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Cal on November 18th, 2017

  The world’s first hybrid electric tram, using hydrogen as its main power source, is now operating on a 136-year-old railway in the Chinese city of Tangshan. It will be operating in more cities in China as well as abroad. Having three carriages with 66 seats, the tram can run for 40 kilometers at a maximum speed […]

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Cal on November 12th, 2017

The European Commission is proposing a 30% CO2 reduction from 2021 to 2030 for light-duty vehicles (new cars and vans). 2025 will have an intermediary target of a 15% reduction. The purpose is to spur a rapid transition from internal combustion engines to alternative fuels. The proposed regulation applies to all passenger cars and light commercial […]

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Cal on October 16th, 2017

MarketResearchFuture says the global energy storage market is about to grow 20% annually between now and 2023. Energy storage ranges from small to very large systems. It is segmented into mechanical energy storage, electro-chemical energy storage, thermal storage, and chemical storage. Energy storage systems have become important for storing renewable energy in recent years because of […]

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Cal on September 25th, 2017

The Japanese government is expected to ease regulations on hydrogen refueling stations, with the goal of making the refueling points less costly to set up and to operate in the hope of spurring the adoption of fuel cell vehicles. Building a hydrogen station costs 400 million yen to 500 million yen ($3.5 million to $4.4 million), […]

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Cal on June 26th, 2017

Synthetic Genomics and ExxonMobil announced the development of a modified algae strain that could push algae-based energy closer to being a commercially viable alternative energy source. Bloomberg New Energy Finance projects that over the next two decades, the cost of solar power will still drop another two-thirds, onshore wind costs will be cut nearly in […]

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Cal on June 21st, 2017

The International Energy Agency foresees the global oversupply of crude oil continuing through 2018. The driver is US shale oil production which will grow by 430,000 barrels per day this year and 780,000 next year. Total non-OPEC production including the US is forecast to grow by 1.5 million b/d next year. With global inventories currently […]

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Cal on June 15th, 2017

Globally, more people live in urban areas than in rural areas, with 54% of the world’s population residing in urban areas in 2014. By 2050, 66% of the world’s population is projected to be urban. About half of urban dwellers reside in relatively small settlements of less than 500,000 inhabitants, while nearly one in eight live […]

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Cal on May 25th, 2017

McKinsey & Company asks: Self-driving car technology: When will the robots hit the road? “A close examination of the technologies required to achieve advanced levels of autonomous driving suggests…such vehicles are perhaps five to ten years away.” Volkswagen Group is in talks with Exxon Mobil Corp. and Russia’s Gazprom to support its efforts to promote automobiles powered by natural […]

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