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Only one viable future

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

There is an amazing, almost magical efficiency to electricity when it is applied to real-world tasks – and it can meet the energy demands of the future without sacrificing standards of living and innovation.

Clean energy with a pinch of salt

Friday, 31 August 2012 - 9 comments

A salt battery (sodium ion battery) is being developed in Australia is set to increase solar energy use and reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, according to researchers.

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Rethinking energy: A global blueprint

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Can we really shift the world completely away from fossil fuels in the next 20 years? A brave band of scientists, engineers and young people believe so. Wilson da Silva watched them develop this bold new blueprint for the future of energy.

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Rethinking energy 1: Wind, solar and storage

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Solar energy and wind energy technology is well known and has been around for decades. The major barrier to implementation, however, has been storing that energy.

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Rethinking energy 4: Organic solar cells for off-grid use

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Organic photovoltaic cells may be the answer to the 1.5 billion ‘energy poor’ people, living without access to electricity from the grid.

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Rethinking energy 5: Smart urbanisation

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

With more and more of the world’s population flocking to the city, there are smart ways to increase energy efficiency and decrease the overall carbon footprint of a city.

False dawn of solar power

False dawn of solar power

Wednesday, 25 October 2006 - 73 comments

Wind and solar power are enormously appealing as planet-friendly sources of energy – but those who think we can completely rely on them in the future are dreaming.

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