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Cal on May 23rd, 2017

Switzerland has voted in a referendum to provide billions of dollars in subsidies for renewable energy and to ban new nuclear plants. A proposed new Swiss law (“Energy Strategy 2050) plans to increase domestic renewable energy, reduce fossil fuel use, and reduce reliance on foreign energy supplies. The European country wants to increase solar and wind power capacity by 400% by […]

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Cal on May 21st, 2017

China and Japan have started harvesting methane ice from the seafloor.  Commercial development of the globe’s huge reserves of methane hydrates or “combustible ice” has moved closer to reality after these Asian companies have successfully extracted the material from the seafloor off their coastlines. Methane hydrate is a frozen mixture of water and concentrated natural gas that can be […]

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Cal on May 13th, 2017

UK startup Tokamak Energy Ltd. activated its ST40 fusion reactor last week and achieved first plasma, an early milestone on the path to higher energy tests, and eventually, electricity production. The company is hoping the ST40 will show fusion temperatures—100 million degrees Celsius—are possible in compact, cost-effective reactors. Tokamak’s compact reactor is about 100-times smaller than ITER (International […]

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Cal on April 25th, 2017

Demographers have forecast that India may have the largest population in the world as early as 2022, surpassing China. The US Geological Survey reported that two formations in the Gulf Coast Basin might contain as much as 304.4 trillion cubic feet of natural gas plus 1.9 billion barrels of natural gas liquids, making the area the largest […]

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Cal on April 14th, 2017

The African nation of Kenya has awarded a contract for the construction of a geothermal power plant (Olkaria V) which will have 140 megawatt (MW) capacity. With the completion of Olkaria V, Kenya will have 290 MW of geothermal capacity or approximately 10% of the nation’s total electric generation capacity. Scientists from around the world will […]

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Cal on April 9th, 2017

New research by McKinsey & Co. and the World Economic Forum finds new sources of energy, mobility, and industry fragmentation are set to disrupt the world’s energy system. Within two decades, as many as 20 new energy sources could be powering the global economy, including fuel cells; small, modular nuclear-fission reactors; and even nuclear fusion. An economy based […]

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Cal on April 1st, 2017

A new report from Wood Mackenzie finds the break-even cost for deep water oil and gas projects, the US Gulf of Mexico in particular, has dropped from around $70 per barrel to below $50 per barrel. The report estimates the average cost to develop deep water projects globally have dropped more than 20%. The cost reductions are being driving […]

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Cal on March 28th, 2017

In the US city of San Diego, California the local electric utility has installed a new battery energy storage facility that will store up to 2 megawatts of electricity — enough to power 1,000 homes for four hours. San Diego Gas & Electric’s vanadium redox flow battery substation will store energy from solar panels and release it when resources are […]

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