- “Musk Delivers On Promise Of Providing Ventilators To Los Angeles” • Elon Musk has made good on his promise to help get more medical ventilators to hospitals in California to treat patients with severe COVID-19 symptoms. The ventilators help people breathe when they cannot do it for themselves, and the machines are in short supply. [CleanTechnica]
- “Panasonic Is Building A Comprehensive Energy Management System For Homeowners” • Panasonic has developed a smart home energy system that appears to be unique. In one version, for example, energy from PVs is not converted from the panels’ DC to household AC and then back again to be stored as DC in the batteries. [CleanTechnica]
- “Birol: COVID-19 Shock Shows Renewables’ Importance For Power Balance” • Fatih Birol, head of the International Energy Agency, said the lockdowns due to coronavirus are a stress test for power grids. In his view, the disruptions amid the COVID-19 pandemic point to the future role of renewables in power grid balancing. [Balkan Green Energy News]
- “Siemens Mobility Will Supply 20 Battery Electric Trains To Baden-Württemberg” • A new type of train can run on electricity from batteries when necessary and on overhead wires where available, recapturing kinetic energy regenerative braking when possible. Siemens said a Baden-Württemberg transit agency ordered twenty of them. [CleanTechnica]
- “With The Public Distracted, Interior Department Moves Full Speed Ahead On Oil And Gas Leases” • As we all do our part to limit the extent of the COVID 19 outbreak, the US Department of the Interior instead appears to be more focused on advancing oil and gas interests and abusing the situation to avoid public scrutiny and input on its actions. [CleanTechnica]
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