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Renewable fuel from water using quantum technology

Lancaster University scientists are edging closer to creating renewable fuel from water using quantum technology, using the process of photoelectrolysis.

DONG Energy propels British Columbia into new energy economy

Vancouver - DONG Energy and NaiKun Wind Energy Group have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) giving DONG exclusive rights to negotiate a joint development agreement for the Haida Energy Field Offshore Wind Project in British Columbia, Canada.

Danish energy company turns the page on gas and oil

DONG Energy AS, Denmark's majority state-owned energy company, is selling off its last oil and natural-gas fields in a deal expected to close this month or next. Goldman Sachs has agreed to sell 7.5 million shares in the energy group to investors.

Rick Perry's 'baseload' grid study released and it's nothing new

The U.S. Department of Energy released the much-anticipated grid study late Wednesday night, finding cheap natural gas to be the main driver behind baseload power plant retirements.

Major oil companies quietly investing in clean energy startups

The energy choices we make today will have a huge impact on our health, our climate and our economy for decades to come. This is why major oil companies have joined Silicon Valley in backing clean energy technology startups.

JP Morgan Chase goes all in on renewable energy investments

Those who control the money always seem to have a disproportionate amount of both social and political power, so JP Morgan Chase's announcement that they have committed to 100 percent renewables by 2020 is the biggest news yet for the energy sector.

New York and Massachusetts set energy storage targets

New York and Massachusetts have joined a growing number of states that are setting targets for energy storage as wind, solar and other renewable energy sources are supplying increasing amounts of power to their electric grids.

French announcement - No new licenses for hydrocarbon exploration

Paris - French energy minister Nicolas Hulot confirmed on Friday that there will be no new permits issued for oil and gas exploration on the mainland or in French held territories.

Coal India still planning to shut 37 coal mines by end of year

Coal workers unions at Coal India and Singareni Collieries have postponed a three-day strike that was to have started today after the government agreed there would be no merger of retirement funds. However, Coal India is still closing 37 mines by 2018.

Geothermal technology takes a giant leap forward in Washington

Spokane - While Washington state uses a mix of renewables, including hydroelectric and wind, it has lagged behind neighboring states like Idaho, or Utah and Nevada in the development of geothermal energy. But geothermal exploration is now moving forward.

Town council pushes for offshore wind in Gulf of Maine

Durham - Durham, New Hampshire Town Councilors on Monday endorsed a resolution calling for a focused look at offshore wind development.

World's first commercial CO2 removal plant begins operation

Zurich - Zurich, Switzerland-based Climeworks asks, What if we could remove carbon dioxide directly from the air? Well, with a little help from technology, that is exactly what the company is doing.

Wind turbine company offers free job training to coal miners

Renewable energy sources have put a huge dent in the coal mining industry, and in In Wyoming, unemployed coal miners are being offered free training to become wind farm technicians.

World's largest solar plant to begin construction immediately

Abu Dhabi - The government-owned power utility, Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority (ADWEA) has closed a 3.2 billion dirhams ($872 million) financing deal to build the world's largest solar power plant, it was announced on Wednesday.

Trump turns his big guns on Energy Department with huge cuts

Trump campaigned in coal country, promising jobs if he was elected. Well, that was a lie, especially now that his proposed budget cuts to the DOE have been announced. And forget renewable energy because he's cutting that budget to the bone.

Moon Jae-in closes 10 coal-fired power plants to combat dirty air

Seoul - South Korean President Moon Jae-in will temporarily shut down 10 coal-fired power plants in June that are over 30 years old in an effort to mitigate air pollution, according to a statement issued by the president's office on Monday.

Energy watchdog sees U.S. nuclear capacity, generation dropping

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) came out with a damning report on nuclear capacity and generation in the U.S. on Friday, declaring that 25 percent of nuclear capacity now in operation will be retired by 2050.

Elon Musk tweets that Tesla's solar roof tiles are now on sale

Tesla is officially accepting orders for some of its solar roof tiles Wednesday afternoon, CEO Elon Musk said on Twitter.

Clean energy innovations that will transform our world (Part 1)

Technological innovations in electricity generation, energy storage, and the smart grid are changing the way we power our world. Great progress has been made in developing renewable energy resources, changing the face of the energy industry.

Hydro and wind power provide two-thirds of Canada's electricity

In a report released Tuesday, Canada's National Energy Board (NEB) announced that two-thirds of the country's electricity now comes from renewable energy sources.

Australia to get $1bn solar farm and world's largest battery

South Australia is getting a huge clean energy boost with a $1.0 billion solar farm consisting of 3.4 million solar panels and 1.1 million batteries. It is expected to start operating later this year.

'Energy transformation' taking place around the globe

Abu Dhabi - On Thursday, the International Renewable Energy Association (IRENA) published data confirming that 2016 was the strongest year ever for new renewable energy installations worldwide.

Shell CEO urges industry to switch to cleaner energy sources

Houston - Shell CEO Ben van Beurden, speaking at the 2017 CERAWeek energy conference in Houston, Texas on Thursday, said the oil and gas industry risks losing public support if progress is not made in the transition to cleaner energy.

Solar power and electric cars could halt fossil fuels by 2020

Fossil fuels will soon be a thing of the past as renewable energy sources are being embraced globally and the technologies behind electric cars, solar and wind power make them less costly to consumers.

Denmark's Dong Energy to phase out coal by 2023

Since its inception in 2006, Denmark's Dong Energy, already a leader in green energy technologies, announced on Thursday they will become 100 percent coal-free by 2023.

New wind power generator uses trees as inspiration

Scientists have developed a system that is based on the branches and leaves of a cottonwood tree. The device produces energy as its artificial leaves sway in the breeze, harnessing wind power to generate electricity.

China's monstrous wind and solar projects - Most of it is wasted

Beijing - China is the world's biggest energy market, and like many energy projects in the country, wind and solar farms are some of the largest on the globe. But with all the country's investments in renewables, China's economy is still dependent on fossil fuels.

Predatory bacteria used to release bioplastics

Researchers have come up with a novel method of extracting bioplastics from bacteria. This involves the use of another, predatory bacterium to extract the biologically created plastics from the producing bacteria.

World's largest cold energy storage plant commissioned

Manchester - The world's largest cold energy storage facility has been commissioned. The plant will be located at a site near Manchester, England.

EU on track to meet 2020 target for renewable energy: report

Copenhagen - EU countries are on track to meet their 2020 targets for renewable energy and emissions cuts but could fall short of ambitious longer-term goals, the European Environment Agency (EEA) said Thursday.
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