Regulators approve new wind energy system in Oregon

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New wind energy system to help power Apple data center has been approved Regulators in Oregon have granted approval for a new wind energy project that will be used to power one of Apple’s data centers. The project will make use of some of the largest wind turbines that have ever been deployed in the Pacific Northwest region. Avangrid Renewables, the company developing the new wind energy system, notes that approval for use of wind turbines capable of generating 3.6 megawatts of electrical power has been granted. By comparison, other…

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GM and US Army begin showing off one of their new fuel cell vehicles

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New prototype vehicle is equipped with a fuel cell system Automaker General Motors has developed a new truck equipped with a hydrogen fuel cell system through a collaborative effort with the United States Army. The automaker has been working with the Army Tank Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering Center (TARDEC). Through this partnership, the two have managed to produce a new prototype vehicle that is based on GM’S Chevy Colorado. GM is now showcasing this vehicle at events to highlight the capabilities of fuel cell vehicles. Engineers show off new…

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Drivers are ready to embrace electric vehicles

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Survey shows that more drivers are prepared to purchase electric vehicles in the next five years Drivers are prepared to purchase more electric vehicles in the near future, according to a new survey from Dalia Research. The survey draws information from some 43,000 people in 52 different countries. The majority of these respondents noted that they have a strong interest in electric vehicles, which is good news for the clean transportation sector. This may also encourage automakers to focus more heavily on developing clean vehicles in order to take advantage…

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Collaboration could secure the future of wind energy in Europe

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European countries will have to work together to expand wind energy capacity Europe may be able to make better use of its wind resources by spreading out its wind energy capacity rather than developing this capacity in a localized area. Climate researchers from ETH Zurich and Imperial College London suggest that this is the case. By spreading out capacity, European countries may be able to combat the intermittency problem that wind energy has experienced since its inception. In order to successfully expand capacity, however, these countries will have to work…

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Entirety of US could be powered by solar energy, according to Elon Musk

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A small part of the country could use solar panels to generate all of the country’s electricity Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors and chairman of SolarCity, believes that the entirety of the United States can be powered by a 100 mile by 100 mile track of land equipped with solar energy systems. Musk outlined this vision during a meeting with the National Governors Association. According to Musk, the land needed for this endeavor can be found in Nevada, Texas, or Utah. These three states have extensive tracks of open…

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Renewable energy may grow despite political opposition

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Analysts predict that renewable energy will help the US accomplish its environmental goals Renewable energy in the United States is growing so quickly that the country may be able to achieve the goals established through the Paris Agreement even if it no longer supports the agreement. Analysts from Morgan Stanley predict that both wind and solar power are rapidly reaching a point where politics may no longer be able to hinder their growth. These two forms of renewable energy have become quite popular throughout the United States and the country…

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DOE to invest $46 million into the solar energy sector

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Solar energy projects to receive funding from the SunShot Initiative The U.S. Department of Energy has announced that it will be investing $46 million into 48 solar energy projects throughout the country. The investments will be made through the SunShot Initiative. The program is meant to provide support for solar energy projects in an effort to bolster the adoption of clean power. For years, the SunShot Initiative has driven innovation in the solar sector by providing adequate support for ambitious projects. Program aims to make solar power cost competitive by…

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New ship powered by hydrogen fuel cells set to embark

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New ship makes use of clean technology, including hydrogen fuel cells A new boat equipped with hydrogen fuel cells has embarked on a six year voyage to highlight the capabilities of clean technology and how it can be used for transportation. Called the Energy Observer, the boat had once been used for racing. A team of 50 engineers, designers, and architects have refashioned the vessel to be powered by hydrogen fuel cells, solar panels, and even wind turbines. The boat will make several stops throughout the world on its global…

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Chinese company offers to train ex-miners in the ways of wind energy

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Miners may be able to find work in the wind energy industry, with the right training The transition toward renewable energy seems unstoppable and this has raised some concern among those working in the coal industry. Many fear that they will no longer be able to work as the renewable energy sector continues to grow and clean power replaces coal. A Chinese company called Goldwind is looking to help alleviate these fears. The company has plans to offer workers in the United States with the training needed to find employment…

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Hyundai moves ahead with its plans for fuel cell vehicles

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Automaker to unveil its new production fuel cell vehicles in August South Korean automaker Hyundai has announced that it will officially unveil the production model of its new fuel cell vehicle in August of this year. The new vehicle represents Hyundai’s ongoing efforts to produce clean vehicles and establish a presence in the growing clean transportation market. Fuel cell vehicles are still somewhat rare, but Hyundai aims to change this in the coming years by offering new vehicles equipped with fuel cell systems. Fuel cells continue to gain momentum in…

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Scientists develop a new, highly efficient solar cell

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New solar cell is capable of collecting nearly half of all direct sunlight it receives Scientists from the George Washington University School of Engineering and Applied Science have designed a new solar cell that may be one of the most efficient of its kind. The prototype solar cell is comprised of several cell stacks that are incorporated into a single device. According to researchers, the device is capable of collecting nearly all of the energy potential from the solar spectrum. Researchers note that the solar cell is capable of converting…

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Toyota launches new hydrogen fuel supply chain project in Japan

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Automaker announces the launch of its new hydrogen fuel project Japanese automaker Toyota has announced the beginning of its Low-carbon Hydrogen Technology Demonstration Project. The project has been formed by Toyota and several of its partners and aims to implement and evaluate an efficient hydrogen fuel supply chain. This supply chain would be reliant on renewable energy and would provide hydrogen fuel for various purposes in Japan. The project is also meant to highlight the capabilities of fuel cell technology and how it can be used to power a wide…

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Developers partner to build new offshore wind energy system in Virginia

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New offshore wind energy system will be taking form off the coast of Virginia Beach Dominion Energy Virginia has entered into an agreement with Dong Energy to develop a new offshore wind energy system off the coast of Virginia Beach. Dominion Energy will be the sole owner of the new wind farm, but it will work with Dong Energy for engineering purposes. The companies believe that Virginia has significant promise when it comes to offshore wind energy due to the strong wind currents that can be found off of the…

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ITM Power to provide Honda with hydrogen fuel

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Company signs contract with Honda to provide hydrogen fuel ITM Power, a leading developer of hydrogen fuel cells, has announced that it has signed a new contract with Honda’s United Kingdom subsidiary. Per the contract, ITM Power will be providing Honda with hydrogen fuel. Automakers like Honda are interested in securing a reliable supply of hydrogen in order to secure the future success of fuel cell vehicles. These vehicles are still somewhat uncommon, but Honda plans to launch its new fuel cell vehicle in the near future. United Kingdom’s hydrogen…

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GM has ambitious new plans for clean vehicles

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Automaker plans to sell 500,000 clean vehicles a year by 2025 General Motors has set a new goal for itself regarding clean transportation. The automaker has been showing more support for clean vehicles in recent years, partly due to increasingly strict emissions regulations and changing market demands. The company now plans to increase its production of clean vehicles, aiming to sell 150,000 “new energy vehicles” a year by 2020. By 2025, GM hopes to increase this number to 500,000. Battery electrics may be GM’s primary focus The goals set by…

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Shell to invest $1 billion a year in renewable energy by 2020

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Shell has ambitious plans concerning renewable energy and clean transportation Shell has ambitious plans to show more support for renewable energy in the coming years. The company’s New Energies division is being prepared to make the transition toward clean power and transportation. Through this division, Shell plans to invest $1 billion a year in renewable energy and clean transportation by 2020. Shell CEO Ben Van Beurden notes that the transition toward clean power and technology has begun to accelerate in many parts of the world. This has created a significant…

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