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Cal on October 15th, 2017

Australian airline Qantas announced it will use biofuels on its flights from Los Angeles International airport starting in 2020. The firm said it will purchase 30 million litres annually of a 50/50 blend of plant-derived biofuel and conventional fuel to power its flights between Los Angeles and Australia. US bioenergy company SG Preston will supply the […]

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Cal on October 14th, 2017

A new study by the China University of Petroleum in Beijing says the Asian country is about to experience a peak in its total crude oil production as early as next year.  Without finding an alternative source of “new abundant energy resources”, the study warns, the 2018 peak in China’s combined conventional and unconventional oil will […]

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Cal on October 12th, 2017

Russia, which gets 20% of its electricity from hydro, plans to get another 4.5% from solar and wind by 2024. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said a plan is currently being devised to amend the country’s regulatory system in a way that will facilitate the addition of more solar and wind power capacity and lead […]

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Cal on October 8th, 2017

Airbus plans to put its electric flying taxi, the CityAirbus, into operation late next year. This announcement came after a successful full-scale ground test of the vertical take-off and landing vehicle’s propulsion system. The vehicle is entirely battery-powered (with electric 100 kilowatt motors), uses a four propeller design to navigate through crowded cities, and can […]

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Cal on October 6th, 2017

“What we are witnessing is the birth of a new era in solar PV…We expect that solar PV capacity growth will be higher than any other renewable technology through 2022. We see renewables growing by about 1,000 gigawatts by 2022, which equals about half of the current global capacity in coal power, which took 80 years […]

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Cal on October 5th, 2017

The government of Scotland announced it has received “overwhelming public support” to ban the practice of fracking for shale oil and gas. Fracking has been under a temporary halt in the country since 2015, and public consultation on its long-term future was carried out earlier this year. 99% of the 60,000 responses opposed fracking. The proposed ban […]

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Cal on October 2nd, 2017

The government of Singapore announced it intends to install solar panels across all new Housing Development Board blocks. The South Asian Republic receives an average annual solar irradiance of 1,580 kilowatts per metre squared per hour, and up to 50% more solar radiation than other temperate countries. Using photovoltaic cells, solar power is likely to be the […]

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Cal on September 30th, 2017

Professor Vaclav Smil tells us that when it comes to energy storage, size matters. A small national electric grid — one handling 10 to 30 gigawatts — could rely entirely on intermittent renewable energy sources (like wind and solar) only if it had gigawatt-scale storage capable of working for many hours. The largest announced storage system, comprising more than […]

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