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On the right path to fusion energy

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A new report on the development of fusion as an energy source, written at the request of the U.S. Secretary of Energy, proposes adoption of a national fusion strategy that closely aligns with the course charted in recent years by MIT’s Plasma Science and Fusion Center (PSFC) and privately funded Commonwealth Fusion Systems (CFS), a recent […]


China to Launch ‘Artificial Sun’ Into Space That Reaches 100 Million Degrees Celsius

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From its plans to harness and enhance its artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities to its vision of a solar highway planned into the not-too-distant future, China is strongly demonstrating its position as a technology trendsetter of the 21st century. Industry China is Building Floating Nuclear Power Stations One of the most ambitious and forward-looking plans now […]


Inventors of Omnidirectional Wind Turbine Win James Dyson Award

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A spinning turbine that can capture wind traveling in any direction and could transform how consumers generate electricity in cities has won its inventors a prestigious international award and ~$38,000 prize. Nicolas Orellana, 36, and Yaseen Noorani, 24, MSc students at Lancaster University, scooped the James Dyson award for their O-Wind Turbine, which — in […]


Temperature of China’s ‘artificial sun’ reaches new heights

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China’s self-designed “artificial sun,” a device to harness the energy of fusion, has made an important advance by achieving a temperature of 100 million degrees Celsius in plasma and a heating power of 10 megawatts, media reported, noting the progress could pave the way for developing clean energy through nuclear fusion. The Institute of Plasma […]


Scientists Develop Liquid Fuel to Store Sun’s Energy Up to 18 Years

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No matter how abundant or renewable, solar power has a thorn in its side. There is still no cheap and efficient long-term storage for the energy that it generates. The solar industry has been snagged on this branch for a while, but in the past year alone, a series of four papers has ushered in […]


Why We Need Innovative Nuclear Power

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In 2006, Bill Gates and I took a hard look together at all the options humanity has for powering the 21st century. At that time, 81 percent of the world’s primary energy—the raw form, before it is converted to electricity, gasoline, etc.—came from fossil fuels. Back then, you might recall, oil prices were soaring. Many […]


Modelling a future fuelled by sustainable energy

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University of Adelaide economists have modelled the transition from a world powered by fossil fuels to one in which sustainable sources supply all our energy needs. Dr Raul Barreto, Senior Lecturer from the University’s School of Economics, has examined the short and long-term consequences of the relative productivity differential between fossil fuel and renewable energy. […]


Billionaires Chase the Holy Grail of Energy

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Not long before he died, tech visionary Paul Allen traveled to the south of France for a personal tour of a 35-country quest to replicate the workings of the Sun. The goal is to one day produce clean, almost limitless energy by fusing atoms together rather than splitting them apart. The Microsoft Corp. co-founder said he […]


Energy Transition to Reach ‘Point of No Return’ by 2035

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By 2035 the global energy transition will reach a point of no return, according to a recent report from Wood Mackenzie. By that year, says WoodMac, renewables will likely meet 20 percent of global power demand, up from today’s 7 percent. The combination of wind, solar and electric vehicles will displace about 100 billion cubic […]


How far are we from nuclear fusion?

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Electricity-generating fusion power plants — one of the biggest inventions in history — might be safe, efficient, reliable and environmentally responsible. But, how far are we from turning science fiction into reality — meaning a world where nuclear fusion energy will be powering our day-to-day lives? Some 60 years. The upcoming International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor […]


Exxon: Tapping Algae and Plant Waste to Fuel a Sustainable Energy Future

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How scientists are tapping algae and plant waste to fuel a sustainable energy future. ⌃ Cloudy days don’t come often to Calipatria, Calif. This small town, nestled in Southern California’s Imperial Valley, sees only three inches of rain each year. Sunlight beats onto its parched beige soil, pushing temperatures past 100 degrees. Yet just above […]


World’s largest fusion facility to see ‘light’ by 2025

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The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), the worlds largest experimental fusion facility in which India is a scientific partners, will start generating “a new, clean, safe and unlimited light” by 2025, its Director General, Bernard Bigot has said. ITER aims to prove that fusion power can be produced on a commercial scale. If successful, generations […]


The Global Grid — A look at connecting energy sources around the world

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Energy is contagious Enthusiasm spreads Tides respond to lunar gravitation Everything turns in synchronous relation — Rush “Chain Lightning” What if it were possible to connect to all the energy sources such as wind and solar through a global network? A network that could convert the instantaneous energy produced in one spot on the earth […]


BP: Energy transition

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BP invests in developing biogas projects and offtakes from carbon capture projects. BP is also actively involved in renewable power and fuel certificates markets to help businesses demonstrate the use of renewable energy. BP’s AA credit rating and risk management products can help developers who are seeking project financing. North America Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) […]


Wind farms cause global warming

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When it comes to energy production, there’s no such thing as a free lunch, unfortunately. As the world begins its large-scale transition toward low-carbon energy sources, it is vital that the pros and cons of each type are well understood and the environmental impacts of renewable energy, small as they may be in comparison to […]


Forget Peak Oil. Peak energy demand is more likely

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It can be hard to get your head around just how much energy the world uses. Expressed in terms of oil, it was equivalent to almost 14 billion metric tons of the stuff in 2017. That’s like burning through all of Russia’s proved reserves in the space of 12 months, which is, in technical terms, a lot. But […]


How The Sahara Could Power The Entire World

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Solar and wind farms, stretched across North Africa’s Saharan desert and relying solely on existing technologies, could produce enough electricity to power the entire world. (That amount of electricity approximates over 21 terawatt hours.) As an added benefit these combined wind and solar arrays would also increase rain fail in the arid Sahel region thereby […]


Fusion Energy in the 21st Century

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Although its potential to generate electricity at a commercial scale is several decades away, nuclear fusion can become a promising option to replace fossil fuels as the world’s primary energy source and could have an important role to play in addressing climate change, participants agreed at an IAEA General Conference side event focused on the […]


Inaccessible” North Carolina Nuclear Plant Declares “Unusual Event” During Storm-Driven “Hot Shutdown”

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Duke Energy’s Brunswick nuclear plant, about 30 miles south of Wilmington, has declared a state of emergency as the 1,200-acre complex remains cut off by flood waters and and is inaccessible to outside personnel. Just as we warned a week ago, The News & Observer reports, at this time, no one can come in and […]


Sustainability: The Circular Vision

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The rise of the circular economy and sustainability brings change to everything around us. From the way we source, make, and distribute product to the things we consume. AI, Robotics, IoT, and other advanced Technology will revolutionize the way we live. Imagine a world where we renew resources vs. deplete them, where we breath clean […]


The Road Away from Fossil Fuels

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President Andrzej Duda’s authoritarian government can expect a rough political ride in December, when politicians, diplomats and campaigners stream into Katowice, Poland, for the next UN summit on climate change. Poland’s so-called climate policy – to aim for “carbon neutrality” by discounting emissions from the coal industry with carbon sucked up by its forests – […]


The AI that could help make limitless fusion power

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An AI is set to try and work out how a potentially limitless supply of energy can be used on Earth. It could finally solve the mysteries of fusion power, letting researchers capture and control the process that powers the sun and stars. Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) and […]


Energy: Missing from the Nuclear Story

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One of my first memories of watching TV during the early 1950s was ads promoting leaded gasoline for reducing engine knock. Little did I suspect the strange history of that gas. By the beginning of World War I, it became clear that the internal combustion automobile was edging out its rival steam cars and electric cars. Shortly afterwards, Thomas Midgley […]


Sun 24×7: Calculation of EROEI

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Over the past 10 years, solar energy has rapidly moved from “toys” to the most serious projects, and the continuation of the curve of this takeoff promises in the future total domination of this type of generation. Or not? In the attempts to predict here, a lot of copies and major claims have been broken: […]


Energy Department teams up with Bill Gates to move mini-nuclear plants to market

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The Energy Department is participating in major push with electric utility Southern and a company founded by Microsoft founder Bill Gates to develop small nuclear power reactors that are less expensive and more efficient than their much larger cousins. “Molten salt reactors are getting a reboot,” the Energy Department tweeted late Wednesday, offering a schematic […]


Steady as she goes: Scientists tame damaging plasma instabilities

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Before scientists can capture and recreate the fusion process that powers the sun and stars to produce virtually limitless energy on Earth, they must first learn to control the hot plasma gas that fuels fusion reactions. In a set of recent experiments, scientists have tamed a plasma instability in a way that could lead to […]


China builds an ‘Ecological Civilization’ while the world burns

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Record heat waves and massive forest fires are sounding the alarm – nature and humanity face an existential crisis. To avert the rapidly growing ecological crisis and adapt to the inevitable consequences of climate change, civilization is being urgently called on to act. In one hopeful sign, an entire nation of 1.3 billion people, China, […]


The Black Plague And Nuclear Energy

Alternative Energy

wanted to share an article with you today because it explains so darn well how investment markets work… and yet it has nothing ostensibly to do with investment markets. The original can be found here. The black plague, also known as the black death, is a disease caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis. It enters […]


Using Microbes to Convert CO2 to Natural Gas

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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), in collaboration with Southern California Gas Co. and Stanford University, are using microbes to convert carbon dioxide directly to renewable natural gas. The U.S. Department of Energy recently awarded the power-to-gas project $800,000. SoCalGas will provide co-funding of $400,000 in addition to $125,000 of seed funding it provided in 2017. Using microbes to convert carbon […]


Fusion start-ups hope to revolutionize energy in the coming decades

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Martin Greenwald stands in a windowless control room at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, holding a heavy, thick cable in his left hand. Pinched between his right index finger and thumb is a thin strip of dull-brown metal tape. That strip can carry as much electrical current as the hefty cable, he explains, and could enable […]


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@aeberman12--at that 1.37 MMbbl/day production rate, if produced every day for a year, that's 490 MMbbl/year. If Dennis Coyne's old estimate of 5.2 bn bbl total resource for the Bakken were true, the Bakken must be damn near at its peak per the old Hubbert theory? #peakoil