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Cal on July 20th, 2017

Researchers at Tokyo Institute of Technology have devised a low-cost, scalable approach to developing all-solid-state batteries, improving prospects for scaling up the technology for widespread use in electric vehicles, communications and other industrial applications. Described in a paper in the journal Chemistry of Materials, the approach involves substituting germanium in the solid electrolyte for two […]

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Cal on July 6th, 2017

  Many people in colder climates wonder about how an electric vehicle performs in winter, especially with the extra energy required to heat the vehicle as well as power through the snow and ice. Green Car Reports looked into this and has provided two articles on this topic:  Driving electric cars in winter: tips from […]

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Cal on July 5th, 2017

Recent estimates of methane gas hydrate deposits around the world suggest that they contain perhaps more organic carbon than all the world’s crude oil, natural gas, and coal combined. Once extracted, 1 cubic metre of methane hydrate releases 164 cubic metres of conventional natural gas. Estimates very from 10,000 trillion cubic feet to more than 100,000 […]

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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 9th, 2017

  Earlier this month Swiss company Climeworks began operating the world’s first carbon capture plant—a machine designed to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The company hopes to capture 1% of the global carbon dioxide produced by burning fossil fuels by 2025. The company estimates that the plant will remove some 900 tons of CO2 from the atmosphere every year. Located […]

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Cal on May 31st, 2017

The World Economic Forum said that employees should continue working until 70 in nations such as the UK, US, Japan and Canada. The age increase will be needed, as the number of people over 65 will more than triple to 2.1 billion by 2050. By then, the number of workers per retiree will have halved […]

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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 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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