DP World launches tech accelerator for logistics

Californians Learning That Solar Panels Don’t Work in Blackouts

Californians have embraced rooftop solar panels more than anyone in the U.S., but many are learning the hard way the systems won’t keep the lights on during blackouts.

That’s because most panels are designed to supply power to the grid — not directly to houses. During the heat of the day, solar systems can crank out more juice than a home can handle. Conversely, they don’t produce power at all at night. So systems are tied into the grid, and the vast majority aren’t working this week as PG&E Corp. cuts power to much of Northern California to prevent wildfires.

The only way for most solar panels to work during a blackout is pairing them with batteries. That market is just starting to take off. Sunrun Inc., the largest U.S. rooftop solar company, said some of its customers are making it through the blackouts with batteries, but it’s a tiny group — countable in the hundreds.

“It’s the perfect combination for getting through these shutdowns,” Sunrun Chairman Ed Fenster said in an interview. He expects battery sales to boom in the wake of the outages.

And no, trying to run appliances off the power in a Tesla Inc. electric car won’t work, at least without special equipment.

Trump Says U.S.-China Deal May Spur $20 Billion in Boeing Sales

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President Donald Trump said the partial U.S.-China trade deal may lead to as much as $20 billion in sales of Boeing Co. airplanes, in addition to spurring billion of dollars in purchases of agricultural goods.

“Other aspects of the deal are also great — technology, financial services, 16-20 Billion in Boeing Planes etc,” Trump tweeted Saturday without any specifics about the aircraft portion.

In unveiling the overall deal on Friday, Trump stressed a surge in Chinese purchases of U.S. farm products — an offer Beijing offered more than two years ago. It will be accompanied by unspecified commitments on intellectual property. No mention was made at the White House of aircraft purchases.

President Donald Trump Tweetstorm – The Saturday Edition

President Donald Trump has a busy Saturday planned. He’ll be speaking later at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, DC, and is en route to his Sterling, VA golf course for a few rounds.

But before hitting the links, the Commander-in-Tweet had a few choice words for his friends and enemies. Particularly his enemies, which included usual suspect Rep. Adam Schiff, whom he termed “a lying mess” for his impeachment probing.

On the other hand, Rudy Giuliani, although “a little rough around the edges,” is also “a great guy and a wonderful lawyer.” There was also praise for the people of Louisiana, where Trump spoke last night, and for China, which has reached agreement on a new trade deal that appears to be a home run for farmers and Boeing.

We’ll update as more communications arrive. The tweestorm so far:

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The technology is (almost) here for a roadside breathalyzer test to check whether drivers are high on the drug, according to a report in the Sacramento Bee. It would be a revolutionary advance for law enforcement, since officers currently lack any reliable scientific method for doing so.

One of the companies pushing the technology forward is Hound Labs in Oakland, California. Research distributed via the Hound Foundation, created by company CEO Mike Lynn to promote awareness of marijuana-impaired driving, indicates the drug is five times more potent now than 50 years ago, and the odds of an auto accident triple after a driver smokes it.

With 15 million Americans annually getting “behind the wheel of a car within an hour after using marijuana,” the accident risk is a pressing public safety concern.


Hound Labs is developing a dual breathalyzer that can handle both alcohol testing and marijuana. In late August, it announced that $30 million of fundraising had been completed “to accelerate manufacturing and commercial availability.”


DP World launches tech accelerator for logistics

Aims to catalyse Indian entreprenuers

DP World has launched Log-X, a national technology accelerator platform for logistics, in partnership with Invest India, Kerala Start-Up Mission and Startup Réseau, to encourage innovation and technology adoption in the Indian logistics sector.

The programme is curated for entrepreneurs in the logistics and other associated sectors, and the goal is to catalyse Indian entrepreneurs and the start-up community to develop smart trade solutions by leveraging massive opportunities offered by digital technology. The platform will focus on digital technologies like blockchain, artificial intelligence, robotics, simulators and Internet of Things (IOT systems).

It will seek to identify logistics-focussed technology start-ups through the Startup India portal and will look to on board up to 10 selected start-ups for conducting pilots. The finalised start-ups will be mentored by DP World leadership team and external mentors onboarded to the program.

Rizwan Soomar, CEO and MD, DP World Subcontinent,said: “DP World wants to encourage the creation of a start-up eco-system for logistics and supply-chain focused innovators with an aim to reduce the costs of logistics in India and make India’s exports more competitive.”