Trump administration seeks to start new California fracking projects

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More than a million acres of public land in California could be open to hydraulic fracturing. While California fracking is nothing new, for the past five years there has been a moratorium on leasing federal public land in the state to oil companies. However, this could soon change as the Trump Administration recently took the first step in a process that could open up 1.6 million acres of public land and mineral estates in central California to hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and conventional oil drilling. The BLM intends to analyze the…

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Hydrogen technology to be used to produce monoethylene glycol from coal

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Honeywell UOP PSA technology to be applied in a Chinese MEG chemical plant. Hubei Sanning Chemical Industry Co., Ltd, a China-based manufacturer of agricultural chemical products, will be using Honeywell UOP’s hydrogen technology to produce monoethylene glycol (MEG) from coal. This is the first time this tech will be used in a MEG chemical plant in China. The Hubei Sanning chemical plant at Zhijiang in China’s Hubei province, will be the first MEG plant in China to use the innovative hydrogen technology. More specifically, Honeywell UOP’s Polybed Pressure Swing Adsorption…

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Toronto W2E project is the first of its kind in the Canadian City

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Canada’s largest city has announced its plans to build a waste-to-energy (W2E) facility. The Toronto W2E project will be a renewable natural gas (RNG) facility and will be the first of its kind in Ontario’s capital. The project is a joint venture between the City of Toronto and Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc., a Canadian multinational energy transportation company. The facility will produce RNG from the city’s organic waste. At the Dufferin Solid Waste Management Facility in North York, the City’s Solid Waste Management Services Division will start installing new equipment…

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European renewable energy sector expected to thrive despite erratic weather

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Researchers have analyzed how long-term weather patterns might affect renewable power tech across Europe. Researchers from the United Kingdom, Ireland and Switzerland have examined how unpredictable weather might impact European renewable energy technologies, including wind and solar energy. The researchers used 30 years of meteorological data. The scientists, whose research was published in the journal Joule, analyzed and further modelled the impact of European renewable energy on Europe’s electricity sector until the year 2030. What they discovered was that in spite of the unpredictable nature of solar and wind energy,…

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UK wind energy capacity to almost double in the next decade

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The UK government’s support for the nations wind power sector will dramatically boost this renewable in the country. With the government recently confirming its support for more UK wind energy projects, this renewable power source is expected to nearly double in size within the next decade. More specifically, under government energy plans, between one-fifth and one-third of the UK’s power is set to be produced by offshore wind turbines by 2030, reported Oilprice.com. Auctions are to be held every two years to continue building offshore wind energy projects. Contract auctions…

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Cordia iLint hydrogen train receives green light for passenger service

Cordia iLint hydrogen train - Train in Germany

The hydrogen fuel cell multiple-unit from Alstom was given formal approval to operate. Two prototype units of the Cordia iLint hydrogen train are expected to enter pilot service on the Elbe-Weser network in Germany, after receiving formal approval for passenger service on July 11. The Cordia iLint is the world’s first hydrogen-powered low-floor passenger train. As a hydrogen fuel cell-powered, zero-emission train, the Cordia iLint hydrogen train could revolutionize rail travel. The creators behind the train, Alstom, a leading manufacturer of trains, says that their iLint is the first low-passenger…

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Waste-to-energy technology could help power chicken farms

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Poultry litter could be transformed into an environmentally-friendly resource to aid farmers. The development of new waste-to-energy technology by Cykloburn Technologies, a Baltimore-based startup, could lead to the conversion of excess poultry fertilizer into power for framers on the Eastern Shore. Federal funding will help the W2E project become a reality. After securing a licensing deal with Morgan State, Cykloburn Technologies received a $225,000 Small Business Innovation Research grant from the National Science Foundation, reported Technical.ly. According to Cykloburn Technologies CEO Rob Meissner, the funding will help add capacity to…

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California wants to reach a 100% renewable energy target by 2045

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A California Assembly committee breathed new life into Senate Bill 100. A 100% renewable energy target proposal that had come to a standstill last year, has been brought back to life due to a California Assembly committee voting 10-5 in favor of moving forward with Senate Bill 100. If the bill is signed it would increase the state’s current 2030 target by 10%. Senate Bill 100 would require California to use only renewable power and other sources that do not emit carbon dioxide emissions, by 2045, according to a PV…

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Scientists discover new and cheaper hydrogen fuel production method

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A unique catalyst can help harvest fuel from water. An inexpensive material has been developed for hydrogen fuel production by researchers from the University of Houston and the California Institute of Technology in the United States. This novel catalyst can help split water to produce hydrogen fuel without the need for an additional catalyst, ETEnergyWorld reported. The new catalyst performs both functions required to split water. Traditionally, in order to split water for hydrogen fuel production, it is a process that requires two catalysts. One is needed to create a…

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First passenger hydrogen fuel cell ferry in the U.S. to become a reality

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Ferry - Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco

The green fueled ferry will be built in the San Francisco Bay Area. Called the “Water-Go-Round,” the hydrogen fuel cell ferry will be the first passenger ferry in America to be powered solely by hydrogen fuel cells. With its only byproduct being water, the ferry will produce zero emissions and, if the demonstration project proves successful, it could revolutionize an industry that continues to rely heavily on fossil fuels. The launch has been planned for next year. The company behind the hydrogen fuel cell ferry is the Golden Gate Zero…

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Samsung aims for 100% renewable energy

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Company had ambitious new plans for clean power Samsung has announced that it will completely power it’s operations in the United States,  China, and Europe with renewable energy. The company plans to accomplish this goal within the next two years. Samsung has already made significant progress toward this endeavor in its native South Korea. There, the company installed some 42,000 square meters of solar panels and has begun tapping into geothermal energy. Samsung will help partners embrace renewable power Samsung has also announced that it will be working with its…

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Renewable energy investments continue to grow rapidly

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Report highlights the grown of clean power investments throughout the world Renewable energy is beginning to outpace coal, natural gas, and nuclear power, in terms of global investments. According to a new report from the International Energy Agency, investments in clean energy have grown quickly due to the rapidly falling costs associated with generating electricity using clean technology. Notably, both solar and wind have become the most heavily supported forms of clean power in the world. These two types of renewable power have attracted the majority of investments being made…

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GM accelerates plan to bring clean cars to China

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Automaker will be launching 10 new cars in China General Motors has begun accelerating it’s deployment of electric cars in China. The automaker has plans to launch 10 clean cars in China beginning in 2021, according to Matt Tsien, head of operations for GM China. This plan could ensure that GM becomes the leading company in the Chinese clean transportation market, which has been growing quickly in recent years. Clean transportation quotas may have accelerated GM’s plans GM may have been encouraged to accelerate the launch of new clean cars…

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Bulgaria to build 10 new hydrogen filling stations

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Government program will help expand country’s hydrogen network The Bulgarian government has begun a new program that will help the country expand its clean fuel infrastructure. The program aims to develop 10 new hydrogen filling stations throughout the country by 2025. These new fueling stations will help ensure the adoption of clean vehicles in Bulgaria. Fuel cell vehicles could help reduce emissions There are no hydrogen filling stations in all of Bulgaria currently. The program is currently working to discover locations that would be ideal for such fueling stations. Bulgaria…

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Emissions free energy is beating coal and natural gas in the United States

Emissions Free Energy - Solar and Wind Renewable Energy

Report shows that gas-fired power plants will not be able to keep up with clean energy The coal and oil industries may be experiencing revitalization in the United States, but this may not be enough to be emissions free energy. A new report from the Rocky Mountain Institute shows that energy generators may be committing consumers and investors to as much as $1 trillion in future investments and fuel costs through 2030 due to a rush in building new gas-fired power facilities. Clean power, however, can provide consumers with less…

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GE forms new deal to break into Chile’s wind power

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GE will be bringing new wind turbines to Chile GE Renewable Energy has announced that it has made its first wind power deal in Chile. The deal was made with Arroyo Energy Compania de EnergiasRenovablesLimitada. GE will be responsible for supplying six new 3.6 megawatt wind turbines to the new project. These turbines will be delivered to the south of the country in the coming months and will help Chile bolster its clean power production and further distance itself from fossil-fuels. Wind power may help Chile abandon fossil-fuels Chile has…

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