California seeks to ditch fossil-fuels in favor of renewable energy

Renwable Energry - California wants change

New legislation could require California to hit the 100% renewable energy mark by 2045 California’s lawmakers are looking to fast track the state’s plans to become completely reliant on renewable energy. New legislation has been introduced that, if successful, will require the state to derive no less than 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2045. California already has plans to reach the 50% renewable energy mark by 2030, but lawmakers believe that the state can accomplish a more ambitious goal, largely due to its growing clean power market….

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Toyota issues recall for its Mirai due to software glicth

Mirai Software Problem - Inspecting code

Mirai suffers from a software glitch that could cause some problems for drivers Toyota has issued a recall of 2,843 units of its Mirai. The Mirai is the first time Toyota has used a hydrogen fuel cell to power a customer vehicle. The automaker has found some modest success with the new car and has been demonstrating the capabilities of the Mirai in many prominent markets. Some had expressed concern over the Mirai’s use of hydrogen fuel, largely due to the volatility of hydrogen itself, but the recall has little…

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Fuel cell industry sees promise in Connecticut

Fuel Cell Industry - Renewable Energy

State could bring more momentum to the fuel cell industry The fuel cell industry may find much more support in Connecticut in the coming years. The state has already shown favor for fuel cells in the past, but a growing number of government officials are beginning to praise fuel cells and their ability to generate electrical power. The Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology notes that hydrogen fuel cells are reliable energy systems. When electricity is needed, fuel cells can provide this power immediately, unlike the intermittent nature of solar panels…

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Utilities are showing strong support for renewable energy in the US

Renewable Energy - Support

A growing number of major utilities are entering into the renewable energy space More utilities in the United States are beginning to scramble to embrace renewable energy, despite incoming changes to federal energy policy. The Trump Administration is poised to show more support for fossil-fuels, particularly coal and oil. The federal government is expected to ease regulations on the fossil-fuel sector in an effort to promote the expansion of conventional forms of power. Utilities, however, see significant opportunity in renewable energy, especially where solar and wind are involved. Wind and…

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Massachusetts is making changes to the way it supports solar energy

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State aims to launch new program to show support for solar energy projects Massachusetts has begun overhauling its support for solar energy projects. Energy officials announced a new plan this week that aims to cut the annual cost of solar installations for ratepayers. Officials claim that the new support structure will instill more certainty in the energy market, which will allow solar developers to know exactly what level of incentive they will be receiving for their projects. The structure is also meant to foster more stability in the costs that…

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New system combines rainwater with renewable energy to produce hydrogen fuel

Hydrogen Fuel Production - Clean Power Solutions Van

Clean Power Solutions develops innovative hydrogen fuel production system The United Kingdom’s Clean Power Solutions has developed a new system that can reliably produce hydrogen fuel. The new system is designed to be used to generate fuel on site, which could help some organizations overcome challenges associated with operating a fleet of fuel cell vehicles. These vehicles are becoming increasingly popular, especially in the materials handling space. More companies throughout the world are investing in fuel cell vehicles as a way to become more environmentally friendly and comply with increasingly…

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Large companies come together to launch the Hydrogen Council

Hydrogen Council - Companies Come Together

Hydrogen Council seeks to help expand the use of hydrogen fuel cells Several leading automotive, energy, and engineering firms have come together to established the “Hydrogen Council.” The council was announced alongside the World Economic Forum’s Davos Summit and aims to establish hydrogen fuel as a tool that can be used to ease the transition away from fossil-fuels toward cleaner forms of power. BMW, Shell, Total, and Toyota are among the companies that have involved themselves in the new Hydrogen Council. Companies expected to accelerate their investments in the hydrogen…

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Ballard reaches major milestone with its fuel cell systems

Fuel Cell Systems - Goal Reached

Ballard helps power more than 10 kilometers of travel Ballard Power Systems, a leading developer of fuel cells, has become the first company to power buses for more than 10 million cumulative kilometers. This represents a major milestone for the fuel cell industry, which has become heavily involved in public transportation. This was achieved through the use of seven generations of Ballard’s fuel cell systems, which have been used in buses in 15 countries throughout the world over the past 10 years. Fuel cell systems are being used to power…

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Air Liquide commissions world’s largest hydrogen storage facility, underground

Hydrogen Storage

New hydrogen storage facility will be located in Texas Air Liquide has commissioned the world’s largest hydrogen storage facility, which will be based in Beaumont, Texas. The new hydrogen storage facility will be located in an underground cavern and will compliment Air Liquide’s already considerable hydrogen supply line. The cavern is 1,500 meters below the surface and is 70 meters in diameter. According to Air Liquide, the cavern will be able to store enough hydrogen to power a backup, large-scale methane reformer for 30 days. Hydrogen continues to grow in…

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Renewable energy is quickly becoming less expensive than fossil-fuels

Renewable Energy - Solar and Wind Farm

World Economic Forum shows that solar and wind are quickly reaching a price parity with fossil-fuels Renewable energy has made major strides this year. Throughout the world, more countries have committed to supporting clean power projects, with some of the world’s leading superpowers choosing to work together in order to curb emissions production and build new renewable energy systems. Over the past year, both wind and solar power have become much less expensive than they were in the past. Now, according to the World Economic Forum, 2016 has become the…

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Global fuel cell market expected to see growth through 2020

Fuel Cell Industry Growth

Report highlights the growing fuel cell market The fuel cell industry is expected to experience healthy growth over the coming years, according to a new report offered by MarketResearchReports. The report highlights the trends that are powering the growth of the fuel cell market. One of the most impactful of these trends is the availability of government initiatives that aim to aid the adoption of clean vehicles equipped with hydrogen fuel cells. Fuel cells have become particularly popular in the transportation space due to such initiatives. Fuel cell vehicles are…

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Germany to invest in fuel cell vehicles

German government will be showing more support for fuel cell vehicles Germany is set to invest more heavily in clean transportation, particularly where fuel cell vehicles are concerned. Germany’s Transport Minister, Alexander Dobrindt, has announced that a series of subsidies will be introduced to aid in the adoption of fuel cell vehicles throughout the country. The subsidies include some $350 million in financial aid from the German government, which will be made available at some point in 2019. The subsidies are meant to make fuel cell vehicles more popular among…

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Methane emissions are growing, which may be accelerating climate change

Report shows that methane emissions are growing very quickly Rising carbon dioxide emissions are often cited as a major contributor to climate change, but methane may actually be much more problematic for the environment. Scientists from Stanford University have released a new report, which highlights the growth in methane emissions and the potential effect this can have on climate change. The report notes that methane emissions hit new heights in 2014 and 2015. Moreover, methane emissions have been growing since 2007 and researchers are not entirely sure why this is…

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Solar energy industry to break even on costs and environmental impact

Study shows that solar panels are becoming less expensive and producing fewer emissions A new study from Utrecht University in the Netherlands has found that solar panels have produced more energy than it too to develop and install them over the past 40 years. According to the study, the solar energy industry, as a whole, will break even within the coming years, showing the economic capabilities of this form of clean power. Researchers from the Utrecht University note that photovoltaic systems have been able to pay back the energy invested…

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DTE Energy will embrace renewable energy and abandon coal

Utility plans to abandon coal despite growing support for fossil-fuels Michigan’s largest utility, DTE Energy, is moving forward with its efforts to phase out its use of coal and will not be swayed by any potential changes to federal energy policy. DTE Energy intends to embrace renewable energy more aggressively in the coming years. Eventually, clean power will replace the company’s use of coal, allowing it to supply renewable electricity to its customers. The company has no plans to adjust this pursuit of renewable energy in light of the results…

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Three states lead the development of hydrogen fuel cells

Department of Energy releases new report showing the three states where hydrogen fuel cells are thriving The U.S. Department of Energy’s Fuel Cell Technologies Office has announced that three states rank highest in terms of fuel cell industry activity. The agency is now seeking stakeholder feedback concerning this activity and how to best facilitate further growth. The Fuel Cell Technologies Office has released a new report showing that California, Connecticut, and New York. Of these, California is home to the largest number of stationary fuel cells in operation. Report highlights…

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