Plans are in place to build a new liquid hydrogen plant in Texas

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The hydrogen facility will be built to meet increasing product demand from several markets. Plans for a new liquid hydrogen plant have been announced by Pennsylvania-based Air Products and Chemicals Inc., a leading global provider of hydrogen products. Construction of the plant will be carried out at Air Product’s La Porte, Texas industrial gas facility, located in the Houston area. The plant is slated to produce about 30 tons of liquid hydrogen per day. The liquid hydrogen plant, which Air Products is building to meet growing product demands from several…

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Hydrogen fuel cars may one day be powered by plastic waste

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A new scientific breakthrough could revolutionize the future of hydrogen fuel. The hydrogen fuel cars of the future may run on clean power produced from plastic waste. This incredible possibility was discovered by scientists from Swansea University, who have learned how to convert any kind of plastic into hydrogen fuel. The plastic-to-fuel process may also be a cheaper alternative to recycling plastic. The breakthrough made by the researchers at the Wales-based university occurred when they added a light-absorbing material to plastic and left this material in a solution exposed to…

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Weichai Power acquires stake in Canadian fuel cell company

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The Chinese automotive and equipment manufacturer has signed a deal with Ballard Power Systems. Weichai Power Co. Ltd has signed a deal to acquire a 19.9% stake in Ballard Powers Systems Inc. for $163 million. As part of the deal it has also established a joint venture in China with the fuel cell company. This new agreement will make Weichai, Ballard’s largest shareholder and, as long as it maintains a minimum 15% stake in Ballard, Weichai is permitted to nominate two directors to Ballard’s board. The money Ballard receives will…

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Telescopic wind turbine successfully installed in Spain

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The offshore wind turbine is the first of its kind in the world. Using a concrete self-floating gravity-based structure and a concrete self-lifting telescopic tower, the 5 MW telescopic turbine has been installed in waters just off the Gran Canaria in Spain, reported Power Engineering International. The unique wind turbine was fully assembled onshore and towed to the site. Each one of the telescopic wind turbine’s components was assembled on land. Once it was fully assembled, tugs were used to tow the turbine into its offshore location. ALE, a UK-based…

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REAP’s solar power storage system could benefit from new California solar mandate

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The new mandate could be advantageous for REAP’s Power Stac VRFB. Renewable Energy and Power (REAP) could provide the perfect solar power storage solution for California’s new solar mandate. The company has announced the expansion of marketing activity for its Power Stac vanadium redox flow battery (VRFB) power storage system, according to a news release published on Global Newswire. California is making residential solar energy mandatory for certain new buildings and renovations. The state has mandated that by 2020, all new houses and multi-family residences of three stories or less,…

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Teesside takes another step forward in becoming a UK hydrogen “powerhouse”

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Teesside makes a bid for hydrogen super fleet. The UK hydrogen industry has received more support in Teesside. The conurbation in the north east of England has made a £220,000 ($282,200) bid in support of a major “super-fuel” vehicle fleet plan that could see cars, buses, trains and bin lorries powered by hydrogen fuel in the region, reported Teesside Live. Bringing the plan to fruition could create 1,000 jobs. The hydrogen fuel vehicle (HFV) fleet is part of a broader campaign to make Teesside a UK hydrogen “powerhouse”. The recent…

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Portable recycling machine could help deal with the plastic waste problem

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A DIY recycling machine is small enough to travel in the back of a ute. A group of engineering students from one of Australia’s leading universities, Monash University, have created a portable recycling machine that can breakdown plastic bottles, bags, trays and containers and convert them into anything that can be made in a mold. The machine is small enough that it can fit on the back of a utility vehicle, commonly called a ute in Australia. The students took on the challenge to create the machine as part of…

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Iceland to begin hydrogen fuel production at geothermal power plant

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ON Power has announced it will start its experimental production of hydrogen. The Icelandic geothermal power utility is set to start hydrogen fuel production later this month near its Hellisheidi geothermal power plant in Southwest Iceland, which is located close to the country`s capital, Reykjavik. The hydrogen station is part of a bigger European research project. Along with two other Icelandic companies – Orkan and Icelandic New Energy – ON Power is participating in a European hydrogen research project. As part of its participation, it has purchased an electrolyte, which…

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First of its kind hydrogen power technology is coming to Australia

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Northern Oil plans to use hydrogen to generate electricity in a way that’s novel to Australia. An industrial-scale pilot plant is gearing up for the use of a new hydrogen power technology that will be the first of its kind in Australia. The technology will be used at Northern Oils Advance Biofuels Refinery, near Gladstone, Australia and is expected to start in 2019. The Gladstone Refinery was the first of its type in the country when it was built back in 2017. Northern Oil’s Advanced Biofuels Refinery produces renewable fuel.…

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First PtG energy storage facility in North America is now operational

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North America’s first major energy storage facility using hydrogen is open in Canada. The announcement regarding the opening of the PtG energy storage plant was made by Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc. and Hydrogenics Corporation. The two Canada-based companies jointly own and operate the facility, which is located in Markham, Ontario, Canada. The facility is expected to lower costs for Ontario consumers. Both Asia and Europe have already deployed power-to-gas (PtG) energy storage projects, but this is the first large scale PtG energy storage project of its kind in North America.…

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The Automobile Association develops first mobile EV fast charger in Europe.

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This new technology can help prevent electric car drivers from becoming stranded. Ireland’s Automobile Association (AA) has developed a mobile EV fast charger to help combat “range anxiety.” This is a form of anxiety commonly experienced by electrical vehicle (EV) drivers who worry that their car battery will run out of power before they reach their destination or the next charging point. Stranded drivers can be given a boost with the new mobile fast charger. The first of its kind in Europe, the mobile EV fast charger is basically the…

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Poland explores possibility of hydrogen fuel trains

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Polish companies are betting on hydrogen as the fuel of the future. Hydrogen fuel trains could be coming to Poland in the future. JSW, a Polish coal mining company, and PKP Cargo, a national rail freight operator, are working together to research, analyze and potentially produce new types of shunting locomotives and freight wagons powered by hydrogen fuel, reported the International Railway Journal. The companies want to invest in projects involving the commercial use of hydrogen fuel. The main goal is to workout innovative solutions involving the commercial operation of…

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Mexico could achieve its geothermal energy potential with help from Seequent

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Mexico has the capacity to generate huge geothermal power. The country has incredible geothermal energy potential, but the cost to tap into this potential has created a significant barrier. However, Seequent, a New Zealand company, may be able to help Mexico overcome this hurdle. The New Zealand company has developed a close relationship with Mexico. Since its inception back in 2004, Seequent has developed a close relationship with the North American country. Specializing in developing technologies designed to overcome environmental, earth and energy challenges, Seequent intends to support the development…

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New Uber EV Champions Initiative encourages electric vehicle rides

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The ride-hailing network wants to help lower transportation’s carbon footprint. The Uber EV Champions Initiative is a pilot program designed to increase electrical vehicle (EV) adoption. Participating driver-partners are encouraged to deliver a minimum of 5 million EV rides over the next 12 months. The pilot program has launched in seven cities. In partnership with leading electric vehicle adoption experts, the EV Champions Initiative has launched in San Francisco, San Diego, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Seattle, Austin and Montreal. Uber drivers in each of these cities will receive different perks as…

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Honda and GM team to build new battery electric cars

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Automakers will be working together to produce new cars Honda and General Motors have announced that they will work together to develop new battery electric vehicles. These news cars will primarily be flee the North American market. The two automakers already have a longstanding partnership focused on improving fuel cell technology. The new initiative will likely add further momentum to the clean transportation plans the companies already have in place. Companies will make use of battery technology from GM The companies will work to develop vehicles based on GM’s battery…

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Toyota has high hopes for hydrogen powered cars

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Automaker plans to increase production of fuel cell vehicles Japanese automaker Toyota intends to increase production of hydrogen powered cars. Currently, an estimated 3,000 fuel cell vehicles are sold throughout the world annually. Toyota believes that this number will rapidly increase due to the introduction of more efficient and affordable vehicles, however. As such, the automaker has set a goal of selling 30,000 fuel cell vehicles every year by 2020. Toyota is building two new production facilities To accomplish this lofty goal, Toyota is building two new production facilities in…

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