John Johnston

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The wind industry in the United States is booming in 2014; it installed more in the first 9 months than it did during the whole of 2013, according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). The AWEA expects that 2014 will also finish strongly for the wind industry, and 2015 will be even more positive, [...]

US Can Almost Quadruple its Renewable Energy During Next 15 Years

by John Johnston October 21, 2014
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The United States can almost quadruple its renewable energy during the next 15 years, to reach 23% by 2030, a Union of Concerned Scientists (USC) study has found. In contrast, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed that the United Sates sets a goal of just 12% renewable energy by 2030. Further, the USC [...]

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3D Printed House Technology Wins ‘Create the Future Design Contest’

by John Johnston October 15, 2014
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New 3D printing technology for building construction, by Contour Crafting, has won the Create the Future Design Contest. The contest was launched over a decade ago by the publishers of NASA Tech Briefs, to encourage and honor innovation from engineers, students, and entrepreneurs. The new large-scale 3D printing technology, or “robotic building construction”, is able to print whole [...]

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Tesla Takes Electric Cars to the Next Level with AWD and ‘Autopilot’

by John Johnston October 13, 2014
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Although there was a lot of internet hype leading up to the Tesla “D” announcement, it still did offer something quite unexpected when Elon Musk finally revealed the new offering. Various pundits guessed correctly that the “D” stands for “Dual Motor”, which means this new version of the highly successful Model S is an all-wheel-drive; [...]

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LED Inventors Win Nobel Prize: ‘Greatest Benefit to Humankind’

by John Johnston October 8, 2014
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The 2014 Noble Prize in Physics has been won by the three scientists responsible for inventing blue light-emitting diodes, commonly known as LEDs. The Nobel Prize statement emphasised that the invention has enabled bright, energy-saving, environmentally friendly white light sources. It also noted that this particular award is in the spirit of the prize because it [...]

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Solar + Battery Storage May Soon be Cheaper Than Grid Power in Germany

by John Johnston October 6, 2014
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The cost of rooftop solar power plus battery storage could drop below the price of the average electricity bill in Germany, according to a new analysis by HSBC investment bank. Moreover, HSBC found that “the process of re-localisation of power production appears unstoppable.” Power generation systems with a capacity of 10 megawatts or less already [...]

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Munich Aiming for 100% Renewable Electricity by 2025

by John Johnston October 1, 2014
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The third largest city in Germany, Munich, has become a world leader in sustainability. Munich is aiming for 100% renewable electricity by 2025 – just 11 years away now. If Munich achieves its goal, it could become the first city with a population of over a million to do so. Overall, Europe has a target [...]

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Solar Likely to be World’s Main Source of Electricity by 2050: IEA

by John Johnston September 29, 2014
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Solar is likely to become the world’s main source of electricity by 2050, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has announced ahead of a new report. Assisted by the continuation of rapidly declining costs for solar, the IEA estimates that solar panel (PV) systems could generate up to 16% of the world’s electricity by 2050. Solar [...]

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DiCaprio to UN Climate Summit: ‘You Can Make History, or Be Vilified By It’

by John Johnston September 24, 2014
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Why is it that celebrities are often the ones to represent “concerned citizens” in front of the United Nations? No doubt because it does tend to bring a lot of attention to the important and pressing issues represented, such as climate change and gender equality – to name just two very recent examples. In any case, famous [...]

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Heirs of Rockefeller Oil Fortune to Ditch Fossil Fuel Investments

by John Johnston September 22, 2014
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In a momentous and hugely symbolic move, the heirs of John D Rockefeller’s oil fortune, built form Standard Oil, have announced that they are divesting their funds from fossil fuel interests. The family will add the weight of its $860 million philanthropic organization, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, to the growing fossil fuel divestment movement that [...]

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