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batteriesMolten Salt Heat Energy Storage and Efficiency of Conversion of Heat to Electricity

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MIT researchers have a new energy storage design that will store heat generated by excess electricity from solar or wind power in large tanks of white-hot molten silicon. It converts the light from the glowing metal back into electricity to …

energyExamining Challenges and Chances for a Successful Coup in Venezuela

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Nextbigfuture wrote several articles in early 2018, where we looked at the rapid economic and social collapse in Venezuela and believed it would lead to a military coup. Nextbigfuture predicted the coup would happen by the end of 2018. There …

batteriesEngineering the Transformation of Civilization and Winning the Future as a Nation

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Now we have X and Y and they’re the best things to have. But Z is a thing of the future. And if we don’t get a piece of that action, we risk everything we have. I mean not now, …

energyQatar Withdrawing From OPEC and Would be First Mideast Member to Leave

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Qatar announced on Monday it would withdraw from OPEC because it wants to increase production more than Saudi Arabia will permit. This would be the first Mideast member to leave. Only Indonesia has ever left in the past. OPEC started …

chinaFuture Trade War Balance of Power From Now to 2055

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The Trade Wars have revealed that true power is consumer market spending power and having control of key production and production inputs. Economic power is consumer market power and lack of production supply chain weaknesses. Trade War Reveals Production Dependence …

chinaPeter Zeihan Makes Bad Predictions With Bad Premises

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Peter Zeihan is a geopolitical strategist who specializes in global energy, demographics and security. He has been quoted in national and international media on a variety of geopolitical topics. He makes a prediction in the video below about the breakup …

climateAverage American Family Emits Over Four Hot Air Balloon Volumes of CO2 per Year

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The UN Emissions Gap Report shows that global emissions have reached another record high level of 53.5 billion tons of CO2 equivalent. Only 57 countries (representing 60 percent of global emissions) are on track to reach a peak in emissions …

energyTaiwan Votes for Nuclear Power

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Taiwanese voters on Saturday decisively rejected the government’s phase-out of nuclear power, 59% to 41%. After shutting down a nuclear reactor, Taiwan had a black-out in 2017 that threatened the vital semiconductor industry. A Trend Survey Research poll commissioned by …

carbon nanotubesSelf-Assembled Carbon Nanotube Antennas for Solar Power Revolution

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NovaSolix’s carbon nanotube (CNT) antennas are small enough to match the nano-scale wavelengths of sunlight. Antennas can convert electromagnetic spectrum much more efficiently than photovoltaic (PV) cells. When perfected, NovaSolix antennas will capture over four times the energy of current …

batteriesPanasonic and Tesla Could Upgrade Model S and X batteries in 2019

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Elon Musk wrote on Twitter that Battery cell production for Gigafactory 3 in Shanghai will be sourced locally, most likely from several companies including Panasonic. The current sole Tesla battery supplier Panasonic will double down on the partnership and plans …