On Earth Day 2017 I Ask What Will It Take to Not Have to Have an Earth Day 2100?

April 22, 2017 – Today we honour the Earth in a tradition that is now going on almost 50 years. The first Earth Day was instituted during the administration of President Richard ... Continue Reading →

Scientists Describe Path to Ten Terawatts of Energy from Sunlight by 2030

April 21, 2017 – Scientists from the United States, Japan, and Germany have outlined how the planet can get solar capacity up to 10 terawatts in the next 13 years. In 2015 solar ... Continue Reading →

New Passive Radiative Film Could Mean No More AC for Hot Summer Days

March 30, 2017 – Passive radiative cooling is a phenomenon that occurs when sunlight strikes the icy surface of an ocean or a blanket of snow. Instead of the energy being converted ... Continue Reading →

Google Project Sunroof Coverage Expands to All 50 States

March 17, 2017 – Back in 2015, I wrote about the launch of a Google initiative to assess the solar capacity of the roofs across the United States. At the time Project Sunroof ... Continue Reading →

Gizmos & Gadgets: MicroStorage Energy Provides Dual-Power Capability for Solar Installations

March 2, 2017 – A new energy storage system produced by JLM Energy, a California-based company, professes to the be the first dual system for integrating solar power, batteries ... Continue Reading →

The Driverless Car Revolution is Getting Closer and It Means Big Changes

January 4, 2017 – Thomas Frey is a futurist and in his latest musing about autonomous vehicles he describes them as “the most disruptive technology in all history.” ... Continue Reading →

Speculation on the Future of Fossil Fuels

December 21, 2016 – In the Northern Hemisphere we have arrived at the Winter Solstice. Here in Toronto it means daylight lasting a little more than nine hours. And as the amount ... Continue Reading →

Gizmos & Gadgets: A Solar Roof That Will Cost You Less Than a Normal Roof Plus the Cost of Electricity

October 29, 2016 – Yesterday in Los Angeles Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, Solar City and SpaceX went on an outdoor stage surrounded by homes with roofs studded with solar panels. His ... Continue Reading →

Added Renewable Electricity Generation Surpassed Fossil Fuel Plants in 2015

October 26, 2016 – For the first time renewable energy growth exceeded all other electrical power generation technologies added in the last year. States Dr. Fatih Birol, Executive ... Continue Reading →

Australia Combines Solar and Pumped Storage at Abandoned Gold Mine Site

September 14, 2016 – For more than a century Kidston, Australia was a gold mining town but in 2001 that all came to an end. The mine shut down and what was left were the remnants ... Continue Reading →