Update: Yandex seeks new electricity contract as Finland data center runs on diesel (Data Center Dynamics)

Data Center Dynamics: Update: Yandex seeks new electricity contract as Finland data center runs on diesel. “The 40MW facility in Mäntsälä, Finland, was cut off on 25 April because Yandex’s electricity contract had run out, according to local news services. The data center appears to be running at reduced capacity on its diesel generators and is putting little or no heat into the district heating system, which is now being fed using light fuel oil and natural gas, according to Nivos.”

Tech Xplore: Researchers find that detail matters for understanding COVID-19 impacts on electricity use

Tech Xplore: Researchers find that detail matters for understanding COVID-19 impacts on electricity use. “In the spring of 2020, most offices and schools shuttered, causing people to move work and school to their homes. This created an unprecedented source of uncertainty for the electrical grid. How would COVID-19 affect electricity demand? How could utilities forecast these kinds of changes to make sure the lights stayed on? Researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) analyzed a series of unique datasets to find out in a new research article.”

Oregon State University: OSU study reveals how COVID shutdowns, restrictions affected countries’ electricity use

Oregon State University: OSU study reveals how COVID shutdowns, restrictions affected countries’ electricity use. “A recent study from Oregon State University found that countries with stricter COVID-19 lockdowns and larger decreases in local travel early in the pandemic experienced steeper declines in electricity use than countries with more lax restrictions.”

CNBC: Viral video shows Malaysian police destroying 1,069 bitcoin mining rigs with a steamroller

CNBC: Viral video shows Malaysian police destroying 1,069 bitcoin mining rigs with a steamroller. “Malaysian authorities seized 1,069 bitcoin mining rigs, laid them out in a parking lot at police headquarters, and used a steamroller to crush them, as part of a joint operation between law enforcement in the city of Miri and electric utility Sarawak Energy. Assistant Commissioner of Police Hakemal Hawari told CNBC the crackdown came after miners allegedly stole $2 million worth of electricity siphoned from Sarawak Energy power lines.”

Good news for future tech: Exotic ‘topological’ materials are surprisingly common (Princeton University)

Princeton University: Good news for future tech: Exotic ‘topological’ materials are surprisingly common. “In a major step forward for an area of research that earned the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics, an international team has found that substances with exotic electronic behaviors called topological materials are in fact quite common, and include everyday elements such as arsenic and gold. The team created an online catalog to make it easy to design new topological materials using elements from the periodic table.” I went looking for an explanatory guide to topological materials and HA HA HA HA HA HA. But I did find this article from Phys.org has some explanation of topological insulators and materials. It helped my understanding.

ESI Africa: World Bank launches online electricity access tracking tool

ESI Africa: World Bank launches online electricity access tracking tool. “The World Bank in partnership with the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP) and the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, have launched an electricity access tool to track more households without electricity connections. Explaining how the Electrification Pathways application works, the Bank stated that the tool considers a variety of open, geospatial data to determine the least-cost options for bringing electricity to areas as granular as 1 square kilometre in size.”

Science Daily: New data mining resource for organic materials available

Science Daily: New data mining resource for organic materials available. “Published by the Condensed Matter research group at the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics (NORDITA) at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden, the Organic Materials Database is intended as a data mining resource for research into the electric and magnetic properties of crystals, which are primarily defined by their electronic band structure — an energy spectrum of electrons motion which stem from their quantum-mechanical properties.”

The Electrochemical Society Will Make Its Digital Library Free for One Week

The Electrochemical Society is making its digital library free for one week. “From October 24th through October 30th, we are taking down the paywall to the ECS Digital Library, making over 132,000 scientific articles free and accessible to anyone. Eliminating the paywall during Open Access Week is a preview of ECS’s Free the Science initiative; a business-model changing plan with the goal of making the entire ECS Digital Library open access by 2024.”

New Map Shows US Electricity Use in Near-Real Time

Holy cow! There is now a map showing near real-time energy use in the US. “The U.S. Energy Information Administration has released the first-ever tool to measure nationwide electricity use in near-real time. The site, U.S. Electric System Operating Data, is still in beta and accepting suggestions on how to improve the service. A ticker at the top of the page provides the previous day’s total, hourly and peak demand. Three tabs divide the site into grid overview, status map and detailed data.”

GlaxoSmithKline and Alphabet Teaming Up for New Company

GlaxoSmithKline and Alphabet are teaming up to create a new company. “GlaxoSmithKline and Google parent Alphabet’s life sciences unit are creating a new company focused on fighting diseases by targeting electrical signals in the body, jump-starting a novel field of medicine called bioelectronics. Verily Life Sciences – known as Google’s life sciences unit until last year – and Britain’s biggest drugmaker will together contribute 540 million pounds ($715 million) over seven years to Galvani Bioelectronics, they said on Monday.”

An Electric Utility Hit By Ransomware

It reads like the premise for a science-fiction novel: an electric utility hit by ransomware. “While the electricity and water supply are still running in Lansing, MI, Lansing [Board of Water & Light] personnel don’t have access to their corporate server computer files and their telephone system. The attack caused the BWL’s files on its corporate server to become encrypted and some criminal is apparently demanding money for the key to unlock the system.”

Rhode Island Residents Have New Way to Shop Electricity Prices

The government of Rhode Island has launched a site for consumers to compare electricity rates. “Empower RI, http://www.ri.gov/empowerri, allows business and residential customers to compare electricity prices and contract terms from competitive suppliers to the current ‘Standard Offer’ from National Grid. The site is designed to make the process of selecting a competitive electricity supplier easier and more transparent in Rhode Island, which has some of the highest energy costs in the country.”