New York to provide new funding to promote electric vehicles

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$3.5 million in funding will be used to bring more momentum to clean transportation New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced some $3.5 million in funding available for research and development projects focused on clean transportation. This funding is meant to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles, reduce the cost of new fueling and charging stations, and investigate ways that these fueling stations can be integrated into the state’s energy grid. Through the adoption of electric vehicles, New York aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030. Electric…

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Shell to double its clean power investments

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Oil company to make more aggressive investments in renewable energy Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell has announced plans to increase its renewable energy investments. The company has been growing more focused on clean power in recent years and intends to divest from oil and fossil-fuels in the relatively near future. Shell has vowed to significantly reduce its carbon footprint by 2050, replacing much of its old energy capacity with clean power solutions. In order to accomplish this, Shell will be significantly increasing its investments in clean power. Investments will show…

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Solar energy is dominating the global energy sector

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Solar power is having an impact on other forms of clean energy The current solar energy boom could have a major impact on the world’s overarching energy industry. The International Energy Agency has released its latest World Energy Outlook report. The report suggests that by 2040, the world will need to add the equivalent of China and India’s current energy capacity in order to meet the demands of a growing global population. Solar power is the fastest growing segment of clean energy that currently exists. If this sector continues to…

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New trains equipped with fuel cells are coming to Germany

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Alstom to bring new hydrogen-powered trains to Germany New hydrogen-powered trains will be making their way to Germany within the next four years. These trains are being developed by French engineering firm Alstom. The company intends to deliver 14 of these trains to LNVG, a railway company that operates in Lower Saxony, Germany. The trains will be the first of their kind in northern Germany and will produce no harmful emissions. Eventually, other trains equipped with fuel cells will be deployed throughout the country, adding momentum to Germany’s clean transportation…

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New report sheds more light on climate change

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Human activity is affecting global climate Government agencies in the United States have released their latest National Climate Assessment. This is the fourth heavily peer-reviewed report concerning climate change that has been released by these agencies. These agencies include NASA, the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Global Change Research Program, as well as others. The report notes that climate change is real and that human activity has made the phenomenon significantly more potent. A changing climate is having a major impact on many countries The…

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Dutch offshore wind energy developers are looking to make deals with large corporations

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Energy developers aim to provide corporations with wind power Companies that are developing offshore wind energy systems in the Netherlands are looking to sell the electricity their wind farms are generating to large corporations. In the past, energy companies have sold this electricity to the wholesale market. Now, however, these companies are looking for corporate buyers, many of whom are becoming much more invested in the renewable energy space due to government emissions regulations and a stronger interest in being environmentally friendly. Companies are finding success with bringing offshore wind…

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New hydrogen fuel stations from Honda are coming to Japan

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Honda will be building new hydrogen fuel stations throughout Japan beginning in 2018 Honda has announced plans to develop a new type of hydrogen fuel station that will be installed throughout Japan beginning next year. The automaker will be working with local governments in order to deploy approximately 100 of these new stations by 2020. These new stations are meant to provide strong support for fuel cell vehicles, which are expected to become more common in Japan in the coming years. The stations will also contribute to Japan’s overarching plans…

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Solar energy is surpassing expectations in the United States

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New report shows that solar energy is growing much more quickly than expected The United States government has severely underestimated solar energy, according to a report from the Natural Resources Defense Council and Statista. The two organizations have analyzed a 10-year prediction coming from the Energy Information Administration concerning the growth of solar energy throughout the country. In 2006, the Energy Information Administration predicted that solar power would only generate 0.8 gigawatts of electrical power by 2016. This has proven to be a massive underestimation. Solar power has surpassed estimations…

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Renewable energy plan released by Environment Colorado

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New plan calls universities to embrace clean power Environment Colorado has released a new plan to help the state’s universities embrace renewable energy. The organization hopes to have universities move away from fossil-fuels. This new plan comes only two days after the Environmental Protection Agency announced plans to repeal the Clean Power Act. The federal initiative was created in order to support renewable energy throughout the United States. Now, the Clean Power Act is being considered insufficient. Universities are being encouraged to make use of renewable energy Universities throughout the…

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Microsoft to purchase wind energy from a GE wind farm in Ireland

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Microsoft enters into long term power purchase agreement with GE Microsoft has signed an agreement with General Electric that will see the technology company purchasing all new wind energy capacity from GE’s newest wind farm in Ireland. Called the Tullahennel Wind Farm, the project is located in County Kerry. The wind energy system has a maximum capacity of 37 megawatts. Microsoft will be purchasing all of this electricity for the next 15 years. This represents one of the largest clean energy purchases that Microsoft has made in recent years. Agreement…

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Wind energy may supply 30% of Europe’s electricity by 2030

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Reports highlight the possible future of Europe’s wind power sector WindEuorpe, a trade group focused on wind energy in Europe, believes that wind power could provide as much as 30% of Europe’s electricity by 2030. The organization has release two reports highlighting the growth of wind power throughout Europe. Several countries have embraced this form of clean energy in order to cut emissions and reliance on fossil-fuels. Some have even shown strong support for offshore wind projects, which have the potential to generate large quantities of electrical power. Wind capacity…

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Proton Onsite and Nel will provide technology to new hydrogen fuel station in California

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SunLine taps Proton Onsite and Nel Hydrogen Solutions to provide technology for new fueling station Proton Onsite, a leading developer of hydrogen technologies, and Nel Hydrogen Solutions have been tapped to provide products to California’s SunLine Transit Agency. SunLine is currently developing the world’s largest combined hydrogen production and fueling facility. Once fully operational, the facility will be able to produce as much as 900 kilograms of hydrogen fuel per day. This fuel will be used to power new buses that are powered by fuel cell systems. New hydrogen fuel…

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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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South Australia calls for hydrogen infrastructure development

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Government seeks proposals for infrastructure projects The South Australian government has issued a call for proposals for hydrogen infrastructure projects. The government is also seeking proposals for infrastructure projects that would be focused on providing fuel for hydrogen-powered buses. This move is part of South Australia’s emerging efforts to establish a “hydrogen economy.” Australia, as a whole, has become heavily invested in hydrogen in recent years. The country intends to become a leading supplier of the fuel. South Australia is moving forward with its Hydrogen Roadmap The call for proposals…

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New smart town in Japan may make use of hydrogen fuel cells

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Panasonic announces plans to help develop second of Japan’s smart towns Panasonic has announced plans to develop a second smart city in Japan. The announcement was made at the IFA 2017 conference in Germany. The project, called Tsunashima SST, is meant to be developed in Yokohama and will help serve as an economic force in the region. The new smart city is the second that Panasonic has been helping develop, with the first being the Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town , also near Yokohama. Hydrogen fuel cells may see some use…

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Green home energy is leading the way among renovation trends

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A growing number of homeowners are opting for microgeneration technologies such as solar. Building an addition or an extension onto an existing house can be a phenomenal way to boost home value and ensure that a current residence continues to suit a family’s needs without having to move. However, a bigger home can lead to rising electrical and heating demands and costs. As a result, many homeowners are choosing to participate in a rapidly growing green home energy trend. By installing microgeneration technologies onto existing homes or those that have…

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