New hydropower storage project to be built in Canada

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The site for the proposed pump hydropower project is near a retired open pit coal mine. Alberta may soon be home to a pump hydropower storage project, which will be the first of its kind in the province. Called the Canyon Creek Pumped Hydro Energy Storage Project, the project has received regulatory approval and the plan is to build it next to the decommissioned Obed Mountain open pit thermal coal mine. Canyon Creek will be able to utilize existing infrastructure to help reduce new environmental disturbances. The Obed Mountain coal…

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Maryland launches a community solar power pilot program

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Any resident of Maryland can power their home with solar energy. A new community solar power pilot program has been launched in Maryland. Under the program, anyone within the state can power their homes with the energy generated by solar panels, even if their homes cannot support these structures. Even renters or condo residents can benefit from solar power. The purpose of the community solar power program is to give Maryland residents who want to obtain their energy from renewable sources other than fossil fuels – but who currently don’t…

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German solar electric car to hit the market in 2019

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A unique electric vehicle is equipped with solar cells. Known as the Sion, this unique solar electric car being developed by Munich-based company, Sono Motors, is an electric vehicle outfitted with solar cells that enables the car to charge as you drive. The solar EV can charge using two methods. In addition to the battery charging from the solar power that is generated via its solar cells, the solar electric car can also be charged from conventional power outlets, reported Reuters. Therefore, in addition to a traditional charging method, the…

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Massachusetts offshore wind farm offer massive savings for consumers

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The first major offshore wind farm in the US to cut monthly power bills up to 1.5%. The Massachusetts offshore wind farm is expected to save the state’s electricity users an estimated $1.4 billion over 20 years, reported Bloomberg. Electricity will be delivered at an average price of 8.9 cents per kilowatt hour. The commercial-scale 800-megawatt Massachusetts offshore wind project known as Vineyard Wind, which will be located just south of Martha’s Vineyard, has agreed to provide electricity at an average price of 8.9 cents a kilowatt hour throughout the…

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Toyota unveils the latest version of its hydrogen fuel cell truck

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The new fuel cell truck model has been nicknamed the “Beta Truck.” Japanese automaker, Toyota, has recently revealed the latest version of its Project Portal hydrogen fuel cell truck. Dubbed the “Beta Truck”, version 2.0 of the hydrogen fuel cell eclectic Class 8 heavy duty tuck, builds on what the company learned form version 1.0 of its truck that it nicknamed the “Alpha Truck.” The Beta Truck has improved range, versatility and maneuverability. During a media briefing at a Center for Automotive Research meeting that took place on July 30th…

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Toyota intends to strive for lower hydrogen fuel vehicle costs

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The Japanese automaker plans to expand its production of HFCVs Hydrogen fuel vehicle costs, lack of infrastructure and low production numbers of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (HFCVs) are among the reasons that many automakers don’t believe that HFCVs are a commercially viable option. Toyota disagrees and wants to prove that HFCVs can be practical eco-friendly transportation in the future. Toyota plans to mass produce its HFCVs. In an interview with Reuters, Toyota Mirai chief engineer Yoshikazu Tanaka said that the company is going to switch from limited production to mass…

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Scientists discover new green hydrogen production method using electrocatalysis

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The new eco-friendly method could be a viable alternative to platinum electrodes. Researchers from Sweden’s Linköping University (LiU) have discovered a new and efficient green hydrogen production method using electrocatalysis. This method, which produces hydrogen gas from water, uses electrodes with nanotruss structures of iron oxide instead of using platinum electrodes which are both expensive and difficult to obtain. The researchers have developed a method to control the production of ferromagnetic nanostructures. The green hydrogen production method was discovered when the group of researchers at LiU, led by Professor Ulf…

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New research finds that reeds could help make cheaper high-performance fuel cells

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The elements in these plants could lead to fuel cell efficiency and reduce costs at the same time. The search for new clean sources of energy and high-performance fuel cells is nothing new, especially not for researchers from the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, Québec, who may have just had a breakthrough with elements from reeds. These tall plants that grow in wetlands could aid in the production of a cheaper catalyst for more efficient fuel cells. Powerful fuel cells are needed to convert energy from hydrogen into electricity…

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Fossil-free hydrogen gas plant receives support from Sweden Energy Agency

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The planned alternative fuel plant is expected to be Europe`s biggest. Swedish power company Vattenfall and Swedish petroleum corporation Preem are moving ahead with their plans to build a fossil-free hydrogen gas plant in Gothenburg, one of Sweden`s major cities. Once built, the plant is expected to have a capacity of 18 megawatts, which will make it the largest in Europe. The Swedish Energy Agency will fund half the cost for the preliminary planning of the plant. Through Industriklivet (Industrial Evolution), the Swedish Energy Agency will contribute half the cost…

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Nestlé uses wind turbine energy to help reach its renewable power target

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A new power purchase agreement will take Nestlé one major step closer to its 100% renewable energy goal. The food and beverage powerhouse, Nestlé, recently announced a 15-year power purchase agreement with EDP Renewables involving the use of wind turbine energy. The partnership will result in wind power providing approximately 80% of the electricity load for five of Nestlé’s facilities located in southeastern Pennsylvania. An EDP wind farm will generate and deliver 50 MW of electricity via the PJM Interconnection grid. EDP Renewables is one of the largest wind energy…

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New research explores how ammonia could be utilized for hydrogen storage

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Siemens is investing a new form of energy storage for renewable sources. Europe’s largest industrial manufacturing company, Siemens, has opened a new and innovative facility to study new hydrogen storage possibilities that involve the use of ammonia. The new facility is thought to be the first of its kind in the world. The $2 million proof-of-concept plant opened by the German-based company in Harwell, Oxfordshire, UK was funded by Siemens and Innovate UK, a government agency in the United Kingdom. The one-of-a-kind plant is where Siemens intends to test the…

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India’s alternative energy targets raise higher with shorter deadlines

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The second most populated country in the world is giving a much higher priority to green power. India has announced it will be taking its alternative energy targets much more seriously than before. The country has set a more aggressive clean power target. To meet its goal, it will have to reach 175 gigawatts of green energy generation by March 2022. India has been actively working to use solar and wind energy to supply each state’s power demands. Every month until the alternative energy targets are met, the country is…

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Toyota unveils new hydrogen refueling station in Quebec

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New station will provide hydrogen to the public Toyota is helping expand accessibility to hydrogen in Canada. The Japanese automaker has unveiled a new hydrogen refueling station in Quebec City.  The company suggests that it is the largest hydrogen demonstration project in the country. Moreover, it is the first hydrogen station in Quebec to be open to the public. Station will produce 200 kilograms of hydrogen per day The hydrogen on offer at the new station is produced on site using clean energy. The energy is being provided by Hydro-Quebec.…

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Hawaii aims to go carbon neutral

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New legislation aims to make Hawaii carbon neutral by 2045 New legislation in Hawaii could ensure that the state will soon rid itself of fossil-fuels.  Governor David Ige has signed a bill that aims to make Hawaii completely carbon neutral by 2045. This represents the most ambitious and aggressive environmental policy in the whole of the United States. Hawaii is already home to a rapidly growing clean energy market and this new legislation may add momentum to this growth. State continues to lead the way in environmentalism Hawaii has already…

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Toyota plans to ramp up production on fuel cell stacks

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Automaker will build new facility to mass produce fuel cell stacks Japanese automaker Toyota has announced that it will be building a new facility that is dedicated to the manufacture of fuel cell stacks. The facility is meant to help accommodate the rising demand for fuel cell vehicles. According to Toyota, mass production of fuel cell components will begin at some point in 2020. The company intends to deploy more than 30,000 fuel cell vehicles throughout the world in the coming years, establishing an even further lead in the clean…

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Hydrogen trains from Alstom are coming to the UK

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Alstom teams with Eversholt Rail to bring new trains to the UK Alstom, a leading railway company, has announced that it will be working with Eversholt Rail. The two companies will be converting Class 321 electric trains to run off hydrogen. These hydrogen trains would then be put to service in the United Kingdom, where the demand for fuel cell-powered trains is growing quickly. According to Nick Crossfield, managing director for Alstom UK & Ireland, “the potential for H2 trains is enormous.” Government continues its efforts to make transportation more…

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