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

Wednesday - 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

Wednesday - 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 residue.

Solar power booms just miles from the Arctic Circle

Wednesday - For years after northern Finland's largest printing plant blanketed its facility's eight roofs with solar panels, the curious beat a path to the extraordinary spectacle.

NZ risks missing biofuels chance, says industry

Tuesday - New Zealand risks missing the chance to use biofuels to develop fuel independence and avoid buying costly international carbon credits, officials are being told.

Z Energy offers free deal on offsetting

19 Feb 20 - Z Energy is moving into the offsetting business – for free.

Energy producers cut CO2 emissions

12 Feb 20 - Carbon dioxide emissions from energy production in the developed world has finally fallen to the level it was at in 1990, the Kyoto Protocol baseline year.

We must have certainty with ETS, says Ballance

Mark Wynne

11 Feb 20 - Investment in emissions-cutting new technology like hydrogen could be jeopardised by uncertainty over the Emissions Trading Scheme, fertiliser manufacturer Ballance Agri-Nutrients says.


Coronavirus halts work on Marsden solar plant

11 Feb 20 - Work on New Zealand’s largest solar farm has been put on hold because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Big solar projects running into trouble

11 Feb 20 - Some of the most ambitious large-scale solar projects have been plagued by delay, ultimately making them a financial burden rather than a beacon on the renewable power horizon.

How Big Oil's fake news fooled America

10 Feb 20 - For more than a century, oil industry spinmasters downplayed misdeeds, twisted facts, and cajoled the media into mimicking their talking points.

Fonterra plant dumps coal for wood pellets

31 Jan 20 - Fonterra’s Te Awamutu milk-processing plant is going coal-free.

Looking for the next battery breakthrough?

31 Jan 20 - The era of electric vehicles might have arrived, but the full potential of the technology has not.

Low lake levels lead to jump in emissions

13 Dec 19 - Greenhouse gas emissions jumped in the last part of the year as low lake levels forced the country to burn coal to make electricity.

Coal being cleaned out of schools and hospitals

12 Dec 19 - State schools, hospitals and science institutes are moving out of coal.

Cut hydrogen red tape, urges business sector

4 Dec 19 - Businesses say a hydrogen-export industry drastically cutting emissions from fossil fuels could be stymied by red tape and a failure to recognise the value of “blue” hydrogen.

Coal-fired electricity set for biggest fall in four decades

29 Nov 19 - The world’s use of coal-fired electricity is on track for its biggest annual fall on record this year after more than four decades of near-uninterrupted growth that has stoked the global climate...

The little windfarm that could ...

22 Nov 19 - It might not be on the scale of Mercury’s Turitea project, but New Zealand’s newest windfarm, on Stewart Island, will make a dent in the country’s greenhouse gas emissions.

We need to find ways to store extra energy

22 Nov 19 - When the grid depends on clean but sporadic natural resources like wind and the sun, we’re going to need ways to capture any extra energy they produce so we can use it later.

Bill Gates backs startup using sunlight to make 1000deg heat

21 Nov 19 - Bill Gates is backing a venture which aims to turn sunlight into a source of heat exceeding 1000degC that could help to replace fossil fuels.


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