Filtered by tag: Environment

The demise of oil
Posted: 23 June 2017

Will demand for oil continue to rise indefinitely, or will exponential technologies hasten a peak in demand, and a shift to alternative fuel and energy sources? Bloomberg gives us a view of what the demise of oil could look like.

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This Is What The Demise of Oil Looks Like
23 June 2017
Seismic shifts in technology and policy could slow demand growth
MindBullet logo PEAK OIL IS HORSE MANURE
The stone age didn't end because we ran out of stones
Dateline: 20 January 2021
Back in the day, when horse drawn carriages and buggies were the preferred mode of transport for anyone, there was a big fear in Paris, London and New York ...
Clean, limitless fusion energy one step closer
Posted: 23 June 2017 1 Comment

The relentless drive of alternative energies, from solar to wind to hydro and now, as well, fusion, is unstoppable. The fossil fuel industry days are truly limited.

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Fusion Breakthrough Puts Us One Step Closer to Limitless Clean Energy
23 June 2017
A new study could help make nuclear fusion the power source of the future.
MindBullet logo COLD FUSION SIGNALS THE END OF BIG OIL AND NUCLEAR POWER
It’s the start of a new low energy nuclear revolution
Dateline: 5 June 2014
Every once in a while we see the introduction of a technology that is so radically innovative that it seems magical, or impossible. The old clichés get ...

SOLAR PAINT MAKES ITS DEBUT

Published on: 22 June 2017

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 printed solar panels and film, when you can just slap it on like paint - literally. Discovered back in 2017, solar paint is a special mixture of synthetic molecules and titanium oxide, which has been used in paint for decades. It turns out the oxide helps the paint absorb the sun's energy, while the molybdenum molecules act as a catalyst, splitting ...

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China's sharing economy
Posted: 20 June 2017

Sharing cars, bikes, power banks, basketballs, even umbrellas - China's sharing economy is going crazy!

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China’s sharing economy charges, pedals and bounces into overdrive
20 June 2017
30 bike-sharing apps launched already, with a dozen players fighting it out in the smartphone power bank sharing market, and six more dedicated solely to ...
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 ...
Solar ready to surpass coal
Posted: 19 June 2017 1 Comment

The combination of increasingly cheap solar power and new-age batteries is rewriting the rules of energy worldwide. And this means that the days of coal's decades-long supremacy are numbered. That's what we wrote in our MindBullet back in April 2008. And now it is happening.

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As Cost Plunges, Solar Power is Ready to Surpass Coal
19 June 2017
Within the next four years, solar power will finally be cheaper than coal nearly everywhere, aligning economic and environmental interests.
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. ...
Elon defends his boring tunnels
Posted: 8 June 2017

In this TED interview, Elon Musk defends his boring idea, saying that they will make tunneling so much cheaper that there could be an 'arbitrary' number of tunnels to absorb any level of demand. He also has some interesting views of the future.
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MindBullet logo MOVING GRIDLOCK UNDERGROUND
Tesla Tunnels aren't boring, they're totally congested
Dateline: 7 June 2027
Since Elon Musk's Boring Company provided automated underground highways to move traffic underground, it's been wonderful to walk the streets again. The high street has become more like a pedestrian mall, and the occasional, electric, car that passes is quiet and discreet. Electric cars quickly get swallowed up by the new Tesla Tunnels, or TT, that permeate the city links; the airport and ...

MOVING GRIDLOCK UNDERGROUND

Published on: 8 June 2017 1 Comment

Tesla Tunnels aren't boring, they're totally congested

Dateline: 7 June 2027

Since Elon Musk's Boring Company provided automated underground highways to move traffic underground, it's been wonderful to walk the streets again. The high street has become more like a pedestrian mall, and the occasional, electric, car that passes is quiet and discreet. Electric cars quickly get swallowed up by the new Tesla Tunnels, or TT, that permeate the city links; the airport and all major hubs and parking garages are connected by automated elevators, that whisk the car, and its passengers ...

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When solar goes viral
Posted: 7 June 2017

When consumers are buying solar panels, at an outdoor market, in Mongolia, or Angola for that matter, then you know solar power is going viral. The future of the power utility as a monolithic entity, often controlled by the state, with power consumers that are dependent on it for affordable energy, is an industrial era idea that simply won't work in the future.

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'Spectacular' drop in renewable energy costs leads to record global boost
7 June 2017
Falling solar and wind prices have led to new power deals across the world despite investment in renewables falling
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 ...

ELECTRIC CARS CAN'T STEER THE CLIMATE

Published on: 1 June 2017

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 climate change. It seems the global climate runs on its own largely unexplained clock, and nothing we do affects it much. Electric cars have become the vehicle of choice for two reasons; cheaper, more efficient batteries, and charging convenience. Now that the vast majority of electric power comes from renewable sources, it makes sense to put the ...

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Politics cannot save coal in the future
Posted: 22 May 2017 1 Comment

Whether you believe in climate change or not, it's abundantly apparent that coal as a primary energy source has a limited future. Globally, it will still take many years for alternative technologies to supplant coal, but as we can see happening in the United States, the economics of cleaner alternatives will make coal-fired power simply obsolete. In 2017 alone, 8 coal power stations have ...

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In 2017 alone, enough US coal-fired plants have announced closures to power all of Qatar
22 May 2017
Trump's coal magic has worked—but not in the way his voters had hoped.
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. ...
Chemical energy on demand
Posted: 22 May 2017

Here's another energy invention that promises to change the game. Australian researchers have built a reference model of a chemical loop energy system which essentially uses natural gas or electricity to 'charge' chemical particles in a reactor vessel. When that mixture is allowed to oxidise it releases heat, which can drive a turbine and heat water. They are not saying what chemicals they ...

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The revolutionary redox system that produces and stores energy in the home
22 May 2017
Imagine having a fridge-sized box in your home that generates and stores electricity, heats and cools the house, provides hot water and churns out oxygen ...
MindBullet logo SUMMER'S SUN WILL KEEP YOU WARM IN WINTER
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 ...

CYCLING ON A RECYCLED CYCLE

Published on: 4 May 2017 1 Comment

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 seconds, the price per unit plummeted further. Cycle manufacturer Fushida and others together now produce ...

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Can we forecast the future?
Posted: 1 May 2017

We have never believed in forecasting or predicting. The speed and nature of the change around the world, affecting everyone and all industries, suggests that all one can do is understand the forces shaping our future and develop an intuitive feel for the options and opportunities that these may create. And then ensure that one's business is capable, in every way, to respond fast and with ...

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We're moving fast. But nobody knows where we're going
1 May 2017
The telegraph, the internet, and the smartphone reshaped the world for every generation that witnessed them. What if similar inventions show up twice a ...
MindBullet logo 2010-2020: A DECADE OF STEP-CHANGE THINKING
A review of the past decade’s most important trends – PART 2
Dateline: 1 January 2020
Boeing Buys Bombardier as Air Travel Goes SmallBoeing last month outlined their view of the future: pilotless small planes that can land at any local ...
Fusion energy UK
Posted: 28 April 2017 1 Comment

A private company has turned on their latest attempt at delivering nett energy from a fusion reactor, in the UK:

Speaking after the ST40 reactor was officially turned on and achieved “first plasma”, Tokamak Energy chief executive Dr David Kingham said: “Today is an important day for fusion energy development in the UK, and the world.
“We are unveiling the first world-class controlled fusion ...

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UK reactor takes first steps towards fusion - News for the Oil and Gas Sector
28 April 2017
Britain’s newest fusion reactor has been fired up and taken the UK one step further towards generating electricity from the power of the stars. The heart ...
MindBullet logo FUSION'S FATAL FAILURE
Power from nuclear fusion is forever beyond our grasp
Dateline: 12 May 2026
The greatest nuclear fusion experiment, ITER, has been mothballed barely a year after being switched on. "It's unlikely we'll ever achieve ignition," said ...

WATER IS NO LONGER THE NEW OIL

Published on: 27 April 2017

Water in plentiful supply as 'Star Wars' tech makes it out of fresh air

Dateline: 24 April 2020

The first Star Wars movie featured Vaporators on the planet Tatooine for water farming from the atmosphere. Now they are available on Earth, although they look slightly different in real life. It's been known for many decades that condensing water vapor from the air holds the key to water supplies in arid, inland areas; but getting that water from dry rather than humid air was the challenge. By the same token, desalination has offered a solution for coastal cities, but only at substantial energy ...

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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 ...
Global photosynthesis is on the rise
Posted: 6 April 2017

It seems that our recent MindBullet was quite correct in speculating that plant growth - photosynthesis - was increasing with climate change. A new study proves it.

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Research shows global photosynthesis on the rise
6 April 2017
Plant photosynthesis was stable for hundreds of years before the industrial revolution, but grew rapidly in the 20th century, according to new research ...
MindBullet logo WHERE HAVE ALL THE DESERTS GONE?
Climate change is making the world greener
Dateline: 11 August 2028
Climate change is a reality that we've all come to accept, even though the debate surrounding the root cause of climate change rages on. Whether it's ...
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, ...
3D printing in space
Posted: 23 March 2017

As we pointed out in our MindBullet from a couple of years ago, there are big advantages to construction of massive items in orbit. Not only is it easy to handle heavy components in micro-gravity, but the constraints of rocket payloads can also be overcome. 3D printing and robotic construction is the obvious way to exploit these benefits. It seems that Made In Space, who installed the first ...

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The Future of Building and 3D Printing in Space > ENGINEERING.com
23 March 2017
3D printing in space isn’t just meant to be a novelty, but a technology that enables humanity’s proliferation throughout the cosmos. Now, it’s possible for ...
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 ...

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