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Author Archives: Michael Barnard

Cities Should Embrace Electric Bikes

December 12th, 2018 | by Michael Barnard

Electric bikes make everyone healthier. They reduce the societal subsidy for driving cars. They increase productivity. They increase the economy. They reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Cities should embrace them


Cleantech Blockchain Initiatives (Blockchain Report Excerpt)

December 9th, 2018 | by Michael Barnard

Blockchain clean technology solutions are spring up globally. At present we see 63 initiatives across 26 countries. Some are innovation efforts by major utilities and vendors. Others are fast-moving startups by cryptocurrency entrepreneurs. Many will disappear in the next year or two, but as a group they hold significant promise for innovation


Major Blockchain Technologies, Part 2 Of 2 (Blockchain Report Excerpt)

December 1st, 2018 | by Michael Barnard

It’s safe to say that cleantech is going to involve blockchain and similar distributed ledger approaches. And it’s also safe to say that each of the technologies and approaches represented here have better and worse uses. If someone tells you that the answer is only one of these, then you can be pretty sure that they are enthusiasts, not architects


Nori In Its Own Words: 6 Questions (Blockchain Report Excerpt)

November 24th, 2018 | by Michael Barnard

Nori, a company which recently emerged from stealth, is creating the Nori token. It’s a cryptocurrency token that represents a ton of CO2 removed from the atmosphere and sequestered in one of a number of potential ways. This isn’t a cap-and-trade or carbon-tax system, but a market mechanism which values removed tons of CO2. Like carbon offset programs for fliers and drivers, it allows individuals and businesses to offset their CO2 emissions with guaranteed removal of CO2 from the atmosphere


Energy Web Foundation In Its Own Words: 7 Questions (Blockchain Report Excerpt)

November 17th, 2018 | by Michael Barnard

Energy Web Foundation (EWF) has great bones. It was founded by two leading organizations in the clean energy space: the influential Rocky Mountain Institute founded by Amory Lovins in 1982 and the more recently formed Grid Singularity, a blockchain- and grid-fo- cussed organization with core Ethereum blockchain developers, experienced energy executives, energy regulators and technology entrepreneurs


Smart Contract Sweet Spots: Basic Implications (Blockchain Report Excerpt)

November 10th, 2018 | by Michael Barnard

One clear area where smart contracts have potential is in cross-border purchases of finished goods or raw materials where no business relationship exists. Herstatt risk already applies due to the exchange rates with the foreign seller, although at a lower level of risk. Projecting accounts receivable into a distant country is problematic at best



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