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October 13, 2017
CAR TECH
Norway seeks 'Tesla tax' on electric cars



Oslo (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
Norway, a world leader of zero-emission vehicles, on Thursday proposed a "Tesla tax" aimed at cutting a tax advantage granted to large electric cars in a heavily criticised move. Electric cars, which have hitherto been exempted from heavy taxes imposed on other vehicles, accounted for 20 percent of new registrations in the Nordic country since the beginning of this year, an unprecedented market share in the world. In a 2018 finance bill presented to the parliament on Thursday, the right-wing mi ... read more

CAR TECH
Tesla recalls Model X vehicles for seat fix
San Francisco (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
Tesla on Thursday said that it is recalling Model X sport utility vehicles to fix second-row seat-backs which might shift forward during crashes. ... more
CAR TECH
California to allow autonomous cars without driver
San Francisco (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
California officials Wednesday unveiled new regulations that would allow autonomous vehicles to operate on state roads in test projects without a human operator. ... more
SOLAR DAILY
Xcel Energy community solar garden program is the largest in the country
Minneapolis MN (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
Xcel Energy's Solar*Rewards Community program now has 40 active community solar gardens delivering more than 100 megawatts of clean, renewable energy to customers - making this the largest community ... more
SOLAR DAILY
Phenometrics Introduces New Solar Spectrum Light
Lansing MI (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
Phenometrics has introduced a new accessory for their PBR-101 photo bioreactors, the FSL-200 Full Spectrum Light system. The FSL-200 has a superior LED whose light produces a more accurate solar spe ... more
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CHIP TECH
NUS scientists unravel new insights into promising semiconductor material
Singapore (SPX) Oct 10, 2017
Researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) have established new findings on the properties of two-dimensional molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), a widely studied semiconductor of the futu ... more
TECH SPACE
New test opens path for better 2-D catalysts
Houston TX (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Rice University researchers have taken a deep look into atom-thick catalysts that produce hydrogen to see precisely where it's coming from. Their findings could accelerate the development of 2-D mat ... more
SOLAR DAILY
Total moves deeper into solar energy market
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
French energy company Total said Thursday it was playing an active role in the decarbonization of the French economy with a push deeper into the solar market. ... more
SOLAR DAILY
Statoil taps solar market in Brazil
Washington (UPI) Oct 5, 2017
Norwegian energy company Statoil said it was expanding its footprint in the Brazilian energy market even further, this time with solar energy. ... more
SOLAR DAILY
Flying Dutch win world solar car race in Australia
Adelaide, Australia (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
Dutch team "Nuon" Thursday won an epic 3,000-kilometre (1,860-mile) solar car race across Australia's outback for the third-straight year, continuing its dominance of an innovative contest showcasing new vehicle technology. ... more
SOLAR DAILY
Low-carbon advocates say U.S. renewables breaking records
Washington (UPI) Oct 4, 2017
Amid the pushback on Washington's efforts to back coal and nuclear power, a report from low-carbon advocates found clean energy has organic momentum. ... more


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OIL AND GAS
OPEC's oil price forecast near a make-or-break point for U.S. shale
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
The price for crude oil next year should be around the so-called Goldilocks number for shale oil drillers in the United States, OPEC economists said. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Tullow sees quick path to production in Ivory Coast
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
If the commercial potential exists in oil basins inland in Ivory Coast, it won't take long to put them into production, British energy company Tullow Oil said. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Oil prices give tepid response to signs from OPEC on balance
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
Crude oil prices were slow out of the gate Wednesday, posting only minor gains after OPEC economists pointed to tighter market conditions ahead. ... more
OIL AND GAS
House leadership supports U.S. offshore overhaul
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
An offshore drilling act critics said was "wish list" legislation for the oil and gas industry was hailed as a strategic win by House Republican leadership. ... more



'Fuel-secure' steps in Washington counterintuitive, green group says
Washington (UPI) Oct 1, 2017
A proposal to address what the Trump administration outlined as threats to traditional energy sources is counterintuitive, sustainable energy supporters said. The U.S. Department of Energy said last week it was calling on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to change how the wholesale electricity sector works by offering compensation for "traditional" power generators. In a ... more
Menlo Park CA (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
SLAC-led project will use AI to prevent or minimize electric grid failures
Beojing, China (SPX) Sep 04, 2017
Scientists propose method to improve microgrid stability and reliability
Washington (UPI) Aug 29, 2017
ADB: New finance model needed for low-carbon shift in Asia
Sodium could replace lithium for more cost-efficient battery storage
Washington (UPI) Oct 10, 2017
Researchers at Stanford University have built a sodium-based battery that can store just as much energy as a lithium-ion battery, but at a significantly reduced cost. Lithium-ion batteries have been the standard bearer for the last 25 years. But lithium is becoming increasingly scarce and mining costs are steep. Sodium - which also hosts ions that can be moved from a cathode to ... more
Osaka, Japan (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
A new way to produce clean hydrogen fuel from water using sunlight
Washington (AFP) Oct 6, 2017
Tesla delays truck launch, eyes battery power for Puerto Rico
Orlando FL (SPX) Oct 05, 2017
New nanomaterial can extract hydrogen fuel from seawater
OX2 hands over Ajos wind farm to IKEA Finland
Stockholm, Sweden (SPX) Oct 10, 2017
In December 2015, IKEA Finland signed a purchase agreement with OX2 for 13 wind turbines in Kemi, northern Finland. All the terms of the agreement have now been met and IKEA Finland has taken ownership. "The renewal of the Kemi Ajos wind farm has been an important project for us on our path to gain energy independence. The IKEA vision is to create a better everyday life for the many people ... more
Miami (AFP) Oct 9, 2017
Wind farms in Atlantic could power the world: study
Washington (UPI) Sep 22, 2017
Germany gets economic lift with wind energy
Washington (UPI) Sep 20, 2017
French energy company to build wind power sector in India
Total moves deeper into solar energy market
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
French energy company Total said Thursday it was playing an active role in the decarbonization of the French economy with a push deeper into the solar market. After a call for tenders, Total's solar power subsidiary said it was working through a partnership with agricultural services company Groupe Carré on 70 projects for solar polar installations on building and carports across Franc ... more
Adelaide, Australia (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
Flying Dutch win world solar car race in Australia
Washington (UPI) Oct 5, 2017
Statoil taps solar market in Brazil
Moscow, Russia (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Scientists propose new way of increasing the efficiency of solar batteries
Japan government, TEPCO liable for Fukushima crisis: court
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 10, 2017
Japan could have foreseen and avoided the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, a court ruled on Tuesday, ordering the government and the power plant operator to pay damages to local residents. The Fukushima district court's verdict was the second time the government has been ruled liable for the meltdown in eastern Japan, the world's most serious nuclear accident since Chernobyl in 1986. The ... more
Winston Salem NC (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
New 'molecular trap' cleans more radioactive waste from nuclear fuel rods
Paris (AFP) Oct 10, 2017
French, Belgian nuke plants vulnerable to attack: Greenpeace
Normandy, France (SPX) Oct 03, 2017
Largest Nuclear Training Center In France Opens Its Doors
Breakthrough in direct activation of CO2 and CH4 into liquid fuels and chemicals
Liverpool UK (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Researchers from the University of Liverpool have made a significant breakthrough in the direct conversion of carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) into liquid fuels and chemicals which could help industry to reduce greenhouse gas emissions whilst producing valuable chemical feedstocks. In a paper published in chemistry journal Angewandte Chemie they report a very unique plasma synthesis ... more
Berlin (AFP) Oct 9, 2017
NGOs slam UN aviation agency plan for biofuels
Ames IA (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
Surrounded by potential: New science in converting biomass
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
A key step in synthetic fuel production from seawater patented by NRL
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Chevron abandons Great Australian Bight drill plans
Sydney (AFP) Oct 13, 2017
Energy giant Chevron Friday joined BP in ditching plans to drill in the Great Australian Bight citing weak oil prices, with environmentalists urging other major players to follow suit. The company had planned to drill exploration wells to look for oil or natural gas after acquiring two deepwater blocks spanning more than 32,000 square kilometres (12,355 square miles) off the pristine South A ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
Kurdish oil export payments continue after referendum
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
Canadian trade group makes pitch for global edge
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
Iranian energy companies lay out investment options in Amsterdam
'Plan B': Seven ways to engineer the climate
Berlin (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
Dismissed a decade ago as far-fetched and dangerous, schemes to tame global warming by engineering the climate have migrated from the margins of policy debate towards centre stage. "Plan A" remains tackling the problem at its source. But efforts to sharply reduce greenhouse gas emissions have fallen woefully short and cannot, most scientists agree, avert catastrophic climate change on their ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
British government unveils green spending plans
Berlin (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
As Paris climate goals recede, geoengineering looms larger
Washington (UPI) Oct 10, 2017
Cheaper to invest in climate change fight than to rebuild; EPA chief rolls back US plans
Rio in massive share buyback after coal mines sale
Sydney (AFP) Sept 22, 2017
Rio Tinto will return $2.5 billion to shareholders in a buyback after selling most of its Australian coal assets to China-backed Yancoal, the mining giant said Friday. The world's second-largest miner sold Coal & Allied to Yancoal, majority-controlled by China's Yanzhou Coal, earlier this month in a divestment drive analysts expect will lead to a complete exit from the sector. The buybac ... more
Washington (UPI) Sep 15, 2017
First-ever U.S. coal shipment arrives in Ukraine
Sydney (AFP) Sept 1, 2017
Rio completes Australia coal mines sale to China's Yancoal
Washington (UPI) Aug 22, 2017
In a first, U.S. ships coal to Ukraine
China launches three satellites
Beijing (XNA) Oct 02, 2017
China launched three remote sensing satellites Friday on a Long March-2C rocket from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province. The Yaogan-30 01 satellites will conduct electromagnetic probes and other experiments. The launch is the 251st flight mission of the Long March rocket family. span class="BDL">Source: a href="http://news.xinhuanet.com">Xin ... more
Beijing (XNA) Oct 02, 2017
Mars probe to carry 13 types of payload on 2020 mission
Adelaide, Australia (XNA) Oct 03, 2017
UN official commends China's role in space cooperation
Beijing (XNA) Sep 22, 2017
China's cargo spacecraft separates from Tiangong-2 space lab
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Trudeau warns Trump in Bombardier, Boeing row
Washington (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday warned US President Donald Trump that Canada would not make military buys from Boeing while the United States was targeting Canada's Bombardier with heavy import duties. The US aerospace firm, claiming its competitor received unfair state subsidies, successfully petitioned the Trump administration to impose financial penalties on Bombardier ... more
Sydney (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
F-35 stealth fighter data stolen in Australia defence hack
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
Boeing KC-46A tankers exchange fuel mid-flight for first time
Washington (UPI) Oct 5, 2017
Navy T-45 crash renews concerns about the trainer aircraft
Tesla recalls Model X vehicles for seat fix
San Francisco (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
Tesla on Thursday said that it is recalling Model X sport utility vehicles to fix second-row seat-backs which might shift forward during crashes. Internal testing revealed that cables in second-row fold-flat seats in 2016 and 2017 model year vehicles might need to be adjusted to "ensure the safety" of those riding inside, a Tesla spokesperson said in an email response to an AFP inquiry. ... more
Oslo (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
Norway seeks 'Tesla tax' on electric cars
San Francisco (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
California to allow autonomous cars without driver
Washington (UPI) Oct 5, 2017
The U.S. needs at least twice as many charging points for EV
Spikes in carbon emissions detected with NASA satellite
Miami (AFP) Oct 12, 2017
Data from a circling NASA satellite shows spikes in carbon emissions worldwide, particularly in winter, along with new insights into the rising levels of pollutants that drive global warming, researchers said Thursday. The findings in the journal Science are based on data from a carbon-tracking satellite launched in 2014 by the US space agency, known as NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 ( ... more
New York, NY (SPX) Oct 09, 2017
Columbia researchers observe exotic quantum particle in bilayer graphene
Corvallis OR (SPX) Oct 06, 2017
Sunlight and the right microbes convert Arctic carbon into carbon dioxide
Helsinki, Finland (SPX) Sep 27, 2017
Graphene forged into three-dimensional shapes
Prototype shows how tiny photodetectors can double their efficiency
Riverside CA (SPX) Oct 10, 2017
Physicists at the University of California, Riverside have developed a photodetector - a device that senses light - by combining two distinct inorganic materials and producing quantum mechanical processes that could revolutionize the way solar energy is collected. Photodetectors are almost ubiquitous, found in cameras, cell phones, remote controls, solar cells, and even the panels of space ... more
Basel, Switzerland (SPX) Oct 10, 2017
High-speed quantum memory for photons
Boston MA (SPX) Oct 10, 2017
A zero-index waveguide
Groningen, Netherlands (SPX) Oct 10, 2017
Extra sulphur improves electronic structure of quantum dots
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China raises bullet train speed six years after crash
Beijing (AFP) Sept 21, 2017
China on Thursday increased the maximum speed of bullet trains on the Beijing-Shanghai line to 350 kilometres (217 miles) per hour, six years after a fatal accident led to a speed cap. The speed limit had been reduced to 300 kilometres per hour after 40 people died in a high-speed train crash near Wenzhou in July 2011. The acceleration cuts the 1,318-kilometre (819-mile) Beijing-Shanghai ... more
Ahmedabad, India (AFP) Sept 10, 2017
Modi, Abe to kick-start India's first bullet train project
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
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New York (AFP) Aug 2, 2017
Hyperloop startup says superfast rail a reality
Air pollution kills over 500,000 Europeans a year: report
Copenhagen (AFP) Oct 11, 2017
Air pollution causes more than 500,000 premature deaths across Europe each year despite "slowly" improving air quality on the continent, the EU's environment authority said Wednesday. Although data from the Copenhagen-based European Environment Agency (EEA) reveals some encouraging signs, in large part the result of new technologies, air pollution remains the leading environmental cause of ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 11, 2017
Scientists trace path of inland plastic pollution from rivers to oceanw/ll
Tipitapa, Nicaragua (AFP) Oct 5, 2017
Polluted lake is poor Nicaraguans' lifeline
Tokyo (AFP) Oct 4, 2017
Olympics: Tokyo 2020 water venue polluted


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