Toyota Canada aims to help develop a hydrogen infrastructure in Quebec

Toyota Canada has announced that it will be working with Transition Energetique Quebec in order to study the market requirements of developing a hydrogen infrastructure in Quebec.

Automaker teams with energy organization in order to address infrastructure challenges Toyota Canada has announced that it will be working with Transition Energetique Quebec in order to study the market requirements of developing a hydrogen infrastructure in Quebec. Toyota is currently working on promoting its first fuel cell vehicle throughout the world. Called the Mirai, the vehicle represents the company’s latest endeavors in the clean transportation space. In order for fuel cell vehicles to find success, however, they must have the support of a comprehensive hydrogen infrastructure. Government show strong…

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Microsoft begins testing new fuel cells

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Company is now testing natural gas fuel cells for future use Microsoft has begun showing more interest in fuel cells. The company has commenced testing on natural gas fuel cells that may eventually be used to provide electricity to its data centers. Microsoft has several data centers throughout the country, which consume a total of 2% of all electricity generated in the United States. By embracing fuel cells, the company may be able to reduce its strain on the energy grid and become more environmentally friendly. Seattle facility will be…

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Hydrogen fuel cells could help energy security in Europe

Hydrogen Fuel Cells - Europe Energy Security

Conference highlights the energy security potential of fuel cell systems Europe’s energy security may be boosted through the use of hydrogen fuel cells, according to suggested made at a recent conference held in Estonia. The conference was organized by Estonia’s National Institute of Chemical Physics and Biophysics and VTT, a technical research organization in Finland. Elcogen, a developer of solid oxide fuel cell systems, was also heavily involved in the organization of the event. During the conference, speakers suggested that existing hydrogen fuel cells could help solve Europe’s energy security…

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GM to purchase wind energy to power seven facilities

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Automaker announces plans to purchase more wind energy Automaker General Motors has announced that it will be making a large wind energy purchase in the near future. The company will be purchasing electricity from wind farms in Ohio and Illinois. This electricity will be used to provide power to seven manufacturing facilities. These wind farms will contribute to the automaker’s overall use of clean power. With these wind farms, approximately 20% of the company’s energy consumption will be satisfied through the use of renewables. GM is growing more focused on…

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Solar industry is thriving as costs fall

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Report shows that the cost of solar energy continues to decline The National Renewable Energy Laboratory has released a new report concerning the cost of solar energy. The report covers how much the cost of solar power has fallen over the past year, particularly in the first quarter of 2017. Notably, the report comes a mere ten days before the solar industry discovered whether or not it will have to navigate new trade regulations formed by the Trump Administration. These trade regulations could have a significant impact on new solar…

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Researchers develop new system to use solar power to produce clean fuels

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New system leverages the power of the sun to produce sustainable fuels Researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a new system that can generate fuel using solar power. The new system represents reaching another milestone in efforts to use renewable energy to produce sustainable fuels. Researchers based their efforts on several previews endeavors, many of which involved mimicking photosynthesis in order to turn sunlight into electrical power. This electricity is then used to trigger chemical reactions. System can convert fuel precursors into ethanol and ethylene In the…

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Ballard joins the global Hydrogen Council

Ballard Power Joins Hydrogen Council - Forming of Business Partnership

Ballard will be joining internationally-recognized advisory group Ballard Power Systems, a leading developer of fuel cell technology, has announced that it has been officially invited to join the Hydrogen Council. The organization is an internationally-recognized advisory group. The Hydrogen Council is meant to provide long-term insight on the capabilities of fuel cells and how they can be used in the future. The organization was officially launched earlier this year at the World Economic Forum 2017 in Switzerland. Organization aims to promote the use of fuel cells and hydrogen-based technologies As…

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Toyota Australia has high hopes for fuel cell vehicles

Hi Hopes for fuel cell vehicles

Australian division of Toyota believes that fuel cell vehicles will find success in the future Japanese automaker Toyota has high hopes for its future endeavors in the clean transportation space. While several major automakers have begun taking a very specific focus on clean vehicles, Toyota plans to maintain its broad approach to the clean transportation sector. Toyota’s Australian division believes that it is in an ideal position to promote clean vehicles throughout the country. Toyota Australia has particular faith in fuel cell vehicles, three of which the automaker has brought…

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New material could lead to a new generation of fuel cells

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Research team develops new material that could benefit fuel cells A team of researchers from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a new material that could lead to a new generation of hydrogen fuel cells. The material is a mix of metal nanocrystals that are enveloped in graphene. Researchers believe that the new material could allow for enhanced hydrogen storage properties. This could make fuel cells more efficient and a much more attractive option when compared to other clean energy systems. Material makes use of graphene and magnesium nanocrystals…

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Solar energy in Montana reaches new milestone

Sunshine on Montana Country Road

Montana quadruples its solar energy capacity Montana has made significant progress in its efforts to embrace solar energy. Over the past year, the state has quadrupled its solar capacity, installing 6.6 megawatts of solar power. The state’s energy plan, called Montana Energy Future, has provided strong support for solar power. This support has made it easier for new solar projects to take form. The plan now aims to double the state’s solar capacity by 2025. Solar sector is making significant progress throughout the state Solar energy has become a primary…

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Global renewable energy consumption set to rise through 2040

Renewable Energy World

New report highlights the world’s growing consumption of electrical power The Energy Information Administration has released a new report concerning the world’s consumption of electrical power. The report predicts that global energy consumption will increase by 28% by 2040. Notably, the demand for coal is expected to decrease in the coming years. Many countries are expected to increase their reliance on renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind, in order to replace their consumption of fossil-fuels. China will see a major increase in renewable energy use The report from…

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Solar energy is gaining ground in Dubai

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New contract calls for the development of a new solar energy project Dubai’s Electricity and Water Authority has awarded a $3.9 billion contract so ACWA Power. The contract involves the development of a large-scale solar energy system. The system will make use of several mirrors, which will concentrate sunlight in order to generate electricity. Concentrated solar energy has been gaining popularity in recent years. These particular solar power systems have vast energy production potential, which makes them significantly more attractive than conventional solar farms. Solar farm will produce 5,000 MW…

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Equilon to help develop seven new hydrogen fuel stations in California

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New hydrogen stations are set to be developed in Northern California Equilon Enterprises, a subsidiary of Shell Oil Company, will be aiding with the development of seven new hydrogen fuel stations in Northern California. The California Energy Commission has awarded a grant of $16,362,500 for this endeavor. The grant was provided through the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program. The initiative commits $100 million every year to projects focused on clean transportation and clean fueling technologies. Automakers are working to help build new hydrogen fuel stations Equilon will…

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Solar energy industry reaches its cost goal in the US

Solar Energy Costs Goal

DOE report shows that the solar energy has achieved its SunShot Initiative goal The U.S. Department of Energy has released a new report that shows that the solar energy industry has achieved its 2020 utility-scale cost goal. The goal was set by the SunShot Initiative, a federal endeavor that calls for the adoption of solar power. The solar energy industry was able to achieve this goal well ahead of schedule due to the rapidly declining cost of photovoltaic technology. Currently, the average cost of utility-scale solar power is 6 cents…

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Nisshinbo catalyst could be a boon for the fuel cell industry

Nisshinbo Holdings - Fuel Cell Industry

New catalyst could lead to less expensive fuel cell systems Nisshinbo Holdings is working to commercialize its first platinum-free fuel cell catalyst. If successful, the Japanese company will be among the first to bring such a catalyst to the market. The new catalyst could have a major impact on the fuel cell industry as a whole. The catalyst may be able to make fuel cells significantly more affordable, thereby increasing their attractiveness to those interested in clean technology and renewable energy. Company hopes to help fuel cells become more attractive…

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New York offers new rebates for clean vehicles

Clean Vehicles Rebate

Rebates will help municipalities embrace clean cars New York is looking to boost the adoption of clean vehicles and has begun offering higher rebates for those looking to bring these cars into their municipal fleets. The state government has announced that $2.2 million from the Environmental Protection Fund is now being committed to these rebates. The rebates will be used to promote the adoption of clean vehicles among municipalities. These municipalities are becoming more interested in clean transportation as a way to reduce the production of harmful emissions. New rebates…

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