• U.S. and China Agree to Carbon Reduction Goals

    U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping announced an agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions. The U.S. would aim to cut net greenhouse gas emissions 26-28% below 2005 levels by 2025.

  • UK Group Seeks Low Carbon, Low Emission Automotive Propulsion Technologies

    The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC), in partnership with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and Innovate UK say they will invest up to £100m ($157.85 million) in collaborative research and development funding.

  • Russia Agrees to Build 8 Nuclear Power Plants in Iran

    World Nuclear News reports that Russia has agreed to build up to eight new nuclear power reactor units in Iran, including at the Bushehr site on the Persian Gulf in southwest Iran, and four at another, to-be-determined site. The agreement was signed in Moscow by Sergey Kirienko, Rosatom director

  • Heat Transfer Sets Noise Floor for Ultrasensitive Electronics

    A team of engineers and scientists has identified a source of electronic noise that could affect the functioning of instruments operating at very low temperatures, such as devices used in radio telescopes and advanced physics experiments.

  • Researchers Invent Nanoscale Battery Structure

    Researchers at the University of Maryland have invented a tiny structure that includes all the components of a battery that they say could bring about the ultimate miniaturization of energy storage components.

  • Sunoco Logistics to Invest $2.5 billion in NGL Pipeline

    Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. announced a successful open season for Sunoco Pipeline L.P.’s Mariner East 2 project, the second phase of the company’s plan to provide pipeline transportation from the Marcellus and Utica shales.

  • Fill ‘er Up: Building the EV Recharge Infrastructure

    It seems certain that electric vehicles (EVs) will become an increasingly common sight on the world’s highways. From a starting point of around 400,000 such vehicles worldwide at the beginning of 2014, the total figure looks set to double on an annual basis for the foreseeable future.

  • Global Platform Shift Creates Opportunity for Aftermarket, IHS Automotive Says

    The continued trend toward a global platform strategy by automotive manufacturers presents new and unique challenges and opportunities for the automotive aftermarket, according to Mark Seng, global aftermarket practice leader for IHS Automotive, during a presentation to industry executives at the

  • Two Stroke Engine Makes for a Lighter, More Fuel Efficient Vehicle

    A group of Spanish, French and Czech researchers have developed a two-stroke engine with a reduced weight, size, fuel consumption and emissions compared to the four stroke engine. The engine's reduced weight and size give it a high specific power, creating the need for only two cylinders.

  • Material Aims to Be "Black Hole" for Sunlight in Power Projects

    An engineering team at the University of California, San Diego has developed a new nanoparticle-based solar power material that eclipses previous designs.

  • Bay Area Water Tunnel Engineered for Seismic Activity

    The city of San Francisco dedicated in October the first seismically sound tunnel built under San Francisco Bay, the $288 million Bay Tunnel. The Bay Tunnel will connect Hetch Hetchy and East Bay water supplies with San Franciscans and nearby communities.

  • Chinese Group to Build High-Speed Rail for Mexico

    A Chinese-led consortium won an uncontested contract for a multi-billion-dollar high-speed passenger rail link between Mexico City and the central city of Queretaro, the Mexican Transport and Communications Ministry said November 3.

  • Flow Batteries Charge Toward Grid-Scale Energy Storage

    The next-generation electrical grid will use advanced software, monitoring and renewable power sources to make the North American electrical supply more robust. But for maximum flexibility during peak demand, the grid also must be able to store power and supply it on demand.

  • Method Could Expand Biomass Waste Use for Chemical Feedstock

    Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison disclosed a new method to convert lignin, a biomass waste product, into simple chemicals. The innovation could held expand the use of biorenewable materials for fuel and chemicals, says Shannon Stahl, an expert in green chemistry at the University.

  • Oil and Gas Company Margins Are Squeezed, Profitability Weakens, IHS Says

    Despite a record year of capital investment totaling more than $720 billion in 2013, which represented an 18% increase above 2012 investments, companies operating in the global upstream energy industry saw their margins squeezed even tighter than in 2012, as costs continued to escalate rapidly.

  • Compressed Air Energy Storage May Get a New Breath of Life

    It’s been a long dry spell for compressed-air energy storage (CAES). More than 20 years have passed since the last ribbon-cutting ceremony at a new CAES plant. But a combination of new technology, government mandate and technology innovation could breathe life into the becalmed CAES market.

  • Declining Revenues Cause Traditional Lighting Manufacturers to Rethink Strategy

    This year has been a challenging one for the leading suppliers of lighting products, with quarterly lamp and luminaire revenues falling for most traditional technology suppliers.

  • Drop in Oil Prices Leads to Easing of Materials/Equipment Components, Cost Index Finds

    Current construction costs increased for the 33rd consecutive month in October, according to IHS and the Procurement Executives Group (PEG). The headline current IHS PEG Engineering and Construction Cost Index (ECCI) eased to 54.5% in October, down from 57.8% in September.

  • Upgrading Infrastructure Could Reduce Future Flood Damage

    The flooding that devastated parts of Colorado in September 2013 might have been less destructive if the bridges, roads and other infrastructure had been upgraded or modernized, according to a new study from the University of Colorado Denver.

  • Growth in German Machinery Production – Is There Still Hope?

    The recent German export figures have been only one of an alarming number of pointers released in the past few weeks indicating a deteriorating economic climate.


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