Rethinking Energy

China’s ‘no waste’ energy drive and fast-growing electric vehicle sector; energy-harvesting tech in remote areas; oil groups face conflicting shareholder demands; the quest for ‘cleaner barrels’; the mismatch between green intentions and consumer reality

Technologies will stem trash tides but as a source of renewable energy their utility is limited

Once the economics make sense, even the doubters will catch up with the new reality

Era of mass sensors will require new sources of power

Oil groups face competing financial and ethical pressures from different quarters

There is a tension between rhetoric and consumer behaviour

The greenhouse impact of simply producing oil and gas is under closer scrutiny

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Persistent methane leakage belies industry’s green claims

Lithium-ion costs are following the path of solar and falling, only faster

Emerging markets leave developed nations behind in race for renewable power

The state is targeting solar power in new houses but some question the true cost benefits

Microgrids enable businesses to function normally during outages caused by extreme weather

The industrial workhorse is an ideal base for building infrastructure and cutting costs

Environmentally conscious consumers have regulators to thank for reduced energy use

Self-generation of power by consumers means utility companies must reassess traditional supply models

Passive House buildings are set to cut power consumption dramatically

Different stimulus is needed to encourage carbon capture and storage