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Cal on October 15th, 2017

Australian airline Qantas announced it will use biofuels on its flights from Los Angeles International airport starting in 2020. The firm said it will purchase 30 million litres annually of a 50/50 blend of plant-derived biofuel and conventional fuel to power its flights between Los Angeles and Australia. US bioenergy company SG Preston will supply the […]

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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 4th, 2017

HIS Markit says the Permian basin in the US state of Texas holds 60 to 70 billion barrels of shale oil. This is said to be worth $3.3 trillion and could supply every US refinery with crude oil for the next 12 years. These figures are at odds with much lower estimates by the US Energy […]

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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 18th, 2017

The European Marine Centre has produced hydrogen gas from electricity generated from tides off the coast of Orkney, Scotland. This is the first time hydrogen has been created by tidal energy. They hydrogen will be converted back to electricity by a fuel cell at a pier in Kirkwall where it will be used as auxiliary […]

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Cal on September 13th, 2017

Hurricane Harvey appears to be the most destructive event for cars in the history of the US. Based on early estimates floodwaters destroyed hundreds of thousands of vehicles causing US auto companies to bump up production beyond their original plans for this year. Ethylene is one of the most important petrochemicals on the planet and much […]

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Cal on September 1st, 2017

The US city of Santa Fe, New Mexico has voted unanimously to target 100% renewable energy for city owned operations by 2025. Presently 25% of the city’s energy now comes from renewable sources, primarily solar installations on municipal buildings. China has reached its 2020 solar power target three years ahead of schedule, after installed solar […]

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