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Technology to bring forward peak energy and renewables tipping point

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The world economy stands to hit peak energy by 2025, according to a new study. Exploring the effects of advancing technology on the energy sector, a white paper from McKinsey & Company’s found the acceleration of global technology could mean peak coal is already upon us, while peak oil may arrive as soon as 2020, while […]

Greenie Techno-Cornucopianism

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Discuss this article at the Seasteading Table inside the Diner I regularly cross-post the work of Albert Bates here on the Diner.  He’s a true Hero of the Revolution, going back to the 1970s when The Farm was founded as part of the Back to the Land Movement of the era.  The Farm has gone […]

All Dutch trains now run on 100% wind power

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Initially, trains in the Netherlands were set to run entirely on renewable energy by 2018. However, it seems officials have been able to beat that goal by an entire year. As of the first of January this year, all public transport trains are being powered by renewable energy, namely from wind power. The historical land […]

Can Renewables Power the World?

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  Is the net energy of renewables high enough to actually power human civilization? Or will replacing fossil fuels prove too difficult on an energetic basis? What is the state of the art in net energy analysis, and can biophysical economics yet prove to be policy relevant, and not just an arcane field of study […]

Google, Amazon and Apple ‘set to enter’ energy supply business

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Giant tech companies such as Google, Amazon and Apple, along with major car companies, are set to move into the energy supply business over the next decade due to a technological revolution that has already begun. That is the prediction of Dieter Helm, Professor of Energy Policy at University of Oxford. Speaking at a seminar […]

Five dirty truths about clean technology

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The planet is changing. The complacency is changing. The energy business is changing. And–after more than two centuries of hydrocarbon use and 150 years of extracting oil–history is changing as a growing number of companies and public-sector entities try to transform the fossil-fuel era in real time. The clock is clearly ticking as we confront […]

In record-breaking weekend, Germany got 85% of its electricity from renewables

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Germany is kicking all kinds of sustainable butt when it comes to its use of renewable energy sources. According to recently released figures, for the last weekend of April, the country established a jaw-dropping new national record in this department — with 85 percent of all electricity consumed in Germany being produced through wind, solar, […]

Fusion Power: First Plasma Has Been Achieved

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Due to technological advances, what was predicted to be achievable in the year 2025 has already been attained this 2017 — eight years earlier than the initial forecast. International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) is an international nuclear fusion research and engineering megaproject. It is the world’s largest magnetic confinement plasma physics experiment and is also […]

Iceland Geothermal Project Completes Deep Drilling In Volcano

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Geologists and engineers have successfully drilled into the heart of a volcano in Iceland, as part of a project aimed at assessing the economic feasibility of using deep unconventional geothermal resources to deliver renewable energy. Drilling so deep into such a hot borehole poses many difficulties, but if researchers manage to overcome the challenges, fewer […]

China To Boost Non-Fossil Fuel Use To 20% By 2030

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China aims for non-fossil fuels to account for about 20 percent of total energy consumption by 2030, increasing to more than half of demand by 2050, its state planner said on Tuesday, as Beijing continues its years-long shift away from coal power. In a policy document, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) said carbon […]

New Breakthroughs in Solar’s Biggest Problem: Energy Storage

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The greatest challenge that solar power faces is energy storage. Solar arrays can only generate power while the sun is out, so they can only be used as a sole source of electricity if they can produce and store enough excess power to cover the times when the sun is hidden. Traditional batteries have not […]

This Breakthrough “Superfuel” is 1,693X More Powerful Than Gasoline

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From the desk of a U.S. State Department Energy Advisor: This Breakthrough “Superfuel” is 1,693X More Powerful Than Gasoline Unearthed in the Andes Mountains, these mysterious crystals contain what MIT researchers call energy’s “Holy Grail.” And they could ignite a $7.2 trillion economic revolution! A discovery made 13,000 feet up in the Andes Mountains is […]

Natural Gas is part of our Renewable Future

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California is leading the way to a healthier future through reducing carbon emissions and San Diego is following that same path. In fact, the City of San Diego recently took the top spot for private solar earning the distinction of being named the city with the most installed solar panel systems in America. At SDG&E, […]

Making oil from algae: Towards more efficient biofuels

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Summary: The mechanism behind oil synthesis within microalgae cells has now been revealed by a research team. This discovery could contribute to the development of biofuels, they say. Differences in cell contents based on presence of saltwater. Credit: Image courtesy of Kobe University The mechanism behind oil synthesis within microalgae cells has been revealed by […]

Radiation is Safe Within Limits

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Opening eyes to the facts. Nuclear power is a green environmental solution. It generates no CO2. The fuel is cheap and inexhaustible. Green nuclear power can solve the global crises of air pollution deaths and climate change. Cheap energy can help developing nations escape poverty and let industrialized nations improve economic growth. Is nuclear power […]

Saudis to Seek Bids for 700-Megawatt Wind and Solar Projects

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Saudi Arabia will begin seeking bids next week from renewable-energy companies to build wind and solar plants with a combined capacity of 700 megawatts as part of the kingdom’s $50 billion program to boost power generation and cut its oil consumption. Energy Minister Khalid Al Falih will announce a request for proposals for the projects, the […]

World’s Largest Fusion Reactor at Risk Due to Brexit

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The Joint European Torus (JET) is a vital segment of international research into nuclear fusion that hopes to, one day, fuel homes and cities with energy free of greenhouse gases and waste – however, Brexit has thrown the future of the project into doubt. The 34-year-old JET, which sits in the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, is an EU […]

This turbine can harvest green energy in water currents as slow as 2 mph

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A Canadian company has designed a water turbine which can harvest energy in slow moving water. “Waterotor” can work in currents as slow as 2 mph which means it could be used in almost any river, canal, or ocean current. The company believe that “Waterotor” could be the solution for many of the world’s 1.3 billion […]

Wind Energy War On The High Plains

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In this exclusive report, Infowars reporter Millie Weaver exposes the explicit fraud, deception and outright criminality behind wind energy and how it may be used to run rural communities off their properties as part of a major land grab effort in concert with Agenda 21. Millie Weaver starts off asking people who live and work […]

Will grass become the new gasoline?

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Researchers at Ghent University (Belgium, Europe) have developed a process that turns grass into biofuel. In the quest of more sustainable fuel types, scientists at Ghent University have developed a way to turn grass into biofuel. Will we soon drive on ‘grassoline’? “Until now, grass has mainly served as feed for animals. But apart from […]

The Future of Nuclear

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In 2016, pro-nuclear advocates won our first victories against the anti-nuclear Goliath, saving nuclear plants from closure in Switzerland, Illinois, New York and Sweden. But the anti-nuclear establishment quickly struck back with a series of victories resulting in announced nuclear plant closures and cancellations in New York and Taiwan, adding to the heavy losses pro-nuclear […]

A Dream of Clean Energy at a Very High Price

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CRYOSTAT The doughnut-shaped fusion reactor, or tokamak, and other components are kept cool inside one of the world’s largest vacuum chambers. POLOIDAL MAGNET TOROIDAL MAGNET CENTRAL MAGNET PLASMA CHAMBER DIVERTER BLAnKET Absorbs high-energy neutrons produced during the fusion reaction. Source: ITER Organization Mika Gröndahl/The New York Times SAINT-PAUL-LEZ-DURANCE, France — At a dusty construction site […]

America’s Nuclear Sector Braces for More Closures

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America’s nuclear sector is under immense economic pressure – a consequence of both its high operating costs and low natural gas prices anchored under US$3.00 per million BTU. As a result, the long-term profitability of America’s fleet of over 60 nuclear plants is at risk, which has hastened the retirement of some nuclear assets from […]

Big Oil Replaces Rigs With Wind Turbines

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Big oil is starting to challenge the biggest utilities in the race to erect wind turbines at sea. Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Statoil ASA and Eni SpA are moving into multi-billion-dollar offshore wind farms in the North Sea and beyond. They’re starting to score victories against leading power suppliers including Dong Energy A/S and Vattenfall AB in […]

China to Start Work on Six Inland Nuclear Reactors

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All six units are slated to be Westinghouse AP1000s similar to reactors already under construction at the Haiyang coastal site and at Sanmen, which is an inland site. China To Restart Inland Nuclear Power Program (NucNet): China is expected restart its nuclear power program in inland areas within the next four years. The statement came […]

Preparing for Emergencies with Wind, Solar, Energy Storage, and Microgrids

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Resilience is a character trait that is universally admired and respected in people. In recent years, it has also gained attention as a new imperative for infrastructure planning and development. In the wake of Superstorm Sandy and other recent natural disasters, there is heightened awareness that one of the essential components of resilience is the […]

Tapping into Ocean Power

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The oceans of the world are a vast unexploited source of clean, reliable and predictable renewable energy. Could this energy help replace fossil fuels and be a solution to climate change? Humans have been trying to harness ocean energy for centuries, beginning with a French engineer named Pierre-Simon Girard in 1799. The constant pounding of […]

Dirty Secret Behind Wind Turbines, They Need Lots Of Oil

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Offshore wind turbines may generate green energy, but they use a lot more oil than proponents like to admit. Just installing the foundation of a single offshore turbine can consume 18,857 barrels of marine fuel during construction, according to calculations published by Forbes Wednesday. Offshore wind farms often have over 100 wind turbines, meaning that building them […]

The Most Critical Variable in Sustainable Development: Discount Rate

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Highlights: An example of the effect of discount rate is presented by calculating the welfare optimal wind/solar market share. Developed nations with a low discount rate show an optimal wind/solar market share of 37%. On the other hand, developing nations with high discount rates show an optimal share of only 2%. This is tremendously important given that […]

An Independent Evaluation of the El Hierro Wind & Pumped Hydro System

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1. Overview In the 1980s, the first ideas about the combination of a wind park with a pumped hydro system were discussed within Unelco, the then electric utility of El Hierro (“The Iron One”), followed by first principal designs in the 1990s. When support from the European Union was signalled, the company “Gorona del Viento” […]

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