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Hydrogen is Powering the Olympic Village – Heat, Electric, and Lights That Are a Model of Japanese Innovation

The Tokyo Olympic Games in 1964 left a mark on the world in the form of the Shinkansen high-speed train, a feat which this year’s repeat hosts look to match with a vision of the future of civic planning. While enduring some criticism for going through with the games during COVID-19, Tokyo has presented the […]

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Company Says its Multi-Day Storage Batteries For Renewable Energy Are the Holy Grail We’ve Been Waiting For

Unshrouded from years of secret work, an energy startup in Massachusetts is claiming that in a few years they can produce at scale “the battery you need to fully retire coal and natural gas plants.” Solving the key challenge with renewable energy—that of storage, Form Energy’s new battery technology, which they’re calling the “Holy Grail,” […]

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How Scientists are Managing to Trap the World’s Coldest Plasma in a Magnetic Bottle

Physicists have discovered a way to trap the world’s coldest plasma in a magnetic bottle, a technological achievement that could advance research into clean energy, space weather, and astrophysics. “To understand how the solar wind interacts with the Earth, or to generate clean energy from nuclear fusion, one has to understand how plasma—a soup of […]

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The World Has Achieved Huge Milestones in 6 Areas of Renewable Energy So Far This Year

Despite a few national governments continuing to keep their coal and oil projects afloat, market demand and private entrepreneurship is driving what can only be described as a revolution in renewable energy. These latest achievements might have been thought unbelievable when global climate change was first being discussed as a serious threat, but today each […]

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Old Wind Turbine Blades Get Turned into Bridges and Reinforced Concrete

As fast as old wind turbine blades are becoming a recycling problem, there are solutions being presented to solve it. In Ireland, used wind turbine blades are being repurposed to build bridges, reinforce concrete, and are being proposed as potential highway noise barriers and coastal wake walls. The first generation of wind farms are retiring […]

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To Replace Lithium Batteries For Grid Storage ‘Gravitricity’ Uses Gravity

A company that uses gravity to create a ‘giant battery’ has just completed a successful test in Scotland, paving the way for its commercial-scale roll out. The firm is called Gravitricity, and their device, which has a 25-year lifespan, could help prevent the mining of rare earth minerals in the creation of lithium-ion batteries, while […]

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New Zealand Designer Makes Ingenious Solar-Powered Skylight That Desalinates Water For Drinking

Those living in coastal Chile’s shanty towns see as much water as they could ever need, but they can’t drink it because it’s too salty. There’s also abundant solar energy on the coast, but nothing with which to utilize the energy source. 2021 Lexus Design Award finalist Henry Glogau is creating something that makes use of […]

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Energy

Recent Australian emissions cuts likely to be reversed in recovery from Covid and drought

Most of the reduction in Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions last year is likely to be wiped out as transport rebounds after Covid-19 lockdowns and farming recovers from the long-term-drought, according to an audit of national climate data. Scott Morrison told…

People Power Wins: Alberta Reverses Course on Coal Mining Atop Rocky Mountains

When the current Alberta government tried to repeal a piece of legislation restricting coal mining in the Rockies, Canadians of all varieties banded together to object. The idea of exploratory metallurgical mining pits opening in the most iconic of Albertan landscapes—the mountains—has seen nothing more than unprecedented mobilization from the public. Threatened wildlife, First Nation […]

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Energy Politics

Less than 5% of green homes grant budget paid out, Labour reveals

Labour is calling for the government’s green homes grant scheme to be extended by at least a year after revealing that less than 5% of the allocated budget has been given to householders. Nearly five months in, only £71m of…

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