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Gas plants will get crushed by wind, solar by 2035, study says

November 18th, 2019 at 3:14 pm » Comments Off

Generators now on drawing boards will be left uneconomical Natural gas-fired power plants, which have crushed the economics of coal, are on the path to being undercut themselves by renewable power and big batteries, a study found. By 2035, it will be more expensive to run 90% of gas plants being proposed in the U.S. […]



Renewables meet 50% of electricity demand on Australia’s power grid for first time

November 14th, 2019 at 12:12 pm » Comments Off

For a brief moment solar, wind and hydro combined to deliver more than half the power into the National Electricity Market Australia’s main electricity grid was briefly powered by 50% renewable energy this week in a new milestone that experts say will become increasingly normal. Data on the sources of power in the National Electricity […]



How cheap must batteries get for renewables to compete with fossil fuels?

November 4th, 2019 at 1:47 pm » Comments Off

Production of lithium batteries for environmentally friendly electric cars future of energy  While solar and wind power are rapidly becoming cost-competitive with fossil fuels in areas with lots of sun and wind, they still can’t provide the 24/7 power we’ve become used to. At present, that’s not big a problem because the grid still features […]



IKEA will produce more energy than it consumes by 2020

October 2nd, 2019 at 12:44 pm » Comments Off

It hopes to be ‘climate positive’ by 2030. Many companies are pouring money into renewable energy, but how many can say they’re producing more than they need? IKEA thinks it will, at least. Its holding company Ingka revealed that IKEA will generate more renewable energy before the end of 2019 than the energy its stores […]



How hackers invented kiteboarding

September 23rd, 2019 at 12:13 pm » Comments Off

  An unusual design process combining recklessness, imagination, and computers created one of the fastest-growing sports in history. The promise of kiteboarding is that a wind strong enough to draw small whitecaps from the water can take you on a magic-carpet ride. But the same wind can be dangerously uncontrollable.Photograph from Alamy Just as he […]



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