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Despite the hype, batteries aren’t the cheapest way to store energy on the grid

The Australian government is reviewing our electricity market to make sure it can provide secure and reliable power in a rapidly changing world. Faced with the rise of renewable energy and limits on carbon pollution, The Conversation has asked experts what kind of future awaits the grid. Storage is the word of the moment in […]

Solar Impulse’s biggest legacy will be in your home – not in the skies

After 12 years of planning and testing, Solar Impulse has finally completed its epic voyage around the world. The solar-powered plane first set off from Abu Dhabi 16 months ago, and it has since travelled some 25,000 miles (40,000km) over 17 gruelling legs – all without using a single drop of fuel. Solar Impulse is […]

The plug and play city: how shipping containers are changing infrastructure

We often take for granted our access to vast quantities of inexpensive goods manufactured overseas. And we often overlook the unassuming innovation that has made this global industrial revolution possible: the shipping container. While the shipping container was conceived in the 1950s by American businessman Malcom McLean, it was only widely adopted after the US […]

How to help energy demand match renewable supply

The amount of electricity generated in the UK from renewables such as wind and solar is growing year on year. Recent analysis by the Carbon Brief revealed that solar panels generated more electricity than coal over six months – from April until the end of September – for the first time ever, while the amount […]

Oslo’s ambitious ‘climate budget’ sets the bar for other cities

Oslo’s city government has issued an ambitious “climate budget” with the intent of halving its carbon emissions from 1990 levels by 2020, and becoming completely carbon neutral by 2030. To achieve this goal, the city plans to limit access for cars with new tolls and fewer parking spaces, power the bus fleet with renewable energy, […]

A smart ‘switch’ in photosynthesis holds lessons for solar technology

Photosynthetic organisms like plants are the ultimate natural solar panels. They are extremely efficient at converting sunlight into stored energy. Researchers working on “bio-inspired” solar innovations – drawing from the natural world to create new technologies – find this extremely interesting. They’re keen to understand exactly how the photosynthetic machinery works to harvest light under […]

President Trump could kill the Paris Agreement – but climate action will survive

November 9 will likely become the day that the Paris Agreement died, but not when the goal of limiting warming to 2℃ slipped out of reach. President Donald Trump can, and likely will, drop out of the Paris climate agreement. Direct withdrawal will take four years. But Trump could instead drop out from the overall […]

India wants to become a solar superpower – but its plans don’t add up

One of the world’s largest solar power projects has just been completed in southern India. At 648 megawatts (MW), the Kamuthi solar plant can generate as much electricity as most coal or nuclear power stations. This is great news. But it must be only the start of an unprecedented Indian solar boom. For the country […]

How the UK can still lead on climate change – even after Brexit

In the wake of the Brexit earthquake, experts are sifting through the rubble, assessing the damage, and checking the stability of remaining structures. Advocates of ambitious climate policy have been particularly active. Since the late 1990s, the UK has been a leader on climate change, both domestically, within the European Union, and through its active […]

Four little-known EU rules which help protect Britain’s environment

Remain and Leave are finally talking about the environment in the EU referendum campaign. Most environmental professionals and green charities have expressed strong support for staying in the EU over the past few months, while independent experts agree that membership has overall been good for the country’s environment. But some from the Leave side are […]