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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 ...
Ireland becomes world's first country to divest from fossil fuels
Posted: 26 July 2018 1 Comment

"The Republic of Ireland will become the world’s first country to sell off its investments in fossil fuel companies, after a bill was passed with all-party support in the lower house of parliament.

The state’s €8bn national investment fund will be required to sell all investments in coal, oil, gas and peat “as soon as is practicable”, which is expected to mean within five years. Norway’s huge ...

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Ireland becomes world's first country to divest from fossil fuels
26 July 2018
Bill passed by parliament means more than €300m shares in coal, oil, peat and gas will be sold ‘as soon as practicable’
MindBullet logo 'DIRTY' STOCKS TAKE BODY BLOW
Consumers and investors turn against resources, air travel and cars
Dateline: 15 August 2020
As climate catastrophes have become the norm in the 'Summer of 2020', investors have turned their wrath on all manner of 'dirty' stocks and shares in a ...
Un-recycled cycles
Posted: 16 July 2018

Last year we published a MindBullet highlighting the flood of 'dockless' share bikes in China, and wondering if it was sustainable. Now one of the big companies, with 430,000 bikes, most presumably abandoned or damaged, has gone bankrupt. Take a look at these images from bike graveyards in China.

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The unexpected beauty of China's bicycle graveyards – in pictures
16 July 2018
For the past 18 months many cities in China have been flooded by millions of dockless share bikes. Those that block pavements or apartment entrances have ...
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 ...
Democratizing food production
Posted: 11 July 2018

Dubai certainly has an eye to the future, and is keen to embrace new tech, from drones to blockchain to driverless cars. Now they are also looking at a substantial investment in urban (vertical) farming. The reasoning is sound, as they want to manage their own supply chain, and can afford the capital outlay. It will be interesting to see how this ...

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MindBullet logo THE GARDEN OF REASON (OR IS IT TREASON?)
Urban farming is here to stay, and that's a good thing, isn't it?
Dateline: 1 March 2021
For some time now, various cities have been experimenting with vertical farming, rooftop farming, and even basement farming with LED lighting. Now it's maturing into a fully-fledged industry, just like fish farming. Farming without land, or even soil, sounds like a contradiction in terms, but hydroponics is not a new idea - it's just become more profitable. Being physically close to the ...
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 ...
Re-inventing the dairy industry: no cows required
Posted: 19 June 2018

About a year ago, we wrote a MindBullet about how tech would change the food industry, as lab grown meat and plant products would take over from animal farming. Here's a startup that wants to produce alternative milk proteins for the dairy industry, without any cows.

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Milk and dairy products without the cow, Perfect Day re-invents dairy
19 June 2018
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The way we produce food today is, for the most part, hugely wasteful and has a huge impact on the environment, vertical farms, ...
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 ...
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 ...
Metal 3D printing goes supersonic and huge
Posted: 13 June 2018 2 Comments

A new method of metal 3D printing, which uses high speed jetting to fuse metal particles together, rather than sintering or melting them, makes it possible for very large objects to be manufactured in quick time. The "world's largest" metal 3D printer is being tested in Australia.

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'Aircraft wings and submarines': World's largest 3D printer launched in Melbourne
13 June 2018
The world's largest metal 3D printer is being put to the test for the first time at a mega-manufacturing warehouse in Melbourne.
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 ...
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 ...

CHINESE MILLENNIALS OVERRUN THE WORLD

Published on: 10 May 2018

Tourism is the new addiction for affluent young Chinese

Dateline: 5 June 2025

In just over two decades China has grown from small fry in travel terms to the world's biggest outbound market, leapfrogging and outpacing the United States. "May you live in interesting times!" is an ancient Chinese curse, a bit like a reverse compliment. Now it should be "May you be visited by many Chillennials!" It's a double-edged sword, both a blessing and a curse. Chinese millennials, as a segment or cohort, have more spending power than their American or European counter-parts; partly due to ...

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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.
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 ...
3D printed spaceships
Posted: 25 April 2018

When we published this MindBullet about 3D printing spaceships for Mars, many might have thought it was a crazy concept. Well, now NASA is turning to 3D printing to overcome problems with their next Moon rocket.

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Nasa is heading back to the Moon with a 3D-printed spacecraft
25 April 2018
The Orion mission will be the furthest humans have travelled in space for fifty years, but getting out of low Earth orbit meant reinventing the plastic ...
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 ...
Declaring biological war on waste
Posted: 17 April 2018

As we have written in a number of MindBullets published over the years, the solution to plastic and oil pollution might lie in developing genetically modified organisms that 'eat' the waste and produce useful chemicals. Now scientists have accidently created an enzyme that could eventually clean up the plastic bottles filling the ocean.

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Scientists accidentally create mutant enzyme that eats plastic bottles
17 April 2018
The breakthrough, spurred by the discovery of plastic-eating bugs at a Japanese dump, could help solve the global plastic pollution crisis
MindBullet logo PLASTIC UNFANTASTIC
EU to ban plastic packaging for groceries - unless you can eat it
Dateline: 29 January 2018
It started slowly. First we stopped giving away plastic bags for free. Then water bottles died a quick death. Now, in a revolutionary move, European ...
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.
MindBullet logo IT'S GOING TO BE A COLD, DARK CHRISTMAS
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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Plenty vertical farms in China
Posted: 1 March 2018

A startup company is planning to build 300 urban farms in China. Sounds like our MindBullet on this subject is spot on.

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US startup secures $200m in funding to build 300 vertical farms across China
1 March 2018
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The world’s population will grow by another 2 billion by 2050 and many think today’s agricultural systems won’t cope, as a ...
MindBullet logo THE GARDEN OF REASON (OR IS IT TREASON?)
Urban farming is here to stay, and that's a good thing, isn't it?
Dateline: 1 March 2021
For some time now, various cities have been experimenting with vertical farming, rooftop farming, and even basement farming with LED lighting. Now it's ...

THE GARDEN OF REASON (OR IS IT TREASON?)

Published on: 15 February 2018 2 Comments

Urban farming is here to stay, and that's a good thing, isn't it?

Dateline: 1 March 2021

For some time now, various cities have been experimenting with vertical farming, rooftop farming, and even basement farming with LED lighting. Now it's maturing into a fully-fledged industry, just like fish farming. Farming without land, or even soil, sounds like a contradiction in terms, but hydroponics is not a new idea - it's just become more profitable. Being physically close to the consumers is the ultimate competitive advantage. Beyond the need for land, traditional farming has to contend ...

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