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Cal on February 15th, 2017

Despite having only 20% of the world’s shale oil and gas resources, advantages in the US and Canada mean these countries will continue to dominate the market, according to a new Raymond James report. While abundant shale resources exist in several countries around the world, a variety of hurdles preclude their development, including technical know-how, regulatory barriers and […]

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Cal on February 13th, 2017

Direct Current (DC) Supergrids are appearing in China, India. Europe and Brazil. Long-distance ultra-high-voltage direct-current (UHVDC) connectors are now transmitting electricity over thousands of kilometres more efficiently than AC or alternating current. China began building these transmission facilities in 2010 and is currently has one under construction that will carry 12 gigawatts (half the average power use of Spain) over 3,400 […]

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Cal on February 7th, 2017

Carbon Tracker, in its latest report, envisions a scenario in which 2 million barrels per day of global crude oil demand are erased by 2025 because of the penetration of electric vehicles in the transportation sector. 2 million b/d is equivalent to the supply overhang that triggered the 2014 crude oil price meltdown. The report suggests total […]

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Cal on February 4th, 2017

A new study from McKinsey & Company finds electric car battery costs fell from US$1,000 per kilowatt-hour in 2010 to US$227 per kWh last year – or by almost 80%. (This refers to battery pack cost and not just the battery cells. The costs of both are often confused.) Current projections put EV battery pack prices below $190/kWh […]

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Cal on January 31st, 2017

Last week BP released its annual Energy Outlook report that surveys the prospects for the oil industry in the coming decades. The energy company sees the demand for energy growing into the 2040s but that the demand for crude oil will slow because of more efficient means of consumption and the increasing use of renewable and […]

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Cal on January 28th, 2017

A new report from Information Trends predicts the world will have almost 5000 hydrogen fuel cell refueling stations by 2032 compared with almost 400 this year. Deployment of hydrogen stations in major markets is already underway, particularly in Asia, where Japan and South Korea are strong advocates for the hydrogen economy. Germany is establishing 400 hydrogen fueling stations in the […]

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Cal on January 20th, 2017

Oslo-based energy consultancy firm Rystad Energy said crude oil and natural gas discoveries around the world dropped last year to their lowest level since the 1940s after energy companies sharply cut back in their search for new resources amid falling crude oil prices. This has led some energy analysts to forecast of an oil supply shortage […]

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Cal on January 14th, 2017

In 2015 humans used about 575 quadrillion Btu (British thermal units) of energy, according to the US Energy Information Administration. (575 followed by 15 zeros; a Btu is roughly the energy released in a single match.) With a global population of 7.3 billion, that worked out to 78 million Btu per person that year. Nearly 40% of all […]

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