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Two alternative futures for solar energy
Posted: 20 June 2018 1 Comment

Quartz says the solar power revolution is in grave danger of collapse by 2050, and needs a serious commitment to increased investment to 'succeed'. I disagree fundamentally for two reasons. One, the column looks at two scenarios out to 2050, but essentially only takes current technology trends into account. As we all know, tech is characterized by exponential improvements in efficiency and ...

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The solar revolution is in grave danger, but we can save it
20 June 2018
The world is facing two futures: let the solar revolution sputter out and face ruin or harness solar power to help reign in climate change.
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Just paint that wall for instant solar fuel
Dateline: 23 June 2022
It's taken five years to come to fruition, but the magic of solar paint is finally something every building owner can benefit from. Why pay for costly 3D ...
Embedded intelligence
Posted: 26 June 2018

Key to the mass adoption of machine learning and intelligent things, is the ability to drive intelligence to the edge, in everyday devices and sensors, rather than relying on supercomputers in the cloud to do all the heavy lifting. A startup called GraphCore is developing an IPU to replace GPU and CPU in machine learning, promising dramatic improvements in performance. So it's not just Intel ...

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Data shows scalability of new artificial intelligence chip -
26 June 2018
Early data from GraphCore‘s first chip for machine learning and artificial intelligence is showing a dramatic speedup for AI algorithms and the ability to ...
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Intel's new brain-like chip puts machine learning in the heart of your device
Dateline: 29 September 2018
AI is dead. Long live accelerated AI. Now deep learning by computers has been internalised in the CPU, the very heart of the machine. It's called ...
American solar grows and grows
Posted: 14 June 2018

Despite a slump in solar installations, as a result of Trump's tariffs on imported panels, solar continues to shine in the US, and has overtaken gas and wind power for new installations. The tariffs should make Elon Musk happy, as Tesla is building a huge factory to manufacture their own panels, and their solar roof tiles are also made in the US.

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Solar Has Overtaken Gas and Wind as Biggest Source of New U.S. Power
14 June 2018
Despite tariffs that President Trump imposed on imported panels, the U.S. installed more solar energy than any other source of electricity in the first ...
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Rooftop, backyard and portable solar is the new meme
Dateline: 15 March 2022
The biggest energy revolution in 150 years has arrived gradually, then suddenly. Now it's here. Personal solar power has displaced central utilities ...

CHINA GOBBLES UP EUROPE

Published on: 7 June 2018

EU shareholders are selling out - to China

Dateline: 23 April 2023

If you want to exit from a large, EU-based, multinational concern, just sell it to the Chinese. They're buying. Everything. In the last five years, Chinese acquisitions and investments in Europe have tripled, compared to the previous decade. China's 'economic imperialism' in Africa and Latin America is widely recognized and well documented, but its forays into Europe have been more stealthy. Published details of deals to acquire or invest in power and logistics, property and football clubs, are ...

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DISRUPTION DÉJÀ VU

Published on: 24 May 2018

We've seen it all before, but this time it's different

Dateline: 6 June 2020

It's just like 20, or maybe 200 years ago, but it's completely different! Disruption has always plagued established markets and societies, throughout the ages. The first waterwheel or windmill for grinding wheat into flour was disruptive technology at work; nascent and naïve, but a foretaste of things to come, in a tumultuous tsunami of ever accelerating change. Steam power and traction engines, threshing machines and cotton gins; it seemed as though there was no end to our ability to employ ...

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Energy disruption an opportunity for storage
Posted: 22 May 2018

"Wind and solar — and, to be sure, gas — have transformed the energy landscape over the past decade. Storage will do the same over the years to come."

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Storage Will Be Energy’s Next Big Thing
22 May 2018
The cost of renewables has been sinking. Harnessing the excess could be huge.
MindBullet logo SOLAR POWER GOES VIRAL
Rooftop, backyard and portable solar is the new meme
Dateline: 15 March 2022
The biggest energy revolution in 150 years has arrived gradually, then suddenly. Now it's here. Personal solar power has displaced central utilities ...
China adds 10GW of solar power - in three months
Posted: 2 May 2018 1 Comment

This is equal to the output from 10 giant nuclear power plants - and China added it in just three months!
What on earth is South Africa doing with a profligate and inefficient Eskom, and continuing with plans for nuclear...in one of the sunniest countries of the world! ...

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China is installing a bewildering, and potentially troublesome, amount of solar capacity
2 May 2018
It added almost 10 gigawatts of photovoltaic generation to its grid in the first three months of this year—allow us to provide a little context about how ...
MindBullet logo SOLAR POWER GOES VIRAL
Rooftop, backyard and portable solar is the new meme
Dateline: 15 March 2022
The biggest energy revolution in 150 years has arrived gradually, then suddenly. Now it's here. Personal solar power has displaced central utilities ...
Cars: made in China
Posted: 25 April 2018

“China has made no secret of its ambition to have a really big and powerful auto industry,” said Michael Dunne, president of consulting firm Dunne Automotive Ltd. in Hong Kong. “China does intend to lead and dominate the electric-vehicle industry.”
The Chinese government sees EVs as its best chance to seize global leadership in an emerging powertrain technology. Cleaning the notoriously smoggy ...

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China’s Car Revolution Is Going Global
25 April 2018
China's rising automakers want to sell the future of driving all over the world.
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China accused of dumping as prices plummet
Dateline: 5 March 2029
China's success as the biggest producer of cars - mainly electric cars - the world has ever seen, has led to a problem of massive over capacity. There are ...
Bitcoin eating Quebec's hydro power
Posted: 16 April 2018

When you've got a surplus of green electricity, it makes sense to invite customers to use it. Bitcoin mining operations are now so intensive, the cost of power is critical, and the market value of the coins has to justify the cost of power, or they might be suspended. How will this scenario we explored in our MindBullet alongside play out?

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Bitcoin is eating Quebec
16 April 2018
A Canadian hydropower operation put out the welcome mat for bitcoin miners. Shortly thereafter, it was overrun.
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Climate change reversal catches almost everyone by surprise
Dateline: 21 December 2025
It's almost a decade since those 'hottest years on record' culminating with the 2016 El Nino. But no-one expected it to cool down this rapidly. In 2017, ...

INNOVATION IS NOT A GOOD IDEA

Published on: 22 March 2018

It's about working on a really great problem

Dateline: 5 April 2023

You might have a great idea, and be obsessed with it, to the extent that you can't sleep, can barely eat, and all your conscious hours are spent on thinking how you can improve on this idea, and share it with the world. Stop. This is not how innovation, truly great, disruptive innovation, works. It's all very well to be obsessed; but be obsessed with a problem, a real problem. Like how to feed the world, or solve water scarcity, or make a car that gets 100 miles to the gallon, and costs 1,000 ...

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WE WANTED TELEPORTATION

Published on: 1 March 2018

We got VR glasses instead

Dateline: 7 May 2024

We wanted flying cars. All we got were passenger drones, eventually. We were hoping for limitless fusion energy; instead we got solar panels. Everybody did. The future doesn't always deliver on our hopes and dreams. We dreamed about cheating death, an elixir from the fountain of youth, that would keep us forever young. Instead we have developed CRISPR and stem cells that keep us healthier in old age, but we still get old. That's the thing about the future. Our sci-fi fantasies and high tech ...

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NO LAWYERS REQUIRED

Published on: 8 February 2018

Smart contracts threaten legal industry

Dateline: 23 January 2020

Now that the open source blockchain known as Hyperledger Sawtooth has gone commercial, there's no need for lawyers and attorneys to draw up legal agreements and contracts. Your PA or AI assistant can do it for you, online and for free. Hyperledger is a platform which can run your customized Smart Contract app. Once installed, a smart contract automatically performs routine tasks, like paying the rent, and validating that it's been received. Using technology similar to bitcoin, the smart contract ...

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CONTROLLING THE DIGITAL ECONOMY

Published on: 1 February 2018

Government tries to follow the money

Dateline: 1 February 2021

Now that the bulk of the so-called 'capitalist political economy' operates on digital platforms and through digital channels, it's inevitable that government wants more influence and control. But will it work? In the aftermath of the dotcom boom, everybody wanted more access and better networks, and it wasn't long before broadband came to be regarded as a basic human right. Wireless networks and smartphones connected everyone else, and suddenly the whole world was on the 'net! Sure, some ...

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Liquid batteries could gain from new discovery
Posted: 23 January 2018

As we wrote in our MIndBullet in 2009, massive liquid batteries have the potential to easily absorb spare solar or wind power, and release it later to keep a whole city on the go, balancing out grid demand. If the technology could be made reliable, and efficiently scaled up.

Now MIT have made a discovery which promises to make grid-scale liquid batteries a feasible proposition. Perhaps big ...

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MIT discovery resurrects potential of molten salt batteries for grid level power storage
23 January 2018
Cheaper than lithium, and constructed using very common materials, molten salt batteries could be back on the menu thanks to a new steel-based membrane ...
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New York City runs all night on a single charge
Dateline: 21 April 2015
In the city that never sleeps, the lights burn all night. But don't worry, they're not consuming precious fuel or polluting the environment, because the ...

USING GRAVITY TO SEE BLACK HOLES

Published on: 18 January 2018

New attempt to observe the unobservable

Dateline: 2 February 2022

For decades scientists have speculated about the nature of black holes, but their existence has never been proven - yet. The theory says supermassive stars that have collapsed on themselves exert such powerful gravitational force, that even light can't escape; hence the name 'black holes'. We know that light and other forms of electromagnetic waves like radio and X-rays travel at constant speeds, depending in their wavelength. But what travels faster than light? Perhaps gravitational waves. Gravity ...

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Bitcoin threatening human rights?
Posted: 17 January 2018 1 Comment

Unless our contrary scenario of quantum computing disrupting the crypto mining party comes to fruition, we might well see a battle for electric power between the coin miners and urban communities. Yet another study by Morgan Stanley has predicted that Bitcoin's energy consumption will surge.

The alternative view is that new efficiencies will avert a crisis, but then there's always the threat ...

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Crypto mining electricity demand could surge - TechCentral
17 January 2018
There’s a growing debate over how much power will be sucked up by the world’s growing ranks of cryptocurrency miners. Last week, Morgan Stanley analysts ...
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Climate change reversal catches almost everyone by surprise
Dateline: 21 December 2025
It's almost a decade since those 'hottest years on record' culminating with the 2016 El Nino. But no-one expected it to cool down this rapidly. In 2017, ...
Will the internet of things eat our power?
Posted: 6 January 2018

According to the Guardian, the tsunami of data that will be produced by the internet of everything could consume as much as 20% of global electricity by 2025. Interesting studies to support our MindBullets scenario for a cold, dark Christmas!

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‘Tsunami of data’ could consume one fifth of global electricity by 2025
6 January 2018
Billions of internet-connected devices could produce 3.5% of global emissions within 10 years and 14% by 2040, according to new research, reports Climate ...
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Climate change reversal catches almost everyone by surprise
Dateline: 21 December 2025
It's almost a decade since those 'hottest years on record' culminating with the 2016 El Nino. But no-one expected it to cool down this rapidly. In 2017, ...

WHO TURNED OFF THE NIGHT?

Published on: 4 January 2018

Greenpeace calls for light curfew to bring back the dark

Dateline: 9 January 2023

What happened to those lovely dark nights, when all the stars came out? They're gone, along with hurricane lamps and black outs. Now that LED lighting has conquered the world, seen from space our planet is a bright, glittering jewel at night. Even darkest Africa is filled with a billion points of light, and more's the pity. It's unnatural and astronomers hate it. The obsession with climate change has waned, and activists are focusing heavily on pollution, especially light pollution. They want ...

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Printing bacterial batteries
Posted: 4 December 2017

Is it a battery? Is it a solar cell? Is it organic? Perhaps all three. Scientists have successfully created a cell that produces power from sunlight, and continues even in the dark. And it's made from printing bacterial 'ink' on conductive paper.

Could this be the breakthrough that ushers in 'free' energy? ...

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Scientists Create A Solar Cell By Printing Bacteria
4 December 2017
By using the bacteria, they have overcome the primary issue with conventional solar cells, which need constant sunlight to generate electricity.
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Nano-machines do photosynthesis better than leaves
Dateline: 12 June 2030
What started as a bold project at Imperial College London in 2009, has now reached its first stage of commercialization in the deserts of north ...

IT'S GOING TO BE A COLD, DARK CHRISTMAS

Published on: 14 December 2017 4 Comments

Climate change reversal catches almost everyone by surprise

Dateline: 21 December 2025

It's almost a decade since those 'hottest years on record' culminating with the 2016 El Nino. But no-one expected it to cool down this rapidly. In 2017, Parisians and other rich communities were still throwing money at the problem of 'global warming', convinced that the modern warm period was spiralling upwards. That was the year it snowed in Mexico and blizzards shut down major EU airports. On top of that, we all thought we'd reached peak electricity, and consumer power consumption would decline ...

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