Here’s Why the Future Should Be Nuclear

Here’s Why the Future Should Be Nuclear

Sustainable Energy
We're approaching a climate catastrophe, one which will change the way we interact with and use our surrounding ecosystem it gets too far. Humanity is in a split between people who have little care, usually governments and oil companies, and people who want to see a safe and clean world for their future generations to thrive. Either way, it's evident that we need a reliable and strong source of power. It must provide clean energy without the emission of gases which contribute to climate change. Furthermore, it must be sustainable to produce and maintain, whilst posing minimal risk to humans and surrounding wildlife. Nuclear fits the bill pretty well. Countries like the UK have pledged to become carbon neutral by 2050. Could nuclear energy be the vehicle which facilitates such…
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Tesla Megapack: A New Untapped Market?

Tesla Megapack: A New Untapped Market?

Sustainable Energy, Tesla
(July 31st) Yesterday, Tesla announced its latest product in their rather underrepresented energy storage sector. It's called Megapack and it's incredible; here's why: Tesla Energy When most people think of Tesla, they think of cars, perhaps the Model 3, S or X. However, what they don't realise is that Telsa is much broader than purely a vehicle hardware company. In fact, they can easily be categorised into three main markets: Energy (generation and storage)TechnologyVehicle Hardware Megapack fits into the energy sector, specifically the energy storage sector. Due to the nature of Tesla, the Megapack will be filled with futuristic technology too, but this is mainly a hardware project. Back when Tesla was founded, when they were trying to retrofit a Lotus Elise with batteries, one of the main problems they…
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Electric Planes Could Take to the Skies, but It’s Not as Good as It Sounds.

Electric Planes Could Take to the Skies, but It’s Not as Good as It Sounds.

Sustainable Energy
With a global climate disaster on the horizon, we need to reduce carbon emissions everywhere; in every industry, in every sector. Could electric planes help us? One of those sectors is aviation, a huge contributor to global emissions. Of course, air pollution is the most commonly considered form of pollution, but there are other forms associated with planes. Let's explore the feasibility of electric planes? Could the future of aviation be solar? The History of Aviation There are two types of aircraft; lighter than air and heavier than air. As you can probably guess, if an aircraft is lighter than air, it weighs less than the weight of air which it would displace. Basically, it's less dense than air. Previously, the lighter than air model was widely used as we…
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Are Electric Ships The Future?

Are Electric Ships The Future?

Sustainable Energy
Currently, shipping is the world's worst polluter. But, why are they so bad and how could we make them greener. Could we take ships electric in the future? Conventional ships run off heavy oil fuel which is extremely inefficient and pollutes the ocean if it's spilt. Electric ships are faster, cleaner and safer. However, they struggle to take on long-distance trips such as from China to the US. The demand for shipping Although it seems like there are way more planes than there are cargo ships, most of your packages are actually shipped by freight. In fact, about 90% of packages worldwide are shipped. From when you order a package online, it's most likely dispatched by a Chinese warehouse and loaded onto a ship. Since most of the population of…
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Why Geothermal Is the Best Renewable Energy Source.

Why Geothermal Is the Best Renewable Energy Source.

Sustainable Energy
Since the recent claim by Theresa May to take the UK carbon neutral by 2050, I've been thinking about how it could be done. So it seems, if we'd considered the threat of climate change a decade or two ago, we could have made massive progress by now. The plan involves geothermal; here's the deal. Importantly, I'm not talking about geothermal as an energy source, it's just now a plausible option in many countries. Here's why: The problem with geothermal energy To understand the real problem with geothermal energy, you've got to understand the structure of the earth. Structure of the Earth. Source - CIVILBLOG Hopefully, you're familiar with the object in the image above, it's earth if you didn't get it! Generally, as you get closer to the core,…
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Lightyear One – Could future cars be solar electric?

Lightyear One – Could future cars be solar electric?

Electric Cars, Sustainable Energy
At the end of June 2019, Lightyear One first rolled out on a private road by itself. It rolled over the paving, followed by a team of anxious engineers hoping for the test to be successful. What I'm talking about is Lightyear One, one of the worlds first solar-powered electric cars which is planned for production. It's made by Lightyear, a Dutch brand which was created by the Eindhoven Solar Team. Who are the Eindhoven Solar Team? According to their website, Eindhoven Solar Team is a group of students who are working on the future that they want to live in. Seems like a good ethos right? The team won an annual 3000km solar powered race across Australia. Not only did they win it, they made the first working four…
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UK Becoming Carbon Neutral by 2050? Is It Enough?

UK Becoming Carbon Neutral by 2050? Is It Enough?

Electric Cars, Sustainable Energy
Recently, Theresa May committed the UK to 'net zero' emissions by 2050. According to May, it is a "moral duty to leave this world in a better condition than what we inherited". This would mean that the UK would become carbon neutral. To me, that sounds ambitious and highly unlikely, especially considering the damage which we have already done to the planet in our 200 000 years of modern human history. Being one of the larger global economies in the world, the UK was somewhat forced to take responsibility and action for the current situation of the climate. Let's explore the feasibility of this new pledge as well as the UK governments ability to implement it. What's the Big Deal with Climate Change? A data station in Mauna Loa, Hawaii…
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Solid-State Batteries – a revolutionary technology, or just another over-hyped product?

Solid-State Batteries – a revolutionary technology, or just another over-hyped product?

Electric Cars, Sustainable Energy
Solid State Batteries You've probably seen news on this 'revolutionary battery technology' recently if you are even remotely interested in this industry. It really is hard to miss. It's called solid-state battery technology, but you may have heard the term 'dry electrode' thrown about a bit with Tesla's acquisition of Maxwell technologies. However, dry-electrode batteries shouldn't be confused with solid state batteries, they're different. I'll cover that in another article. It really does sound convincing, with claims of up to 'double the range', 'significantly better durability' and 'faster charge times. However, is this technology really the future? Is it feasible to implement it to the mass market? How much research needs to be done? What are solid-state batteries? On the surface, this looks relatively complex, but it's core principle is…
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