Batteries

Cal on December 3rd, 2016

Scientists from the UK’s University of Bristol have developed a lab-made nuclear diamond that can generate electricity and is made from radioactive waste. The diamond battery has an incredible lifetime, and will only be half used up by the year 7746.  As most people know, a severe downside of the nuclear fission process is the creation of dangerous radioactive waste, which […]

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Cal on November 30th, 2016

Today’s critical meeting of OPEC members is being touted as the “Most Important OPEC Meeting Ever” as many are saying that the crude oil cartel’s role in controlling oil prices will be lost if there is no agreement to cut production and dramatically increase the world price of oil. And any meaningful agreement would have […]

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Cal on November 26th, 2016

According to energy consultant Wood Mackenzie, presently 13% of global C02 emissions are subjected to a carbon price. The firm believes, however, that technology and economics, not carbon pricing or other government policies, will drive the world towards decarbonization. “”It’s the technology that’s the wildcard now. How quickly can renewables costs fall, how quickly can competing […]

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Cal on November 23rd, 2016

Canada announced plans to phase out coal-fired electricity plants by 2030. This is part of the federal government’s goal to have 90% of Canada’s electricity generated from sustainable sources by that date — up from 80% today. Since March of this year the US has been exporting liquefied natural gas (LNG) to the Middle East.  Cheniere Energy’s Sabine Pass complex in the southern […]

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Cal on August 13th, 2011

Germany continued to make the news over its decision to close down its nuclear power plants this decade.  The Local-Germany reported that Germany may need to import electricity from Austria this winter as it closes 8 of its plants. “Exporting power to Germany would push Austria’s natural gas-run generators to the limit and increase the […]

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Cal on August 6th, 2011

From the London Telegraph we learned that owners of the new Nissan electric car, the Leaf, may face a bill of up to £19,000 to replace the battery.  Meanwhile, GM only sold 125 Chevy Volts in the US last month.  These developments suggest the move to electric cars may occur a lot slower than governments […]

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Cal on July 18th, 2011

  Check out Car Electric for everything you wanted to know about the coming wave of electric cars.  From manufacturers to auto reviews to technology and battery information to buying and insurance tips, there is a wealth of knowledge at this website.

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The Truth About Cars discusses the conundrum being created by the introduction of plug-in hybrids and all electric vehicles.  Prior to their introduction we measured the efficiency of the internal combustion engine by miles per gallon (or litres per 100 kilometers in Canada).  But automotive efficiency measures are changing with these new vehicles which are […]

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