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Cal on February 13th, 2017

Direct Current (DC) Supergrids are appearing in China, India. Europe and Brazil. Long-distance ultra-high-voltage direct-current (UHVDC) connectors are now transmitting electricity over thousands of kilometres more efficiently than AC or alternating current. China began building these transmission facilities in 2010 and is currently has one under construction that will carry 12 gigawatts (half the average power use of Spain) over 3,400 […]

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Cal on February 11th, 2017

FuelCell Energy, a leading developer of hydrogen fuel cells, is constructing a new power plant in the US that will make use of the company’s fuel cell systems. Once operational, the plant is expected to supply electricity to 3,700 homes in the state of Connecticut. Renewable energy sources comprised nearly 90% of new electric power capacity added to Europe’s electricity […]

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Cal on January 28th, 2017

A new report from Information Trends predicts the world will have almost 5000 hydrogen fuel cell refueling stations by 2032 compared with almost 400 this year. Deployment of hydrogen stations in major markets is already underway, particularly in Asia, where Japan and South Korea are strong advocates for the hydrogen economy. Germany is establishing 400 hydrogen fueling stations in the […]

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Cal on January 1st, 2017

MIT Technology Review has an article about robots mining 24 hours a day. Mining companies are rolling out autonomous trucks, drills, and trains, which will boost efficiency but also reduce the need for human employees. Mining companies are well placed to expand automation rapidly, because they have already invested in centralized control systems that use software […]

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Cal on December 30th, 2016

A couple of months after suffering severe electric power blackouts from storms disrupting the state’s renewable energy sources, South Australia was once again in the dark this week after another storm caused blackouts. A total of 155,000 households, almost 20% of South Australia Power customers, endured a prolonged blackout with some without power for 3 days. SA Power […]

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Cal on December 22nd, 2016

Swiss bank USB believes the global diesel car market will “almost disappear” within the next 10 years due to the Volkswagen diesel scandal, consumer mistrust, tougher engine emission standards, and the falling cost of electric cars. The firm goes so far as to say the move from diesel to electric and hybrid alternatives is “obvious and likely […]

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Cal on December 19th, 2016

The city of New York’s Christmas holiday-light energy use has declined by about one-third from 2010, largely due to the switch to LEDs (light-emitting diodes).  This year, holiday lighting in the US city will add about 750 megawatts of load, down from about 1,150 MW in 2010. Investment Bank Goldman Sachs calls LEDs one of the fastest technology shifts […]

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Cal on December 6th, 2016

Here is oil observer Tom Whipple’s take on the OPEC agreement this past week to cut back crude oil production in an effort to raise world oil prices: The total cut by OPEC members is supposed to be 1.2 million barrels per day (b/d) to which a non-OPEC cut of 600,000 b/d, including Russia’s 300,000 b/d, […]

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