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An FT article last week lauded the intent of General Electric and Chesapeake Energy to form an alliance to promote the use of natural gas as a fuel for cars and trucks. The intent is to develop gas re-fueling infrastructure with a target to add 250 compressing and recharging units principally at gasoline filling stations. […]

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Continued from Part One. In another twist to the tale, a report in the FT says GM seems to be at an advanced stage of discussions with France’s Peugeot, also a struggling carmaker with excess capacity, to jointly develop engines, transmission systems and entire vehicles that would be sold under their respective brands. While this […]

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Continued from Part One. The Costliness of Catalysts To date, the use of PGM catalysts have made the up-front cost of fuel cells and the refurbishment of the devices over their life far too expensive to be widely adopted, but Acal Energy in the UK has developed a low-cost liquid catalyst that can be continuously […]

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Fuel cells are one of those technologies we have covered before, usually citing some manufacturer who is fan-faring a new technology purported to be game-changing for the cost structure of the hydrogen fuel cell market. So far, fuel cells are used predominantly in specialist applications such as submarines and space vehicles, or in remote areas […]

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Looks like ZincOx will drop the mining yoke and start pulling the recycling plow. The FT reported that the UK-based company, originally invested in zinc mining, will be shifting over to zinc recycling to become profitable again. ZincOx built a plant in South Korea, and after it finally begins producing and selling finished zinc, looks […]

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The US’ pending trade dispute with China over solar cells and modules, covered on MetalMiner on Nov. 10, looks like it will be successful in encouraging China to review its sales strategy towards finished solar panels; this comes following advice received by trade lawyers hired by Chinese firms to advise them on the Commerce Department case, the […]

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The game has changed for the nuclear industry post-Fukushima, at least in the Western world, if not globally. After previous nuclear incidents, there usually was a pause while national bodies reviewed the reasons for the event and upgraded safety standards, but the Fukushima incident seems to be impacting Europe much like Three Mile Island did […]

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After looking at Mexico and Argentina in the first post of this series, let’s look across to Europe. Poland and France: Give Gas a Chance Two countries have significant reserves: Poland, at an EIA-estimated 187 trillion cubic feet; and France, at 180 trillion cubic feet; both have enough to make them gas independent for decades, […]

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You would think the discovery of large — and I mean huge — gas reserves would be a major boon for any country. Just look at the transformational impact the US shale gas discoveries have had on the US energy landscape, not only allowing the generation of cheap and relatively low GHG electricity, but also […]

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Few sunny days ahead for US solar manufacturing industry. Source: solarenergyfact.org You may believe it was inevitable. Sooner or later, production of what is essentially a commodity item like photovoltaic solar panels would prove uncompetitive in Western markets as low-cost emerging markets reached critical mass and, in something of a downturn, flooded the market at […]

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