Cal on May 24th, 2017

Excerpted from the Wall Street Journal, May 21, 2017   Get Ready for Peak Oil Demand There’s a growing consensus that the end of ever-rising consumption is in sight. The big question that many oil companies are debating: When?   The world’s largest oil companies are girding for the biggest shift in energy consumption since […]

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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 21st, 2017

China and Japan have started harvesting methane ice from the seafloor.  Commercial development of the globe’s huge reserves of methane hydrates or “combustible ice” has moved closer to reality after these Asian companies have successfully extracted the material from the seafloor off their coastlines. Methane hydrate is a frozen mixture of water and concentrated natural gas that can be […]

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Cal on May 17th, 2017

India hopes to have an all-electric vehicle fleet by 2030 in order to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions, pollution and reduce the costs associated with fuel imports. India is the third-largest crude oil importer in the world. According to the country’s energy minister, Piyush Goyal, there should not be a single gasoline or diesel […]

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Cal on May 15th, 2017

Operating Cost Forecast:  Petrol Automobiles vs Electrics            ICE: internal combustion engine                   EV: Electric vehicle Source: REnew Economy, Death spiral for cars. By 2030, you probably won’t own one

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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 9th, 2017

San Francisco think tank RethinkX says self-driving electric cars will dominate US roads by 2030. Within 13 years self-driving cars will represent 95% of all car miles driven in the US.  While 40% of the cars in 2030 will still be of the internal combustion variety, they will represent just 5% of the consumer miles driven. This forecast is […]

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