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Nuclear fusion is one step closer with new AI breakthrough

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The green energy revolution promised by nuclear fusion is now a step closer, thanks to the first successful use of a cutting-edge artificial intelligence system to shape the superheated hydrogen plasmas inside a fusion reactor. The successful trial indicates that the use of AI could be a breakthrough in the long-running search for electricity generated […]


US nuclear power plants contain dangerous counterfeit parts, report finds

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At least some nuclear power plants in the US contain counterfeit parts that could pose significant risks, an investigation by the inspector general’s office of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has found. Those parts “present nuclear safety and security concerns that could have serious consequences,” says the resulting report published on February 9th. While concerns about […]


New ‘game-changing’ technology removes 99% of carbon dioxide from the air

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Engineers from the University of Delaware developed a method for effectively capturing 99 percent of carbon dioxide from the air using an electrochemical system powered by hydrogen, a press statement reveals. Aside from boosting the overall performance of carbon capture technology, the new method could also enable the commercial production of more sustainable fuel cells. […]


Doomberg: In Praise of Corn Ethanol

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“The magician and the politician have much in common: they both have to draw our attention away from what they are really doing.” – Ben Okri Etymology teaches us much about history. Take the word plumbing, which is derived from the Latin word plumbum, which means “lead.” In Roman times, elaborate systems of lead pipes […]


Germany To Dedicate 2% Of Its Land To Wind Power Development

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Germany, despite its claim to be a renewable energy leader, is not currently on track to meet its 2030 climate and energy targets. This week, the nation’s new Green Minister for Economics and Climate, Robert Habeck, presented a bold new plan for expanding onshore and offshore wind power. If successful, the plan would add up […]


Chinese nuclear fusion experiment holds 70 million ° C for 17 minutes

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The Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) in Hefei in the east Chinese province of Anhui reports a new temperature record. At the end of last year, a plasma temperature of 70 million ° C could be maintained in the experimental nuclear fusion reactor for 1056 seconds, i.e. a good 17 minutes, reports the Institute for […]


The New Geopolitics of Energy

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Mining for coltan in North Kivu, Congo, September 2013 Marco Gualazzini / Contrasto / Redux It is not hard to understand why people dream of a future defined by clean energy. As greenhouse gas emissions continue to grow and as extreme weather events become more frequent and harmful, the current efforts to move beyond fossil […]


Nuclear fusion: why the race to harness the power of the sun just sped up

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A nervous excitement hangs in the air. Half a dozen scientists sit behind computer screens, flicking between panels as they make last-minute checks. “Go and make the gun dangerous,” one of them tells a technician, who slips into an adjacent chamber. A low beep sounds. “Ready,” says the person running the test. The control room […]


U.S. zero-carbon fusion energy startup Helion raises $500 mln

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Helion Energy, a fusion energy tech startup, on Friday said it raised $500 million to build a net positive electrical generator, one that creates more power than it uses. The latest round values the company at $3 billion. Helion said $1.7 billion in follow on investments were committed if it can prove its technology works, […]


Oil System Collapsing so Fast It May Derail Renewables Warn French Government Scientists

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A team of French government energy scientists are warning that the collapse of the global oil system is coming so rapidly it could derail the transition to a renewable energy system if it doesn’t happen fast enough. In just 13 years, global oil production could enter into a terminal and exponential decline, accompanied by the […]


Can Nuclear Fusion Put the Brakes on Climate Change?

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Let’s say that you’ve devoted your entire adult life to developing a carbon-free way to power a household for a year on the fuel of a single glass of water, and that you’ve had moments, even years, when you were pretty sure you would succeed. Let’s say also that you’re not crazy. This is a […]


Fusion energy nears Kitty Hawk moment

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IN TRYING TO EXPLAIN their recent fusion energy breakthrough, Dennis Whyte of MIT and Bob Mumgaard of Commonwealth Fusion Systems reached back to the dawn of aviation. Fusion could be a life-saver for the planet, producing carbon-free, relatively inexpensive energy with no waste byproducts. It works the same way the sun does, by merging two […]


The coming decline of oil is another excellent reason to make the energy transition

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It is the lifeblood of the economy. Few of the objects around us that have not been made or shipped thanks to him. It is oil, which has been exploited since the middle of the 19th century, and which today remains the main source of fossil energy consumed on Earth. For how long before the […]


Fusion experiments break records and explode 10 trillion watts of energy

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  Damien Jemison, a photographer at the National Ignition Facility (NIF), captured this image of the NIF laser beamline entering part of the target chamber. Jemison needed five exposures to capture the range of light in dimly lit areas. He also converted the resulting image into a monotonous, saying, “The end result is my artistic […]


Start-Up Hopes to Move a Step Closer to Commercial Fusion

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A start-up founded by scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology says it is nearing a technological milestone that could take the world a step closer to fusion energy, which has eluded scientists for decades. Researchers at M.I.T.’s Plasma Science and Fusion Center and engineers at the company, Commonwealth Fusion Systems, have begun testing an […]


‘Blue’ Hydrogen Is Worse For the Climate Than Coal, Study Says

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quotes a report from Ars Technica: Most hydrogen today is made by exposing natural gas to high heat, pressure, and steam in a process that creates carbon dioxide as a byproduct. In what’s called “gray” hydrogen, all that carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere. In “blue” hydrogen, facilities capture the carbon dioxide and sell […]


Is Hydrogen Just Oil And Gas Greenwashed?

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The debate over the position of hydrogen in the new energy revolution has come to the fore again thanks to Japan’s hosting of the Olympic Games. The Olympic buses run on hydrogen, and even the Olympic Cauldron is a hydrogen flame. But rather than showcasing how green this miracle new fuel is, it has highlighted […]


5 Wild New Ways To Generate Energy

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With the clean energy shift beginning to gain serious momentum, the prime candidates for a sustainable future have been solar, wind, and–to a lesser extent–geothermal energy and nuclear fission. But with the window for the world to act to avert catastrophic and irreversible climate change rapidly closing down, we are beginning to realize that every […]


‘Generator’ Turns Plastic Trash Into Edible Protein

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The 2021 Future Insight Prize went to Ting Lu, a professor of bioengineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and Stephen Techtmann, associate professor of biological sciences at Michigan Technological University, for their project. It uses microbes to degrade plastic waste and convert it into food. The German science and technology company Merck sponsors the […]


Bezos-Backed Fusion Startup Picks UK to Build First Plant

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A nuclear fusion startup backed by billionaire Jeff Bezos will build its first pilot power plant outside of London, potentially accelerating a new way of generating clean energy. Canada’s General Fusion Inc. is one of about two dozen startups trying to harness the power that makes stars shine. Rather than splitting atoms like in traditional fission reactors, fusion […]


Over $1 trillion needed by 2030 to put world on track to reach net-zero by 2050

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A report earlier this month from the International Energy Agency (IEA) carried out in collaboration with the World Bank and the World Economic Forum has found that the world’s energy and climate futures are increasingly hinged on whether emerging economies manage that transition successfully. The report calls for a complete rethink of global efforts to mobilise and […]


Wyoming To Lead The Coal-To-Nuclear Transition

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Coal and natural gas together produce two-thirds of our electricity, almost equally split between them. Nuclear produces 20%, hydro produces 7%, and renewables about 7%. Oil produces even more energy than either coal or gas, but it is used almost entirely for transportation except during Polar Vortexes when coal, gas and wind fail to produce […]


‘Insanely cheap energy’: how solar power continues to shock the world

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In the year 2000, the International Energy Agency made a prediction that would come back to haunt it: by 2020, the world would have installed a grand total of 18 gigawatts of photovoltaic solar capacity. Seven years later, the forecast would be proven spectacularly wrong when roughly 18 gigawatts of solar capacity were installed in […]


The Great Unfunded Green-Hydrogen Dream

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Europe’s oil refiners have big plans to boost the use of green hydrogen to help them make fuel, an important component of the petroleum industry’s plans to cut its operational carbon emissions. But with the clock ticking in the battle against climate change, the reality of what the industry has committed to remains modest. Green […]


China maintains ‘artificial sun’ at 120 million Celsius for over 100 seconds, setting new world record

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Thermo image of inside of the “artificial sun” fusion reactor Photo: screenshot of Xinhua China broke the record by keeping the Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) by achieving plasma temperature at 120 million Celsius for 101 seconds and 160 million Celsius for 20 seconds, a major step toward the test run of the fusion reactor. […]


Green apocalypse

Alternative Energy

For decades, the powers-that-be have been claiming the world would come to an end within a few years (they’ve repeatedly predicted catastrophes that didn’t happen ever since 1970). Their mantra has always been to push wacky ideas they’ve fabricated in their burning desire to control every element of our lives — and they wind up […]


Clean energy minerals shortage: Who knew it could happen?

Alternative Energy

The race for so-called green energy has spawned another race, one for the minerals needed to make the devices such as solar panels and batteries that produce, store and transmit that energy. A hitherto largely unchallenged economic idea—that we will always have supplies of everything we need at the time we need it at prices […]


Renewables to grow far faster than oil sector

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Renewable energy will account for a far larger share of global supply in 2050 than major oil companies or the International Energy Agency (IEA) expect, Oslo-based consultancy Rystad Energy said on Thursday. Its updated models show renewables meeting 74% of total energy demand by 2050, compared to 43%, 45% and 69% in the most aggressive […]


IEA Says Governments Should Consider Stockpiling Battery Metals

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Western governments should consider stockpiling critical battery metals such as cobalt and lithium, the International Energy Agency said, in a stark warning of the geopolitical risks that accompany the green-energy transition. That call comes as some policy makers worry the shift from burning fossil fuels to a greener economy will expose the world to new […]


Solar and wind can meet world energy demand 100 times over

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Huge falls in the cost of solar and wind power in the last few years have unlocked an energy reserve that can meet world demand 100 times over — and most is already economic compared with fossil fuels, finds a report from the think tank Carbon Tracker published today. Solar and wind are inexhaustible sources […]


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