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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FuelCell Energy to build new hydrogen fuel power plant

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Fuel cell developer is building a hydrogen fuel power plant to help provide energy to 3,700 homes FuelCell Energy, a leading developer of hydrogen fuel cells, is building a new power plant that will make use of the company’s fuel cell systems. Once operational, the new power plant is expected to help power some 3,700 average homes in Connecticut. Homeowners are unlikely to notice that the power plant exists, apart from deriving electricity from it. This is due to the fact that fuel cells produce no noise or pollutant while…

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China could become the global renewable energy leader

Renewable Energy - China

China is set to outpace the US in the renewable energy market China is prepared to take a leading role in the global renewable energy space. In 2016, China made significant progress in its clean power initiatives, increasing foreign investments in the renewable energy space by 60%, reaching a record $32 billion. China introduced a new strategy, dubbed “Going Global,” through which it has demonstrated its regional strength in helping modernize Asia’s infrastructure, preparing the region for new renewable energy systems, particularly those that are focused on solar power. US…

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Renewable energy space may not be affected by Trump presidency

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The global renewable energy sector may continue to thrive even without support from the US The global renewable energy community has expressed concern over the changing political landscape in the United States. Donald Trump has become the President of the United States and he has vowed to revitalize the coal and oil industries. At the same time, renewable energy may lose some support from the federal government, as incoming federal officials intend to show more support for fossil-fuels and limit environmental regulations in the coming years. Despite this, however, renewable…

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India set to launch a new online solar energy training program

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New program aims to help train individuals to be solar technicians Solar energy is growing quickly in India and the government has plans to ensure that the sector has as much support as it needs to thrive. The government has announced that it will be launching a new online training program designed to help people become professional solar technicians. The Solar Energy Corporation of India has been tapped to implement this online program. Those with an Internet connection can enroll in online courses for just $8.79. Those completing the online…

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Honda Clarity Fuel Cell priced to compete with the Toyota Mirai

Clarity Fuel Cell Vehicle

Honda is looking to compete more aggressively with other automakers in clean transportation Japanese automaker Honda is preparing to launch its new fuel cell vehicle, called the Clarity Fuel Cell, and the company is looking to compete with others that have already released such vehicles. Specifically, Honda has targeted Toyota as its chief competitor in the fuel cell field. Therefore, Honda has announced that it will be pricing the Clarity Fuel Cell to compete with Toyota’s new Mirai, which is already available in California. Clarity Fuel Cell lease terms may…

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Fuel cell industry shows promise for growth, despite several challenges

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Fuel cell companies in Connecticut could have a bright future regardless of setbacks they face Connecticut is home to many of the largest and most successful fuel cell developers in the United States and Joel Rinebold, chairman of the Northeast Electrochemical Energy Storage Cluster, believes that fuel cell industry in the state can experience strong growth despite recent setbacks. While fuel cell companies have had a generally favorable 2016, the fuel cell industry has encountered its fair share of challenges over the past year. Regardless of these issues, however, the…

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EDF Renewable Energy opens a new wind energy system

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New wind farm can produce enough energy to power 78,000 homes EDF Renewable Energy has launched a new wind energy project 60 miles southwest of Chicago. The new project is comprised of 92 wind turbines that have been developed by Vestas. The Energy Information Administration believes that the project will be capable of generating enough electricity to power 78,000 average homes. An estimated 474,000 metric tons of carbon emissions are expected to be displaced by the project, comparable to removing 100,000 passenger vehicles from the road. Electricity from the wind…

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First solar road begins operation in France

France Solar Road

A new solar road has been built in France The world’s first solar road has begun operation in France. The road has been built in the village of Tourouvre au Perche, which does not typically receive an abundance of sunlight. The solar road is less than a mile long, but is comprised of 2,800 square meters of photovoltaic cells. These cells will collect sunlight in order to generate electricity. The roadway has been developed by Colas, a construction company. Wattway could eventually become a common way to generate electricity through…

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Europe leads the way in establishing a comprehensive hydrogen infrastructure

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Hydrogen infrastructure in Europe is growing quickly Europe is leading the way in the development of new hydrogen fuel stations, but it is lagging behind the United States in the sale of fuel cell vehicles. The European Alternative Fuels Observatory notes that Europe’s hydrogen market is growing at a healthy rate. Currently, 75 hydrogen stations are in operation throughout the region, more than double what can be found in the U.S. The United Kingdom, Denmark, France, Germany, and the Netherlands currently have the most hydrogen stations open to the public….

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New taxi service in South Korea will be making use of fuel cell vehicles

Fuel cell vehicles will be operating in the city of Ulsan A new hydrogen taxi service has launched in South Korea. Hyundai has brought ten of its ix35 vehicles, all equipped with hydrogen fuel cells, to the coastal city of Ulsan. The new taxi service will be operated by the Ministry of Environment, the Ulsan City Office, and Hyundai itself. The service will make use of the same measurement and fee system that conventional taxi services make use of. Hyundai is expected to expand the reach of the service in…

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New solar energy project to be developed in California

State shows more support for solar energy State and local leaders in California have commissioned the Blythe and McCoy Solar Energy Centers, which have produced hundreds of construction jobs and may help the state accomplish its renewable energy goals. The project comes from NextEra Energy, which already has several solar power projects throughout North America. The Blythe and MCoy Solar Energy Centers will have more than 4 million solar panels, all of which will be equipped with tracking technology that will allow the panels to follow the sun in order…

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Nikola unveils new truck equipped with a hydrogen fuel cell that can travel 1,200 miles on a single tank of fuel

New truck could be the most efficient vehicle of its kind Automaker Nikola Motor Company has unveiled a new class 8 truck that will be powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. The massive truck is designed for heavy-duty transportation and will be a much more environmentally friendly solution for companies interested in cutting down on emissions and fuel consumption. According to Nikola, the new truck will be able to travel as much as 1,200 miles on a single tank of hydrogen fuel. The vehicle is expected to be released at…

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Toshiba to build new hydrogen fuel production facility in Japan

New Hydrogen Application Center being built in Tokyo Japan’s Toshiba Corporation has broken ground on its new Hydrogen Application Center in western Tokyo. The new facility is expected to begin operations in April 2017 and will be responsible for producing hydrogen fuel. The hydrogen production system will draw power from renewable resources, such as wind and solar. The hydrogen will then be used to power forklift trucks equipped with fuel cells, which will be operating at the nearby Fuchu Complex. Hydrogen could become more popular in the materials handling space…

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Tesla and SolarCity convert island of Ta’u into a massive solar energy system

Ta’u can now be entirely powered by solar energy Tesla is already making major progress in the solar energy sector following its successful acquisition of developer SolarCity. The company’s new subsidiary, SolarCity, has announced that it has converted the entire island of Ta’u, which is located in American Samoa, into a solar energy generation hub. SolarCity has established a  massive microgrid on the island, which receives all of its power from the solar panels that have also been installed on the island. Island has become home to one of the…

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