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, 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 being very hot,...

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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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California smashes its renewables energy record

California smashes its renewables energy record

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Renewable energy still has a long way to go before it beats out fossil fuels completely but the momentum is gathering.   Earlier this week the US state of California announced that on May 13th they smashed through a renewable energy milestone as its largest grid,...

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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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UK’s newest fusion reactor just generated first plasma

UK’s newest fusion reactor just generated first plasma

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Fusion energy holds the promise of being able to provide humanity with limitless clean energy but controlling the energy that powers the stars is no easy feat, little by little though scientists are getting there.   The UK’s newest fusion reactor, ST40, was switched on...

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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.   Whether it’s robots stunning invasive species like Lionfish and the Crown of Thorns, or scientists using 3D printing...

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China brings the world’s largest floating solar power plant online

China brings the world’s largest floating solar power plant online

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Solar power is on an unstoppable roll and with companies bringing new capacity online every minute of every day the future of the technology looks bright   Late last week, workers switched on a solar energy plant that’s capable of producing 40 megawatts of power...

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Scientists have turned light into a frictionless fluid that acts like water

Scientists have turned light into a frictionless fluid that acts like water

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Light can behave in strange ways but now that scientists have managed to turn it into a superfluid at room temperature we could see new breakthroughs in communications and computing.   Light only travels in straight lines, or does it? Scientists have known for centuries...

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World first as scientists create the first Black Hole on Earth

World first as scientists create the first Black Hole on Earth

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It can be said that science fiction writers have a love affair with black holes, and now a team of American scientists have managed to spontaneously create a molecule sized one here on Earth.   Black holes are without question the most powerful objects in...

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Atlanta joins 26 other US cities, commits to run entirely on renewable energy by 2035

Atlanta joins 26 other US cities, commits to run entirely on renewable energy by 2035

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF One by one major US cities are committing themselves to a green future and every one of them wants to run 100 percent on renewable energy by 2035.   Earlier this month Atlanta lawmakers approved a resolution that puts the city on track to run entirely on...

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Swiss scientists are growing glaciers to turn back the effects of global warming

Swiss scientists are growing glaciers to turn back the effects of global warming

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A crazy plan to re-freeze the arctic isn’t as crazy as it sounds, and now Swiss scientists are trying it out to regrow their glaciers.   Earlier in the year a team of scientists announced their outlandish plans to re-freeze the Arctic by installing no...

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Japanese scientists want to be the first to drill into the Earth’s mantle

Japanese scientists want to be the first to drill into the Earth’s mantle

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to drill through the the Earth’s mantle will not only help us predict earthquakes better, but it will also give us a complete record of the formation of Earth.   Last week a team of Japanese scientists, backed by the Japanese government, announced...

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Harvard gets ready to geoengineer the Earth’s atmosphere

Harvard gets ready to geoengineer the Earth’s atmosphere

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Climate change still looks like it’s a runaway train, albeit that optimists think that hope is on the horizon, but there are still many people in the scientific community that think we need Plan B in case Plan A fails. In a first of its...

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Australia is building the world’s biggest solar farm

Australia is building the world’s biggest solar farm

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF With solar technology improving in efficiency, and reducing in cost countries now seem to be racing to embrace it and the projects are getting bigger and bigger   The record for the largest solar power plant keeps changing hands,. One minute it’s Africa, the next it’s...

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Fast, deadly laser wielding underwater robots revolutionise fish farming

Fast, deadly laser wielding underwater robots revolutionise fish farming

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Inventors have found a novel way to combine new technologies together to help fish farmers reduce pollution, reduce costs and improve the yield, and health, of their farm reared Salmon.   When you think about laser-wielding robots that are equipped with the latest machine vision...

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A river in New Zealand was just granted human rights to protect it from pollution

A river in New Zealand was just granted human rights to protect it from pollution

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In an age where environmental destruction is still commonplace a river in New Zealand is about to reap the benefits of being given the same rights as a human being.   In a world first, and in an age where we are beginning to grant...

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Scientists set new solar panel efficiency record

Scientists set new solar panel efficiency record

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Solar power is now coming of age and every innovation, and every breakthrough only helps to accelerate its adoption.   Turning sunlight, which is basically photons, into electricity, electrons, is a surprisingly tricky thing. While there have been experiments that have created solar arrays that can capture...

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Google Project Sunroof shows off solars huge potential in the US

Google Project Sunroof shows off solars huge potential in the US

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Over eighty percent of homes in the US could run solar panels and if you want to wean yourself off of fossil fuels then that could be great news   It sounds like an obvious thing, but if you’re a company who’s selling solar panels,...

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