Scientists discovered a new energy source eight times more powerful than nuclear fusion

Scientists discovered a new energy source eight times more powerful than nuclear fusion

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Scientists have found new evidence of a new, theoretical power source that is eight times more powerful than nuclear fusion, and if the theory is proved it will prove to be a revolutionary power source.   This week a team of researchers from Tel Aviv...

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China unveils the world’s largest electric vehicle charging network

China unveils the world’s largest electric vehicle charging network

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF China’s ambitions to embrace renewable energy and electric vehicles shows no signs of slowing down, and they’re leaving other countries in the dust.   Last year the US Government announced it was going to start rolling out a huge network of electric charging points across...

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MIT’s breakthrough air battery could make grid scale storage 80 percent cheaper

MIT’s breakthrough air battery could make grid scale storage 80 percent cheaper

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Renewable energy sources are still, by their very nature, unreliable which is why we need cheap, grid scale energy storage solutions if we’re ever going to wean ourselves off of fossil fuels and nuclear power, and MIT’s latest breakthrough could move the dial   The...

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The renewable energy revolution starts at home, American’s are breaking new records

The renewable energy revolution starts at home, American’s are breaking new records

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Slowly but surely energy grids are modernising and decentralising, and homeowners are at the forefront of the shift, embracing renewable energy and new energy systems faster than ever before   Thanks to companies like Tesla and their Powerwall product the residential energy storage market is...

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Revolutionary new IoT chip communicates miles without using any energy

Revolutionary new IoT chip communicates miles without using any energy

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF IoT devices only “work” if they have connectivity, but up until now trying to get data from a sensor in a field, or a toaster at home, has meant fitting them all with battery powered communications gear, new backscatter devices solve that issue   A...

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New air conditioning breakthrough cools buildings without using any energy

New air conditioning breakthrough cools buildings without using any energy

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Air conditioning that can cool buildings without using any energy is the holy grail of aircon, and now the technology’s arriving   Heat naturally flows from hot things to cold things, it’s just a fact of life, and physics, and since there are few places...

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Chip sized particle accelerators will make renewable energy even cheaper

Chip sized particle accelerators will make renewable energy even cheaper

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Renewable energy is taking over the world, with thousands of Gigawatts now installed around the world, and the price is plummeting, new records and new breakthroughs will only make the technology cheaper and that’s going to accelerate the switch from fossil to renewables happen even...

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Blockchain entrepreneurs are helping utilities re-invent the powergrid

Blockchain entrepreneurs are helping utilities re-invent the powergrid

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The power grids used by most countries were born in a different era, but now, thanks to new technologies like blockchain, grid scale storage and renewables, they’re about to get upgraded   Imagine the scene, a power pole collapses at 8PM on a hot night...

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Hmmm, are scientists building the technology to stop Hurricanes?

Hmmm, are scientists building the technology to stop Hurricanes?

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF If you wanted to stop a hurricane trying to stop it when it’s full size would be “almost impossible,” however, if we could catch and neutralise them before they had a chance to form, well, it could be bye bye hurricanes…   Before I start,...

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Dubai’s new solar energy park will be the world’s largest, but it’s no super volcano

Dubai’s new solar energy park will be the world’s largest, but it’s no super volcano

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Renewable energy is the cheapest form of energy in over 58 countries and Dubai’s vision to create the world’s largest solar park is only going to help accelerate the demise of fossil fuels   Dubai is a country with its sights set on the future,...

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Inside NASA’s plan to stop the next Yellowstone supervolcano eruption

Inside NASA’s plan to stop the next Yellowstone supervolcano eruption

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF One day a Supervolcano like Yellowstone will erupt, plunge the Earth into the next ice age and potentially wipe out much of life on Earth, but now NASA has a plan to stop it   Nature is as awesome as it is destructive, and it’s...

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Researchers unveil the world’s first battery free phone

Researchers unveil the world’s first battery free phone

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As companies are better able to tap into new energy sources it’s increasingly looking like low power devices, such as basic phones and Internet of Things sensors could ditch batteries   Ealier this week Vamsi Talla, a computer science and electrical engineering research associate at...

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Strong winds in Europe push renewable energy prices negative

Strong winds in Europe push renewable energy prices negative

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Renewable energy is the future of energy production, and as the technologies becomes more efficient, and as record amounts of new capacity come online they’re changing the economics of the energy industry, leading some to question if oil prices will ever recover   Asides from...

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A green energy revolution in the making, electric plants bring light to homes

A green energy revolution in the making, electric plants bring light to homes

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Every day we’re finding new ways to power our planet, but what if the plants around us could power our devices and cities, would we be more inclined to live in harmony with nature?   Forget wind power. Forget solar power. What if you could...

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Revolutionary seawater powered battery gives underwater drones a big boost

Revolutionary seawater powered battery gives underwater drones a big boost

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF When you’re on land you can just pop to a charging station and re-charge your vehicle, but underwater it’s not so easy – until now   Underwater drones are becoming an increasingly popular – whether it’s to private industry who are increasingly using them to...

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France bans sales of combustion engines from 2040

France bans sales of combustion engines from 2040

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The days of the century old combustion engine are numbered as some of the world’s largest car markets turn to electric vehicles instead   France will follow in the footsteps of Germany and India, who both recently announced plans to end the sales of combustion engines...

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Boeing teams up with America’s biggest ship builder to build autonomous subs

Boeing teams up with America’s biggest ship builder to build autonomous subs

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The future of warfare is autonomous, but undersea, autonomous drones and submarines have a lot of civilian capabilities too   A year after DARPA launched its own fully autonomous mine hunter and a few months after they announced they plan on building  American undersea drone...

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Scientists have created the world’s first durable printed solar cell

Scientists have created the world’s first durable printed solar cell

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to print stable, high efficiency solar cells could one day help companies produce low cost solar panels in volume that that will reduce the cost of solar power and speed up its global adoption   Renewables, especially solar power, is on a tear...

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Paper made from stone is transforming the paper industry

Paper made from stone is transforming the paper industry

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF For thousands of years paper has been made using pulp from trees, but a few years ago that changed and now paper made from stone is hitting the shelves in a big way   If you haven’t heard of paper that’s made from stone before...

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An ocean going drone is protecting the world’s largest marine reserve

An ocean going drone is protecting the world’s largest marine reserve

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Conservations have always had to work on a budget, I know, I’ve been one, but now technology is helping them in ways that were previously unimaginable Stuff   Whether it’s robots stunning invasive species like Lionfish and the Crown of Thorns, or scientists using 3D...

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