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Cal on August 19th, 2017

The US Energy Information Administration projects that, based on current construction plans, by 2020 the US will have the third-largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) export capacity in the world after Australia and Qatar. China is expected to become the leading importer of LNG, consuming about 40% of world supply. Natural gas liquids are sought by the steel, chemical […]

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Cal on August 5th, 2017

1,600 new coal plants are planned or under construction in 62 countries, 700 of these in China. These new plants would expand the world’s coal-fired power capacity by 43%. The New York Times commented: “The frenzied addition of coal plants underscores how the world is set to remain dependent on coal for decades,” Chinese companies are […]

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Cal on August 2nd, 2017

World crude oil consumption could peak as early as the end of the next decade as electric vehicles become more popular, according to Royal Dutch Shell’s CEO.  Yet crude oil will still be needed for decades to come as it is likely to remain the main transportation fuel for planes, ships and heavy trucks. US crude […]

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Cal on July 28th, 2017

Research firm MarketLine projects that Europe will overtake the US as the second largest market for electric car sales by 2021. China is the world’s largest market for EVs. The firm says The Paris Climate Change agreement has been a big motivator for the adoption of electric and hybrid cars in Europe. This has resulted in […]

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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 14th, 2017

Global research institute McKinsey & Company has analyzed current energy storage prices and concludes that commercial businesses are getting the economic benefits of cheaper batteries and recent price falls in lithium-ion technology. With battery-pack costs now down to less than $230/kilowatt-hour (vs $1,000/kWh in 2010) storage demand is on the rise across Europe, Asia and the […]

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Cal on July 5th, 2017

Recent estimates of methane gas hydrate deposits around the world suggest that they contain perhaps more organic carbon than all the world’s crude oil, natural gas, and coal combined. Once extracted, 1 cubic metre of methane hydrate releases 164 cubic metres of conventional natural gas. Estimates very from 10,000 trillion cubic feet to more than 100,000 […]

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Cal on July 3rd, 2017

German automaker Porsche CEO Oliver Blume expects half of its production to be electric vehicles by 2023. The Mission E will be Porsche’s first all-electric vehicle which is planned to enter production in 2019 with 20,000 units. This is 10% of the company’s current production. Porsche is preparing for a capacity of 60,000 EVs per year at its Zuffenhausen […]

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