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Air-Breathing battery development increases storage capacity with greater longevity at a fraction of the cost of other batteries.

Air-Breathing battery development increases storage capacity with greater longevity at a fraction of the cost of other batteries.

  A team of researchers from MIT have developed an air-breathing battery capable of storing electricity with greater longevity and at a fraction of the cost of other energy sources. The development solves intermittency issues that often keep power sources from connecting to the grid. Yet-Ming Chiang, Kyocera Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at… Continue Reading

GO Transit may deploy hydrogen-power rather than electric; consults with Canadian fuel cell technology company that worked on world’s first hydrogen-powered train

GO Transit may deploy hydrogen-power rather than electric; consults with Canadian fuel cell technology company that worked on world’s first hydrogen-powered train

  Canadian hydrogen generation and fuel cell products developer Hydrogenics Corporation will formally undertake feasibility study for GO Transit to potentially deploy hydrogen-powered trains for Ontario. These trains have aleady proven successful in Europe, using technology developed in Canada at Hydrogenics. The Ontario Government announced the consultation yesterday, as part of its $13.5 billion RER… Continue Reading

Real-time oil leak tracking with PAH sensor from Norwegian Geotechnical Institute can precisely measure hydrocarbons in water around oil wells

Real-time oil leak tracking with PAH sensor from Norwegian Geotechnical Institute can precisely measure hydrocarbons in water around oil wells

Globally, there are 496 offshore oil and gas rigs in operation.[1] The big oil spill is an obvious environmental disaster, and a response is usually immediate. Smaller and ongoing leaks, however, are difficult to detect, due to the dilution effect of the surrounding water. The cumulative impact of smaller, but undetected leaks, could be enormous. For… Continue Reading

Natural Resource GDP increased 0.4%, led by Energy subsector at 0.7% — Statscan

Natural Resource GDP increased 0.4%, led by Energy subsector at 0.7% — Statscan

Real natural resource gross domestic product (GDP), or the volume of economic activity attributable to natural resources, increased by 0.4% in the first quarter after edging up 0.2% in the fourth quarter. In comparison, GDP for the total economy grew 0.9%. Energy, the largest subsector, was the main contributor to the growth for the quarter (+0.7%). The mineral… Continue Reading

New oil extraction methods such as swept acoustic wave promise to increase yield

New oil extraction methods such as swept acoustic wave promise to increase yield

Typically, companies only manage to extract a third of the oil from a given field using current technologies. A promising new extraction method, developed by veteran Russian engineer Alex Barak and his engineer associates, at Galex Energy Corporation, could dramatically improve yield — although not without some environmental risks. They are working on various methods, but… Continue Reading

$26 Trillion needed over 13 years to power infrastructure for world’s fastest growing economies

$26 Trillion needed over 13 years to power infrastructure for world’s fastest growing economies

Putting aside issues such as carbon footprint, food, economic fundamentals, infrastructure development and cost is the biggest issue facing the fast-growing economies in Asia. These areas need at least $1.7 trillion in investment every year until 2030 — just to support current levels of growth — according to Asia Development Bank.     That breaks… Continue Reading

Financial risks associated with emissions limits for Canada for oil and gas industries

Financial risks associated with emissions limits for Canada for oil and gas industries

According to a study by Carbon Tracker, Canadian oil and gas companies face financial risks associated with emissions limits outlined in the Paris Agreement. The goal of the Paris Agreement is to limit global warming to two degrees by monitor and limiting greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. While many companies are making great strides toward meeting… Continue Reading

Three Out of Four Energy Companies Hit by Cyber-Attacks in the Last Year

Three Out of Four Energy Companies Hit by Cyber-Attacks in the Last Year

Global hacking attempts have become increasingly more prevalent over the past few years. Governments, companies, and individuals alike have been victims of these attacks. Hackers targeting governments and political figures often intend to leak classified information, expose corruption, or even attack a candidate in order to see their side win. Hackers who target large corporations… Continue Reading

Ontario invests $488,250 to create new jobs in Subdbury and expand research in mining.

Ontario invests $488,250 to create new jobs in Subdbury and expand research in mining.

Ontario is supporting the development of new, innovative mining technologies and helping to create new jobs for residents in the Sudbury area by expanding a state-of-the-art research mine. “NORCAT continues to work to help develop innovative mining technologies. Our support for the Underground Centre in Onaping is improving on a unique facility that supports companies… Continue Reading

Engineers among highest paid Canada; Alberta averages highest; quarrying, mining, oil and extraction dominate wages

Engineers among highest paid Canada; Alberta averages highest; quarrying, mining, oil and extraction dominate wages

Natural and applied sciences engineers are among the highest paid full time hourly wage earners according to he 2016 Statistics Canada Job Vacancy and Wage Survey. Only Management edged out engineers. Also, significant, the highest hourly wages in Canada were found in Alberta. Six out of the nation’s top ten regions for wages were in… Continue Reading

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