California lawmakers seeks to secure the future of clean vehicles

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Assemblyman Ting plans to introduce an ambitious new bill that will support clean vehicles A California lawmaker aims to make clean vehicles a priority in the near future. Assemblyman Phil Ting has announced his intention to introduce a bill that would have the state’s motor vehicle departments issue registration only to clean vehicles. This would effectively ban the sale of conventional vehicles by 2040, according to Ting’s plan. After that point, only vehicles equipped with hydrogen fuel cells or batteries will be able to be registered in the state. State…

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Toyota to open a new hydrogen fuel facility in California

Toyota Hydrogen Fuel - California

New facility will generate hydrogen fuel using bio-waste Japanese automaker Toyota has announced plans to build a new hydrogen fuel generation facility in California’s Port of Long Beach. Called the Tri-Gen plant, the new facility will generate water, electricity, and hydrogen. This will be accomplished through the use of bio-waste from the state’s massive agriculture sector. The new facility could have a major impact on the clean transportation sector, where fuel cell vehicles are beginning to gain momentum. Tri-Gen facility to produce 1.2 tons of hydrogen daily Once fully operational,…

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China announced new trade plan to support renewable energy

Renewable Energy Trade Plan

Trade plan aims to boost small and medium-sized clean power projects China’s National Energy Administration has announced that small and medium-sized renewable energy producers will now be able to sell their electricity directly to buyers. The direct sale of this electricity will mostly be seen in regions where energy demand is high and comprehensive transmission capacity exists. This is part of China’s overarching plan to have renewable energy play a much larger role in its future. The country is working to eventually phase out the use of fossil-fuels in order…

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Clean power is facing a major curtailment problem in China

Clean power - Shanghai China Smog

Renewable energy is going to waste due to infrastructure issues China, the world’s largest energy market, is facing a major challenge when it comes to holding on to its clean power generation. Much of the country’s renewable energy supply is currently subject to double-digit rates of curtailment. This curtailment has been going on for quite some time, leaving many of China’s clean power systems seeing little use. It has also highlighted longstanding problems with the country’s aging energy infrastructure. Clean power is struggling in the northern provinces Curtailment is affecting…

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Facebook to draw on wind energy for data center in Nebraska

Wind Energy News - Facebook

New wind farm will provide Facebook with electricity Development of a new wind energy system in Nebraska has begun. This new wind farm will provide electricity to Facebook data centers located in the Omaha area. Survey work is currently being conducted on the site. Major construction work is expected to begin after the winter seasons. The project is valued at approximately $430 million. The wind farm is expected to begin generating electrical power in the fourth quarter of 2018. Wind farm will have a capacity of 320 MW The new…

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Microsoft plans to focus on hydrogen fuel cells

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Company will be using fuel cells to power data centers Technology giant Microsoft has plans to use hydrogen fuel cells to power its data centers throughout the world. The company believes that these fuel cells can double its energy efficiency. Microsoft is currently testing new fuel cell systems at several of its data centers. The company is no stranger to fuel cell technology, of course. One of Microsoft’s largest data centers in the United States derives much of its electricity from fuel cells as well as solar energy systems. New…

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Clean vehicles to take center stage at Tokyo Motor Show

Clean Vehicles -Toyota FT-EV II on display at Tokyo Motor Show

Automakers plan to showcase their clean vehicles at upcoming event The famed Tokyo Motor Show has arrived and this year automakers are showcasing their clean vehicles. For years, automakers have been working to develop new technology that will allow vehicles to operate without producing harmful emissions. Only recently has this technology progressed enough to be considered viable and even competitive with internal combustion engines. This year, most of the world’s leading automakers plan to highlight the capabilities of clean vehicles and how such cars will be made more available in…

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Amazon opens a new renewable energy system in Texas

Amazon Renewable Energy

Corporation opens a new 253 MW wind farm in Texas Massive online retailer Amazon is beginning to challenge Google in terms of renewable energy adoption. The company has launched a new wind energy system in Texas, home of a very powerful wind market. Called Amazon Wind Farm Texas, the new system has a maximum capacity of 253 megawatts. The new wind farm increases Amazon’s overall renewable energy capacity to 1.22 gigawatts. By comparison, Google has some 1.85 gigawatts of installed clean power capacity. Several companies are beginning to embrace renewable…

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UK and Canada team to embrace renewable energy and phase out coal

UK and Canada Team up - Renewable Energy

Nations come together to cut their usage of coal power The United Kingdom and Canada have announced that they will be working together to end their use of coal in the coming years. Through this partnership, the UK hopes to phase out coal power by 2025, with Canada following suit by 2030. The two countries are set to invest more heavily in renewable energy in order to accomplish this task. The countries have confirmed their commitments to fighting climate change be reducing emissions and increasing their consumption of clean power.…

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China is the world’s most attractive renewable energy market

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Report shows that China holds the top spot in the world’s renewable energy market China is retaining its top spot as the world’s most attractive market for renewable energy, according to a yearly report from Ernst and Young. The report shows that the country has established major momentum in the solar power space. Currently, the country stands as the world’s leading solar market, having increased its total solar capacity by 21 gigawatts of capacity within the first six months of this year. China has also significantly increased energy capacity in…

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Solar energy has become the fastest growing form of power

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Report shows that solar energy has grown aggressively Solar energy has become the fastest growing source of clean power, according to a new report from the International Energy Agency. Last year, the solar sector saw aggressive growth throughout the world. According to the report, solar energy accounted for two thirds of all new energy capacity installed globally. The solar sector has found success by attracting strong government support, but much of its success is due to a boom in photovoltaic installations and the falling cost of solar technologies. Solar installations…

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Renewable energy sets a new record in the UK

UK Renewable Energy - UK Flag

One third of UK electricity came from renewable sources Nearly one third of the United Kingdom’s electricity came from renewable energy sources during the second three months of this year, according to a government statement. Clean power has set a new record in the country, which has been increasing its focus on new forms of energy in recent years. During the first three months of this year, 26.9% of the UK’s electricity came from renewable sources. During the following three months, however, renewable energy accounted for 29.8% of the nation’s…

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Volkswagen may be moving away from hydrogen fuel cells

Volkswagen Car - Hydrogen Fuel Cells

Automaker could be ditching fuel cells in favor of batteries German automaker Volkswagen may be starting to distance itself from hydrogen fuel cells. The company has long been ambivalent concerning these energy systems, preferring batteries that can power new vehicles. In recent years, the automaker had shown more interest in fuel cells, particularly through its Audi brand. This is changing, however, as Volkswagen begins to focus more of its attention on clean vehicles. Volkswagen has plans to embrace battery technology The automaker has not been shy with its criticisms regarding…

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Ballard joins the global Hydrogen Council

Ballard Power Joins Hydrogen Council - Forming of Business Partnership

Ballard will be joining internationally-recognized advisory group Ballard Power Systems, a leading developer of fuel cell technology, has announced that it has been officially invited to join the Hydrogen Council. The organization is an internationally-recognized advisory group. The Hydrogen Council is meant to provide long-term insight on the capabilities of fuel cells and how they can be used in the future. The organization was officially launched earlier this year at the World Economic Forum 2017 in Switzerland. Organization aims to promote the use of fuel cells and hydrogen-based technologies As…

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Nisshinbo catalyst could be a boon for the fuel cell industry

Nisshinbo Holdings - Fuel Cell Industry

New catalyst could lead to less expensive fuel cell systems Nisshinbo Holdings is working to commercialize its first platinum-free fuel cell catalyst. If successful, the Japanese company will be among the first to bring such a catalyst to the market. The new catalyst could have a major impact on the fuel cell industry as a whole. The catalyst may be able to make fuel cells significantly more affordable, thereby increasing their attractiveness to those interested in clean technology and renewable energy. Company hopes to help fuel cells become more attractive…

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BMW has ambitious plans for hydrogen fuel cells

BMW Tire - Hydrogen fuel Cells

Automaker has plans to launch a new fuel cell vehicle in 2025 Automaker BMW has plans to launch a new fuel cell vehicle in 2025. The company has been experimenting with hydrogen fuel cells for some time. These energy systems generate electricity by consuming hydrogen. They have become popular in transportation because of their performance capabilities and the fact that they do not produce harmful emissions. BMW is one of several major automakers that are planning to launch new vehicles equipped with fuel cells in the coming years. BMW plans…

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