Canada will phase out all coal power production by 2030

Canada will phase out all coal power production by 2030

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The Paris Climate Accord, and more accessible, feasible and affordable renewable energy technologies appear to finally spurring government to embrace new methods of power generation   Canada, who recently began trials of North America’s first Tidal power generator in Nova Scotia, will close all of...

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North Americas first Tidal energy turbine goes online in Nova Scotia

North Americas first Tidal energy turbine goes online in Nova Scotia

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Tidal energy is still more complex and more costly to deploy, support and buy than other forms of renewable energy, with this installation the companies involved hope they can bring those costs down   The first tidal generator in North America has gone online this...

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SolarCity and Tesla are powering an entire island with solar

SolarCity and Tesla are powering an entire island with solar

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Over 1 billion people live without electricity, and the cost of reaching them using traditional energy infrastructures is prohibitive, renewables offer an affordable, and increasingly realistic alternative.   With over 1 billion people on our planet still living without electricity, and billions more living with...

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It’s electric, US to cover 25,000 miles of roads with charging stations

It’s electric, US to cover 25,000 miles of roads with charging stations

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Vehicles are the world’s second largest producers of toxic gases and carbon dioxide, the new EV corridors will help people make the switch to electric vehicles sooner.   Civilisation finally looks like it’s getting serious about moving away from powering homes and cars with energy millions...

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The machine making the machines, Tesla’s giant Gigafactory to go live in 2017

The machine making the machines, Tesla’s giant Gigafactory to go live in 2017

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF By building a vertically integrated company that has control of it’s supply chain and product R&D Musk can realise efficiencies of scale, disrupt industries and use it to catalyse the growth of his companies, namely OpenAI, SolarCity, SpaceX and Tesla.   Twenty miles east of Sparks,...

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SolarCity’s solar Gigafactory to produce 10GW, or three large power stations, a year

SolarCity’s solar Gigafactory to produce 10GW, or three large power stations, a year

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The new SolarCity Gigafactory will boost supply of solar products, helping to reduce their cost, which in turn should accelerate the adoption of solar power technologies.   While discussing potential improvements in manufacturing efficiency with Tesla investor Ron Baron at his conference in New York...

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Iceland drills worlds deepest well to tap energy from rivers of magma

Iceland drills worlds deepest well to tap energy from rivers of magma

Icelands geothermal project could lead to similar projects in the US that could power the whole continent Iceland, already a juggernaut in the world of sustainability, is about to turn up the heat on its geothermal efforts. Since September, engineers in southwestern Iceland have been slowly drilling into the earth...

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Microsoft experiments with underwater datacenters

Microsoft experiments with underwater datacenters

The oceans are home to coral reefs, ship wrecks and now – datacenters Continuing its long tradition of datacenter experimentation in the name of efficiency, Microsoft announced it has been testing an unusual new datacenter concept – placing servers underwater out in the ocean. Close to half of today’s society...

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The end of fossil fuels, Asia and Europe draw up a Global Energy Grid

The end of fossil fuels, Asia and Europe draw up a Global Energy Grid

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As renewable energy becomes more reliable countries around the world are seriously exploring connecting their energy grids together to form a Global Super Grid.   Northeast Asia, the region encompassing China, South Korea, and Japan, has not yet gotten around to connecting its electricity grids...

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Renewable energy sources power up Scotland and Costa Rica

Renewable energy sources power up Scotland and Costa Rica

Countries are increasingly managing to meet all of their energy requirements using renewable energy Hot on the heels of Costa Rica announcing that their state run energy company had managed to provide 100% of the territory’s energy requirements for 113 consecutive days using renewable energy sources last weekend Scotland announced...

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Californian sculpture desalinates 1.5 billion gallons of drinking water

Californian sculpture desalinates 1.5 billion gallons of drinking water

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The Pipe is a finalist in the 2016 Land Art Generator Initiative, a competition to combine clean energy production with public art.   Is it public art, or is it a power station? This shimmering design for “The Pipe”, a finalist in the 2016 Land Art Generator...

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Breakthrough lets researchers turn plants into electric circuits and connect them to the grid

Breakthrough lets researchers turn plants into electric circuits and connect them to the grid

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to turn plants into electric circuits could pave the way for a whole variety of biologically inspired electronics.   A team of Swedish botanists and electrical engineers have unveiled a new method for growing and powering conductive wires inside living plants and integrating them with...

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Bionic leaf could revolutionise energy and manufacturing

Bionic leaf could revolutionise energy and manufacturing

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A revolution in the making, the Bionic Leaf ushers in a new era of biomanufacturing.   Harvard University has created a “bionic leaf” that converts solar energy into a liquid fuel. The work, a proof of concept in an exciting new field called biomanufacturing, is the fruit...

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