Filtered by tag: Energy

Solar fuel and clean air
Posted: 26 April 2017

Solar power works, but it's not very efficient, mainly because it only uses a small part of the sun's light spectrum, mainly UV. What if we could make a photo-reactor that used visible light to generate chemicals? That's what a chemistry professor in Florida has developed. A metal organic framework (MOF) that uses blue light to convert CO2 into usable carbon-based fuels. The idea is to ...

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Scientist invents way to trigger artificial photosynthesis to clean air
26 April 2017
A chemistry professor in Florida has just found a way to trigger the process of photosynthesis in a synthetic material, turning greenhouse gases into clean ...
MindBullet logo CATALYZER CAPTURES CARBON
New process integrates solar power into the hydrocarbon economy
Dateline: 26 February 2026
A new process for capturing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and turning it into usable liquid fuel has been commercialized and scaled up. Originally ...
Tesla overtakes Ford
Posted: 5 April 2017 1 Comment

As Wall Street closed for on Monday 3 April, Tesla, led by 45-year-old tycoon and 'futurist' Elon Musk, was worth $49bn, compared with a paltry $46bn for the empire built by Henry Ford.

This is an astonishing feat, considering that Ford is over 100 years old, and Tesla has never made a profit. I for one, was extremely sceptical of the electric car becoming mainstream in the medium term, and ...

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Tesla charges ahead to overtake Ford in market value
5 April 2017
Elon Musk’s electric car company has been valued at $49bn, leaving the 100-year-old motor manufacturer lagging behind
MindBullet logo GOOGLE SAVES THE ELECTRIC CAR
Google acquires Tesla to produce electric robocars
Dateline: 3 November 2017
Looking to expand into seriously big markets and build on its experience with robots and driverless cars, Google has announced that it is acquiring Tesla. ...
Bionic leaf grows better plants
Posted: 5 April 2017

"Like their natural counterparts, artificial leaves take in sunlight to generate fuel. In the case of the latter, that solar energy is used to break water down into hydrogen and oxygen, and that in turn has been used to create liquid fuels and electricity. Now, a Harvard team has added a new function to their repertoire, turning artificial leaves into low-cost, portable fertilizer factories."

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Bionic leaf turns sunlight and bacteria into fertilizer factories
5 April 2017
Already used to break water down into hydrogen and oxygen, and in turn create liquid fuels and electricity, artificial leaves now have another string to ...
MindBullet logo SCIENCE CLONES NATURE FOR 'FREE' ENERGY PLAN
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 ...
Hacking the planet
Posted: 28 March 2017

One of the possible 'solutions' to climate change is called geoengineering; re-engineering the planet (or at least its atmosphere) to cool it down, or reduce carbon dioxide concentrations. Now personally I don't think we can control the climate, certainly not with taxes and agreements; but it's interesting to note that as far back as 2009, we published a MindBullet suggesting that ...

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Harvard scientists are gearing up for some of the first outdoor geoengineering experiments
28 March 2017
The climate researchers intend to launch a high-altitude balloon that would spray a small quantity of reflective particles into the stratosphere.
MindBullet logo WELCOME TO EARTH 2.0
Geo-engineering creates a new environment for a smart planet
Dateline: 21 September 2027
Our planet couldn't cope with all the demands our modern civilization placed on it. So we built a new one. Welcome to Earth 2.0. A new planet for a new, ...
Powerpacks for LA's peak
Posted: 16 March 2017

Many years ago, we wrote a MindBullet about big batteries that could power a city, especially in those peak periods in the evening, when everyone is heading home and cooking dinner. That's always been one of the headaches with solar power - what do you do when the sun goes down, and all those households with rooftop solar start downloading from the grid?

Well it seems Tesla has the answer in ...

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Tesla kills the duck with big batteries
16 March 2017
One of the problems that comes from reliance on solar power is the “duck curve” where the solar panels produce more power than is needed during the day, ...
MindBullet logo LIQUID BATTERIES KEEP THE BIG APPLE SHINING
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 ...
Learning from leaves
Posted: 14 March 2017

Scientists develop a molecule that can use sunlight to convert carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide which can then be used as fuel.

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MindBullet logo SCIENCE CLONES NATURE FOR 'FREE' ENERGY PLAN
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 Africa. Photosynthesis, it is said, is evolution's most valuable result. The intricate chemistry involved in plants is the source of almost all energy that fuels living things on the planet. Plants use sunlight to convert water and carbon dioxide ...

ROSES ARE RED, BATTERIES ARE GREEN

Published on: 9 March 2017

A field of daffodils can power a town

Dateline: 8 March 2023

Once we thought that batteries were made of corrosive chemicals and heavy metals. But what happens when you can grow e-plants that store solar energy like super-capacitors? Back in 2017, scientists discovered they could grow nanowires inside a red rose, using the plant's own capillary system to create an internal network, and absorb electrolyte. It's a little like that old school lab experiment, where you run an LED off a potato - natural, organic electricity. Except that, in the case of e-plants, ...

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Denmark runs on wind energy
Posted: 4 March 2017

We remain fascinated by the steady advance in alternative energy technologies. Can anyone really still be thinking that our energy future lies in fossil fuels?

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Denmark Just Ran Their Entire Country on 100% Wind Energy
4 March 2017
Thanks in part to the installation of a new offshore wind turbine installation, Denmark was recently able to power the entire country for a day with wind ...
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 ...
The energy internet gets a new name
Posted: 23 February 2017

It's called deX, for Distributed Energy Exchange, and it's being trialled in Australia.

"Australian homeowners with solar panels and batteries could soon trade their electricity in a digital marketplace developed by a consortium of electricity providers, energy tech startups, energy retailers and energy agencies.
The Distributed Energy Exchange – or deX – was launched on Thursday with the ...

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Australian consortium launches world-first digital energy marketplace for rooftop solar
23 February 2017
Pilot program will allow homeowners to tap into a network of ‘virtual’ power stations made up of smart grids of rooftop solar and batteries
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 ...
Wireless electric power
Posted: 21 February 2017 1 Comment

For many years we have been hoping for practical, economic wireless power for electronic devices, especially charging portable devices. Now it finally seems to be possible, with the latest paper from... Disney Research!

Forget 'witricity' and near-contact charging; now there is the technology to make your whole living room or office a charging cabinet for your devices, so they never have to ...

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Quasistatic Cavity Resonance for Ubiquitous Wireless Power Transfer
21 February 2017
Wireless power delivery has the potential to seamlessly power our electrical devices as easily as data is transmitted through the air. However, existing ...
MindBullet logo NEW YORK WORKERS GET POWER OUT OF THIN AIR
This is the end of the power cord as we know it
Dateline: 12 November 2010
It doesn't matter if you're at the office or at home, take a look under your workstation. See the tangle of power cords, adapters and multi-plugs. What an ...

NOW THIS IS REAL PEOPLE POWER!

Published on: 2 February 2017

Under-skin solar powers mobile devices and saves lives

Dateline: 26 August 2023

Remember the days when batteries in mobile phones and other device ran flat every day? A major irritation to be sure, but for critical implanted devices like pacemakers, failing battery power was nothing short of life-threatening. That's what prompted the idea that under-skin solar power-packs could drive such medical devices. Researchers in Switzerland proved the theory after extensive testing, showing that even in low-sunlight areas, and regardless of the season. these power cells could generate ...

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SUMMER'S SUN WILL KEEP YOU WARM IN WINTER

Published on: 26 January 2017

New energy storage system saves summer's heat for winter's chill

Dateline: 25 January 2021

We humans like our comforts, and temperature is one of the most important. In summer, we want our homes and offices to be pleasantly cool, and warm and cozy in winter. We run air conditioners to beat the summer sweat, and light roaring fires to warm our homes in winter. What a waste! What if we could save summer's heat, and release it in winter? Swiss scientists began playing with technology to do just that, back in 2017, and now it's being commercialized. The SunBank system uses summer's sun and ...

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Mobile 3D concrete printer set to reinvent construction
Posted: 1 January 2017

Printing building components with a 3D concrete printer is hardly new - but the problem has been that these massive printers are static. Now a group of Dutch inventors have taken the science to a new level with a 3D concrete printer that moves around on caterpillar tracks. Their goal is simple: to reinvent the construction industry.

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Meet the CyBe RC 3Dp, a concrete 3D printer that moves around on caterpillar tracks
1 January 2017
CyBe Construction, a construction technology company from the Netherlands, has unveiled the CyBe RC 3Dp, a mobile concrete 3D printer that moves on ...
MindBullet logo PRINTING - THE FUTURE OF MANUFACTURING
No more paper or ink, but everything else goes
Dateline: 17 June 2012
I spent a frustrating few days at the World Printing Industry Showcase in Beijing this weekend. As an old-timer of the printing industry, I simply didn't ...
Solar energy now cheaper than fossil fuels
Posted: 1 January 2017

There you have it1 The year 2016 was historic in that solar-panel energy finally became cheaper than fossil fuels in more than 30 countries, according to the World Economic Forum. In other words, its cheaper to install solar panels than invest in "old" energy technology. And we've by no means reached the end - solar panels will continue to get cheaper and more efficient. Just watch this ...

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In 2016, solar-panel energy finally became cheaper than fossil fuels. Just wait for 2017.
1 January 2017
In 2016, the industry's best year ever, a new solar project was installed every 84 seconds.
MindBullet logo COAL HITS US$10 PER TON AS SOLAR POWER SHINES
Nano solar films bring cheap energy to sunshine states
Dateline: 5 May 2018
It's hard to believe that a mere decade ago fossil fuels were at a premium, and everyone talked of 'peak oil' and the high prices of natural gas and coal. ...
Mercedes launches car-sharing
Posted: 19 December 2016

So which auto company is NOT in the car-sharing business? Ever since Uber and other car-sharing services hit the market, auto manufacturers have scrambled to reconfigure themselves as "mobility" companies - not that all of them have yet unravelled quite what that means.
And latest to the party is none other than Mercedes-Benz, who have just announced their own car-sharing network. It's tough ...

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Mercedes-Benz debuts Croove, its own car-sharing network
19 December 2016
It's become a well-trod refrain, but carmakers are looking at what comes after ownership, and car-sharing between individual owners and renters is one of..
MindBullet logo MOBILITY AS A SERVICE
Private cars banned in New York and London
Dateline: 17 August 2019
Four years ago, it was proposed that gasoline and diesel vehicles be banned from certain cities and states; but the new trend towards mobility as a service ...
Can't stop viral power
Posted: 6 December 2016

Earlier this year, we published a MindBullet about micro generation and consumption of solar power, particularly in under developed areas like Africa. Now people who have abundant sunshine are leapfrogging the industrial-age model of a centralised power utility, straight into the future of basic electric power at almost zero cost!

Not even Trump can reverse this trend. ...

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Off the grid solar is increasingly solving power problems in parts of rural Africa
6 December 2016
Pay-as-you-go solar systems have begun to light up homes in underserved parts of the continent, but will need to pack more punch to leapfrog the grid.
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 ...
African solar set to power Europe
Posted: 5 December 2016 1 Comment

Don't say we never told you! Way back in 2009 and we wrote the MindBullet alongside, that sunny African states would dominate the future energy market. And its happening, right now, with a giant solar plant in the deserts of Morocco.

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The colossal African solar farm that could power Europe
5 December 2016
We visit a vast power plant at the door to the Moroccan desert that is helping to define the energy future of the world.
MindBullet logo EUROPE HELD TO RANSOM BY SUNNY AFRICAN STATES
Solar energy at the centre of an economic storm
Dateline: 11 May 2020
It's been just a year since the Afro-European solar energy initiative was launched to harness the deserts of North Africa to supply European countries with ...
Taxing food and water, and air
Posted: 8 November 2016

A few years ago, we published a MindBullet which suggested that the climate control freaks, I mean bureaucrats, would eventually tax us for the very air we breathe. While that was a bit tongue-in-cheek, the idea is not so far fetched. Water is already taxed in the form of VAT on your council bill, and bottled water is taxed three times over, which is probably a good thing.

Now comes an idea to ...

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Food Tax Could Tackle Climate Change and Save Half a Million Lives: Study - NDTV Food
8 November 2016
Taxing food on the basis of planet-warming emissions generated to produce it could boost the fight against climate change and save half a million lives, a ...
MindBullet logo TAKE A DEEP BREATH, YOU'LL SOON BE PAYING FOR AIR
European agency for air quality seeks to introduce oxygen tax
Dateline: 28 April 2023
The EU Climate Control Agency (CCA), known colloquially as the 'carbon police', has introduced proposals to tax the very air we breathe. Two decades of ...
Electric cars ARE the future!
Posted: 25 October 2016

It will hardly come as a surprise to anyone who has been watching the auto industry to hear the news from the Paris auto show that the future of cars is...electric!

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The Paris motor show confirms it: the future is electric
25 October 2016
Any automaker worth its salt is showing off a battery-powered car.
MindBullet logo GOOGLE SAVES THE ELECTRIC CAR
Google acquires Tesla to produce electric robocars
Dateline: 3 November 2017
Looking to expand into seriously big markets and build on its experience with robots and driverless cars, Google has announced that it is acquiring Tesla. ...
Diesel's days are numbered
Posted: 19 October 2016

Germany is the latest country to announce a future when all cars must be emissions free. The target date is 2030. But as this article in Wired points out, it's damn difficult to make a decent profit on pure electric vehicles. Which means the big auto makers are hedging their bets. Quite likely, when they say "every car will be electric" they mean they'll all use some sort of hybrid technology ...

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Das Diesel is Dead. The Next Generation German Car Will be Electric. Probably.
19 October 2016
BMW, VW, and Mercedes promise they're serious about electric cars, but are moving slowly.
MindBullet logo VINYL CARS MAKE A COMEBACK
Like vinyl records of old, retro automobiles are suddenly back in fashion
Dateline: 28 April 2029
It's been a while since manually driven, gasoline automobiles gave way to electric vehicles with autopilot. Just as horses and buggies gave way to motor ...

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