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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Partners Group invests in new Australian energy market project

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Equity firm invests more than $500 million into new project Partners Group, a private equity firm in Switzerland,  has announced that it will be investing more than $500 million to aid the development of the Grassroots Renewable Energy Platform in Australia. The project has a total capacity of 1.3 gigawatts.  This energy comes from a mix of solar and wind power, which will also be stored by and extensive battery system. The project is expected to add more momentum to the Australian energy market. Combining wind, solar, and batteries was…

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Ohio alternative energy rules may be changing

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Revised legislation aims to remove clean power mandate on utilities Ohio alternative energy rules are looking to be changed by lawmakers that would have an impact on how the state’s utilities use alternative power resources. A revised version of House Bill 114 was recently introduced and, if approved, would remove the clean power mandate from utilities. This mandate would be replaced with voluntary goals, providing utilities with more flexibility when it comes to transitioning away from fossil-fuels and offering consumers access to new forms of energy. Clean energy mandates have…

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UK to invest $27 million in a promising hydrogen future

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Government announces $27 million in funding to help promote hydrogen fuel The United Kingdom may become home to the next great hydrogen economy, as the government announces some $27 million in funding to aid in the adoption of fuel cells and a brighter hydrogen future in general. The funding could help hydrogen establish a strong foothold in the country. The UK’s hydrogen community is currently quite small, largely due to the high costs associated with fuel cells and hydrogen production. The government hopes to change this however by funneling more…

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Anheuser-Busch orders fuel cell trucks from Nikola Motor

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Nikola will be delivering 800 fuel cell trucks to Anheuser-Busch by 2020 Beverage maker Anheuser-Busch has set a new record by ordering 800 fuel cell trucks from Nikola Motor. This accounts for the largest single deal for heavy-duty delivery trucks powered by hydrogen fuel cells every made. Nikola aims to begin delivering the new trucks to Anheuser-Busch in 2020. Some pre-production models will be incorporated into the company’s fleet by the end of this year, however. These pre-production trucks will provide an opportunity for real-world testing. Deal represents a major…

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Kia set to launch the Niro EV in South Korea

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Kia will be launching its new clean vehicle in South Korea Kia has plans to launch its latest clean vehicle, the Niro EV, in its native South Korea. The Niro EV was first unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Nevada. The automaker has plans to bring the new vehicle to the European market later this year. The new car is part of Kia’s ongoing efforts to launch vehicles that produce no harmful emissions and can operate in an efficient manner. Niro EV will be able to travel 236 miles…

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Clean vehicles are thriving in China

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China continues to lead in the clean transportation market China could soon establish an insurmountable lead in the market for clean vehicles. The country is already the world’s leading market for electric cars, but its market share continues to grow at a rapid pace. In March of this year, more than 59,000 clean vehicles were sold throughout the country. This represents an 85% increase over the amount of such vehicles that were sold during the same period last year. Throughout the first quarter of this year, more than 122,000 clean…

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Budget cuts could damage renewable energy in the US

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Proposed budget cuts could place some energy programs in jeopardy Potential budget cuts for the Department of Energy could have a major impact on renewable energy in the United States, according to a report from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. Congress is currently considering the budget for the 2019 fiscal year. Some lawmakers are pushing for cuts to certain agencies in order to provide more funding for other programs. In the case of the Department of Energy, such budget cuts could put energy innovation programs in jeopardy. Energy programs…

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New truck uses hydrogen fuel without fuel cells

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Company develops the world’s first hydrogen combustion engine for commercial trucks ULEMCo, a company based in the United Kingdom, has developed a new combustion engine that makes use of hydrogen fuel. The company is using the new engine to power a commercial truck – a Volvo FH16. ULEMCo plans to begin testing the truck later this year in order to demonstrate the capabilities of hydrogen fuel. The truck will be the first of its kind to use hydrogen without also making use of a fuel cell system. Truck requires no…

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Hydrogen fuel research wins more support from the Department of Energy

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Agency to offer $39 million in new funding to support research and development The U.S. Department of Energy is set to provide some $39 million to support the research and development of hydrogen fuel cell technology. The federal agency believes that research will be vital to addressing the current challenges that fuel cells face. The funding will also aid in research focused on hydrogen production, distribution, and storage. Such research could help hasten the development of a comprehensive hydrogen fuel infrastructure in many parts of the country. ElectroCat project aims…

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New white papers highlight the value of smart hydrogen

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Smart hydrogen could help make renewable energy networks stronger A team of 11 European research partners, which includes NUI Galaway and the Belfast Metropolitan College, have released new white papers concerning the concept of “smart hydrogen.” This type of hydrogen is produced through the use of renewable energy, which makes the fuel considerably more environmentally friendly than what is available today. The white papers are part of the GenComm project, which is an initiative focused on determining the maturity of hydrogen-based technology and how it can be used at new…

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Clean vehicles could thrive through Shell’s ambitious proposal

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Shell calls for a ban on gas and diesel vehicles by 2035 Shell has proposed banning the sale of all new gas and diesel powered vehicles in the United States, European Union, and China by 2035. The company suggests that the ambitious proposal would help countries meet the emissions reduction targets outlined by the Paris Agreement. Shell claims that the transition toward clean vehicles could occur faster than most expect. Notably, the company believes that autonomous electric vehicles will play a major role in helping accomplishing this goal. Clean vehicles…

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Fate of renewable energy may be in the hands of Arizona voters

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Two ballots may decide the future of clean power Arizona voters may need to determine the fate of renewable energy in the state this fall. Lawmakers are currently preparing new ballot initiatives that intend to increase the state’s clean power targets. Both of the ballots are nearly identical: Both seek to require Arizona to derive 50% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. The issue, however, is that the ballots impose very little penalties on utilities that do not reach a certain mark with clean power. Ballots are identical…

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Hyundai officially begins selling its Nexo in South Korea

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Automaker has now officially launched the Nexo Hyundai has officially begun selling its new hydrogen-powered vehicle, the Nexo, in South Korea. The Nexo represents the automaker’s next step in producing vehicles that use clean technology and produce no harmful emissions. Hyundai has shown particular interest in fuel cells, which consume hydrogen to generate electricity. The company has already found modest success with fuel cell vehicles, having launched its first models in promising markets a few years ago. Pre-order period in the US sees 1,061 models sold in eight days Hyundai’s…

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Research team focused on renewable energy receives $1.2 million in funding

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Funding will help the development of new facility that will examine clean forms of power A multidisciplinary research team from the Concordia University has been awarded $1.2 million in funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation. The funding will help the research team develop a new facility that will be focused on examining sustainable power. The new facility is meant to be powered from renewable energy sources. It will be equipped with solar panels, hydrogen fuel cells, and wind turbines. These clean power sources will also be examined by researchers…

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