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Wind Energy Is Getting Cheaper And Cheaper

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Who would have thought wind’s transformation from subsidy-supported to self-financing power source would happen so quickly – not this publication, that’s for sure. Apart from diehard environmentalists, most consumers have been opposed to renewables on the basis they cost significantly more, and turbines are an eyesore on the landscape. But in the span of less […]

Retiring Worn-Out Wind Turbines Could Cost Billions That Nobody Has

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This is a story about death and resurrection, and as with all such stories, faith plays its part. Texas is by far the leading wind energy producer in the United States, generating more than 20,000 megawatts of electricity each year. That is about one-fourth of the nation’s wind-energy production. We can expect the Texas winds […]

Is Oil Really Dead?

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How big of a threat are renewable energies and electric cars to the oil industry and oil prices? It’s a question more than a few investors have an interest in answering, given that the Energy sector is about 6% of the S&P 500 market capitalization (which is down from around 16% in 2008). Technological advances […]

Nuclear Fusion Reactor in France 55 Percent Complete

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There may be lingering disagreements among China, the European Union, India, Japan, South Korea, Russia and the United States, but there is one complex project these seven entities have in common that is on track for success – the world’s largest nuclear fusion facility. This first global collaboration on building a nuclear fusion reactor is […]

EVs Alone Could Peak Oil Demand In The Late 2020s

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Equipment and machinery are seen on the production line at the second phase of the Chery Jaguar Land Rover Automotive Co. plant in Changshu, China, on Wednesday, June 27, 2018. Jaguar Land Rover is planning to build an electric vehicle in China as the iconic British manufacturer steps up its game in a fast-growing market […]

Site C: A Shakespearean Tragedy of BC Politics

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Breaching the Peace: The Site C Dam and a Valley’s Stand Against Big Hydro Sarah Cox UBC Press (2018) If Shakespeare had been a Canadian, he would have written plays about the tragedy of dams and their power-crazed political proponents. King Lear, for example, would have championed the nasty works of his engineering offspring while […]

Nuclear Fusion Power Could Be Here by 2030

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A private nuclear-fusion company has heated a plasma of hydrogen to 27 million degrees Fahrenheit  (15 million degrees Celsius)  in a new reactor for the first time — hotter than the core of the sun. UK-based Tokamak Energy says the plasma test is a milestone on its quest to be the first in the world […]

Fusion machines: The second-hand market

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Whatever their size, fusion devices are fine pieces of technology that are complex to design and expensive to build. As research progresses and experimental programs unfold, however, scientific institutions routinely feel the need for machines with additional capacities, up-to-date equipment or exotic features. When an upgrade is not possible the “old” device appears on an unofficial […]

China delivers first batch of crucial parts to int’l fusion power project

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China has completed the first batch of magnet supports, a key component for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor project, or ITER. On Saturday, these devices made their debut in the city of Zunyi in southwest China’s Guizhou Province. “Magnets are necessary for the project. We need strong support working in a severe environment with a very strong […]

Exponential Growth Towards a Sustainable Future: the Limits of Solar Panel and Wind Turbine Production

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Solarplant near Rüdersdorf, Germany 2014, © Molgreen, CC BY-SA 4.0 (Reblogged from Many people, including myself, fear that the great acceleration (1, 2) of our consumption and destruction of resources such as land, biodiversity, soil, minerals, and fossil energy sources, could lead us into a catastrophe. Other people point out the positive side of […]

A New Energy Storage Solution Debuts In The Railway Sector

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Battery technologies are all the craze these days as everyone is racing to find the perfect solution to energy storage for the growing share of solar and wind power in the grid. But energy storage solutions are also making forays into the railways industry where batteries can help stabilize the railway electricity grid. One new […]

Puerto Rico: Deciding Its Energy Future

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The immediate energy nightmare in Puerto Rico is gradually winding down, with electrical power now available to about 90 percent of households (some rural areas are still without power). But it’s clear to nearly everyone that a reversion to the island’s previous energy status quo is not a viable option: Puerto Rico has no developed local energy […]

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 […]

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