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Cal on July 20th, 2017

Researchers at Tokyo Institute of Technology have devised a low-cost, scalable approach to developing all-solid-state batteries, improving prospects for scaling up the technology for widespread use in electric vehicles, communications and other industrial applications. Described in a paper in the journal Chemistry of Materials, the approach involves substituting germanium in the solid electrolyte for two […]

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Cal on July 6th, 2017

  Many people in colder climates wonder about how an electric vehicle performs in winter, especially with the extra energy required to heat the vehicle as well as power through the snow and ice. Green Car Reports looked into this and has provided two articles on this topic:  Driving electric cars in winter: tips from […]

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Cal on June 21st, 2017

The International Energy Agency foresees the global oversupply of crude oil continuing through 2018. The driver is US shale oil production which will grow by 430,000 barrels per day this year and 780,000 next year. Total non-OPEC production including the US is forecast to grow by 1.5 million b/d next year. With global inventories currently […]

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Cal on May 17th, 2017

India hopes to have an all-electric vehicle fleet by 2030 in order to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions, pollution and reduce the costs associated with fuel imports. India is the third-largest crude oil importer in the world. According to the country’s energy minister, Piyush Goyal, there should not be a single gasoline or diesel […]

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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 27th, 2017

Voice of America looks at the future of flying: Electric Planes and Flying Cars. See also CITYLABS, When Cars Fly while The Drive tells us about a hydrogen powered flying car. IDTechEx Research predicts electric vehicles for construction, agriculture and mining will be a $81 billion market in 2027. Transparency Market Research projects the global electric vehicle […]

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Cal on April 19th, 2017

    China continues to increase its electricity generation from coal, which was up 7% year over year in the first quarter. As domestic coal production only increased by 4% during this quarter, the result is a surge in demand for imported coal which is expected to be 30 million tons higher this year than last year. […]

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Cal on April 15th, 2017

The US has shut down 39 gigawatts (GW) of coal-fired electrical generation capacity since 2012 while the UK has closed 8.4 GW in the five years through 2015. (1 GW is the size of a typical nuclear power plant.) Construction on new coal plants fell by nearly two-thirds globally in 2016. US carbon emissions dropped 3% last year as cheap abundant natural […]

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