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Cal on May 13th, 2017

UK startup Tokamak Energy Ltd. activated its ST40 fusion reactor last week and achieved first plasma, an early milestone on the path to higher energy tests, and eventually, electricity production. The company is hoping the ST40 will show fusion temperatures—100 million degrees Celsius—are possible in compact, cost-effective reactors. Tokamak’s compact reactor is about 100-times smaller than ITER (International […]

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Cal on May 2nd, 2017

Global energy companies have sold off more than $22.5 billion worth of Canadian oil sands assets so far this year, concerned about depressed crude oil prices, high production costs, carbon emissions, and limited pipeline access to global markets. More energy efficient appliances, LED lighting, and a shift away from heavy industry all have contributed to a […]

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Cal on April 27th, 2017

Voice of America looks at the future of flying: Electric Planes and Flying Cars. See also CITYLABS, When Cars Fly while The Drive tells us about a hydrogen powered flying car. IDTechEx Research predicts electric vehicles for construction, agriculture and mining will be a $81 billion market in 2027. Transparency Market Research projects the global electric vehicle […]

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Cal on April 19th, 2017

    China continues to increase its electricity generation from coal, which was up 7% year over year in the first quarter. As domestic coal production only increased by 4% during this quarter, the result is a surge in demand for imported coal which is expected to be 30 million tons higher this year than last year. […]

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Cal on April 15th, 2017

The US has shut down 39 gigawatts (GW) of coal-fired electrical generation capacity since 2012 while the UK has closed 8.4 GW in the five years through 2015. (1 GW is the size of a typical nuclear power plant.) Construction on new coal plants fell by nearly two-thirds globally in 2016. US carbon emissions dropped 3% last year as cheap abundant natural […]

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Cal on April 14th, 2017

The African nation of Kenya has awarded a contract for the construction of a geothermal power plant (Olkaria V) which will have 140 megawatt (MW) capacity. With the completion of Olkaria V, Kenya will have 290 MW of geothermal capacity or approximately 10% of the nation’s total electric generation capacity. Scientists from around the world will […]

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Cal on April 8th, 2017

On a global level, 2015 and 2016 marked the lowest level of new conventional crude oil discoveries since 1952. In 2016, only 3.7 billion barrels of conventional oil were discovered, roughly 45 days of global crude consumption or 0.2% of global proved reserves. Globally, exploratory drilling fell by almost 20% in 2015 and fell even […]

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Cal on April 6th, 2017

  The UK’s Transport Research Laboratory has commenced a driverless electric pod trial. (see photo above.) Over the next three weeks, roughly 100 people will ride the pod around a two-mile course in London’s North Greenwich to demonstrate how the technology could be used for “last mile” trips in urban areas. The shuttle is already in operation at London’s Heathrow […]

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