Elon Musk beats his 100 day deadline to power up the world’s biggest battery

Elon Musk beats his 100 day deadline to power up the world’s biggest battery

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The world’s thirst for renewable energy is increasing, almost  exponentially, and dips in supply have to be met from battery storage systems like these.   Elon Musk started building a giant mega battery for the South Australian outback earlier this year with the aim of preventing 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. Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote,...

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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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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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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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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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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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Solar powered artificial skin gives prosthetics a sense of touch

Solar powered artificial skin gives prosthetics a sense of touch

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Many amputees complain of “Phantom limb” syndrome but now a new breakthrough could help them finally feel again, for real.   UK researchers have developed a synthetic skin for prosthetic limbs that can generate power and return the sense of touch to amputees. Researchers from...

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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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India brings the world’s largest solar power plant online

India brings the world’s largest solar power plant online

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Solar power is now the cheapest form of electricity in 58 countries, with more capacity coming online that number’s only going to get bigger   China might be largest producer of solar energy in the world, but neighbouring India is equally ambitious. In the next...

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New solar panels generate electricity from rain

New solar panels generate electricity from rain

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A new range of all weather solar panels could help further reduce the world’s reliance on fossil fuels and make renewable energy an even more attractive proposition.   Solar panel technology has changed the way many people bring energy into their homes, but it’s always had...

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New nano material gives buildings, energy and stealth a big boost

New nano material gives buildings, energy and stealth a big boost

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A new nano material that can selectively tune out specific parts of the electromagnetic spectrum paves the way for cheaper solar power, stealthier fighter aircraft and more energy efficient buildings.   A new flexible nano super material that’s been developed by a team at the University...

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Google hits its ambitious 100% renewable energy target

Google hits its ambitious 100% renewable energy target

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Renewable energy is rapidly becoming the energy of choice for many countries and companies, and as output increases and costs fall, more companies are making the switch from fossil fuels.   By March this year all of Google’s datacentres and offices will be powered entirely...

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Bright future, solar power is the cheapest form of energy in 58 countries

Bright future, solar power is the cheapest form of energy in 58 countries

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We aren’t at a tipping point yet but the indicators are looking good for the future of renewable power – investment and output are up and costs are down.   According to a new report from some of the world’s leading analyst organisations solar power...

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France opens the worlds first solar panel road to the public

France opens the worlds first solar panel road to the public

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF While there are questions about the return on investment and viability of solar panel road schemes it’s important to experiment with the technology, especially as more electronic vehicles hit the roads.   France has opened what it claims to be the world’s first solar panel...

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Las Vegas becomes the largest US city to run solely on renewable energy

Las Vegas becomes the largest US city to run solely on renewable energy

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Renewable energy is gradually moving from the shadows and into the limelight with major projects underway, or already completed, around the world, now Las Vegas is the latest in a string of cities to meet all of its energy needs from renewables   On Monday,...

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The worlds largest solar power plant goes online in Morocco

The worlds largest solar power plant goes online in Morocco

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Energy produced from renewable sources is finally getting its day in the sun, as more, larger renewable energy installations come online the economics of renewables keep getting better and better and the only way is up.   Cracked fields stretch away towards the Moroccan desert...

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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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