France to embrace clean vehicles more aggressively

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Country will ban gas and diesel vehicles by 2040 France is taking a major step forward in its efforts to become more environmentally friendly. The country has announced that it will ban all gas and diesel vehicles by 2040, encouraging residents to purchase clean vehicles instead. This is part of France’s overarching plan to become completely carbon neutral by 2050, replacing old forms of power with renewable energy solutions. The government intends to support the purchase of clean vehicles in order to ensure rapid adoption. Government to offer subsidies to…

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Fuel cell industry to benefit from new legislation in Connecticut

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Legislation could help the fuel cell industry expand New legislation in Connecticut could have a major impact on the fuel cell industry. The legislation allows state utilities to purchase as much as 30 megawatts of fuel cell systems and encourages the use of fuel cell power plants in order to distribute electrical power. The legislation has been praised by FuelCell Energy, a developer of hydrogen fuel cells based in Connecticut. The legislation is expected to lead to a higher adoption of fuel cells in the state. Fuel cells may help…

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Clean energy is placing more pressure on older forms of power in Texas

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Companies using fossil-fuel to generate electricity are finding it harder to compete with clean energy Clean energy in Texas may be making it harder for old companies focused on fossil-fuels to generate profit. South Texas is home to very strong wind currents and experiences ample sunlight throughout the year. Notably, wind currents are strong through most of the day in South Texas, particularly during the midday when energy consumption is at its highest. For companies specializing in clean energy, this has been a major financial boon, whereas companies that specialize…

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Washington looks to build up its geothermal energy capacity

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New legislation aims to streamline the use of geothermal energy in the state Washington legislators have passed a new bill that aims to streamline the state’s use of geothermal energy. The state has shown some interest in this form of clean power recently, but has been slow to embrace geothermal power when compared to its neighbors. Washington already uses a heavy mix of clean power sources, but is now looking to ensure that geothermal energy plays a larger role in its sustainable future. Washington has been somewhat slow in developing…

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DOE to invest $15.8 million in support for projects focused on fuel cells

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Federal agency aims to support 30 new projects that seek to improve fuel cells The U.S. Department of Energy has announced some $15.8 million in investments for 30 new projects throughout the country. These projects will be focused on fuel cell technology, hydrogen production, and storage. The federal agency is still in the process of selecting projects that will receive funding. Selected projects will be able to take advantage of a coalition of the country’s national laboratory, which was brought together through the agency’s Energy Materials Network. Projects will take…

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World’s largest floating solar energy system now completed in China

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Development of world’s largest floating solar energy system has been completed China has successfully completed development of the world’s largest floating solar energy system, which is based in the Anhui Province. The project is meant to represent yet another step toward the country’s goal of reducing its consumption of fossil-fuels and eliminating air pollution. Solar energy has become a major priority in China, especially as the country grows more concerned over the potential impact of climate change. With China announcing that it will play a larger role in the Paris…

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Mercedes-Benz and Vivint solar to offer new solar energy system in California

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Companies come together to offer a combined solar energy and storage solution Mercedes-Benz has announced that it will be combining solar energy with an innovative new storage system. To accomplish this, the company has partnered with Vivint Solar. The new solution may be particularly attractive to homeowners that are showing interest in clean power. Solar energy has come to establish a powerful presence within the residential sector, where homeowners are purchasing solar energy systems in order to save money on electricity. New system will initially be available in California Mercedes-Benz…

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European transport companies come together to develop new fuel cell vehicles

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German and Italian companies will work together to bring more fuel cell vehicles to Europe German and Italian public transportation companies are coming together in order to help develop new fuel cell buses in Europe. This is part of a larger European Union initiative that aims to cut down on urban emissions and improve the overall air quality of European cities. The German and Italian companies are seeking to develop 63 new fuel cell vehicles, which will serve as public transit solutions in major urban areas. New buses will help…

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Mercedes-Benz aims to compete in the residential solar energy space

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Automaker joins with Vivint Solar to offer new residential energy solution Automaker Mercedes-Benz has announced that it will be partnering with Vivint Solar, a solar energy company based in the United States, in order to compete in the residential solar energy and storage space. Notably, the two companies are looking to compete with Tesla, which has established a powerful presence within the residential space despite its focus on clean transportation. This partnership may provide homeowners with more options when it comes to making use of clean power and technology, allowing…

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Floating solar energy systems set to become more common

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Report highlights the growing attractiveness of floating solar energy systems The market for floating solar energy systems is on the rise, according to a new report from Global Market Insights. Floating solar panels are a relatively new concept, with developers using such panels to alleviate the limited land resources that are available in some markets. Such solar energy systems could be popular in several countries throughout the world, including Japan, the United Kingdom, and Australia. The report predicts that the market for floating solar panels will grow by 45% between…

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Wind energy shows strong growth in the first quarter of 2017

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Report shows that more wind capacity was added during the first quarter of the year Wind energy has already seen strong growth this year in the United States. A new wind turbine was installed every two and a half hours during the first quarter of 2017, according to a new report from the American Wind Energy Association. The organization notes that more megawatts worth of wind capacity came online during the first quarter of this year than the first three quarters of 2016 combined. This marks one of the fastest…

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One of the first offshore wind farms in the US to begin providing electricity to Block Island

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New offshore project will be providing much needed energy to Block Island The first offshore wind farm in the United States is set to begin producing electricity for Block Island, off the coast of Rhode Island. The electricity will be distributed by the Block Island Power Company, which has been looking to distance itself from fossil-fuels for some time. The company has been importing nearly 1 million gallons of diesel fuel every year for decades. This has become an expensive endeavor, and Block Island is prone to frequent energy shortages…

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Apple to focus on renewable energy to fight climate change

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Report highlights Apple’s continued efforts to become environmentally friendly Apple has released its 2017 Environmental Responsibility Report, showcasing the moves that the company has made to become more sustainable. The report has established an ambitious goal for the company: To end the use of costly materials in the development of new products. Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of environment, policy, and social initiatives notes that the company intends to put an end to its mining operations. Apple will also focus more heavily on renewable energy in order to reduce its…

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Albuquerque will be investing $25 million in solar energy

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City plans to support the installation of new solar energy systems Albuquerque, New Mexico, is set to begin investing heavily in solar energy. Last year the City Council approved a resolution that will see the city derive 25% of its electricity from solar power by 2025. To accomplish this goal the city will be investing $25 million for the installation of solar panels. These panels will be installed on city buildings throughout the next two years. The money comes from federal bonds. Albuquerque receives 3% of its electricity from solar…

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Japan to have a hydrogen society strategy in place by end of year

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A strategy to develop a hydrogen society will be in place by the end of 2017 Japan will have a definitive plan to establish a “hydrogen society” by the end of this year. A hydrogen society is one that will rely heavily on the use of fuel cells to generate electricity. These energy systems would replace conventional solutions and will not only produce electricity but heat as well. Additionally, such a society would rely on fuel cells to power vehicles, making transportation emissions free. Japan has been working toward embracing…

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Kia to launch its first fuel cell vehicle in 2020

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Automaker has plans to bring a new fuel cell vehicle to the market South Korean automaker Kia has announced plans to launch its first fuel cell vehicle by 2020. The new vehicle is part of an overarching initiative from the Hyundai Motor Group, which is working to launch more environmentally friendly cars in the coming years. In 2018, Hyundai will be launching its next generation fuel cell vehicle and Kia is expected to take advantage of the clean transportation momentum that Hyundai has created. Hyundai continues to expand its presence…

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