Fossil Fuels

Cal on August 13th, 2017

A review of trends in the electric vehicle market from the International Monetary Fund found that, in the four years ending in 2015, the pace of growth in EV sales was 120%. Using the transition in the 20th century from horse-drawn carriages to fuel-powered vehicles as a benchmark to measure progress, the report found that […]

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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 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 26th, 2017

“Currently, there seems to no plan to end the oil glut in sight. The glut seems likely to continue into next year unless a geopolitical upheaval in Venezuela or the Middle East brings about large, unplanned production cuts.” (Energy analyst, Tom Whipple) As of this month, the total US shale basin is producing a record […]

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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 19th, 2017

    Drivers in central London, UK will be able to charge electric and hybrid cars through lampposts as part of a unique pilot project in Westminster. (see photo above)  The idea comes from ubitricity which has developed charging points to fit inside ordinary streetlights. Additional lampposts are planned for Hounslow, Richmond, Kensington, Chelsea, and Barnes. […]

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