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China’s Continuing Renewable Energy Revolution – Can It Save the World?

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China has made strategic choices favouring renewables over fossil fuels that are still not widely understood or appreciated, writes John A. Mathews, Professor of Management, Macquarie University, Australia. In this article he gives an overview of the latest trends in Chinese eletric power generation, which shows that the system is still “greening” faster than it is […]

Feds May Have Made A Huge Breakthrough In Cold Fusion

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A report from the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) claimed government researchers had confirmed the existence of a cold fusion nuclear reaction. The report was allegedly authored by scientists from Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command and the University of New Mexico. DTRA’s report includes several questionable statements unlikely to appear in an official […]

Intermittent Renewables Can’t Favorably Transform Grid Electricity

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Many people are hoping for wind and solar PV to transform grid electricity in a favorable way. Is this really possible? Is it really feasible for intermittent renewables to generate a large share of grid electricity? The answer increasingly looks as if it is, “No, the costs are too great, and the return on investment […]

This ‘Star in a Jar’ Could Produce a Nearly Unlimited Supply of Energy

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Fusion energy has long been heralded as the power-supply of the future, but the sad joke is, it always will be. The experimental energy source is perennially 30 years away from being viable on a mass-scale. Still, fusion energy could provide us with a low-cost, sustainable energy resource—if only physicists could figure out how to […]

How The Synthetic Diamond Industry Is Revolutionizing The Geothermal Energy Market

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According to a study published late last year by Transparency International, the synthetic diamond market is anticipated to reach $28.8 billion by 2023 – that’s a CAGR of nearly 7%. Unlike naturally occurring diamonds, synthetic diamonds are prepared by subjecting carbon to High Pressure High Temperature (HPHT) conditions or Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) processes that […]

The Challenges & Opportunities in the Transition to 100% Renewable Energy

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Post Carbon Institute Fellows Richard Heinberg and David Fridley gave a joint presentation to the Security & Sustainability Forum—to share the key findings and takeaways that emerged from the analysis they conducted to co-author Our Renewable Future.

New Solar Cell is More Efficient, Costs Less

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The cost of solar power is beginning to reach price parity with cheaper fossil fuel-based electricity in many parts of the world, yet the clean energy source still accounts for just slightly more than 1 percent of the world’s electricity mix. Exposed in step-like formation, layers of new photovoltaic cell harvest more of sun’s energy. […]

Fukushima: Time Bomb Or Training Device?

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Al Jazeera is a media empire that is owned by the government of Qatar, one of the world’s largest LNG exporters. It recently hired a journalist from Australia, another of the world’s largest LNG exporters to produce a documentary about nuclear energy. The story focuses on the aftermath of the March 11, 2011 accident at […]

Can Fire Ice Replace Both Oil And Renewables?

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Do you remember the peak oil hysteria from the early 2000s? Oil didn’t just not end, the world started pumping even more thanks to the shale revolution. Now the reign of fossil fuels is being undermined by renewable energy and batteries, spurred on by the growing environmental awareness of humankind. But it’s precisely this growing […]

Could A Lithium Shortage De-Rail The Electric Car Boom?

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We’ve gone electric, and there’s no going back at this point. Lithium is our new fuel, but like fossil fuels, the reserves we’re currently tapping into are finite – and that’s what investors can take to the bank. You may think lithium got too popular too fast. You may suspect electric vehicles are too much […]

Energy Efficiency is the 3rd Largest Resource in the US

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Have you ever described efficiency as an energy resource and gotten a quizzical look in return? We have, even though utility system planners have been using energy efficiency for decades to make sure that power for their customers is both reliable and affordable. For those of us who have been in the energy efficiency industry […]

Kurt Cobb: Limitless imagination and physical limits

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“The city of the future, 10,000 years hence, will not be located on the surface of the Earth. It will be floating up miles high, and such things as snow, rain, and storms will be unknown to the city dwellers of the future.” (Hugo Gernsback, 1922)   Humans can imagine lots of things. They can […]

A Reality Check on Renewable Energy Potential

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Highlights On a global level, the potential for renewable energy is more than sufficient. Problems emerge on a regional level, however, especially in developing Asia and Africa. Renewable energy technology forcing in these regions can have serious socio-economic consequences. Introduction We often see images like the one below which imply that the potential of renewable […]

The “stereosphere” and the upcoming photovoltaic revolution

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It seems to be popular nowadays to maintain that photovoltaic energy is just an “extension” of fossil energy and that it will fade away soon after we run out of fossils fuels. But photovoltaics is much more than just a spinoff of fossil energy, it is a major metabolic revolution in the ecosystem, potentially able […]

Why oil companies must look beyond oil

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Persistently low oil prices have had a devastating effect on the economies of all major oil producers/exporters who are accustomed to a price regime of over $100/b. The lifting of sanctions on Iran and its ability to quickly ramp up to pre-sanction (2012) levels of production and exports has made the market even more liquid […]

Methane Hydrates, The Next Shale Gas?

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The talk a few years ago about an imminent peak in oil and gas production was proven incorrect by the technological strides made to access shale oil and gas resources. It seems that governments, exploration companies, and even the United Nations are striving to make the next technological leap – this time into accessing the […]

People Are Calling Natural Gas a ‘Bridge’ to a Sustainable Future—They’re Wrong

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For America to reach full renewable energy, we need to re-focus our investments — and divest ourselves of some dangerous ideas about natural gas. By Nancy C. Loeb Natural gas coming out of the ground in Taiwan. (Photo: Naplee12/Wikimedia Commons) It’s been a hot summer, with record-breaking heat in the United States and around the world, and […]

Might the fossil fuel industries implode faster than the clean energy industries can grow to replace them?

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In a memorable recent statement, some of Germany’s top scientists argued that “controlled implosion of fossil industries and explosive renewables development” can deliver the targets in the Paris agreement on climate change. Taking this premise at face value, and setting aside the thought that other factors might also be needed, the course of events in […]

French experts to build experimental reactor in Iran

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 Iran has reached an agreement with France to participate in an international project for the construction of the experimental reactor ITER, the Iranian news agency Fars announced today . The Iranian representatives have come to a general agreement with France on the issue of cooperation in the international project on nuclear fusion, which is known […]

Solar to Wreck Economics of Existing Power Markets

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Highlights: Continued solar growth could lead to significant decreases in wholesale electricity prices during most peak hours. High solar penetrations could also impact power prices when solar does not operate, affect the frequency and severity of electricity price spikes, and impact natural gas price volatility. While lower wholesale prices could impact solar’s growth they will […]

Powerful Fuels lead to Human Freedom and Prosperity

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Some people who are not well versed in human history believe that fossil fuels are inherently evil, costly and harmful to human health. They ignore the side of the accounting ledger that documents the incredibly beneficial effects concentrated fuels have provided to overall human freedom, happiness, self actualization and reduction of dependence on nature. Kathleen […]

For Better or For Worse

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Author Richard Heinberg on new book “Our Renewable Future: Laying the Path for One Hundred Percent Clean Energy”. Plus plankton expert Dr. Michael Behrenfeld: is the foundation of ocean life in trouble? Radio Ecoshock 160629 Download or listen to this Radio Ecoshock show in Ecoshock 160629 Lo-Fi (14 MB) or Ecoshock 160629 CD Quality (56 […]

The ERoEI of High Altitude Wind Power

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For several weeks I have been researching and writing a review post on high altitude wind power. It has grown into a 6000 word monster that should hopefully fly on Monday. While doing this it has been difficult to find time to write other posts. Hence this is a preview of one section on Energy […]

Saudi Arabia Heads From Crude to Solar

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Last week, my article on the Saudi Arabian oil and solar outlook, titled Saudi Arabia’s Solar Planning Is Paved in Oil Production, certainly shook up a hornet’s nest in the Twittersphere. In the piece, I postulated that the Saudis – under the de facto leadership of 30-year old Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) – would move […]

Apple’s energy bombshell

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Apple will soon be selling more than MacBooks, iPhones, iPads and watches to consumers. It may also be selling electricity. In what is being regarded as something of a bombshell in the energy markets – albeit a long predicted one – Apple has quietly has created a new subsidiary called Apple Energy, and asked to […]

Heinberg: Our Renewable Future

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The next few decades will see a profound and all-encompassing energy transformation throughout the world. Whereas society now derives the great majority of its energy from fossil fuels, by the end of the century we will depend primarily on renewable sources like solar, wind, biomass, and geothermal power. Two irresistible forces will drive this historic […]

Fusion megaproject confirms 5-year delay

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The ITER fusion reactor will fire up for the first time in December 2025, the €18-billion project’s governing council confirmed today. The date for “first plasma” is 5 years later than under the old schedule, and to get there the council is asking the project partners—China, the European Union, India, Japan, Russia, South Korea, and […]

The Rise and Stall of the Commercial Solar Market

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GTM Research recently released its report on the non-residential/commercial solar market, demonstrating relatively stagnant growth of the sector for the fourth straight year. According to the report, after a rise in installations from 2010 to 2012, commercial solar, consisting of projects where offtakers are neither homeowners nor utilities, has consistently hovered around a gigawatt (GW) […]

First New U.S. Nuclear Reactor in Almost Two Decades Set to Begin Operating

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Source: Republished with permission from the Tennessee Valley Authority   The Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) Watts Bar Unit 2 was connected to the power grid on June 3, becoming the first nuclear power plant to come online since 1996, when Watts Bar Unit 1 started operations. Watts Bar Unit 2 is undergoing final testing, producing […]

Forget about peak oil … here’s the real reason Saudi Arabia is selling its oilfields

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The Stone Age did not end for lack of stone, and the Oil Age will end long before the world runs out of oil,” Sheikh Zaki Yamani, Saudi Arabia’s energy minister in the 1970s This sentiment arguably still chimes with Riyadh’s outlook in 2016 particularly with countries such as China exploring long-term alternative sources of […]

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