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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

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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?

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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 […]


The Dark Cloud of Going Green

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I was invited by a LinkedIn member to share the following post he read on my page. Having been involved in multiple projects, including the one to assist customers with natural gas availability to convert from electric to get them off the grid, I have becoming acutely aware that there are many fingers in the […]


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

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Australian smarts and Chinese industrial might made solar power the cheapest power humanity has seen – and no one saw it coming   In the year 2000, the International Energy Agency (IEA) made a prediction that would come back to haunt it: by 2020, the world would have installed a grand total of 18 gigawatts […]


Turning Cow Poop Into Energy Sounds Like a Good Idea — But Not Everyone Is on Board

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On days when the air pollution is especially bad, a mother in Tulare County, California – where cows outnumber people 2 to 1 – forbids her children from going outside. The woman, who declined to be named for fear of reprisal from her neighbors in the dairy industry, said that nearly everyone in her family, […]


Saudis Plan Major Solar Development in Bid to Cut Emissions

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Saudi Arabia announced a major development plan for solar energy as it looks to slash emissions and cut how much oil it burns for power. The oil-rich state has signed seven agreements to produce electricity from solar power in various parts of the country, Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman said at a conference in […]


Is nuclear fusion the answer?

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Thermonuclear fusion is the nuclear reaction that powers the sun and all stars. It occurs when two nuclei of a lightweight element such as hydrogen collide at colossal speed, forcing them to fuse. Leftover mass is converted into enormous amounts of energy, according to Einstein’s formula E = mc2. Unlike fission, in which atoms are […]


Can Renewables Power An Entire City?

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More than 170 cities across the United States have set goals to power their communities with 100% renewable electricity, according to the Sierra Club. How realistic would it be to generate electricity for an entire city solely with sources such as solar, wind, geothermal, and hydropower? Based on a sampling of responses from some renewables […]


Advanced nuclear reactors no safer than conventional nuclear plants, says science group

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A new generation of so-called “advanced” nuclear power reactors that Washington believes could help fight climate change often present greater proliferation risks than conventional nuclear power, a science advocacy group said on Thursday. President Joe Biden, a Democrat, has made curbing climate change a priority and has supported research and development for advanced nuclear technologies. […]


Beyond Oil: Lithium-Ion Battery Minerals and Energy Security

Alternative Energy

Oil has long dominated concerns about energy security because oil products have fueled nearly all of the world’s transportation for over a century. But that may be changing as vehicles powered by electric motors have become competitive with those powered by internal combustion engines. Should the mass adoption of electric vehicles occur, access to reliable […]


The Pandemic, Peak Oil Demand, and the Oil Industry

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Recent months have seen a growing crescendo of claims that a peak in oil demand may be near, or even be past. Pandemic-related changes in behavior such as working from home are predicted to persist after the emergency ends, and advances in technology are said to make oil-fueled vehicles increasingly obsolete. Michael Lynch and Ivan […]


Green technology and growth: a vision we can believe in

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James McKenzie believes the UK government’s ambitious 10-point-plan for a “green industrial revolution” can deliver – if we put our collective minds to the problem Visionary thinking The UK’s recent green-energy plan offers great opportunities for physicists. (Courtesy: iStock/ConceptCafe) If 2020 taught us anything, it was that humans are a very adaptable and tenacious species […]


Scientists Warn Iraqie Oil Will Be Depleted in Less Than 30 Years

Alternative Energy

The solar revolution is coming. It’s been building momentum for years and is quickly becoming unstoppable. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, installations in the United States have grown 35-fold since 2008. This trend is expected to continue, with installations set to double between 2019 and 2023. Some people may doubt that the future […]


Harvesting Blackhole Energy Isn’t As Crazy As You Think

Alternative Energy

Nuclear fusion,solar fuels, floating offshore nuclear plants, and microwave beaming. These are some of the esoteric and rather outrageous renewable energy ideas that scientists have proposed to help break our over-reliance on fossil fuels. Some like nuclear fusion are much further ahead than others after scientists last year kicked off the five-year assembly phase of […]


China Has Just Created an Artificial ‘Star’

Alternative Energy

EAST is a fusion reactor in China, which can reach temperatures over six times hotter than the core of the sun. And it is the key to sustainable energy. Imagine if we could replace fossil fuels with our very own stars. And no, we’re not talking about solar energy, but actual nuclear fusion. Recent research […]


Global fossil fuel demand should peak in 2027, says consulting firm McKinsey

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Aggregate fossil fuel demand on a global-scale is set to peak in 2027 – with oil peaking in 2029 and gas in 2037 – partially due to the impacts of COVID-19, according to new research by leading global consultancy McKinsey & Company. Its Global Energy Perspective 2021 report finds that while coal demand peaked already, […]


Batteries are made of rare, declining, critical, and imported elements

Alternative Energy

Preface.  Since oil and other fossils are finite and emit carbon, the plan is to electrify society with batteries.  But doh!  Minerals used in batteries are finite too.  And dependent on fossil-fueled transportation and manufacturing from mining trucks, to smelter, to fabrication, to delivery. Alice Friedemann   www.energyskeptic.com  author of “When Trucks Stop Running: Energy and […]


Solar now ‘cheapest electricity in history’: How much will it matter?

Alternative Energy

The International Energy Agency (IEA), the Paris-based consortium of 30 countries, has told us in its flagship World Energy Outlook 2020 that solar-produced electricity is now the “cheapest electricity in history.”  That seems like very good news, that is, until the actual expected impact of that fact is examined more closely. For those who are […]


My green home: $90,000 in clean tech upgrades, $20,000 in tax breaks

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A few years ago I started writing regularly about electric cars and the batteries that power them—technologies that are helping humanity transition away from reliance on fossil fuels. And as bad news continued to pile up about the harms caused by climate change, I started to think harder about my own carbon footprint. So last […]


Ten predictions for energy in 2021

Alternative Energy

This will be your future if some powerful people at the World Economic Forum get their way: you’ll own nothing and “be happy about it.” Energy will be green, rationed, and expensive, and travel will be restricted. Your diet will be controlled, and currency will be digital. This left-wing dystopian dream is called the Great […]


Unsustainable energy a psychological failure

Alternative Energy

Professor Susan Krumdieck’s book Transition Engineering: Building a Sustainable Future is a technical instructional manual for engineers faced with how to adapt within our cities to meet the targets of 80 percent less fossil fuel. Not just the technical stuff, it’s also a strong imperative to do what we clearly must, to effect the inevitable downshift […]


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