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In Morocco, a big new solar-powered plant for turning seawater into drinking water is being built. Is the business case for renewable-energy-powered desalination technology becoming strong enough to unleash a boom?

http://www.dw.com/en/making-seawater-into-drinking-water-with-the-help-of-the-sun/a-39924334

Si en España tuviéramos instalada la misma potencia fotovoltaica que en Alemania, que asciende a casi 35 GW, gracias a la mayor radiación solar que recibe nuestro territorio lograríamos generar alrededor de 55.000GWh, lo que supondría un abaratamiento del precio pool de nuestra energía del 36%. Lo explica Anpier en este artículo, en el que pone de manifiesto que agua, viento y sol son los agentes que, realmente, están aliviando la factura eléctrica de los españoles.

https://www.energias-renovables.com/fotovoltaica/si-en-espana-hubiera-tanta-fotovoltaica-como-20170803

En una ciudad que se acerca cada vez con más frecuencia a episodios de contingencia atmosférica por la contaminación del aire, que en ciertas épocas del año es más nocivo para la salud, buscar alternativas a la movilidad, impulsada en su mayoría por la combustión de hidrocarburos, es una necesidad.

http://m.eltiempo.com/colombia/medellin/movilidad-electrica-futuro-de-sostenibilidad-en-medellin-114358

The Smart Electric Power Alliance has issued its "2017 Utility Solar Market Snapshot," finding that the United States has 33.4 GW of solar online — and more than a quarter (9.4 GW to be exact) was interconnected to the grid by utilities last year. SEPA says utility-scale solar continues to represent the majority of new solar capacity. The resource grew 84% in 2016, compared with 11% in the residential sector.

http://www.utilitydive.com/news/sepa-more-than-25-of-us-solar-was-connected-to-the-grid-in-2016/448525/

Situada en el corazón de África Occidental, la República de Guinea tiene una población de diez millones y medio de habitantes, una superficie de 245.000 km2 (aproximadamente la mitad que España) y abundantes recursos naturales. Es el segundo productor mundial de bauxita y posee grandes reservas de diamantes y oro, de manera que su economía depende esencialmente de la minería junto con la agricultura, en la que destacan el café, el cacao y la palma. A pesar de estos recursos, la población de Guinea es pobre, e gran mediada por la falta de infraestructura industrial y económica para explotar sus propios recursos. El proyecto Café au Light nació, precisamente, para ayudar a revertir esta situación.

https://www.energias-renovables.com/fotovoltaica/como-mejorar-la-vida-de-la-gente-20170801

The financial services giant plans to source renewables for 100% of its global energy needs by 2020, and to facilitate $200 billion in clean financing through 2025 – the largest commitment by any global financial institution to date.

https://pv-magazine-usa.com/2017/07/28/breaking-jpmorgan-chase-goes-all-in-on-renewable-energy/?utm_source=SolarWakeup&utm_campaign=22994cd526-SolarWakeup_2_182_16_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5eaa0aab62-22994cd526-44250213

One of the biggest challenges to maximizing the use of solar energy is enabling it to produce electricity even when the sun isn’t shining—both at night and during inclement weather. While the SunShot Initiative has funded a wide variety of energy storage research that integrates with concentrating solar power, SunShot started tackling storage for photovoltaics (PV) head-on in January 2016 with its Sustainable and Holistic Integration of Energy Storage and Solar PV (SHINES) funding program.

https://energy.gov/eere/articles/shining-progress-path-solar-energy-storage?platform=hootsuite

The United States now has unprecedented amounts of energy-use data, but there are few standards in place for protecting it, as utilities press to access energy usage information to gather granular data. This is pressing concern for utilities shifting to a new business model or regulators undergoing grid modernization proceedings. 

According to a fact sheet on the new protocol, the framework protects privacy by ensuring data is handled in a uniform, secure manner, while also allowing the creation of secure tools to reduce electricity demand.

http://www.utilitydive.com/news/illinois-regulators-finalize-open-data-framework-for-utilities/448127/

Within the next 20 years, major U.S. cities will use technology to track traffic congestion, monitor air quality, expand broadband access and provide more convenient parking options. Cities are working with private companies and other organizations to deploy technology to become more competitive in the global economy.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/bisnow/2017/07/27/smart-technology-is-coming-to-a-city-near-you/#1e4328736f4d