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A Blockchain Crash Course: How It Can Enable the Clean, Smart Grid

Andrew Winston

This is my attempt at an "explainer" on blockchain, describing it as simply as I can, and exploring how it may help build the clean grid. Blockchain is everywhere — at least when you’re talking about media coverage. In short, in the words of a recent Wired overview of the technology , blockchain creates “tamperproof databases.” The pace of adoption of clean energy is breathtaking, but it’s not moving as fast as it could. This is where blockchain may come in.

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European Grid Operators Move to Scale Up Blockchain Platform for Batteries

GreenTechMedia

Three major European grid operators are rolling out a new blockchain platform to tap the growing penetration of small-scale distributed energy resources for grid balancing. The Equigy consortium, launched last month, believes blockchain is the key to unlocking such a system.

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The Blockchain Opportunity at the Heart of the Flexible Grid

GreenTechMedia

When blockchain arrived on the energy scene three years ago, much of the discussion went straight to disruption and disintermediation. Blockchain could spell the end of the utility, the thinking went, by enabling the trading of energy directly among local producers and consumers, automatically discovering pricing and settling transactions securely without any toll-takers in the middle. With or without blockchain, the grid is changing.

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The Bitcoin Blockchain Helps Hold A Botnet From Being Taken Down

Mearth

The Bitcoin Blockchain Helps Hold A Botnet From Being Taken Down. A strategist’s guide to blockchain examines the potential advantages of this essential innovation—and also suggests a way forward for financial institutions. Explore how others may try to disrupt your corporation with blockchain technology, and how your organization might use it to leap ahead as an alternative. ?Carving Blockchain also has potential functions far beyond bitcoin and cryptocurrency.

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So, What Exactly Are Virtual Power Plants?

GreenTechMedia

And in energy circles, one of the biggest buzzwords in recent years is the virtual power plant, or VPP. But VPPs have really taken off in the last 10 years, not just as a concept but as something that a growing number of energy companies are creating, using and commercializing.

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AEP OnSite Partners signs LOI to develop solar field to power cryptocurrency mining

Renewable Energy World

Sangha believes that the deal signals a shift in how cryptocurrency miners will be developing their energy resources going forward. The company said using renewable energy for cryptocurrency mining has been its goal since beginning the Hennepin project in 2018.

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Crypto crowdfunding meets energy efficiency in Apple co-founder's new venture

GreenBiz

Crypto crowdfunding meets energy efficiency in Apple co-founder's new venture. A mere three years ago, my inbox was bloated with news about startups such as South Africa’s Sun Exchange or Estonia’s WePower or Australia’s Power Ledger focused on "democratizing" the ability of individual investors to back solar projects, often in emerging markets or communities off the grid or radar of traditional financers. . Energy & Climate. Energy Efficiency. Blockchain.

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Could Flex Services Draw New Players to Energy Sector?

GreenTechMedia

A tie-up between Vodafone and Energy Web is evidence that an emerging flexibility services opportunity is luring new players to the energy sector, insiders believe. “Let’s say you have an electric vehicle and you are charging it at your home address,” he said.

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Meet Our Newest Startup Members

Greentown Labs

Nearly 30 startups joined our community in the final quarter of 2020, working on innovations as diverse as zinc-ion batteries, long-range weather forecasts, wave energy conversion, and replacements for petrochemical plastics. ELECTRICITY. BUILDINGS.

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LIDAR helps Greece become a renewable energy leader

Renewable Energy World

Capable of recording key wind characteristics such as speed and direction up to and above 200 meters vertical height, her special skills meant #106 was always destined to be a traveler and it wasn’t long before she spread her wings. Contributed by Alexander James.

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Why carbon tracking and reporting is necessary to hold corporations accountable

GreenBiz

Now, new breakthrough climate accounting technologies are emerging as solutions to track and verify energy and carbon emissions, and report energy purchases and consumption. Most technologies on offer focus on energy and carbon and consider Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions.

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How the digital wave is contributing to the rise of sustainable fisheries

GreenBiz

Jennifer Kemmerly, vice president of global ocean initiatives at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, said a focus on sustainability is necessary in the field, as 3 billion people rely on seafood, and 60 million people rely on the seafood industry for their livelihood.

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The emerging “non-utilities”—EVs are helping new players in the energy marketplace.

Charged

He formerly served as President Obama’s appointee to a US Federal Commission established to assess emerging energy-focused digital technologies. Dramatic pricing changes, shifting cost structures, new demand curves and technologies that enable efficient decentralization are driving a dramatic shakeup of the energy marketplace, and new participants are adapting in their own ways. EVs make it possible to build smarter grids, including for the non-utilities that are pushing innovation.

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Greentown Labs Member Milestones — February 2022?

Greentown Labs

Verdox raised $80M for its electric carbon capture technology, including from Bill Gates’ Breakthrough Energy Ventures. Verdox is deploying its electric carbon capture tech with Norsk Hydro.

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Understanding NFTs and energy consumption

AGreenLiving

At this point, you’ve probably heard about blockchain and cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. Ethereum is another cryptocurrency, and NFTs are part of its blockchain. So where does energy consumption come in? How much energy? So, how much energy does this take?

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Economic Transition Monitor: UK only large emitter on track to reach net zero

Business Green

Investment management firm Invesco today published the first edition of its new Economic Transition Monitor , which aims to regularly monitor the progress of the world's 20 largest emitting economies - dubbed the C20 - on the path to net zero emissions.

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CleanTech Focus webinar: How digital transformation will bend the curve.

Climate 4.0

Under discussion is the notion that Industry 4.0 may be the way out of climate- change catastrophe as its transformative power to dematerialize and decarbonize the economy is marshalled by industries and governments By Bruce Armstrong Taylor SmartNations Foundation and The Climate 4.0

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Online Event - VERGE Energy Conference

Green Market Oracle

VERGE Energy Conference (VERGE 20) will take place on October 26-30, 2020. This online event can be attended from anywhere, The central theme at VERGE 20 will focus on how energy systems can be decarbonized, decentralized, digitized and democratized.

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Meet Our Members: Introducing Greentown’s Newest Startups of Q4 2021

Greentown Labs

Twenty-five startups joined our community in the final months of 2021, working on innovations as diverse as solar-plus-storage for blackouts, plastic and tire recycling, geothermal power generation, and construction-less dam electrification. Electricity.

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Greentown Houston Is Here—Meet Our 25+ Inaugural Startups

Greentown Labs

Today, we are proud to support more than 115 climatetech startups that are reimagining how we use and store energy, how we manufacture goods, our transportation infrastructure, and so much more—all in the name of climate action and creating a just, sustainable future for all. . Buildings.

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Grid Edge Innovation Summit 2020: IBM’s Brad Gammons on Utility Digitalization in the Age of Decarbonization

GreenTechMedia

IBM has spent the past decade advancing smart meter and digital grid technologies around the world, including playing a key role in designing the "Smart Grid Maturity Model" that helped guide investment strategies for hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S.

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Meet Our Members: Introducing Greentown’s Newest Startups of Q3 2021

Greentown Labs

Twenty startups joined our community in Q3 2021, working on innovations as diverse as carbon-negative fats, energy-efficient membrane materials for chemical separations, and scalable electric vehicle charging solutions for high-density urban settings. Buildings. Electricity.

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Digital technology, green finance in vogue among fashion’s sustainability trendsetters

GreenBiz

The key to long-term success in the fashion industry is to start trends and continually push the envelope — a philosophy that also applies to its ESG priorities. However, there is a growing and collective awareness of environmental impact across the industry.

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Four ways EPA methane rollbacks threaten American natural gas

EDF + Business

By Ben Ratner At the behest of the American Petroleum Institute, the Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to eliminate nationwide limits on methane pollution, sending America’s natural gas industry backwards to the days of uncontrolled emissions. America’s natural gas industry is no different. demand for natural gas comes from the electric power sector , which is undergoing dramatic changes as renewable energy becomes cheaper and state leaders prioritize clean energy.

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Why investors are putting biodiversity on the balance sheet

GreenBiz

The most dependent industries: construction, agriculture and food and beverage. . Here are a few other recent examples of the financial industry walking the walk in the name of biodiversity. . Why investors are putting biodiversity on the balance sheet. Clouse. Thu, 03/04/2021 - 02:11.

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20 C-suite sustainability champions for 2021

GreenBiz

Each of these individuals is playing the long game and is in a strong position to move their companies and industries into what could be a more hopeful period of reconciliation, recovery and repair. In 2014, the electrical engineer and MBA became the first woman to lead a U.S.

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“Ground-breaking” trial paves way for more transparency and traceability in the marine fuels supply chain

Envirotec Magazine

The first pilot of BunkerTrace , a system that combines synthetic DNA tracers and blockchain to manage risk for marine fuels by creating a transparent chain of custody, was successfully completed on 2 October. The Boskalis-owned dredger, Prins der Nederlanden was bunkered with 900 cubic meters (CBM) of ISO 8217:2010 compliant fuel supplied by Minerva (a marine fuels services firm) with a unique tracer added. Energy procurement is about sustainability, transparency and environment.

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Crypto crowdfunding meets energy efficiency in Apple co-founder’s new venture

AGreenLiving

Crypto crowdfunding meets energy efficiency in Apple co-founder’s new venture Heather Clancy Thu, 12/10/2020 – 01:00 Did you know Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak (aka Woz) has a cryptocurrency named after him? And now you can add energy efficiency financing to the list of crypto-enabled crowdfunding opportunities, in the form of a new company co-founded by Wozniak. Original post: Crypto crowdfunding meets energy efficiency in Apple co-founder’s new venture.

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As Renewables Surge, Australia Ponders Options for Demand Response Market

GreenTechMedia

Australian energy chiefs have welcomed the release today of two reports setting out options for the country’s future electricity market makeup. Within the NEM, only one state, Victoria, has mandated smart metering, so it is hard to see how the data would be collected elsewhere.

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Mutual credit in Africa: interview with Will Ruddick of Grassroots Economics

Low Impact

And regular usage – about 2000 active traders per week. It’s a bit confusing, because at the end of 2019, we had 11 currencies, we’d gone digital, and trading was happening through ‘liquidity pools’ where a village could trade with another village, and we were experimenting with blockchain.

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Driving Down Emissions: Polestar confirms further cuts to EV carbon footprint

Business Green

Electric vehicle (EV) maker Polestar reduced its per-car greenhouse gas-emissions by six per cent last year as it continues to pursue its "moon shot" target of creating a truly net zero EV by the end of the decade.

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Digital technology can turn corporate sustainability goals into action

Business Green

Machine learning, AI, automation and other solutions can slash firms' carbon emissions and energy usage while boosting their productivity, writes IBM's Ana Paula Assis. Understanding the energy and carbon footprint of a firm's assets can be complex.

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AB InBev VP: Our quest for 'agile' sustainable development continues

GreenBiz

The beermaker’s 2025 goals pledge bold advances in water strategy, returnable or recyclable packaging, renewable energy procurement (its U.S. It's this blockchain technology that we used in our smallholder farm supply chain.

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E8 Unveils Decarbon8-US, a New Philanthropic Impact Fund for Cleantech Startups

E8 Cleantech Angels

As the world works to recover from COVID-19, a Northwest coalition’s fund allows anyone to support the innovation needed to build a more resilient future. Another is LevelTen , an efficient, cost-effective two-sided market for renewable energy producers and commercial customers.

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Why carbon tracking and reporting is necessary to hold corporations accountable

AGreenLiving

Now, new breakthrough climate accounting technologies are emerging as solutions to track and verify energy and carbon emissions, and report energy purchases and consumption. As more of these services hit the market, corporations making ambitious climate pledges will need to adopt energy and carbon tracking and reporting technologies. Most technologies on offer focus on energy and carbon and consider Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions.

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How the digital wave is contributing to the rise of sustainable fisheries

AGreenLiving

Jennifer Kemmerly, vice president of global ocean initiatives at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, said a focus on sustainability is necessary in the field, as 3 billion people rely on seafood, and 60 million people rely on the seafood industry for their livelihood.

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Climate Corps Alumni Advisory Board

EDF + Business

He/Him/His) Energy & Sustainability Consultant, Cumming Corporation Los Angeles, CA, USA Shorenstein Realty Services (‘15). As an Assistant Project Manager, Trevor Anderson supports his Energy and Sustainability team and their clients on a variety of sustainability consulting services.

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E8 Unveils Decarbon8-US, a New Philanthropic Impact Fund for Cleantech Startups

E8 Cleantech Angels

As the world works to recover from COVID-19, a Northwest coalition’s fund allows anyone to support the innovation needed to build a more resilient future. Another is LevelTen , an efficient, cost-effective two-sided market for renewable energy producers and commercial customers.

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E8 Unveils Decarbon8-US, a New Philanthropic Impact Fund for Cleantech Startups

E8 Cleantech Angels

As the world works to recover from COVID-19, a Northwest coalition’s fund allows anyone to support the innovation needed to build a more resilient future. Another is LevelTen , an efficient, cost-effective two-sided market for renewable energy producers and commercial customers.

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Why investors are putting biodiversity on the balance sheet

AGreenLiving

The most dependent industries: construction, agriculture and food and beverage. ” Here are a few other recent examples of the financial industry walking the walk in the name of biodiversity. Why investors are putting biodiversity on the balance sheet C.J.

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Digital technology, green finance in vogue among fashion’s sustainability trendsetters

AGreenLiving

Digital technology, green finance in vogue among fashion’s sustainability trendsetters Phylicia Wu Wed, 08/05/2020 – 01:00 The key to long-term success in the fashion industry is to start trends and continually push the envelope — a philosophy that also applies to its ESG priorities. However, there is a growing and collective awareness of environmental impact across the industry. Promising green finance developments in the fashion industry already are underway.

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Sara Prochasson: May Member of the Month

Women in Cleantech and Sustainability

WCS Member of the Month highlights the amazing stories of female leaders in the industry. As an electricity distribution service for France, what are some of your programs, in particular those unique to Enedis? Sara: Enedis is the French regulated distribution system operator (DSO), which is part of EDF (Electricité de France) Group; in France the electric system is unbundled. It is the largest DSO in Europe, with 35 million meters, nearly 1.3

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Sara Prochasson: May Member of the Month

Women in Cleantech and Sustainability

WCS Member of the Month highlights the amazing stories of female leaders in the industry. As an electricity distribution service for France, what are some of your programs, in particular those unique to Enedis? Sara: Enedis is the French regulated distribution system operator (DSO), which is part of EDF (Electricité de France) Group; in France the electric system is unbundled. It is the largest DSO in Europe, with 35 million meters, nearly 1.3