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Weekly: Dark doldrums, lies vs. AI, hope for social media

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Weekly: Dark doldrums, lies vs. AI, hope for social media

They are the toughest problem of the energy transition: the dark doldrums. So when there is no wind and the sun is not shining, but at the same time the demand for electricity is high, then these are truly stressful periods for renewable energy sources. The electricity demand is currently met by gas and coal-fired power plants. But the planned coal phase-out by 2030 is approaching and the move away from fossil fuels, i.e. natural gas, is also planned. This is the time for energy storage. TR editor Gregor Honsel took a closer look at what requirements these storage systems have to meet and what the hurdles are.


Also in the Weekly:

Tip of the week: the new episode of our format “Deep Dive”, which will be released on February 23rd. One of the creators of the Social Media Watchblog, Martin Fehrensen, is a guest. He talks about how social media can perhaps be “fixed”.

If you, dear listeners, have recommendations for series, books, games, podcasts or other media that are new or have somehow not yet achieved the fame that you think they deserve, then write us an email info@technology-review.de or leave your tip on our MIT Technology Review social media accounts: We are on Facebook, Instagram, X, LinkedIn, TikTok and brand new: on Mastodon and Bluesky. Or contact us personally on Mastodon: Wolfgang Stieler, Gregor Honsel, Jenny Lepies.

The topics of seasonal energy storage for dark doldrums and the state of social media and how they can be helped are also the subject of the new issue of MIT Technology Review. The magazine is now available in well-stocked newsagents or can be easily ordered as a print product or PDF from the heise shop (postage free until February 23rd).

More about this in the entire episode – as an audio stream (RSS feed):

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Here you will find an overview of our three podcast formats: the weekly news podcast “Weekly” and the monthly podcasts “Unscripted” and “Deep Dive”.


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