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The End of the Internal Combustion Engine

Even the name conjures images of the industrial revolution - the internal combustion engine. At its inception it was a marvel of moving parts and complicated interactions delicately balanced yet prone to failure if not constantly attended to, dazzling us with raw power that hid its dirty secrets. But no matter how many flavours were

September 21st, 2017|Tags: , , |

The Adani Disaster

We have all witnessed the calamitous floods and destructive forces hurricanes Harvey and Irma have unleashed on Texas and Florida. Similar and even more devastating flood events have affected over 40 million people in India, Bangladesh and Nepal. At the same time forest fires are raging across the US and Canada.   Meanwhile, New

September 12th, 2017|Tags: , , |

The Importance of Professor Goodenough

John Goodenough is not a household name, yet the majority of households in the developed world make use of his discoveries virtually every day. It was Professor Goodenough who oversaw the major breakthrough in lithium ion battery technology during his time at Oxford University where he brewed the secret sauce for modern lithium batteries back in the late seventies

The Technological Breakthrough in Energy Storage

An opinion blog by MEC as our contribution to the 2017 Engage Global Social Media Competition: Technology for a Sustainable Future. We often hear climate deniers and those opposed to renewable energy state "the wind doesn't blow all the time and the sun doesn't shine at night" as a kind of dismissive mantra on clean energy

January 1st, 2017|

Four Major Cities Ban Diesel

Dieselgate, the scandal that exploded the myth of clean diesel, was the final nail in the coffin for this highly toxic carcinogen. Dead but not yet buried the writing has been on the wall for some time that diesel is 'fuel non grata' in many cities of the world with Paris, Madrid, Mexico City and

December 5th, 2016|

41 Insane Facts About Tesla Motors

The case for electric cars may seem clear to many of us, even while the authorities and sworn petrol-heads refuse to see sense. The truth is that we rely on a handful of visionary industrialists and politicians to invest in infrastructure, publicity and incentives while we try to enjoy the benefits and spread the word

Electric Vehicles – A Missed Opportunity for Australia?

The Slow Shuffle toward Electric Cars The emergence of electric cars as a viable alternative to fossil fuel based vehicles is an exciting and most needed environmental intervention in Australian society today. Unfortunately, despite the obvious benefit this new mode of transport offers to proactive climate change initiatives, it has taken a while for the

September 1st, 2016|Tags: |