Clean coal in action: world’s largest CCUS project in electric energy

Minnkota Power plans to build a CO2 capture plant on the second unit of the 455 MW Milton R. Young coal-fired power plant in North Dakota. The $1.4 billion project will make possible annual utilisation of 3.5 million tons of carbon dioxide, which is one and half times higher than emissions from burning the associated petroleum gas in Canada, neighbouring the United States.

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Nickel oxide as electric current conductor – Russian scientists’ research

The scientists from the Institute for Nuclear Research of the Russian Academy of Sciences have found out that when nickel monoxide is compressed by a third, it acquires the ability to conduct electric current at the pressure exceeding atmospheric by 2.4 million times. Nickel and its oxide form a tenth of the Earth’s core mass. Therefore, the research results published by the Communications Physics journal can help understand the processes in our planet’s heart.

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Tanzania finalized the definition of the resource potential for the first LNG project in the country

The Ministry of Energy of Tanzania announced the finish of negotiations with Equinor and Shell about building the first liquified natural gas (LNG) terminal in the country with USD 30 bn budget. The parties finalized the definition of the resource potential of the project: it will be based on blocks 1 and 4 of the continental shelf of Tanzania (with the overall gas reserves making 448 bcm), where the operator is Shell, as well as block 2 of 560 bcm currently developed by Equinor (operator) and ExxonMobil.

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Australia launched commercial hydrogen generation at HESC project

Australian project “Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain” (HESC) has entered its commercial phase. The Green Innovations Foundation of the Japanese Government is to provide JPY 220 bn (USD 2.35 bn) to off-take hydrogen at the production site in Hastings port, which is part of HESC project. The supplied volumes will make 30 ktpa.

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Wind generator as oblique pyramid: deep-water innovation

Spanish company X1 Wind announced the first electricity supply from the prototype of the floating wind turbine PLOCAN installed off the coast of the Canary Islands at 50 metres depth. Electricity is supplied into the smart micro-grid by a sub-sea 1.4 km cable connected to a 20 KV transformer.

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