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Cal on December 3rd, 2016

Scientists from the UK’s University of Bristol have developed a lab-made nuclear diamond that can generate electricity and is made from radioactive waste. The diamond battery has an incredible lifetime, and will only be half used up by the year 7746.  As most people know, a severe downside of the nuclear fission process is the creation of dangerous radioactive waste, which […]

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Cal on November 28th, 2016

Switzerland voting in a referendum rejected a proposal to introduce a strict timetable for phasing out nuclear power. A majority of cantons (Swiss states) voted against the initiative with the latest reports showing the breakdown 55% to 45%. The plan would have meant closing three of Switzerland’s five nuclear plants next year, with the last shutting in […]

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Cal on November 26th, 2016

According to energy consultant Wood Mackenzie, presently 13% of global C02 emissions are subjected to a carbon price. The firm believes, however, that technology and economics, not carbon pricing or other government policies, will drive the world towards decarbonization. “”It’s the technology that’s the wildcard now. How quickly can renewables costs fall, how quickly can competing […]

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Cal on November 24th, 2016

The Norwegian government estimates there are roughly 18 billion barrels of oil equivalent yet to be discovered in Norwegian waters and half of that is in the Arctic’s Barents Sea. In the past year Swedish energy company Lundin Petroleum has made two discoveries in the Barent’s Sea. It’s discovery last year at Alta, about 100 miles from […]

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Cal on November 23rd, 2016

Canada announced plans to phase out coal-fired electricity plants by 2030. This is part of the federal government’s goal to have 90% of Canada’s electricity generated from sustainable sources by that date — up from 80% today. Since March of this year the US has been exporting liquefied natural gas (LNG) to the Middle East.  Cheniere Energy’s Sabine Pass complex in the southern […]

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Cal on November 21st, 2016

Due to a global movement to reduce coal production, the International Energy Agency now sees demand rising by 214 million tons in the next 25 years as contrasted with the 485 million it forecasted last year. Britain’s last coal power station will be forced to close in 2025, the government said as it laid out its plan […]

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Cal on November 15th, 2016

The International Energy Agency raised its forecast for non-OPEC crude oil production increases next year to 500,000 barrels per day with the increase coming from Russia, Brazil, and Kazakhstan. An indication of a growing glut of crude oil was a report that European oil companies have been forced to book oil tankers to store their growing […]

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Cal on November 11th, 2016

A new report from Navigant Research predicts that over the next decade, global demand for storage for renewable energy will grow to 4.5 gigawatts (GW) of annual installed capacity, from 110 megawatts in 2016. Global installed energy storage capacity is forecast to grow from an annual market of 1.1 GW in 2016 to 21.6 GW in 2025. Energy storage for […]

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