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Energy innovation is almost universally popular. For all the rising enthusiasm, investing in innovation remains a hazardous and uncertain business

Revolution needed to power the future

Breakthroughs in technologies needed to balance energy demand with global ambition to curb emissions

Carbon capture risks running out of steam

Hopes are fading for the widespread adoption of CO2 sequestration to help curb impact of fossil fuels

Photovoltaic progress: a view of the Beirut River Solar Snake, a 30m wide installation of PV panels over a river bed in the Lebanese capital
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Swanson’s Law provides PV ray of sunshine

Falling costs compared with those of fossil fuels are boosting appeal

Herbert Diess, chairman of the board of Volkswagen Brand, unveils the BUDD-e electric and connected car during a keynote address at CES International, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, in Las Vegas
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VW looks to camper concept with cool fuel

Carmaker in drive to make amends over emissions scandal

Experts set out vision for small-scale fission

More modest facilities allow greater flexibility and savings

The ITER cryostat

Hope springs eternal for fusion breakthrough

The hunt for an alternative to atom-splitting nuclear fission continues

Researchers seek artificial route to solar

Business leaders see commercial potential of a nascent energy source

Vehicle fleet needs to exploit shale gas glut

The fracking revolution is not about oil but gas, argues Yossie Hollander


Need for new ideas will just keep growing

Rising demand for energy will fuel innovation across the industry

Japan Begins Test Production of Frozen Gas Locked Under Seabed

Japan has high hopes for ‘flammable ice’

Methane hydrates could be big news for countries with no conventional oil or gas

Concrete plans for fusion’s standard bearer

ITER will cost $20bn but the potential benefits are huge

Reaping the benefits of renewable energy

Success of Bavarian ‘prosumers’ creates dilemma for German electricity system

Musk finds new way to store solar power

Tesla battery packs will hold electricity from solar panels

Solar alternative to dirty kerosene

Technology helps poor Africans avoid dirty, dangerous fuel

Project tests impact of low-carbon power

Paper industry close to energy breakthrough

A new technology would cut out grinding and cooking, saving on electricity