Geothermal

Cal on April 28th, 2017

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate reports that its latest estimates show that the undiscovered crude oil and natural gas resources in the Barents Sea are twice as large as previously thought. The Barents Sea could hold a total of 2.8 billion standard cubic meters of oil equivalents, equal to 17.6 billion barrels of crude. The Barents Sea is […]

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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 9th, 2017

New research by McKinsey & Co. and the World Economic Forum finds new sources of energy, mobility, and industry fragmentation are set to disrupt the world’s energy system. Within two decades, as many as 20 new energy sources could be powering the global economy, including fuel cells; small, modular nuclear-fission reactors; and even nuclear fusion. An economy based […]

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Cal on April 1st, 2017

A new report from Wood Mackenzie finds the break-even cost for deep water oil and gas projects, the US Gulf of Mexico in particular, has dropped from around $70 per barrel to below $50 per barrel. The report estimates the average cost to develop deep water projects globally have dropped more than 20%. The cost reductions are being driving […]

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Cal on February 7th, 2017

Carbon Tracker, in its latest report, envisions a scenario in which 2 million barrels per day of global crude oil demand are erased by 2025 because of the penetration of electric vehicles in the transportation sector. 2 million b/d is equivalent to the supply overhang that triggered the 2014 crude oil price meltdown. The report suggests total […]

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Cal on January 14th, 2017

In 2015 humans used about 575 quadrillion Btu (British thermal units) of energy, according to the US Energy Information Administration. (575 followed by 15 zeros; a Btu is roughly the energy released in a single match.) With a global population of 7.3 billion, that worked out to 78 million Btu per person that year. Nearly 40% of all […]

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Cal on January 3rd, 2017

Almost all Costa Rica’s electricity was produced by renewable energy in 2016. The Costa Rican Electricity Institute reported that around 98.1% of the Central American’s country’s electricity came from renewable sources. The electricity was generated by hydropower facilities, geothermal plants, wind turbines, solar panels and biomass plants. As much as 1.8 gigawatts of new energy storage — mostly from lithium-ion batteries — […]

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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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