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!


Solar equipment: Covid offers opportunity to reduce over-dependence on imports for solar modules

Over the next two fiscals, India aims to add 100 GW of solar capacity, 66 GW of which would be greenfield, as part of its goal of achieving 175 GW renewable energy (RE) capacity by December 2022. This, when only ~22 GW were added in the past three fiscals. And now, there is also the Covid-19 pandemic to contend with, which has disrupted execution of…


These real estate developers are serious about helping Mother Nature

For some builders, minimizing environmental impact isn’t enough. Some developers are pushing the envelope further, designing buildings that can actually help the environment, according to the New York Times. Nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and mission-driven developers pioneered the concept of “deep green” buildings and its…


Qatar’s Falcon to offer ‘sustainable, tech-enabled micromobility solutions’

Falcon, a new company “pioneering safe, sustainable, tech-enabled micromobility solutions”, has been launched in Qatar with the aim of changing the face of national public transport in a post-Covid-19 world. The company has been established by three leading Qatari entrepreneurs with backgrounds in corporate and investment finance who plan…

Falcon is looking to partner with transport operators, regulators, developers, and educational institutions to help design new-age transportation policies, review safety measures, jointly promote micromobility and truly progress environmental sustainability.


Europe’s shift to electric vehicles is going strong

The coronavirus has canceled business plans all over the world, but Europe’s push into electric cars isn’t one of them. Sales of battery-powered and hybrid cars have held up better than the overall market amid a painful recession, mainly thanks to the action of governments. The 27-country European Union is moving ahead with a shift in…


Blockchain Plays Leading Role in Germany’s Renewable Energy Evolution

Germany’s renewable energy push is taking shape as the country abandons coal and nuclear-based energy generation. The country has set itself the target of 2022 for the decommissioning of all nuclear-based electricity production. All coal-based energy production will meet the same fate by 2038. This has prompted numerous renewable…


A New Strategy by Australian Researchers Presents Improvements to Advanced Energy Storage

Today, the demand for new energy storage solutions that are clean, inexpensive, and can cope with modern challenges is higher than ever. We need it to help manage the growing proportion of renewable energy in electricity grids, move off-grid communities away from diesel and fossil fuels, and connect those that currently have no access to power…

Beyond-lithium-ion batteries are promising candidates for high-energy-density, low-cost, and large-scale energy storage applications. However, the main challenge lies in developing suitable electrode materials.

Professor Wang, Director of the UTS Centre for Clean Energy Technology

The Secret to Renewable Solar Fuels is an Off-and-On Again Relationship

They say it’s better to have had something special and lost it than to have never had it at all. Who would have thought that sentiment holds true for metal oxide catalysts? According to scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and Caltech, copper that was once bound with oxygen is better at converting carbon dioxide…


$125m Warwick Solar Farm powers UQ to 100 per cent renewable

Australia’s renewable energy research capacity has been boosted with the completion of The University of Queensland’s 64-megawatt solar farm at Warwick in the state’s southeast. UQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj AC said as the world demanded more energy for human wellbeing and economic development…

The output of Warwick Solar Farm will be about 160GWh per annum – the equivalent of powering more than 25,000 households or reducing coal consumption by more than 60,000 tons.

UQ Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Høj

44% of Businesses Considering Microgrids: Survey

In a new report by Deloitte, 44% of businesses who responded to a national survey said they are considering microgrids, an increase of nine percentage points over last year’s survey. In “Deloitte Resources 2020 Study,” 54% of those considering microgrids said they have critical operations that require an uninterrupted power supply, said…

They see that if they have solar plus a battery, they can save and shore up resilience. Nearly half of residential respondents expressed concern about outages from natural disasters or storms.

Marlene Motyka, principal, Deloitte Transactions and Business Analytics

AEG Power Solutions’ storage converters running successfully for Nigerian hybrid microgrid

Inaugurated in 2019, the hybrid micro-grid of BUK is Africa’s largest off-grid solar hybrid power plant. The remote micro-grid totals 7.1MW capacity, combining 3.5MWp of solar PV generation from 10,680 solar panels, 2.4MW of backup generators and 8.1MWh of battery energy storage. The storage system provides grid-forming and balances load…

Convert SC Flex embeds unique off-grid features, can be easily combined with any type of batteries and is easy to maintain. A combination that made the system perfectly suited for such micro-grid demanding applications and is now proven in the field.

Andreas Becker, head of grid and storage inside AEG Power Solutions

Air Force Cyber Weapons Factory Moves Ahead with Blockchain Project

The Air Force has awarded a follow-on contract to blockchain startup Fluree to use its cryptographically secure database tools in the service’s new software cyberweapons factory, LevelUP. The previously unreported award was made in June, Fluree co-CEO Brian Platz told Air Force Magazine. It follows a Small Business Innovation Research…


SEC permanently bars CROWD1 investment

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has permanently barred CROWD1 Asia Pacific, Inc. from soliciting and accepting investments from the public under a scheme disguised as a digital marketing business. In a resolution, the Commission denied the Motion to Lift Cease and Desist Order Ad Cautelam filed by CROWD1 for lack of…


Shell In Talks For Distributed Solar JV In India

After achieving significant success in large-scale solar power projects and solar parks, the Indian government is now looking to expand the decentralized solar power sector as well. According to media reports, the government-owned Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) is planning for a joint venture with oil giant Royal Dutch Shell to invest in…


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