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UAE nuclear programme edges toward 2018 launch

Abu Dhabi - At first glance, the long hallway seems abandoned. But behind glass walls, in soundproof offices, engineers and physicists are putting the final touches to the Arab world's first nuclear programme.

Wind energy blows up storm of controversy in Mexico

La Ventosa - Cain Lopez looks tiny standing near the seven enormous wind turbines that tower over his farm in the Mexican village of La Ventosa.

OPEC pumps more oil in July despite cut pledge: IEA

Paris - OPEC pumped more oil in July as global oil supplies rose for the third straight month, the IEA said Friday, giving figures that cast further doubt on the cartel's pledge to cut output to raise prices.

China defends gasfield activity in East China Sea

Bejing - China on Wednesday defended its oil and gas activity in the East China Sea as occurring in areas "indisputably" under its jurisdiction, after Japanese protests stirred a longstanding dispute over the region.

First bio-compatible ion current battery invented

Bethesda - Technologists from University of Maryland have created a new kind of battery. The battery is bio-compatible, and it produces a similar type of of ion-based electrical energy as that used by humans and other animals.

One dead and blackouts in Chilean capital after rare snowfall

Santiago - One person died and tens of thousands were left in the dark and shivering in the southern hemisphere winter following a rare snowfall in the Chilean capital Santiago on Saturday.

Digital transformation is reshaping the energy sector

Digital transformation, big data analytics and the Internet of Things are each shaping the energy sector. The biggest gains are with the way power plants operate, in terms of cost savings, and the way assists are managed.

Angry Dutch take govt to court over gas field quakes

Den Haag - Angry Dutch residents dragged the government to the country's highest court Thursday over gas extraction in Europe's largest gas field, which has triggered damaging tremors in the area for years.

200 green activists killed in 2016, record toll: watchdog

Paris - At least 200 environmental campaigners and protectors -- 40 percent from indigenous tribes -- were murdered around the world in 2016, the deadliest year on record, the watchdog organisation Global Witness said Thursday.

Essential Science: New material promises better car batteries

In the technology conscious world everyone wants better batteries: more powerful in terms of charge retention, lighter, and more reliable. Batteries have lagged behind other technological advances. This could be about to change.

Tillerson declares his nostalgia for old oil life

Istanbul - US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the former chief executive of Exxon Mobil, expressed nostalgia for his former life as an oilman while picking up an industry award in Istanbul on Sunday.

Elon Musk's Tesla to build world's largest battery in Australia

Sydney - Elon Musk's Tesla will build what the maverick entrepreneur claims is the world's largest lithium ion battery within 100 days, making good on a Twitter promise to ease South Australia's energy woes.

World's first 'battery-free' phone could change communications

Researchers have developed the first phone that doesn't require an electrical power supply. The prototype device is capable of harvesting energy from the air. It generates enough power to communicate using existing apps such as Skype.

Delays, £1.5-bn cost overrun at UK's Hinkley nuclear plant: EDF

Paris - A project to build a nuclear plant at Hinkley Point in Britain will overrun by £1.5 billion ($1.95 billion, 1.71 billion euros) and may face further delays, its main supplier said Monday.

Total signs major Iran gas deal, defying US pressure

Tehran - French energy giant Total defied US pressure on Monday by signing a multi-billion-dollar gas deal with Iran, the first by a European firm in more than a decade.

Central America hit by massive power outages

San Jos - A huge power outage plunged millions of people across Central America into darkness Saturday, as authorities from Panama to Costa Rica to El Salvador scrambled to restore electrical service.

The realities of scarce water resources around the globe

Water is the one resource that all life on Earth needs to survive - That's a fact. However, water has taken on a greater role, and not just in the political and economic scheme of things, but in how it is intertwined into the very fabric of our lives.

Trump 'proud' of leaving Paris climate deal

Washington - US President Donald Trump on Thursday strongly defended his decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord, declaring himself "proud" of the move.

Energy generating tarmac crystals to be tested

Los Angeles - This sounds a little sci-fi to start with: imagine if crystals were embedded in tarmac so that stationary cars could generate energy for storage when stuck in traffic jams? It's a study that's about to start.

2020 deadline to avert climate catastrophe: experts

Paris - Humanity must put carbon dioxide emissions on a downward slope by 2020 to have a realistic shot at capping global warming at well under two degrees Celsius, the bedrock goal of the Paris climate accord, experts said Wednesday.

Extending battery life through low-cost material

The limitation with the life-time of batteries remains a big frustration for consumers, especially as our reliance upon electronic devices increases. Several projects are underway to make batteries last longer. We look at one of the latest ideas.

Climate change more important than partisan politics: Schwarzenegger

Paris - Former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger urged people from both ends of the political spectrum to join a "crusade" to save the planet, after a Friday meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron.

Trump's new idea — a 'solar wall' on Mexican border

Washington - US President Donald Trump pitched a new concept to his supporters for the wall he intends to erect on the Mexican border: cover it with solar panels -- and use the energy to cover construction costs.

DRCongo seeks joint Chinese-Spanish offer to build dam

Kinshasa - The Democratic Republic of Congo said Tuesday it has asked Chinese and Spanish bidders of a colossal dam project to join forces and submit a joint bid.

Japan court clears way for nuclear reactor restarts

Toukyo - A Japanese court Tuesday gave the green light to switch on two more nuclear reactors despite heavy public opposition, in the latest victory for the government's pro-atomic push.

Floating solar farm reflects China's clean energy ambitions

Bejing - As the United States was withdrawing from the Paris climate pact, China's clean energy ambitions were being reflected in the launch of the world's largest floating solar farm.

Renewables now provide more than half UK electricity

London - The first week in June has seen renewables provide more than half U.K. electricity for first time. This sees the U.K.'s reliance upon fossil fuels decline significantly.

Nuclear-wary Japan restarts another atomic reactor

Toukyo - A Japanese utility switched on another nuclear reactor Tuesday in a small victory for the government's pro-atomic push, despite strong public opposition after the 2011 Fukushima meltdown.The restart of the No.

Bloomberg leads mass coalition declaring support for Paris climate deal

New York - Former New York mayor Mike Bloomberg led nearly 1,000 business and government officials declaring they would honor the Paris climate accord on Monday, days after US President Donald Trump announced a US exit from the 190-plus nation pact.

Low-cost and ultra-stable perovskite solar cell developed

Technological improvements have made it possible to increase the power conversion efficiency of perovskite solar cells to over 22 percent recently, however, a low-cost, stable 2D/3D hybrid perovskite solar cell has now been developed.
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The Peterhead Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) project in  Aberdeenshire   UK.
The Peterhead Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) project in Aberdeenshire, UK.
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Workers connect the turbines’ power and data systems to an existing 16MW subsea export cable at the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE). This cable is connected to the onshore substation.
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Tidal electricity generator awaiting installation, July 9, 2007.
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The High Flux Isotope Reactor buidings at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
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The floating turbine offshore of the Goto Islands. Photo: 09/21/2012
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Configuration of components in a fuel cell vehicle (FCV).
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Reactors 3 and 4 at Oi Nuclear Power Station, Japan. Power-down of reactor 4 on September 15, 2013 could mark the end for nuclear power in Japan.
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Wind turbines at a wind farm in California's Altamont Pass.
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Getting ready to deploy the giant turbine into the Bay of Fundy.
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A power plant with the nuclear sign superimposed over top of it
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