THE DAILY ROUNDUP – Wednesday

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Biden backs shift to zero-GHG grid

The presumptive Democratic Party’s presidential nominee today proposed using a clean-energy credit trading program to move the US to a zero-carbon grid within 15 years. Biden included the idea in a broad $2 trillion clean energy and infrastructure plan he pitched as a way to help the US recover from the Covid-19 pandemic and put the country on…


Vattenfall unveils more wind farms in ‘green energy hub’

Vattenfall is exploring two new wind farm projects in south west Scotland that could power 300,000 homes. The 56 wind turbines are now subject to environmental impact assessments and consultation with communities around Moniaive and Carsphairn. There will be battery energy storage facility at each location…


Say Hello to the Biggest Battery in America (for Now)

Things are moving fast in the grid battery industry — and nowhere faster than California. That’s where LS Power, a private equity firm that develops grid infrastructure, hooked up the new most powerful battery in the country last month. The Gateway Energy Storage Project turned on an initial tranche of 62.5 megawatts/62.5 megawatt-hours near San…


Top 3 trends shaping the future power utility sector

Although some of the trends around climate goals, distributed energy resources (DER) and growth will continue, the COVID-19 pandemic has catalysed the transition, according to the study. The pandemic has highlighted the need for urgent strategic decisions concerning DER and growth opportunities…


Fisker is going public: Five things to know about the electric-car maker ahead of its IPO

Electric-car maker Fisker Inc. is hoping to ride twin waves of investor interest in electric vehicles and blank-check companies to get its first vehicles onto roads in a couple of years. Fisker and Spartan Energy Acquisition Corp. SPAQ, -4.58%, a special purpose acquisition corporation, or blank-check company backed by Apollo Global Management Inc…

Going public through a SPAC allows the company to raise proceeds in a timely and cost-efficient manner. Whether or not Fisker can become profitable and cash flow positive with a $40,000 EV SUV remains to be seen.

David Kudla, CEO of Mainstay Capital Management

The great games at play in wind and solar

In April, a week into the national lockdown—when factories and offices had shut, shops had closed and India’s 1.2 billion people stayed indoors—the country’s electricity demand crashed by 22%. Power generators scrambled to scale down operations and state-owned electricity utilities turned down expensive purchases. Punjab, for instance, told some of its…

There’s foreign capital of about $10 billion so far committed towards India’s infrastructure assets that will be deployed over the next few years. This is mostly from foreign pension funds, sovereign wealth funds and private equity.

Prateek Jhawar, director and head of Infrastructure and Real Assets at Avendus Capital

New Tech Puts Lithium Batteries Back In The Energy Storage Race

Researchers are in a race to find the ultimate energy storage solution, considering the rise of renewable energy generation and electric vehicle (EV) sales around the world. Some scientists are trying to improve the lithium-based battery chemistry with alternative and innovative solutions, while others are hoping that they will come up with a way to…

The strategy of strain engineering could be extended to many other nanomaterials for rational design of electrode materials towards high energy storage applications beyond lithium-ion chemistry.


ArcelorMittal seeks solar PPAs for 150 MW in South Africa

ArcelorMittal South Africa, a unit of Luxembourg-based ArcelorMittal Holdings, has invited independent power producers (IPP) to submit project proposals for solar parks with a minimum size of 10 MW for six sites in South Africa. Interested IPPs have until Aug. 28, 2020, to express interest. ArcelorMittal South Africa aims to introduce renewable…

We intend procuring, in total, approximately 600 MW of renewable electricity capacity with the aim of reducing our greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 1.6 million tons per annum.

Sasol Chief Sustainability Officer Hermann Wenhold

Tesco Malaysia Powers 15 Stores with Solar Energy

Tesco Stores (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (Tesco) and NE Suria Satu Sdn Bhd (NESS), a joint-venture company of PETRONAS and NEFIN Group, have entered into the largest long-term Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) (Tesco-NESS PPA) for solar energy in Malaysia. The first phase of the Tesco-NESS PPA will see the installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on…

The installation of the solar PV panels in 15 out of 62 of our stores is the first phase in Tesco’s renewable energy push. Eventually, we will be able to generate clean, renewable energy at most of our stores and in the process, reduce our carbon emissions. This push in environmental sustainability is just one of the many ways that we are doing to reduce our impact on the environment, which already includes measuring and publishing our food waste data and reducing the usage of single-use plastic bags in our stores.

Tesco Chief Executive Officer, Paul Ritchie

Singapore releases blockchain payment system│UBIN

Project Ubin, a blockchain-based payment system developed by the Singaporean Government, is now finished and available for commercial use. Ubin began as a project to help Singapore explore using blockchain and distributed ledger technology, with a particular focus on improving financial clearing, settling payments and security issues…


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