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 to help bring new fuel cell buses to California

Fuel Cel Buses - Buses on Street

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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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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Researchers discover a way to improve hydrogen fuel cells

Fuel Cells - Research

Research team to use new catalyst to power hydrogen fuel cells Researchers from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have found a way to accelerate the hydrogen fuel production process, making fuel cells more efficient and attractive renewable energy solutions. The research team has begun making use of a new catalyst that they claim can speed up the hydrogen generation process 1,000 times. Using the catalyst could allow fuel cell vehicles to fuel much more quickly, which may make them somewhat more attractive to consumers. New catalyst is comprised on nickel…

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European Investment Bank upholds commitment to fight climate change

Funds to Help Fight Climate Change

Bank announces plans to continue efforts to fund the fight against climate change The European Investment Bank has announced that it will uphold its $20 billion a year investment target in its continued effort to fund the fight against climate change. The bank intends to invest these funds ever year over the next five years. Werner Hoyer, president of the European Investment Bank, suggests that Europe must lead the world against those that would deny the existence and potentially devastating impact of climate change. Hoyer has also called upon the…

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Legislation in Indiana could curtail the growth of the solar energy market

Solar Energy Market - Sunset in Indiana

Lawmakers seek to remove net metering from the solar energy market New legislation has been introduced in Indiana that aims to bring about major changes to the state’s solar energy market. The legislation intends to remove net metering, which has long been a major incentive encouraging homeowners and businesses to embrace solar. Solar supporters fear that without net metering, many people may be prevented from using the electricity generated by their own solar panels. This could also limit the number of people able to enter into the solar energy market….

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Obama Administration commits more funding to the Green Climate Fund in order to fight climate change

Climate Change - Funding for Green Energy

Program will receive more funding to aid in the fight against climate change With its time coming to an end, the Obama Administration has taken steps to increase the federal government’s investments in the Green Climate Fund. The fund is meant to provide financial aid to developing countries in order to assist them in their fight against climate change. Initially, the federal government had committed $500 million to the Green Climate Fund. Now, however, the Obama Administration has announced that it has doubled this investment, bringing its level of financial…

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China’s Jiuquan Wind Power Base goes unused as demand for wind energy falls

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Massive wind energy system is not producing electricity One of China’s largest wind energy systems has rarely been used in recent months. The Jiuquan Wind Power Base is located on the edge of the Gobi Desert, where wind currents are notably strong. The wind farm is comprised of more than 7,000 turbines and is capable of generating enough electricity to power a small nation. While the wind energy system has vast potential, it now stands inert and low demand may be the reason for this. China is working to embrace…

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Wind energy being used to power all Dutch electric trains

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Electric trains in the Netherlands are tapping into wind energy All of the electric trains in the Netherlands are now powered by wind energy, according to the country’s railway operator, NS. The country’s electric trains transport approximately 600,000 passengers on a daily basis. Dutch wind farms have made this transportation carbon neutral, thereby making the public transportation space somewhat more environmentally friendly. The Netherlands has been focusing quite heavily on wind energy in recent years in an effort to distance itself from fossil-fuels and become more energy independent. Eneco provides…

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The past year has been a major success for offshore wind energy

Offshore Wind Energy

Energy Information Agency reports that the offshore wind energy market is poised for further expansion The Energy Information Agency has released a new report highlighting the strong growth that the clean energy sector saw in the United States in 2016. Notably, offshore wind energy has experienced a magnificent year of growth and support, particularly along the East Coast, where offshore projects have established a significant presence. The United States is home to a great deal of offshore wind potential, but the country only began seeking to tap into its offshore…

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Loan will help Plug Power deliver more of its hydrogen fuel cells

Plug Power - Hydrogen Fuel Cells

Green Bank provides Plug Power with $25 million loan The New York Green Bank has announced that it will be lending $25 million to Plug Power in order to help the company expand the use of its hydrogen fuel cells in the materials handling space. Several large companies, such as Wal-Mart and Home Depot, have begun to use fuel cells to power their forklift trucks operating at their distribution centers. These energy systems have gained popularity because of their highly efficient nature and their ability to generate electrical power without…

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Hyundai prepares to launch fuel cell vehicles in the next two years

Hyundai ix35 hydrogen fuel car

Fuel cell vehicles are becoming a priority for Hyundai South Korean automaker Hyundai has plans to expand its offering of fuel cell vehicles. The company has seen a great deal promise in the clean transportation market, especially as more countries begin to embrace stricter emissions regulations. Hyundai is one of the few automakers that has managed to find modest success in a relatively new market and plans to build upon the momentum it has already generated by launching a new hydrogen-powered sport utility vehicle and commercial bus within the next…

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Country’s first offshore wind energy system to begin generating electricity

Block Island Wind Farm will soon begin operation The first offshore wind energy system in the United States is expected to begin operation in the coming days. The wind farm is located off the coast of Rhode Island and Deepwater Wind is behind the development of this project. Before it can begin feeding electricity into the energy grid, however, the project faces one last hurdle: It must win the approval of New England’s energy regulators. If approval is granted, the electricity that the offshore wind energy system generates will be…

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Accio Energy aims to revolutionize the offshore wind energy space

Start-up develops promising new solution to offshore wind turbines Accio Energy, a start-up based in Michigan, is testing out new offshore wind energy technology that could eventually replace offshore turbines. Offshore wind has been gaining more attention in recent years, largely to the massive energy potential that can be found at sea. One issue with offshore systems, however, is their use of large turbines, which are both difficult and expensive to install. These turbines have shown themselves to be capable of generating large quantities of electrical power, but the logistics…

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Renewable energy to continue to thrive thanks to economic benefits

The economics of renewable energy may ensure its continued success Solar and wind energy are facing an uncertain future in the United States, but economics may ensure that these two forms of clean power continue to thrive. There are many challenges facing solar and wind power, but one of the greatest of these challenges has to do with potential changes to federal energy policies. President-elect Donald Trump has decried both solar and wind power in the past. Trump intends to make changes to the country’s energy policies, reducing restrictions on…

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Microsoft announces its largest wind energy deal to date

Microsoft forms new deal to acquire wind energy Technology giant Microsoft has announced that it has signed its largest wind energy deal to date. The company will be using wind to generate electricity to its largest data centers in the United States. The latest deal is one of two new contracts that represent some 237 megawatts of capacity. These deals bring Microsoft’s total use of wind energy to more than 500 megawatts. This continues Microsoft’s trend of embracing renewable energy in an effort to reduce its production of carbon emissions…

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