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Cal on June 17th, 2017

In its annual review of world energy, BP said renewable energy contributed almost 40% of the growth in global power generation in 2016. Solar power generation increased 29.6% last year, while wind power grew by 15.6% percent and coal fell 6.2%.  Coal’s decline in electricity production was the largest one year drop on record. Asia-Pacific overtook Europe […]

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Cal on June 13th, 2017

Last year, for the 5th straight year, the US was the world’s largest producer of petroleum and natural gas hydrocarbons. US hydrocarbon production in energy content terms is almost evenly split between petroleum and natural gas. US crude oil production will, for the first time in nearly 50 years, climb to 10 million barrels per day […]

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Cal on June 6th, 2017

The International Energy Agency (IEA) reported that global new nuclear capacity additions totaled 10 gigawatts last year, the highest rate since 1990. The IEA also said that from 2010 to 2015, renewable power generation grew by more than 30% and is forecast to grow by another 30% between 2015 and 2020. A new study from […]

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Cal on May 30th, 2017

A consortium of 11 Japanese firms (including Honda, Nissan, and Toyota) have signed a memorandum of understanding to expand the hydrogen fuel-cell market in Japan faster than has been the case so far. Other firms involved include JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy, Tokyo Gas, Development Bank of Japan, Idemitsu Kosan, Toho Gas, Air Liquide Japan, Toyota Tsusho Corporation, and Iwatani […]

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Cal on May 25th, 2017

McKinsey & Company asks: Self-driving car technology: When will the robots hit the road? “A close examination of the technologies required to achieve advanced levels of autonomous driving suggests…such vehicles are perhaps five to ten years away.” Volkswagen Group is in talks with Exxon Mobil Corp. and Russia’s Gazprom to support its efforts to promote automobiles powered by natural […]

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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 7th, 2017

Russian energy company Gazprom reported total cumulative production from the Novoportovskoye oil field above the Arctic Circle has reached 35 million barrels. Eighty-five wells are currently in operation at the field, producing between 50 and 1,100 tonnes of oil per day. Pilot projects were completed in 2014 and shipments facilitated by an icebreaking-vessel made it so the […]

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Cal on April 17th, 2017

GM is about to create the largest fleet of self-driving cars in the world. According to documents filed with the US Federal Communications Commission, the automaker will deploy 300 self-driving Chevy Bolts, perhaps beginning as soon as next month. The electric cars will include both new short- and medium-range radars. Each vehicle will have 10 radars to help it gather data […]

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