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Cal on February 13th, 2017

Direct Current (DC) Supergrids are appearing in China, India. Europe and Brazil. Long-distance ultra-high-voltage direct-current (UHVDC) connectors are now transmitting electricity over thousands of kilometres more efficiently than AC or alternating current. China began building these transmission facilities in 2010 and is currently has one under construction that will carry 12 gigawatts (half the average power use of Spain) over 3,400 […]

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Cal on February 6th, 2017

The U.S. Energy Information Agency (EIA) described Turkey as an increasingly important transit hub for crude oil and natural gas supplies in its latest report. Turkey’s Bosporus and Dardanelles straits are among the busiest straits in the world, with more than 2 million barrels of crude oil flowing through them each day. The construction of the Trans-Anatolian Natural […]

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Cal on February 4th, 2017

A new study from McKinsey & Company finds electric car battery costs fell from US$1,000 per kilowatt-hour in 2010 to US$227 per kWh last year – or by almost 80%. (This refers to battery pack cost and not just the battery cells. The costs of both are often confused.) Current projections put EV battery pack prices below $190/kWh […]

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Cal on December 15th, 2016

Already having a goal of 52% renewable electricity by 2030, the north African country of Morocco has now set a goal of becoming 100% renewable by the second half of this century. By 2030 the country expects to get 20% of its electricity from solar, 20% from wind and 12% from hydro. The Netherlands wants […]

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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 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 19th, 2016

A giant oil field was found in the US state of Texas that holds 20 billion barrels of oil trapped in four layers of shale. This is about three times larger than the Bakken field in the state of North Dakota and the single largest US. unconventional crude deposit, according to the US Geological Survey.  The oil […]

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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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