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Article From 1975: The World Will Be Out Of Oil By 2015

The idea of peak oil has haunted us for decades. I say haunt because the concept that sooner or later we’d run out of the stuff has contributed to some terrible public policy in the United States.

Australia Gets Tesla's Powerwall Battery Later This Year

That’s right. Tesla’s much-talked-about Powerwall — the battery that can power your entire house — will be available in the Australian market from late this year. Tesla, the company best known for its Model S electric sedan, is launching Tesla Energy in Australia, which will bring products including both the residential Powerwall and the industrial scaled Powerpack to our shores.

Meanwhile In The Future: We Have Changed The Climate With Wind Turbines

According to the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, about 2.3 per cent of America’s power is generated by wind. But wind power is becoming wildly popular all over the world. What would happen if a company put up so many wind turbines that they actually changed the climate on Earth? That’s the subject of this week’s podcast.

The Future Will Run On Algae

In the 20th century, oil was black gold. But as we march deeper into the twenty-first century, we could have a lucrative new fuel on our hands. One that’s blue-green and sometimes a little smelly. It’s found in wastewater, but it’s capable of powering jets. It’s algae.

Wind Power In South Australia, And No Angry People

Almost 150 wind turbines are built or nearing completion around Snowtown in the north of South Australia. It’s the state’s biggest wind farm, and the towers dotting the landscape stretch 30 kilometres — but homeowners and residents are apparently happy with developer Trustpower’s clean energy project.

There's Gross Alternative Fuel Just Hanging Out In The Sewers

Everybody knows about using oil as a fuel source, but London is putting a new spin on the concept. Soon, the city will be mining its own sewers to bring up glorious globs of old cooking grease and melting them down into fuel. Delicious.

Cars Will Soon Harvest Their Own Waste, Turn Exhaust Into Energy

General Motors Thermoelectric Generator This module could capture waste heat in your car’s exhaust and convert it to energy, improving fuel economy in a Chevy Suburban by 3 per cent. GM

The Next Alternative Energy Source: Electricity Out Of Thin Air

It’s been coined “hygroelectricity”, which means “humidity electricity”, and scientists are already in the early stages of developing devices to harness it. What is “it” exactly? “It” is electrically charged water droplets hanging in the atmosphere.

Cheap, Printed Solar-Powered LEDs Could Change 1.5 Billion Lives

Photovoltaic cells printed on sheets aren’t news, nor are LEDs and ultrathin lithium batteries. What’s news is a combination of the three which can help give light to 1.5 billion people who live in impoverished areas without access to electricity.

Apparently We Can Turn Carbon Dioxide Into Eco-Friendly Biofuels Now

Singaporean researchers at the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology have devised a way to convert carbon dioxide into clean-burning biofuel methanol, using a safe, non-toxic process. Has mankind defeated the final boss of Global Warming?

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