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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Florida utility commits to solar energy

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Duke Energy plans to develop at least nine new solar projects Duke Energy has announced plans to develop at least nine new solar energy systems in Florida. The utility will also be doing away with a controversial nuclear energy charge on customer bills. Duke Energy notes that the new solar initiatives are worth approximately $6 billion. These new projects are part of the utilities overarching efforts to embrace renewable power. The utility has faced criticism in the past for lagging behind others in this regard. Solar technology has improved significantly…

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California has become a leading market for fuel cell vehicles

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State has established itself as a global leader in the fuel cell car market California is leading the world in the sale of fuel cell vehicles. These vehicles are equipped with hydrogen fuel cell systems, which generate electricity without producing any harmful emissions. California has long been a home for clean cars, particularly those powered by batteries. As fuel cell vehicles have become more popular among automakers, however, the state has been working to establish a strong infrastructure capable of supporting these cars. In doing so, California has solidified itself…

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Mercedes-Benz still has eyes set on fuel cell vehicles

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Automaker to showcase new vehicles at Frankfurt Motor Show Mercedes-Benz has announced that it will be unveiling new vehicles at the Frankfurt Motor Show this year. The automaker has been working on several new vehicles, some of which rely on clean technology. One of these vehicles will be equipped with a hydrogen fuel cell system. This new concept car will highlight the company’s future plans for fuel cell vehicles and showcase the progress Mercedes-Benz has made in making such vehicles a reality. New vehicle will be equipped with an advanced…

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India installs more solar energy capacity in first half of 2017 than it did in all of 2016

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Solar energy continues to experience dramatic growth India’s solar energy capacity is growing more quickly than expected. During the first half of this year, the country installed some 4,765 megawatts of new solar capacity. By comparison, approximately 4,313 megawatts of solar capacity was installed throughout the whole of 2016. The country has begun investing aggressively in solar energy in order to combat climate change and take advantage of emerging economic opportunities. This has led to a significant increase in India’s solar capacity. Large-scale projects account for majority of newly installed…

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Ikea to begin offering solar energy products in the UK

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Ikea is bringing solar panels to its UK stores Retail giant Ikea has plans to break into the solar energy market. The company has announced that it will begin selling solar panels and energy storage systems at its stores in the United Kingdom. These products will be sold alongside similar solutions provided by Solarcentury, a solar energy company based in the UK. Ikea is the latest in several retailers that have begun to offer solar panels and related services. These retailers are benefitting from the growing demand for clean energy,…

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Climate change could become a serious threat by end of century

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New study shows only a small chance to accomplish one of the goals of the Paris Agreement The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a scientific and intergovernmental organization formed by the United Nations, has released its latest assessment on climate change. The new study from the organization highlights a major challenge that faces the Paris Agreement. According to the study, the world has only a 5% chance to avoid temperature increases of 2 degrees Celsius by the end of this century. This could have serious implications for the future,…

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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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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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