EQUIGY blockchain power grid consortium joined by Austrian’s APG

Austrian Power Grid (APG) is now the fourth to become a member of the EQUIGY blockchain energy balancing platform. Other members of this platform include TenneT, Swissgrid, and Terna, which hails from Netherlands, Germany, and Italy, respectively. The joint initiative wants to address the issue of imbalance between renewable energy demand and supply.

Energy transition, which is the process of shifting from using fossil fuels to renewables, is facing a lot of challenges. One of these challenges is the volatility in power supply like solar and wind. Renewable sources do not have the capacity to offer sufficient power when the demand increases. Consequently, power grids are forced to spend more money in maintaining a balance between demand and supply.

Many renewable energy sources in Austria rely on the weather. With the growing power usage, the energy system has to provide a lasting solution to allow market members to trade effectively. This will be achieved by 2030 when the energy system will provide 100% power from renewable sources.

EQUIGY’s solution will enable all participants, whether big or small, to generate and store power, which will be used to balance power grids. The platform uses blockchain, electric vehicles, and batteries in stabilizing power grids, which facilitate the participation of commercial providers and households in the power trading market.

Batteries can be used to store surplus energy and delivered when renewable sources do not meet demand. The blockchain’s main objective is to help track the transactions whenever a business or household delivers power to the grid. In 2019, the APG developed a platform that enabled small-scale consumers to participate in the power trading market. APG wants to develop the platform further and partners with other transmission grid traders to extend the technology.

The initiative aims to achieve its goals at both the national and European level. In 2020, the APG intervened on the grid almost every day, making them come up with several measures. The measures are taken costed APG about £134 million. Joining EQUIGY will enable international participants to interact in renewable energy trading in Austria. This will help reach an equilibrium between power demand and supply, making the entire system stable and flexible.

Various companies and organizations are trying to solve this problem of power grid instability. For instance, Sonnen Group, a German energy storage systems provider, collaborates with the Energy Web Foundation to reserve wind power in batteries.


The significant role of Australian Retailers and other industries in tight yet promising Renewable Energy Commitments

According to Greenpeace research, the Australian retail sector is doing a great job in renewable energy commitments. In fact, it is the leading sector among all the industries. Going by the statistics from REenergise 2020 Corporate Renewable Snapshot, the second sector in clean energy commitments has a figure slightly above half what retailers commit to. After all, the retail industry clean energy commitment is at 1146 MW of wind and solar energy. That’s a good figure as it could be enough to power 533,021 households and, in the process, create employment. Clean energy is the future, and 2,063 new jobs in such an industry are something incredible.

The telecommunications industry clinched the second position with a commitment of 713 NW. Property and construction were at the bottom of the list, having registered a commitment of 88 MW. The bottom line is that you can expect up to 2.8 GW from new renewable energy projects. That’s because up to 28 big electricity consumers have pledged in support of clean energy. It would make a massive difference since it is enough to power almost the entire Perth and Brisbane combined. A capacity that can power 1.3 million homes is no joke.

Some of the contributors in the retail industry did way better than others. Excellent examples include ALDI, Bunnings, and Woolworths. These three companies are going for a 100 percent commitment to renewable energy. According to Greenpeace Australia Pacific REenergise campaign director Lindsay Soutar, 100 percent renewable energy is perfect for every business. In addition to being clean, it is also relatively cheap. Equally important, every business has a significant role in tackling climate change and one wouldn’t imagine a better way to do so.

According to Greenpeace Australia Pacific, major retail brands such as Kmart and Coles should follow suit and commit to 100 percent renewables. Soutar also suggests that Vodafone and Optus follow the footsteps of Telstra and start sourcing power to renewable energy sources exclusively. The director also pointed fingers at the government, which is yet to come up with a policy on matters emission reduction.

She adds that despite the government’s disappointment, other stakeholders, especially corporates, are closing the gap in the best way they can. Soutar says it is a necessity since a clean energy future is inevitable. She also appreciates how not even the coronavirus pandemic stops people from thriving to the transition to renewable energy. Data from 2020 shows an improvement from the previous year in terms of 100% renewable commitment from companies. Therefore, if the trend continues, things will even be better this year.


EDMO Distributors and AvMap Satellite Navigation have penned a distribution contract

The pioneer of distributing avionics and installation components, EDMO Distributors, has penned a distribution contract with AvMap Satellite Navigation. AvMap is renowned for developing navigation systems, with the first of a kind being unveiled 27 years ago. The company’s EKP V is a peculiar map display hosted or planted in on a spacecraft. Moreover, customers have the opportunity to top up the equipment with an ADAHRS technology or its advanced type called the A2 ADAHRS. Other products that have characterized the popularity of the company include EngiBOX and Ultra EFIS systems. These multi-operational avionics offer advanced display, navigation, and observatory systems for Experimental and Light-Sport aircraft utilizing the ROTAX power system. EDMO is planning to penetrate the North American market by expanding its business connections.

AvMap’s sales manager, Bjorn Nagelhout, stated that they are excited to partner once again with EDMO Distributors considering their previous involvement in the initial EKP kneeboard rollout system. He explained that their growing product line was requiring the services of a firm like EDMO in the advertisement of its products and other marketing activities. AvMap’s products can be integrated into many systems ranging from autopilot operations, CAS, video cameras, and providing essential weather display services. The company boasts of quality systems and advanced US and European customer support potential. This feature is viable because their systems are not certified by TSO, allowing them to go to extremes to harvest data and improve their technology.

The vice president of Sales and Marketing at EDMO, Jeffery Geraci, observed that AvMap’s production line had grown considerably to offer peculiar value in both experimental pilot and reference and support in circumstantial awareness for certification. Some of the key advancements that EDMO observed include a versatile vision, autopilot features, and crucial add-ons. The company has witnessed versatile changes in the navigation sector and has managed to survive all the waves of changes. It has upgraded its intelligent farming, avionics, and smart devices to attract and grow its market share. AvMap’s location in Italy makes it available for government agencies’ services, rescue missions, and other crucial operations.

On the other hand, EDMO Distributors is happy to be in service for the last 50 years, garnering a reputation in providing aircraft components, test equipment, installation systems, pilot tools, and wires and cables. The company has never failed to offer the best alternatives when the market products have proven to be defective and less efficient, making it stand out among the other companies. The company executives explained their supply of quality products in what has kept customers and earned their loyalty.


The Southeast Asian region is aligning itself towards renewables to recuperate the hard-hit economy

Before the coronavirus pandemic halted energy operations, the transition to clean energy shaped up with policymakers and investors in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) spearheading these regulations. Renewable energy facilities were expanding considerably in the region, demonstrating the governments’ urge to greenhouse gas minimizes emissions, make electricity affordable, and promote this technology. However, the pandemic period slowed the construction activities because financial constraints forced the governments to switch the funds heading in this direction to other projects. The scale-up of the renewable energy potential and the recuperation of the pandemic’s economy have demanded the development of the five-year ASEAN Plan of Action for Energy Cooperation (APAEC). The plan recommends the development of renewable energy capacity by the addition of 35 to 40 GW.

The countries pioneering this plan are Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia, which boast of 84% renewable energy capacity in the entire region. Vietnam is the head of this pack contributing 34% of this share. This trend is indicative of the government’s desire to achieve net-zero emissions in the set period to facilitate the exploration of other projects. The country has been aggressive in the fight against coal utilization to generate electricity to minimize carbon emissions by 15 percent before the end of this decade.

Vietnam will also be leading the development of renewable energy in the region by establishing the installation of projects that can produce more than 13 GW. Solar power and hydropower will facilitate the transition in the first half of this decade before the other renewable energy sources like wind and biopower can follow up. For this decade, the National Power Development Plan provides that onshore and offshore wind energy must account for not less than 50 GW of the electricity utilized in this region.

Other countries hit by the pandemic are Singapore, which, according to the Energy Market Authority (EMA), witnessed a reduction in solar photovoltaic technology installation by half the annual rate. The country went into shelter-in-place regulations to protect its citizens, forcing the new renewable energy systems linked to the grids to provide half the energy capacity they were generating. They did not have the engineers who were monitoring the systems effectively on site. Nevertheless, the country is set to rejuvenate its energy sector this year since the government is attentive to renewable energy infrastructure development. More projects are underway in the country to reinstate it to its financial position.


Kerbal Space Program 2 will deploy Kerbonauts into the virtual space

The makers of the famous video game “Kerbal Space Program” from the Private Division and Intercept Games has been asked to answer the composition of Kerbals in a YouTube video where they were discussing the next Kerbal Space Program 2 that will be deployed next year. The game’s unveiling will allow the Kerbals, in-game astronauts, to experience a new feel when they run the interstellar spacecraft.

The frustration of operating these systems will make them pressurize the spacecraft and do other engineering operations to keep the spacecraft in motion. The executive producer of the KSP at Private Division, Michael Cook, stated that this would be an exciting moment for the Kerbals to simulate the terror that they can create with the spacecraft. In essence, the mission will be representing the astronauts or their developers on the appropriate techniques that they should employ to maneuver in space.

Veteran KSP players understand the frustrations and excitement that comes with the games that represent space physics. Some of the challenges include developing and deploying rockets and spacecraft that can host the Kerbals. Various developers insinuated that the Kerbals’ humanity activates the game’s fame among the gamers. The 3D animator and content developer for Intercept Games, Paul Zimmer, stated that the addition of Kerbals advances the emotional and human aspects of the astronomical game. The unavailability of these Kerbals takes away the responses that stir up the game’s excitement that they display in this new model.

The creative director of Intercept, Nate Simpson, explained that the introduction of Kerbals brings the joy that the simulations test hard things over and over on the game until there is a breakthrough. The purpose of the Kerbals is to demonstrate that failure in developing a machine that can navigate space should not stop the developers but rather inspire them to continue their exploits until they better their techniques.

Simpson noted that the Kerbals encounter all the wrong things that we would expect spacecraft developers to come across until they eventually rise to the era of interstellar civilization. Kerbal Space Program 2 will unleash new things, including various personalities, facial expressions, hairdos, and versatile responses that the Kerbonauts will be stated in response to their challenges in their quest to venture into space.

The developers purposely allowed the Kerbals to respond in various ways while under gravitational space. KSP 2 was supposed to come to the scenes last year; numerous delays, including the upgrade of some essentials in the game, forced it to wait until next year. Nevertheless, the delay is worthy since the developers establish a more solid foundation for the players and modders to interact through this decade.


Momentus and Pixxel agree to enter a deal for the Second Satellite deployment

Momentus and Pixxel have come to terms to develop the second small satellite for Pixxel and deploy it to the SSO orbit aboard SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket at the end of next year. Nevertheless, the two agencies have the opportunity to deploy the payload in 2022 if technical challenges arise before the launch of this mission.

Pixxel is developing a group of satellites for optical imaging to obtain valuable data across the globe concerning various aspects. The purpose of the agreement between Pixxel and Momentus is that Momentus Shuttle Service will give Pixxel rideshare opportunities for its upcoming payloads heading for the low-Earth orbit.

Pixxel came into being last year courtesy of Awais Ahmed and Kshitij Khandelwal. The two decided to develop the company to deliver data concerning agricultural performance and climatic changes. Pixxel has garnered $5 million, which has been instrumental in developing its second satellite’s facilities and deployment with support from Momentus. The company hopes to attract more funding and receive more rideshare opportunities for its incubating projects.

Awais Ahmed, one of the founders, expressed his excitement to partner with Momentus, hoping to deliver the first payload for its customers in secure proximity. He added that they wish to witness a good display by the company in servicing its upcoming rideshare missions. It has proved itself in the space industry, capable of delivering these services. Awais hopes that they can explore the low-Earth orbit through the services of Momentus.

The chief executive of Momentus, Mikhail Kokorich, admitted that Pixxel is a startup that any company would love to team up with considering that they are doing great innovative work in such a short time. Mikhail added that it would be sad to lose such a worthy company from the space industry since the company shares in the objective of people venturing space with the available infrastructure and development projects. 

On the other hand, Momentus has been expanding significantly since its formation three years ago. In its growth process, Momentus has garnered several customers beginning from commercial space agencies like NASA to the space industry pioneers like SpaceX. Momentus is happy to help Pixxel to also get on to its feet the same way it gained its reputation through the help of other companies.

In conclusion, Momentus utilizes new technology like water technology for propulsion for its upcoming space vehicles. Some of the cars include the Shuttle Service module and Charter Service prototype, deploying payloads to space and offering rideshare services to startup companies like Pixxel.


ICEYE initiates large scale manufacture of satellite

Space exploration has revolutionized over the years, with the space industry launching different rockets’ designs to the moon and the universe. Additionally, space exploration brought the universe closer to the earth through live pictures, consequently increasing scientific space knowledge. The revolution was instigated by commercial space exploration that attracted different investors to venture into space exploration. ICEYE is among the space companies that have ventured into space exploration.

ICEYE’s operations are based in Finnish and involve satellites that capture pictures of the earth’s surface while utilizing the Synthetic-Aperture Radar (SAR) technology. Resultantly, SAR technology obtains geospatial data that aids its client to get a clear and intellectual decision. Surprisingly, ICEYE is the first global industry to construct a SAR satellite weighing up to 100kgs. The company recently raised funding of $87 million, totaling $152 million from the initial rounds. ICEYE’s plans include launching four SAR satellites by the end of 2020 and an extra eight SAR’s by 2021. 

Dr.Mark Matossian, the managing director of the U.S. ICEYE, noted that the company is in the progress of space exploration and they are well equipped with a five-year experience of space exploration. He further added that the new move would transform the company’s goal and increase the market scope. On the other hand, the company has been in service since 2018 with its three satellites that serve the customers. The clients are exposed to quality imagery of the earth’s surface through cloud storage. 

ICEYE also delivers precise services that help meteorologists predict the weather and monitor the formation of weather catastrophes like floods and tornados. Conversely, the company also offers services to companies in the mining, insurance, and utility sector. For example, Tokio Marine, a global insurance organization based in Japan, is a client to ICEYE. The company seeks to establish its customer base in the U.S. Matossian, a former Google employee who worked with the Terra Bella Earth-imaging constellation, came on board to help ICEYE progress its market scope.

Matossian further notes that the funding will propel the company into an expansion phase, and more organizations will seek the services. Additionally, Matossian explains that construction companies will access the company’s services through distant asset monitoring. The benefit of expanding into different company sectors makes the clients uninformed about the source of data. For example, raw data given to the insurance company may seem irrelevant. Moreover, the company will provide a spreadsheet that will comprise of every possession they insure.     


SK Innovation is hastening the initiation of operations at its EV battery facility in Georgia by recruiting employees

SK Innovation revealed its plan of recruiting over 1000 employees by the end of next year in the preparation to start operations at the company’s newly acquired electric vehicle battery center in Atlanta. The company revealed that this is its first step to ensure that Georgia becomes the biggest center for electric vehicle battery production globally.  

SK Innovation crossed the 60 employees mark this year, where most of them are administrative officers, engineers, technicians, and specialists in the various fields of production. These core employees will help lay down strategies to ensure that the other employees go through proper hiring procedures and procure mostly skilled employees for the efficient continuation of operations in the facility.

SK Innovation has so far managed to develop the frontal structures and foundations for the second plant of Georgia’s company. This new facility in Georgia will combine efforts with others to ensure they produce enough battery cells to fit over 200000 electric cars.

SK Innovation announced that the other projects, like the one in Jackson County, are making crucial steps towards the turnaround of the area to become a hub for clean energy vehicles. Commissioner Pat Wilson of the Georgia Department of Economic Development added that the facility would create over 2000 employment opportunities once its full potential becomes visible.

Pat Wilson expressed his gratitude to all the partners who facilitated employees’ training to ready them for absorption into the facility under development in Georgia. He reiterated that the project proceedings in Georgia would activate industrial development in the area and accelerate the creation of jobs through clean energy projects like electric vehicle production.

SK Innovation stated that its electric vehicle plants at Georgia would create employment for the people in this area and raise their living standards. Additionally, the other upcoming projects will create more jobs in the next three years while realigning the region to adopt electric vehicles and minimize emissions from the ICE cars.

Commerce Mayor Clark Hill stated that Jackson County and Commerce projects would activate economic growth in these areas while creating jobs through the battery manufacturing projects. In conclusion, SK Innovation will be collaborating with QuickStart and Lanier Technical College, which offer employee training and technical education to people to ensure they are ready for absorption into the electric vehicle battery manufacturing factories. SK Innovation chief executive Jun Kim reiterated that the training would make the employees viable for jobs in the coming transition to clean energy, especially in the auto industry.


New Strategies unveil as NASA and Space Force partner

As humankind continues to advance in space exploration expeditions, new cohorts help facilitate humanity’s mission to explore other outer space bodies. Several space corporations and state agencies are collaborating to develop space technologies that draw humans closer to achieving the vision of living and working on a planet such as Mars. Every commercial space company seeks to bring onboard NASA as its potential customer or funder because of the agency’s comprehensive network, state-of-the-art space technologies, and expertise. Initially, numerous speculations about the much-anticipated partnership between the two United States agencies circulated public media, but all is clear. NASA officially affirmed the association between the agency and the United States Space Force to develop policies, research studies, and space industry technologies. The partnership seeks to protect the planet against hazardous bodies like asteroids. 

Jim Bridenstine, NASA’s administrator, and General John Raymond, the director of Space Operations, discussed the terms of their Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on September 22 during an online forum that the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies conducted. The MoU substitutes a prior agreement between NASA and the United States Air Force Space Command endorsed over two decades ago. The creation of Space Force back in December 2019 disestablished the cohort between the two agencies. Raymond said that the Space Force anticipates future partnership because NASA continues to advance into space exploration technologies for humanity’s benefits. The central objective of the Space Force is to ensure freedom of operation in space to support NASA’s program that aims to take a man back to the Moon and attain the most remarkable space exploration in the history of humanity by reaching Mars.

NASA is an agency that plays no military operations. NASA plans to sort for military support from agencies such as the Space Force to protect its assets, currently in orbit, against hostile attacks. Bridenstine said that there are many challenges in the space industry, and NASA faces the same risks, just like the agency’s peers who are commercial operators. The Space Force plays a vital role in supporting NASA to help the agency achieve its mission while protecting its space assets. 

Bridenstine stated that nations are designing, developing, and deploying laser technology and other techniques that interfere with satellite communications. Some countries use cyber weapons to enable them to hack and hijack space systems. Every nation using the space network domain is at risk from these potential threats. When an attack occurs on any spacecraft, the perpetrator’s identity becomes critically essential; however, it is challenging to point out space networks’ culprits.

In conclusion, NASA plans to take advantage of the agency’s international standing to foster new cohorts to facilitate peaceful space use. The agency continues to prepare for its lunar lander mission, encouraging private corporations to utilize the Moon’s resources.


Proterra launches the Proterra ZX5 advanced electric car

Proterra’s ZX5 electric vehicle is the company’s latest electric vehicle that runs purely on electricity. The electric vehicle illustrates the sufficient technology with enough energy storage capacity that makes the car ready for speed and range maximization. 

The Proterra ZX5 has a power potential of 660 kWh of power, making it cover over 300 miles in a single charge. Proterra explained that the vehicle comes in both 35 and 40-foot lengths, allowing the customer to select the car with the capacity they require. Nevertheless, more details on these two models are accessible at the Proterra ZX5 social media platform. 

Proterra’s president, Jack Allen, stated that in 2010 the company ventured electric buses’ production and marketing. This move implied that the industry would soon be switching gears to this mode of transportation. Currently, the transition to clean energy is visible, with automakers agreeing to the change. Additionally, Proterra is rolling out its fifth electric bus, which will grace the North American roads.   

Proterra has admitted that this ZX5 electric bus meets the electrification requirements with a physical stature that will last for an extended period. Additionally, the make of the bus connotes the safety of the passengers and high reliability. 

The ZX5 has the best design with a body that enables the passenger to board it with much ease. Additionally, the charging system has easily accessible ports making the bus a beauty to maneuver around busy cities and recharge quickly. 

The engineers designed the bus to advance the previous model with high acceleration and an enhanced horsepower. Additionally, the model can move through the steep hills without wheezing like other cars struggling through the same path. 

With the latest battery design and technology, this ZX5 battery enables the vehicle to surpass the ICE cars’ efficiency rate since it does not require frequent maintenance and checking of parameters of the acceleration system. The dual drivetrain of the bus increases its efficiency in winding up the hills and steep landscapes. Additionally, the bus can accelerate from zero to 20 mph in less than seven seconds. 

The Proterra ZX5 features Proterra battery systems. Designed and manufactured in Proterra’s California battery manufacturing facility, Proterra says its battery systems are safe, durable, and efficient. Proterra batteries are manufactured with safety mechanisms built directly into the battery architecture and have undergone testing to ensure they can withstand a full-service life under the most challenging conditions. 

Finally, Proterra hopes that customers can purchase this new model and test its efficiency. The firm conducted its research and development on the battery technology and are confident of its capacity to sustain the car through the 300 mileage range.