Honda Clarity Fuel Cell is attracting more attention as launch approaches

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More information concerning the Clarity Fuel Cell is coming to light Honda has revealed more information about its highly anticipated Clarity Fuel Cell vehicle. The new car has won praise from those that have tested it, with some dubbing the Clarity Fuel Cell the finest vehicle to be produced in Japan. The new vehicle is the first of three clean cars that Honda intends to release this year. The other vehicles will be a standard hybrid and a plug-in hybrid. The Clarity Fuel Cell, however, will be powered completely through…

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Colorado city sets sights on renewable energy to combat power problems

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Homeowners voice concern over power outages and hope to see more renewable energy solutions Homeowners in Pueblo, Colorado, have come together to voice concern over the city’s apparent energy crisis. According to homeowners, as well as other locals, the city has been struggling with blackouts for some time. In some cases, these power outages have forced families to travel to motels and even homeless shelters in order to access the electricity they need. Local businesses have also expressed concern over increasing power bills, a problem that is creating a significant…

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UK to invest nearly $30 million in fuel cell vehicles and hydrogen infrastructure

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Government announces new initiative to support fuel cell vehicles The United Kingdom government has announced that it will commit nearly $30 million in funding to support the clean transportation sector. The funding is meant to accelerate the adoption of fuel cell vehicles and aid in the development of a comprehensive hydrogen fuel infrastructure. The UK Department of Transport will be issuing the funding, providing aid to companies specializing in hydrogen and those that develop fuel cell technology. The funding will also be issued to automakers that produce fuel cell vehicles….

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Project Sunroof aims to help homeowners understand their solar energy potential

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Google’s new project could shed some light on residential solar energy Google has launched a new initiative called Project Sunroof that intends to determine the viability of rooftop solar energy systems throughout the United States. Project Sunroof has developed 3-D models of rooftops in every state. The models include local foliage, which could have an effect on the amount of sunlight that reaches solar panels. The initiative also takes into account local weather patterns in order to adequately estimate how much electricity rooftop solar energy systems can produce. Interest in…

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Europeans believe they are feeling the impact of climate change already

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Survey highlights major concerns regarding climate change Climate change is already having a major impact in Europe, according to a new survey from Cardiff University. The university is heading a new project, called European Perceptions of Climate Change. The survey draws upon the perception of citizens in four major European countries. Many Europeans have expressed concern over the impact of climate change, primarily when it comes to severe flooding and strong storms. The survey is meant to shed light on how this phenomenon is affecting the lives of people in…

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BMW is betting on both batteries and hydrogen fuel cells for the future of transportation

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BMW will be supporting both batteries and hydrogen fuel cells How the world powers its vehicles will be determined within the next 10 years, according to Ian Robertson, head of global sales and marketing for BMW. In recent years, BMW has been showing a greater interest in moving away from fossil-fuels in order to become more environmentally friendly and better accommodate the changing needs of consumers. The automaker believes that either hydrogen fuel cells or battery systems will become the primary method of powering future vehicles. Batteries and fuel cells…

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UK aims to increase tax on solar energy by 800%

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UK government announces massive tax hike on the solar energy sector The future of solar energy in the United Kingdom may have grown slightly dimmer. The UK government is set to increase taxes on rooftop solar power initiatives by a staggering 800%. Government officials refused to accommodate the concerns of solar advocates, many of whom called for the government to delay the tax increase or reduce it by a significant margin. The Solar Trade Association suggests that the tax increase is “nonsensical.” The tax increase is expected to come into…

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California’s hydrogen infrastructure reaches major pricing milestone

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Air Products announces that its hydrogen stations have reached a new milestone Air Products, a leading producer of industrial gases, has reached a significant pricing milestone with its hydrogen fuel stations in California. The company has been building these fueling stations in order to help prepare for the eventual launch of fuel cell vehicles. These vehicles will rely heavily on an established hydrogen infrastructure in order to appeal to consumers and become successful. Building this hydrogen infrastructure has been somewhat expensive, which has called into question just how costly hydrogen…

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Wind energy makes more progress in Scotland

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New information shows that wind energy generation in Scotland has reached new heights More progress has been made in Scotland’s continuing efforts to expand its use of wind energy. WWF Scotland and WeatherEnergy have released new information showing that wind generation in Scotland increased by a significant margin in February. The growth of wind capacity has outpaced what was recorded during the same period in 2016. The Scottish government has been showing significant support for wind energy in recent years, investing heavily in new projects that will allow Scotland to…

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Symbio to integrate hydrogen fuel cell system into Nissan’s new electric van

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Symbio announces new plan to use hydrogen fuel cell system to power Nissan vehicles Symbio, a European company specializing in hydrogen fuel, has announced a new fuel cell integration plan with Japanese automaker Nissan. The plan involves equipping one of Nissan’s upcoming electric vehicles with a fuel cell system. The vehicle will be an electric van, which is expected to initially be launched in Japan at some point within the near future. Nissan aims to showcase how the van can combat air pollution in urban areas. Symbio believes that the…

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Report shows that fuel cell vehicles may remain in the niche market for the time being

Fuel Cell Vehicles Report

New report highlights the ongoing issues facing fuel cell vehicles Strategy Analytics has released a new report highlighting the market for fuel cell powertrains for the light vehicle market. The report follows the recent formation of the Hydrogen Council at this year’s World Economic Forum. The Hydrogen Council is comprised of several large companies that have a vested interest in hydrogen fuel cells and vehicles powered by these energy systems. The report from Strategy Analytics is meant to showcase the potential for fuel cell vehicles in the global market. Fuel…

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Geothermal energy is gaining more ground in China

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Oil company begins to break into the geothermal energy market Sinopec, a large state-run oil company in China, has plans to move into geothermal energy. The company recently began drilling hundreds of wells throughout China. Instead of tapping into oil reserves, however, these wells are designed to leverage the potential of geothermal energy. This energy will be used to provide heat for homes in various parts of the country. This heat will not be generated through the use of fossil-fuels, making it environmentally friendly. Northern provinces are experiencing the benefits…

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Florida utility aims to increase solar energy capacity

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Florida Power & Light will build eight new solar energy systems The largest utility is Florida has plans to double its solar energy capacity in the coming year. Florida Power & Light has announced that it will build eight new solar farms by early 2018. These solar farms will feed energy into the state’s power grid. The endeavor will help bolster Florida’s solar energy market, which has been growing relatively slowly when compared to markets in other states. Building new solar projects could also have an economic impact on the…

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Toyota develops new catalyst for fuel cell vehicles

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Automaker has made a major breakthrough in fuel cell technology Toyota has developed a new catalyst that could go a long way in making fuel cell vehicles more attractive, affordable, and efficient. The Japanese automaker has been investing heavily in hydrogen fuel cells in an effort to produce new, cleaner vehicles. Equipped with these fuel cells, the new vehicles produce no harmful emissions but perform on par with their conventional counterparts. The new catalyst designed by Toyota is meant to help address some of the challenges facing fuel cell vehicles…

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Shell and Toyota partner to build new hydrogen fuel stations in California

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Shell and Toyota will work to develop a larger hydrogen infrastructure Shell, one of the largest oil and gas companies in the world, has formed a partnership with Japanese automaker Toyota in order to build new hydrogen fuel stations in California. The partnership represents another small step in Shell’s ongoing efforts to focus on fuels other than oil and gas. Hydrogen is quickly gaining momentum in the transportation space and some believe that this fuel has the potential to displace traditional petroleum at some point in the future. California has…

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Ballard signs $25 million deal to bring hydrogen fuel cells to China

Hydrogen Fuel Cells Deal

Ballard and Zhongshan will be working together to promote hydrogen fuel cells Ballard Power Systems, a leading developer of hydrogen fuel cells, has announced that it has signed an agreement with China’s Zhongshan Broad-Ocean Motor Co. Per the agreement; Ballard has sold production rights for its fuel cell modules to the company. Zhongshan will be able to manufacture and sell Ballard’s fuel cell modules in three Chinese regions, including Shanghai. This may represent yet another step forward for Ballard’s continued efforts to commercialize hydrogen fuel cells and establish a strong…

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