Infographic: The Future of AI in the Energy Sector

Infographic: The Future of AI in the Energy Sector

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As AI’s capabilities improve it will revolutionise how we generate, transmit, sell and consume energy.   It shouldn’t come as any surprise to anyone that Artificial Intelligence (AI) will have a significant impact on the energy sector, and at all stages of its lifecycle. Whether...

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One in a million enzyme that breaks down plastic found in Japanese dump

One in a million enzyme that breaks down plastic found in Japanese dump

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF When they were developed plastics were a wonder material, but their environmental legacy is proving devastating, now a fluke discovery is giving people hope that today’s plastic scourge can efficiently be broken down and recycled.   We’re increasingly being told that plastic is a horrible,...

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Decentralised energy grids and renewables get a boost from Centrica

Decentralised energy grids and renewables get a boost from Centrica

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Renewable energy and local micro, and tied-storage, grids are transforming the way energy is produced, transmitted and sold, so Centrica is testing the waters to see whether or not blockchain could play a vital role i the future of energy.   Blockchain is increasingly being...

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Vertical farms edge closer to disrupting traditional agriculture

Vertical farms edge closer to disrupting traditional agriculture

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today’s modern agricultural practises favour countries with fertile land and the food they produce has a dramatic impact on the environment, but tomorrows farms could be stationed in deserts, or at sea, right next to their consumers, producing high quality, organic food at knock down...

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Google reportedly mulls investing in a hypersonic tunnelling boring company

Google reportedly mulls investing in a hypersonic tunnelling boring company

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There is a race on to increase the speed of boring tunnels by at least ten fold, and if it can be achieved it will change the economics of energy generation and transportation.   Google announced recently, quietly, very quietly, that it’s carrying out research...

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Scientists get green light to test tech that stops the formation of hurricanes

Scientists get green light to test tech that stops the formation of hurricanes

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Sometimes you need crazy ideas because one day those crazy ideas change the world, in this case scientists think they can use a new approach to stop hurricanes from forming and wreaking havoc.   Recently I wrote an article about a new Artificial Intelligence (AI)...

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Crazy thinkers suggest beaming solar energy from space to end energy poverty

Crazy thinkers suggest beaming solar energy from space to end energy poverty

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In 2050 there will be 10 billion people on the planet who need energy, and while renewable energy will help reduce energy poverty some think solar energy beamed from space, or satellites, could also help.   Infalling solar radiation constantly illuminates the Moon’s surface with...

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New graphene filter turns filthy water into drinking water

New graphene filter turns filthy water into drinking water

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Millions of people around the world don’t have regular access to clean drinking water, and this breakthrough could help them.   Every year millions of people around the world die from diseases they’ve contracted from drinking unclean water but now researchers in Australia have developed...

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MIT’s breakthrough battery makes electricity from thin air, literally

MIT’s breakthrough battery makes electricity from thin air, literally

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We still live in a world where many people live in energy poverty and inventions like this one could one day become an important part of the overall energy mix.   Energy devices that  can generate electricity from thin air are increasingly appearing in labs...

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New Graphene sieve turns seawater into drinking water

New Graphene sieve turns seawater into drinking water

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Water scarcity is one of the greatest worries facing the modern age, and as the world watches one of its great cities face the real prospect of running out of water in months, not years, the search for new water filtration systems has never been...

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New Chinese breakthrough “soil” turns desert into fertile farmland

New Chinese breakthrough “soil” turns desert into fertile farmland

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the amount of desertification around the planet increases, and as the global population continues to grow, humanity needs to find new ways to turn the tide and find new ways to feed a growing population.   Creating a roadmap to combat the spread of...

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World’s most powerful laser will be able to rip matter out of a vacuum

World’s most powerful laser will be able to rip matter out of a vacuum

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As laser technology develops at an accelerating rate it’s increasingly being used to help scientists unlock the mysteries of the universe, and many other things besides.   Amazingly physicists are getting close to building lasers powerful enough to rip matter out of a vacuum, yes,...

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US startup secures $200m in funding to build 300 vertical farms across China

US startup secures $200m in funding to build 300 vertical farms across China

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The world’s population will grow by another 2 billion by 2050 and many think today’s agricultural systems won’t cope, as a consequence we need to embrace new forms of sustainable, high yield agriculture.   The agricultural industry is going through a revolution, everything from robotic...

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ORNL’s new super fast ultrasonic dryer uses 70 percent less energy

ORNL’s new super fast ultrasonic dryer uses 70 percent less energy

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Tumble dryers account for more than 4 percent of the world’s energy consumption, so cutting that figure by 70 percent could be a big deal.   Forget heat, drying laundry in the future is all about cranking up the volume. At least, that’s how the folks at...

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Electric eel inspired bio-batteries could revolutionise pacemakers and wearables

Electric eel inspired bio-batteries could revolutionise pacemakers and wearables

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A new type of ultra thin biological battery could replace batteries in pace makers, and power smart contact lenses, but their use cases don’t stop there.   New artificial organs may have a familiar, slimy face to thank for their near future prospects in the...

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UBeam uses sound to wirelessly charge phones on stage, confounds critics

UBeam uses sound to wirelessly charge phones on stage, confounds critics

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF More companies are showing interest in wireless charging and the pace of development and investment in the sector is accelerating, but this is one wireless charging technology that the experts say shouldn’t work, but it does.   Unlike Energous, a company that a few weeks...

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Wirelessly charged smart underpants hit the floor at CES

Wirelessly charged smart underpants hit the floor at CES

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As we become ever more reliant on the electron shuffling marvel that is electricity, we’re rapidly getting to the point where we no longer have to tether all our gadgets and devices to our wall sockets to charge them.   This year could well prove...

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Washing machines get a whole lot greener thanks to new Xeros polymer bead system

Washing machines get a whole lot greener thanks to new Xeros polymer bead system

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Doing the laundry uses lots of detergent, energy and water, and creates grey water by product, but Xeros’ new polymer bead washing system cuts this down by over 80 percent.   Sometimes it’s easy to forget that products we take for granted, and use every...

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Scientists have created the world’s first wormhole in a lab

Scientists have created the world’s first wormhole in a lab

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Wormholes that transfer electromagnetic signals, energy and other “stuff” via an unknown dimension are the stuff of science fiction, but they also have practical applications in healthcare, apparently.   Sci-fi fans around the world have long been waiting for the news that we can, finally...

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Researchers unveil self-charging fabrics that could power tomorrow’s Smart Clothes

Researchers unveil self-charging fabrics that could power tomorrow’s Smart Clothes

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As transistors and computing devices continue to shrink it is inevitable we’ll bake more computing power into our clothing, and all that extra compute will need some way to power it.   Today, the majority of smart clothes we use to monitor a person’s vital...

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