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Solar Now Produces a Better Energy Return on Investment Than Oil

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The future is not good for oil, no matter which way you look at it. — Motherboard ***** Solar — it’s not just a clean power source producing zero emissions and almost no local water impact, it’s also now one of the best choices on the basis of how much energy you get back for […]


New EIA Survey Collects Data on Production and Sales of Wood Pellets

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Like Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Densified Biomass Fuel Report. Note: Data for February through June are preliminary.   During the first half of 2016, U.S. manufacturers produced approximately 3.3 million tons of wood pellets and sold 3.1 million tons, mostly to foreign markets, according to data from EIA’s newly released Densified Biomass Fuel Report. […]


I Was Wrong About Peak Oil

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We used to worry about the time when the world would start running out of fossil fuels, defined as Peak Oil. The concept of Peak Oil is when the maximum rate of extraction of petroleum is reached, after which production is expected to enter terminal decline causing energy prices to skyrocket. Based on oil demand […]


Solar Power is Community Power

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Do you think solar panels are only for the affluent and for a small circle of elite environmentalists? Maybe that used to be the case, but not anymore! Community solar is here to turn that image upside down by offering solar benefits to all. First of all, let’s start by considering conventional energy production. Apart […]


State of The Transition, November 2016: Steps forward continue to outnumber steps back

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The global energy transition remains in a state of net forward momentum as of the end of November. However, evidence that the society is in danger of reaching its eventual target of complete or near-complete energy decarbonisation too late to save the planet from runaway global warming was particularly clear this month. As if we […]


Shell Discovers 500 Billion Cubic Feet of Natural Gas in Egypt’s Western Desert

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New natural gas discoveries were made earlier this month in Egypt’s western desert, announced Royal Dutch Shell plc, commonly known as Shell. The discoveries were made in Alam El-Shawish concession area. Initial estimates indicate that 500 billion cubic feet of natural gas was discovered, with more possible reserves yet to be uncovered, announced the CEO […]


A fusion-focused future

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Dr David Kingham explains why fusion energy is closer than ever before Nuclear fusion is the creative process of the universe. All matter, besides hydrogen and a smattering of helium, was created in the fusion furnaces within stars as small atomic nuclei joined together to make larger ones. This reaction releases huge amounts of energy […]


Reinventing Fire in China

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Amory Lovins’ Rocky Mountain Institute, backed by Chinese institutions and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, has published a stunning roadmap for an energy revolution in China. If its ideas are taken up, it could lead to a transformation of the largest energy economy in the world – and serve as a model for other developing nations […]


Are We Entering a Renewable Energy Tipping Point?

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Energy, the world’s largest industry, is currently undergoing a revolution. A switch towards renewable energy sources from the traditional fossil fuels we have relied upon to advance industrial and economic growth is underway. Chris Goodall is a writer on new energy technologies. His book, The Switch, focuses on a global transition to an energy system […]


Another failure of scientific peer-review: a wrong paper on the energy return of photovoltaic energy manages to get published

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Theoretically, whatever is published in a scientific journal should go through a rigorous review process that ensures that it is correct and reliable. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. If you follow the debate on renewable energy, you know how important is the question of the energy return (or EROEI) of the various sources. An […]


Wind Energy Could Supply 20% Of Global Electricity By 2030

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The Global Wind Energy Council released its biennial Global Wind Energy Outlook today, outlining scenarios where wind could supply 20% of global electricity by 2030. The report looks at four scenarios exploring the future of the wind industry out to 2020, 2030 and 2050. “Now that the Paris Agreement is coming into force, countries need […]


The mother of all promises and how science failed to maintain it

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  “Energy too cheap to meter” was the mother of all promises (above, Disney’s atomic genius from 1956).  Unfortunately, science failed utterly to deliver this and many other promises made during the “nuclear age,” and even later. Eventually, people will realize how much hot air there is in the press releases about pretended scientific breakthroughs […]


The great transformation

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A record deployment of renewables has helped shape the energy supply over the last 15 years A number of emerging technologies, policy initiatives such as the COP21 agreement in Paris last year, the continued increase in demand in China and India, a rise in growth of renewable energies, as well as the growth in unconventional […]


An AWEsome energy source: where do we stand with airborne wind energy?

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I have been following the development of airborne wind energy (AWE) for more than 10 years and I keep following it. This summer, I visited the campus of the Technical University of Delft, in Holland, where I met the people of “Enevate”, the university spinoff dedicated to kite power, a field in which the university […]


Corporate America’s Huge Appetite for Clean Energy

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An increasing number of corporations are directly buying (or building) their own clean electricity. For decades most Fortune 1000 companies did little more than try to manage costs as they bought electricity and fuel from the existing marketplace. This model of simply relying on the existing marketplace to meet energy needs has, however, suddenly become […]


Could small nuclear fusion reactors provide the clean energy safety net the world needs?

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The old joke suggests nuclear fusion is always 30 years away, but undeterred a British firm is now working to connect a nuclear fusion reactor to the grid by 2030 The idea of nuclear fusion someday providing a cheap and abundant source of clean energy has been around for decades, but has long considered by […]


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

Alternative Energy

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

Alternative Energy

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 […]


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