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Cal on May 21st, 2017

China and Japan have started harvesting methane ice from the seafloor.  Commercial development of the globe’s huge reserves of methane hydrates or “combustible ice” has moved closer to reality after these Asian companies have successfully extracted the material from the seafloor off their coastlines. Methane hydrate is a frozen mixture of water and concentrated natural gas that can be […]

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Cal on April 21st, 2017

Japanese automaker Toyota announced plans to build a fleet of heavy-duty, zero-emission, hydrogen fuel cell trucks. If Toyota does go forward with the concept, this would be the most powerful hydrogen fuel cell vehicle on the market. The truck would generate more than 670 horsepower and 1,325 pound-feet of torque from two Mirai fuel cell stacks […]

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Cal on April 19th, 2017

    China continues to increase its electricity generation from coal, which was up 7% year over year in the first quarter. As domestic coal production only increased by 4% during this quarter, the result is a surge in demand for imported coal which is expected to be 30 million tons higher this year than last year. […]

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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 March 28th, 2017

In the US city of San Diego, California the local electric utility has installed a new battery energy storage facility that will store up to 2 megawatts of electricity — enough to power 1,000 homes for four hours. San Diego Gas & Electric’s vanadium redox flow battery substation will store energy from solar panels and release it when resources are […]

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Cal on February 15th, 2017

Despite having only 20% of the world’s shale oil and gas resources, advantages in the US and Canada mean these countries will continue to dominate the market, according to a new Raymond James report. While abundant shale resources exist in several countries around the world, a variety of hurdles preclude their development, including technical know-how, regulatory barriers and […]

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