Filtered by tag: Energy

Catalyst for a better synfuel could revive coal-to-oil process
Posted: 21 September 2018


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MindBullet logo FILL 'ER UP WITH SHUGGA-D
Synthetic biodiesel from sugar makes oil-based diesel look primitive and costly
Dateline: 9 April 2010
Amyris has launched their second-generation biofuel, and it looks like they're taking the market by storm. The new diesel is 'manufactured' by tiny microbes directly from sugar cane pulp. The American biotechnology company has spent the last two years perfecting the process by which their genetically engineered micro-organism converts the natural carbohydrate energy in sugar to a chemical ...
Flying while charging
Posted: 18 September 2018 1 Comment

The biggest problem with electric drones is limited flying time on battery power, and batteries are heavy, so it's a catch 22 situation if you want to extend the range - you have to limit the payload. For surveillance drones, there is the option of a tethered power link, if the area to be covered is fairly static or narrowly defined, but for delivery drones or similar, it's a real ...

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In-flight charging gives drones unlimited autonomous range
18 September 2018
Global Energy Transmission (GET) has pioneered a mid-air inductive recharging system that can charge up several drones at once without requiring them to ...
MindBullet logo DHL FLYING ON WIRELESS POWER
No batteries needed for these delivery drones
Dateline: 7 March 2017
The biggest hurdle for electric aircraft has always been the weight of the batteries, and as nimble as they are, quadrotors and octocopters typically had ...
Bangkok's energy internet
Posted: 14 September 2018

Residents in a Bangkok neighbourhood are trying out a renewable energy trading platform that allows them to buy and sell electricity between themselves, signalling the growing popularity of such systems as solar panels get cheaper.
The pilot project in the centre of Thailand's capital is among the world's largest peer-to-peer renewable energy trading platforms using blockchain, according to ...

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In a posh Bangkok neighbourhood, residents trade energy with blockchain
14 September 2018
The pilot project is among the world's largest peer-to-peer renewable energy trading platforms using blockchain
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 carbon bubble can't last indefinitely
Posted: 13 September 2018


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MindBullet logo THE CARBON BUBBLE BURSTS
Stocks crash as executive orders bite
Dateline: 5 February 2021
US President Bernie Sanders has signed a series of Executive Orders designed as emergency measures to combat climate change. The net effect is to make fossil fuels way too costly to produce and consume, forcing emissions lower and a massive swing to nuclear and renewable power. On top of that, the plummeting cost of solar has convinced many consumers, even those skeptical about global ...
3D printing goes BIG!
Posted: 12 September 2018

3D printing is now pretty much mainstream - and it's going BIG! The US military has just built a 46 sq m barracks hut in just 40 hours, on what they're calling the world's biggest 3D printer. Check it out here.

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US military builds barracks using "world's largest" 3D printer
12 September 2018
3D-printed construction is portable and inexpensive, and could help build a safe barracks in a shorter time. With this in mind, the US Marine Corps Systems ...
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 ...
Exponential electric vehicles
Posted: 4 September 2018

As China comes to the party in a big way, electric car sales are soaring into the millions. By next year, Bloomberg NEF estimates we'll hit the 5m global cumulative sales total.

With that sort of trajectory, perhaps our MindBullet 'predicting' a global glut of electric cars in the future might be pretty close to reality!

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Cumulative Global EV Sales Hit 4 Million
4 September 2018
The time needed to reach each consecutive million EVs sold has shrunk from 17 months for the second million to 6 months for the fourth million.
MindBullet logo ELECTRIC CAR GLUT THREATENS WORLD TRADE
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 ...
California goes carbon-free, eventually
Posted: 29 August 2018

By 2045, the California Assembly wants 100 percent of the state’s electricity to come from carbon-free sources. Regulators say they could achieve the 50% mark by the end of 2020, a decade earlier than expected.

Personally I favour Tesla solar roof style generation over massive solar farms, but I guess they're going to use both, plus lots of wind turbines. ...

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California advances an ambitious climate policy that should be a model for the world
29 August 2018
The state is on the verge of passing a rule requiring 100 percent of its electricity to come from carbon-free sources.
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. ...
VW starts to reinvent itself
Posted: 27 August 2018

Volkswagen is one of the biggest, at times number one, automobile manufacturers in the world. As we head towards a future where millennials and the generations that follow them prefer access to ownership, and embrace services on digital platforms, rather than owning or leasing assets that provide those services, we will see more and more people choosing to rent accommodation and use mobility ...

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VW getting serious about tech acquisitions
27 August 2018
Volkswagen has mapped out details of its transformation from a mass manufacturer of cars to a provider of transportation services by unveiling a ...
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 ...
The solar revolution is (almost) here
Posted: 22 August 2018

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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 completely for individuals, homes and small businesses. What's more, large businesses and corporate campuses are also contributing to the energy internet, sharing their excess power in slack times, and buying back from the smart grid when they ...
Free energy by 2030 - UBS
Posted: 14 August 2018


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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 completely for individuals, homes and small businesses. What's more, large businesses and corporate campuses are also contributing to the energy internet, sharing their excess power in slack times, and buying back from the smart grid when they ...
Predictable predictions
Posted: 13 August 2018

The most predictable thing about predictions is that they are usually wrong. Take this prediction, for example, made in 2013:

“The first ice-free Arctic day (as defined by NSIDC) will occur by the end of 2020.”

It's patently obvious (now, in 2018) that this won't occur in the next two years. Arctic ice has made a strong rebound since 2012, its lowest year, and could increase or decrease, ...

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MindBullet logo GLOBAL WARMING IS DEAD
Get ready for the next 'little ice age'
Dateline: 23 September 2017
It's official, the global warming scare is over. The latest report from the independent panel on climate change is warning of decreasing global ...
The future of work and investment
Posted: 13 August 2018 1 Comment

"Demographics, automation and inequality have the potential to dramatically reshape our world in the 2020s and beyond. Our analysis shows that the collision of these forces could trigger economic disruption far greater than we have experienced over the past 60 years. The aim of this report by Bain's Macro Trends Group is to detail how the impact of aging populations, the adoption of new ...

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Labor 2030: The Collision of Demographics, Automation and Inequality
13 August 2018
The business environment of the 2020s will be more volatile and economic swings more extreme.
MindBullet logo STOP THE WORLD, WE'RE HAVING A MIDLIFE CRISIS
The West deflates, China stagnates, and the rest of the world watches and worries
Dateline: 1 May 2040
As the 21st Century approaches middle age, prices are falling alarmingly. In real terms, everything from coal to electronics is cheaper than it was four ...
Another chip for intelligence at the edge
Posted: 26 July 2018


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MindBullet logo THE INTEL(LIGENT) CHIP ARRIVES
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 self-learning. Cognitive computing required deep neural networks that had to be trained on extensive datasets, but Intel's neuromorphic chip combines training and inference for on-chip learning on the fly. That sounds like a mouthful, and it ...
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.
MindBullet logo SOLAR PAINT MAKES ITS DEBUT
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 ...
MindBullet logo THE INTEL(LIGENT) CHIP ARRIVES
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 ...
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 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 ...

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