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Asian Economies, Not Concern Over Climate Change, End Fossil Fuel Dominance

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The expansion of Asian populations and economies is expected to have unprecedented and unpredictable impacts on world resources. The task of meeting future energy needs is daunting. The Chinese have made the use of renewables their preferred option to increase energy production and availability. What may not be obvious is that their installation rate for […]


Russia unveils world’s first floating nuclear power station

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Russia on Saturday unveiled the world’s first floating nuclear power station at a ceremony in the port of the far northern city of Murmansk where it will be loaded with nuclear fuel before heading to eastern Siberia. Built in Saint Petersburg, the Akademik Lomonosov arrived in Murmansk on Thursday where it was moored in the […]


Ghostly ‘Lightning’ Waves Discovered Inside a Nuclear Reactor

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A conceptual picture of fusion energy inside a tokamak, the doughnut-shaped machine that produces plasma for fusion energy. A new paper has found whistler waves, normally found in the ionosphere, inside a nuclear fusion reactor. Credit: Shutterstock Editor’s Note: This story was updated at 1:35 p.m. E.T. Mysterious, ghostlike “whistler waves” that are normally created […]


Saudi Arabia’s Nuclear Energy Program

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There is a lot of media reports about Saudi Arabia’s plans to build 16 nuclear reactors by 2030 and whether Westinghouse will get any of the business. Every time I read this line in the mainstream news media it makes my head spin. Neither event is likely to happen, but the news media keeps reporting […]


Charting the International Roadmap to a Demonstration Fusion Power Plant

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More than 60 top fusion scientists and engineers from around the world gathered at the 5th IAEA DEMO Programme Workshop in Daejeon, South Korea, from 7 to 10 May, to discuss critical issues and next steps on the road to the realization of fusion energy. While science and technology issues for fusion power are broadly […]


World Not On Track To Meet Global Energy Targets

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A new report from five international agencies has concluded that the world is not on track to meet 2030 global energy targets set as part of the Sustainable Development Goals, but that “real progress” is being made and helping to show signs of promise, particularly in expanding electricity access in developing countries and increasing industrial […]


Fusion scientists find inspiration in atmospheric whistles

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Spectrogram of whistler wave activity measured in the DIII-D device. Intermittent bursts of activity indicate that whistlers are interacting with relativistic electrons in a cyclic manner. Credit: US Department of Energy May 3, 2018, US Department of Energy The challenge of fusion energy is often equated to capturing—and holding—lightning in a bottle. The analogy is […]


Ugo Bardi ‏: Photovoltaics? Who in the world would want to spend money on such a silly idea?

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The “Solar Roadways” plant in Idaho in an image from the “EmphaseEnergy” site. The performance of this expensive plant is abysmally low and, with the best of good will, I can’t see it as anything but a propaganda stunt to denigrate renewable energy. Not the only example of this strategy. I have to confess to […]


Will China beat the world to nuclear fusion and clean energy?

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Image caption China says it’s ahead in the global race for nuclear fusion In a world with an ever-increasing demand for electricity and a deteriorating environment, Chinese scientists are leading the charge to develop what some see as the holy grail of energy. The BBC’s Stephen McDonell was given rare access to their facility in […]


Nuclear Fusion Update

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The Conversation claim nuclear fusion is back again. Nextbigfuture has been constantly tracking nuclear fusion and advanced nuclear fission every week for the past 13 years. The popular question is when will we have commercial nuclear fusion that has a significant impact on the energy production of the world? MIT has spunout a tokomak fusion […]


An Electric Car Revolution Will Require Perpetual Subsidies

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Highlights: Battery electric vehicles (BEVs) can be economically attractive as commuter cars in city traffic. Attractiveness fades for longer-distance travelling due to larger battery packs, a smaller efficiency advantage, and more fast charging at on-peak rates. As a result, displacing just a low single-digit percentage of global oil consumption through BEVs will require perpetual subsidies.  […]


Top ten takeaways: The world energy outlook

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We recently attended Fatih Birol’s presentation in advance of the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) first publication of the Global Energy and CO₂ Status Report. Their flagship publication, World Energy Outlook, was published in November 2017. As the IEA’s director and a leading energy expert Birol’s talk was illuminating, particularly as the international energy landscape is […]


ITER nuclear fusion project avoids delays as U.S. doubles budget

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The United States has agreed to double its planned 2018 budget contribution to the ITER project to build a prototype nuclear fusion reactor, avoiding delays to the international project this year, its director said on Monday. FILE PHOTO – A crane loads equipments at the construction site of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) in […]


Why Oil-Rich Saudi Arabia Is Turning to Nuclear Power

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With the world’s second-biggest proven reserves of oil, Saudi Arabia seems an unlikely aspirant to the nuclear-energy club. Yet the largest oil exporter plans to build at least 16 nuclear reactors over the next 25 years at a cost of more than $80 billion. The Saudis see atomic energy as a way to ease their […]


My view on nuclear fusion, in a nutshell

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Nowadays few businesses would invest in conventional nuclear power stations. In the US subsidies of 100%, or more, fail to attract private investment for a nuclear fission power station, the classic form of nuclear energy.  There are good economic reasons why this is so aside from the strong emotional stigma. There is another form of […]


The Guardian view on fusion: A moment of truth

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There has been a lot of buzz about fusion in the past few days, after the announcement of “a dramatic leap forward” from a collaboration between MIT and a newly formed private company, followed by declarations that “the world’s energy systems will be transformed.” Bob Mumgaard, CEO of the private company involved—Commonwealth Fusion Systems, which has […]


Running on renewables: how sure can we be about the future?

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A variety of models predict the role renewables will play in 2050, but some may be over-optimistic, and should be used with caution, say researchers. The proportion of UK energy supplied by renewable energies is increasing every year; in 2017 wind, solar, biomass and hydroelectricity produced as much energy as was needed to power the […]


The search for clean, abundant energy

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Oxford-based energy generation and inertial confinement fusion research organisation, First Light Fusion is investing £3.6 million to build a pulsed power machine to advance the company’s work exploring fusion. The device, labelled Machine 3, is under construction and on track to be commissioned by the end of 2018. It will be the only pulsed power […]


$1 tn needed to achieve 1TW solar power capacity by 2030

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At the International Solar Alliance, Emmanuel Macron said the government, private sector and civil society need to work together to overcome hurdles French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday said USD 1 trillion will be needed to achieve one terawatt (TW) of solar power capacity by 2030. Speaking alongside Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the founding […]


Team at MIT developing fusion power

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If this is achieved, the researcher team from MIT – with financial and technical assistance from Commonwealth Fusion Systems in the United States and Italian energy company Eni – believes its system could demonstrate one of the holy grails of nuclear fusion technology: positive net energy from fusion, meaning you get more energy from what […]


This MIT Project Says Nuclear Fusion Is 15 Years Away (No, Really, This Time)

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In the 1950s, researchers predicted that the world would have nuclear fusion–which uses hydrogen atoms, an incredibly abundant fuel, to provide clean, almost limitless power, while avoiding the hazardous waste problem and catastrophic risk of current nuclear power–within 20 years. By the 1970s, predictions were still at least that far away; the same was true […]


EROEI: A Useful Measure Or A Distraction?

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EROEI = Usable Acquired Energy / Energy Expended It seems so simple. If the amount of energy produced relative to the amount of energy utilized in producing that energy tends to decline, at some point as the ratio approaches 1.0 (or perhaps even becomes a fraction less than 1.0) there is little if any return […]


What if every car sold in the world was an electric vehicle?

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Big Oil is finally contemplating the unthinkable, and until recently what was also unimaginable for them. What if every car solar across the globe was an electric vehicle? What would that do to their trillion-dollar business model? Well, they’ve looked at it. They’ve crunched the numbers. But they are not telling. At least that is […]


Global Energy Demand Could Grow 124% by 2100: Even Fossil Fuels Won’t Cut It

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The “silly” demand coming for the earth’s resources. A forecast this month showed the world might need 124 percent more energy in 2100, raising questions over where the capacity will come from. Dr. Euan Mearns, writing on the Energy Matters blog, looked at the expected increase in population and per capita energy consumption between 2015 […]


Cornucopian Renewable-Energy Claims Leave Poor Nations in the Dark

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Stanford professor Mark Jacobson and his colleagues have written yet another paper purporting to show that 100 percent of energy demand can be fulfilled by wind, solar, and hydroelectric generation. This latest study, which comes in the form of a manuscript accepted but not yet published by the journal Renewable Energy, seeks to show how […]


Egypt builds world’s largest solar park

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Egypt has the natural potential to become one of the world’s strongest energy players as it contains the three main natural elements to develop an abundance of energy: sunlight, wind and hydro-energy. Despite that, Egypt has been failing to provide a stable source of electricity to its ever-growing population. The country imports oil despite having […]


BP Predicts Renewables Will Peak by 2040

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One of the world’s leading energy companies, BP is predicting renewable energy sources to be influential in shaping the global energy sources by 2040. The report released by BP proposed that renewable energy will grow in five-folds within the next twenty-two (22) years to provide 14% of the world’s primary energy. A growing competition in […]


The ERoEI of Mining Uranium

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In 2009, in the comments to this post on The Oil Drum we stumbled upon a mine of information on the operation of the Rossing uranium mine in Namibia. The data table provided numbers for the amount of energy used on site together with the amount of uranium mined. This provided an opportunity to calculate […]


Nuclear Fusion Could Be A Silver Bullet — And Just Around The Corner

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Private investors are now actively trying to commercialize an advanced form of nuclear energy and one that would leave no environmental footprint while also delivering electricity to the world’s expanding population. At issue is nuclear fusion, which has been an elusive concept for six decades but which one firm hopes to makes real by 2025. […]


The Changing Face of Energy and Environment

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Having followed the energy scene in the UK for many years, it is sometimes difficult to pinpoint certain events that one remembers. Some years ago, I suggested to a civil servant that, with environmental concerns building up, perhaps energy and environment should come together. The response was that energy and environment couldn’t be in the same […]


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