Corncob biofuel could be greener than ethanol fuel produced by corn grain

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New research has found that corncobs could be effective for producing cleaner biofuel. Corncob biofuel, ethanol fuel produced from corncobs, produces less greenhouse gases compared to other sources used to produce biofuels, such as corn grain. This discovery was made by researchers from Iowa State University (ISU), who recently published their study findings in the journal Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining. Corncobs also produce ethanol with greater efficiency than other sources. The researchers analyzed the entire ethanol production chain, from transporting the raw material to sending the resulting fuel to service…

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Over 100m dollars raised to support launch of Nikola fuel cell trucks

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Nikola Motors says it has raised millions in just one week. Nikola fuel cell trucks – Nikola One and Nikola Two – have received more support. The Salt Lake City-based American hybrid truck design company claims it has raised more than $100 million in just one week after launching its new round of funding for $200 million. The money is to assist Nikola Motors launch and scale it two hydrogen-powered trucks in 2020. This round of funding will continue for another three weeks. The current round of funding for $200…

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Apple to collaborate on new solar and wind energy projects

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The tech giant is increasing access to green energy in the eastern United States. Apple is teaming up with Swiss Re, Etsy and Akami to develop new solar and wind energy farms in the United States. The companies will collectively purchase energy from a wind farm in Illinois and a solar farm in Virginia. Combined, both clean energy projects will produce enough energy to power 74,000 homes. Together, the companies will purchase 165 MW from a solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant just outside of Fredericksburg, Virginia, and 125 MW from…

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h2e Power uses solid oxide fuel cell tech to bring clean and affordable energy to all

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The cleantech company is building a unique CHP system to generate clean power 24/7. Indian cleantech company, h2e Power Systems Inc., builds combined heat and power (CHP) solutions using solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology for the purpose of providing clean, green, reliable and affordable energy for all, including to those who live in rural areas. Their CHP solutions based on SOFC tech delivers off-grid and grid-connected distributed power generation. The cleantech company, which was founded in 2009, has created a fuel cell power module, h2e-HPM-1000, which utilizes unique solid…

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Scientists believe they are close to a clean energy storage breakthrough

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A new liquid metal battery could store renewable power for the electricity grid. Researchers at Stanford University have developed a new type of flow battery that could be a clean energy storage solution that is both environmentally safe and has a long service life. This battery breakthrough could boost the goal of powering the electricity grid with renewable energy. As more power generators make the switch to solar and wind, the goal is to create powerful and less expensive batteries that are capable of more clean energy storage. Flow batteries…

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Oahu hydrogen fuel station opens for businesses

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Hawaii’s first publicly accessible hydrogen refueling station becomes operational. The Oahu hydrogen fuel station is the first of its kind in Hawaii and was developed and opened by Servco Pacific. The new station, which reportedly took less than a year to complete, will help to support the use of hydrogen fuel vehicles in Hawaii. Servco will start to lease the Toyota Mirai later this month. Having already found success in establishing a presence in California, Toyota wants to bring its hydrogen fuel cell vehicles to other promising clean transportation markets,…

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ITM Power to help Japan Build its Hydrogen society

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Multi-megawatt carbon-free hydrogen projects to be developed in Japan. Japan’s hydrogen society is set to expand, thanks to a new strategic partnership agreement that has been announced between ITM Power and Sumitomo Corporation. The new agreement will allow for the development of multi-megawatt renewable projects in Japan. These projects will be based on ITM Power’s electrolyser products. Part of the new deal between the two companies will see UK hydrogen specialist, ITM Power, supply Sumitomo with its multi-megawatt electrolyser systems. These systems can be integrated into wider projects on an…

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North Wales company receives funding for its MDF recycling technology

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MDF Recovery is developing the world’s first tech to recycle MDF waste. The company based in North Wales is the brainchild of Craig Bennet, a Cheshire businessman who is pioneering a recycling technology designed to recycle MDF (medium-density fiberboard) waste. The firm recently received an additional £165,000 in funding to continue with the development of the technology. MDF Recovery is nearing commercialization. The company has successfully concluded proof of concept trials to create a commercially viable process that enables wood fiber to be recovered from used or off-cuts of MDF.…

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New Mercedes-Benz Fuel Cell Van Concept Unveiled

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The German automaker’s bestselling van to be equipped with a full cell system. A Mercedes-Benz fuel cell van will join the company’s growing clean transportation portfolio. The alternative fuel upgrade will be added to the Sprinter, the automaker’s top selling van. The first concept takes the form of a motor home. Dubbed the Concept Sprinter F-CELL, the new Mercedes-Benz Fuel Cell Van is a showcase for new commercial applications and is first being presented in the form of a motorhome. The new fuel cell vehicle is in addition to the…

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Canadian university to pioneer alternative energy heating system

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The University of Winnipeg will be using biomass to heat its downtown buildings. Starting this fall, the University of Winnipeg, located in Manitoba, Canada, will be switching on an alternative energy heating system that consists of boilers that burn wood pellets. The bioenergy system is also a demonstration project. In the fall of 2017, the university, which is located in downtown Winnipeg, had two 100-kilowatt biomass boilers delivered to its halls for the purpose of providing supplementary heating. The biomass system became operational this spring and as a result, a…

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Planned waste-to-energy plant will be first of its kind in Georgia

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A recycling plant is set to be built at the Augusta city landfill. Allied Energy Services plans to build the 55,000-square-foot waste-to-energy plant at Augusta’s 1,200-acre landfill, a landfill that receives approximately 390,000 tons of trash every year from counties throughout the region. Over 170,000 tons of trash can be converted into alternative fuel and materials, annually. Once built, the waste-to-energy plant would be capable of converting as much as 175,000 tons of trash per year into tiny pellets that can be utilized to generate alternative energy and materials. More…

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Daimler unveils the neweCascadia

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New clean truck will be launched in 2021 German automaker Daimler has unveiled its new environmentally friendly commercial truck: the Freightliner eCascadia.  The new truck will be powered by a battery system, which will ensure that it produces no harmful emissions. Daimler plans to launch the vehicle in 2021 and will face competition from other companies that are also releasing clean trucks. Clean truck will have a range of 250 miles The eCascadia will have 730 peak horsepower and it’s battery system will have a capacity of 530 kilowatt-hours. The…

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France has a new plan to embrace hydrogen energy

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New plan calls for the incorporation of fuel cells in various industries France has an ambitious new plan to make itself more environmentally friendly. Environment minister Nicholas Hulot has introduced a new plan that calls for the country to rely more heavily on hydrogen energy. The plan would have all of France embrace fuel cells in order to accommodate the demand for electrical power. France aims to be a leading fuel cell market The plan intends to make France a leader in fuel cell technology, which is expected to have…

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Renewable power is making progress in the Netherlands

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CBS highlights the growth of clean energy Renewable power accounted for 6.6% of all electricity generated in the Netherlands in 2017, according to CBS, the nation’s statistics agency. The Dutch government has been working to support clean power in recent years in order to combat climate change. Notably, biomass has played a major role in helping the Netherlands accomplish this goal as it has helped reduce the emissions produced by vehicles. Biomass has helped make transportation and energy production cleaner According to CBS,  solar power accounted for 30% of the…

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Toshiba and Iwatani aim to build a hydrogen supply chain for Japan

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Companies come together to expand access to hydrogen fuel Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation has launched a new demonstration project to establish a low-carbon hydrogen supply chain. The company has partnered with the Iwatani Corporation for this new initiative. A hydrogen production facility based in the Hokkaido Prefecture is at the heart of the new project. The facility produces a relatively small amount of hydrogen by drawing electricity from a local hydropower plant, which was constructed by Toshiba. New facility will be providing hydrogen to Toyota as well as…

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Clean mobility is making a tremendous impact in Michigan

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Clean cars are contributing $18 billion to the state’s economy Michigan’s clean mobility sector contributes some $18 billion to the state’s economy and generates more than $700 million in tax revenue every year, according to a new report from Clean Fuels Michigan. The report highlights the numerous economic benefits that are associated with clean vehicles. Investments in the research, development, and commercialization of clean cars have been increasing in recent years, which has created new opportunities within the state, making Michigan much more attractive to automakers. Report shows that the…

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