Each Monday\u00a0Nikolas Badminton, Futurist Speaker, shares the top 3 to 5 energy revolution stories that have been revealed to the world in the past week.In Energy Revolutions \u2013\u00a0Diamonds are forever\u00a0we look at the trends that we should be aware of today, December\u00a05th, 2016.\u00a0We\u00a0see\u00a0nuclear diamonds, space-based solar power, rising electric vehicle sales, and taking a bit out of oil usage.\u2018Diamond-age\u2019 of power generation as nuclear batteries developedNew technology has been developed that uses nuclear waste to generate electricity in a nuclear-powered battery. A team of physicists and chemists from the University of Bristol have grown a man-made diamond that, when placed in a radioactive field, is able to generate a small electrical current. The development could solve some of the problems of nuclear waste, clean electricity generation and battery life.Read more at The University of BristolHouston, we have power: Space-based solar power could be the final frontier in renewable energyBut since the 1960s, a group of researchers from NASA and the Pentagon have been thinking outside the box \u2014\u00a0or in this case, outside the atmosphere. Solar power captured in outer space would not be limited by nighttime hours or cloud cover. And \u2014 unlike 23 percent of current incoming solar energy \u2014 it wouldn\u2019t be absorbed by water vapor, dust and ozone before reaching us. Finally, because space solar is constant, it wouldn\u2019t need to be stored, which can lead to energy losses of up to 50 percent. In other words, taking our solar panels from the ground to the cosmos could be a great deal more efficient. It may also be key to humanity\u2019s survival.\u201cIn countries right now where they\u2019re trying to deal with poverty, water scarcity, poor health, lack of education and political instability \u2014 these are all things you need energy in order to fight,\u201d Paul Jaffe, PhD, spacecraft engineer at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, said\u00a0in a recent TakeApart story. Or, as John C. Mankins, founder of Mankins Space Technology and author of \u201cThe Case for Space Based Solar,\u201d told Salon, \u201cIn the long run, renewable large-scale energy sources such as space solar power are essential to sustaining industrial civilization, and the long and increasingly high quality of lives that we enjoy.\u201dRead more at SalonUS Electric Cars Sales Up 44% In November \u2014 1.1% Of US Car Sales!The top 5 electric car models continue to dominate US electric car sales \u2026 for now.The Chevy Bolt hitting the market is sure to shake things up a bit, particularly as production ramps up and GM offers the car beyond California and Oregon.However, for now, it\u2019s the top 5 players \u2014 Tesla Model S, Chevy Volt, Ford Fusion Energi, Tesla Model X, and Nissan LEAF \u2014 dominating the market. They accounted for 73% of US electric car sales in November*.Notably, I think this is also the first time that US electric car sales surpassed 1% of total US car sales \u2014 a milestone that may seem small on the surface but is often seen as a tipping point in the evolution of a disruptive technology.Read more at CleanTechnicaElectric Cars May Take an OPEC-Sized Bite From Oil UseA boom in electric vehicles made by the likes of Tesla Motors Inc. could erode as much as 10 percent of global gasoline demand by 2035, according to the oil industry consultant Wood Mackenzie Ltd.While battery-powered cars and trucks today represent less than 1 percent of total vehicle sales, they are expected to take off after 2025 as governments move to tackle pollution and costs fall, the Houston-based analyst said. By 2035 so-called EVs may remove 1 million to 2 million barrels a day of oil demand from the market — in the range of the production cut OPEC and its allies agreed this week in order to end a three-year crude surplus.\u201cAnything that reduces the demand for transportation has an impact on the oil market,\u201d Alan Gelder, vice president of refining, chemicals and oils markets at Wood Mackenzie, said in an interview in London. \u201cThe question is how big is it going to be and what\u2019s the time frame.\u201dRead more at Bloomberg***Nikolas Badminton is a world-respected futurist speaker that researches, speaks, and writes about the future of work, how technology is affecting the workplace, how workers are adapting, the sharing economy, and how the world is evolving. He appears at conferences in Canada, USA, UK, and Europe.\u00a0Email him to book him for your radio, TV show, or conference.