Category: clean energy

China’s ‘artificial sun’ reaches 100 million degrees Celsius marking milestone for nuclear fusion

A moon, which replaces the globe in a light globe, hangs over Chengdu's cityscape.

“The benefit is simple in that it is very large-scale base load [continuous] energy production, with zero greenhouse gas emissions and no long-life radioactive waste.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-11-15/china-attempts-to-create-an-artificial-sun/10495536

How the Gorgon gas plant could wipe out a year’s worth of Australia’s solar emissions savings – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

An LNG flare flames out from a stack.

via How the Gorgon gas plant could wipe out a year’s worth of Australia’s solar emissions savings – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Solar PV and wind are on track to replace all coal, oil and gas within two decades

Solar photovoltaic and wind power are rapidly getting cheaper and more abundant – so much so that they are on track to entirely supplant fossil fuels worldwide within two decades, with the time frame depending mostly on politics. The protestation from some politicians that we need to build new coal stations sounds rather quaint.

via Solar PV and wind are on track to replace all coal, oil and gas within two decades

Booming Business: How Three Countries Are Putting Renewable Energy to Work | Climate Reality

 

Clean energy employs an incredible 9.8 million people worldwide. Here’s how three countries – the US, China, and Germany – are making clean energy work at home.
The United States

Even with the White House’s vocal support for all things fossil fuels, clean energy is powering more and more of the US economy every year. And it’s not just happening in California and New York – thanks to the power of market trends, the clean energy revolution is taking hold even in states like Texas and Iowa. Here’s the scoop:

via Booming Business: How Three Countries Are Putting Renewable Energy to Work | Climate Reality

Tesla big battery outsmarts lumbering coal units after Loy Yang trips : RenewEconomy

 

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Last Thursday, one of the biggest coal units in Australia, Loy Yang A 3, tripped without warning at 1.59am, with the sudden loss of 560MW and causing a slump in frequency on the network.

What happened next has stunned electricity industry insiders and given food for thought over the near to medium term future of the grid, such was the rapid response of the Tesla big battery to an event that happened nearly 1,000km away.

Even before the Loy Yang A unit had finished tripping, the 100MW/129MWh had responded, injecting 7.3MW into the network to help arrest a slump in frequency that had fallen below 49.80Hertz.

via Tesla big battery outsmarts lumbering coal units after Loy Yang trips : RenewEconomy

France To Ban All Gas And Diesel Cars By 2040

In fact, the market for electric cars is growing faster than previously thought, as the lithium-ion batteries that power them have become cheaper and more accessible. Electric vehicles are expected to make up 54 percent of the worldwide new car sales by 2040, according to a forecast released Thursday by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. That’s up from 35 percent projected last year by the data firm in its annual outlook, a serious boost for advocates who say the technology is critical to lowering urban pollution and slowing the rate of climate change.

Bloomberg New Energy Finance By 2040, electric vehicles (purple) will make up more than half of new cars sold, though internal combustion engine vehicles (blue) will continue to account for the lion’s share of the global car fleet.

Source: France To Ban All Gas And Diesel Cars By 2040

These Solar Panels Generate Drinking Water From the Air | KTLA

A company called Zero Mass Water has created a special solar-like panel that creates clean, drinkable water from the air. You can now install them on your home or office.I’ve drank a lot of water from bottles, but it was never created like this.I’m on the rooftop of a building in Santa Monica on an overcast day, checking out solar panels from a company called Zero Mass Water. These are not just your typical energy creating panels – they are busy pulling water out of the air.

Source: These Solar Panels Generate Drinking Water From the Air | KTLA

Why can’t the government understand there’s no such thing as clean coal?

Some new form of madness must surely have taken hold when we’re being asked to ponder whether or not the Clean Energy Finance Corporation should fund ‘clean coal’, or cleaner coal, power stations.

Source: Why can’t the government understand there’s no such thing as clean coal?

Neither Trump nor Turnbull can turn back the tide on renewables | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian

The argument for renewable energy is now a purely economic one – and the move away from coal will only pick up speed

Source: Neither Trump nor Turnbull can turn back the tide on renewables | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian

Solar power becoming world’s cheapest form of electricity production, analysts say | The Independent

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Solar power is becoming the cheapest way to generate electricity, according to leading analysts. Data produced by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) showed the cost of solar in 58 lower-income countries – including China, Brazil and India – had fallen to about a third of levels in 2010 and was now slightly cheaper than wind energy.

Source: Solar power becoming world’s cheapest form of electricity production, analysts say | The Independent

One graph that proves why the government hates renewable energy – Crikey

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Malcolm Turnbull says he has lots of solar panels. But the Coalition’s hatred of renewable energy isn’t so much about personal views as about the cash.

Source: One graph that proves why the government hates renewable energy – Crikey

Sundrop Farms pioneering solar-powered greenhouse to grow food without fresh water – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A groundbreaking greenhouse that relies on sunlight and sea water to grow tomatoes officially opens next week, 300 kilometres north of Adelaide.

Source: Sundrop Farms pioneering solar-powered greenhouse to grow food without fresh water – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Health of more than 90% of world’s population affected by air pollution ‘emergency’, WHO says | The Independent

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More than nine out of every 10 people on the planet live in areas where air pollution breaches official safety limits – and millions of people are dying as a result, according to new research by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Source: Health of more than 90% of world’s population affected by air pollution ‘emergency’, WHO says | The Independent

In Boon for EVs, Solar Panels, California will roll back CO2 Emissions to 40% Below 1990 | Informed Comment

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – – The California legislature worked on a carbon dioxide emissions reduction bill …

Source: In Boon for EVs, Solar Panels, California will roll back CO2 Emissions to 40% Below 1990 | Informed Comment

Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg And Tech-Giant Supergroup Team Up Against Climate Change | IFLScience

A dream team of tech giants – Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Richard Branson, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Jack Ma from Alibaba, along with a host of international tech leaders – have announced they’re coming together to combat climate change.

Source: Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg And Tech-Giant Supergroup Team Up Against Climate Change | IFLScience

One Quarter Of The World Will Be Powered By Renewable Energy By 2020 | IFLScience

Climate change action has just been given an official round of applause: the International Energy Agency (IEA) has declared that over 26% of the world’s energy supply will come from renewable energy sources by the end of the decade.

Source: One Quarter Of The World Will Be Powered By Renewable Energy By 2020 | IFLScience