South Australia plans to build a new concentrated solar energy system

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Government awards contract for new energy system to SolarReserve The South Australia government has awarded a contract for a new solar energy system to SolarReserve. Per the contract, the company will be responsible for the development of a 150 megawatt solar thermal power plant that will be built near Port Augusta. The project will take advantage of concentrated sunlight in order to generate heat and electrical power. The new solar energy system could help resolve some of South Australia’s problems with reliable power. State continues to support clean energy in…

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New geothermal energy system could take form in Scotland

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Plans to develop a new geothermal system are advancing in Scotland Plans to develop a new geothermal energy project in Glasgow, Scotland, may become reality next month. The United Kingdom Geoenergy Observatories Project is looking to build Glasgow’s Geothermal Energy Research Field. The new system would help gather information on the viability of geothermal power. This form of energy has begun to gain more attention in the United Kingdom in recent years. This is largely due to the country’s overarching interest in clean energy. Scotland may become a leader in…

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India installs more solar energy capacity in first half of 2017 than it did in all of 2016

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Solar energy continues to experience dramatic growth India’s solar energy capacity is growing more quickly than expected. During the first half of this year, the country installed some 4,765 megawatts of new solar capacity. By comparison, approximately 4,313 megawatts of solar capacity was installed throughout the whole of 2016. The country has begun investing aggressively in solar energy in order to combat climate change and take advantage of emerging economic opportunities. This has led to a significant increase in India’s solar capacity. Large-scale projects account for majority of newly installed…

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New hydrogen fuel station and fuel cell bus come to Massachusetts

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State celebrates the opening of a new hydrogen fuel station and the launch of a fuel cell bus The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) is celebrating the launch of a new fuel cell bus as well as the opening of a new hydrogen fuel station. Both the bus and the fueling station are part of the National Fuel Cell Bus Program. This program is designed to encourage the development and adoption of new fuel cell buses. The program is also focused on aiding in the development of the infrastructure needed…

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New tariffs could be trouble for the solar energy sector

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Senators come together in order to fight new tariffs Several senators have come together to express concern regarding potential trade penalties targeting imported solar energy technology. The International Trade Commission is set to determine what tariffs should be levied on solar imports later this year. The federal agency intends for the tariffs to help embolden the domestic solar energy market. Currently, many companies in the United States must compete against foreign companies that offer inexpensive solar panels and other technologies. These foreign companies have been bringing their solar products to…

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Wind energy capacity continues to expand in Minnesota

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Wind is becoming more popular in Minnesota Wind energy is growing quickly in Minnesota, according to new information from the Department of Energy. The state has been showing strong support for wind power for some time. In recent years, this support has helped Minnesota’s wind capacity increase significantly. Now, wind energy accounts for approximately 18% of all electricity generated in the state. Minnesota currently ranks seventh in the nation in terms of wind energy capacity. State’s wind energy capacity grew by 10% last year According to the Department of Energy,…

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New York is leading in wind energy production

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Reports show that New York has made major progress with its wind power plans The U.S. Department of Energy has released a new series of reports highlighting the growth of wind energy throughout the country. These reports show that several states have made major progress in increasing their wind capacity. These states are now generating more electricity from wind turbines than ever before. The reports also show that New York has come to establish itself as a leader in wind energy production, beating out other states that have held this…

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Toyota to deliver trucks powered by hydrogen fuel cells to Seven-Eleven Japan

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New trucks designed by Toyota will be equipped with hydrogen fuel cells Japanese automaker has announced that it has formed a new partnership with convenience store chain Seven-Eleven Japan. Through this partnership, Toyota will be providing the retailer with fuel cell trucks. The trucks will be used to transport products from Seven-Eleven delivery centers to the company’s stores. The partnership is part of an effort to show further support for clean transportation, particularly where hydrogen fuel cells are concerned. Companies plan to begin testing new trucks in 2019 Toyota will…

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Clean vehicles may get a boost from higher rebates in California

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New legislation seeks to increase rebates for electric vehicles California is one of the world’s leading clean transportation markets. The state has become a very popular target for many automakers looking to release clean vehicles. While the state has found success in supporting the adoption of clean vehicles, some lawmakers believe that more can be done. New legislation, which was introduced by Assemblyman Phil Ting, aims to further boost the adoption of clean vehicles. To accomplish this, the legislation intends to increase the financial incentives offered to consumers. $3 billion…

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New hydrogen production record set by NREL

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National laboratory sets a new production record Researchers from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in the United States have set a new record with a novel hydrogen production process. This process was developed more than a decade ago and involves converting sunlight into hydrogen. This hydrogen can then be used by a fuel cell system to generate electricity. In 1998, NREL set a record in converting sunlight into hydrogen using this process. Now, scientists have revisited the process in order to improve it, setting a new efficiency record. Technological…

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Elcogen fuel cell technology to power clean energy hub

TALLINN – European fuel cell manufacturer Elcogen will supply its technology for a groundbreaking new project demonstrating how reversible solid oxide cells can be used in innovative clean energy storage systems. Elcogen’s market-leading solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology will be used in the upcoming REFLEX project, which will operate an energy hub coupled to solar and mini-hydro renewable sources to provide both electricity and heat to the nearby technology park. At the heart of this energy hub, Elcogen SOFCs will be operating either in electrolysis mode (SOEC) – to store excess electricity to produce hydrogen – or in fuel cell mode (SOFC) when energy…

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Solar energy sector prepares for total eclipse in the US

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Eclipse will have a major impact on solar power production Several solar energy companies are preparing to suffer the impact of a total solar eclipse that will cross the United States later this month. The eclipse will make its way from Oregon to South Carolina, with the moon casting a shadow that is 70 miles wide. This will effectively halt all solar energy production along the path of the eclipse. Solar power production is expected to be cut by some 9,000 megawatts during the eclipse, which is approximately the same…

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Climate change could already be affecting the United States

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Report suggests US is already feeling the impact of climate change Average temperatures throughout the United States have risen rapidly since 1980, according to a new report. The report comes from scientists representing 13 federal agencies. These scientists suggest that the country is already feeling a significant impact from climate change. The report itself clashes with claims coming from the Trump Administration, with some government officials arguing that climate change is little more than an urban myth. President Trump himself has likened climate change to a hoax coming from a…

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Long Island seeks to derive energy from fuel cells

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New project to leverage the power of hydrogen fuel cells Long Island will soon be host to the largest array of fuel cell generators in the United States. FuelCell Energy, a leading developer of hydrogen fuel cells, is currently developing the energy systems needed for a new project. The project aims to provide the Long Island Power Authority with clean electricity through the use of fuel cell systems. This electricity will not be tied to the production of harmful emissions and the project represents the largest use of fuel cells in…

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Australia to develop new large-scale hydrogen fuel station

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Project seeks to develop a new hydrogen station A new project in Australia aims to build one of the country’s first hydrogen fuel stations. The project is a collaboration between the Moreland City Council and H2U, a hydrogen utility company. Support for the government is also coming from the Victorian Government, which is committing $1 million to the initiative. The new hydrogen fuel station will provide services to those with fuel cell vehicles. It is also expected to create up to 15 ongoing jobs and 100 indirect jobs. Australian government…

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Ikea to begin offering solar energy products in the UK

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Ikea is bringing solar panels to its UK stores Retail giant Ikea has plans to break into the solar energy market. The company has announced that it will begin selling solar panels and energy storage systems at its stores in the United Kingdom. These products will be sold alongside similar solutions provided by Solarcentury, a solar energy company based in the UK. Ikea is the latest in several retailers that have begun to offer solar panels and related services. These retailers are benefitting from the growing demand for clean energy,…

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