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Press Release. Now Anyone Can Reduce CO2 In a Few Clicks

15.08.2018 — 0

15.08.2018 — Tallinn
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The world’s first blockchain solar plants construction initiative explained how everyone can participate against the Climate Change.
Solar DAO is the first blockchain project providing any person with the opportunity to become a solar plant co-owner. Recently, the SDAO project has celebrated its 1st Birthday, publishing the annual report, and decided to join the Climate Chain Coalition.

There are 3 main ways to act against the climate change, and we take them all

— said Dmitriy Solodukha, founder and CEO of Solar DAO.

The first one is the active position. One can beat poison emissions by expanding the live trees area. One grown tree can absorb almost 40 kilograms of CO2 per year, so you just need to plant it. Solar DAO is often performing special contests and events for its Community. Not so long ago we held a «Plant a Tree» contest, and are already preparing a new one.
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Solar DAO Contest participant — Corina Pascu

The second way you can stay against the global warming is to become greener. So does Solar DAO, as solar energy is the leader of alternative energy sources. Constructing a solar plant help to avoid tons of CO2 emissions. For example, the future 4 MW solar farm in Kazakhstan, which is under Solar DAO’s implementation, will reduce 3 760 000 kilograms of poison each year. This amount can be compared to 97 445 grown trees’ absorption.

The last but not least way to help our planet is cooperating and teaching. Solar DAO is now one of the Climate Chain Coalition members, so the blockchain projects start to cooperate for the global mission, and everyone now should take a part in it.
Join the Solar DAO project!
the Solar DAO project is the newest format of a financial instrument that will allow users to easily, anonymously and safely invest in the construction of solar power plants around the world, avoiding the costs of intermediary expenses, arranging transactions and excluding technical and other barriers.

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Energy consumption per capita. Country Ranking

25.04.2018 — 0

From 2000 to 2013, global energy investments have increased by 100%. It’s not just about popularizing renewable energy since the lion’s share of electricity needed of the population is generated as earlier — from fossil energy sources. Besides the rapid growth of global energy consumption, mankind has to face the increase of harmful emissions and environmental worsening.

Total world’s energy consumption increasing

To visually show the responsibility’s share of each person and to note which countries should try to reduce electricity consumption or accelerate the green energy transition, let’s look at the World Bank’s report on the energy consumption per capita in different countries:

Energy consumption per capita, 2015

For the sake of clear result, consumption is calculated in fuel equivalent — the amount of oil needed to provide a certain level of energy.

Top 10 Leaders in Energy Consumption:

Resource: World Bank Group

Necessary to know

To really understand how important it is to care for the environment, we want to show how “expensive” electricity is.

Take for example an ordinary home light bulb with a power of 100 watts. Let’s leave the lights on throug the whole year*(sure, you will need to replace the bulb several times, you know :))*.

Let’s make a simple calculation:

  • 24 hours a day = 8760 hours per year.
  • 0.1 kW multiply by 8760 = 876 kW/hour.

In order to ensure the operation of one bulb during the year, we need to:

  • Burn 320 kg of coal (1 ton of coal approximately gives 2500 kW/hour)
  • Spend 2 hours for a wind turbine with a capacity of 1.5 MW, 25% of efficiency.
  • Take 35 minutes for a solar power plant with a capacity of 1.5 MW (an area of ​​about 3 hectares, imagine!).
  • Decay 16 grams of Uranium.
  • Spend 2.5 hours of a hydro-electric turbine operation, with a capacity of 339 kW.

We wanted to show clearly that any extra consumption of electricity is detrimental to ourselves. Please, love renewable energy and save resources.

Do you have other examples? What resources does the electrical device work cost? Put in the comments, we will be glad to discuss!

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Solar Panels and Water save. Caring about the environment

16.02.2018 — 0

It’s not a secret that reducing fresh water trend is one of the hottest topics for discussion at environmental forums and conferences. According to the scientists’ forecasts, by 2025 almost 2.5 million people will face the lack of water. The problem of increasing consumption appears not only because of global population growth. The main factor in water supply reduce is environmental pollution and urbanization.

Source: http://www.geni15.wrsc.org

The lack of fresh stocks is most noticeable in the following countries:

Lack of water in Ethiopia. Photo: Mustafah Abdulaziz

Ethiopia

At the end of last year, there was a conflict on the hydroelectric Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam construction between the governments of Egypt and Ethiopia. Both countries are almost 100% dependent on freshwater from the Nile. The river is a matter of “life and death” for Egypt and Ethiopia, therefore,** fearing a redistribution of water resources**, the countries came to resolve the conflict with the help of independent parties. The agreement was reached on the basis of mutual interests consideration. The HPP construction will continue.

China

Already at the moment, more than 300 cities in China suffer from extreme water shortage. Water resources face losses due to a constant increase in the industrial pace.

Nigeria

The demographic growth naturally affects the consumption of fresh water in this country. It is said that by 2050 Nigeria will become the leader in terms of the number of people. At the same time, due to the constant pollution of rivers and a small number of reservoirs, a large part of the population has practically no access to clean water.

Open water in Lagos. Photo: Finbarr O’Reilly

Imagine the scale of the problem. There was passed a bill banning people from using unofficial sources of water: private wells, water bodies. At the same time, only 1 out of 10 people can financially provide himself so can get water from the state or private suppliers.

India and Pakistan

More than 20% of infectious diseases in India are caused by the lack of clean drinking water. The constant****increase of conflict between the Hindustan Peninsula countries is caused by the reduction of water resources. According to the UN, the first nuclear war can occur between India and Pakistan because of the growing conflict over the Indus River water use.

USA

One of the most economically developed countries also suffers from a shortage of water resources. Already many years ago southern states had problems with fresh water due to frequent droughts and huge industrial consumption.

Solar energy will help solve the water problem

Due to the fact that every year the total capacity of installed PVS grows, and more families switch to self-service with the help of solar panels, the freshwater consumption is reducing. And sometimes, solar panels even serve as a source of water resource.

Cooling without water

Only in the US, 45% of the total amount of fresh water was consumed to cool conventional fuel power stations in 2010. According to Oxford University study, over 53 billion cubic meters of fresh water is spent on the energy sector every year. Solar power plants do not require cooling and do not consume water in operation. To generate one unit of energy, PVS use****200 times less water than a conventional power plant. — IRENA reported.

Water consumption reduce during production

According to the River Network — a special organization for water resources monitoring, wind, and solar stations are the friendliest ones in water use while the equipment production. It’s not just the fact that solar panels consume a very small amount of water at the development stage, but also because it can be recycled. Recycling makes it possible to significantly reduce fresh water consumption. In addition, solar equipment does not require water during installation and throughout all its operation.

Solar panels protect water

Recently, solar stations began to be built not only in the usual way — on the ground, but also on the water. This method has a lot of advantages: small countries can place PVS without occupying the land. Floating solar power plants have other big pros — water retain. Overwater constructions prevent strong evaporation, and this is very important in arid regions. 
India recently built a solar plant above the channel with fresh water. Thus, people not only save on electricity but also have a larger water reserve. The government intends to actively develop this technology.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VG5EEwi6d28

Solar panels produce water

In 2016, a Zero Mass Water young startup showed the world the latest technology — water-generating solar panels. The technology is very clear — in addition to transforming sunlight into electricity, modules also accumulate steam from the air, collecting up to 5 liters of clean water a day! As the developers said, the principle is similar to air conditioners, which produce water “from the air.” The invention works completely by its own solar panels, and after the collection, the distilled water is mixed with minerals and served for drinking.
The project team says that such panels can be used not only for home use (only 1 block is enough for a family of 4 members) but also for corporations and municipal enterprises.

We want to note the main advantage of solar energy in the struggle for water conservation. 85% of the world’s freshwater reserves are frozen in the northern ocean. Solar power plants do not produce CO2 in work, so there is no air pollution and growth of the Greenhouse Effect. Solar power once again proves that its development means** great prospects for the whole world**.

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Solar Futures, #1: Turning Dreams to Innovation

02.10.2017 — 0

We announce a new series of blog posts about mega-trends in renewable energy and its wider economic, societal, and political implications.

Innovation starts with a dream and a puzzle. Every good startup nowadays has a hope behind it: to create value for the people, to solve some problem, not just for the sake of making money (otherwise they’d all just go to financial services, won’t they?)

So: first you have a dream, then you start tinkering with it, and you end up with a puzzle. That’s where the whole innovation thing really begins.

Take solar energy as an example. We all want to live in a cleaner, more sustainable world. Even you don’t, you have to, as the risks of climate change are very real. Even if not for you, certainly for you children’s children. Solar energy might be a solution.

Forecasted oil production peak and decline according to** the Hubbert peak theory.**** Picture credit: **https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hubbert_peak_oil_plot.svg

But wait. Our world is based on the exploitation of natural resources, the fossil fuels. We all know it is not going to last that way. But what can be done about it, really? How can you challenge the big corporate and political machines behind the extraction of oil, natural gas, and coal? Even if you want to go beyond it, the very possibility of a “green transition” sounds so improbable.

Or so it did just a few decades ago. Look at this chart we’ve published in one of our previous posts. Think about what it tells you. Behind this rather simplistic representation are massive efforts of some of the world’s brightest minds who are working hard to explore the possibilities of making solar energy a viable option. Here’s how a dream becomes a problem.

Source:** Web of Knowledge data**, Solar DAO research.

Ok, but research is not enough. So many innovations failed because of the lack of commercialization incentives. Our economic life works on incentives. So how do you make people *interested *in funding solar energy? What is the optimal mechanism to make people invest in solar, and protect their investments? How to make it work?

Blockchain can help here. Seizing the opportunity of using decentralized, anonymous, but secure exchange system can destroy the entry barriers. Minimize transaction costs and make investments in solar energy available for everyone. Show that small is beautiful. That you can participate with just $1 in your pocket. That it is, in fact, very simple, to contribute to the “green transition”. Enroll the best experts to make sure the investments will pay off.**Call it Solar DAO.

Here’s how a problem turns to a puzzle. The difference is that puzzles are, by definition, solvable. You just need to find the solution. And this is what innovation means: creating new combinations to make value.

The first lesson is that innovation is about hopes and fears, puzzles and keys. It’s not just about money-making and pleasing one’s ego. It’s about combining things anew and building stable alliances. It’s about how to reverse the balance of forces.

Stage 1: you are alone against the oil giants and fossil fuel states. All you have is your dreams, laughably improbable. You switch the balance, and here we are:

Stage 2: crowds of small investors that share a collective vision cannot be ignored. The crowd is joined by a professional team working hard to make solar energy economically possible. Dreams become innovations.

The second lesson is that innovation can create outsized value. It’s like entering an unexplored country: you do what nobody else has ever done, you discover a new terrain of value nobody else has discovered. The good news are that real innovation is incomparable to the business-as-usual, and so are the profits. In other words, efforts pay off. Again, it’s about the balance of forces. In the case of innovation, small efforts (remember that $1!) pay off on a much larger scale.


With the Solar Futures #1 we start a new series of regular blog posts, in addition to #SolarEconomics, #SolarStocks, and #SolarNews. Along with the regular updates on the project, it will remind our investors and followers about why we need Solar DAO in the first place. #SolarFutures will talk about how renewable energy can change the way we live, use resources, and do politics. It will monitor and discuss global trends in renewable energy and blockchain, to keep you informed about the wider context in which Solar DAO is operating.

Next time we’ll post about how fossil fuels are related to democratic politics, and what are the implication of renewables in this context. Stay tuned.

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