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Decentralized Solar Energy for all – Interview with Candela Coin

We are developing IoT hardware and software for seamless peer-to-peer energy transfer. By using blockchain technology, we enable solar panels owners to sell their generated energy to other users, bringing in the best returns possible for their solar energy and the cheapest green energy on the market. People across the globe will be able…

We have been working on bringing this to fruition since day one, as laid out in our white paper. In five years, we want to have Candela Coin users in at least three different continents, have a functioning DApp, and millions of people powering their lives independently.

Avi Shane Verdugo, CEO, Candela Coin

Why invest in Concentrating Solar Power?

Why is Bill Gates backing a Concentrated Solar Power company? What is oil major ENI doing with a CSP start-up? Why has Zurich airport agreed to purchase aviation fuel from a solar thermal company? Why are investors purchasing operating Concentrating Solar Power plants? Many investors have written-off CSP in favor of…


The U.S. can be powered 100% by renewable energy. How do we get there?

A study by Stanford scholar Mark Z. Jacobson and a team of researchers at both Stanford University and the University of California at Berkley in 2015 created a road map for a 100% renewable future. Ambitious? Sure. Unlikely? Perhaps. Skeptics shot it down, optimists pointed to it for inspiration. Since 2015, it’s been basically debunked…

Energy storage can help deal with all aspects of the integration challenge, but also is one of the most expensive options. At the very highest levels of VRE penetration, energy storage is crucially important to allow for significant energy shifting and grid availability when the renewable resource is not available.

Benjamin Kroposki, the Director of the Power Systems Engineering Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Energy trading with batteries ‘will be scalable business in Japan’ once rules change in coming years

Peer-to-peer (P2P) energy trading using distributed battery storage in Japanese households could be a scalable business once prohibitive rules change in a couple of years’ time, a provider of renewable energy equipment in the country has said. Sharing Energy is a startup headquartered in Tokyo which has launched a third-party ownership model for solar…


Swiss Investor Takes on China in Bid to Reboot EU Solar

A Swiss company is buying up cheap solar assets in a move to reclaim a key link in Europe’s renewable energy supply chain from China. Meyer Burger Technology AG said it’s planning to restart module production in Germany’s “Solar Valley” from next year to feed growing European Union demand for green energy. Over the last decade, EU…

I think it’s a problem that the world leaves solar panel production to China.

Meyer Burger Chief Executive Officer Gunter Erfurt

Green Hydrogen Prices Are Set To Drop By 50% During The Next Decades

Hydrogen, the most abundant element in the universe, has been stealing the spotlight from EVs and renewables lately. From a sort of boutique car fuel a couple of decades ago, hydrogen has evolved into one of the clean energy priorities for the future. And this future may be quite bright for it as prices for its production from renewable sources of energy…


How to Mine the Oceans Sustainably

Our ocean holds the key to some of our world’s greatest challenges, such as combating climate change and ensuring affordable and clean energy for all. One of those challenges will be to satisfy the increasing global demand for critical minerals to support a future society based on renewable energy and technology. As the world’s population continues…


State of Sustainable Fleets Report Released, Finds Sustainable Vehicle Technologies and Fuels Are Growing Across All Sectors

Clean technology consulting firm and producers of the annual Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo, Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (GNA) has authored and launched the first comprehensive, technology-neutral industry report that examines the current state of prevalent sustainable vehicle platforms for medium- and heavy-duty…

Our vision for a future of C0₂-neutral commercial transportation can only be realized by the collaboration between manufacturers and fleets to ensure we are delivering solutions to meet their needs. We are pursuing clean technologies of the future, and we will arrive to that future together as an industry who keeps the world moving.

Richard Howard, senior vice president, On-highway sales and marketing for DTNA

HOUSE BRICKS CAN BE USED TO STORE ENERGY LIKE A BATTERY AFTER MAJOR BREAKTHROUGH, RESEARCHERS REVEAL

Regular house bricks could be used to power electronics after a major breakthrough in energy storage technology. Researchers at Washington University in St Louis, Missouri, discovered that the cheap and ubiquitous material could be converted into energy storage units to hold electricity, potentially transforming houses into giant super capacitors…

Our method works with regular bricks or recycled bricks, and we can make our own bricks as well. As a matter of fact, the work that we have published… stems from bricks that we bought at Home Depot right here in Brentwood (Missouri). Each brick was 65 cents.

Julio D’Arcy, assistant professor of chemistry at Washington University

PG&E set to bring multi-customer microgrid to Humboldt County

PG&E is bringing the first ever multi-customer microgrid in northern California to Humboldt County. The project, officially dubbed the Redwood Coast Airport renewable energy microgrid, will provide clean electricity to Humboldt County and will be a lifeline in the event of a natural disaster or other emergencies. It will support 20 electric…


The Pros and Cons of Hydrogen Fuel Cells as Backup Generators

Microsoft has been experimenting with hydrogen power since 2013 when it began testing solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs), which extract hydrogen (H2) from natural gas, to run server racks in data centers. SOFC technology was (and still is) expensive, relies on fossil fuels, and produces CO2, so the software giant eventually put the project on the back…


Egypt scraps West Nile solar tender as new PV assembly line is launched

According to local media Daily News Egypt, EETC has informed the 13 companies that had qualified to bid for the project, of its decision to scrap the tender. The list of eligible companies included Orascom Construction, Infinity Energy, Acwa Power, Alcazar Energy, Lekela Power, Tebia, Masdar, First Solar, among others. The Egyptian transmission…


California to reduce carbon footprint with blockchain

The California Energy Commission has announced it is working on an energy project that will use the capabilities of blockchain technology to mitigate carbon footprints, by encouraging the use of renewable energy. A press release by the Commission posted on the AP Morning Wire revealed they are investing $9 million into helping EVShare…

The future of urban energy supply lies in community-centric networks like the pilot we’re pioneering in Bassett. We’re proud to be a key participant in the prosumer network program with a consortium of leading tech companies, and to have the opportunity to prove the benefits of creating a smart grid that’s anchored to a tamper-proof blockchain.

The CEO of EVShare, Eduardo Javier Muñoz

Guide to Understanding Artificial Intelligence

Getting started with Artificial Intelligence can lead to numerous questions and confusion, given the speed the world is changing and adopting this technology. There are plenty of resources available online but there has to be a start point. In this article, there is a brief introduction of Artificial Intelligence covering all its important aspects…


Grid-scale batteries expanding rapidly

A decade ago when battery technology was in its infancy, you could count the number of battery storage systems operating in the United States on just two hands. Since then, utility-scale battery storage has been growing quickly. The U.S. had 125 battery storage systems in 2018, up from just 7 in 2010, according to the Department of Energy…


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