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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 July 21st, 2017

US consulting firm AlixPartners says Chinese automakers are on track to produce 49 of the 103 new electric car models that will be launched globally by 2020. Chinese automakers account for 96% of the EVs sold in that country. Automakers sold about 330,000 electric vehicles in China in 2016 – or 1.4% of total light vehicle […]

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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 12th, 2017

  A recent report from the US Energy Information Administration on energy production shows that wind and solar, despite receiving tens of billions in government subsidies, provided only 3.2% of the country’s total energy in 2016. The EIA data revealed that fossil fuels, nuclear and hydro provided more than 90% of 2016 US energy production with rising […]

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Cal on July 9th, 2017

Netherland, Sewell & Associates, Inc. said the volume of natural gas estimated in the Tamar field off Israel stands at 11.2 trillion cubic feet, with an additional 14.6 million barrels of condensate. This is a 13% increase from the previous estimate of this natural gas bonanza. Condensate is an ultra-light mixture of hydrocarbon liquids. Once on […]

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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 June 25th, 2017

The US city of Philadelphia announced it was the 10oth city in the US to commit to 100% renewable energy by the year 2035, a target sit by the Sierra Club for all US cities. The US city of Columbia, South Carolina said it too would be depending on 100% renewable energy by 2035. A […]

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Cal on June 13th, 2017

Last year, for the 5th straight year, the US was the world’s largest producer of petroleum and natural gas hydrocarbons. US hydrocarbon production in energy content terms is almost evenly split between petroleum and natural gas. US crude oil production will, for the first time in nearly 50 years, climb to 10 million barrels per day […]

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