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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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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 August 2nd, 2017

World crude oil consumption could peak as early as the end of the next decade as electric vehicles become more popular, according to Royal Dutch Shell’s CEO.  Yet crude oil will still be needed for decades to come as it is likely to remain the main transportation fuel for planes, ships and heavy trucks. US crude […]

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Cal on July 30th, 2017

  The US Energy Information Administration expects the US to become a net exporter of natural gas in 2017 for the first time since 1958. The prediction is based on declining pipeline imports from Canada, increased pipeline exports to Mexico, and greater liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports to Asia and Europe. By 2026, the EIA […]

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Cal on July 26th, 2017

 “Fossil fuels are dead. That’s a long-term view. It’s not going to happen overnight. It’s not going to be in two or three years. But it’s going away, in my view.” —-  Hunter Harrison, CEO of CSX, one of the largest railroads hauling coal in the United States; Mr. Harrison said he will no longer […]

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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 17th, 2017

The Daily Beast tells us How Nikola Tesla Sparked the Electric Age. Although many say Tesla invented the twentieth century, it is more fitting to say he invented the twenty-first century, Kenny Breuer, Professor of Engineering at Brown University says most of Tesla’s inventions became “winners” later, “so for years no one really appreciated his achievements. […]

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Cal on July 14th, 2017

Global research institute McKinsey & Company has analyzed current energy storage prices and concludes that commercial businesses are getting the economic benefits of cheaper batteries and recent price falls in lithium-ion technology. With battery-pack costs now down to less than $230/kilowatt-hour (vs $1,000/kWh in 2010) storage demand is on the rise across Europe, Asia and the […]

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