Tagged: energy

Seven tips for surviving the apocalypse - Guest Work

Guest Author Mar 10, 2017

By Lewis Dartnell, University of Westminster Billionaires who have made their fortunes in Silicon Valley seem to be worried about the future. So worried in fact, that some of them are reportedly buying vast estates in places such as New Zealand, as “apocalypse insurance” boltholes to head to in the event of doomsday scenarios such as nuclear attack … Read More

Fusion energy: A time of transition and potential - Guest Work

Guest Author Dec 01, 2016

By Stewart Prager, Princeton University and Michael C. Zarnstorff, Princeton University For centuries, humans have dreamed of harnessing the power of the sun to energize our lives here on Earth. But we want to go beyond collecting solar energy, and one day generate our own from a mini-sun. If we’re able to solve an extremely … Read More

Alan Jones goes after wind farms again, citing dubious evidence - Guest Work

Guest Author Nov 09, 2016

By Simon Chapman, University of Sydney Last week, Sydney radio announcer Alan Jones lambasted those concerned about climate change and what he called “renewable energy rubbish”. Jones has been loose with the facts in the past, having been Factchecked in 2015 after confusing kilowatts with megawatts and quoting a cost for wind power he later confessed “where … Read More

Magma power: how superheated molten rock could provide renewable energy - Guest Work

Guest Author Oct 30, 2016

By Pete Rowley, University of Portsmouth Iceland is about to tap into water as hot as lava. Several kilometres below ground, a drilling rig named Thor will soon penetrate the area around a magma chamber, where molten rock from the inner Earth heats up water that has seeped through the seafloor. This water – up to 1,000°C and … Read More

30 ways to sabotage the introduction of solar power [SPOILER – we’ve tried them all!] - Guest Work

Peter Griffin Aug 15, 2016

by George Jones If for some reason someone wished to delay the introduction of solar panels into New Zealand, here are some ideas on how to do it. 1. Insist that the electrical industry eliminate any incentives that might inadvertently have been imposed in the past.  Make sure that the Electricity Authority stamps out these incentives where it can, … Read More

Worth its weight: Building Insulation in New Zealand - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert May 23, 2016

Dr Kimberley O’Sullivan   Building insulation provides comfort and health benefits to occupants, saves energy, enhances energy security, and can reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This blog looks at these issues and wonders why the NZ Government is not doing more to enhance building performance and insulation standards when it is such a good investment. The recently … Read More