Solar panels made from cyborg bacteria promise even cheaper energy

Solar panels made from cyborg bacteria promise even cheaper energy

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Cyborg bacteria could be used to replace today’s silicon solar panels with higher efficiency, lower cost panels that help accelerate the renewable energy revolution.   Although most life on Earth relies upon photosynthesis as its sole source of energy, the process has a weak link...

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A solar panel the size of a book could soon power your entire home

A solar panel the size of a book could soon power your entire home

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF A three fold increase in the energy efficiency of solar panels could revolutionise almost every industry on Earth.   In our efforts to make solar panels even more efficient a team of scientists in the UK have found a way of funnelling the Sun’s power...

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World’s first commercial solar aircraft aims for the Stratosphere

World’s first commercial solar aircraft aims for the Stratosphere

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Tomorrow’s aircraft will be battery powered, but future generations of aircraft could do away with the batteries entirely.   While Elon Musk is invested in getting humans to different places, whether it’s from one side of the planet to the other in rocketships, or to...

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Jeff Bezos wants to colonise the Moon and move heavy industry off Earth

Jeff Bezos wants to colonise the Moon and move heavy industry off Earth

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There are an increasing number of billionaires who believe heavy industry should be moved off of Earth and onto the Moon, and Bezos might be one to help make it a reality.   Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is convinced that one day “we are going...

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Perfectly transparent solar concentrator turns every window into a solar panel

Perfectly transparent solar concentrator turns every window into a solar panel

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As more materials become capable of producing and storing their own energy companies will be able to wean themselves off fossil fuels faster, and develop innovative new products.   Transparent solar cells and films that can be applied to any type of surface, even windows,...

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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 decentralised 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 in the future of energy.   Blockchain is increasingly being...

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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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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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