Energy

Energy or ‘smart energy’ tech companies are in the process of disrupting an industry that has essentially ruled unchallenged for a century. The rise in the efficiency of solar power and the storage capacity of smart batteries – in tandem – has brought about a revolution in energy supply and is knocking ‘big oil’ of its trillion dollar perch. In many countries around the world, solar energy output is now a major contributor to the energy grid.

Andrew Lockley looks at how to invest in solar power – the one huge technology that will change everything.
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Farah Nayeri interviewed Mark Jacobson, a Stanford University professor, who has a plan to convert all 50 states in the US to renewable energy.
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As solar energy gets cheaper and more efficient, the number of new installations is growing exponentially. Here, Nick O’Connor looks at the solar revolution, and what it means for you.
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What if a new energy emerged as a genuine contender for the world’s number one fuel source, removing millions, even billions, of dollars of demand for oil?
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