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This firm may make coal’s future a lot brighter

Australia’s Dotz Nano has found a new use for coal that could be a welcome boost to the dying industry, particularly in the US.

Solar now employs more people in the US than coal and natural gas

Solar power, once derided as an expensive and unreliable energy source, has become a major generator of employment in the United States, according to new data supplied by The Solar Foundation.

These are just 15 ways in which graphene could reshape the world

Everybody seems to love Graphene, the one-atom-thick sheets of carbon that aren't just super flexible, harder than diamond, and stronger than steel, but are also able to conduct electricity better than copper.

[Video] Energy sources 101: these short videos explain the basics

If you’ve ever searched online for unbiased and fact-driven articles on energy, you’ve probably noticed that they can be quite rare. Almost every information source seems to be pushing an agenda.

Alpha Natural execs. face fraud charges for failing to disclose $100M in liabilities

Regulators argue the undisclosed liabilities increase the probability that the state will be left with claims under the surface-mining and other environmental laws.

Coal, oil industries see brighter future after Trump victory

He has promised to ease regulations on the coal and oil sectors, and pull the US from global agreements aimed to curb climate change.

South32 scoops up Peabody's Metropolitan coal mine in $200m deal

The deal includes a 17% interest in the Port Kembla Coal Terminal, south of Sydney.

Peabody Energy in restructuring talks with lenders, stakeholders — sources

Peabody circulated a term sheet last week that implied the first lien debt would be impaired, prompting an organizational push, MINING.com has learned.

Exploration firms the biggest winners of renewables use in mining — study

Power generation costs could be dramatically reduced by the adoption of semi-portable, flexible solar and wind energy solution, say experts.

Energy investment boom expected in northern Chile

The projects, many of them in the renewables sector, are expected to also boost machinery acquisitions and generate close to 3,000 new jobs.

Stacked Perovskite/CIGS solar module achieves unprecedented efficiency

The thin-film solar module stack made up of perovskite and Copper Indium Gallium Selenide has a conversion efficiency of 17.8%.

Abandoned Aussie gold mine to become renewable energy hub

Project addresses one of the biggest challenges faced by the wide-scale adoption of renewable energy — storage.

Lenders throw a lifeline to bankrupt Peabody Energy

The coal giant also said it would review its assets in Australia to run a smaller but "more profitable" basis.

Alpha Natural Resources, Arch Coal near bankruptcy exit deals

Alpha, which filed for bankruptcy in August last year, is scheduled to ask a federal judge Thursday to approve its exit plan despite objections to it.

These five coal miners spent $95 million on lobbying before going bankrupt

Report claims that Walter Energy, Patriot Coal, Alpha Natural Resources, Arch Coal and Peabody Energy also allocated more than half a billion dollars for top executives salaries in decade before going bankrupt.

Bankrupt Alpha Natural Resources lays off over 230 coal miners

This is the third time in a month the U.S. coal miner downsizes its workforce.

US scientists figure cost-effective way to extract rare earths from coal

The new mineral processing technique also makes the extraction environmentally friendly.

The solar technologies race: thin-film photovoltaics are catching up

ZSW and HZB present current data – with new opportunities for Europe’s solar industry

Australia, Germany, Japan at high environmental risk due to reliance on coal — report

The global coal industry is being squeezed by competition from cheap gas, declining demand and clean-air regulations that have raised costs for burning the fossil fuel.

Coal dropped from Vietnam’s future energy plans

Prime Minister's decision wipes out plans to construct 70 large new coal power plants, in favour of gas, and renewables, such as wind and solar.

US Energy Department announces $18 Million to develop solar energy storage solutions

The amount is available for six new projects aimed to enable the development and demonstration of integrated, scalable, and cost-effective solar technologies.

US sets moratorium on new federal coal leases

The freeze on new leases for coal mined from federal lands is part of a sweeping review of the federal coal plan.

US coal miners’ struggles at dawn of 20th century not too far from today’s

Documentary to air Jan. 26 on PBS tells the story of how coal miners came together in a protracted struggle for their rights.

President Obama to revamp coal industry, calls miners to 'invest in the future'

In his final State of the Union address, Obama said companies leasing coal and oil rights on federal land should pay more for the effects those fuels have on climate change.

US coal industry on board 'slow-motion train wreck'— report

Analysts from McKinsey and Co. warn the U.S. is currently home to a collection of “zombie mines” that cannot turn a profit, but are too costly to close.