56 billion capital investment plan will deliver significant customer benefits and create jobs at…


Wave energy project boss says it needs Govt investment to stay afloat

A Taranaki business which has attracted global attention for its wave energy technology now needs domestic investment to stay afloat in New Zealand. Peter Jannings, chief executive of EHL Group, has already been turned down by the Provincial Growth Fund and New Zealand Green Investment Finance Ltd, which was set up to accelerate low emissions…

We desperately need funds to keep moving forward. That’s the commercial reality of it.

Peter Jannings, chief executive of EHL Group

Europe’s Leaked Hydrogen Strategy Is Very Ambitious

In the panorama of renewable energy technologies, hydrogen’s potential is seen in several sectors. It is what the IEA calls an ‘integration’ technology. It promises to play a cross-sectoral role throughout the energy system, contributing simultaneously to decarbonization in various ways. It can make clean energy sources more efficient and…


Edge of tech: Why a “million mile” electric vehicle battery heralds the death of internal combustion engines

Talking about batteries is just about as interesting as Scotch tape or paper clips. We take them for granted, but we all use them. Batteries have been around a long time. In 1938, archaeologists at a dig in Iraq uncovered the earliest -known battery dating back over 2000 years. The first common, commercially available batteries like what we use today…

CATL is not prohibited from supplying the new battery to other EV manufacturers, which is a typical Elon Musk move who, in 2014, famously made all Tesla patents available to use. Elon’s goal is to shift the world away from fossil fuel use and to stay ahead of everyone else by out-innovating them.


China’s era of mega-dams is ending as solar and wind power rise

It’s the beginning of the end for the era of mega-dam building in China. China Three Gorges Corp on Monday turned on the first set of generators at the massive Wudongde hydropower plant, deep in the mountains of Yunnan province. About 170km downstream on the Jinsha River sits Baihetan, the last of its kind, scheduled to go into…

It’s so cheap developing renewables and coal-fired power, why bother injecting huge sums of money to develop hydro 2,000km deep in the Tibetan plateau.

Mr Frank Yu, an analyst with Wood Mackenzie

Storing Heat Energy Offers $300bn Opportunity To Cut Carbon Emissions

As the global energy system becomes increasingly electric – not just in power but transportation and heat, too – storing energy is going to play an ever more important role in ensuring that clean energy can be used when it is most needed. To date, most of the focus has been on storing surplus power generated by solar and wind farms, using…

Thermal batteries will have a crucial impact on decarbonizing industrial sectors such as chemicals, petrochemicals, food and beverages, textiles, metals and minerals, by allowing industries that are electrifying to cut emissions to store waste energy or cheap off-peak generation to be used later, cutting their power costs.

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