Renewable energy: the global transition, explained in 12 charts

The world’s governments urgently need to bear down on heating and transportation, where most of the energy is being consumed. Energy systems need to be rapidly electrified and integrated.

The Mad Science Plan to Power the World With Poop

Plants all over the developed world take advantage of this salvageable energy to subsidize their operations. One UK-based treatment plant, for example, gets 50 percent of its power using poop.

Will Fusion Energy Arrive in Time to Mitigate Climate Change?

According to MIT’s online project page, a successful run of the SPARC reactor “will demonstrate that fusion energy can be developed in time to provide carbon-free power to combat climate change.”

Chinese Fusion Experiment Reaches 100 Million Degrees

The Chinese EAST reactor team was able to integrate four types of heating power in order to reach a new temperature record - a cloud of charged particles that contained electrons heated to more than 100 million °C.

Superconductor breakthrough promises faster path to fusion

A breakthrough in creating high temperature superconductors could yield faster development of nascent fusion energy which has been positioned as carbon-free alternative for energy generation.

Spain agrees deal to close coal mines

Spain is due to close most of its coal mines by the end of 2018. Current Spanish government has rapidly reformed environmental policy and announced the launch of a long-delayed national climate plan.

Rubbish is powering Sweden’s heat, electricity, and buses

At a power plant in Linköping, Sweden, a municipal government company is burning rubbish to turn waste into energy. This is one of Sweden’s 34 plants that uses rubbish instead of coal or gas for heat and electricity.

German Nuclear Fusion Experiment Sets Records

The Wendelstein 7-X stellarator is close to hitting sustainable nuclear fusion (generating more energy than is initially required to start the reaction).

UK's first energy positive classroom produces 1.5x the energy it uses

Known as the Active Classroom, the energy-producing classroom stands as a shining example of what is possible as the U.K. and other nations attempt to transform their energy systems in response to climate change.

Solar outshined all fossil-fuels sources combined in 2017

Last year, the world invested more in solar power than in all fossil-fuel sources combined. “We are at a turning point … from fossil fuels to the renewable world,” UN Environment head Erik Solheim told.

MIT to Build Fusion Power Plant Within next 15 Years

MIT has announced yesterday that it is working with a new private company to make nuclear fusion finally happen.

Neil DeGrasse Tyson: What If We Just Turned the Hurricanes Into Electricity

Astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson believes man should harness the power of hurricanes for good rather than run from them.

Ultrathin device harvests electricity from human motion

A new electrochemical energy harvesting device can generate electrical current from the full range of human motions and is thin enough to embed in clothing.

Wind and solar expected to supply third of global power by 2040

The plunging cost of wind and solar power mean they will provide a third of the world’s electricity in about 25 years, a leading analysis firm has predicted.

A Cafe In Paris Where You Can Only Pay With Energy

Customers are encouraged to physically create energy in exchange for speciality coffees – no cash accepted.