Japan to trial new energy tankers to transport energy from deep sea wind farms

Japan to trial new energy tankers to transport energy from deep sea wind farms

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Energy that is generated and stored offshore needs transporting, just like we transport oil today, so Japan have created a new breed of “Energy tankers.”   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential tech...

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Innovative Ocean Battery stores renewable energy at the bottom of the deep sea

Innovative Ocean Battery stores renewable energy at the bottom of the deep sea

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Sometimes energy generated by offshore wind farms is hard to store or transfer, this is a neat solution to that problem and new energy tankers can then collect the energy at their leisure.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself...

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Aker Offshore to create the world’s first wind turbine recycling plant

Aker Offshore to create the world’s first wind turbine recycling plant

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF At some point in the future all the renewable generation systems we’re building will go end of life, and noone wants it all to end up in landfill …   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University,...

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Scotlands first underwater substation makes waves in the energy sector

Scotlands first underwater substation makes waves in the energy sector

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Offshore wind is becoming increasingly important and now a radical new substation design is giving it a big boost.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, read about exponential tech and trends,  connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog....

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Michelin’s inflatable sails turn giant polluting cargo ships into giant sailing ships

Michelin’s inflatable sails turn giant polluting cargo ships into giant sailing ships

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The global shipping industry contributes about 3% to all global greenhouse gas emissions, so companies are trying to help the industry go “green.”   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Beyond putting rubber...

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The future of power is transcontinental supergrids that connect the world’s energy supplies

The future of power is transcontinental supergrids that connect the world’s energy supplies

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today if you generate electricity in one part of the world you can’t transport it to any other place in the world – supergrids are a paradigm shift.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote,...

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GE floats futuristic deep ocean wind turbines as the future of renewables

GE floats futuristic deep ocean wind turbines as the future of renewables

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today wind farms are located near the shoreline but these new wave rider wind turbines could be placed in the deep ocean far from shore.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. GE...

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New Norwegian wind farm trials giant wind catcher grids with hundreds of wind turbines

New Norwegian wind farm trials giant wind catcher grids with hundreds of wind turbines

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Wind power projects are springing up all over the world and companies are now starting to innovate new more powerful designs.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. By now we’re all familiar...

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Insect inspired robots are coming to fix the world’s wind turbines

Insect inspired robots are coming to fix the world’s wind turbines

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Wind turbines are popping up everywhere, but at over 40 storeys tall now they’re also getting more problematic to fix and maintain.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. The world of maintenance...

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Giant 40 storey tall wind turbines are coming to power America’s east coast

Giant 40 storey tall wind turbines are coming to power America’s east coast

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The larger the wind turbines the more electricity they generate and the cheaper they do it – making renewables even more affordable.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Renewable energy is now...

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Fossil fuels running out of gas as renewable energy becomes the world’s cheapest energy

Fossil fuels running out of gas as renewable energy becomes the world’s cheapest energy

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The cost of generating electricity from renewable energy sources is approaching zero, and fossil fuels can’t compete as they face elimination from the global energy mix.   Love the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, future proof yourself with courses from XPotential University, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog....

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GE to use 3D printing to build the world’s biggest and most powerful wind turbines

GE to use 3D printing to build the world’s biggest and most powerful wind turbines

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The size of wind turbines are limited by the width of the roads they’re transported on, but now GE is paving the way for wind turbines that are truly massive.   Interested in the Exponential Future? Join our XPotential Community, connect, watch a keynote, or browse my blog. Renewable energy installations...

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Google X spins off its molten salt grid scale storage business

Google X spins off its molten salt grid scale storage business

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Renewable energy sources only generate electricity when the sun shines or the wind blows, so companies have to find a way to store it so it can be used in times of scarcity.   One of the biggest problems with renewable energy is that when...

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Second hand electric vehicle batteries help Engie accelerate renewable energy uptake

Second hand electric vehicle batteries help Engie accelerate renewable energy uptake

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Renewable energy is clean and green, but when the sun goes down and the wind drops energy output falls, which means sustainable renewable energy needs grid scale battery storage to support it.   Multinational energy utility Engie has launched a new grid connected storage project...

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Renewable energy smashes a major installation milestone, hits 1 Trillion watts

Renewable energy smashes a major installation milestone, hits 1 Trillion watts

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The rise of renewable energy is on a tear, and it’s now looking unstoppable.   Global wind and solar developers took 40 years to install their first trillion watts of power generation capacity, and, as electric vehicles get ready to take off, and as renewables...

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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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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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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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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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