The development of energy storage technology is a key component of the transition to renewable energy. One of the most critical technologies for this transition is battery technology, particularly for electric vehicles (EVs). Currently, the energy density of battery cells is about 200 Wh/kg, but researchers at the Argonne National Laboratory and the Illinois Institute of Technology have made a breakthrough in lithium-air variant technology that has achieved an energy density of 675 Wh/kg, which could be scaled up to reach 1,200 Wh/kg.
This increased energy density could make the electrification of trucks, trains, and even mid-haul aircraft possible. Moreover, it eliminates the dependence on cobalt, which is usually mined in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a country plagued by ecological and human disasters.
The current battery prototype is based on lithium, but it could be developed using sodium. Although this would halve the driving range, it would still be double with today’s generation of batteries. The abundant presence of sodium in salt lakes and seawater means there are no supply constraints.
The development of a lithium recycling industry and the potential to extract lithium from seawater could mitigate the supply constraints of the element in the future. Moreover, the development of battery technology is moving so fast that what seemed impossible five years ago is already a discernible reality.
The Argonne-IIF battery and other breakthroughs collectively show that energy science is advancing rapidly, and a different technological landscape is possible in the future. As such, the most efficient way to store energy will likely continue to evolve as scientists and researchers push the boundaries of battery technology.
Here are some battery storage investment companies you might be interested in:
Which renewables are best for retail investors in the UK?
There are several renewable energy options that are well-suited for retail investors in the United Kingdom. Some of the most popular options include:
Solar energy: Investing in solar energy projects, such as rooftop solar panels, is a popular choice for retail investors in the UK. There are various investment options available, including buying shares in solar energy companies, investing in solar energy funds, or investing in community solar projects.
Wind energy: Wind energy is another popular option for retail investors in the UK. There are several ways to invest in wind energy, such as buying shares in wind energy companies, investing in wind energy funds, or investing in community wind projects.
Biomass energy: Biomass energy, which is generated from organic materials such as wood or agricultural waste, is also a viable option for retail investors in the UK. Investment options include buying shares in biomass energy companies, investing in biomass energy funds, or investing in community biomass projects.
Hydroelectric energy: Retail investors in the UK can also invest in hydroelectric energy by buying shares in hydroelectric companies, investing in hydroelectric funds, or investing in community hydroelectric projects.
It’s important to note that investing in renewable energy projects, like any investment, comes with risk and it’s important to do your own research and consult a financial advisor before making any investment decisions.
Additionally, it’s worth mentioning that the UK government has implemented a series of policies and initiatives to support the growth of renewable energy in the country, such as the Renewable Obligation Certificates (ROCs) and the feed-in tariff (FIT) schemes, which have helped to attract investment into the sector.
Globacap announces the offering of Sustainable Impact Token (SIT) to support the construction of algae biomass farms.
SIT is the world’s first blockchain-based algae biomass project offering. The project will be built utilising patented sustainable technology to deliver a pioneering green investment opportunity.
Carbon credits generated by biomass projects will be tokenised as Algaecoin.
The world’s first blockchain-based algae biomass project, built on the energy-efficient Tezos blockchain, was today announced by leading capital markets technology firm, Globacap.
Developed and operated by Sustainable Impact Token (SIT), the project will support the development, construction, and operation of algae biomass farms. The initiative will use blockchain technology to bridge the gap between two of the fastest growing investor markets in the world – asset-backed finance and crypto.
SIT’s algae biomass farms produce high quality, non-animal protein, based on a system powered exclusively using renewable energy. These algae farms are absorbing large amounts of carbon out of the autmosphere and a net producer of renewable energy. The SIT project is currently supporting the development of a “proof of concept” algae biomass farm in Europe using patented, sustainable technology.
Myles Milston, CEO of Globacap says, “Being part of this pioneering project marks an important milestone in our ongoing mission to enable frictionless asset creation and transferability. With Globacap, the capital raising process is completely digital, mostly automated, transparent, secure, and regulatory compliant. Our work with SIT and Tezos is transformational in the way this market can operate.”
The $5 billion algae biomass sector is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 6.3% during the next 5 years ( Quince Market Insights) and the success of the project will provide the basis to expand globally. SIT provides investors with tokens issued via smart contracts deployed on the proof-of-stake Tezos blockchain, representing their preferred shares in the project. Carbon credit generated from the algae production will also be tokenized into Algaecoin, a tokenized asset representing tradable carbon credits. “By bringing agri-tech solutions and carbon credit-backed assets into private markets and beyond, we can make significant, impactful steps towards sustaining our planet for future generations,” adds Milston.
The SIT offering was designed to enable frictionless transferability in full compliance with securities regulation through the Tezos FA2 compliant token contracts for holding and settlement. This pioneering offering links the sustainable asset-backed and crypto investment worlds together to create a compelling blockchain-enabled investment vehicle. “As solutions to the macro challenges of food scarcity and sustainable energy production continue to be a global priority, demand for investment vehicles that can also support these objectives are increasing. We are thrilled to see Globacap choose Tezos to power this unique blockchain based, asset-backed offering,” says Mason Edwards, from Tezos Foundation.
Tezos is an energy-efficient open source blockchain network powered by a globally decentralised network of users and validators. Companies and builders around the globe leverage Tezos for projects exploring the potential for blockchain to be a tool for sustainable innovation. Recently, Cambridge University announced the Cambridge Centre for Carbon Credits (4C) which is creating a trusted decentralised marketplace on Tezos where purchasers of carbon credits can confidently and directly fund trusted nature-based projects that ties together corporate funders to conservationists via automated and transparent global oracles.
Globacap is committed to driving adoption of tokenization for most asset classes and providing a means for digital securitisation to global capital markets. Blockchain technology enables previously illiquid investment to now be transacted efficiently in seconds instead of weeks, and with minimal overheads. Globacap’s mission is to bring the archaic processes behind capital markets into the digital era by offering private placement, securities issuance, securities registry management, and liquidity products.
Chairman & Founder of Sustainable Impact Token, Peter Henderson, says “Our vision is to play our part in addressing some of the real challenges of our time – how can the growing world population be fed sufficiently, nutritiously and can this ambition be achieved in a way that improves, rather than harms, the environment? We believe our approach helps on all of these fronts and know that the investor community is keen to join us on the journey.”
“We wanted to structure the offering using an innovative, transparent and secure approach. Investors are being offered an attractive return, in a real asset, but through digital technology – and they can make their investments through fiat or crypto currencies.” “Bringing to market the token offering has been amazingly smooth, which is a credit to our partners at Globacap , Tezos and Lumin Capital.”
To learn more about Sustainable Impact Token get in touch for a copy of the white paper by filling in the below contact form.
To learn more about Globacap, visit https://globacap.com/
To learn more about Tezos, visit https://tezos.com/
Globacap is driving the digitisation of all assets by using technology to unlock the true potential of capital markets. It has standardised the securities landscape, enabling frictionless asset creation and transferability. Over $14 billion of private share and debt instruments are digitally administered on the platform, and Globacap has now executed over $180 million of secondary liquidity in private securities with digital, automated settlement. Globacap is regulated by the FCA (Financial Conduct Authority) as an arranger and custodian and its platform can onboard investors from over 60 countries, in compliance with local regulations. For more information on how Globacap is changing the private capital markets industry, please visit globacap.com.
Tezos is smart money, redefining what it means to hold and exchange value in a digitally connected world. A self-upgradable and energy-efficient Proof of Stake blockchain with a proven track record, Tezos seamlessly adopts tomorrow’s innovations without network disruptions today. For more information, please visit www.tezos.com.
Three weeks into 2021 and it seems like a good time to take stock and have a look at what’s happening in the world of investments and wealth management this year.
With Christmas being a very low-key affair and people not being allowed to travel, things seemed to go back to normal much earlier than usual.
Brexit was finally put to bed without too much disruption and the virus continues to burn like a smouldering peat bog, flaring up each season. But with a vaccine on horizon for most and the worst fears of Brexit out the way, business confidence is definitely on the rise. Are the Roaring 20s are back ?
We have seen an electric start to our property developments in Kent and Cambridge.
Our first offering, a small 2 bedroom timber framed house was funded in the first week of the year and it looks like we have secured 3 investors for our larger development of 4 terrace houses.
We have secured two more projects, another Kent and one in Sussex. Due to the fast nature of these deals they rarely make it to the website. So if you are interest in development opportunities, please get in touch and we will add you to the list. They are all very straight forward. We secure projects with full planning and developer finance in place. All we require is the equity to close the deal. We manage all contractors and you receive 15% pa during the build. Your security is a second charge against the asset after the bank. The average project length is 8-12 months.
The Cambridge biomedical sector goes form strength to strength as the AstraZeneca vaccine gets a global roll out. This has really highlighted how important the Cambridge Biomedical Campus is and our Cambridge biomedical fund is perfectly positioned to make the most of this over the next few years, click here to find out more and request a brochure. The fund has full HMRC approval so can be used for tax planning under the EIS and SEIS schemes.
We are still seeing lots of interest in our renewable energy opportunities. Our Geothermal project in Hungary continues to perform year after year and generates a genuine 12% net PA for our investors. Click here for more details. We are also working on new solar and gas CHP projects throughout the UK. If you are looking for renewable energy assets do let us know as we can source just about all asset types including energy storage.
We saw considerable increases in the price of all major crypto assts over the Christmas period as predicted here back in November. Bitcoin got a bit crazy towards the start of the year and some of that froth has since blown off. The price has stabilised around the $30k mark and will likely start to increase again once the new US government makes its stance clear on crypto assets. You can’t stop people investing in crypto but you can certainly make it more difficult. The UK recently banned leveraged investments in crypto for retail investors and its not impossible other countries will follow suit. That doesn’t meant to say demand is falling, just slowing down for a bit. Large corporate entities such as Greyscale continue to accumulate very rapidly and we expect this trend to continue and prices to rise due to the finite supply of bitcoins.
Now is not a bad time to be buying the dip before the next move higher later this year.
Along with our FPGA mining rigs we will also be offering GPU mining to profit from the rising price price of Ethereum and the demand for DeFi (Decentralised Finance) https://blog.coinbase.com/a-beginners-guide-to-decentralized-finance-defi-574c68ff43c4 .
DeFi is set to transform the finance and banking sector over the next few years. I wont go into too much detail here, but expect to hear a lot more about this space in the coming months.
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
For those looking for more explosive growth potential in the technology sector, our AI Fund is just the ticket. Achieving 214% over the past 4 years this collection of the 42 most exciting AI stocks globally, is chosen using AI then approved by a panel of AI experts. Click here to find out more and request a brochure.
So to conclude, 2021 is going to be a very busy year, we see exceptional opportunities in the property development sector due to pent up demand form Covid-19. Crypto and DeFi will change the way we do business and finance. The UK will be one of the early winners from it”s advanced biomedical sector and the rapid rollout of the vaccine.
We see a great many positives in 2021 and we hope you will join Willow Rivers Wealth for the ride during the return of the ‘’Roaring 20s’’.
There seems to be a great many historical events unfolding at the same point in time, we look at some investment ideas for 2021
It’s only when you stop to write a blog or spend some time to reflect that you realise this is history in motion. As I write this, Donald Trump, the president of the United States of America is calling the election rigged and is questioning the validity of the result. This undermines so many things and erodes trust in just about everything.
No matter what your stance on Bitcoin, it’s independent nature has to have some allure as even the president calls into question the system itself. This recent Twitter thread by Raoul Pal explains it’s long term potential very well and why we should all be holding some Bitcoin.
Brexit negotiations are nearing the end game, with neither party willing to budge and a no deal Brexit is looking increasingly likely. The EU is also threatening our energy security as part of the deal.
We have not even mentioned the virus and its ”cure” announced last week. The timing of which also occurred right after the election. The markets took the news with great gusto. Pfizer was up almost 16% on the day at one point.
So what does all this mean for investors??
The Pfizer cure is only 90% effective and has only had a limited trial, however as I write this Moderna (MRNA) has just announced a vaccine with a 95% success rate, which ironically was fast-tracked by the Trump administrations funding.
This has also seen another stock market move higher, along with oil prices and Bitcoin.
So should we be out on the streets throwing a party and celebrating the end of perhaps the worse year in many peoples lives? Possibly!
However things are going to get worse before they get better, the time lag in producing the vaccine and the onset of winter flu seasons means many more will sadly die and our health systems will be stretched. We will have to endure a miserable winter and a lockdown Christmas before we can get out on the streets.
Spring 2021 will be a time of great prosperity as months of pent up demand are released in an investment boom not seen for some time.
And although now may not seem like the time, now is when you should be planning for this. We have compiled a quick to do list ready for 2021.
It will be interesting to see how the treasury manages this post investment boom. They have obviously run up massive debts during the pandemic and as such will be keen to recoup this. One such suggestion has been to tax drivers on a pay per mile tax, which seems rather unfair, another will be to raid business. What ever they choose lets hope its done in such a way as not to strangle growth.
So keep your head down for a few more months, get your house in order and prepare for the good times again in the spring. If you have any questions or would like any suggestions on how best to play the above please get in touch and we will gladly give you a free consultation.
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