HyperSolar makes a breakthrough with its hydrogen production technology

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Catalyst improvements could help make hydrogen production more efficient HyperSolar, a prominent hydrogen technology company, has announced a major breakthrough with its catalyst technology. The company has made improvements to its 3D oxygen catalyst, which could make hydrogen production through the use of solar energy even more efficient. This improvement could help make fuel cells significantly more attractive in the coming years. By further optimizing fuel cell catalysts, HyperSolar could help add further momentum to the rapidly growing fuel cell industry. HyperSolar develops a stable oxygen catalyst The amount of…

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Nikola is gaining momentum with hydrogen trucks

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Automaker plans to build a new $1 billion manufacturing facility in Arizona Nikola Motor Company, a developer of clean trucks, has announced plans to build a new 500-acre manufacturing facility in Arizona. The new facility will cost approximately $1 billion to develop and is meant to boost the company’s development of hydrogen-powered trucks. Nikola is well on its way to commercializing large hydrogen trucks equipped with hydrogen fuel cells. The company plans to begin construction on its new manufacturing facility by the end of 2019. Arizona chosen for its promising…

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Daimler still sees potential in fuel cells

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Daimler has not yet given up on hydrogen fuel cells Most of the world’s major automakers are making efforts to produce clean vehicles, but some are divided on what technology to use. Some are committed to using batteries in order to power new cars, while others are interested in hydrogen fuel cells. Daimler is one of the companies that have an interest in both technologies, though it favors one in particular. Daimler is eager to develop new clean vehicles equipped with advanced battery technology, but the automaker has not yet…

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New floating solar energy farm to be built in China

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Floating solar farm is helping China combat air pollution The Chinese government is working to combat air pollutions through the use of renewable energy. The government plans to invest no less than $360 billion into clean power by 2020. By that year, an estimated 13 million new jobs will have been created through this endeavor. The country recently completed a major solar energy project, which is one of several other projects that are set to be built in various parts of China. Solar farm will help power 15,000 homes A…

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Chinese city aims to become a leader in hydrogen fuel

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Wuhan will establish itself as a hydrogen center in China The city of Wuhan in central China is poised to make itself into a center for hydrogen fuel production and fuel cell technology. A new industrial park is set to be built within the city, which could add significant momentum to China’s budding hydrogen industry. The industrial park is meant to attract more than 100 of China’s small and large companies that have some interest in fuel cell technology. These companies will be instrumental in helping Wuhan make its transition…

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Majority of electric vehicles are acquired through leasing programs

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Study shows most consumers lease their clean vehicles The penetration of electric vehicles in the United States is heavily reliant on leasing, according to a new study from Bloomberg New Energy Finance. In many cases, leasing allows consumers to avoid potentially high upfront costs. In the case of vehicles equipped with fuel cells, leasing programs also grant consumers guaranteed access to the hydrogen fuel they need to power these vehicles. The study shows that the vast majority of electric vehicles and hybrids in the United States are gained through leasing…

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Kia unveils its new clean car and plans for future electric vehicles

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Kia’s Niro EV has been revealed Automaker Kia has unveiled its new Niro EV concept car. The new model is an all-electric version of Kia’s existing Niro Hybrid. The automaker has become heavily committed to releasing electric vehicles in the coming years and has focused on making these cars as efficient as possible. The Niro EV concept is expected to be able to travel some 238 miles before needing to be recharged. The vehicle is also equipped with new technology that has been developed by Kia and its partners. Kia…

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Hydrogen fuel continues to gain momentum in Scotland

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Scottish Cities Alliance will continue to work toward developing smart cities and embracing hydrogen fuel The Scottish Cities Alliance has reaffirmed its partnership through the next four years. The coalition is comprised of the cities of Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Perth, and Stirling. It focuses on supporting economic growth throughout Scotland. With commitment to the partnership being secured, the Scottish Cities Alliance intends to focus heavily on the promotion of “smart cities” as well as the use of hydrogen fuel and fuel cell systems. New technology can help improve…

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France bans production and exploration for natural gas and oil

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France will no longer produce natural gas or oil domestically per new legislation Lawmakers in France have approved new legislation that will ban all exploration for and production of oil and natural gas by 2040. Per the new law, existing drilling permits are not to be renewed. Furthermore, the licenses needed for oil and natural gas exploration projects will not be issued in the future. The legislation is part of France’s overarching efforts to become more environmentally friendly and focus on cleaner forms of power, such as wind energy and…

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Researchers develop new system to produce hydrogen fuel from sunlight and seawater

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Research team has developed a system that uses sunlight to produce hydrogen Scientists from the University of Central Florida have developed a new way to produce hydrogen fuel. A team has created a new system that uses nanoparticles to capture sunlight and convert electricity, which is then used to convert seawater into hydrogen. The process is completely reliant on renewable energy, taking the emissions problem out of hydrogen fuel production. Conventional hydrogen production is heavily reliant on fossil-fuels, which makes this fuel less environmentally friendly than intended. Using clean power…

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EcoCar plans to develop its own fuel cell system

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Engineering team will be producing its own fuel cell for its clean vehicle The University of Alberta’s EcoCar team has plans to develop its own hydrogen fuel cell. EcoCar is an engineering group that produces hydrogen-powered vehicles every year for the Shell Eco-Marathon. The event pits various clean vehicles against one another to showcase the efficiency and capabilities of zero-emission cars. Thus far, EcoCar has developed three clean vehicles that have competed in international events. The team has purchased the fuel cells that power its vehicles but is now prepared…

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New hydrogen fuel station opens in France

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Air Liquide and Groupe ADP come together to launch a new fueling facility Air Liquide and Groupe ADP have opened their first hydrogen fuel station within an airport zone in France. The new hydrogen station was designed and installed by Air Liquide and will be partially used to support the expansion of “Hype,” the first hydrogen-powered taxi fleet. The hydrogen station is meant to bolster the infrastructure support that fuel cell vehicles would have in the Greater Paris Area. As this infrastructure expands, more consumers may be willing to purchase…

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Fuel cells are helping change the transportation space

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Automakers are becoming more focused on fuel cells The landscape of the transportation world is beginning to shift. More automakers are beginning to develop vehicles that produce no emissions. These companies are feeling pressure from governments, which are seeking to cut emissions by a significant degree. Automakers are also working to accommodate the growing demand from consumers for clean vehicles. Many have turned to batteries to power a new generation of cars, but some have become focused on hydrogen fuel cells. Toyota has major plans for its fuel cell vehicles…

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Fuel cells are helping reinvent Japan’s energy structure

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Japan continues to turn to hydrogen to remake its future Japan is working to reinvent its energy structure. These efforts began in earnest following the devastating 2011 earthquake that struck the Fukushima Prefecture. The quake triggered a serious nuclear crisis, which led the Japanese government to shut down the majority of the country’s nuclear power facilities for a time. Now, Japan is working to embrace renewable energy, particularly hydrogen fuel cells, in order to become more self-sufficient and to combat the potential impact of climate change in the future. Clean…

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India launches new renewable energy initiative

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Country intends to reach 200 GW of installed clean power capacity by 2020 The Indian government has announced plans to show more support for renewable energy. The country intends to tender enough clean power projects over the next three years to reach its 200 gigawatt capacity goal by 2020. Initially, India’s plan was to have 175 gigawatts of clean power capacity in place by 2024. Now, however, the country believes that it can surpass this goal by embracing a range of new projects that generate electricity from the sun and…

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Solar energy capacity set to break records in China

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China’s solar capacity is swelling quickly Despite prevailing curtailment issues, China is on track to install a record breaking amount of solar energy capacity this year. The country’s solar power sector has been growing at a very rapid pace, making China the world’s leading solar market. The rate at which solar capacity has been growing has lead many analysts and energy researchers to boost their forecasts by as much as 80%. These researchers and analysts believe that China’s solar energy capacity will only continue gaining momentum well into the future.…

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