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IEA revised up its 2022 oil demand forecast by 200,000 bpd. $90 oil prices now a reality! JP Morgan earlier this month reportedly warned that Brent could rise to $125 per barrel

KBR (NYSE: KBR) was selected to continue providing high-end astronaut medical support services for the European Space Agency’s (ESA’s) European Astronaut Centre (EAC) Space Medicine Office in Cologne, Germany.

Under the terms of the recompete contract, KBR will be the primary provider of space medicine support services to ESA, which is introducing a new service model. This work is scheduled to be performed over a three-and-a-half-year period.

A partner to ESA for more than 20 years, KBR’s major activities include astronaut medical care, engineering support, rehabilitation, fitness, project management, healthcare administration, psychology and behavioral health, nutrition, radiation, education coordination, and operational research.

“Every opportunity to work with ESA and our coordinating commercial and government space partners adds to the future of space exploration while highlighting its many positive beand globalizing our space expertise,” said Byron Bright, KBR Government Solutions President.

Throughout KBR’s many years of support to ESA, it has aided more than 15 launch and landing campaigns in Russia and Kazakhstan, as well as 20 missions to the ISS in a variety of visiting vehicles. KBR’s partnership has also influenced millions in research funding for space medicine operations and led to the establishment of the ESA Space Health International Network for Exploration (SHINE). Read More

Penn State researchers have been working to improve the performance of thermoelectric generators—devices that can convert differences in temperature to electricity. When the devices are placed near a heat source, electrons moving from the hot side to the cold side produce an electric current, the scientists said. Read More

The exploration of airborne transportation and advanced air mobility (AAM) is the focus of a new partnership between the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Supernal—an advanced air mobility company from Hyundai Motor Group. Supernal is developing electric, autonomous air vehicles capable of accommodating four to five passengers with the intent to launch commercial flights as early as 2028. These electronic vertical takeoff and landing vehicles (eVTOL) will integrate with existing transportation networks and move passengers more quickly around high-density city centers—saving people time and offering more transit options.The new project will take a holistic look at AAM, concentrating on the feasibility, opportunities, and challenges of building eVTOL stations—known as vertiports—for future autonomous air vehicles. Read More

Catalyst Plugging Mechanism
Hydrogen reforming is a process to produce hydrogen from a compound composed of hydrogen atoms. During reforming, a convection pass is used to heat the process which creates NOx. The NOx rich flue gas passes through an SCR reactor for reduction before being exhausted to the atmosphere. Lint-like fibres from the convection pass, and refractory liners create an obstruction that builds up and fouls the face of the SCR catalyst.

Buildup Costs Millions

The result is decreased NOx reduction, higher pressure drop across the catalyst, and ultimately decreased hydrogen output. Often, this buildup will require an unscheduled outage to manually conduct cleaning. This outage can take as long as five days at an estimated cost of $1 million per day. Read More

ACWA Power, a leading developer, investor and operator of power generation, desalinated water and green hydrogen plants, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Saudi Export-Import Bank (Saudi EXIM), in an extensive agreement that involves knowledge transfer in the realm of credit issuance, with the objective of facilitating and growing Saudi exports and overseas investments by Saudi institutions and organisations.The MoU will also bolster the growth of local content and Saudi exports in international projects and capital investments overseas, which will, in turn, create new jobs and foster economic growth within the Kingdom and beyond. Read More

In conformity with the FCA’s Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules, Tullow Oil plc today announces the following:

As at 31 January 2022, Tullow Oil plc’s issued share capital consisted of 1,432,785,617 ordinary shares (with a nominal value of 10p each) with voting rights. No ordinary shares were held in treasury. Therefore, the total number of voting rights in Tullow Oil plc was 1,432,785,617.

The above figure may be used by shareholders as the denominator for the calculation by which they will determine if they are required to notify their interest in, or a change to their interest in, Tullow Oil plc under the FCA’s Disclosure Guidance and Transparency Rules. Read More

Energy firm warns one in three properties will need costly power supply upgrade BEFORE they can install heat pumps and electric car chargers. Energy firms predict millions of UK homes will require a change to their electricity supply because of a big rise in demand due to heat pumps and electric car chargers if these become more widespread in the future. Heat pumps use electricity to generate heat from air, ground or water – with the technology also potentially needing changes to the property such as bigger radiators, because they heat homes differently to a gas boiler. Read More

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