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Hunt for the superconductors

Friday - Physicists are on the lookout for room-temperature superconductors that could revolutionize the world’s energy system.

Clean energy cracker thing in a crisis

29 May 20 - Clean-energy companies are doing better in the covid-19 crisis than their fossil-fuel counterparts, says analytics company GlobalData.

How dangerous is low-level radiation for kids?

Far more children are now believed to have died as a result of the Chernobyl accident than at first thought. Image: By Michaù Lis on Unsplash

27 May 20 - A rethink on the risks of low-level radiation would imperil the nuclear industry’s future − perhaps why there’s never been one.

German coal generator fights Dutch coal phase-out

25 May 20 - Uniper is threatening to sue the Dutch government over a plan to phase out coal power by 2030, in a case experts warn could have a chilling effect on climate ambition internationally.

Hydrogen dream driven by greed, says expert

Steve Goldthorpe

21 May 20 - New Zealand’s dream of a hydrogen-powered economy is being driven by greedy oil industry investors and “enchanted” government officials, an energy analyst says.0

At last, a fair deal for our atomic love affair

18 May 20 - However you view the argument, nuclear passions run strong. A new film gives us a breathless ride through our atomic love affair.

Wind might pass coal sooner than we thought

14 May 20 - A milestone in the clean energy transition may arrive earlier than expected, with renewables overtaking coal as a leading source of electricity by the end of this year.


Ammonia is the energy future, say scientists

12 May 20 - Forget hydrogen – the energy future is ammonia, Australia researchers say.

New renewables capacity hit record in 2019

8 Apr 20 - Almost three quarters of new electricity generation capacity built in 2019 uses renewable energy, representing an all-time record.

Todd wins sole exploration permit

6 Apr 20 - Todd Corporation, the country’s largest privately owned energy company, has won the country’s only new licence to explore for oil and gas.

Blue energy revolution comes of age

3 Apr 20 - The amount of energy generated by tides and waves in the past decade has increased 10-fold. Now governments around the world are planning to scale up these ventures to tap into the oceans’ vast store...

Hydrogen not the answer for transport, says study

2 Apr 20 - Renewable hydrogen has the potential to slash the global greenhouse gas emissions of fossil fuel power generation by more than one-third, but it’s not the answer for low-carbon automotive transport,...

Offshore windfarms have future, say experts

30 Mar 20 - Offshore windfarms could stack up financially in New Zealand from the middle of the century, experts say.

Otaki sets up solar farm to power the town

23 Mar 20 - A new solar farm in Otaki will power the town’s wastewater plant and power the local high school, with profits being used for more community energy projects.

Emissions increase in some energy sectors

13 Mar 20 - New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions from electricity generation and burning fossil fuels rose at the end of last year.

Taranaki hydrogen project gets $20m boost

6 Mar 20 - The Government is putting nearly $20 million into the Ballance-Hiringa hydrogen project in Taranaki.

Green groups take on energy giant

4 Mar 20 - General Electric is in the sights of 65 environmental groups for promoting coal-fired power generation in 17 countries.

Not in five years, but holy grail of energy on its way

26 Feb 20 - Recent reports from scientists pursuing a new kind of nuclear fusion technology are encouraging, but we are still some distance away from the “holy grail of clean energy”.

Old batteries can be source of new energy

26 Feb 20 - Driving an electric-powered vehicle rather than one reliant on fossil fuels is a key way to tackle climate change and improve air quality − but it does leave the old batteries behind as a nasty...


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