Ride sharing service using fuel cell vehicles set to shut down

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World’s first hydrogen-powered ride sharing service will be shut down this summer Linde has announced that it will be shutting down what had been the world’s first ride sharing service that used fuel cell vehicles. Called BeeZero, the service was first launched in 2016 by Linde Hydrogen Concepts. BeeZero was based in Germany and used 50 fuel cell vehicles developed by Hyundai. According to BeeZero, the service has not been economically viable and will officially cease operation on June 30 of this year. BeeZero’s vehicles operated for more than 850,000…

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New hydrogen production plant may help Fukushima recover from its past disasters

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New hydrogen project has been launched in the Fukushima Prefecture A new hydrogen production facility is set to be built in Japan’s Fukushima Prefecture. The project is backed by the Japanese government and involves several companies, including Toshiba and Tohoku Electric Power. The government hopes that the new project will help revitalize the earthquake stricken province, which is still struggling to recover from the impact of major quakes, one of which caused a major nuclear disaster. The Japanese government notes that the new production facility will be one of the…

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New hydrogen fuel production facility to be built in Adelaide

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$11.4 million hydrogen production facility finds a home in Adelaide, Australia A new hydrogen fuel production facility is set to be built in Adelaide, Australia. The project will be developed by the Australian Gas Infrastructure Group and will cost approximately $11.4 million. Some of the funding has been provided by the South Australian government through its Renewable Technology Fund. The new facility is meant to generate the hydrogen needed to power vehicles equipped with fuel cell systems. Facility will use renewable energy to produce hydrogen The new facility will make…

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Pakistan’s first renewable energy institute could be built with the help of the US

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US government is prepared to assist Pakistan in developing a new clean power institute The United States government is set to assist Pakistan establish its first renewable energy institute. Pakistan’s Federal Minister of Power Awais Khan Leghari met with U.S. Ambassador David Hale this week to discuss various opportunities concerning this new plan. According to Ambassador Hale, the U.S. government is eager to explore new clean power opportunities and help Pakistan increase its focus on renewable energy. The U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory may be offering expertise to aid in…

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New Genesis concept car could use hydrogen fuel to operate

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Genesis will showcase new concept car at the New York Auto Show The New York Auto Show will be a very important time for Genesis, a luxury brand from Hyundai. The company intends to showcase a new concept car at the event. This vehicle will likely be equipped with clean technology, such as a hydrogen fuel cell. Genesis has now yet released specific information concerning the concept car, but the company believes it will represent a major turning point for itself. The vehicle could lead to a major shift in…

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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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