Fuel cell vehicles may benefit from new catalyst from University of Delaware

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Engineers develop new catalyst that could improve fuel cell systems for vehicles Engineers from the University of Delaware have developed new technology that could make fuel cells more affordable and durable. The engineers believe that the new technology could help accelerate the commercialization of fuel cell vehicles. These vehicles have been slowly gaining popularity for several years. Automakers have struggled to attain commercialization, however, due to the relatively high costs associated with fuel cell technology. Catalyst makes use of tungsten carbide instead of platinum The engineering team has developed a…

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China beats its solar energy goal three years ahead of schedule

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China now has more than 105 GW of installed solar capacity China has reached a major milestone with its efforts to adopt solar energy. For the past several years, the country has set several clean energy goals. Each year, China has surpassed these goals in its endeavor to embrace clean power. Now, China has overcome another one of its renewable energy goals. The country has beat its solar energy target three years ahead of schedule and now has more than 105 gigawatts of installed solar energy capacity. Solar power is…

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China surpasses its ambitious solar energy goal ahead of schedule

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Solar power continues to explosive growth in China China has been breaking every expectation concerning solar installations this year. The country has long been a supporter of solar energy, and the number of installed solar power systems has grown significantly over the past few years. Now, China has broken yet another one of its goals. The country has installed some 10.52 gigawatts of solar energy capacity since July alone. The Chinese government has plans to build upon this momentum, showing even more support for solar power. Country now has 112.34…

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UK launches new program to support fuel cell vehicles

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Hydrogen for Transport Program aims to promote the adoption of clean vehicles A new hydrogen-focused program has been launched in the United Kingdom. Called the Hydrogen for Transport Program, it aims to help promote the adoption of fuel cell vehicles throughout the country. The program is also meant to help establish a working hydrogen fuel infrastructure that will be capable of supporting new vehicles. ITM Power, a leading developer of fuel cells, has praised the program for its ambitious goals. The company has been working to promote fuel cells and…

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New geothermal energy system could take form in Scotland

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Plans to develop a new geothermal system are advancing in Scotland Plans to develop a new geothermal energy project in Glasgow, Scotland, may become reality next month. The United Kingdom Geoenergy Observatories Project is looking to build Glasgow’s Geothermal Energy Research Field. The new system would help gather information on the viability of geothermal power. This form of energy has begun to gain more attention in the United Kingdom in recent years. This is largely due to the country’s overarching interest in clean energy. Scotland may become a leader in…

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Clean vehicles may get a boost from higher rebates in California

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New legislation seeks to increase rebates for electric vehicles California is one of the world’s leading clean transportation markets. The state has become a very popular target for many automakers looking to release clean vehicles. While the state has found success in supporting the adoption of clean vehicles, some lawmakers believe that more can be done. New legislation, which was introduced by Assemblyman Phil Ting, aims to further boost the adoption of clean vehicles. To accomplish this, the legislation intends to increase the financial incentives offered to consumers. $3 billion…

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Tesla Model 3 could spark a new era for electric vehicles

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Tesla prepares to launch its new electric vehicles Automaker Tesla Motors is approaching the launch of its Model 3 vehicle, which is the latest of the company’s famed electric cars. Few of these vehicles have been delivered to customers, but Tesla intends to ramp up production in order to meet growing demand for electric vehicles. Currently, Tesla is seeing some 1,800 reservations for the Model 3. This highlights a significant increase in demand, showing that consumers are quite interested in electric vehicles. Clean vehicles may not require government subsidies in…

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Wind energy could have a promising future in the UK

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Falling cost of wind turbines could encourage UK government to show more support for clean power The cost of wind energy is dropping quickly, which is creating more pressure on the United Kingdom government to rethink its support of clean power. According to consultancy firm Arup, onshore wind energy systems can be developed in the UK for the same price as new gas systems. Onshore wind farms are also approximately half as expensive as some nuclear power plants. Arup suggests that the technology used in the wind energy sector has…

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Fuel cell vehicles meet resistance in the east

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Lacking infrastructure slows the adoption of fuel cell vehicles Fuel cell vehicles are struggling to find traction in the eastern United States. This is due to the limited hydrogen infrastructure in the region. Several states, particularly New York and Connecticut, have been showing strong support for clean vehicles, encouraging drivers to embrace these vehicles more readily. While some consumers have shown interest, the majority of people have been unwilling to purchase fuel cell vehicles. In order for these vehicles to become successful, more hydrogen fuel stations will need to be…

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Chinese company offers to train ex-miners in the ways of wind energy

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Miners may be able to find work in the wind energy industry, with the right training The transition toward renewable energy seems unstoppable and this has raised some concern among those working in the coal industry. Many fear that they will no longer be able to work as the renewable energy sector continues to grow and clean power replaces coal. A Chinese company called Goldwind is looking to help alleviate these fears. The company has plans to offer workers in the United States with the training needed to find employment…

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Developers partner to build new offshore wind energy system in Virginia

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New offshore wind energy system will be taking form off the coast of Virginia Beach Dominion Energy Virginia has entered into an agreement with Dong Energy to develop a new offshore wind energy system off the coast of Virginia Beach. Dominion Energy will be the sole owner of the new wind farm, but it will work with Dong Energy for engineering purposes. The companies believe that Virginia has significant promise when it comes to offshore wind energy due to the strong wind currents that can be found off of the…

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Germany is making significant progress in its renewable energy endeavors

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German Renewable Energy Federation highlights the progress that the country has made Germany is making major strides in its ongoing transition toward renewable energy. The German Renewable Energy Federation has announced that it has reached a major milestone. According to the organization, Germany has generated 35% of its electricity from clean power sources between January and June of this year. By comparison, the United States generated approximately 19% of its electricity from renewable sources during the same period. Wind, solar, and hydropower have contributed heavily to Germany’s renewable energy endeavor.…

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Lightyear One, world’s first solar-powered family vehicle, launches in the US

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Lightyear One has launched in the United States The world’s first solar-powered family vehicle has been launched in the United States. Called Lightyear One, the vehicle is designed to operate using solar energy. The project first began at the Eindhoven University of Technology, which eventually spun off into a new company called Lightyear. The company predicts that its new solar energy vehicle will be somewhat popular as a niche product, providing yet another alternative to conventional vehicles that produce carbon emissions. Company predicts that it will have 200 orders for…

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Corporations are showing strong support for renewable energy

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Corporations are now the largest buyers of renewable energy Major corporations are quickly becoming the largest buyers of renewable energy in the United States. These companies have become major supporters of clean power in recent years, with many entering into long-term power purchase agreements with energy developers throughout the country. As these corporations show more support for renewable energy, they are helping the sector thrive and grow, creating new opportunities for developers and highlighting the reliability of clean power systems. Power purchase agreements are becoming popular among corporations In 2016,…

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Solar energy can be used to produce clean water

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Research team can convert seawater into drinking water using sunlight Researchers from Rice University have developed a new way to desalinate seawater using the power of solar energy. The new method could potentially be used to provide communities throughout the world with potable water. The conventional method of extracting drinkable liquid from seawater involves distillation, which is an energy intensive and somewhat inefficient process. By using solar energy to produce potable water, researchers believe this method could eventually be replaced. New system is comprised of commercially viable materials The new…

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Google aims to promote solar energy adoption with Project Sunroof

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Project Sunroof will now show users that have installed solar energy systems Google’s solar energy initiative, called Project Sunroof, intends to encourage the adoption of solar power by showing homeowners who in their neighborhoods have already installed solar panels. Project Sunroof has been around for some time, but its use has been somewhat limited as Google worked to perfect the system. Using Project Sunroof, homeowners can determine how viable their homes are for solar energy systems. The system allows homeowners to estimate the cost of solar installations and evaluate how…

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