Germany’s wind energy market grows aggressively in 2016

Wind Energy Market - Wind Turbines in Germany

Wind energy market in Germany leads installation growth Germany is quickly becoming the largest wind energy market in Europe. The country has invested heavily in the wind sector over the past few years in an effort to become environmentally friendly and reduce its reliance on fossil-fuels. According to data from WindEurope, and industry group, Germany installed more wind capacity in 2016 than any other European country. This has established Germany as a leader in the region’s wind energy market. Germany installed 12.5 GW of new wind capacity last year The…

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Ballard signs $25 million deal to bring hydrogen fuel cells to China

Hydrogen Fuel Cells Deal

Ballard and Zhongshan will be working together to promote hydrogen fuel cells Ballard Power Systems, a leading developer of hydrogen fuel cells, has announced that it has signed an agreement with China’s Zhongshan Broad-Ocean Motor Co. Per the agreement; Ballard has sold production rights for its fuel cell modules to the company. Zhongshan will be able to manufacture and sell Ballard’s fuel cell modules in three Chinese regions, including Shanghai. This may represent yet another step forward for Ballard’s continued efforts to commercialize hydrogen fuel cells and establish a strong…

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Toyota issues recall for its Mirai due to software glicth

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Mirai suffers from a software glitch that could cause some problems for drivers Toyota has issued a recall of 2,843 units of its Mirai. The Mirai is the first time Toyota has used a hydrogen fuel cell to power a customer vehicle. The automaker has found some modest success with the new car and has been demonstrating the capabilities of the Mirai in many prominent markets. Some had expressed concern over the Mirai’s use of hydrogen fuel, largely due to the volatility of hydrogen itself, but the recall has little…

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Solar energy reaches new heights in 2016

Solar Energy Reaches New Milestone

The solar energy industry nearly doubled in size last year In 2016, solar energy in the United States grew at an unprecedented rate. A new report from GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association shows that solar installations doubled last year over what they had been in 2015. The report notes that solar energy accounted for 39% of all new energy generation capacity in the United States last year, breaking previous records and establishing solar as the leading form of clean power in the country. The economics of solar…

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Kia intends to launch a new fuel cell vehicle in 2021

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Kia has confirmed plans to develop a new fuel cell vehicle, ready for release at some point in 2021 South Korean automaker Kia Motors has confirmed that it is working on developing a new vehicle equipped with a hydrogen fuel cell. The automaker has expressed interest fuel cells in the past, but has been slow to announce definitive plans to use this technology to power a new generation of cars. Now, however, Kia believes that fuel cells have reached a point where they can be very valuable transportation tools. The…

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Wind energy reaches a new milestone in the central United States

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SPP reports that wind energy has accomplished a new goal Wind energy in the United States reached yet another milestone over the past weekend. On Sunday, the Southwest Power Pool (SPP), an organization that manages energy transmission systems in the central United States, became the first entity of its kind to supply 52.1% of its electricity load with wind power. Over the past several months, wind energy has been growing in terms of penetration, supplying more electrical power to the energy grid. The sector continues to achieve new milestones due…

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Ballard to help bring new fuel cell buses to California

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Ballard announces membership in the Fuel Cell Electric Bus Commercialization Consortium Ballard Power Systems, a leading developer of hydrogen fuel cells, has announced that it has joined the Fuel Cell Electric Bus Commercialization Consortium. Ballard has been working to successfully commercialize fuel cells for several years, but has been met with modest success in the past. As these energy systems have grown in popularity, however, the company is inching closer to achieving its goal. Fuel cells are becoming particularly more common in the public transit space, largely due to governments…

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New flow battery could bring about a brighter future for renewable energy

Flow Battery - Renewable Energy

SEAS researchers have developed a new flow battery Researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have developed a flow battery that can operate for a decade. The new battery could be a major breakthrough in energy storage and the use of clean power. With an extensive lifespan, the battery could have a major impact on the residential sector, where renewable energy is becoming much more popular. The battery could also be used for other purposes, such as storing electricity for industrial purposes or…

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British Columbia aims to support fuel cell vehicles

Fuel Cell Vehicles - British Columbia

Government has high hopes for hydrogen fuel cells The government of British Columbia, Canada, is preparing to show more support for fuel cell vehicles. The province has become a clean transportation hub, with many of Canada’s clean vehicles operating in British Columbia. With hydrogen fuel cells establishing a stronger position in the transportation space, some government officials believe that these energy systems will speed the transition toward vehicles that generate no harmful emissions. Fuel cell vehicles will benefit from the Clean Energy Vehicle Program The province has announced that it…

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Fuel cell industry sees promise in Connecticut

Fuel Cell Industry - Renewable Energy

State could bring more momentum to the fuel cell industry The fuel cell industry may find much more support in Connecticut in the coming years. The state has already shown favor for fuel cells in the past, but a growing number of government officials are beginning to praise fuel cells and their ability to generate electrical power. The Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology notes that hydrogen fuel cells are reliable energy systems. When electricity is needed, fuel cells can provide this power immediately, unlike the intermittent nature of solar panels…

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H2ME to bring 100 fuel cell vehicles to Europe

Fuel Cell Vehicles - Cars in France

More fuel cell vehicles are on their way to Europe Hydrogen Mobility Europe (H2ME) is planning to launch 100 new fuel cell vehicles in the United Kingdom, Germany, and France. The vehicles are part of a real-world test to determine their capabilities and examine Europe’s hydrogen infrastructure. The initiative has received backing from the European Commission and has brought together some of the largest automakers in the world. If successful, the project may help demonstrate how fuel cell vehicles can replace their conventional counterparts and cut down on transportation emissions….

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Wind energy has begun to outpace coal in Europe

Wind Energy - Turbines in Fog

European wind energy space continues to show magnificent growth Wind power has gained significant momentum throughout Europe over the past year. In 2016, energy developers in Europe installed more wind turbines than any other form of power, beating out coal in terms of new installed capacity. Many European countries have begun showing favor for wind energy due to the vast potential it holds. These countries have access to strong wind currents that have, until recently, gone unused for the purpose of generating electrical power. Wind capacity grows by 8% in…

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Japan to build world’s largest floating solar energy farm

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Kyocera and Tokyo Leasing Corporation will work together to develop ambitious new project Japan may soon be home to the world’s largest floating solar energy system. The Tokyo Leasing Corporation and Kyocera Corporation have announced plans to develop the massive 13.7 megawatt project. The solar farm will be located in the Yamakura Dam reservoir. Kyocera is already planning to develop a similar project in the Umenokifurukori reservoir, which will have a capacity of 7.5 megawatts. Once the projects are completed, Japan will be home to some of the only floating…

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India achieves major accomplishment with its renewable energy capacity

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India surpasses the 50 GW mark in renewable energy capacity India has reached another major milestone in its renewable energy sector. The Ministry of New & Renewable Energy has announced that the country’s operational grid-connected clean power capacity surpassed 50 gigawatts. More than half of this capacity comes from wind power, with solar energy coming in second. Hydropower, bioenergy, and waste-to-energy solutions make up the remainder of the country’s renewable energy capacity. While solar falls significantly behind wind in terms of capacity, India is considered one of the world’s fastest…

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Solar energy industry employs more people than the coal industry in the US

Solar Energy Industry - Jobs

The solar market continues to show major economic potential The solar energy industry in the United States now offers more jobs than the coal industry, according to a recent survey from Solar Foundation. The solar sector has been growing quickly in the country over the past few years, even outpacing fossil-fuels in terms of new energy generation capacity. Despite this, however, solar only accounts for approximately 1% of all electricity produced within the United States, but the sector represents significant economic potential that is impossible to ignore. Survey highlights the…

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Honda and Hitachi will work together to support electric vehicles

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Honda teams with Hitachi to launch a new joint venture this year Japanese automaker Honda will be working with Hitachi’s auto parts subsidiary in order to launch a new joint venture. The venture will be responsible for developing small motors for new electric vehicles. Honda and Hitachi believe that the new venture will be able to establish a strong foothold in the increasingly competitive clean transportation sector. The endeavor represents yet another step in Honda’s ongoing efforts to produce high quality electric vehicles that appeal to consumers and businesses alike….

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