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Is the holy grail of energy finally within reach?

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It’s been around for so long that it’s almost gone out of fashion. Nuclear fusion has been and remains the holy grail of energy research and it’s about to take a giant leap forward. In Provence, the world’s largest and most exciting nuclear fusion research facility is finally taking shape. The cost overruns are almost […]

Radiation level increase in northern Europe may ‘indicate damage’ to nuclear power plant in Russia

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Low levels of radiation spotted in northern Europe may have come from a malfunctioning nuclear power plant in western Russia. Nuclear safety officials from Finland, Norway and Sweden have all announced earlier this week they have detected increased radioactive isotopes across Scandinavia and in some Arctic regions. While the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority said on […]

A Star is Born. What’s Happening on the Front Lines of Fusion

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Fusion power, a form of power that is highly efficient, secure and eco-friendly with a virtually inexhaustible supply of fuel, is being eyed as the solution to current major energy and environmental problems. Toshiba shares its vision and how advancement in its fusion technologies is contributing to the realisation of this energy source in the […]

The Biggest Energy Problem In The World

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A recent U.S. Department of Energy headline reminds us of just how lucky we are: “U.S. customers experienced an average of nearly six hours of power interruptions in 2018.” For perspective, that means we Americans have our electricity interrupted for less than 6 hours of the 8,760 hours in a year. So my wheels got […]

Why are fossil fuels so hard to quit?

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We understand today that humanity’s use of fossil fuels is severely damaging our environment. Fossil fuels cause local pollution where they are produced and used, and their ongoing use is causing lasting harm to the climate of our entire planet. Nonetheless, meaningfully changing our ways has been very difficult. But suddenly, the COVID-19 pandemic brought […]

Fossil Fuels for Decades and Beyond

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The easy thinking flies smoothly off the keyboard: “Fossil Fuels are Done;” “End of the Oil Era;” “The Inevitable Death of Natural Gas;” “The Demise of King Coal;” On and on, a parade of abstractions unconnected to the empirical world but sounding good, nevertheless. Preying on everyone’s wish for a clean, healthy environment, special interest […]

The Big Boy Fusion Reactor

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Engineers have installed the first and largest piece of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) fusion project in France. The gigantic assembly begins with this piece, the steel base, which weighs more than 1,200 tons. Meet the Big Boy Nuclear Fusion Is Right Around the Corner ITER has been in the works for 30 years. […]

We Don’t Need an Economic Collapse to Curb Emissions

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COVID-19 has caused a worldwide economic collapse. Yet some environmentalists are celebrating. As factories remain shuttered and drivers stay off the roads, emissions are falling. Worldwide energy-related carbon emissions will drop as much as 5.4%  this year, according to Goldman Sachs. Many environmentalists can scarcely contain their glee. “This is an opportunity to talk about … […]

Diversified Energy Mix for A Clean Energy Transition

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The world’s incredible decrease in energy consumption caused by COVID-19, and the unprecedented collapse of the oil and gas markets has some arguing that 2019 was the peak for oil and clean energy will dominate in the years ahead. This and more was unpacked during a renewable energy webinar hosted by the African Energy Chamber […]

Another step toward making nuclear fusion power plants a reality?

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Nuclear fusion’s energy potential is vast. Scientists believe it could, theoretically, lead to the construction of commercial power plants that would deliver virtually unlimited amounts of energy without leaving a trail of waste behind. But efforts to harness the technology have been exceedingly slow. However, a small step forward has been made by scientists at […]

Energy won’t be the same when this is over

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With planes grounded, cars parked, factories shuttered and offices dark, the coronavirus has carved a big hole in the energy economy and redirected its future in ways that could hardly have been imagined four months ago. Even once the world picks up again, the basics of the business will reflect the legacy of the 2020 […]

The power of artificial sun: Fusion

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With energy, people live, plants grow, machines move, and the world survives. Sounds familiar? Yes, that is the Sun, the ultimate energy source, the holy grail of all problems. But can we bring it closer and have it here on Earth? The Sun is basically a pressure cooker. It cooks one basic element of our […]

Nuclear power can provide the reliable clean energy essential to our future

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It has been about two months that most of us have been staying home to help flatten the curve of the COVID 19 pandemic.  While it may seem difficult, we keep telling our kids how lucky we are to have incomes as we work from home to limit our health risk.  There are many who […]

Tesla Energy: Elon Musk’s Next Big Plan

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The way that you trade energy could soon have a whole lot more star power. Elon Musk is entering the energy trading scene with a new Tesla Energy software asset called Autobidder, which would allow both providers and consumers to exchange their energy capacity. The software is currently being used to run the company’s new […]

The Great Pause Week 7: Coping with a Nuclear Infection

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“Emergency preparedness plans are already inadequate, but the prospect of a mandatory mass evacuation at a time like this is an impossible choice.“ Back in Week Two, we began warning of the danger of cascades across multiple fault lines, beyond the single threat everyone is now so focused upon. Some people think the giant Asian […]

The Limits of Clean Energy

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Strong winds blow sand at a wind farm in the Coachella Valley on May 6, 2019 in Palm Springs, California. Photo by Mario Tama / Getty Images. The conversation about climate change has been blazing ahead recently. Propelled by the school climate strikes and social movements like Extinction Rebellion, a number of governments have declared […]

Saudi Arabia has almost completed its first nuclear reactor site

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age Saudi Arabia’s latest construction is raising eyebrows in the West, with new satellite images sparking fears about the kingdom’s quest for power.Source:Supplied Saudi Arabia has nearly completed construction of its first nuclear reactor, sparking fears about the country’s quest for nuclear power. New satellite images, first published by Bloomberg, show construction on the building […]

America “should begin work immediately” on building fusion reactor

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The US should begin work immediately on designing and building a pilot fusion reactor, according to a landmark report by a group of scientists, politicians and industry. The study, produced by the plasma physics division of the American Physical Society, based in Princeton University, argues that America should play a more prominent role in developing […]

Hydrogen: The Secret To Commercializing Nuclear Fusion

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Scientists around the world are racing towards a green energy solution that is cheap, efficient, and scalable enough to replace fossil fuels before our carbon-based economy steers us past the tipping point towards catastrophic climate change. Solar cells are being improved at breakneck speed, wind turbines are being swiftly scaled up, and geothermal energy is […]

Could 2020 Be the Year of Hydrogen?

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Hydrogen has long been touted as a green alternative to traditional forms of energy generation, such as burning natural gas. When produced via the electrolysis of water, hydrogen has a very low carbon footprint – and the only by-product created when it is combusted is that self-same water. As such, it’s far more beneficial in […]

The Possibilities and Limitations of Geothermal Energy

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You’d think that in today’s world, the average Joe doesn’t need much more convincing that renewables are the future of energy. It’s no secret that the fossil fuels we currently use to fuel our modern lifestyles are largely contributing to climate change, through increased exponentially increased emissions. What’s more, fossil fuels aren’t an unlimited source […]

Controlled Thermonuclear Fusion: The Time is Now

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There are no limits to growth—that is the response we can all provide to Greta Thunberg and her controllers like Prince Charles and Michael Bloomberg. Lyndon LaRouche wrote the book, There Are No Limits to Growth! in 1983—that was 37 years ago. He was responding to the idea of “limits to growth”—that all of us […]

The World Turned Upside Down

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Released On: 05 Jan 2020 The transition from fossil fuels to renewables and its geopolitical consequences More episodes Programme Website   The World Turned Upside Down Episode 1 28 mins    

Nuclear fusion is ‘a question of when, not if’

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The prospects for developing nuclear fusion as a feasible source of energy have significantly improved, say experts. The UK government has recently announced an investment of £200m to deliver electricity from a fusion reactor by 2040. Private companies and governments have told the BBC they aim to have demonstration models working within five years. But […]

Nuclear Fusion: Still Frustratingly Far Off Despite Recent Signs of Momentum

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Governments are not giving up on nuclear fusion making a meaningful contribution to the global decarbonization efforts, despite the technology’s obvious challenges. Last month, for example, the U.K. government pledged £220 million ($283 million) toward getting a fusion power plant up and running by 2040, as part of moves to cut the country’s emissions to […]

Are Concrete Blocks the Next Batteries?

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Energy VaultYouTube Energy storage is an increasingly large problem with renewable energy. Energy Vault wants to solve it by storing extra energy as potential energy in concrete blocks. The company recently received a major investment from Japanese holding company SoftBank. That money will allow Energy Vault to build its first full-scale prototypes. In August 2019, […]

The First ‘Commercially Viable’ Fusion Power Plant in the Making

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Clean Energy is the need of the hour and UK is taking charge to build the first commercially viable fusion power plant for unlimited clean, safe, and carbon-free energy. Fremont, CA: Fusion researchers have always faced criticism due to the unfulfilled promise of nuclear fusion reactor from the critics. However, in recent years, the fusion […]

Miracle of ‘fusion’ power grows nearer

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Some consider it to be the most complex scientific endeavour in human history — harnessing hydrogen fusion power on a massive scale for the benefit of mankind. If successful, it would represent a revolutionary energy breakthrough, albeit a costly one — US$22.5 billion and counting. The good news is, the reality of fusion-driven energy has moved […]

This energy plan could have a dramatic impact

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The world energy market has shown over the past few weeks and months that it can easily cope with the collapse of Venezuelan oil exports, the cut-off of most supplies from Iran and even an attack on Saudi Arabia’s key oil export facilities. It is not, however, prepared for the dramatic change that could occur […]

Cheap Renewables Could Make 90% of Proposed Gas Power Plants — and Many Pipelines — Obsolete by 2035

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There’s one big reason that analysts say America’s electrical power should soon run on clean energy sources like wind and solar rather than fossil fuels like coal and natural gas: your power bill. A lot has changed when it comes to power generation in the past 16 years. In 2003, if you flipped on a light […]

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