Want Unlimited Clean Energy? Just Drill the World's Hottest Well

Want Unlimited Clean Energy? Just Drill the World's Hottest Well

In 2017, researchers from the Iceland Deep Drilling Project, run by the Icelandic government and a consortium of national energy companies, reported they had reached supercritical fluids 3 miles beneath the surface.

AI Can Do Great Things—if It Doesn't Burn the Planet

AI Can Do Great Things—if It Doesn't Burn the Planet

And as the damage caused by climate change becomes more apparent, AI experts are increasingly troubled by those energy demands.“The concern is that machine-learning algorithms in general are consuming more and more energy, using more data, training for longer and longer,” says Sasha Luccioni, a postdoctoral researcher at Mila, an AI research institute in Canada.

Voltage Hacking, Big Tech's 'Green' Data Score Card, and More News

Voltage Hacking, Big Tech's 'Green' Data Score Card, and More News

Hackers are surging and cloud providers are splurging, but first: a cartoon about eyewear from the future .Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.

The Plan to Boost Drone Batteries With a Teensy Jet Engine

The Plan to Boost Drone Batteries With a Teensy Jet Engine

The smallest of small turbines could power a light business jet or serve as auxiliary power units in larger aircraft, starting the bigger engines and supplying electricity when parked at the gate.

UC Berkeley Was About to Launch a Satellite. Then PG&E Said It Was Cutting Power

UC Berkeley Was About to Launch a Satellite. Then PG&E Said It Was Cutting Power

Milano, who helps run the Space Sciences Laboratory at UC Berkeley, had been gearing up for a satellite launch.Normally, NASA wouldn’t let mission control run on anything less than a stable grid connection, says Steven Beckwith, the lab’s director.

No You Can’t Power Your House With Your Electric Car

No You Can’t Power Your House With Your Electric Car

Indeed, a 2017 study by researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found that if California hits its goal of getting 1.5 million EVs on its roads by 2025, and “some” of them had the ability to transfer energy into the grid, their batteries would easily exceed the state’s energy storage needs.

How the iPhone Helped Save the Planet

How the iPhone Helped Save the Planet

The more than 2 billion iPhones sold since Apple first launched it exactly 12 years ago have done a lot of good for their owners, but it seems like they’ve been bad news for the planet.

Geothermal Energy Could Save the Climate—or Trigger Lots of Quakes

Geothermal Energy Could Save the Climate—or Trigger Lots of Quakes

But getting there depends on loosening regulations and borrowing drilling techniques from oil and gas companies.“It’s a great resource, but one that doesn’t get a lot of love,” said Spencer Nelson, who directs the energy innovation program at ClearPath and wrote the memo.

Offshore Wind Farms Are Spinning Up in the US—At Last

Offshore Wind Farms Are Spinning Up in the US—At Last

The developers of the Vineyard Wind project say their turbines—anchored about 14 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard—will generate 800 megawatts of electricity once they start spinning sometime in 2022.

China Says Bitcoin Is Wasteful. Now It Wants to Ban Mining

China Says Bitcoin Is Wasteful. Now It Wants to Ban Mining

An executive who works closely with Chinese mining firms told WIRED that although the ban was widely expected to move forward, miners expect it will take years for the government to fully rein in their operations.

Al Gore Did Not Invent the Green New Deal, but He Likes It

Al Gore Did Not Invent the Green New Deal, but He Likes It

I wanted to know how he thought emerging technologies could reduce carbon emissions, and also curious to hear his opinion of the Green New Deal, a proposal by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other Democrats to simultaneously address climate change and inequality.

In Germany, Solar-Powered Homes Are Really Catching On

In Germany, Solar-Powered Homes Are Really Catching On

Then, when the battery is topped off, the unit’s digital control system automatically redirects any excess energy into Berlin’s power grid, for which the Parises will be compensated by the local grid operator.“They convinced me it would pay off in ten years,” explains Paris, referring to Enerix, a Bavaria-based retailer offering solar systems and installation services.

Costa Rica's Zero-Carbon Plan Could Be a Model for the World

Costa Rica's Zero-Carbon Plan Could Be a Model for the World

President Carlos Alvarado Quesada explains Costa Rica's new plan to ditch fossil fuels and how it could inspire others to do the same. If successful, Alvarado's plan could make Costa Rica the first zero-emissions country.

What’s keeping India in the dark?

What’s keeping India in the dark?

To boost and sustain its energy supply, India needs urgent investments and reforms to fix the inefficiencies that plague its entire electricity supply chain. To boost and sustain its energy supply, India needs urgent investments and reforms to fix the inefficiencies that plague its entire electricity supply chain.

What have we learned this year? The latest in research from the Africa Chief Economist’s Office

What have we learned this year? The latest in research from the Africa Chief Economist’s Office

Financial openness mitigates (amplifies) RER volatility in a country with higher (lower) share of foreign equity vis-à-vis foreign debt liabilities. Calderón, Cantu, & Chuhan-Pole provide “a scorecard on infrastructure development in Sub-Saharan Africa over the past decades along four sectors (telecommunications, electric power, transportation, and water and sanitation) and three dimensions (quantity, quality, and access).”

What’s keeping Pakistan in the dark?

What’s keeping Pakistan in the dark?

Poor transmission contributed to 29 percent of the electricity shortfall in fiscal year 2015, while weak infrastructure, faulty metering and theft cause the loss of almost a fifth of generated electricity.As such, power sector reforms should be a top priority for Pakistan can yield huge economic gains toward a more sustainable future.

Time to ask the tough questions about transport and climate

Time to ask the tough questions about transport and climate

A reduction in transport-related GHG emissions will only be made possible by reducing transport’s dependency on fossil fuels and increasing its reliance on alternative energy technologies. Focusing on alternative energy technologies for vehicles, it is no surprise that they make up only 1/9 of the total revenue generated by the transport market.

Drop the Batteries—Diamonds and Lasers Could Power Your Drone

Drop the Batteries—Diamonds and Lasers Could Power Your Drone

Researchers at LakeDiamond, a spinoff of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, think their solution could be the dilithium crystal of roaming drones.They have developed an artificial diamond that can help a laser beam maintain its quality over much longer ranges, and say ground-based networks of these diamond-enhanced power sources could send drones flying great distances, without wasting power to haul their big batteries around.LEARN MOREThe WIRED Guide to DronesLakeDiamond CEO Pascal Gallo says the company’s lab-created diamond—a smooth, tiny rectangle placed directly in front of the laser source—can convert a low-power laser diode into a beam with consistent, parallel rays that can stretch several hundred meters.

Bridging the skills gap is key for energy access, new jobs

Bridging the skills gap is key for energy access, new jobs

Despite growing demand for home solar systems and other off-grid renewable energy solutions in Africa and Asia, there is a growing shortage of job-ready talent to finance, develop, install, operate and manage these systems.

Bitcoin Will Burn the Planet Down. The Question: How Fast?

Bitcoin Will Burn the Planet Down. The Question: How Fast?

His calculations of how much energy—and planet-warming carbon emissions—the top four cryptocurrencies might be responsible for appears in an article in the journal Nature Sustainability today, joining a growing canon of peer-reviewed and rigorous work trying to put numbers to a problem the cryptocurrency world has been grappling with for years: How much energy blockchain-powered currencies consume, and how much does the answer matter?Whoever Satoshi Nakamoto is, the genius of his, her, or their idea for bitcoin—published almost exactly a decade ago—was in solving the key problem with digital currency: You can generate more by just copy-pasting.

To Solve Flying Cars' Biggest Problem, Tie Them to Power Lines

To Solve Flying Cars' Biggest Problem, Tie Them to Power Lines

To Solve Flying Cars' Biggest Problem, Tie Them to Power LinesIn the age of cord cutting, San Francisco-based startup Karman Electric thinks flying cars should be able to connect to power lines for long-haul routes and go solo when they approach their destination.

Australia on track to miss Paris climate targets as emissions hit record highs

Australia on track to miss Paris climate targets as emissions hit record highs

NDEVR Environmental figures for the year up to the end of June 2018 show Australia’s emissions were the highest on record when unreliable data from the land use and forestry sectors was excluded.

Australia is not on track to reach 2030 Paris target (but the potential is there)

Australia is not on track to reach 2030 Paris target (but the potential is there)

But while total emissions reduced at an economy-wide level, and in some sectors at certain times, none of the sectors improved consistently at the rate needed to achieve the Paris climate targets.

Scott Morrison contradicts energy advice, saying Paris targets can be met 'at a canter'

Scott Morrison contradicts energy advice, saying Paris targets can be met 'at a canter'

The prime minister used a radio interview on Wednesday afternoon to declare “the business-as-usual model gets us there in a canter” – which contradicts advice from the Energy Security Board that says business as usual will mean the electricity sector will “fall short of the emissions reduction target of 26% below 2005 levels”.

California's response to record wildfires: shift to 100% clean energy | Dana Nuccitelli

California's response to record wildfires: shift to 100% clean energy | Dana Nuccitelli

Not only does California need to make up some of the climate slack created by the Trump administration, but the state is now ahead of its targets, with 29% of electricity last year generated from renewables and over 50% from zero-carbon sources (including nuclear and hydroelectric power).

From Rooftops to Algae Pools: Orlando’s Vision for Carbon-Free Energy

From Rooftops to Algae Pools: Orlando’s Vision for Carbon-Free Energy

“You would have expected the federal government to be taking the lead, but the federal government seems to be backing away every day from the commitments they’ve made.”“The biggest risk for us is not changing,” said Clint Bullock, chief executive of the Orlando Utilities Commission, the municipally owned power company.CreditEdward Linsmier for The New York TimesOrlando has set a goal of generating all of its energy from carbon-free sources by 2050.

California moves towards 100% carbon-free electricity after landmark vote

California moves towards 100% carbon-free electricity after landmark vote

The bill, which will need to be approved by the state senate and Governor Jerry Brown, will require a complete shift to clean energy such as solar and wind by 2045.

A Law Alone Won't Get California to 100 Percent Green Power

A Law Alone Won't Get California to 100 Percent Green Power

Oh, and as Nathanel Johnson points out at Grist, environmentalists and activists have long argued over the distinction between "renewable," which is primarily solar and wind, and "clean," which includes other carbon-neutral-but-still-environmentally-problematic sources of juice like dams and nuclear power.The deeper problem is that merely farming the electrons isn’t enough.

President Proposes Unwinding Coal-Plant Pollution Curbs

President Proposes Unwinding Coal-Plant Pollution Curbs

President Donald Trump’s administration on August 21 unveiled its plan to dramatically weaken carbon dioxide limits on coal-fired power plants by shifting most of the regulatory burden to states in a further assault on the Obama climate legacy.