The world’s space agencies are already working on the technology that would move a significant part of energy production from Earth to space. The Kardashev Scale, created by Nikolai Kardashev in 1967, measures the development of a civilisation in two ways: technological development and energy production.
Technical support was provided by Boeing and fuel by World Energy. Transport is one the drivers of greenhouse gas emissions, and it is no coincidence that this is an area where a lot of effort is being put into finding greener and more sustainable alternatives to existing solutions.
Radiant’s microreactor can be deployed anywhere and used by both the military and civilians – a new era in energy. One of the most interesting trends in the energy sector lately has been micro-reactors or nuclear batteries (NB). Microreactors reflect a completely new approach, as the tendency so far has been to build huge and expensive power plants capable of generating a lot of energy, and then deliver it to the consumer. The next stage is modular reactors, which can be built more quickly from prefabricated components but deliver slightly less energy than conventional reactors.
Produced from hydrogen and carbon dioxide, the aim is to take a bite out of aviation’s ecological footprint. The one thing you can’t put your finger on about synthetic kerosene – which, according to the announcement, will be produced in Germany for the first time in the world – is that it’s cheap.
China’s CATL announced that they have made a sodium-ion battery. Production of the new automotive batteries, which are much more cold tolerant than lithium batteries, will start in 2023.
Higher energy density, lower environmental impact, longer lifetime, orders of magnitude shorter charging time, less flammable, cheaper production, to name just a few of the futuristic goals of dozens of battery technology research labs. But the basic research is still going on.