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Cal on October 14th, 2017

A new study by the China University of Petroleum in Beijing says the Asian country is about to experience a peak in its total crude oil production as early as next year.  Without finding an alternative source of “new abundant energy resources”, the study warns, the 2018 peak in China’s combined conventional and unconventional oil will […]

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Cal on October 12th, 2017

Russia, which gets 20% of its electricity from hydro, plans to get another 4.5% from solar and wind by 2024. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said a plan is currently being devised to amend the country’s regulatory system in a way that will facilitate the addition of more solar and wind power capacity and lead […]

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Cal on October 8th, 2017

Airbus plans to put its electric flying taxi, the CityAirbus, into operation late next year. This announcement came after a successful full-scale ground test of the vertical take-off and landing vehicle’s propulsion system. The vehicle is entirely battery-powered (with electric 100 kilowatt motors), uses a four propeller design to navigate through crowded cities, and can […]

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Cal on October 2nd, 2017

The government of Singapore announced it intends to install solar panels across all new Housing Development Board blocks. The South Asian Republic receives an average annual solar irradiance of 1,580 kilowatts per metre squared per hour, and up to 50% more solar radiation than other temperate countries. Using photovoltaic cells, solar power is likely to be the […]

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Cal on September 30th, 2017

Professor Vaclav Smil tells us that when it comes to energy storage, size matters. A small national electric grid — one handling 10 to 30 gigawatts — could rely entirely on intermittent renewable energy sources (like wind and solar) only if it had gigawatt-scale storage capable of working for many hours. The largest announced storage system, comprising more than […]

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Cal on September 29th, 2017

Hedge fund Bridgewater Associates believes that almost half of the jobs in the next two decades will be replaced by artificial intelligence. CEO Ray Dalio said: “By in large, the world is going to largely consist of people who can take language and put it into code, which then allows the computer to operate like a […]

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Cal on September 22nd, 2017

Daimler AG announced plans to spend $1 billion to start production of Mercedes-Benz electric vehicles at its factory in the US state of Alabama. The plant will assemble electric sport utility vehicles, making Daimler the first European company to assemble plug-in EVs in the US. The alliance of automakers Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi revealed their six-year […]

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Cal on September 21st, 2017

The US Energy Information Administration projects world energy consumption will increase by 28% between 2015 and 2040. Over that period coal demand will remain flat while renewable energy will be the world’s fastest-growing energy source. Nuclear energy is expected to be the second fastest-growing source. China and India will account for more than 60% of the world’s […]

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