66 per cent increase in investment in China’s agrifood technology

By Chris Komorek

Annual analysis of the latest food tech and agtech funding trends in the world’s second-largest economy, undertaken by AgFunder and compiled in partnership with Bits x Bites, has found agrifood tech funding in China rose 66 percent year-on-year in 2020 to reach US$6bn

66 per cent increase

AgFunder reports that despite a drop in general private equity and VC investment of up to 50 percent year-on-year, the agri-food start-up investment in China had a 66 percent increase, almost double the growth the sector experienced globally (up 34.5 percent).

E-krona based on blockchain technology

From a Sveriges Riksbank press release.

The project e-krona based on blockchain that has been developed and tested by the Riksbank provides new possibilities, but is also new and needs further investigation. This is one of the lessons learned as described in the e-krona pilot project’s report on its first phase. The e-krona based on blockchain pilot has the objective of testing a proposal for a technical solution to increase the Riksbank’s knowledge of how an e-krona could function and be used as a complement to cash.

e-krona based on blockchain

The technology provides new possibilities but requires further investigation.

Different forms of storage of tokens and keys provide different properties.

A parallel network makes the payment system more robust.

A new gas separator for the distribution of hydrogen through the natural gas grid

From a Fraunhofer IKTS press release.

Researchers at the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft have developed a technology for the energy-efficient and economic separation of hydrogen from natural gas. This membrane technology, a gas separator, makes it possible for the two substances to be routed through the national natural gas grid together and then isolated from one another at their final destination. A major step forward in the transportation and distribution of hydrogen as an energy source.

Gas Separator

This material could play a key role in the movement towards hydrogen as an energy source. Hydrogen is seen as a beacon of hope for establishing a CO2-free energy supply. If hydrogen is collected from renewable sources such as wind and solar power, there are no climate-damaging emissions.

Balancing crop production and energy when harvesting in organic solar-powered greenhouses

From an article by Eshwar Ravishankar & others.

This Article suggests that is possible to balance crop production and energy harvesting in organic solar-powered greenhouses

Adding semitransparent organic solar cells (ST-OSCs) to greenhouses can reduce their energy footprint but may also affect plant growth. Ravishankar et al. demonstrate the negligible impact on lettuce grown under ST-OSCs. Furthermore, the trade-offs between solar power, plant growth, and climate control are considered. They show that active layer and electrode selection, along with the use of dielectric Bragg reflectors, provide broad spectral management to fully use the solar spectrum to optimize OSC-integrated greenhouses.

Is Digital The Silver-Bullet ?

By Mike Hughes

 Is Digital The Silver-Bullet We’re Looking For To Meet Our Climate Commitments?

Digital technology has been pivotal to enabling successes in the dramatically accelerated timeframe in which they were achieved: Vaccines, 100% remote employs, or supply chains reconfigurations.

In this article, you will read how digital will help to cope with climate change.

Digital The Silver-Bullet

1)  Visibility: digital tools help us see and measure what we can’t capture with a naked eye

2) Efficiency: what can be measured, can be improved and optimized.

3) Interoperability: designed to benefit people and the planet.

4) Enablement: deploying and managing the transition to renewables.

5) Innovation: increased sustainable investment delivers impact at scale.

You will understand why is Digital de Silver-bullet to change the clima.