Growing number of cities are showing support for renewable energy

Renewable Energy - Support for Change

Two more cities opt to abandon fossil-fuels in favor of renewable energy More cities throughout the United States are making the commitment to abandon fossil-fuels. Madison, Wisconsin, and Abita Springs, Louisiana, have become the latest cities to make renewable energy a major priority. They have joined 23 other cities, such as San Diego, California, in committing to derive no less than 100% of their power from renewable sources in the coming years. Both cities have plans to invest heavily in renewable energy in order to achieve their goals. City council…

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Scotland grants approval for another offshore wind energy project

Offshore Wind Energy - Win Turbines and Boat

New offshore wind energy project wins the approval of the Scottish government The Scottish government has granted approval for another offshore wind energy system. The Dounreay Tri Floating Wind Demonstration Project, as the name suggests, is meant to showcase the capabilities of offshore turbines. These turbines have the potential to produce significant amounts of electrical power due to their ability to capture the strong wind currents that can be found at sea. Plans for the new project follow approval granted for two other offshore wind farms, which began development last…

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Wind energy industry in the US shows great promise

Wind Energy - Wind Turbines in USA

New analysis highlights the economic impact on the wind energy industry Navigant Consulting has released a new analysis of the wind energy industry in the United States. The analysis shows that the wind sector is set to have a major economic impact in the country. This is despite concerns regarding federal energy policy. Advocates of clean power have expressed worry that the federal government will show less support for wind energy in the coming years. This is due to the promises made by the Trump Administration to reduce regulations on…

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AFC Energy successfully makes first commercial sale of fuel cells

Successful Fuel Cells Sale

AFC Energy has made progress with its plans to commercialize hydrogen fuel cells AFC Energy, a prominent fuel cell developer, has completed its first commercial sale. The company has been working to commercialize hydrogen and fuel cells for some time, but as focus clean technology and renewable energy grows, fuel cells are beginning to gather momentum and attract more attention. Based in the United Kingdom, AFC Energy believes that the country’s plans to establish a hydrogen economy are beginning to take shape. If this is true, fuel cells may become…

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Costs of wind energy to continue falling in the coming years

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Study highlights the promising future ahead for wind energy Wind energy in the United States, and elsewhere in the world, will continue to experience technological breakthroughs in the coming years, according to researchers from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The research team has conducted the largest study concerning renewable energy every conducted. The study concluded that as clean technology becomes more advanced, the cost of renewable energy will continue to fall dramatically. This is particularly true for wind energy, which can benefit greatly from the advances being made to turbine…

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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

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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

Solar Energy - Solar Panel Array

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

Wind Energy for Transportation - Image of Electric Train

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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