Ukraine state oil and gas company signs $3.656B credit agreement with China Development Bank to finance substituting natural gas with coal

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The Ukraine state oil and gas company Naftogaz signed a US$3.656-billion credit agreement with the state-owned China Development Bank to finance the program of substituting natural gas with locally produced coal. The program is aimed at improving Ukraine’s energy security and alleviating dependence on foreign natural gas. Previously, Ukraine expressed its interest in the Chinese technology of coal gasification and coal-water fuel production.

Ukraine considering production of biofuel from fodder potato crop

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The Ukraine is considering using part of its crop of fodder potatoes—i.e., The Ukraine is one of the top potato producers in the world, ranking fourth in volume in 2008 (behind China, India and Russia), but only sixth in terms of the value of the commodity, according to the FAO. Interfax. potatoes used for animal feed—for the production of biofuel.

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Mitsubishi Motors to supply 635 Outlander PHEVs to National Police of Ukraine

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Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) announced that through its local importer and distributor MMC Ukraine, MMC will supply the National Police of Ukraine with 635 units of the Outlander PHEV.

Opinion: Ukraine’s Next Crisis? Economic [and energy] Disaster

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Ukraine’s next crisis will be a devastatingly economic one, as violent conflict destroys critical infrastructure in the east and brings key industry to a halt, furthering weakening the energy sector by crippling coal-based electricity production. In the coal centers of Ukraine’s industrial east—Luhansk and Donetsk—fighting has forced the full closure of an estimated 50 percent of coal mines, while overall coal production has fallen 22 percent over the same period last year.

Shell to invest up to $800M into shale gas development project in Ukraine

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signed a new version of its cooperation agreement with Ukraine covering Shell’s involvement in shale gas extraction and diversification of energy resources mining in Ukraine. stipulates the future cooperation in the area of exploration and extraction of hydrocarbons in Dnipro-Donetsk basin, Central Ukraine. Around 80% of hydrocarbon extraction in Ukraine is conducted in Dnipro-Donetsk trench. Royal Dutch Shell plc.

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Audi introducing supercharged gasoline engine version of SQ5 SUV at Detroit Show

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The Audi SQ5 has been designed specifically for the following markets: United States, Canada, Russia, China, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, South Africa, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Chile and the Ukraine.

EV Trophy European EV rally to cover 2500 km

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Electric Marathon International (Ukraine), in partnership with European Green Cities Network under the patronage of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, is organizing the EV Trophy electric vehicle rally. Starting in Copenhagen on 24 May and finishing in Monte Carlo on 1 June, the rally will bring together like-minded enthusiasts to promote ecofriendly mobility, encourage the development of charging infrastructure and present sustainable and innovative solutions in transportation.

Researcher Describes Conceptual Cold Fusion Battery, or Small Power Unit

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Vysotskii is a scientist with Kiev National Shevchenko University in Kiev, Ukraine. Professor George Miley of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and director of its Fusion Studies Lab, reported on progress toward a “cold fusion battery”—a small power unit that uses a low energy nuclear reaction (LENR) (i.e.,

Toyota Europe Q1 hybrid sales up 82.3% for 20% of total sales; Auris Hybrid the leader

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First quarter Lexus sales reached a record high of 3,700 units in Eastern Europe consisting of the Russian Federation, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and Caucasus. Toyota Motor Europe (TME) posted 2013 first quarter sales of 197,309 Toyota and Lexus vehicles in Europe. During that period, Toyota and Lexus full hybrid sales reached 38,673, up 82.3% from the same period last year.

Air pollution could claim 6.6 million lives per year by 2050, double current rate; small domestic fires and ag the worst offenders

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In some countries, for example in the Ukraine, Russia and Germany, that figure is over 40%. If air pollution emissions continue to rise at the current rate, some 6.6 million people could prematurely die annually by 2050, double the current rate of 3.3

Opinion: Oil Market ShowdownCan Russia Outlast The Saudis?

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and EU Ukraine-related economic and financial sanctions. by Dalan McEndree for Oilprice.com. Two men enter, one man leaves, two men enter, one man leaves, two men enter. — Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome.

Rosneft touts major light oil find from “northernmost well in the world” in the Arctic

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However, US sanctions against Russia over Ukraine gave American companies until 26 September 26 to cease all operations with blacklisted Russian companies—including Rosneft.

Navigant forecasts global natural gas fleet of 34.9M by 2020

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Italy and Ukraine, the largest markets, are slowest growing (3% and 4% CAGR, respectively) due to their relative maturity. Cumulative natural gas vehicles in use by segment, world markets: 2013-2020. Source: Navigant Research. Click to enlarge. In a new report , Navigant Research forecasts that the number of natural gas vehicles (NGVs) on roads worldwide will reach 34.9 million by 2020.

Pike Research forecasts annual global sales of light-duty natural gas vehicles to reach 3.2M in 2019

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Ukraine and Italy. The global market for light-duty (LD) natural gas vehicles (NGVs)—including passenger cars, light-duty trucks and commercial vehicles—will experience a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.2% between 2012 and 2019, reaching 3.2 million vehicles sold in 2019, according to a new forecast by Pike Research. This level of sales results in a cumulative total of 25.4 million LD NGVs on the road by 2019. LD NGVs make up about 97% of the total NGV market (2.08

Global Gas Prices | Hybrid Sales

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Ukraine. sales of hybrid SUVs and other fuel efficient vehicles will prove interesting to watch this year, especially if fuel prices remain relatively low. Expert predictions about where oil and gas prices are headed vary widely.

New microscopy technique monitors ion transfer at the nanoscale; a tool to improve fuel cells or metal-air batteries

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A new microscopy technique devised by an international research team involving University of Heidelberg (Germany) mathematician Dr. Francesco Ciucci and scientists from the United States and Ukraine can monitor ion transfer on the nanoscale. Visualization of platinum coating in fuel cells. The red areas show high ion transfer activity, the turquoise-green elevations represent the nanoparticles. The picture shows that ion transfer is not uniform all over the coating.

Geely exports more than 100,000 vehicles in 2012; 164% year-on-year growth

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Geely’s current major overseas markets include Ukraine, Russia, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Geely has established CKD facilities in partnership with local partners in Russia, Ukraine, Indonesia and a new CKD plant came online in Egypt in mid-2012. Zhejiang Geely Holding Group set a new export sales record in December with 11,000 cars being exported during the month, which also helped the company increase its export sales over the course of 2012 by 164%.

Toyota introduces C-HR hybrid at Paris

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A 2-liter, 144 DIN hp/107 kW, 188 N·m CVT-only model will be available for certain markets (Ukraine and Caucasus). Toyota introduced the C-HR—or Coupe High-Rider—crossover at the Paris Motor Show.

Toyota Motor Europe hybrid sales up 38% in first quarter; 30% hybrid mix

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Sales in the rest of TME’s Europe region (including Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Caucasus, Turkey and Israel) were stable at -0.8% Toyota Motor Europe (TME) reported a 38% increase in its Q1 2016 hybrid sales (Toyota and Lexus brands) versus the same period last year, representing 30% of total sales, compared to 24% for the full calendar year 2015.

Natural Gas Vehicles Use Almost 1% of Natural Gas Sold in Europe

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Italy has the largest natural gas fleet, accounting for half of the European total (523,100, 50.3%), followed by Ukraine (120,000, 11.6%), Russia (103,000, 9.9%) and Armenia (101,352 9.75%). (A The organization NGVA Europe estimates that natural gas vehicles in Europe annually consume about 4.7 billion Nm 3 of gas—about 0.9% of total natural gas sales within Europe in 2008 (517 billion Nm 3 , according to figures provided by Eurogas).

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Scientists create “buckydiamondoids”; union of buckyballs and diamondoids function as rectifier

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The research team, which also included scientists from Belgium, Germany and Ukraine, reported its results in Nature Communications. Other research collaborators came from the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium and Kiev Polytechnic Institute in Ukraine.

Toyota hybrid sales in Europe up 17% in 2015, representing 24% of total TME sales

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A decline in sales in Eastern Europe (Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and the Caucasus region) in line with the very strong market decline (-36%). Despite the lowest gasoline prices in Europe in 5 years, Toyota Motor Europe’s (TME) sales of hybrid vehicles continued their 5-year increase to reach 209,000 units for the full year 2015, up 17% year-on-year. Sales of Toyota and Lexus-branded hybrid vehicles now represent 24% of the group’s sales on the continent, up from 20% a year ago.

UNECE to align heavy-duty vehicle engine emissions requirements with Euro VI

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The UNECE Working Party on Pollution and Energy has approved a proposal to align the requirements on emissions from heavy-duty vehicle engines to the Euro VI legislation (EC Regulations 595/2009 and 582/2011), which enter into force in the European Union (EU) in January 2013.

BASF subsidiary to acquire 15% stake in South Stream Russian gas pipeline company; 2B investment in the project

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The South Stream project is designed to create a new transport path for Russian gas to Europe across the Black Sea, bypassing Ukraine. BASF subsidiary Wintershall will acquire a 15% percent stake in the company South Stream A, which will develop, construct and operate the offshore section of the South Stream Pipeline which will run through the Black Sea. BASF intends to channel some €2 billion (US$2.8

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Roland Berger: Russian embargo against the Western automotive industry would hit Russia harder

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A decision by Russia to retaliate against sanctions imposed by the European Union and the US over Ukraine by imposing strong Russian sanctions—i.e., an embargo—on car imports from Europe and the US could undermine a faltering Russian economy even more, according to a new analysis by Germany-based Roland Berger Strategy Consultants. Economic downturn and political uncertainty have kept revenues in the Russian automotive market on a downward trend for months now.

Oil Drum Licenses On-Board Hydrogen Generator for Baltic States

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Tomas Balnys, director of UAB Hydro2, said that the company was also looking at expanding its distribution facility to enable it to supply the devices to another potential licensee whose territories include the Ukraine and Kazakhstan. University of Kent (UK) spin-off Oil Drum Ltd , has signed a licensing deal with UAB Hydro2 that will enable its on-board hydrogen generator technology to be manufactured, sold and installed in the Baltic States.

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Opinion: Is Russia Plotting To Bring Down OPEC?

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and European Union’s decisions to impose—and maintain—sanctions on Russia after its invasion and annexation of Crimea and invasion and informal annexation eastern Ukraine will pile more pressure on the Russian energy industry. Following the Russian invasion of Crimea and eastern Ukraine, The European Union is now even more determined to reduce its dependence on Russia for natural gas and to force Gazprom submit to EU competition rules. by Dalan McEndree for Oilprice.com.

PBL Study Finds Developed Countries Proposals for Copenhagen Fall Short for Reaching 2 °C Climate Objective

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Canada’s pledges are 25% lower and those of Russia and the Ukraine are even over 35% lower than required. Estimated 2020 emissions in Russia and the Ukraine are lower than the regions’ pledges for the upcoming Copenhagen meeting. If Russia and the Ukraine would not trade their hot air, the overall reductions by developed countries would increase from between 10 and 15, to between 14 and 19%, below 1990 levels, by 2020.

Phosphorous-enriched Carbons Increase Performance and Energy Density of Supercapacitors

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Researchers from Australia, Ukraine and Spain have found that phosphorus-rich microporous carbons (P-carbons) used in supercapacitors exhibit enhanced supercapacitive performance, are capable of stable operation at voltages larger than 1.3

Ricardo study predicts that BRIC automotive markets will be eclipsed by the “Rising-15”

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Ricardo’s Rising-15 automotive markets include: Argentina; Egypt; Indonesia; Iran; Malaysia; Mexico; Morocco; Nigeria; Peru; the Philippines; South Africa; Thailand; Turkey; Ukraine; and Vietnam. Positioning the Rising 15. Source: Ricardo Consulting. Click to enlarge.

Opinion: The End Of An Era: Is The US Petrodollar Under Threat?

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The reasons for the cozier relationship between the two giant powers are, of course, rooted in the Ukraine crisis and subsequent Western sanctions against Russia, combined with China’s need to secure long-term energy supplies. by Andrew Topf of Oilprice.com. Recent trade deals and high-level cooperation between Russia and China have set off alarm bells in the West as policymakers and oil and gas executives watch the balance of power in global energy markets shift to the East.

JAL Conducts Successful Test Flight With Drop-in Biofuel Derived Primarily from Camelina

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Test plots are also underway in Malaysia, South Korea, Ukraine and Latvia Japan Airlines (JAL) became the first airline to conduct a demonstration flight using a biofuel primarily refined from the energy crop camelina. Earlier post.) It was also the first demo flight using a combination of three sustainable biofuel feedstocks—camelina (84%), jatropha (less than 16%), and algae (less than 1%)—as well as the first one using Pratt & Whitney engines. “We

Study reports non-US global shale gas recoverable resources of 5,760 Tcf; global shale gas boosts total recoverable natural gas resources by 40%

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These include France, Poland, Turkey, Ukraine, South Africa, Morocco, and Chile. Map of 48 major shale gas basins in 32 countries. Source: EIA. Click to enlarge. Initial assessments of 48 shale gas basins containing almost 70 shale gas formations in 32 countries suggest that shale gas resources, which have recently provided a major boost to US natural gas production, are also available in other world regions. A new EIA-sponsored study by Advanced Resources International, Inc.

Researchers Produce Ethane and Other Heavier Hydrocarbons From Methane Under Deep Earth Conditions; Further Deep Carbon Research

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The notion that hydrocarbons generated in the mantle migrate into the Earth’s crust and contribute to oil-and-gas reservoirs was promoted in Russia and Ukraine many years ago.

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