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Kufpec to add another 15% interest Gina Krog field off Norway

August 31st, 2017

Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Co. KSC wholly owned subsidiary Kufpec Norway AS has reached agreement to acquire 15% interest in Gina Krog field from Total E&P Norge AS for $317 million.

Primary and Secondary Sources of Gas-Phase Organic Acids from Diesel Exhaust

August 31st, 2017

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Environmental Science & Technology
DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.7b01169

Basin-Scale Observations of Monoterpenes in the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans

August 31st, 2017

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Environmental Science & Technology
DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.7b02240

Bapco refinery implements seawater desalination system

August 31st, 2017

Bahrain Petroleum Co. (Bapco), a division of the country’s National Oil & Gas Authority (NOGA), has commissioned a series of General Electric International Inc.’s advanced mobile water units as part of an on-site desalination to convert seawater into high-purity boiler feedwater water at Bapco’s 267,000-b/d Awali refinery at Sitra on Bahrain’s eastern coast.

Aerospace test goes green with alternative to explosives

August 31st, 2017
Scientists have successfully demonstrated a new, more environmentally friendly method to test a rocket part to ensure its avionics can withstand the shock from stage separation during flight.

Improving earthquake resistance with a single crystal

August 31st, 2017
A new heating method for certain metals could lead to improved earthquake-resistant construction materials.

Radical Chemistry and Structural Relationships of PPCP Degradation by UV/Chlorine Treatment in Simulated Drinking Water

August 31st, 2017

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Environmental Science & Technology
DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.7b02059

Transformation among Aromatic Iodinated Disinfection Byproducts in the Presence of Monochloramine: From Monoiodophenol to Triiodophenol and Diiodonitrophenol

August 31st, 2017

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Environmental Science & Technology
DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.7b03323

Top academics say electrification the key to slashing world energy demand

August 31st, 2017

A team of academics has produced a roadmap showing how commitment to electrification can save 42 per cent of world energy demand.

Forbes reports that the team which includes 27 academics from Stanford, Berkeley, Berlin and Denmark demonstrates how 139 countries could rely on 100 per cent wind, water and solar renewables by 2050.
Electric pylons and renewables
In a subsequent video, Jacobsen rebuts the notion that renewables are not up to the task of meeting world energy demand.

The group breakdown how removing fossil fuels positively impacts by way of energy efficiency increases across sectors, enabling a net savings of 42 per cent of world energy use that will both derive from and ease the transition to clean energy.

"We find that by electrifying everything in these countries and by providing that electricity with clean renewable energy, power demand goes down about 42 per cent without really changing much habit," says Mark Z. Jacobsen, a professor of civil and environmental engineering and director of Stanford's Atmosphere/Energy Program.

Roadmap examples include:

• About 13 per cent of all energy worldwide is used to mine, transport and refine fossil fuels, so the elimination of fossil fuels immediately provides a savings of 13 per cent. Jacobsen includes the mining of uranium in this calculation, envisioning a future in which renewables also replace nuclear power.

• About 23 per cent of energy use will be saved because electric power is more efficient than combustion. An electric vehicle, for example, uses about 85 per cent of the energy in its battery to move the car, with the rest lost as waste heat. A petrol powered car only uses 17 to 20 per cent of its energy to move the car, with the rest lost as waste heat. So the transport sector alone could see massive improvements in efficiency, Jacobsen says, of up to 80 per cent. Across other sectors, including heating and heat pumps, the savings are smaller, but still enough to save 23 per cent of the world's energy use.

• The remaining 7 per cent in Jacobsen's calculation comes from "modest" policy-driven efficiency improvements that could be implemented during the transition.

The roadmap assumes that 27 million jobs would be lost that depend on fossil fuels, while 52 million new jobs would be created in the transition. It also estimates the transition would save 4-7 million lives currently lost to air-pollution and save $52 trillion per year in air pollution and climate costs.

ABB storage solution for Liverpool wind farm

August 31st, 2017

Dong Energy has contracted ABB to provide a 2 MW Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) to support the integration and transmission of power from the 90 MW Burbo Bank offshore wind farm near Liverpool, northwest England.

This will be the first time an offshore windfarm integrates such a storage system to stabilize the frequency of the grid in UK. 
Burbo Bank wind farm
Integration of large amounts of variable wind energy increases complexity from a supply perspective and can result in frequency variations that can affect grid supply and impact consumers. ABB’s BESS solution will help stabilize grid frequency and support the windfarm to supply reliable power.

“We are delighted to implement this innovative solution which will enable the integration of clean wind energy, without compromising grid stability and power quality to consumers,” said Giandomenico Rivetti, Managing Director of ABB’s High Voltage Products business unit, a part of the company’s Power Grids division. “Energy storage is playing a key role in the evolution of the power network and is a strategic focus area to reinforce our position as a partner of choice for a stronger, smarter and greener grid.”

“The need for grid flexibility continues to grow. As a leader in providing low-carbon energy, we are keen to be part of the solution to make the energy system smarter and to help National Grid manage grid stability,” said Ole Kjems Sørensen, Senior Vice President, Partnerships, M&A and Asset Management at DONG Energy. “This innovative solution we have developed with ABB is a good example of implementing our vision.” 

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