This year, 2021, a number of things are coming together to help achieve a low-carbon future. In 25 years of reporting the environment patch I’ve never been so convinced that the world has the potential to change. It’s about politics: recent bolder climate commitments from the UK, the EU, incoming American President Joe Biden and even China. It’s about business: for the first time ever renewable energy investment will exceed that in fossil fuels. And it’s about timing: a post-Covid recovery year running up to the global COP26 climate summit in November. But mostly it’s about ideas – an eruption of climate change solutions. Applied human intelligence is the vaccine against climate change. I’ve been exploring 39 inspiring ideas – some already happening, some in development – and meeting the people behind the projects, who each put a big grin on my face. Here are five of the most intriguing: Robots driving a new wave of wind power; Climate friendly rice; Wood for good; Graze the Arctic; Super solar: UK-based company Oxford PV is combining silicon with a material called perovskite – a semi conductor mineral with a crystal structure of titanium calcium oxide – which turns the blue wavelengths into electrical energy. This chemical sandwich can increase the panels efficiency to 30-40%. They are going into production this year and expect early applications to be on rooftops where customers want to maximise the wattage from a confined area.
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