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Cal on December 14th, 2017

Tesla’s lithium-ion storage battery, the largest in the world, is now operating in the state of South Australia. The 129-megawatt-hour battery has the capability to store and dispatch electricity generated by a nearby wind farm. It can power some 30,000 homes. Frequent blackouts have been causing havoc in South Australia in the past two years. As […]

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Cal on December 13th, 2017

Falling Battery Costs for EVs and Energy Storage 2010 – 2030    note: prices are in $ per kilowatt-hour (kWh)

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Cal on December 11th, 2017

  ITER, an international project to build a prototype nuclear fusion reactor in southern France, said it is facing delays if the US does not reconsider budget cuts. ITER’s director said the US contribution had been cut from a planned $105 million to $50 million this year and its 2018 budget cut from a planned […]

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Cal on December 8th, 2017

A new solar energy project in the US state of California will be using the Sun to help extract crude oil. What will be the state’s largest solar plant, located near Bakersfield, Belridge Solar will generate steam to inject into the ground to help extract the oil. Solar power will create 850 megawatts (MW) of thermal energy to produce 12 […]

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Cal on December 5th, 2017

A study by McKinsey Global Institute projects up to 800 million global workers will lose their jobs to robotic automation by 2030. The study of 46 countries and 800 occupations found that up to one-fifth of the global work force will be affected. Machine operators and food workers will be hit hardest. Wealthy countries like the US and Germany […]

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Cal on November 29th, 2017

Brazilian state-controlled Petrobras announced has started to produce crude oil and natural gas from the giant deepwater Libra field in the Atlantic Ocean. The field is estimated to hold between 8 billion and 12 billion barrels of crude oil. The Petrobras rig expects to reach 30,000 barrels per day in early 2018 with the potential to reach […]

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Cal on November 26th, 2017

In 2022 Singapore will start using driverless buses. The government says they will be operating in three new neighbourhoods which will have less-crowded roads designed to accommodate the buses. The buses will initially operate during off-peak hours to help residents travel in their communities, and to nearby train and bus stations. Singapore opened a test centre […]

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Cal on November 22nd, 2017

Volkswagen Group said it plans to spend 10 billion euros ($11.8 billion) by 2025 to develop and manufacture all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles in China. The company plans to launch 15 models over the next two to three years, and an additional 25 after 2025.  The group (which includes Audi) is aiming to sell 400,000 of these […]

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