Monthly Archives: November 2015

Three Energy solutions that excite BillGates

Solar chemical technology, flow batteries and solar paint are three examples of promising technologies motivating Bill Gates as he announces a multi-billion dollar private sector coalition alongside top billionaires to accelerate clean energy innovation. In a paper released on his official blog over the weekend, the world’s richest man explained the pressing need for increased public and private funds into research and development (R&D) to make renewable energy cheaper and more effective. “Promising concepts … Continue reading

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WhiteHouse Releases Details of Bil lGates’s Climate Research Plan

LE BOURGET, France – The White House on Sunday released the details of an announcement, expected on Monday, about a plan by Bill Gates to team with 19 governments and 28 billionaires from 10 countries to create a multibillion-dollar public-private coalition to fund clean- and renewable-energy research. Mr. Gates, the founder of Microsoft and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, will make the announcement during a gathering of more than 120 world leaders on … Continue reading

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BHP, Vale face $7bn Brazilian lawsuit over dam burst

The Brazilian Government is planning to sue BHP Billiton and its partner Vale for more than $7 billion over the deadly collapse of a mine dam. The Brazilian Government is expected to file a civil suit today demanding $20 billion reais ($7.4 billion) in damages over the Samarco mine disaster, Brazil’s Attorney General’s office said late on Friday. Ref: Read more from original source:

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Chinese Nickel producers agree to slash output

* Nickel producers to cut production by 15,000 T in Dec * Will slash output by at least 20 pct next year (Adds detail, background) By Ruby Lian and Polly Yam SHANGHAI/HONG KONG, Nov 27 China’s nickel producers said on Friday they plan to slash output of refined metal and nickel pig iron (NPI), the first major coordinated move in the industry globally to lift prices out of their worst slump in more than … Continue reading

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Arsenic and Mercury found in river days after Brazil dam burst

Illegal levels of arsenic and mercury polluted the Rio Doce river in the days after a dam burst at an iron ore mine in early November in Brazil’s worst ever environmental disaster, according to tests by a state water agency. The Institute for Water Management in Minas Gerais (IGAM) found arsenic levels more than 10 times above the legal limit in one place along the Rio Doce after the dam burst on 5 November, … Continue reading

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Surging Fuel Consumption Shows #India’s #Economy Picking Up Speed

India’s busy fuel depots are providing another piece of evidence that Asia’s third-biggest economy is starting to move faster in bridging the vast gap with a slowing China. Oil product consumption in India expanded at the fastest pace in a decade in October as petrol prices fell amid a global commodity slump. The data gives credence to revamped official gross domestic product figures that made India the world’s fastest growing major economy this year. … Continue reading

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New horizons in 3D printing

Rolls-Royce’s Neil Mantle explains how cutting-edge 3D printing technology is revolutionising the production of aero-engine components November 5 marked a milestone in aviation history when Rolls-Royce completed the first test flight of the largest aero-engine components ever to be 3D-printed. 3D printing – or additive layer manufacturing (ALM) – could revolutionise the aerospace industry and the lives of those who work in it, as Neil Mantle, head of Rolls-Royce’s centre of competence for additive … Continue reading

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Singapore scientist develops smart chip that charges smartphones in less than 10 minutes

An energy scientist from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore has developed a new chip that is able to charge a smartphone in less than 10 minutes. He hopes it can eventually be used to charge almost anything, including electric cars. As it is so small, the chip can be embedded into almost all types of batteries. At the moment, lithium-ion batteries charge by having electrical energy slowly drip-fed into them in tiny amounts … Continue reading

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Medco Eyes $2.2b Majority Stake in Newmont’s Indonesia Unit

Jakarta. Medco Energi Internasional, Indonesia’s largest listed oil and gas company, plans to acquire 76 percent of gold miner Newmont Nusa Tenggara, a unit of US mining giant Newmont, for an estimated $2.2 billion by next month. Tycoon and Medco owner Arifin Panigoro told Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affair Rizal Ramli on Wednesday about the plan, as the company seeks to expand beyond oil and gas businesses. “Arifin’s initiative is very good. It shows … Continue reading

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China Nickel Makers Said to Weigh Output Cuts to Fight Rout

Nickel makers in China including Jinchuan Group Co., the country’s largest supplier of refined metal, plan to gather on Friday to discuss measures to respond to the lowest prices in 12 years, including possible cuts to supply, according to people with knowledge of the event. The meeting in Shanghai will also include representatives from nickel pig iron makers including Tsingshan Holding Group Co., according to the people, who declined to be identified because the … Continue reading

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