Energy and Natural Resources


  • Wind Turbine Blade Part Could Boost Performance

    Two Danish wind energy companies worked with the Technical University of Denmark and wind energy cluster Hub North develop a system called PowerCurve to improve wind turbine's performance by up to 10%.

  • Argentina Selects Chinese Design for Nuclear Power Plant

    Plans for a new nuclear plant in Argentina incorporate a Hualong One reactor from China, World Nuclear News reports. The presidents of Argentina and China recently signed a cooperation agreement to jointly construct the plant.

  • Wastewater Treatment Technology for Developing Countries

    Engineers have developed a wastewater treatment technology for use in developing countries that can reduce total energy consumption by 90%.

  • Concrete Harvests Solar Energy for Electricity

    Researchers at the University of Kassel in Germany have developed a building material based on the principles of a dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC).

  • Energy Department Launches Clean Energy Incubator

    The U.S. Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) launched the Clear Energy Incubator Network.

  • Energy Management Smart Thermostats Installed in 3.2m U.S. Homes

    Consumers in North America and Europe bought twice as many smart thermostats in 2014 as in the previous year, according to an article in

  • Molten Salt Reactor Firm Partners with Canadian and Oak Ridge Labs

    Terrestrial Energy Inc. (TEI) is collaborating with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) to move the company’s integrated molten salt reactor (IMSR) to the engineering blueprint stage by late 2016.

  • Regulators Set Rules for Hardening French Nuclear Reactors

    The French nuclear safety regulator has specified additional post-Fukushima safety measures to be taken at the country's fuel cycle and research facilities.

  • Shell to Start Closing Down North Sea Oil Field

    Shell has announced its plans to decommission the North Sea Brent oil and gas field. A public consultation will begin on Feb. 16 to find the best way to take down the 23,500-ton Brent Delta platform, which has been in operation since the 1970s.

  • U.S. Oil Production: Strong Growth May Stall in 2015, IHS Says

    Consistent growth in oil production may come to a halt by mid-2015, according to an IHS report. Lower oil prices are beginning to affect production, ending more than six years of “historic gains,” the report says.

  • Bioenergy Competes for Food Crops and Land, Report Claims

    A report suggests that growing crops for biofuels is hurting the environment and adding to the global food crisis.

  • Delay for Plant Vogtle Nuclear Expansion

    The timeline for completing the Plant Vogtle nuclear power plant expansion will be delayed 18 months, Georgia Power Co. and Southern Co. announced in late January.

  • GE, Statoil to Develop Clean Tech for Oil and Gas Industry

    GE and Statoil announced a new partnership to accelerate the development of clean technologies for the oil and gas industry.

  • Oxygen Loss in Oceans Similar to When Ice Age Ended

    Seafloor sediment cores reveal abrupt, extensive loss of oxygen in the ocean when ice sheets melted roughly 10,000-17,000 years ago, according to a study from the University of California, Davis. The findings provide insight into similar changes observed in the ocean today.

  • Size a Factor in Hedging Protections for E&P Companies, IHS Says

    Analysis by IHS shows that energy company size matters when it comes to the hedging protections in place for North American exploration and production (E&P) companies.

  • Carbon Nanoballs Could Boost Energy Efficiency, Researchers Say

    Adding nanometer-sized carbon balls to high-voltage cables can help save energy, Swedish scientists have found.

  • JGC Nets $510 million Contract for Petronas’ LNG Complex

    JGC bags $510 million engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning (EPCC) contract for Petronas' LNG Complex in Malaysia.

  • Swiss Nuclear Power Plant Retrofit for Hydrogen Control

    All five of Switzerland's nuclear power reactors are to be retrofitted to increase hydrogen control capabilities, according to new requirements set by the country's nuclear regulator ENSI.

  • U.S. Nuclear Power Plants Break Capacity Factor Records

    U.S. nuclear power plants posted an estimated average capacity factor of 91.9 percent in 2014, surpassing the industry’s prior record set in 2007 by one-tenth of a percentage point, according to data compiled by the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI).

  • Carbon Sequestration: Less Rock Created than Expected?

    Carbon sequestration is a process that injects carbon dioxide deep below the Earth’s surface where it solidifies into rock.

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