Michael Hamilton

471 Flips | 13 Magazines | 14 Likes | 7 Following | 41 Followers | @MichaelHami7lqc | Keep up with Michael Hamilton on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “Michael Hamilton”

'Baseload Is Poison' And 5 Other Lessons From Germany's Energy Transition

Baseload power is not the answer to the variability of renewable energy, a German energy official said Friday, and energy storage may not be the answer either.<p>Germany has achieved moments in its <i>Energiewende</i>, or Energy Transition, in which renewables met 100 percent of demand without the aid of …

Natural Gas

A radical US startup has successfully fired up its zero-emissions fossil-fuel power plant

The US energy startup, Net Power, has announced that it has successfully fired up its natural-gas plant in La Porte, Texas. In the age of climate change, when reducing emissions should be our primary goal, it may sound odd to celebrate the launch of a fossil fuel-burning plant. But Net Power is …

Fossil Fuels

Burnout Scenario Says Oil Loses $21 Trillion By 2040 As Coal Price Collapses

Surprisingly it’s not a carbon price or policy that is likely to drive this loss, but innovation and developments in technology which are redesigning the world in which we live. The energy markets are facing a paradigm shift, like the telecoms market before the advent of the internet.<p>This is …

Fossil Fuels

If Solar Panels Are So Clean, Why Do They Produce So Much Toxic Waste?

The last few years have seen growing concern over what happens to solar panels at the end of their life. Consider the following statements:<p><b>The problem of solar panel disposal “will explode with full force in two or three decades and wreck the environment” because it “is a huge amount of waste and</b> …

Solar Power

Texas official: Millennials and ‘especially students’ are responsible for oil and gas work shortage

He called climate education the "biggest threat" to the industry.<p>A Texas official says that millennials and “especially students” are posing a …

The first 200-kW wireless charging system for electric buses is deployed

We have been skeptical about the usefulness of current wireless charging systems for electric vehicles, but now a new interesting system with a record charge rate (almost double Tesla’s current Supercharger) has been deployed for the first time and it is made specifically for electric buses.<p>We …

Giant Wind Turbines Start to Pay Off and Investors Want More

The expanding network of giant windmills in the North Sea -- the largest such collection in the world -- is turning into a windfall for some bankers …

Renewable Energy

Carbon Isn’t Just A Danger–It’s Also An Opportunity

We can build a new carbon economy, which lowers the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere while also delivering shared prosperity for a growing global population.<p>Back when he was CEO of ExxonMobil, Rex Tillerson basked in the aura of invincibility that has long surrounded Big Oil. Right now, …

Start-up wins award for turning car batteries into household power

Relectrify co-founder Valentin Muenzel said the company’s technology repurposes electric vehicle batteries allowing households to use them in a …

World's most powerful wind turbine installed - and one rotation of its blades can fuel average UK home for a day

The world's most powerful wind turbine - that can fuel a house with a single turn of its blades - has been launched in UK waters.<p>Vattenfall confirmed …

Alcoa Teams With Phinergy to Develop Claimed 1,000-Mile Aluminum Air Battery Technology (w/video)

Is a 1,000-mile EV battery even possible? Well, Israeli-based Phinergy claims it certainly is. Here’s a look at the claims presented:<p><i>Aluminum-air</i> …

Texas-Sized Gas Conundrum Plagues America's Busiest Oil Play

America’s most prolific oil field is now its worst market for natural gas.<p>A pipeline shortage that’s leaving gas trapped in West Texas’ Permian Basin …

Oil & Gas Industry

In World's First 3-D Printed Home Community, Houses will be Built in a Day for $4000

Tech gets a bad rap for serving developed economies in the interest of money-making. It often takes a few cycles for the technologies that are truly …

Kenyan Pay-As-You-Go Solar Energy Provider Secures New Round Of Funding

A child in Kenya holds a solar light sold by M-Kopa. Photo: gigaom.com<p>Kenyan pay-as-you-go solar energy provider M-KOPA Solar has secured a new round …

UK wind energy breaks output records. Again.

<b>This is very good news. So much so that it might soon stop being news.</b><p>I regularly say this, but large-scale wind energy was really nowhere to be seen …

New Mexico regulators OK massive wind farms near Texas

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico regulators on Wednesday approved a $1.6 billion plan that calls for building two massive wind farms along the …

New lithium-air battery survives hundreds of cycles

Reaction with CO₂ gives lithium a protective coat that holds up to oxygen.<p>Batteries supply electrons by undergoing reversible chemical reactions. …

Nissan lights up a tsunami-damaged town with used Leaf batteries

Nissan's Reborn Light project combines solar panels and old batteries<p>One thing about electric cars is that at some point they will become old electric cars. And old electric cars have old batteries, which are a terrible thing to waste – no matter if they're in a car that has reached the end of its …

Analysis: UK carbon emissions in 2017 fell to levels last seen in 1890

Carbon Brief analysis shows the UK’s CO2 emissions from fossil fuels fell by 2.6% in 2017, driven by a 19% decline in coal use.This follows on the …

U.S. Utilities Want Carbon Pricing And Stable Policy. That's Bad News For Trump's Agenda.

The definitive annual survey of North American utilities reveals widespread acceptance of clean energy, overwhelming support for carbon pricing, a nearly unanimous rejection of coal, and clear desire for stable policy – unfortunate news for the Trump Administration’s energy agenda.<p>Utility Dive’s …

Fossil Fuels

Tough Talk As Oklahoma's Wind Industry Becomes A Political Target

Here's how contentious the wind industry has become in Oklahoma: When a state representative discovered a GPS tracker on his pickup truck late last year, he immediately suspected the industry, in an allegation straight out of a political thriller.<p>"I pissed off a huge corporation," Rep. Mark McBride …

Renewable Energy

Can Wind Speed Data Really Predict Pattern Energy Earnings?

In my previous article, I proposed that monthly average wind speed data available from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) …

Renewable Energy

Small old wind towers make for big new problems

One source of clean energy is turning into a dirty problem for Europe.<p>The Continent’s first wind farms, built three decades ago, now host many towers …

Hydroelectric Power

How Texas used a free market to reduce electricity prices and pollution

Electric competition in Texas recently passed its 16th anniversary, and our citizens continue to reap the benefits of a market, rather than a …

Fossil Fuels

APS, First Solar plan large West Valley solar power plant with giant battery

The batteries can deliver 50 megawatts of power, enough for 12,500 homes, for three hours. The solar panels will have a capacity of 65 megawatts.

New desalination membrane produces both drinking water and lithium

Seawater is a complex cocktail of useful minerals, but it's hard to separate out the specific ones we need. Now, a team of scientists from Australia …

Wastewater

There’s a Global Race to Control Batteries—and China Is Winning

Chinese companies dominate the cobalt supply chain that begins at mines in Congo<p>By<p>Scott Patterson and<p>Russell Gold<p>KOLWEZI, Democratic Republic of Congo—Miners push bicycles piled high with bags of a grayish-blue ore along a dusty road to a makeshift market. There, they line up at wholesalers with …

Electric Vehicles

New York's $6 billion plan for offshore wind shows that oil drilling really is on the way out

New York is getting serious about offshore wind.<p>Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled a plan earlier this month to develop $6 billion of offshore wind projects off the southern coast of Long Island by 2028 and predicted that the industry would bring 5,000 jobs to the state. The plan calls for developing …