Design global, manufacture local: a new industrial revolution?

P2P Foundation and The Conversation, October 18, 2017  By Vasilis Kostakis  Vasilis Kostakis and Jose Ramos: What if globally designed products could radically change how we work, produce and consume? Several examples across continents show the way we are producing and consuming goods could be improved by relying on globally shared digital resources, such as design, knowledge and software. Imagine a prosthetic hand designed …

Flywheels help Alaska’s remote microgrids go to 95% renewable energy

15 Oct 2017 NPR  Seafood processors like Ocean Beauty are some of the largest energy consumers in Kodiak, Alaska, which has generated more than 99 percent of its electricity from renewable sources since 2014. Here, the Ocean Beauty seafood plant. Eric Keto/Alaska’s Energy Desk This archipelago in the Gulf of Alaska is home to one of the busiest commercial fishing …

Needing to price resilience

Excerpt from Too often electric resilience — the ability to withstand or bounce back from an outage — is an intangible in the minds of energy users, he said. They don’t consider the cost of downtime, even though power outages create clear financial losses that can be quantified – and that microgrids can avert. For example, a supermarket may lose hundreds …

A fire department in Puerto Rico is now powered by solar: ‘It’s a matter of life and death’

By Tucker Higgins 13 Oct 2017 CNBC.com @tuckerhiggins  An American solar company installs solar-powered microgrids at a San Juan fire station that had been relying on a diesel generator. The 4 kilowatt solar array with battery storage will provide electricity to the communications system, which has been down since Hurricane Maria struck the island. Only 17 percent of residents on the island …

Online platform, Project Navigator, provides the tools and guidance to assist in developing renewable mini-grid projects, with best practices to assist project developers in preparing, developing, and operating bankable projects

New addition to IRENA’s Project Navigator has the best practices for developing mini-grid projects in Small Island Developing States Small Island Developing States (SIDS) can transform their power sectors towards renewable energy, addressing the challenges of affordable energy and climate change. In this context, renewable mini-grid solutions, composed of electricity generators and storage systems interconnected to a distribution network which …

Distributed energy resources (DERs) have greater reliability and resilience at lower costs

The Importance of Distribution-Scale Solar for Grid Resilience September 22, 2017  |  By Titiaan Palazzi and Laurie Guevara-Stone with RMI.org When Hurricanes Harvey and Irma blew through the southern United States, they left millions without power. During such natural disasters, access to electricity is more critical than ever, allowing hospitals to run medical equipment, letting people charge phones and computers to communicate with the outside world, …

Redevelopment in Coal Country: Alternative-Energy Jobs

Miners may have just the skills for scaling wind towers and putting solar panels on roofs. And that’s no small thing in Wyoming and West Virginia. By Diane Cardwell, NYTimes, 30 Sept 2017 From the mountain hollows of Appalachia to the vast open plains of Wyoming, the coal industry long offered the promise of a six-figure income without a four-year college degree, …

Safe, Strong, and Just Rebuilding After Disasters: Every $1 invested in upgrades repays $4

Build back better. Rebuild infrastructure to higher standards, and support innovative solutions that can better withstand extreme weather and other risks. Update flood risk data—and use it. Flood maps should be updated and planning commence for these areas and alternatives. Prioritize communities that have the fewest resources to rebuild. Extreme weather events hit hardest in areas struggling to make ends meet and in …

HBR: The downside of resilience

HBR excerpt, The Dark Side of Resilience, August 2017 could too much resilience be a bad thing, just like too much muscle mass can be a bad thing — i.e., putting a strain on the heart? Large-scale scientific studies suggest that even adaptive competencies become maladaptive if taken to the extreme. As Rob Kaiser’s research on leadership versatility indicates, overused strengths become weaknesses. In …

Asian typhoons becoming more intense, have grown 50% stronger in the past 40 years due to warming seas

By Damian Carrington in The Guardian, 2016  On 7 July 2015, satellite images showed the Pacific Ocean with two typhoons, one tropical storm, one formation alert and one large area of increased convection. Photograph: JMA MTSAT-2/NOAA The destructive power of the typhoons that wreak havoc across China, Japan, Korea and the Philippines has intensified by 50% in the past 40 years due …