Watch: Scottish Tidal Power Test Succeeded

ScottishPower Renewables has just completed an initial testing period for its 1-megawatt (MW) tidal power project in the Orkney isles, located off the northern tip of Scotland. The underwater turbine was installed last December and is set to be used in Scotland’s first and only consented tidal power project.

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Norway Explores North Pole

Norway is going even farther north in its pursuit of Arctic hydrocarbon riches with the launch this summer of a hovercraft research voyage from Svalbard to the North Pole. The vessel, named Sabvabaa, will map the geology of the subsea Lomonosov Ridge in the far north of the Arctic Ocean, formed 65 million years ago, that extends from Russia to Greenland and Canada as part of the Fram 2012 mission.

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Beach Energy to Sell Shale Gas

Australia’s Beach Energy may be ready to sell shale gas just a year from now if its pilot production wells are successful, the company’s managing director said on Tuesday. Australia is in the midst of a gas boom, as developers build around $170 billion in projects that will make the country the world’s largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) exporter before the end of the decade.

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Major Electric Grid Project New Mexico

A $1.5 billion effort to link the nation’s three major electricity grids is getting a boost from Japanese investors and a European company well versed in integrating power markets.

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Canada’s Tar Sands Battle with Europe

On May 9, the government of Alberta released a study into the extra carbon emitted by crude produced using oil sands instead of more conventional sources. The study, by a unit of California-based Jacobs Engineering Group, found that emissions from oil-sand crude are just 12 percent higher than from regular crude.

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The Potential of Solar Technology

They braved storms, piratesand boredom; sailed 60,006 kilometers; crossed oceans; and stopped at dozens of ports around the world. And Friday, having circumnavigated the world, the Turanor PlanetSolar and its crew arrived back in Monaco, where their journey had begun in September 2010.

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Great Pacific Garbage Patch

An increase in plastic debris floating in a zone between Hawaii and California is changing the environment of at least one marine critter, scientists reported. Over the past four decades, the amount of broken-down plastic has grown significantly in a region dubbed the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch.” Most of the plastic pieces are the size of a fingernail.

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Oil Prices Fall To Lowest Level

In another sign that the election drama over the price of gas has subsided, crude oil prices on Monday slipped to the lowest level in months, as a weak economy coupled with high prices reduced expectations for consumption.

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A day in the life Offshore

See how working on the Buzzard platform in the North Sea is enjoyable for Nexen employees and contractors in this day in the life video.

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Glacier growth in the Himalayas

Some glaciers in the Himalayas mountain range have gained a small amount of mass between 1999 and 2008, new research shows, bucking the global trend of glacial decline.

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