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Cal on August 13th, 2017

A review of trends in the electric vehicle market from the International Monetary Fund found that, in the four years ending in 2015, the pace of growth in EV sales was 120%. Using the transition in the 20th century from horse-drawn carriages to fuel-powered vehicles as a benchmark to measure progress, the report found that […]

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Cal on August 7th, 2017

The world’s first self-driving ship will sail next year. A Norwegian container ship, the Yara Birkeland, will be the world’s first electric, autonomous, zero-emissions ship. With a capacity of up to 150 shipping containers, the battery-powered ship is expected to mark the beginning of a transformation of the global shipping industry. The ship is small compared to modern standards […]

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Cal on August 2nd, 2017

World crude oil consumption could peak as early as the end of the next decade as electric vehicles become more popular, according to Royal Dutch Shell’s CEO.  Yet crude oil will still be needed for decades to come as it is likely to remain the main transportation fuel for planes, ships and heavy trucks. US crude […]

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Cal on July 27th, 2017

Britain announced it will ban all new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2040 amid fears that rising levels of nitrogen oxide pose a major risk to public health. This follows a similar recent announcement by France.  The British ban will also include new hybrid vehicles with an electric motor and gasoline or diesel […]

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Cal on July 17th, 2017

The Daily Beast tells us How Nikola Tesla Sparked the Electric Age. Although many say Tesla invented the twentieth century, it is more fitting to say he invented the twenty-first century, Kenny Breuer, Professor of Engineering at Brown University says most of Tesla’s inventions became “winners” later, “so for years no one really appreciated his achievements. […]

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Cal on July 14th, 2017

Global research institute McKinsey & Company has analyzed current energy storage prices and concludes that commercial businesses are getting the economic benefits of cheaper batteries and recent price falls in lithium-ion technology. With battery-pack costs now down to less than $230/kilowatt-hour (vs $1,000/kWh in 2010) storage demand is on the rise across Europe, Asia and the […]

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Cal on July 12th, 2017

  A recent report from the US Energy Information Administration on energy production shows that wind and solar, despite receiving tens of billions in government subsidies, provided only 3.2% of the country’s total energy in 2016. The EIA data revealed that fossil fuels, nuclear and hydro provided more than 90% of 2016 US energy production with rising […]

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Cal on July 9th, 2017

Netherland, Sewell & Associates, Inc. said the volume of natural gas estimated in the Tamar field off Israel stands at 11.2 trillion cubic feet, with an additional 14.6 million barrels of condensate. This is a 13% increase from the previous estimate of this natural gas bonanza. Condensate is an ultra-light mixture of hydrocarbon liquids. Once on […]

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