Floating wind energy system is taking form in Scotland

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Hywind project aims to provide wind energy to Scotland The world’s first floating wind energy system is taking form in Scotland. Called Hywind, the wind farm is meant to harvest electrical power in waters that are too deep for conventional offshore turbines. This may allow the wind farm to take advantage of stronger wind currents, allowing it to generate more electricity and funnel this power back to the mainland. The project could herald a new era for the wind energy space, where turbine technology is advancing at an accelerated rate.…

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Hyundai plans to launch new electric vehicle next year

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New electric vehicle will be an updated model of the Kona South Korean automaker Hyundai has announced plans to release a new electric vehicle next year. The new vehicle will be an electrified version of its subcompact SUV Kona. The automaker also plans to launch a new fuel cell vehicle in order to establish a stronger position in the clean transportation space. Hyundai has invested more heavily in clean vehicles in order to meet the growing demand coming from consumers while also complying with emissions regulations being put into place…

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D.C. program aims to expand access to solar energy

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Low-income families to take advantage of solar energy through new program A new program has been launched in the District of Columbia. Mayor Muriel Bowser suggests that the new program will help low-income families take advantage of solar energy. The program aims to install solar panels on nearly 300 homes throughout the D.C. area. This may allow low-income families to save approximately $600 a year in energy costs. These families would benefit from the electricity generated by the solar panels, which would also help reduce emissions in D.C. by a…

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Fuel cell vehicles meet resistance in the east

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Lacking infrastructure slows the adoption of fuel cell vehicles Fuel cell vehicles are struggling to find traction in the eastern United States. This is due to the limited hydrogen infrastructure in the region. Several states, particularly New York and Connecticut, have been showing strong support for clean vehicles, encouraging drivers to embrace these vehicles more readily. While some consumers have shown interest, the majority of people have been unwilling to purchase fuel cell vehicles. In order for these vehicles to become successful, more hydrogen fuel stations will need to be…

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Toyota plans to sell innovative new electric vehicles by 2022

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Toyota will be producing new electric vehicles by 2022 Japanese automaker Toyota has announced plans to begin selling long-range, fast-charging electric vehicles by 2022. The company has become heavily involved in clean transportation and intends to bring new clean vehicles to the market in the near future. Toyota intends to ensure that these vehicles appeal to consumers and plans to make these cars more efficient, less expensive, and generally more convenient for drivers. Toyota is expected to draw upon its extensive experience with clean technology to accomplish this task. New…

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Scotland sets another wind energy record

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Wind energy continues to reach new heights in Scotland Scotland has set yet another record with its wind energy production. Within the United Kingdom, Scotland has established itself as a primary wind energy market The Scottish government has invested heavily in wind power in recent years, setting several production records. Over the past six months, wind energy has reached a new milestone in Scotland, further solidifying its role as a thriving wind market. More than 1 million MW-h of electricity produced in the first six months of 2017 During the…

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Hawaii sets sights on renewable energy

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State aims to become completely reliant on renewable energy in the coming years Hawaii has ambitious plans for renewable energy. The state has long been a leading market for solar power within the United States. Indeed, this form of clean power is one of the most popular energy producers in Hawaii due to the abundant sunlight that the state received throughout the year. In the coming years, the state plans to derive 100% of its electricity from renewable sources, with solar energy playing a major role in accomplishing this goal.…

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Walmart shows more support for hydrogen fuel cells

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Walmart to purchase more hydrogen fuel solutions from Plug Power Massive retailer Walmart will be showing more support for hydrogen fuel cells. The company has commissioned the aid of Plug Power, a leading developer of fuel cell systems. Plug Power will be working to help Walmart establish a distributed hydrogen fuel network for its operations. The hydrogen stations that the retailer will use will power forklifts that are equipped with fuel cells. Walmart already makes use of hydrogen-powered forklifts and the company is interested in adopting more of these vehicles…

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China’s solar energy industry to increase production of solar panels

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Solar panel manufacture to increase by 25% this year China’s solar energy industry is poised to become yet more active throughout the remainder of this year. The industry has already established significant momentum in 2017, but manufacturers and developers are not ready to rest easy. The solar energy industry is expected to produce 25% more solar panels this year than in 2016, according to Wang Bohua, secretary general of the country’s solar industry association. Notably, production is set to increase significantly due to foreign demand, much of which is coming…

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New street sweeper powered by hydrogen fuel launched in the Netherlands

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Street sweeper equipped with hydrogen fuel cell is now operating in the town of Hoogezand A new street sweeper has been launched in the town of Hoogezand in the Netherlands. This one, however, is quite different than other street sweepers. The new vehicle comes from Dutch firm Holthausen and Finnish manufacturer Visedo. The companies have developed the street sweeper to operate using hydrogen fuel. This could be a sign that fuel cells are breaking into yet another sector where vehicles are used quite heavily. Fuel cell allows the street sweeper…

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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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