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Solar Power Prices Dropping Faster Than Ever

In 2011, I wrote a piece for Scientific American on the exponential price decline in solar power. I haven't had a chance to fully update that piece, but two quick notes.   First, the price decline in solar cost per … Continue reading

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Income, Energy Use, and Life Expectancy

One of the best indicators of human well-being is life expectancy.  High life expectancy means low infant mortality. It also, almost invariably, correlates with high access to food, medicine, shelter, and education, and low levels of disease and violence.  So … Continue reading

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Energy Storage Gets Exponentially Cheaper Too

At MIT Technology Review today was an article on Sun Catalytix’s new flow battery intended for grid-scale storage, which Sun Catalytix believes will drop grid-scale storage prices in half.  As the article notes, several other storage technology companies are also … Continue reading

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Pieces I’ve Written Around the Web

Over the last few months (and a bit over the past few years) I wrote a number of pieces around the web, primarily on energy, sustainability, genetically modified foods, and economic growth.  I did a poor job of linking to … Continue reading

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Pricing Nature to Save the Planet

New Scientist, covering Rio+20, talks about putting a price on the natural world: Green economics, the theory goes, will work by quantifying nature and giving it a cash value. As Steiner put it: “Factoring natural capital into the bottom line … Continue reading

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Combining Current Tech Could Make Solar Cheaper than Coal

By the end of the decade, manufacturers in the United States could make solar panels that are less than half as expensive as the ones they make now. That would be cheap enough for solar power to compete with electricity … Continue reading

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Innovation as the Infinite Resource: My Talk at Chicago Ideas Week

Innovation as the Infinite Resource:  Ramez Naam at Chicago Ideas Week

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Carbon Nanotubes Could Replace Rare Earth Indium in Solar Cells

A frequently voiced concern about solar energy is the dependence of solar cells on rare earth elements such as indium.  While rare earth elements are actually far more plentiful than their name suggests, it’s also encouraging to see studies showing … Continue reading

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A roadmap for growing prosperity while saving the planet

Chris Jablonski at ZDnet interviewed me recently about my next book, The Infinite Resource.   Here’s a short excerpt.  Click at the link at the bottom to read the whole interview. In your upcoming book, The Infinite Resource – Growing … Continue reading

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My WFS2011 Talk: The Infinite Resource: Growing Prosperity While Reducing Impact on the Earth

I gave at talk this morning at the World Future Society 2011 Conference in Vancouver.   The talk was entitled The Infinite Resource:  Growing Prosperity While Reducing Impact on the Earth, and it looks at what the ultimate limits of growth … Continue reading

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