THE DAILY ROUNDUP – Monday

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EPO and IEA team up to shed light on trends in sustainable energy technologies

The International Energy Agency and the European Patent Office (EPO) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on bilateral cooperation with the aim of promoting innovation in sustainable energy technologies. Under the MoU, the two organisations will publish a series of joint studies over the next three years to inform policymakers…

Tracking energy innovation is crucial to ensure there are no gaps when it comes to developing and deploying the clean energy technologies that we will need to meet our energy and climate goals.

IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol

Now that California is banning gasoline cars, the EV race has begin

California just started the clock on a future that a few years ago would’ve been unthinkable: dealerships full of nothing but zero-emissions cars. On Wednesday, Gov. Gavin Newsom, D, ordered regulators to phase out the internal combustion engine and ban the sale of all new gasoline-fueled cars after 2035. With that, California became the first…

It’s an electric race to get to cheaper and more effective batteries, and it’s one that manufacturers around the world are competing in. That’s the prize: the zero-emission vehicle that’s affordable to everybody.

Mary Nichols, chair of the powerful California Air Resources Board

Solar energy at tipping point

Solar energy businesses in British Columbia believe their market is at a tipping point following years of niche status, as costs come down, governments demand greener buildings and residents offset rising utility bills from power-hungry electric cars. Industry leaders also said the Canadian playing field has become more level after Alberta and…

Until now, we’ve been working with early adopters. Now we’re starting to get into the mass market.

Scott Fleenor, principal at Terratek Energy Solutions

How businesses can accelerate technology for sustainable impact

Global business drives global production and consumption, leading to increasingly high standards of living – but at what expense to future generations and our planet? While companies play a crucial role in creating solutions to prevent environmental and health crises, “business as usual” will not get us close to achieving the UN SDGs within…


Cutting carbon emissions and power costs in Southeast Asia

The world’s demand for power has increased by 85% in the last 20 years, with production responsible for about 25% of greenhouse gas emissions. In Southeast Asia alone, energy consumption is expected to double by 2040. Adda should know, he has been working in the renewables sector in Asia since 2007, when there were few early adopters…

One of the big things people don’t realize about solar power is that with it you can help reduce climate change, achieve sustainability targets, and cut costs at the same time.

Total Solar Distributed Generation’s CEO, Gavin Adda

Ecological power storage battery made of vanillin

Researchers at TU Graz have found a way to convert the aromatic substance vanillin into a redox-active electrolyte material for liquid batteries. The technology is an important step toward ecologically sustainable energy storage. He and his team have succeeded in making redox-flow batteries more environmentally friendly by replacing their core…

It is groundbreaking in the field of sustainable energy storage technology.

Stefan Spirk from the Institute of Bioproducts and Paper Technology at Graz University of Technology

Microsoft’s underwater data centre

Microsoft sank a shipping container-sized data centre 117 feet deep in the seafloor off Scotlands Orkney Islands in 2018 as part of its Project Natick. The Northern Isles data center was recently lifted from the ocean floor in a day-long operation, and teams swooped in to analyse the hardware, and the results coming out of the project are surprisingly…


China’s Largest Solar-Plus-Storage Project Goes Online

China’s largest solar-plus-storage project has been connected to the grid. How big is it — 500 megawatts (MW)? 700 MW? 1,100 MW? Nope, we’re in 2020 — it’s 2,200 MW (2.2 GW). Sungrow, the #1 suppliers of inverters for renewable energy projects, shared the news of the new record. Along with Huanghe Hydropower Development, Sungrow had a big…

Sungrow offers its PV and energy storage portfolio coming with an embedded sub-array energy management function that can be used to control the output of solar and storage, allowing for improved accuracy of solar generation forecasts.

Sungrow

SOUTH AFRICA: BioTherm commissions 2 solar power plants in the Northern Cape

BioTherm Energy has just commissioned new clean energy facilities in South Africa. The Aggeneys and Konkoonsies II solar power plants are located in the Northern Cape, a province with a large number of renewable energy plants in South Africa. With a capacity of 46 MWp, the Aggeneys solar power plant is located near the town of Aggeneys…


Investors commit EUR 4bn to CIP’s new green energy fund

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) has accumulated EUR 4 billion (USD 4.69bn) in commitments for its latest fund that will focus on greenfield renewable energy infrastructure projects. Copenhagen Infrastructure IV (CI IV), launched five months ago, is targeting to get up to EUR 5.5 billion, the Danish group said on Wednesday…


Integrating Battery Storage with Renewable Energy

Most new utility-scale renewable energy projects, such as installations of solar and wind generation, are now including battery storage. The growing trend of integrating storage is making such projects more financially attractive, as it enhances the generation profile of the installation. Storage helps smooth the power supply, enabling electricity…


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