Ford scales back its focus on hydrogen fuel cells

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Ford is slowing its plans concerning hydrogen fuel cells Many of the world’s leading automakers are placing a great deal of faith in hydrogen fuel cells, which they plan to use to power a new generation of clean vehicles. Ford, however, has announced that it will be scaling back its support of fuel cells. In 2013, the company formed an alliance with other automakers to develop new hydrogen fuel cells, planning to release a mass-market fuel cell vehicle by this year. Now, however, Ford has pushed back its plans to…

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REC Solar begins production on its new solar panels

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Company has begun production on its TwinPeak 2 solar panels REC Solar, a company specializing in the manufacture of photovoltaic products, has become the largest solar manufacturer of solar panels in Europe. The company has now begun production on its new TwinPeak 2 solar panels, each of which can produce a maximum of 350 watts of electrical power. The new panels could further bolster the company’s position in the solar energy market, which is expanding at a rapid pace, especially in European countries that are showing a strong interest in…

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Nebraska surpasses 1 GW of wind energy capacity

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State has reached a new milestone with wind energy Nebraska has reached a new wind energy milestone, surpassing 1 gigawatt of installed capacity. According to the American Wind Energy Association, Nebraska is the 18th state to reach the 1 gigawatt mark in terms of wind capacity. A recent report from the organization shows that the state receives approximately 10% of its electricity from wind energy. Moreover, Nebraska generated more wind power than any other state last year. Nebraska now has a wind capacity of 1,300 MW The state currently has…

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E.ON teams with Google to bring Sunroof to Germany

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Utility will be working with Google to make Sunroof platform available to German homeowners E.ON, the largest utility in Germany, has announced that it will be partnering with Google in order to expand its presence in the solar energy market. Through E.ON, Google will be able to introduce its new Sunroof platform to the German market. This will mark the first time that the Sunroof will be available outside of the United States. The new platform may be very attractive to homeowners, especially those that have an interest in solar…

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China leads the world in wind energy installations

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Report shows that China has established a lead in wind energy installations China continues to lead the world in terms of installed wind energy capacity, according to a new report from the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC). The report predicts that Asia would lead growth in the wind power sector, largely due to the growing number of countries that are investing heavily in clean energy. China, in particular, has become a prominent supporter of wind power, establishing a powerful position in the wind market. China installed more than 54 GW…

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California agencies aim to demonstrate the capabilities of hydrogen fuel cells in vehicles

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Agencies will be testing fuel cell vehicles on a road trip Officials from three major agencies in California have announced that they will be traveling from Sacramento to the bay area and back again. The venture is meant to showcase the capabilities of hydrogen fuel cells and how they can be used to power vehicles. The initiative will also highlight the expansion of the state’s hydrogen infrastructure, which has been steadily growing due to a greater focus that California has placed on clean transportation. The future of transportation may be…

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Toyota is set to test fuel cell vehicles in China

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Automaker will begin testing the Mirai in China this year Japanese automaker Toyota has announced that it will begin testing its fuel cell vehicle in China. The company released the Mirai in late 2014 and the vehicle has generated a great deal of buzz since then. Toyota has been working to expand its reach in clean transportation and believes that China may be a prominent market where fuel cell vehicles could succeed. As such, the automaker will begin testing the Mirai in the country beginning in October of this year.…

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Solar energy is breaking power generation records in California

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Solar energy continues to make progress in California A recent report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) shows that on March 11 of this year, utility-scale solar energy accounted for 40% of electricity generated in California. The EIA estimates that when residential and commercial solar energy production is factored in, solar may have provided more than 50% of the state’s electricity generated on March 11. Solar energy production had an impact on the price of wholesale electricity, driving down rates by a significant degree. Clean energy is helping reduce…

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Toyota to use artificial intelligence to research fuel cells

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New project will leverage the power of artificial intelligence to improve fuel cells Toyota has taken a strong liking to hydrogen fuel cells in recent years. The automaker has already launched its first fuel cell vehicle, called the Mirai, and intends to use fuel cell technology well into the future. The problem with fuel cells, however, is that they are expensive and they have efficiency issues that make them less viable than conventional engines. The Toyota Research Institute intends to address these problems, with the help of artificial intelligence. Use…

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Clean Power plan has been struck down by new executive order from President Trump

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Trump signs executive order to repeal Clean Power Plan President Trump has signed an executive order to repeal the Clean Power Plan, which was first enacted by the Obama Administration. The Clean Power Plan was designed to place a greater focus on renewable energy and help curb emissions through lowering the consumption of fossil-fuels. Trump has been critical of the Clean Power Plan, promising to repeal the initiative in an effort to help revitalize the coal industry and lighten restrictions on fossil-fuels as a whole. EPA will work to withdraw…

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Hydrogen fuel cells could revolutionize railway systems

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New study showcases the potential of hydrogen fuel cells and how they can be used to power trains Fuel Cell Systems has successfully showcased the feasibility of hydrogen fuel cells being used to power trains in the United Kingdom. The feasibility study was conducted with aid from the University of Birmingham and Hitachi Rail Europe. Through the six-month study, Fuel Cell Systems found that hydrogen fuel cells can be used to increase the efficiency and operational lifespan of trains. Moreover, fuel cells could improve the overall quality of life within…

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Tesla activates its large solar energy project in Hawaii

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Tesla has completed installation on its new solar project Tesla has activated its new large-scale solar energy system, which has been built on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. This week, the company announced that it had successfully completed installing the systems needed to power the 13 megawatt project. The project, at peak performance, is expected to generate 52 megwatt-hours of electrical power, further increasing the rapidly growing solar energy capacity that is being built in Hawaii. Electricity provided by new solar energy project is less expensive than oil The Kauai…

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Florida utility unveils plans to develop new solar energy systems

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New solar projects announced by Florida Power & Light Florida Power & Light has announced plans to build eight new solar energy plants within the next 12 months. The utility will be developing these projects through its NextEra Energy subsidiary. These energy systems are expected to have some economic impact as they will help create new jobs and reduce reliance on fossil-fuels. Solar energy has growing in Florida at a relatively slow pace, partly due to the concerns of major utilities. This may be changing, however, as more companies begin…

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Suzlon reaches major milestone in India’s wind energy market

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Suzlon has established a leading role in the wind energy space Suzlon Energy, a prominent wind energy company, has announced that it has reached a major new milestone in India. The company has established a very strong presence in the country, bolstering India’s wind energy capacity by a significant margin. Now, Suzlon controls a major share of India’s wind capacity and renewable energy market. The company operates some of the largest wind farms in India and has plans to continue expanding wind capacity in the coming years. Company now operates…

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Solar energy capacity expected to skyrocket in Texas by 2020

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Solar projects are coming to Texas in droves The number of large-scale solar energy systems in Texas is expected to double over the next few years. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas believes that solar power is gaining ground throughout the state, especially as utilities feel greater pressure to embrace clean energy. According to the West Texas Energy Consortium, many organizations are aggressively looking for property on which to build new solar projects. This is expected to have a major impact on the state’s solar capacity and could establish Texas…

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Kia intends to launch a new fuel cell vehicle in 2021

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Kia has confirmed plans to develop a new fuel cell vehicle, ready for release at some point in 2021 South Korean automaker Kia Motors has confirmed that it is working on developing a new vehicle equipped with a hydrogen fuel cell. The automaker has expressed interest fuel cells in the past, but has been slow to announce definitive plans to use this technology to power a new generation of cars. Now, however, Kia believes that fuel cells have reached a point where they can be very valuable transportation tools. The…

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