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Energy: Tuesday Updates. #SDdigest

31.10.2018 — 0

  • Energy companies could feel the effects of climate change on their the bottom line. Ashley Lawson, Senior Solutions Fellow on Policy & Resilience for Washington research giant Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) said:

“The climate is changing because of greenhouse gases, and that has a net negative effect on society and [companies] are doing something about it.”

  • General Electric slashes quarterly dividend to just a penny a share, starting in 2019.
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  • Plattsburgh turns back invasion of bitcoin miners.Once the miners set up shop, says Read, Plattsburgh started exceeding the quota regularly, and local residents’ electricity bills started going up by as much as 50 percent. If you were used to heating your apartment for $80 a month, all of a sudden it was costing you $120.

  • In a joint effort with Kia Motors, Hyundai Motors is developing solar roofs and bodies for its EVs, hybrids and ICE vehicles to provide additional charging capacity. Depending on solar irradiation levels, the technology could provide 30-60% battery charge per day, the manufacturer says.
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  • German renewables developer Juwi has signed a contract to provide EPC services for a 50 MW project located near to the coast in central Vietnam’s Binh Dinh province. This project brings Juwi’s pipeline in the Southeast Asian country to 130 MW.

  • Chesapeake Energy Corp (CHK.N) on Tuesday agreed to buy Texas oil producer WildHorse Resource Development Corp (WRD.N) in a nearly $4 billion cash-and-stock deal that knocked down the natural gas producer’s shares by more than 12 percent.

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Energy: Monday Updates. #SDdigest

30.10.2018 — 0

"If he (Tesla CEO Elon Musk) needs more capital we would be willing to back him."

  • Chinese electric carmaker BYD, which is backed by US investor Warren Buffett, said on Monday it expected full-year net profit to drop almost a third as competition heats up in the world’s largest auto market.
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  • The South Australian government has inaugurated its landmark $100 million Home Battery Scheme, which will subsidize the cost of buying a home energy storage system for up to 40,000 South Australian households. A nine-week priority period has been given to locally made battery systems, with Germany’s sonnen as the first provider to enjoy this benefit.

  • Honda may have more plans for electric vehicles than it has initially let on, as Honda’s head of R&D recently broke the news that the next-generation Acura NSX may pull from the NSX-inspired 1,000 horsepower fully electric beast that it took to the infamous Pike’s Peak challenge.

  • A private aerospace institute in China has announced its ambitious plan to launch an “artificial moon” into stationary orbit above the city of Chengdu. Referred to as an “illumination satellite,” the new moon would serve as a sunlight reflector to provide a nighttime and backup light source for residents in the Sichuan province city.
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  • Top climate scientists warn governments of ‘Blatant Anti-Nuclear Bias’ in latest IPCC Climate Report. Kerry Emanuel, a climate scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology said:

“The anti-nuclear bias of this latest IPCC release is rather blatant.”

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Energy: Last Weekend Updates. #SDdigest

29.10.2018 — 0

  • Crude oil futures posted their third consecutive weekly loss on Friday as the bulls that pushed oil prices to nearly four-year highs head into retreat. At the start of October, oil prices were rising on signs that U.S. sanctions are shrinking Iran’s crude exports faster than anticipated, potentially leaving the world with a shortage of oil. The sanctions are expected to cut crude exports from Iran, OPEC’s third-biggest oil producer, by about 1 million barrels per day.
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  • Volvo makes strides in Electric Vehicle market with FreeWire charging company acquisition. “To support wider consumer adoption of electric cars, society needs to make charging an electric car as simple as filling up your tank.”
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  • Transport Scotland has announced £700,000 of funding to widen the uptake of ultra-low emission vehicles. Michael Matheson, Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Connectivity and Infrastructure said:

The Scottish Government has an ambition to phase out the need for new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2032 and to do this we need to widen access to electric vehicles to communities across the nation."

  • South Korea’s state-utility firm said it has built a 3.5-megawatt floating solar farm on waters located at a coal-fired power plant to produce clean energy. EWP said:

“The latest solar farm uses unused space and can prevent the environmental degradation that comes from building a power plant.”

  • Uttarakhand to buy 500 electric buses as trial run achieves success.Speaking to TOI, UTC general manager Deepak Jain said that if everything goes according to the plan, the corporation will have a fleet of 500 electric buses in the next three years.
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Blockchain: Last Week Updates. #SDdigest

29.10.2018 — 0

  • A case involving almost half a million dollars in cryptocurrency led to an important new precedent in China. A high Chinese court, the Court of International Arbitration, ruled that Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are valuable personal property and are therefore protected under existing Chinese law.

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  • Swiss bank Swissquote has opted to enable its clients to participate in initial coin offerings easily. The first ICO to be offered as an investment option on the banking platform is LakeDiamond, a lab-grown diamond company which is raising funds to purchase new equipment. They will offer more ICOs in the future.

  • This week Sony announced that its Computer Science Laboratories division had developed a cryptocurrency hardware wallet technology using IC cards. It could be used to store bitcoin and other digital assets in a secure offline environment while retaining the convenience of less-secure online crypto storage systems.

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Speaking to CNBC, HTC’s decentralized chief Phil Chen stated:

"We believe blockchain is the new paradigm for smartphones and it will form part of HTC’s wider smartphone strategy. This marks a change in HTC, with increased focus on software and IP."

  • One of Britain’s best known breweries, Craft brewery BrewDog, is welcoming Bitcoin Cashers to its new bar. BrewDog has opened a bar in Canary Wharf, London, that accepts not only bitcoin but also changes its markup based on the movement of the Financial Times Stock Exchange 100 Index (FTSE).

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How To Use Solar Power Living In Metropolis

23.10.2018 — 0

In December 2017, consulting company IHS Markit published a study of the solar energy market. In accordance with the forecast, in 2018, 108 GW of solar power plants will be commissioned globally. Living in your own home, you can already install solar panels on the roof. If you don’t and live in a regular apartment, do not despair, because you can join the solar community otherwise. Start with gadgets that make life easier.

Big things have small beginnings.

Solar gadgets for your apartment

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Windows producing electricity for the home sounds amazing. We can only see them in the near future because it’s still under the development. Nowadays you can buy stylish solar blinds. Some of them will allow you to charge smartphones and various gadgets. Others will save your family from the sun during the day and fill the apartment with light in the evening. You can find information about them, as well as make an order.

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You know what a calculator looks like, and it works on solar energy. What if this technology is applied to other things? What can come of it? The world-famous company invented a solar-powered wireless keyboard. Stylish gadget for your personal use and for the office. It will help you save batteries or electricity.

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No one argues that smartphones are a necessary and useful thing, but it often happens that the battery charge is not enough. There are two ways out – always take the charger seeking for a power outlet, or pick up a powerbank. Let’s talk about the last. Unfortunately, the powerbank can also be discharged, even if you’ve bought it to replace a charger.
Your smartphone, player, smartwatch are dead, you take out your bank, and it is also discharged. It’s a common situation. Today, you may purchase a power bank that uses solar panels that allow a charge to work longer.

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No one likes to stay in a stuffy apartment. When the temperature rises above 30C, the conditioner and the fan are the rescues. Sitting all day under the fan is not economical. After all, you can use a solar powered fan. Google it and you will find a lot of options from compact fans for cars to huge ones, using large panels. There is also an option for your office.

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Today, we can buy toys of any kind, from machines to dinosaur robots. You can also find their counterparts on solar panels.
By purchasing such toys for your children, you save on batteries and also acquaint kids with solar energy.

Solar gadgets for the city

Backpack
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Today, many shops offer to buy backpacks with solar panels. Usually, solar panels are installed on the outside of the backpack. Why is it necessary for someone? We can imagine the following situation. In the morning you are going to leave home for work/study, but suddenly notice that your smartphone is dead. Fortunately, you are reaching your destination by bike or on foot. You can charge your gadget by connecting the smartphone to the backpack. It is also useful for walking in nature, fishing, hunting.

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Winter jackets with the possibility of using solar energy. Perhaps you imagined a lot of kilogram knight armor but it’s different. Manufacturers claim to use special ultraviolet-absorbing materials, which contributes to faster heating of the jacket and longer heat retention.

Radio
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An indispensable thing for lovers of hiking, fishing, hunting. Of course, for these purposes, you can use your smartphone, but there is not always an Internet connection. Either you save the phone battery for the capture your walk. Small solar panels allow you to enjoy your favorite radio station for longer.

Solar watch
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If you are a fan of the classics but want to reduce the use of batteries, then you can purchase solar-powered watches. Today, a lot of well-known brands make such watches, so choose whatever you like.

All these products make your life more economical. If you use some of them, tweet with hashtag #SDAOGadgets.

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Blockchain: Last Week Updates. #SDdigest

22.10.2018 — 0

  • The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) launches a “New Strategic Hub for Innovation and Financial Technology”. The FinHub will serve as a resource for public engagement on the SEC’s FinTech-related issues and initiatives. It allows blockchain innovators and initial coin offering (ICO) operators, among other fintech stakeholders, to speak with the SEC directly on rules and market integrity.

  • Steve Wozniak, the tech entrepreneur best known as the co-founder of Apple, has joined EQUI Global, a venture capital fund built using blockchain technology, as a co-founder.

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Wozniak said that he believes firms like EQUI will disrupt the venture capital industry and allow other companies to follow the new model based on blockchain technology.

“It is specialized for managing rights-related information of written works, with features for demonstrating the date and time that electronic data was created, leveraging the properties of blockchains to record verifiable information in a difficult to falsify way, and identifying previously recorded works, allowing participants to share and verify when a piece of electronic data was created and by whom.”

“Kenya will use blockchain technology to ensure the rightful owners live in government-funded housing projects.”

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28-year-old, Danish, No 2 ranked professional tennis star has entered a partnership with Singaporean firm, Global Crypto Offering Exchange (GCOX) to found her own cryptocurrency token. Wozniacki expressed her excitement saying:

“To be the first female athlete to have her own token is really cool…I am looking forward to expanding that before other people start getting into it.”

  • Within 1 year, Fidelity one of the largest brokerages and asset managers with 7.2 trillion in assets under management, has gone from studying and evaluating the crypto market to fully integrating digital assets into its platform. Fidelity enabled its clients to track investments in major cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum through the Fidelity Portfolio Summary View.

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The United Nations And Blockchain

18.10.2018 — 0

You could guess that there are many other blockchain projects besides Solar DAO. Some of them are aimed at making a profit, others to help humanity. It may be difficult for you to understand which project will definitely help people. The same can be said about projects not using the blockchain, but everyone always knew that the UN helps people. And what do you say if you find out that the UN also uses the blockchain?

Fight hunger

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You might not know, but the UN is divided into many organizations. One of them is WFP. The World Food Programme was founded in 1961. Its main objectives are the eradication of hunger and malnutrition throughout the world.

In early 2017, they developed the program “Building blocks”.

This program has helped more than 100,000 Syrian refugees in Jordan. Provided them with the necessary food!

How does it work?

The program, based on the blockchain platform, distributes vouchers and ration cards between refugees. They can use these cards in supermarkets. Refugees get food in stores with the help of special equipment for scanning the retina.

Why did the UN choose the blockchain for this?

The use of the blockchain has reduced costs by 98%.

How did they do it?

With the help of blockchain technology, they were able to refuse bank commission. Therefore, they can transfer the saved money to a larger number of refugees.

By the end of 2018, it is planned to scale the project to 500 thousand recipients not only in Jordan but also in other countries participating in the UN World Food Program.

Are Digital Technologies Scaring Us?

It certainly doesn’t scare the UN!

What unites one of the richest people on the planet, Jack Ma, and the Bill Gates wife, Melinda? Now they are the co-chairs of the "High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation". The "High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation" is a UN project that should help the world understand how to use digital technology. This was announced by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in mid-July 2018.
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If you suddenly did not know, Jack Ma is the founder and chairman of the board of directors of the Alibaba Group. With his blockchain project "Ant Financial", he has already collected more than 14 billion dollars.

Melinda Gates is known worldwide for her charitable deeds.
She is the co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In 2014, she and Bill Gates allocated the US $ 28 billion to charity.

One of the goals of this team is to understand how we can use digital technology most intelligently to help the world.

How will it work?

Two major meetings are scheduled for September 2018 and January 2019. The group will also include 18 participants from around the world. Within 9 months they should prepare a report with practical recommendations for AI, the blockchain, and other digital technologies!
You can see the list of other participants here.

We have no doubt that the union of such successful people can change a lot in the world.

Digital ID Network

United Nations are trying to solve another problem. There are more than 1 billion people don’t have documents proving their identity. In this regard, they can not get the normal protection of their rights, medical care, education, etc.

There are more than 7.5 billion people worldwide, and more than 190 countries.
It takes a lot of effort to complete this task. Register all people and negotiate with the governments of many countries.
Alliance ID2020 was created to solve this problem. It includes Accenture, Microsoft, Mercy Corps, Hyperledger, and UNICS.

What about the blockchain?

Participants are to create a very stable and secure database. To accomplish this goal, they are going to use blockchain technology.

We Can Help Children With Cryptocurrency!

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The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) was created by the United Nations General Assembly on 11 December 1946. Since the 40s, Unicef has been helping children all over the world, using different technologies. Now you can do it with blockchain technology.

In February 2018, Unicef launched a campaign called Game Chaingers.
Gamers, miners, casters, supporters, journalists and other people who have a PC and access to the Internet were offered to install unique software on their personal computers. They were able to get 85 Ethereum coins for children.

How did it work?

You installed unique software on your computer. Unicef mined ETH using the computing power of your PC.
Many gamers and people working with graphics applications have powerful devices at home. It was easy for them not to use their computer to the maximum.

12,000 computers were able to get 85 ETH. All this cryptocurrency has been used to help children!

And One More Unicef Campaign

UNICEF has recently informed that UNICEF France decided to accept cryptocurrency donations. The office in France accepts BCH, BTC, ETH, LTC, XPR, EOS, XMR, DASH, and XML. If for some reason it is easier for you to donate a cryptocurrency, you can go to the website of the French office Unicef. All donations will be sent to help children.

UN projects are an example to everyone how to use the blockchain. Do not be afraid of new technologies. Just try to understand how it works and start to use it correctly. And you will see how blockchain can help us to make the world a better place!

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Blockchain: Last Week Updates. #SDdigest

15.10.2018 — 0

  • A report published by the Financial Stability Board (FSB) on Wednesday, claimed that cryptocurrencies do not pose a risk to global financial stability at the present time while suggesting crypto markets need to be monitored. Summarizing this view, the report states:

"Based on the available information, crypto-assets do not pose a material risk to global financial stability at this time. However, vigilant monitoring is needed in light of the speed of market developments. Should the use of crypto-assets continue to evolve, it could have implications for financial stability in the future."

  • One of the oldest and most noted art auction houses in the world Christie’s is turning to blockchain tech to securely store sales and provenance data. It’s collaborating with blockchain-powered digital art registry Artory to pilot the encrypted recording of auction transactions.

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Richard Entrup, chief information officer at Christie’s said:

"Our pilot collaboration with Artory is a first among the major global auction houses, and reflects growing interest within our industry to explore the benefits of secure digital registry via blockchain technology."

"We are evaluating the government-backed cryptocurrency and crypto-token.Right now, we have a group of people who are looking at fiat cryptocurrencies. Something that is an alternative to the Indian rupee, so to speak. We are looking at that closely," the senior central bank official said.

  • At least five more university endowments have invested in cryptocurrency funds. Major educational institutions including Harvard University, Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dartmouth College, and the University of North Carolina have each invested in at least one cryptocurrency fund.

  • Boxing Legend, an eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao’s cryptocurrency could launch by the end of the year.

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According to a StraitsTimes report, Singapore based Global Crypto Offering Exchange (GCOX) is in charge of the launch of the Pac Tokens, the cryptocurrency that leverages on the popularity of the Philippine boxing legend.

  • The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is pressing ahead with plans to introduce initial coin offerings (ICOs) as means toward fundraising for companies and startups in 2019. Specifically, ICOs will be considered as "securities" by authorities under regulations, enforced early in 2019.

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Blockchain: Last Week Updates. #SDdigest

08.10.2018 — 0

  • Seoul mayor Park Won-soon unveils plan to promote blockchain industries with a $53.39 million fund that will develop blockchain regions in Seoul. Korean government will also create two business complexes to settle 200 blockchain-related companies by 2021.

"There’s no doubt blockchain is the core technology of the fourth industrial revolution, which will shape the future IT industry. I will make efforts to help Seoul become the center of a blockchain industry ecosystem," Park said.

  • New Clovr survey asked 1000 U.S. investors about cryptocurrency. Over 75% of Americans feel they know what cryptocurrency is.

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Intresting fact: almost 40% cited "people I know were doing it" as a top reason for investing.

  • The city of Valencia, Spain is planning a smart port based on blockchain technology.

“Starting from Valencia, we offer to use blockchain as a strategic option to provide transparency of logistic chain, from end to end, going further than our port itself. That means we’re planning to apply cloud technologies not only with our partners from Port Community Systems but also with all others.”

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  • The Israel Securities Authority (ISA) has integrated blockchain technology within its internal systems to securely deliver messages and information to regulated entities under its purview. The blockchain pivot will add another layer to ensure the credibility of data relayed to supervised entities, the ISA explained, verify the authenticity of origin messages, negate tampering by preventing them from being edited or deleted altogether.

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Blockchain: Last Week Updates. #SDdigest

01.10.2018 — 0

  • AT&T has introduced a suite of blockchain solutions to allow enterprises in various industries to track and manage information more efficiently. The solutions include technology from Microsoft and IBM and can benefit users in industries ranging from manufacturing to retail and healthcare.

“Blockchain improves security and enables better management of transactions through complex processes. Utilizing our global network and IoT capabilities, AT&T enhances blockchain by providing edge-to-edge solutions that automate the tracking and that can even monitor the environmental conditions throughout the process,” said Andy Daudelin, vice president, Alliances Business Development, AT&T Business.

  • Europe’s first dedicated blockchain research facility and the world’s first advanced blockchain identity laboratory has been launched in the Scottish capital of Edinburgh, thanks to a £600,000 collaboration between Edinburgh Napier University and a Hong Kong-headquartered technology company.The Blockpass Identity Lab will explore ways in which blockchain technology can protect personal data from online scammers and hackers.

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  • JPMorgan’s Ethereum-based Blockchain payments Trial adds 75 banks. With nearly 80 banks, the network is expected to process about 14,500 USD-denominated payments a day.

  • Mongolia has taken a significant step forward toward bolstering its fintech sector, with the country’s central bank authorizing a local telecom operator Mobicom to issue a digital currency under the country’s recently-passed national payment system bill. Now licensed as a state-approved financial instrument, Mobicom’s virtual currency — dubbed “Candy” — is considered a “non-cash payment instrument” whose value is pegged to Mongolia’s fiat currency, the tugrik.

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  • The chairman of the Distributed Ledgers and Artificial Intelligence taskforce, Bitange Ndemo has advised the Kenyan government to tokenize its economy in order to deal with the increasing issues of corruption and uncertainty.

“We must begin to tokenize the economy by giving incentives to young people to do things which they are paid through tokens that can be converted to Fiat currency,” Ndemo said.

  • The Malaysian government is seeking to explore blockchain solutions in the nation’s three largest industries: renewable energy, palm oil, and Islamic finance.A task force named the Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT) will be spearheading the move to adopt blockchain in each industry in order to increase transparency, sustainability, and logistical efficiency according to a report published last week.

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  • Opera has added built-in Ethereum support to its desktop app, enabling Web 3.0, an ecosystem that allows users can seamlessly interact with decentralized applications (dApps) and peer-to-peer systems on the blockchain. As mainstream browsers move towards adding support for Ethereum and various blockchain standards, the accessibility and user activity of dApps is expected to increase massively.

Have a nice and productive week everyone! See you next Monday!