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Can solar outcompete hydrogens hype? Can giant batteries help renewables go mainstream? Will fusion power make renewables obsolete? This page covers the trends and news that will guide the future of energy.

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https://news.psu.edu/story/467252/2017/05/08/research/where-rivers-meet-sea
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Penn State researchers have created a new hybrid technology that produces unprecedented amounts of electrical power where seawater and freshwater combine at the coast.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMQUGSrnbP8&feature=youtu.be
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Let's retrace on an animated map a summary of the modern history of petroleum until the present day. Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/geohistory English tran...
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWYnbYsp3i8&feature=youtu.be
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The end of 2019 marked the tenth birthday of Tokamak Energy. The years have flown by for us, but there has been a lot going on as a private company in pursui...
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https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/europe-stores-electricity-in-gas-pipes/
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Converting excess wind and solar power into hydrogen can extend renewable energy’s reach
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https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/plugged-in/coal-only-supplied-2-percent-of-u-k-electricity-in-the-first-6-months-of-2017/
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Just five years ago, coal represented about 40 percent of the electricity mix—a stark contrast as the country moves to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and tackle its air pollution challenges
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https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2018-11-16/oil-demand-for-cars-and-transportation-is-already-falling
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https://www.vox.com/2016/3/10/11192022/big-solar-boom-times
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Forget rooftops. Big solar power plants are growing like gangbusters.
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https://news.psu.edu/story/613154/2020/03/31/research/scientists-tap-unused-energy-source-power-smart-sensor-networks
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The electricity that lights our homes and powers our appliances also creates small magnetic fields that are present all around us. Scientists have developed a new mechanism capable of harvesting this wasted magnetic field energy and converting it into enough electricity to power next-generation sensor networks for smart buildings and factories.
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https://www.wired.com/story/the-next-nuclear-plants-will-be-small-svelte-and-safer/
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A new generation of reactors will start producing power in the next few years. They're comparatively tiny—and may be key to hitting our climate goals.
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https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/renewable-energy-is-surging-but-not-fast-enough-to-stop-warming/
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Wind and solar costs have plummeted, but global energy demands will continue to rise
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https://www.irishtimes.com/business/energy-and-resources/oil-use-in-cars-set-to-peak-within-seven-years-1.3696207
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IEA says electric and more fuel-efficient vehicles will hit consumption
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https://www.wri.org/blog/2019/07/natural-gas-beat-coal-us-will-renewables-and-storage-soon-beat-natural-gas
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Decisions from utility commissions across the country suggest natural gas' time as a "bridge fuel" may be short—renewables are already often preferred and cheaper.
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https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/10/the-us-is-smashing-its-clean-energy-forecasts
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The US has dramatically outdone their previous clean energy targets.
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https://newatlas.com/energy/solar-to-hydrogen-cell-sth-pec-efficiency-breakthrough/
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Solar-to-hydrogen cells can convert solar energy directly into hydrogen without needing an external electrolyzer, and an exciting new design out of the Australian National University has achieved record efficiency levels using low-cost materials.
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https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-09-02/mitsubishi-plans-three-hydrogen-ready-power-plants-in-the-u-s
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https://www.fastcompany.com/3053998/these-sky-high-balloons-could-generate-more-power-than-solar-panels
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If you want to capture energy from the sun, it helps to go above the clouds.
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https://www.power-technology.com/features/the-big-exit-why-capital-is-deserting-coal/
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Andrew Tunnicliffe talks with IEEFA’s Tim Buckley about what’s leading the exodus from coal mining, and what it means for the future of coal.
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https://www.technologyreview.com/2018/10/04/139905/wide-scale-us-wind-power-could-cause-significant-warming/
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Wind power is booming in the United States. It’s expanded 35-fold since 2000 and now provides 8% of the nation’s electricity. The US Department of Energy expects wind turbine capacity to more than quadruple again by 2050. But a new study by a pair of Harvard researchers finds that a high amount of wind power could…
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https://www.carboncommentary.com/blog/2020/6/17/renewables-plus-hydrogen-almost-all-that-we-need
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5cm7HOAqZY
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https://www.reuters.com/article/us-climate-change-russia-economy-trfn/fossil-fuel-giant-russia-tiptoes-towards-low-carbon-future-idUSKBN21D367?rpc=401&amp=
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Fossil fuel-rich Russia has for the first time set out a greener economic path for the coming three decades, in a long-term, low-carbon development plan released this week.