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Cal on April 15th, 2017

The US has shut down 39 gigawatts (GW) of coal-fired electrical generation capacity since 2012 while the UK has closed 8.4 GW in the five years through 2015. (1 GW is the size of a typical nuclear power plant.) Construction on new coal plants fell by nearly two-thirds globally in 2016. US carbon emissions dropped 3% last year as cheap abundant natural […]

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Cal on April 14th, 2017

The African nation of Kenya has awarded a contract for the construction of a geothermal power plant (Olkaria V) which will have 140 megawatt (MW) capacity. With the completion of Olkaria V, Kenya will have 290 MW of geothermal capacity or approximately 10% of the nation’s total electric generation capacity. Scientists from around the world will […]

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Cal on April 8th, 2017

On a global level, 2015 and 2016 marked the lowest level of new conventional crude oil discoveries since 1952. In 2016, only 3.7 billion barrels of conventional oil were discovered, roughly 45 days of global crude consumption or 0.2% of global proved reserves. Globally, exploratory drilling fell by almost 20% in 2015 and fell even […]

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Cal on April 6th, 2017

  The UK’s Transport Research Laboratory has commenced a driverless electric pod trial. (see photo above.) Over the next three weeks, roughly 100 people will ride the pod around a two-mile course in London’s North Greenwich to demonstrate how the technology could be used for “last mile” trips in urban areas. The shuttle is already in operation at London’s Heathrow […]

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Cal on April 3rd, 2017

Gatwick Airport in the UK (near London) has opened the world’s first waste-to-energy facility for airline and terminal waste. The facility can process waste from both planes and the terminal itself that was previously being taken offsite (eg. food waste and mixed packaging). Gatwick currently diverts 49% of its waste for recycling and is aiming to reach […]

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Cal on February 27th, 2017

As of January, a total of 274 hydrogen refueling stations were in operation across the globe, almost 30% of which were inaugurated last year.  83 of the 92 stations that were opened in 2016 are publicly-accessible. The others are dedicated to refueling buses and fleets. Currently there are 106 stations operating in Europe, 101 in Asia, 64 […]

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Cal on February 26th, 2017

A new report from Business Insider Intelligence examines the transformation of the automobile. Over the next five to 10 years, the integration of the car with the Internet is expected to change the car ownership model, create a new platform for consumers to access content, lead to fully autonomous vehicles, and revolutionize the auto industry. Here are some of the main […]

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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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