Michigan utility submits new renewable energy plan

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DTE Energy aims to boost clean power capacity by 1,000 MW Michigan utility DTE Energy has submitted its 2018 renewable energy plan to state regulators. The plan proposes adding 1,000 megawatts of clean power capacity to the state by 2022. The majority of this new capacity will come from wind and solar projects that will be developed in the state. If the plan is approved, it is expected to drive some $1.7 billion in investments in Michigan’s clean power space. It would also double DTE Energy’s existing renewable energy capacity,…

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Honda begins offering its new 2018 Clarity Fuel Cell

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Honda’s latest fuel cell vehicle is now available for lease in California Japanese automaker Honda has announced that its new 2018 Clarity Fuel Cell is now available for lease. Those interested in the new fuel cell vehicle can acquire it by signing a three-year lease at $369 a month, with $2,868 due at signing. The Clarity Fuel Cell is also eligible for a $5,000 rebate through California’s clean transportation program. The program is meant to encourage consumers to adopt clean vehicles by helping offset the overall cost of these cars.…

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China is shifting its focus toward fuel cell vehicles

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China is beginning to show more interest in hydrogen fuel China may begin showing more support for fuel cell vehicles in the near future. The country has become a strong advocate for clean transportation and has invested heavily in promoting vehicles powered by batteries. China’s focus on clean transportation has helped accelerate the adoption of renewable energy as well. Now, the country is beginning to shift its focus toward hydrogen fuel and vehicles equipped with fuel cell technology. More than 1 million fuel cell vehicles may be on Chinese roads…

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Renewable energy is vital to Japan’s future

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Japan plans to have renewable energy form the core of its future strategy Clean power will play a vital role in Japan’s long-term energy strategy. The Japanese government has unveiled a new strategy that is focused on the use of renewable energy and clean technology. Per the strategy, the country is poised to increase its use of solar and wind power while also making advances in battery and hydrogen fuel cell technology through 2050. The new strategy is based on the 2015 Paris Agreement, which calls upon countries to make…

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Air Products to help develop a hydrogen infrastructure in China

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Air Products teams with Shenhua New Energy to build a new hydrogen station Air Products, a leading producer of industrial gasses, has announced that it has partnered with China’s Shenhua New Energy, a state-owned energy company. Per the partnership, Air Products will be providing Shenhua New Energy with two new hydrogen dispensers. These dispensers will be used at a new hydrogen fuel station that is being built in Rugao City in the Jiangsu Province. This new fueling station is being developed by China Energy Investment Group, of which Shenhua New…

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Researchers develop new catalyst for fuel cell vehicles

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New catalyst could help fuel cell vehicles become more efficient Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a new multifunctional catalyst for fuel cell vehicles. The research team has noted that the need for clean vehicles has been growing for some time. The technology needed to power such vehicles has been advancing at a relatively slow rate, however. To help solve this problem, the research team has developed a “turbocharged” catalyst that can easily convert chemical fuel into electrical power in a highly efficient manner. Catalyst is eight…

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Netherlands is lagging behind in renewable energy adoption

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CBS data shows that the Netherlands is falling short of its EU targets The Netherlands is making some progress on 17 targets set by the United Nations, but is falling behind when it comes to meeting the targets concerning climate protection, renewable energy, economic stability, and social equality. Data from CBS, a national statistics office, shows that the country is performing well in meeting the other targets, but embracing clean power and fighting climate change have been complicated issues. In terms of adopting renewable energy and cutting emissions, the Netherlands…

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Massive solar energy system launched in India

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Kanataka becomes home to a new large-scale solar farm What may be the world’s largest solar energy farm has been launched in India’s Kanataka. The solar farm is called Shakti Sthala and covers an area of 13,000 acres. The project was developed by the Karnataka Solar Power Development Corp., which is a joint venture from Karnataka Renewable Energy Development and the Solar Energy Corp. of India. The solar farm represents a milestone in participation among several villages, with farmers leasing their land so that solar panels can be installed. Farmers…

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More cities around the world are embracing renewable energy

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More cities than ever are receiving their electricity from clean power sources A growing number of cities throughout the world are reporting that they are receiving the majority of their power from renewable energy sources, according to data from CDP, an environmental research group. According to the data, 101 of the 570 cities researched by CDP derive 70% of their electricity from clean energy systems. This is nearly double the number that predominantly received their electricity from clean power in 2015. Data shows that cities are finding new economic opportunities…

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Panel recommends Japan to focus more on renewable energy abroad

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Panel submits recommendations concerning Japan’s clean power plans A panel advising the Japanese Foreign Ministry has suggested that Japan could have a major global impact on the world if it increases its support of renewable energy in developing countries. The panel submitted its recommendations concerning this to Taro Kono, Japan’s Foreign Minister. Kono has ordered that the panel be formed following the ratification of the Paris Agreement. The agreement established a framework that countries throughout the world could use to combat climate change. Japan may need to show more support…

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Toyota is making progress with its environmental goals

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Automaker releases its latest environmental report Toyota has released its latest North American Environmental Report. In the report, the company outlines the progress it has made on its environmental goals throughout North America. The report also highlights the fact that much of the company’s efforts have been guided by its Environmental Challenge 2050. Toyota notes that many of its environmental goals are quite ambitious, but they are still quite attainable. These goals have allowed the company to shift its focus toward renewable energy and clean technology. Report highlights Toyota’s efforts…

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New hydrogen fuel plant to take form in South Australia

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New hydrogen plant will be built in South Australia in the coming months South Australia’s first hydrogen plant is set to be built in Port Lincoln in the coming months. The new facility is meant to be the largest of its kind in the world and will be making use of both wind and solar energy in order to produce hydrogen fuel. The hydrogen produced by the facility will be used to generate electricity that will then be filled into Australia’s energy grid. The facility is estimated to cost some…

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Canada’s hydrogen industry set to attract more investments

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Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association receives some $670,000 in funding Hydrogen companies in Western Canada are set to see more growth as the industry receives a new influx of investments. The government has announced more than $670,000 in funding for the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association. The organization provides support to various corporations, governments, and institutes that are interested in fuel cells and hydrogen. The funding is expected to help bolster activity within the country’s hydrogen industry, which has been experiencing significant growth in recent years. Funding will…

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JIVE 2 project seeks to bring more buses equipped with fuel cells to Europe

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New project launches to deploy hydrogen-powered buses Clean transportation in Europe is gaining more momentum thanks to the launch of the JIVE 2 project. The project will be leveraging a $25 million grant from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, which will help it deploy new buses equipped with hydrogen fuel cells. JIVE 2 will be deploying 152 of these buses across 14 European cities. These cities will be located in France, Germany, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and the Netherlands. European cities are working to make transportation cleaner The JIVE…

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UK may need to accelerate its plan for clean vehicles

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Report suggests that UK may miss its environmental goals by 2040 The United Kingdom may have to accelerate plans to ban internal combustion vehicles in order to meet its environmental goals, according to a new report from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC). The report suggests that the government’s Clean Growth Strategy may not be enough to ensure success in reducing emissions. The government’s current plan is to place a ban on the sale of all new internal combustion vehicles in 2040. The report claims that this plan must be…

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Fuel cell industry faces challenges but could have a promising future

The fuel cell industry is growing despite the challenges it faces The global fuel cell industry experienced healthy growth in 2017, but it still faces significant challenges in the years to come. E4tech, a sustainable energy consultancy firm, estimates that the industry shipped some 670 megawatts worth of fuel cells last year. This is a 30% increase over the capacity that was shipped in 2016. In 2018, this capacity may reach approximately 1,000 megawatts. Despite this promising growth, fuel cells account for an extremely small percentage of all renewable energy…

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