Toyota to test freight truck equipped with hydrogen fuel cells in California

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Automaker will be testing a new hydrogen-powered truck in California Toyota has announced that it will begin testing a new heavy-duty truck powered by hydrogen fuel cells. The truck will operate at the Port of Los Angeles in California. The technology that powers the truck is part of what Toyota calls “Project Portal.” This project focuses on how hydrogen fuel cells can be used to power a wide range of vehicles, from compact sedans to heavy-duty trucks. Toyota’s new truck will be making use of two hydrogen systems that come…

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Researchers develop new device that uses solar energy to produce clean water

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New device leverages the power of solar energy to produce clean drinking water Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a new device that is capable of drawing clean water from air. While the device is still in very early prototype stages, the research team has expressed that it shows great promise. According to researchers, the device makes use of solar energy, which is used to power chemical reactions within the device itself in order to collect water molecules. Early tests show…

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Honda to launch more clean vehicles

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Honda is preparing to release more clean vehicles in order to embrace environmentally friendly transportation Japanese automaker Honda is set to expand its offering of environmentally friendly cars in the near future. The company already offers a vehicle equipped with a hydrogen fuel cell in California, but intends to expand upon the use of fuel cells. Honda’s new clean vehicles will be part of its Clarity line, which has already generated a modest level of popularity among those interested in clean transportation. Some of these vehicles may have limited availability,…

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General Motors and US Army continue work on fuel cells

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Partnership - GM and U.S. Army

GM delivers new fuel cell vehicle to the Army Automaker General Motors has delivered its new fuel cell vehicle, the Chevrolet Colorado ZH2, to the United States Army. The new vehicle will be used as part of a demonstration on the capabilities of fuel cells and how they can be used to power vehicles. One of the aspects of fuel cells that have caught the Army’s interest is that they can be operated silently. This makes them particularly useful for special operations where making noise is not ideal. Automakers continue…

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Rooftop solar energy could satisfy 25% of the country’s electricity needs

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Solar energy could have a major impact on electricity consumption in the US Rooftop solar energy is gaining more attention in the United States and the demand for photovoltaic systems is rising among homeowners and businesses. This demand is growing due to the falling cost of solar panels, which has improved prospects for return on investment for those interested in solar energy. Currently, approximately 1.5% of all homes in the United States are equipped with their own solar power systems. This has removed the need for nearly 14 terawatt-hours of…

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Solar energy in Indiana is being threatened by new legislation

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Legislation seeks to make changes to state’s net metering program New legislation in Indiana could have a major impact on the state’s solar energy industry. This week, the state’s House of Representatives approved a bill that would lower the compensation that homeowners receive for funneling surplus electricity into the energy grid. Advocates of solar energy have decried the legislation, suggesting that it makes unnecessary changes to the state’s net metering program. If enacted, the legislation could make solar energy significantly less attractive to a wide range of consumers. Solar energy…

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Honolulu leads the US in installed solar energy capacity per capita

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Report highlights the growth of solar energy in Hawaii A new report from the Environment America Research & Policy Center shows that Honolulu, Hawaii, ranks first in the United States in terms of solar energy installations per capita. The state’s capital has beaten other, larger cities with solar installations. While Honolulu has established a lead in solar installations per capita, it falls behind both San Diego and Los Angeles in terms of overall solar energy capacity, with approximately 175 watts of solar power per person. Solar sector continues to thrive…

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Japan is making major progress on its renewable energy goals

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Report shows that renewable energy is helping Japan accomplish its environmental goals quickly Japan is well on its way to meeting its environmental goals by 2030, according to a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The report highlights energy efficiency as a major contributor to Japan’s efforts to become more environmentally friendly and reduce reliance on older forms of power. Notably, an increase in energy efficiency has driven down the demand for electricity throughout the country over the past six years. This trend is…

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The powerful versatility of Humistore’s bentonite clay

Bentonite clay may seem like a relatively innocuous substance, but it is quite important in a variety of industries. For more than a decade, Humistore has produced and sold bentonite clay, and other products throughout the world. Based in France, the company has managed to establish a foothold in several markets, particularly those where the demand for bentonite is growing quickly. Humistore has managed to find success in these markets with its products. Bentonite is an absorbent aluminum phyllosilicate that is comprised primarily of montmorillonite. This substance comes in several…

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New legislation could boost solar energy and battery storage in California

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California continues to set impressive solar energy records California has been setting many renewable energy records in recent months. In February, the state finally broke its all-time solar energy record, generating nearly 8,800 megawatts of electrical power on a single afternoon. The record was beaten the following week, with solar energy production surpassing 9,000 megawatts. Not even 24 hours after this new record was set, it was beaten again. There is no doubt that solar energy is on track to play a major role in the state’s future, but California…

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Germany’s artificial sun, the Synlight, begins operation

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Synlight aims to showcase ways to use solar power to generate hydrogen fuel The largest artificial sun ever developed has begun shining at the German Aerospace Center. Called “Synlight,” the artificial sun is designed to test ways to produce environmentally friendly fuel without generating any harmful emissions. According to researchers responsible for Synlight, the artificial sun can produce light that is roughly 10,000 times more intense than the sunlight that naturally reaches the planet’s surface. As such, it could be used as an effective solar energy tool. Artificial sun project…

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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

Fuel Cell Vehicles - UK Investment

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

Project Sunroof - Solar Power

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

Climate Change Being Felt by Europe

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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