THE DAILY ROUNDUP – Monday

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Why storage is a crucial part of the state’s new energy vision

While everyone knows the fear of a phone dying in the middle of an important call, batteries usually enable us to enjoy all of our portable devices. It started with those AA batteries we would buy for our flashlights, then the AAA and cell batteries for remote controls and other devices, and, of course, the rechargeable batteries in our cellphones and…


Green energy implementation gets a boost in Greece

Despite the fact that green energy implementation and investments are expected to slip this year, Greece is pushing forward to meet its ambitious goals for 2020. That said, at the same time, Greece has continued its green energy implementation and has even managed to cross a defining climate milestone in May. That month represented the first…


Promoting Indonesia’s Renewable Energy for a Better Future

Indonesia has a large target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by around 29% from business as usual (BAU) emissions by 2030. Indonesia also has a renewable energy target of 23% by 2025 in the energy mix. Promoting the use of bio-energy which is currently in the Biodiesel 30 (B30) process and which will be increased to B50 or more in the…


Saudi Arabia outlines new provisions for rooftop PV

Saudi Arabia’s Electricity & Cogeneration Regulatory Authority has published new rules for distributed-generation solar installations which it is anticipated will encourage electricity consumers to install PV systems under the country’s net billing regime. The new provisions, which should apply to PV systems ranging in size from 1 kW to 2…


Indian Railways Accelerates Toward A Solar Future With New Tenders

Indian Railways has taken some significant measures over the last few weeks that will cement its place as one of the single largest clean energy users in India. These steps include the issuance of tenders for large-scale solar power projects and the commissioning of a first-of-its-kind project to use solar power for trains’ traction systems…


WHAT COULD AUSTRALIA’S CLEAN ENERGY FUTURE LOOK LIKE?

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about a global health and economic crisis prompting governments around the world to respond quickly and decisively to protect their people and economies. Here in Australia, the country’s state and federal governments have come together in a unified response, listening to advice of the experts, and working…

Our research is clear: If planned well and we act quickly, Australia can deploy existing and new technologies to become a renewable exporting superpower – bringing with it sustained benefits for the Australian economy.


Brazil hits 6 GW of installed solar capacity

Brazil’s installed solar power generation capacity has hit 6 GW, the Brazilian Association for Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Energy (ABSOLAR) announced last week. Distributed generation (DG) has taken a small lead with 3.1 GW. Big plans add up to 2.9 GW of capacity, equivalent to 1.7% of the country’s electrical mix. Since 2012, Brazilian solar plants…


Nissan Leaf Vehicle-to-grid energy tech switched on in ACT trial

Where normal electric vehicles use the electricity grid to draw a charge, the Nissan Leaf is a unique EV that can work in the opposite way. That’s because it’s the only car on the Australian market that’s equipped with two-way charging from the factory – meaning it can supply its reserve charge levels back to the national electricity grid in times of high…

As the brand with the only V2G-capable vehicle from factory on the Australian market today, we are exceptionally proud to support this project, and to introduce this technology to Australia.

Nissan Australia managing director Stephen Lester

Debunking Manhattan Institute’s “The ‘New Energy Economy’: An Exercise In Magical Thinking” — Part One

I was discussing the dramatic drop in coal use in the US and the dramatic rise in renewable energy production and one of my many conservative friends* referred me to this report to explain why physics proves that there is no way we can transition to renewable sources affordably, that all the innovation is coming on the fossil fuel side, and that…

Wind isn’t new. Fiberglass wind turbine blades have been around for 50 years. Solar PV has been around for 50 years. Batteries are key to making this all work. Over the decades, all 3 have become roughly 10-fold cheaper.


California funds 2nd-life project for microgrids

The California Energy Commission has granted funding of around 2.6 million euros to CleanSpark and ReJoule. The companies will use the funds to advance their research into the second-life of batteries, the latter delivered by Ford. ReJoule specializes in battery diagnosis and optimization. CleanSpark offers software and services for energy…


How Is This Rwandan Building A Brighter Future For Girls? Solar Kits!

Alice Mukashyaka was involved with research in a refugee community in her native Rwanda, now she is co-founder of edtech social enterprise Starlight, which is using solar lamp kits and other projects to help teach young people –especially girls– how to pursue a career in STEM. Mukashyaka was born and raised in a modest rural…


Agrihoods: The Intersection of Sustainable Farming & Real Estate

Agrihoods are residential housing developments with a professionally managed farm as its centerpiece. Considered healthy-lifestyle communities, agrihoods are designed with a purpose — to connect people with the land — not just for agricultural activities, but to also protect and support conservation of farmlands, forests, watersheds, and wildlife…


Case study, Gravitricity

Edinburgh company Gravitricity is developing a system that uses mine shafts to store and supply energy to the National Grid. The system is the brainchild of serial inventor and technical director Peter Fraenkel. Peter previously worked with Gravitricity’s chairman Martin Wright when developing similarly innovative work for Marine Current…

Using gravity to store energy is already commonplace in pumped hydro, but using a solid weight has many advantages. There are a few companies out there that are using weights, but Peter is really great at simplifying things.

Managing director Charlie Blair

The POWER Interview: Microgrids Open New Business Models

Microgrids offer an “all of the above” approach to distributed generation, incorporating a variety of technologies into their design. As microgrids continue to evolve, incorporating renewable power resources, fuel cells, battery energy storage, diesel and gas generator sets, microturbines, and other technologies, they also provide the…


Pan African board approves development of 10 MW solar plant at Elikhulu

Earlier this month, the midtier gold producer announced that it had established a sponsored Level-1 American depository receipt (ADR) programme on the over-the-counter market in the US with the Bank of New York Mellon being the appointed depository. In doing so, Pan African joined a number of its peers that have successfully…


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