3 Top Tips for the Eco Conscious Shopper

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We are all much more environmentally conscious today than we were just a few years ago. In the modern world we don’t have much of a choice about it, global warming is a hot button issue and we are all beginning to experience the effects of climate change first hand. Just as surely as we are all learning to love the environment however, we still need to keep our inner consumer fed. Moving towards a more environmentally friendly world doesn’t mean that we have to completely turn our backs on…

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Startup brings a hydrogen fuel powered bike to France

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New bike operates completely on hydrogen fuel A new startup in France called Pragma Industries has begun offering hydrogen-powered bikes in some municipalities. The company has a history of developing fuel cells for military use, but is seeking to make use of its expertise in new sectors. The company suggests that it is the first to begin commercial production on a hydrogen-powered bike, though it is not the first company to actually develop such a bike. Bike is too costly for most consumers to afford Currently, the new bike is…

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Hyundai to invest $21 billion in clean vehicles and new technology

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Automaker will be investing heavily in artificial intelligence and new technologies South Korean automaker Hyundai has announced that it will be investing $21 billion over the next five years. This funding will be used to improve clean technology and aid the development of self-driving vehicles. The company has taken a strong interest in clean transportation and is among the first to have introduced a vehicle equipped with a hydrogen fuel cell to the global market. Now, Hyundai plans to continue its work with clean vehicles while also increasing its focus…

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Fuel cell industry faces challenges but could have a promising future

The fuel cell industry is growing despite the challenges it faces The global fuel cell industry experienced healthy growth in 2017, but it still faces significant challenges in the years to come. E4tech, a sustainable energy consultancy firm, estimates that the industry shipped some 670 megawatts worth of fuel cells last year. This is a 30% increase over the capacity that was shipped in 2016. In 2018, this capacity may reach approximately 1,000 megawatts. Despite this promising growth, fuel cells account for an extremely small percentage of all renewable energy…

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Researchers develop new catalyst capable of producing hydrogen fuel

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Researchers use inexpensive materials to develop new catalyst Researchers from the University of California, Santa Cruz, have developed a new carbon-based nanocomposite that could serve as a catalyst to produce renewable hydrogen fuel. The research team notes that the new catalyst is inexpensive due to its use of affordable materials. The catalyst works by separating water into its base components of oxygen and hydrogen, making the production process much more environmentally friendly than it has been in the past. Catalyst can efficiently produce hydrogen fuel The new catalyst is the…

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Demand for hydrogen fuel cells is on the rise in China

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Chinese fuel cell market is growing quickly China’s fuel cell industry is showing healthy signs of growth. These energy systems have managed to attract a great deal of attention due to their performance capabilities and the growing need for renewable power. In 2017, fuel cells found the majority of their growth, with several new fuel cell systems and hydrogen-powered vehicles coming to the country. The growing demand for hydrogen fuel cells has proven beneficial for companies like Ballard Power Systems, which has established a foothold in the Chinese market. Falling…

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GM plans to profit from its electric vehicles by 2021

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Automaker sees significant promise in electric vehicles General Motors is placing a great deal of faith in electric vehicles. The company sees great promise for these vehicles in the future, so much so that it believes it will begin generating profit from all of its clean cars by 2021. Many automakers have been slow to embrace clean technology due to potential losses. As technology has improved, however, the potential to generate revenue from the use of batteries and fuel cells has increased. GM’s new clean vehicle has found modest success…

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South Korea looks to produce environmentally friendly hydrogen fuel

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Government agency is investing in clean hydrogen The South Korean Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries is working to produce environmentally friendly hydrogen fuel. The government agency has announced that it will be investing some $11 million over the next three years to commercially produce hydrogen. The agency intends to make use of a microbe called NA1, which will act as a catalyst to produce hydrogen from carbon monoxide and seawater. The microbe will be put to work at a demonstration facility that is expected to begin hydrogen production at some…

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Clean vehicles are finding success in South Korea

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Data shows that sales have been growing strong in South Korea Clean vehicles are finding success in South Korea. According to data from the Korea Automobile Importers and Distributors Association, the sale of clean vehicles has jumped by 41.6% in 2017. Throughout the country, approximately 97,466 of these vehicles were sold last year. The majority of these vehicles were hybrids. Consumers have shown interest in zero emission vehicles in recent years and have begun taking advantage of subsidies provided by the government. Kia is leading the market with its clean…

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Majority of electric vehicles are acquired through leasing programs

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Study shows most consumers lease their clean vehicles The penetration of electric vehicles in the United States is heavily reliant on leasing, according to a new study from Bloomberg New Energy Finance. In many cases, leasing allows consumers to avoid potentially high upfront costs. In the case of vehicles equipped with fuel cells, leasing programs also grant consumers guaranteed access to the hydrogen fuel they need to power these vehicles. The study shows that the vast majority of electric vehicles and hybrids in the United States are gained through leasing…

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AFC Energy aims to increase the life of hydrogen fuel cells

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Partnership is working to improve fuel cells while reducing their cost AFC Energy, a leading developer of hydrogen fuel cells, believes that its partnership with De Nora, a manufacturer of electrolyzers and other such technologies, will help drive down the cost of hydrogen power. In October of last year, AFC Energy suggested that the electricity generated from its fuel cells could eventually reach less than 10 cents per kilowatt-hour. Moreover, AFC Energy is poised to increase the lifetime of its fuel cells through the use of improved electrodes. New electrode…

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Mobile phone towers double as green energy stations

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The fuel cells convert excess electricity from the solar panels and wind turbines into hydrogen that is stored on-site. This way, they cut out fuel used to transport the stored energy to these remote areas. The hydrogen fuel is stored in a tank and delivered to the fuel cells to generate electricity when needed, for instance when there’s not enough wind or solar power.

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Researchers develop new algae-powered fuel cell system

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New system is five times more efficient than other plant-based solutions Researchers from Cambridge University have developed a new fuel cell that is powered by algae. According to the research team, the fuel cell is five times more efficient than similar plant-based systems that are currently in use. This particular fuel cell does not use hydrogen to generate electrical power, but it does leverage the energy provided by the sun. Algae-powered fuel cells are quickly becoming popular due to their efficiency and use of renewable energy. New system uses algae…

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Partnership seeks to develop new hydrogen fuel production project in the Netherlands

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New project aims to leverage renewable energy to produce hydrogen AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals and Gasuine New Energy have partnered to investigate a new way to produce hydrogen fuel. The two companies have significant experience in the chemical and gas fields and have taken a significant interest in clean power. The companies are eager to discover the potential of a large-scale water electrolysis plant that will be powered by renewable energy. This clean power would then be used to produce hydrogen fuel that would later be used to generate yet more…

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Kenworth showcases its new truck powered by hydrogen fuel

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New T680 is equipped with its own hydrogen fuel cell system Kenworth, a company that specializes in developing new commercial trucks, has revealed its latest truck at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. The new truck is a T680 day cab that is equipped with a hydrogen fuel cell system. This will allow the truck to operate using electricity and produce no harmful emissions. The truck is part of a project that Kenworth first announced in May of last year. The project involves the development and promotion of…

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Kia unveils its new clean car and plans for future electric vehicles

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Kia’s Niro EV has been revealed Automaker Kia has unveiled its new Niro EV concept car. The new model is an all-electric version of Kia’s existing Niro Hybrid. The automaker has become heavily committed to releasing electric vehicles in the coming years and has focused on making these cars as efficient as possible. The Niro EV concept is expected to be able to travel some 238 miles before needing to be recharged. The vehicle is also equipped with new technology that has been developed by Kia and its partners. Kia…

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