Energy and Natural Resources


  • China’s Solar Module Market Booming, but Shortage Looms

    Chinese Tier 1 photovoltaic (PV) suppliers are seeing a boom in demand and have sold out of product until the second quarter of 2015. As a result, a shortage in solar modules is expected on the global market in the first quarter of 2015, according to the latest analysis from IHS Technology.

  • UK Nuclear Plant Gets 10-year Operating Extension

    EDF Energy has announced a 10-year life extension for the U.K.’s Dungeness B nuclear plant. Dungeness B's two 545 MWe advanced gas-cooled reactor (AGR) started up in 1983 and 1985 respectively, according to World Nuclear News.

  • Russia Approves $2.3bn for 1,200 MW Nuclear Power Plant in Finland

    Russia's Cabinet of Ministers has approved up to RUB150 billion ($2.3 billion) in funding from the country's sovereign wealth fund for the Hanhikivi 1 nuclear power plant project in Finland. Russian ministerial approval was granted in late December. The approval was published in mid-January.

  • Energy Department Offers $125mn for Disruptive Technologies

    The Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) is issuing its third open funding opportunity announcement, OPEN 2015, for up to $125 million.

  • Hydrofracturing Without the Hydro

    Hydrofracturing needs water – lots of water. The typical North Dakota well requires 3–5 million gallons of water, and it must be reasonably clean. Recycling fracturing fluids is big business, but ridding water of dissolved solids is expensive and generates a waste stream of its own.

  • Argonne Partners with Industry on Nuclear Reactor Work

    The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Argonne National Laboratory will work with three leading nuclear products and services companies on projects that could unlock the potential of advanced nuclear reactor designs.

  • Solar Electric Power Market Predictions for 2015

    While challenges still remain for the solar photovoltaic (PV) industry, numbers from 2014 show a sunny forecast for the industry. According to a new white paper issued by the IHS Solar service, solar PV demand grew at a double digit pace in 2014.

  • Nuclear Generating Capacity Increased Globally in 2014

    Global nuclear generating capacity increased slightly worldwide in 2014 as five new reactors began supplying electricity and one shut down.

  • EU Energy Efficiency Rules Come Into Force

    A new set of energy efficiency measures which aim to reduce household energy bills in the European Union (EU) by more than 40 euros ($48.39) per year became effective January 1.

  • Fine-tuning Oil Well Completion Technology

    The recent drop in crude oil prices offers a new catalyst for operators to perfect well completion in an effort to remain competitive. The price of Western Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil dropped in response to a mediocre global economy and a surplus of crude oil.

  • Energy Use Declines in China During 2014

    Energy use per unit of GDP is expected to decline by up to 4.7% in China in 2014, according to a senior official at the country's top economic planner, who was quoted in an article from China Daily.

  • India Plans $45 Billion Electric Power Infrastructure Upgrade

    India's government says it plans to invest more than $45 billion to upgrade the country’s electric power transmission and distribution grid in a bid to offset scarcity, the Times of Oman newspaper reported.

  • Offshore Oil Engineering Vessel Enters Service for CNOOC

    China’s first multi-purpose offshore vessel that belongs to Offshore Oil Engineering, an affiliate of China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC) has started operation. The vessel is capable of operating in 3,000 meter water depths.

  • U.S. EPA Sets Coal Ash Disposal Rules for Electric Power Plants

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final rule to deal with the disposal of coal combustion residuals (CCR) from electric utilities, which stemmed from a 2008 coal ash spill at a coal-fired power plant operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA).

  • NREL Claims 45.7% Efficiency for Concentrator Solar Cell

    The U.S. Energy Department's National Renewable Energy lLaboratory has improved the design of its solar cell by adding an additional absorber layer. NREL says this increased the conversion efficiency to 45.7% for a four-junction solar cell at 234 suns concentration.

  • Algal Biofuels: Closer to Sustainability?

    To tackle concerns driven by carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, chemical majors are using bio-process engineering technologies to convert carbon sources into new energy forms.

  • Lockheed Martin's 100 MW Compact Fusion Nuclear Reactor

    A Lockheed Martin Skunk Works team is working on a compact fusion reactor (CFR) that could be developed and deployed in as little as 10 years.

  • Technology Innovations Turn Wastewater Plants Into Energy Producers

    Their main business may be cleaning up water for drinking and other human purposes. But today, some water and wastewater treatment facilities are also turning themselves into small-scale power plants.

  • U.S. Energy Exploration

  • Energy Department Tags $12.5bn for Advanced Nuclear Energy Projects

    The Energy Department issued the Advanced Nuclear Energy Projects loan guarantee solicitation, which provides as much as $12.5 billion to support innovative nuclear energy projects.

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