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Battery demand beating supply
Posted: 27 May 2019

With the increase in installing home batteries to store solar power, and the shift to electric vehicles, there is pent-up demand for batteries worldwide. The future, of course, could be different.

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For Now, at Least, the World Isn’t Making Enough Batteries
27 May 2019
Demand for batteries to power cars and store solar energy has overmatched the world’s few suppliers.
MindBullet logo DEAD BATTERIES WORSE THAN NUCLEAR WASTE
China is drowning in unusable electric car batteries
Dateline: 3 May 2024
They say that the only real problem with nuclear power is taking care of the depleted fuel rods, often called nuclear waste, for hundreds of years after ...
The future is electric
Posted: 14 May 2019

Solar power and batteries will democratize energy, and smart cities will run on an energy internet, not monolithic, centralized, power utilities. That's why the future of personal transport - at least in cities - is electric. It's logical economics, not climate change, that is ultimately driving this paradigm shift.

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Electric or Hydrogen? The Future of Personal Transportation
14 May 2019
From the oil embargo of the 1970s to the price spike in 2008 and now again in 2012, interest in alternatives to petroleum for powering…
MindBullet logo ELECTRIC CARS CAN'T STEER THE CLIMATE
But they're driving the Energy Internet and saving the city
Dateline: 2 June 2030
It's official. It's now cheaper, on average, to buy a new electric car than one that burns gasoline, without subsidies. But it's not having any effect on ...

GLOBAL POPULATION BOOM GOES BUST

Published on: 9 May 2019

Our planet will be a lot emptier than we first expected

Dateline: 18 June 2024

It's always been hard to question the status quo, whether it's speaking out against Apartheid or tackling climate change. Very few people take on the UN over one of the most widespread assumptions in society. But thank goodness someone did. In 2019 the weak signals were there for those who wanted to see. Whereas the UN projected 9 billion people in 2050 and 11 billion by 2100, a select group of scientists and demographers modelled a different future; one in which the global population stabilizes ...

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Beyond meat, beyond belief
Posted: 6 May 2019

In a sensational stock exchange debut, new listing Beyond Meat surged 160% on the first day's trading. But is this whole idea sustainable? Company revenues are up, but so are losses. Investors obviously have a lot of faith in a vegan powered future. As we said in our MindBullet, nerds will eventually make cows obsolete; well, at least for steak and hamburgers. But I wonder if this isn't ...

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MindBullet logo NERDS TRIUMPH OVER COWS
Clean meat comes to market
Dateline: 28 June 2019
It's common cause that the meat industry is not very kind to animals, and intensive cattle farming is not very good for the environment in general. What's more, more than enough food is grown globally to adequately feed the world's growing population, but a large part of crop production goes to feeding cows, so that affluent people can enjoy nice juicy steaks. All this while the poor go ...
New life for 'dead' batteries
Posted: 2 May 2019


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MindBullet logo DEAD BATTERIES WORSE THAN NUCLEAR WASTE
China is drowning in unusable electric car batteries
Dateline: 3 May 2024
They say that the only real problem with nuclear power is taking care of the depleted fuel rods, often called nuclear waste, for hundreds of years after they've ceased to function. Sure, a small percentage can be 'reprocessed' into new types of nuclear fuel, but costs are so punitive, most power stations simply store the used fuel on site. Now we're running into a similar problem with ...

DEAD BATTERIES WORSE THAN NUCLEAR WASTE

Published on: 2 May 2019 2 Comments

China is drowning in unusable electric car batteries

Dateline: 3 May 2024

They say that the only real problem with nuclear power is taking care of the depleted fuel rods, often called nuclear waste, for hundreds of years after they've ceased to function. Sure, a small percentage can be 'reprocessed' into new types of nuclear fuel, but costs are so punitive, most power stations simply store the used fuel on site. Now we're running into a similar problem with electric cars, but on an exponential scale. New energy vehicles, or NEVs, have been a runaway success, in the US, ...

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The coming glut of electric cars
Posted: 17 April 2019

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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 not enough adults in the world, with driving skills, to drive all the cars produced every year. Admittedly many of the latest vehicles are self-driving, but at the budget end of the scale, devoid of radar and software, basic cars are just ...

HYDROGEN ECONOMY EXPLODES

Published on: 4 April 2019

Cheap solar powers the next energy revolution

Dateline: 5 April 2036

Now that solar power has become so ubiquitous and abundant that it's almost free, energy companies are turning to the most efficient and harmless way of storing excess electricity for later use - hydrogen. It's over 30 years since Jeremy Rifkin predicted the hydrogen economy, but it's finally in full swing. The beauty of hydrogen is that it's easily manufactured from water if you have lots of spare power, can be stored and transported, burnt as ultra-clean fuel, or simply converted back into ...

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Rebuilding the earth
Posted: 15 March 2019

A decade ago - yes in 2009! - we speculated in MindBullets that climate change could be 'fixed' with geoengineering, but we also warned against unintended (harmful) consequences. Now a new study says it can be done safely, using "small doses". We remain unconvinced that tinkering with atmospheric and solar systems is a good idea.

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Small Doses Of Solar Geoengineering Could Safely Cool Earth's Warming Climate, Study Finds
15 March 2019
A new study found that injecting small doses of aerosol into the stratosphere could safely slow down global warming without unwanted side effects. It said ...
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, ...
Printing in space for the future
Posted: 23 February 2019

As we described in our MindBullet some years ago, there a huge advantages to being able to do large scale printing in space. In the future, one could even build structures too large to be launched from earth economically, like parts of a space hotel.

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Project Imperial Consortium to Create Large Scale 3D Printer for Zero Gravity
23 February 2019
Under contract with the European Space Agency, the Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) will be creating a new, large-scale 3D printer capable of ...
MindBullet logo MARS MOTHERSHIP PRINTED IN 3D
3D printing in space solves problem of launching huge rockets
Dateline: 3 November 2025
A decade ago the first 3D printer to go to space was sent to the International Space Station. It proved to be so useful, more, bigger printers soon ...
Organic vs GM: The debate rages towards GM
Posted: 13 January 2013 1 Comment

How does your company's public attitude stack up against current debates? How will you position yourself by 2020?

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Leading Environmental Activist’s Blunt Confession: I Was Completely Wrong To Oppose GMOs
13 January 2013
If you fear genetically modified food, you may have Mark Lynas to thank. By his own reckoning, British environmentalist helped spur the anti-GMO movement ...
MindBullet logo GOOD FOOD TURNS BAD
Consumers shun organic, local and fair trade food after exceedingly bad press
Dateline: 24 January 2011
It must have been the lull in news after the holiday season in Europe that caused the recent excessive focus on the downside of everything organic and fair ...
The beginning of the end for internal combustion engines
Posted: 19 February 2019


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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 not enough adults in the world, with driving skills, to drive all the cars produced every year. Admittedly many of the latest vehicles are self-driving, but at the budget end of the scale, devoid of radar and software, basic cars are just ...
The formula for success
Posted: 28 January 2019

Last year we published a MindBullet that said innovation is not a good idea, meaning that you need more than just a great idea to be successful. This concept has now been 'vindicated' by scientists, physicists no less, who say that success (and by implication successful innovation) is a product of a good idea and a high-quality ability to execute on that idea. QED!

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Physicists Have Discovered a Formula for Success, and It Contains a Brutal Truth
28 January 2019
From Reese Witherspoon to Jeff Bezos, those who are super successful in their chosen domain accept this truth.
MindBullet logo INNOVATION IS NOT A GOOD IDEA
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 ...
China's (re)cycling problem
Posted: 15 January 2019


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MindBullet logo CYCLING ON A RECYCLED CYCLE
There are 29 million bicycles in Beijing - and that's a problem
Dateline: 29 October 2019
The craze for 'dockless' share bikes in China and elsewhere soon led to a massive problem; piles of discarded bikes all over big cities, clogging up sidewalks and alleyways, malls and stations. The boom in bike manufacture, almost exclusively in China, accelerated, as bicycles essentially became disposable items. With large, automated production runs, producing a standardized bike every 10 ...
Greening the city office
Posted: 7 January 2019


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MindBullet logo THERE'S A NEW FOREST IN TOWN
Printed bio solar cells are greening the city
Dateline: 3 January 2028
We've had vertical gardens and basement farms for some time now, in our cities, but now landscaping has taken on a whole new dimension. With 3D printers and bio-engineered shrubs and trees, terraced gardens and leafy lanes can be laid out by the robots, straight from the architect's designs. What's more, genetically altered algae are used to construct bio solar cells that form part of the ...
Norway's electric dream
Posted: 7 January 2019

Norway shows that the way to get more people driving electric cars is to give them the right incentives. This is ironic, as Norway has fueled much of their high standard of living from the sale of North Sea oil, but perhaps it helps them to balance their moral carbon budget. The subsidies are expensive, and could be a higher proportion of national budget than conservatives would support, but ...

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Norway's electric cars zip to new record: almost a third of all sales
7 January 2019
Almost a third of new cars sold in Norway last year were pure electric, a new wo...
MindBullet logo GREENBUCKS FOR GREEN TECH
Sweden leads the race to go green as consumers shun 'dirty' products
Dateline: 8 June 2012
Carbon credits are dead - long live greenbucks! It finally dawned on eco-conscious consumers in the West that their old habit of outsourcing polluting ...

THERE'S A NEW FOREST IN TOWN

Published on: 3 January 2019 1 Comment

Printed bio solar cells are greening the city

Dateline: 3 January 2028

We've had vertical gardens and basement farms for some time now, in our cities, but now landscaping has taken on a whole new dimension. With 3D printers and bio-engineered shrubs and trees, terraced gardens and leafy lanes can be laid out by the robots, straight from the architect's designs. What's more, genetically altered algae are used to construct bio solar cells that form part of the leaf structure, harvesting solar power from panels that look and act like, well, leaves - nature's very own ...

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Have we reached peak ICE?
Posted: 31 December 2018

"In China, the world’s biggest car market, growth in the market for combustion engine cars has already stalled, while demand for electric cars is accelerating. In the first 10 months of this year, petrol car sales in China fell to less than 18m from 18.7m in the same period a year ago, according to Jato."

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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 cars, the transition wasn't easy, but it was inevitable. And, just as owning a horse became a costly luxury, an expensive hobby for those who truly enjoyed riding, so owning a car, one that you have to fill up with fuel, and drive yourself, ...
A glut of US oil in six years
Posted: 24 December 2018

It seems that our #MindBullet of six years ago is in danger of becoming reality in the next six years. The International Energy Agency thinks US oil output by then will surpass that of Russia and Saudi combined! That is bound to shake up markets dramatically, particularly if oil consumption in the US also declines.

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IEA Chief: U.S. Oil Output To Near Saudi+Russian Production By 2025 | OilPrice.com
24 December 2018
IEA director Fatih Birol has made quite a claim by saying that U.S. total oil production might near the combined production of Russia and Saudi Arabia by ...
MindBullet logo AMERICA THE OIL EXPORTER
Unconventional oil and gas alters the geopolitical balance
Dateline: 4 July 2025
Over the last 20 years, North American oil and gas reserves have been boosted by the large scale exploitation of so-called unconventionals - mainly shale ...

SPOTTING THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT

Published on: 20 December 2018

Quantum sensing sees the invisible

Dateline: 18 December 2021

The Butterfly Effect theorizes that the beating of the wings of a single butterfly in Japan could cause a hurricane in Hawaii. What it really means, is that everything in nature and the world is connected on some level, however insignificant it may seem. And the greatest connection is at the molecular level, beyond the nanoscale. Much like the way smart systems can detect someone moving in the next room, by analyzing faint disturbances in the background WiFi signals, we can now 'see' into opaque ...

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