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Energy: Monday Updates. #SDdigest

06.11.2018 — 0

  • Bungala Solar Farm goes fully online as Australia’s biggest solar project to date. After being commissioned in stages, the Bungala Solar Farm near Port Augusta in South Australia is now fully operational. At 220 MW/275 MWdc, Bungala is Australia’s largest solar farm completed to date.

  • U.S. Supreme Court justices, hearing a challenge to Virginia’s moratorium on uranium mining, struggled on Monday over how far states can go to ban mining of the radioactive metal for public health reasons before overstepping federal law.
    The justices heard an hour of arguments in an appeal by a company called Virginia Uranium, Inc seeking to revive a lawsuit thrown out by a lower court that aimed to invalidate Virginia’s ban, enacted in 1982. The company has said that ban conflicts with a federal law regulating nuclear power generation.

  • Volkswagen will consider plans to convert its factories in Emden, and Hannover, Germany to build electric cars during a strategy review on November 16, German daily Handelsblatt said. Volkswagen currently builds the VW Passat passenger car in Emden but the sedan segment has suffered from sagging demand as customers flock to buy sports utility vehicles, prompting a review of the factory’s future.

  • Britain’s renewable electricity capacity has overtaken that of fossil fuel generators such as gas and coal for the first time, a report said. Britain aims to increase its renewable output and close its coal-fired power plants by 2025 as part of efforts to meet climate targets. The report said:

"A third of fossil fuel generating capacity has retired over the last five years – whilst the capacity from wind, solar, biomass, hydro and other renewables has tripled."

  • PetroChina said it has signed a five-year natural gas contract with Kazakhstan’s KazTransGas, according to a statement published on the Chinese oil major’s website.

  • Electric vehicles are coming, and New England and California better watch out. Consider the following: the transportation sector (planes, trains, and automobiles) accounts for almost 29% of all energy consumed in the United States.

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Energy: Last Weekend Updates. #SDdigest

05.11.2018 — 0

  • The Dubai Water and Electricity Authority (DEWA) has announced it will expand Phase IV of the 5 GW Mohammed bin Rashid Maktoum Solar Park by another 250 MW. The power utility has also revealed that the PPA with the project developer, local energy giant ACWA Power has been amended, and that the new PV portion of Phase IV, which originally included only a 700 MW CSP power plant planned to sell power at $0.073/kWh, will sell power at a tariff of $0.024/kWh. This price equals that of a 1.17 GW solar project currently under construction in Abu Dhabi.

  • NASA is working on a nuclear fission system that could help humans reach Mars. Today, the idea of sending humans to Mars is not such a far-fetched proposition. Elon Musk’s SpaceX, for example, says it has an "aspirational goal" to send a cargo mission to the Red Planet in 2022. A second mission, carrying both cargo and crew, is being targeted for 2024. For its part NASA, together with the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration, has been working on a nuclear reactor power system that it says could "enable long-duration crewed missions to the Moon, Mars and destinations beyond."

  • Colombia’s national mining and energy planning unit UPME has announced in a circular it will postpone the final bidding rules for the country’s first auction for large-scale renewable energy projects. The authority said that it will provide an updated schedule of the auction in an upcoming circular, without providing further details. Meanwhile, local newspaper La República has reported that UPME’s director, Ricardo Ramírez, and the vice-minister of energy and mines, Diego Mesa, said during a conference that the auction will not be held on January 2, as initially planned, and that it may be held at a later date in the first quarter of 2019.

  • Russian energy producer Gazprom will deliver more gas to its Austrian partner OMV. Deliveries to Austria will be increased by 1 billion cubic metres per year, they added. Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller said:

"The signing of a document on additional exports beyond the contractual amounts serves as yet another proof of the high demand for Russian gas on the part of our European consumers."

  • The ozone layer that shields life from cancer-causing solar rays is recovering at a rate of one to three percent per decade, reversing years of dangerous depletion caused by the release of harmful chemicals, a UN study said. UN Environment and the World Meteorological Organization said in a statement:

"Evidence presented by the authors shows that the ozone layer in parts of the stratosphere has recovered at a rate of 1-3 percent per decade since 2000."

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Blockchain: Last Week Updates. #SDdigest

05.11.2018 — 0

  • Australian 209-year-old “snail mail” delivery service is using digital identification technology to enable cryptocurrency exchanges to carry out KYC checks in a matter of minutes, thereby vastly simplifying the process of purchasing crypto in Australia.


Using Australia Post’s "Digital iD" service, Australian crypto buyers no longer have to spend days waiting for exchanges to verify their uploaded identity documents and photos before permitting them to trade.

"We are devoting significant resources to how we might provide audit services in not just cryptocurrency, but blockchain. Our global team of experienced business, technology and regulatory leaders can help you identify how blockchain can benefit your organization and how to rapidly move these initiatives forward."

  • CryptoKitties creator has now raised almost $75,000 per daily active user, overall $15 million from a few venture capital firms including funds run by heavyweights Google and Samsung in order to expand operations.


  • In an official statement, the Ukranian government confirmed its plans to establish regulatory frameworks to legalize crypto in Ukraine. The Economic Development and Trade Ministry in Ukraine released a new state policy and two stage plan to oversee various cryptocurrency-related sectors which will be put in full effect by the end of 2021.

  • US banking giant JPMorgan Chase Bank’s blockchain, Quorum, will be used to "tokenize" gold bars. Quorum is the enterprise version of Ethereum that works on smart contracts.


Explanation how gold bars are tokenized:

A gold bar is wrapped into a tamper-proof case electronically tagged, that allows to track the gold bar from the mine to endpoint – with the use case being, if you know it’s a socially responsible mine, someone will be willing to pay a higher spread on that gold versus if you don’t know where it comes from.

  • New effort to tackle global ocean plastics crisis uses blockchain. Household supplies multinational SC Johnson has announced a pioneering partnership with Plastic Bank, a plastic waste recycling startup, to tackle the threat of global ocean plastics by increasing the rate of recycling across less privileged areas of Indonesia.


Collection centres with a minimum capacity of 100 metric tonnes of plastic per year will be operational by May 2019.

  • According to new research from major US bank Morgan Stanley. Bitcoin and altcoins are new institutional investment class.

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

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Energy: Wednesday Updates. #SDdigest

01.11.2018 — 0

  • African airport turns to solar power as it aims to cut emissions. In an announcement earlier this week solar business Solarcentury said it had signed a contract with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to undertake the work at Moi International Airport, in Mombasa.

  • An upgrade to Tesla Inc’s ‘Summon’ auto-parking feature will be ready within six weeks and will allow its vehicles to drive around a parking lot, find an empty spot and read parking signs, Chief Executive Elon Musk said on Thursday. The upgrade will be compatible in all Tesla cars made in the past two years, Musk said in a series of tweets on Thursday.

  • Depleted Western Balkan rivers hit power generation, up prices. Daily production from Serbia’s hydropower plants dropped by 20 percent to 15 million kilowatt hours (kWh), power utility Elektroprivreda Srbije (EPS) said in an email.

  • The US Environmental Protection Agency has sent its proposal for 2019 blending volumes under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) to the White House for final review, a filing with the Office of Management and Budget showed on Wednesday.

  • Shell profits soar to four-year high. The world’s second-largest listed oil and gas company saw its cash generation from operations rise by nearly 60 percent to $12.1 billion, as deep cost savings in recent years filtered through.

  • China faces power supply risks as coal-fired capacity growth slows. China added 15.73 gigawatts (GW) of coal-fired power from January to September, though that was 9.54 GW less than in the same period of last year.

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Tram Against Car

31.10.2018 — 0

Since 1980, trams have returned to the many cities in the world. There were many reasons for this, but the main reason is the overcrowding of cities with cars. This public transport has a rich history and many advantages. The first electric tram appeared in Russia in 1880, not far from Petersburg.

The most notable plus of tram is energy efficiency.

Below we wrote the energy usage per passenger-kilometer (pkm) for the car and the tram. The lower figure is an indicator at rush hour, the most energy-efficient time. The highest number is normal operation, not in peak hours.
Source: Australian Greenhouse Office. National Greenhouse Gas Inventory: Analysis of Recent Trends and Greenhouse Indicators 1990 to 2002, and Australian Methodology for the Estimation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks 2002: Energy (Transport). Industry figures for public transport power consumption and PTUA calculations (see below).

John is an ordinary citizen, he has a family, a job and a car. He travels every day in his car with a length of 18 kilometers, 9 kilometers to work and 9 kilometers back. The energy consumption of a car will be approximately 84.6 MJ. Even if he works in the same building with his wife and they travel together, then for each energy consumption will be 42.3.
Imagine that John’s car is under repair and he has to get to work by public transport. If the route remains the same, and he takes the tram, John will consume 8 MJ, which is more than ten times less.
Perhaps its route will be longer, due to the specific route of the trams, but even if it doubles (36 km), the consumption will still not exceed 20 MJ.

If John consumes about 75 MJ per day, excluding transportation, then using a car will be 159.6 MJ, and using a tram – 81, which is almost two times less than using a car.

Production costs

The production of any kind of vehicle requires a tremendous amount of energy. This indicator is also important when calculating the efficiency of modes of transport.
100 mJ of energy is expended to produce 1 kg of metal, plastic and other raw materials for a car.

To release a small car weighing 1 ton will require 100,000 MJ or 100 GJ. If for all its existence, it will cover 200,000 km, then this will correspond to 0.5 MJ per km.
Weight of popular cars:
Toyota Camry ~ 1500 kg.
Land Rover Range Rover ~ 2400 kg.
Hummer H2 ~ 3500 kg.

The tram weighs from 20 to 40 tons, but its life time expectancy is from 30 to 50 years. Over its entire existence, it will overcome several million kilometers. If you count the number of daily passengers, you get the number shown in the table.

In most countries electricity for trams is produced by classical methods, and not with the help of “green”stations. When public transport switches to green energy, cars will lose in many ways.

Greater efficiency of trams can be achieved by competent management. The study of the most important routes for citizens, reasonable use of roads, comfort – all this plays a direct role in the energy efficiency of public transport in comparison with the car.

Information is taken from Australian PTUA.

Solar energy is developing faster in the world then electric cars are capturing it so that in the near future we can see how the world is moving to a more environmentally friendly form of transport.

Roosevelt Island Tram
This tram transports people over the East River Strait in New York. The route runs at an altitude of 76 meters.

The city of Blackpool especially loves this type of public transport.

In the capital of Hungary, the city of Budapest, the longest trams in the world are 53.9 meters long. By order of the city administration, Siemens has developed forty such trams in order to unload the transport system of the capital.

These trams appeared in Jerusalem in 2011. The doors of the cars are made of modern bullet-proof materials, the tram engine is located inside a special protective casing, protecting it from explosions. Each stop is announced in three languages – Hebrew, Arabic, and English.

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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • 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.


  • 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.



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).


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

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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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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
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.