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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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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 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 19th, 2017

Recent global solar-power capacity auctions have come in at record low levels: $0.033/kilowatt-hour (kwh) in India, $0.032/kwh in Mexico, $0.024/kwh in Abu Dhabi, $0.029/kwh in Chile, and $0.039/kwh in the United States. In adding renewable energy to their grids, many countries are now holding public auctions whereby the lowest qualified bidders get the government contracts […]

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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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