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Cal on December 11th, 2017

  ITER, an international project to build a prototype nuclear fusion reactor in southern France, said it is facing delays if the US does not reconsider budget cuts. ITER’s director said the US contribution had been cut from a planned $105 million to $50 million this year and its 2018 budget cut from a planned […]

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Cal on December 8th, 2017

A new solar energy project in the US state of California will be using the Sun to help extract crude oil. What will be the state’s largest solar plant, located near Bakersfield, Belridge Solar will generate steam to inject into the ground to help extract the oil. Solar power will create 850 megawatts (MW) of thermal energy to produce 12 […]

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Cal on December 5th, 2017

A study by McKinsey Global Institute projects up to 800 million global workers will lose their jobs to robotic automation by 2030. The study of 46 countries and 800 occupations found that up to one-fifth of the global work force will be affected. Machine operators and food workers will be hit hardest. Wealthy countries like the US and Germany […]

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Cal on November 29th, 2017

Brazilian state-controlled Petrobras announced has started to produce crude oil and natural gas from the giant deepwater Libra field in the Atlantic Ocean. The field is estimated to hold between 8 billion and 12 billion barrels of crude oil. The Petrobras rig expects to reach 30,000 barrels per day in early 2018 with the potential to reach […]

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Cal on November 18th, 2017

  The world’s first hybrid electric tram, using hydrogen as its main power source, is now operating on a 136-year-old railway in the Chinese city of Tangshan. It will be operating in more cities in China as well as abroad. Having three carriages with 66 seats, the tram can run for 40 kilometers at a maximum speed […]

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Cal on November 14th, 2017

China’s largest oil company Sinopec, one of that country’s top banks, and its sovereign wealth fund agreed to develop a $43 billion natural gas project in the US state of Alaska. When will we reach peak oil demand?  Royal Dutch Shell and Norway’s Statoil predict crude oil demand could reach its high as soon as 2025 […]

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Cal on November 7th, 2017

Saudi Arabia has started the process to build 17.6 gigawatts of nuclear electricity generating capacity by 2032, the equivalent of about 17 reactors, making it one of the biggest prospects for an industry struggling after the 2011 nuclear disaster in Japan. The Saudis want to reduce the amount of crude oil they burn domestically for generate […]

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Cal on November 6th, 2017

In The Geopolitics of Energy Joseph Nye writes about how the discovery of shale oil in the US has changed the balance of international political power in the world. The International Monetary Fund estimates Saudi Arabia will need crude oil prices at about $70 per barrel in 2018 for its budget to break even, a dramatic […]

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