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Iraq seeks power revamp to head off sanctions, protests

Baghdad - Iraq's broken electricity sector is planning a long-awaited overhaul to both meet US pressure to halt Iranian power imports and head off summertime protests over chronic cuts.

New solar cell generates hydrogen and electricity simultaneously

As part of the quest for efficient renewable energy, researchers have generated hydrogen for fuel cells through artificial photosynthesis. The new device is a hybrid photoelectrochemical and voltaic cell.

Bacteria in the human gut generate electricity

An interesting discovery has been made about several species of bacteria that inhabit the human intestines and which constitute part of the human microbiome. These organisms have been shown to generate electricity.

California commits to 100% clean electricity by 2045

Los Angeles - California Governor Jerry Brown signed landmark legislation Monday committing his state to a 100 percent clean electricity grid by 2045.

California commits to 100% clean electricity by 2045: governor

Los Angeles - California Governor Jerry Brown signed landmark legislation Monday committing his state to a 100 percent clean electricity grid by 2045.

Caracas plunges into massive blackout

Caracas - Huge parts of sprawling metropolitan Caracas plunged into dark on Sunday for about 45 minutes, in the fourth such blackout in just over a month.The loss of power hit nearby towns such as La Guaira.

Power cut, water shortage on Greek holiday isle Hydra

Atenas - The Greek holiday island of Hydra was without electricity on Sunday, leading to water shortages as the authorities and energy company Dedie scrambled to resume the power supply.

Electricity crisis leaves Iraqis gasping for cool air

Baghdad - As the stultifying summer heat sends Iraqis in search of cool spots, restaurateur Ali Hussein provides sanctuary -- even though it means hooking up to an expensive generator.

Venezuelan capital hit by 80 percent power cut: government

Caracas - A power failure cut electricity to 80 percent of the Venezuelan capital Caracas Tuesday, provoking transport and communications chaos, authorities said.Electricity minister Luis Motta said the government was "working on restoring the service.

French train chaos for vacationers as key station crippled

Paris - Thousands of people hoping to hit beaches along France's Atlantic coast faced massive train cancellations and delays Monday as workers struggled to restore electricity to a key Paris station after a fire last week.

French train chaos for vacationers as key station still crippled

Paris - Thousands of people hoping to hit beaches along France's Atlantic coast were still facing train cancellations and delays Monday as workers struggled to restore electricity to Paris's Gare Montparnasse after a fire on Friday.

Iraq PM sacks electricity minister after weeks of protest

Baghdad - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Sunday sacked his minister of electricity after three weeks of protests against corruption and chronic power cuts in the energy-rich country.

Power woes hit Nigeria's football fans

Lagos - Football-loving Nigerians had more than one reason to groan about the country's opening World Cup game: not only did they lose 2-0, many weren't even able to see the whole match.

Jordan price hikes spark protests, royal reprieve

Apo - Jordan's King Abdullah II ordered the government on Friday to freeze new price hikes on fuel and electricity, officials said, after angry protests across the cash-strapped country.Past price hikes have triggered riots in Jordan, a country of 9.

Unlocking benefits from Ultra Fast Carbon Batteries: Interview Special

French company NAWA Technologies have developed a new ultra capacitor, the Ultra Fast Carbon Battery. These batteries have the potential to make in-roads into everything we touch from cars, to smartphone cases to the electricity grid.

Quebec wary of bitcoin gold rush

Saint-hyacinthe - At the site of a former cocoa factory in Canada's Quebec province, tiny holes punctured in the walls of a warehouse allow fresh air to cool thousands of whirring processors connected by a tangle of wires.

In Ivory Coast, 'drone academy' offers youth the chance to soar

Abidjan - "Drones have become my passion," says Noursely Doumbia, who holds a degree in electronics and is currently learning to pilot drones as part of a pioneering programme in Ivory Coast's economic capital Abidjan.

Electric textile lights a lamp as it is stretched

Gothenburg - Scientists have developed an electric textile that can generate sufficient power to light a lamp as it is stretched. This happens through the conversion of kinetic energy into electric power.

Power partly restored after massive Amsterdam outage

Den Haag - Power was gradually being restored Friday after Amsterdam's bustling city centre was hit by a major outage, closing down museums and stopping trams, the city's electricity network provider said.

New battery built for extreme cold

Batteries are required for an increasing number of mobile appliances, from consumer to industrial. Batteries are affected by environmental conditions, such as extremes of weather. A new invention addresses extreme cold.

Puerto Rico power grid snaps, nearly 1 million in the dark

San Juan - Puerto Rico's power grid broke down again on Thursday, leaving some 800,000 customers without power, as the US Caribbean possession struggles to recover five months after Hurricane Maria slammed the island.

Power station blast plunges Puerto Rico into darkness

San Juan - Most of San Juan and a strip of northern Puerto Rico municipalities were plunged into darkness Sunday night after an explosion at a power station, five months after two hurricanes destroyed the island's electricity network.

Australia toughens foreign investment rules amid China concerns

Sydney - Australia announced tougher restrictions on foreign buyers of agricultural land and electricity infrastructure on Thursday amid fears over rising Chinese influence.

Puerto Rico's governor announces plan to privatize power utility

San Juan - Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello announced on Monday he intends to sell off the U.S. territory’s troubled power utility, PREPA to the private sector, saying the process could take roughly 18 months to complete.

As coal declines, renewables take over U.S. electrical generation

Renewable energy appeared to be a huge winner in the U.S. in 2017, with the latest figures showing that solar and wind power represented 94.7 percent of the net new electricity capacity.

Fossil fuels blown away by wind in cost terms: study

Paris - New onshore wind and solar energy projects are set to deliver electricity more cheaply than fossil fuels plants, with other green technologies also rapidly gaining a cost advantage over dirty fuels, a report published Saturday said.

Palestinian Authority agrees to restore Gaza electricity payments

Ramallah - The Palestinian Authority said Wednesday it had agreed to restore payments for electricity in the Gaza Strip after a cut in June worsened a power crisis in the blockaded enclave.

Armenia looks to solar energy to move out of Russia's shadow

Yerevan - Landlocked and poor, Armenia has long relied on Russia for its energy needs, but the government is hoping to reduce that dependence by tapping a resource that is plentiful in the region: the sun.

Puerto Rico is being rebuilt with the aid of solar companies

San Juan - The U.S. territory of Puerto Rico is still devastated and is struggling with basic needs, including a widespread lack of electricity. It has been two months since Hurricane Maria devastated the island, and people are still hurting.

Belarus nuclear power plant stirs fears in Lithuania

Minsk - Thirty years after the Chernobyl disaster spewed radioactive clouds into the sky and sent shockwaves across Europe, Belarus is building a nuclear reactor on the doorstep of the EU despite fears in neighbouring Lithuania.
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