Thursday, May 11, 2017

China’s first domestically built jetliner takes off




May 5, 2017 -- China’s first domestically-produced large passenger plane, designed to rival its western counterparts Boeing 737 and Airbus A320, makes its maiden flight. The C919 is built by state-owned COMAC, with many of the most important parts sourced from European and U.S. companies.

Japan reports “flammable ice” success


January 1, 1970 -- Japan has reported success in producing gas from methane hydrate deposits off its central coast. The extraction of the frozen gas known as “flammable ice” opens up a potentially vast source of global energy.

Tesla’s Australian battery farm plan


January 1, 1970 -- Companies from 10 countries are competing with Elon Musk's Tesla Inc to install Australia's largest grid-scale battery. The South Australian state government plans to have battery storage of about 100 megawatts of capacity per hour by December.