In this week’s\u00a0Energy Trends – Can Renewables Replace Fossil Fuels we look at how the renewables promise is shaping up.Can renewable energy take the place of fossil fuels as the leading supplier of energy to the global electricity grid?What happens when renewable energy floods the grid? How are renewables doing in the US compared to nucleur? When will renewables reach a tipping point? What about tidal energy Finally, will solar be used in flight? Power Worth Less Than Zero Spreads as Green Energy Floods the GridAs solar and wind energy begin to bring more frequent bursts of energy to the grid around the world, traditional utilities companies running power stations are having to deal with a new problem… negative pricing.Germany is leading the charge for number of hours in 2018 with negative pricing for energy production on the grid.Other areas like Australia and California, as well as the countries that Germany’s grid feeds, are also affected.When a glut of energy from renewables feeds the grid, traditional means of generating power, like coal and gas plants, get a signal to turn off generation. That’s easier said than done with these old plants.This is a nice problem to have, and shows that with proper planning, energy storage solutions, and a distributed grid, renewables can solve our electricity generation needs.\u201cWe are seeing the end of the energy mainframe. The world will have to learn new techniques — how to invest in small-scale distributed energy\u201d –\u00a0Neil Eckert, chairman of\u00a0Aggregated Micro Power Holdings PlcRead more at Bloomberg US Renewables Are Closing In on Nuclear GenerationFollowing on from negative pricing, we’re also seeing how renewables are close to beating nucleur in terms of the amount of power generated in the US.In the first five months of 2018, renewables (20.17 per cent) produced more electricity than nuclear (20.14 per cent).Cheap solar and wind was primarily the reason, but hydro-electric power, geothermal, and bio-mass are all included in the renewables section.The tide is definitely turning even in pro-Republican, anti-climate change action states: renewables are outperforming nuclear in over half of all states.The analysis of EIA data was performed by Sun Day Campaign.Read more at Green Tech Media When Renewables Replace Fossil FuelsWhen will renewables reach a tipping point where they replace fossil fuels for energy production?Analysts from the big oil companies think it won’t happen for decades: BP thinks 35 years, Exxon says 76, the IEA has recently cut its estimate from 60 to 35 years.Other analysts think it will be much sooner based on the increased rate of production coming from wind and solar versus the rate of increase in global demand for energy.We stand “at the onset of the biggest disruption in oil markets ever” –\u00a0Rabah Arezki, head of commodities at the International Monetary FundRead more of the 2017 report at Stratfor Tidal Energy Projects Proliferating Around the WorldA dark horse in the renewables race is tidal energy.It has less support than solar and wind yet it’s more predictable and been around since medieval times.The basic tenet of tidal energy is using falling water to spin turbines.Many countries like\u00a0the U.S., Canada, the U.K., France, China, Russia, South Korea, and India, are utilizing tidal energy.Watch the following video about the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Scotland and the Orkney Islands pioneering tidal energy production with the help of Simec Atlantis Energy:Read more at Industry Tap A Solar-Powered Aircraft Just Flew for a Record 26 Days StraightFinally, we look at something other than energy production… the use of renewables in flight.Airbus’s\u00a0Zephyr S solar-powered plane just recently flew a record 26 days minus 3 hours straight.Don’t get too excited yet though… this is more a drone than a passenger aircraft.Its potential uses as a pseudo-satellite are multiple ranging from Internet delivery to monitoring wild fires.Read more at QZRelated Articles from Nikolas Badminton:The Future of Fuel and Transportation in 2030 and 2050Energy Trends \u2013 Hoover Dam, 100% Renewable Samoa & Oil Price Plummet in 2019?The End of Oil in Canada and Our Exponential FutureNikolas is a world-leading Futurist Speaker that drives leaders to take action in creating a better world for humanity. He promotes exponential thinking along with a critical, honest, and optimistic view that empowers you with knowledge to plan for today, tomorrow, and for the future.Contact him\u00a0to discuss how to engage and inspire your audience. You can also see more of Nikolas\u2019 thoughts on his Futurist Speaker VLOGs as he publishes them in this\u00a0Youtube playlist.Please\u00a0SUBSCRIBE\u00a0to Nikolas\u2019 Youtube channel so that you don\u2019t miss any as they come up. You can see more of his thoughts on\u00a0Linkedin,\u00a0Twitter, and bookmarked research on\u00a0Tumblr.