energy
Bill Gates-Backed Startup Uses AI to Create Solar Rays Hot Enough to Melt Steel

Like a kid burning holes in their toys using a magnifying glass, solar furnaces essentially do the same thing on a much grander scale. The larger an array of reflectors you can build, the bigger the sun-focusing lens you get. But a new startup is promising a better way to build solar furnaces using AI to reduce their footprint while boosting their power output. Read More >>

energy
Labour Plans to Overhaul Almost All UK Homes to Be More Energy Efficient at a Cost of Billions

Realising that environmental issues are the big draw this general election season, Labour announces its pricey Warm Homes for All scheme. Read More >>

energy
Government Ignores Objections to New Cumbrian Coal Mine

Objections to West Cumbria Mining's plan to open a new coal mine in the UK for the first time since forever have been dismissed by the government, so the Woodhouse Colliery project is definitely going to happen. Men will go back to digging it out, although probably with machinery and helmets and pensions now, and maybe some women even. Read More >>

energy
Smart Meters May One Day Be Useful and Fit For Purpose, Promises Environment Minister

A man who very seriously refers to himself as Lord Duncan of Springbank has been interrogated by a committee of MPs asking why smart meters are rubbish and no one wants to use them unless made to, with the mighty lord promising that a "Star Trek phase" of super advanced smart meter technology is on the way, bringing properly amazing delights like real-time tariff switching to customers. Read More >>

energy
Cuadrilla Promises to Pay Off the Loudest Complainers

People living within the Lancashire quake hotbed in and around a village we assure international readers really is called Little Plumpton are in for a pay day, as fracking firm Cuadrilla has agreed to compensate homeowners who have genuine cases of damage being caused to their houses by the series of small and not so small tremors triggered by fracking operations. Read More >>

energy
Amazon Buys 50 Megawatts of Scottish Wind Power

Amazon is about to get into the renewable energy business and is backing the build of a 50 megawatt onshore wind installation in Scotland, using the energy eventually generated to run its various Web Services needs in a publicity-friendly greener manner. Read More >>

energy
The UK Just Got More Power From Renewables Than Fossil Fuels, a First Since 1882

It’s been an eventful year for carbon-free energy in this country. First, Great Britain went a week without coal for the first time since the Industrial Revolution, then fired (wound?) up the world’s largest offshore wind farm. Read More >>

energy
Eden Project Plans Journey to the Centre of the Earth

Cornwall's staggeringly popular Eden Project attraction has secured enough money to fund its geothermal energy ambitions, and is to begin drilling a 4.5km-deep hole in the ground in order to harness heat from the rocks below the domes to power itself – and perhaps local homes – using the ultimate in ground-source heating. Read More >>

energy
Yorkshire’s Dogger Bank Signs Deal for 300 Giant Turbines

The consortium preparing the 3.6GW Dogger Bank offshore wind power project has signed a deal with a turbine provider, and it's gone for the biggest possible option in the form of the GE Renewable Energy Haliade-X – the 260m beasts capable of generating 12 MW apiece. Read More >>

energy
Cuadrilla “Demobilises” at Controversial Preston Fracking Site

Cuadrilla appears to have ended the fracking part of operations at its site in Lancashire, although it remains in business and is testing the flow rates of gas from a second well it pumped full of water back in August; before the quakes came and forced it to suspend all fracking. Read More >>

climate change
The World Is Installing a Tonne of Renewables, But Coal Could Screw Things Up

The International Energy Agency (IEA) expects the capacity for renewable energy to grow by almost 12 per cent this year. Gotta love us some solar and wind energy! The problem is, the world is still having a dirty love affair with coal. Read More >>

energy
Wales Agrees to Build New Gas-Burning Power Station

The Welsh government has granted planning permission for Drax – yes the same Drax that wants to capture carbon – to build an entirely gas-burning new power station outside of Swansea. The initial plans appear to show the chimneys pointing at the sky. Read More >>

energy
UK Government Has ‘Finally Recognised Reality’ and Pushed Back the Smart Meter Deadline to 2024

The smart meter roll out deadline for energy suppliers has been pushed back from 2020 to 2024. Read More >>

drones
Drone Attack on Oil Facilities Shuts Down Half Of Saudi Arabia’s Oil Production

Saudi Arabia has shut down approximately half of its oil production capacity after “coordinated drone strikes on facilities in [its] Eastern Province” set blazes at the Hijra Khurais oil field and Abqaiq, the world’s largest oil stabilisation facility, the Wall Street Journal reported. Read More >>

science
This Device Generates Electricity From Darkness

Scientists have created something of a reverse solar cell: a tool that generates electricity from the darkness of night. Read More >>