The US Geological Survey estimates the Chukchi and Beaufort seas in the Arctic off the US state of Alaska hold 26 billion barrels of recoverable crude oil.

Production from Canada’s oil sands in the province of Alberta is expected to add another 500,000 barrels of crude oil per day to an already oversupplied North American market by 2017. The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers forecast in June that oil sands production would hit 3.1 million barrels per day in 2020.

The US may have more shale gas than previously believed due to technology. Expects are expecting this outcome if horizontal-drilling and fracking techniques that worked successfully elsewhere are applied to an area that has yet to be mined. If the approach works across the giant Haynesville Shale, which spans 120 miles across the southern states of Texas and Louisiana, the era of low American gas prices could extend for decades into the future.

According to Navigant Research, the total number of global natural gas vehicle refueling stations is expected to grow from 23,001 in 2015 to 38,890 in 2025.

The International Energy Agency said the cost of producing electricity from renewable sources such as solar and wind has dropped significantly over the past five years, narrowing the gap with power generated from fossil fuels and nuclear reactors. Hence, these technologies are no longer considered “cost outliers”.  Since 2010, solar power generation has dropped from $500 to $200 per megawatt hour, compared to baseload natural gas which costs $100 per mwh.

India’s National Institute of Wind Energy announced that the total onshore wind energy potential in the south Asian country is 302 gigawatts. Of the total estimated 302 GW potential, 153 GW is available in wasteland, 146 GW in cultivable land, and 3 GW in forest land. The state of Gujarat has the largest potential, or 84GW, followed by Karnataka with 56 GW and Maharashtra with 45 GW. (1 GW is the electricity generation capacity of a typical nuclear reactor.)

The world’s first hydrogen-powered production car, the Toyota Mirai, will soon be on sale in Japan, the UK, and the US state of California. In the UK it is expected to cost around £56,000. The car will have a range of 300 miles (480 kilometres) and can be refueled in five minutes. It is powered by a reaction between hydrogen and oxygen in a fuel stack, rather than burning the hydrogen. The only by-product is water. The UK’s first hydrogen fuel refueling station will open in Sheffield next month.

Apple filed a patent application this week with the US Patent and Trademark Office revealing the company is exploring hydrogen fuel cell batteries that could allow its portable devices to last for “days or even weeks” without refueling. The patent, Fuel Cell System to Power a Portable Computing Device, describes a fuel cell system for a portable computing device that consists of a fuel cell stack attached to a fuel cartridge, a fan that supplies oxygen to the cell system and cools it, and an internal rechargeable battery. Diagrams associated with the patent suggest the technology is aimed at MacBooks rather than iPhones. Recently it was revealed the British firm Intelligent Energy had fitted an iPhone 6 with a hydrogen fuel cell that could last a week before refueling.

Kawasaki Heavy Industries is working to create a supply chain for liquefied hydrogen, a fuel it sees as a major new energy source. The key to its success lies in developing a network of allies that can demonstrate the viability of the “hydrogen economy.”  The Japanese company is working with Electric Power Development, known as J-Power, to produce hydrogen. The technology to transport the liquefied fuel will come through an alliance with energy company Iwatani. Kawasaki has also begun a “smart community” project with Obayashi, a construction company, aimed at generating electricity from hydrogen and supplying it to the community. The hydrogen would be produced from brown coal (lignite) at the Latrobe Valley mines in southeastern Australia.


with h/t Tom Whipple

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