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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 […]



Generator that creates electricity from gravity could revolutionize renewable energy

February 14th, 2019 at 1:29 pm » Comments Off

A Dutch inventor has successfully created a contraption that generates electricity from gravity – and it could revolutionize the future of renewable energy. Dutch architect Janjaap Ruijssenaars, from Universe Architecture, has developed a method to generate free energy in a sustainable way at home. The patent-pending technique, whereby energy is released by perpetually unbalancing a […]



Using molten salt to store electricity isn’t just for solar thermal plants

January 5th, 2019 at 11:38 am » Comments Off

Startup follows on a number of innovative ideas to make renewable energy more flexible. How can we make wind a more versatile energy source? By adding storage. An energy storage startup that found its footing at Alphabet’s X “moonshot” division announced last week that it will receive $26 million in funding from a group of […]



Utilities have a problem: the public wants 100% renewable energy, and quick

September 18th, 2018 at 9:06 am » Comments Off

The industry is groping for ways to talk the public down. Renewable energy is hot. It has incredible momentum, not only in terms of deployment and costs but in terms of public opinion and cultural cachet. To put it simply: Everyone loves renewable energy. It’s cleaner, it’s high-tech, it’s new jobs, it’s the future. And […]