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!


Green light for huge solar farm in East Devon countryside that will power 5,000 homes

District council planning committee members unanimously backed the 15MW scheme on land south of Rockbeare Hill, Marsh Green, writes Local Democracy Reporter Daniel Clark. Permission will last for 40 years and, at the end of the solar farm’s, the plot will be returned to agricultural use. Councillors heard that, while 55 per cent of the site is…

I consider this sort of an industrialisation and urbanisation, but when you look at environmental concerns and the carbon-neutral targets and considerations, I will be supporting it.


EVs Will Require More Energy Storage

A new report from Guidehouse Insights analyzes the market for existing and emerging energy storage for electric vehicles (ESEV) technology, covering five global regions and providing forecasts through 2029. As the rate of EV adoption increases across global markets, so does the demand for accessible and faster charging. To accelerate growth in this…

A battery storage system can feed from the grid during low demand and release power to charge an EV during peak demand time. Energy storage not only aids in peak shaving to make EV charging solutions more cost-effective, but also is needed to support integration of renewable energy resources (e.g., solar PV) into EV charging stations.

Maria Chavez, research analyst with Guidehouse Insights

Citi to disclose loan portfolio CO2 as it pledges $250bn green spending blitz

Investment bank Citi yesterday unveiled a raft of new measures geared at reducing its environmental impact, including plans to disclose the emissions tied to enormous lending portfolio and to spend $250bn over five years on sustainable technologies and activities. The new funding pot will go towards financing and advancing initiatives such as…


Chinese Electric-Vehicle Builder Becomes Billionaire By Coming Up With His Own Design

China’s large and competitive electric car market has minted a new billionaire, who is aiming to win over the country’s consumers with vehicles designed to be innovative and affordable. Li Xiang, founder of Beijing-based EV startup Li Auto, saw shares of his company surge almost 50% following its Thursday debut on the Nasdaq. Li Auto raised $1.1 billion…

They aren’t competing directly with Tesla. They have found a unique way to develop their models.

John Zeng, a Shanghai-based director of China Forecasting at consultancy LMC Automotive

Reviving energy cooperation in South Asia

Recent developments in South Asian energy security such as the India-Nepal petroleum products pipeline and the India-Bhutan joint venture hydroelectric project have revived conversations on energy cooperation in the region. While these projects are a welcome development, like many others before, they have experienced logistical, bureaucratic…


Open Source Tech Improves Microgrids in Southeast Asia

In villages in Southeast Asia, a person often must sit inside a powerhouse to manually control the flow of water in small hydro microgrids to ensure the systems operate safely. Green Empowerment is bringing open source technology to Southeast Asian villages to help ensure these communities have the tools needed to operate micro hydro-systems and…

The operator will watch the system parameters and open or close the valve to the turbine to regulate the flow of water and therefore quantity of energy generated as the demand changes, which aims to boost access to renewable energy in Southeast Asia and elsewhere. It’s not easy to do this 24/7 and meet high standards.

Dan Frydman, project engineer for Green Empowerment

‘World’s only’ home vanadium battery storage provider Voltstorage nets €6 million funding

Germany company Voltstorage, claiming to be the only developer and maker of home solar energy storage systems using vanadium flow batteries, raised €6 million (US$7.1 million) in July. Voltstorage claims that its recyclable and non-flammable battery systems, which also enable long cycle life of charging and discharging without degradation…


NAMIBIA: Green bond raises $4 million for clean energy

According to the Namibian commercial bank in its green impact report, the first green bond listed on the Namibian Stock Exchange (NSX), issued in December 2018 by Bank Windhoek, was a success. The bank obtained more than 4 million USD (N$66 million) in the form of market debt to finance renewable energy projects, thereby helping to…


2019 in Review: Customer Insights for African Mini Grid Developers

2019 was a big year for the mini and microgrid industry. In June, the World Bank’s Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) released a landmark report on mini-grids, highlighting the advances in technology and business models that make mini-grids the least-cost route towards electrifying up to half a billion people…


This Leading Renewable Energy Producer Is Already Looking Beyond Wind and Solar

Few companies in the world have bet bigger on renewable energy than NextEra Energy (NYSE:NEE). The electric utility is already the global leader in producing electricity from the wind and sun and is a leader in the battery storage market. Meanwhile, its current backlog of renewable energy development projects is bigger than the entire existing…


Venn Energy: A force of nature

Venn Energy, a developer of world-class renewables projects, sees increasing opportunities for solar energy and energy storage projects in Australia. Consequently, it has set up its Asia-Pacific headquarters in Melbourne, Victoria. Over the past decade, the management team behind Canada’s Venn Energy have delivered over 1.2 GW of renewable…

Among the world’s most developed economies, Australia represents perhaps the greatest growth potential for renewables and energy storage.

Geoff Stoker-Lavelle, Venn Managing Partner and Co-founder

Decentralized Energy is Key to a DeFi Future

Decentralized Energy (DeEn) leverage DApps and smart contracts on Ethereum to conduct transactions and trade energy assets. In a paper released July 31, Lition, a Berlin-based sustainable tech startup that has launched a blockchain-based marketplace allowing consumers to choose between multiple energy providers, DeEn has the…

Lition’s very own Energy Exchange — a peer to peer (P2P) energy trading platform that is open and direct to consumers. Using smart contracts and blockchain technology, unnecessary middlemen are eliminated; this allows for affordable green energy, producers earning higher yields, and the promotion of sustainable energy.

Lition

AFRICA’S DIVERSE ENERGY SYSTEMS ACCELERATED BY CRISES

The pandemic has triggered a reduction in demand for electricity globally as commercial and industrial activities slowed down, and people worked from their homes. Electricity demand in South Africa decreased significantly at the height of national lockdown. Currently, in most African nations, demand is now growing as economies reopen…


Why Renewable Microgrids Now?

The simple answer, of course, is that renewables create clean energy. But it turns out the argument for renewable microgrids is evolving — a lot. Renewables can offer better price, fuel security and reliability, especially when compared with diesel generators, according to Nathan Adams, director of technology and business development…


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