Small Modular Nuclear Reactors. The Verdict

From Just Have a Think. Small Modular Nuclear Reactors are yet another apparently promising ‘silver bullet’ style solution to the Net Zero challenge. All the reliable, safe, baseload power of large centralised nuclear power stations but without the huge cost overspends and crippling project delays. What’s not to like, eh? Great on paper…but do Small…

Perovskite Solar PV. FINALLY some good news!

From Just Have a Think. Perovskite is not a material most of us will have come across in normal daily life, but it has the potential to take solar photovoltaics to levels of efficiency that were previously thought to be impossible. The question of course, is the same one we ask about all new ‘energy…

Battery Energy Revolution. What now?

From Just Have a Think. Battery energy storage is already shaking up the automotive industry. But developers are constantly looking for ways to increase energy density, decrease battery pack weight, and add range to their vehicles. It’s not just car makers though. The aviation industry is watching progress on battery technology very closely indeed. Now…

Will your next battery be based on salt?

From Just Have a Think. Sodium-Ion battery technology promised a lot when it first hit our headlines more than two years ago. But has it delivered? Well, let’s find out… Help support this channels independence at http://www.patreon.com/justhaveathink Or with a donation via Paypal by clicking here https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=GWR73EHXGJMAE&source=url You can also help keep my brain ticking…

How to fix the climate by 2030?

From Just Have a Think. Global leaders recently agreed to triple renewables capacity by 2030 while doubling energy efficiency. That’ll solve all our problems, they tell us. And it will ensure the world gets to the apparent Holy Grail of ‘Net Zero’ by 2050. But is any of what they say really achievable? Help support…

If BIG OIL fails, do we all go down with it??

From Just Have a Think. The International Energy Agency just released a new paper analysing how oil and gas will dwindle in the next three decades to a small fraction of their current size, basically making non-combustible products. But that means many fossil fuel producers will fall by the wayside. If they do, will they…

Moving waste heat from industry to homes.

From Just Have a Think. 50% of global energy generation is heat, much of which is used for industrial processes. As much as 50% of that industrial heat is simply lost to the atmosphere each year. Industry is often too far from cities to be connected by pipework. So, how about a well insulated shipping…

Global Energy Transition. Are we winning?

From Just Have a Think. The Global Energy Transition is the most profound change to human civilisation since the end of the last glacial period about 11,000 years ago. There will be winners and losers, and as a result some are trying to slow or even stop the disruption of their established markets. We all…

The money men know the truth about planetary boundaries!

From Just Have a Think. Scientists have identified nine so-called ‘Earth System boundaries’ beyond which life on our planet will become extremely difficult for many species, not least us humans. That analysis has often been met with scepticism, but risk managers at the world’s largest financial institutions have been watching the rapid ‘real-world’ changes in…

This energy storage technology is HOT STUFF!

From Just Have a Think. Rondo Energy just secured $60 million of funding from some of the world’s shrewdest investors. So, can they now achieve their goal of a 90GWh per annum production facility for their simple heat battery technology, reducing global industrial CO2 emissions by 12 MILLION tonnes per year? Time will tell! Help…

We need to talk about ANTARCTICA…AGAIN!!

From Just Have a Think. Global ocean surface temperatures are so high that climate scientists are describing them as "off the charts". September 2023 global average surface temperatures obliterated the previous record high, causing those same scientists to declare the result ‘shocking’ and ‘out of control’. The consequences for the world’s largest ice sheet are…