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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 10th, 2017

Almost 50 new pure electric-car models will come to market globally between now and 2022. Globally, there will be 136 EVs on the market by the end of that year, and that does not include the hybrid models or hydrogen fuel cells. Analysts at Bernstein Research calculate that a 500-kilometer battery for an electric car costs […]

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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 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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Cal on September 18th, 2017

The European Marine Centre has produced hydrogen gas from electricity generated from tides off the coast of Orkney, Scotland. This is the first time hydrogen has been created by tidal energy. They hydrogen will be converted back to electricity by a fuel cell at a pier in Kirkwall where it will be used as auxiliary […]

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Cal on August 23rd, 2017

Investment banker Morgan Stanley is bullish on the market for electric grid storage products. “Demand for energy storage from the electric utility sector will grow more than the market anticipates by 2019–2020,” the company predicts in a recent report. Demand for grid-scale storage will increase from less than $300 million a year today to as much as $4 […]

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Cal on August 13th, 2017

A review of trends in the electric vehicle market from the International Monetary Fund found that, in the four years ending in 2015, the pace of growth in EV sales was 120%. Using the transition in the 20th century from horse-drawn carriages to fuel-powered vehicles as a benchmark to measure progress, the report found that […]

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Cal on August 7th, 2017

The world’s first self-driving ship will sail next year. A Norwegian container ship, the Yara Birkeland, will be the world’s first electric, autonomous, zero-emissions ship. With a capacity of up to 150 shipping containers, the battery-powered ship is expected to mark the beginning of a transformation of the global shipping industry. The ship is small compared to modern standards […]

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