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July 04, 2017
CIVIL NUCLEAR
1.5-bn pound cost overrun at UK's Hinkley nuclear plant: EDF



Paris (AFP) July 3, 2017
A project to build a nuclear plant at Hinkley Point in Britain will overrun by 1.5 billion pounds ($1.95 billion, 1.71 billion euros) and may face further delays, its main supplier said Monday. EDF, the state-run French company that has the lion's share of the controversial scheme, made the announcement after a long review. EDF is part of a French-Chinese consortium that was awarded the two-reactor project last year despite criticism from green groups and cost warnings from experts. "The final pro ... read more

SOLAR DAILY
Californians take a shine to solar power
Los Angeles (AFP) July 2, 2017
Jacquie Barnbrook had grown tired of the high electricity bills and her gas-guzzling luxury car when she finally decided to take the plunge last year. ... more
BIO FUEL
Solving a sweet problem for renewable biofuels and chemicals
Tempe AZ (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
Whether or not society shakes its addiction to oil and gasoline will depend on a number of profound environmental, geopolitical and societal factors. But with current oil prices hovering aroun ... more
BIO FUEL
Cellulosic biofuels can benefit the environment if managed correctly
East Lansing MI (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
Could cellulosic biofuels - or liquid energy derived from grasses and wood - become a green fuel of the future, providing an environmentally sustainable way of meeting energy needs? In Science, rese ... more
ENERGY TECH
CAS researchers develop selective electrocatalysts to boost direct methanol fuel cell performance
Beijing, China (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
A research group from the Institute of Process Engineering (IPE), Chinese Academy of Sciences recently reported the development of a new technology to boost performance of direct methanol fuel cells ... more
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WATER WORLD
Bacteria-coated nanofiber electrodes clean pollutants in wastewater
Ithaca NY (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
Cornell University materials scientists and bioelectrochemical engineers may have created an innovative, cost-competitive electrode material for cleaning pollutants in wastewater. The research ... more
BIO FUEL
Cheap, energy-efficient and clean reaction to make chemical feedstock
Seoul, South Korea (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
They are all around you! Most plastics, conductive polymers, and even medicines derive from molecules with a double bond between two carbon atoms, C=C. These molecules are called olefins and a ... more
TECH SPACE
NIST 'noise thermometry' yields accurate new measurements of boltzmann constant
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
By measuring the random jiggling motion of electrons in a resistor, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have contributed to accurate new measurements of the Bolt ... more
TECH SPACE
New polymer goes for a walk when illuminated
Eindhoven, Netherlands (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
Scientists at Eindhoven University of Technology and Kent State University have developed a new material that can undulate and therefore propel itself forward under the influence of light. To this e ... more
SOLAR DAILY
The Last Day of Net-Metering Brings Memories of Fighting for Every Solar Watt
Los Angeles, CA (SPX) Jul 04, 2017
Up at 5am to revise a single line diagram for a solar grid tie system so SCE can give Permission-To-Operate (PTO). Over the years the single line diagram was accepted or rejected based on the partic ... more
TRADE WARS
Putin and Xi talk trade, N.Korea at Kremlin
Moscow (AFP) July 4, 2017
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese leader Xi Jinping met Tuesday against a backdrop of mounting tensions over North Korea ahead of G20 summit talks with US President Donald Trump. ... more


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OIL AND GAS
Total-led group lands first contract in Iran in a decade
Washington (UPI) Jul 3, 2017
Monday is a "huge day" for the Iranian energy sector, an analyst said after it signed off on its first offshore contract with a foreign company in a decade. ... more
OIL AND GAS
UN tells Qatar to mend fences with Gulf neighbours
United Nations, United States (AFP) July 3, 2017
The UN Security Council has told Qatar to sort out its differences with its Gulf neighbors, China's ambassador said Monday, indicating the top UN body would not get involved in the dispute. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Norway managing era of low oil prices effectively, Moody's finds
Washington (UPI) Jul 3, 2017
Norway needs to make economic preparations to address long-term risks, but has shown strength in the face of lower oil prices, ratings agency Moody's said. ... more
OIL AND GAS
More oil found in the Barents Sea
Washington (UPI) Jul 4, 2017
Norwegian oil company Statoil said Monday it was anticipating more potential near its promising Johan Castberg field after finding oil in a frontier area. ... more



Fighting global warming and climate change requires a broad energy portfolio
San Diego CA (SPX) Jun 27, 2017
Can the continental United States make a rapid, reliable and low-cost transition to an energy system that relies almost exclusively on wind, solar and hydroelectric power? While there is growing excitement for this vision, a new study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) by 21 of the nation's leading energy experts, including David G. Victor and George R. Tynan from the ... more
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Low-carbon trajectory is the only option, European leaders say
Washington (UPI) Jun 8, 2017
Divestment streak continues for British energy company Centrica
Sydney, Australia (SPX) Jun 08, 2017
New ultrathin material for splitting water could make hydrogen production cheaper
Tiny bubbles provide tremendous propulsion in new microparticles research-Ben-Gurion U
Beer-Sheva, Israel (SPX) Jun 28, 2017
An innovative technique using light and tiny bubbles to propel microparticles at forces many times greater than previously achieved has been developed by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev researchers. The new technique could have significant implications in the development of micromotors and optical devices for use in solar cell optics. "What we ultimately hope to achieve is a highly accu ... more
Houston TX (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
Ruthenium rules for new fuel cells
Beijing, China (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
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Houston TX (SPX) Jun 28, 2017
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Thrive Renewables delivers mezzanine funded wind farms in Scotland
Bristol UK (SPX) Jun 22, 2017
With over 20 years in sustainable investment, Thrive Renewables, (previously Triodos Renewables) has provided mezzanine loans for two wind farms in Scotland that will have a combined total capacity of 11.5MW which will generate and deliver clean, smart energy to the UK grid. Once built, these projects will be able to generate enough green electricity for 7,760[1] homes. In partnership with ... more
Beijing, China (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
It's a breeze: How to harness the power of the wind
Washington (UPI) Jun 5, 2017
ADB: Asia-Pacific growth tied to renewables
Anaheim, CA (SPX) May 28, 2017
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Air pollution casts shadow over solar energy production
Durham NC (SPX) Jun 28, 2017
Global solar energy production is taking a major hit due to air pollution and dust. According to a new study, airborne particles and their accumulation on solar cells are cutting energy output by more than 25 percent in certain parts of the world. The regions hardest hit are also those investing the most in solar energy installations: China, India and the Arabian Peninsula. The study ... more
Swansea UK (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
Exciting new material uses solar energy to remove man-made dye pollutants from water
Zurich, Switzerland (SPX) Jun 28, 2017
ABB microgrid to power Aruba and support transition to renewable energy
Los Angeles, CA (SPX) Jul 04, 2017
The Last Day of Net-Metering Brings Memories of Fighting for Every Solar Watt
1.5-bn pound cost overrun at UK's Hinkley nuclear plant: EDF
Paris (AFP) July 3, 2017
A project to build a nuclear plant at Hinkley Point in Britain will overrun by 1.5 billion pounds ($1.95 billion, 1.71 billion euros) and may face further delays, its main supplier said Monday. EDF, the state-run French company that has the lion's share of the controversial scheme, made the announcement after a long review. EDF is part of a French-Chinese consortium that was awarded the two-re ... more
London (AFP) June 23, 2017
UK nuclear plant to cost consumers billions more
Tokyo (AFP) June 23, 2017
Toshiba delays results again citing US nuclear unit
Paris (SPX) Jun 26, 2017
AREVA obtains transport license for its new cask in France and Belgium
Solving a sweet problem for renewable biofuels and chemicals
Tempe AZ (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
Whether or not society shakes its addiction to oil and gasoline will depend on a number of profound environmental, geopolitical and societal factors. But with current oil prices hovering around $50 dollars a barrel, it won't likely be anytime soon. Despite several major national research initiatives, no one has been able to come up with the breakthrough renewable biofuel technology t ... more
Chicago IL (SPX) Jun 28, 2017
Regulating the indirect land use carbon emissions imposes high hidden costs on fuel
East Lansing MI (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
Cellulosic biofuels can benefit the environment if managed correctly
Munich, Germany (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
Biofuel from waste
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More oil found in the Barents Sea
Washington (UPI) Jul 4, 2017
Norwegian oil company Statoil said Monday it was anticipating more potential near its promising Johan Castberg field after finding oil in a frontier area. The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, the nation's energy regulator, confirmed the presence of oil in a well drilled about 14 miles southwest of the Johan Castberg field in the Barents Sea. The discovery was made in a wildcat well, one ... more
Washington (UPI) Jul 3, 2017
Total-led group lands first contract in Iran in a decade
Edmonton, Canada (SPX) Jun 28, 2017
Hydraulic fracturing rarely linked to felt seismic tremors
Washington (UPI) Jul 3, 2017
More gas offshore Israel than originally thought
EU girds for stormy G20, climate battle with Trump
Berlin (AFP) June 29, 2017
European leaders vowed Thursday to defend the landmark Paris climate pact at a G20 summit next week, setting them on collision course with US President Donald Trump at what is expected to be a stormy meeting. Leaders of Germany, France, Italy and other EU economies acknowledged their long standing ties with Washington but said they would not give in on "existential" threats like global warmi ... more
Lisbon (AFP) July 3, 2017
US pullout gives 'global push' to climate deal: UN chief
Washington (AFP) June 29, 2017
Trump 'proud' of leaving Paris climate deal
Potsdam, Germany (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
Turning the climate tide by 2020
Rio prefers Yancoal to Glencore in Australia coal sale
Sydney (AFP) June 26, 2017
Rio Tinto Monday recommended shareholders accept a new improved offer from Yancoal for its Australian coal assets, after the China-backed firm trumped a fresh bid from Swiss commodities giant Glencore. Rio, the world's second-largest miner, said in January it was selling Coal & Allied to Yancoal Australia - majority-controlled by China's Yanzhou Coal - for US$2.45 billion. But Glencore ... more
Sydney (AFP) June 26, 2017
Glencore makes new bid for Rio's Australia coal assets
Sydney (AFP) June 20, 2017
Rio backs Yancoal over Glencore for Australia coal minesw
Tomsk, Russia (SPX) Jun 12, 2017
Coal waste fuel may reduce anthropogenic emissions
China heavy-lift carrier rocket launch fails: state media
Beijing (AFP) July 2, 2017
China on Sunday announced the launch of a powerful rocket designed to carry communication satellites into orbit had been "unsuccessful", in a glitch for the country's ambitious space programme. The Long March-5 Y2, Beijing's second heavy-lift rocket, blasted off at 7:23 pm (1123 GMT) Sunday from the Wenchang Space Launch Center in the tropical island province of Hainan "Abnormity was det ... more
Nanjing (XNA) Jul 02, 2017
Yuanwang-3 completes ship check mission, ready for Chang'e-5 lunar probe launch
Beijing (AFP) July 1, 2017
China prepares to launch second heavy-lift carrier rocket
Beijing (XNA) Jun 27, 2017
China to launch Long March-5 Y2 in early July
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Climate change can't halt Vienna third runway: court
Vienna (AFP) June 29, 2017
Austria's constitutional court on Thursday overturned a landmark ruling that had blocked Vienna airport's plans to build a third runway because of climate change worries. Judges found that the earlier verdict had violated the constitution, noting that the environment did not hold "absolute priority" over other factors. In February, the Federal Administrative Court (FAC) had argued that t ... more
London (AFP) June 15, 2017
BA flight disruption cost estimated 80m pounds
Washington (UPI) Jun 27, 2017
State Department approves India for C-17 buy
Boston MA (SPX) Jun 28, 2017
Another approach to developing flying cars
Electric vehicles inefficient way to reduce CO2 emissions: study
Montreal (AFP) June 22, 2017
Subsidizing the purchase of electric cars in Canada is an inefficient way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that is not cost effective, according to a Montreal Economic Institute study released Thursday. "It's just a waste," said Germain Belzile, one of the authors of the study, which examined electric vehicle subsidies offered by Canada's two biggest provinces Ontario and Quebec, which can ... more
Beijing (AFP) June 28, 2017
S.Korean cars recalled in China as row hits sales
Beijing (Sputnik) Jun 26, 2017
China's Futuristic Elevated Bus Scrapped, Accused of Being a Scam
Washington (UPI) Jun 27, 2017
New Zealand puts more emphasis on electric vehicles
Black carbon varies, but stubbornly persists, in snow and ice around the world
Boulder CO (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
A new University of Colorado Boulder study comparing dissolved black carbon deposition on ice and snow in ecosystems around the world (including Antarctica, the Arctic, and alpine regions of the Himalayas, Rockies, Andes, and Alps) shows that while concentrations vary widely, significant amounts can persist in both pristine and non-pristine areas of snow. Black carbon is the soot-like bypr ... more
Washington (UPI) Jun 28, 2017
Researchers create tiny sensor using 'white graphene'
Washington DC (SPX) Jun 28, 2017
Ultra-compact phase modulators based on graphene plasmons
Ulsan, South Korea (SPX) Jun 16, 2017
UNIST researchers engineer transformer-like carbon nanostructure
Spinning electrons open the door to future hybrid electronics
Linkoping, Sweden (SPX) Jul 03, 2017
A discovery of how to control and transfer spinning electrons paves the way for novel hybrid devices that could outperform existing semiconductor electronics. In a study published in Nature Communications, researchers at Linkoping University in Sweden demonstrate how to combine a commonly used semiconductor with a topological insulator, a recently discovered state of matter with unique electrica ... more
Berkeley CA (SPX) Jun 28, 2017
2-D material's traits could send electronics spinning in new directions
Nashville TN (SPX) Jun 28, 2017
Cotton candy capillaries lead to circuit boards that dissolve when cooled
Riverside CA (SPX) Jun 27, 2017
Research accelerates quest for quicker, longer-lasting electronics
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Thai junta vows to force through China railway
Bangkok (AFP) June 13, 2017
Thailand's junta chief on Tuesday said he would invoke his 'absolute powers' to clear hurdles holding up a multi-billion-dollar deal with China to build a high-speed railway. The two countries, who are increasingly close friends, have agreed to lay the track that will ultimately cut through the Laos' border to Thailand's south. Beijing's big plan is to link the southern Chinese city of ... more
The Hague (AFP) June 1, 2017
Dutch group unveils Hyperloop test facility
Nairobi (AFP) May 31, 2017
Eyeing growth boost, Kenya opens Chinese-built railway
Cherepish, Bulgaria (AFP) April 30, 2017
China steams to the rescue for Bulgaria's creaking railways
Scientists probe role of sunscreen in accelerating coral reef decline
Washington (UPI) Jun 21, 2017
When marine biologist Craig Downs first visited the turquoise-blue waters of Trunk Bay in the Virgin Islands National Park in St. John in 2005, he arrived on a crucial mission: Find out why the health of the park's coral reefs was declining. Downs, part of a team of experts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the University of Central Florida and the University of ... more
West Tabir, Indonesia (AFP) June 21, 2017
Risky gold rush: Indonesia tackles illegal mining boom
Firozabad, India (AFP) June 25, 2017
Facing ruin, India's ancient glass artists blame the Taj
Athens (AFP) June 22, 2017
Athens rubbish piles up as Greeks protest contracts


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