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Cal on May 23rd, 2017

Switzerland has voted in a referendum to provide billions of dollars in subsidies for renewable energy and to ban new nuclear plants. A proposed new Swiss law (“Energy Strategy 2050) plans to increase domestic renewable energy, reduce fossil fuel use, and reduce reliance on foreign energy supplies. The European country wants to increase solar and wind power capacity by 400% by […]

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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 May 7th, 2017

Russian energy company Gazprom reported total cumulative production from the Novoportovskoye oil field above the Arctic Circle has reached 35 million barrels. Eighty-five wells are currently in operation at the field, producing between 50 and 1,100 tonnes of oil per day. Pilot projects were completed in 2014 and shipments facilitated by an icebreaking-vessel made it so the […]

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Cal on May 2nd, 2017

Global energy companies have sold off more than $22.5 billion worth of Canadian oil sands assets so far this year, concerned about depressed crude oil prices, high production costs, carbon emissions, and limited pipeline access to global markets. More energy efficient appliances, LED lighting, and a shift away from heavy industry all have contributed to a […]

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Cal on May 1st, 2017

The Canadian city of Vancouver appears to beginning a process of phasing out the use of natural gas. While the city insists new energy efficiency rules designed to reduce emissions don’t outright ban natural gas, developers say the standards are so restrictive that it will be impossible to include it in any form. This applies to furnaces, […]

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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 21st, 2017

Japanese automaker Toyota announced plans to build a fleet of heavy-duty, zero-emission, hydrogen fuel cell trucks. If Toyota does go forward with the concept, this would be the most powerful hydrogen fuel cell vehicle on the market. The truck would generate more than 670 horsepower and 1,325 pound-feet of torque from two Mirai fuel cell stacks […]

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Cal on April 17th, 2017

GM is about to create the largest fleet of self-driving cars in the world. According to documents filed with the US Federal Communications Commission, the automaker will deploy 300 self-driving Chevy Bolts, perhaps beginning as soon as next month. The electric cars will include both new short- and medium-range radars. Each vehicle will have 10 radars to help it gather data […]

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