Ballard is bringing more hydrogen fuel cells to China

China Flag in Shanghai - Hydrogen Fuel

New fuel cell engine production facility to be built in Shanghai Ballard Power Systems, a leading developer of hydrogen fuel cells, has announced that it will be helping develop a new fuel cell engine facility in Shanghai, China. The new facility is being commissioned by Shanghai Edrive, a subsidiary of Zhongshan Broad-Ocean Motor. The new facility will make use of fuel cell systems developed by Ballard and represents the ongoing partnership between Ballard and Zhongshan. Shanghai Edrive will operate the first facility in China that will be producing Ballard fuel…

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New tax bill could disrupt the renewable energy market

Renewable Energy - New US Tax Bill

Senate passes tax bill that could have a major impact on the clean power sector The U.S. Senate has passed a new tax bill that could have a major impact on renewable energy throughout the country. Over the past few years, clean power has been growing relatively rapidly in the U.S. This growth is expected to slow significantly due to the provisions of the new tax bill. One of these provisions was introduced by the Senate finance committee just before the tax bill passed. This particular provision, called Base Erosion…

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Fiat and Hyundai may soon team to improve hydrogen fuel cells

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Fiat and Hyundai are negotiating a potential partnership Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is currently negotiating with South Korean automaker Hyundai concerning a partnership that would be focused on developing hydrogen-based engines. Fiat has shown some interest in hydrogen fuel in recent years, but this has been overshadowed by Hyundai’s own focus on fuel cell technology. Hyundai already offers a vehicle that is powered by hydrogen fuel. The automaker has also established a great deal of expertise in fuel cell technology considering its relatively new interest in these energy systems. Hyundai continues…

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South Australia offering up grants for renewable energy projects

Renewable Energy Grant - Australian Money

Government aims to fund promising projects from four companies South Australia is continuing its efforts to embrace renewable energy and will soon have more efficient storage solutions. The state government has plans to issue grants ranging from $1 million to $3.6 million to four companies that will be leading these efforts. Currently, companies have submitted more than 80 proposals seeking funding for their renewable energy and storage projects. The grants will be issued as part of the South Australian renewable energy fund, which has some $150 million available. Tesla has…

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UCLA researchers develop new device that can produce hydrogen fuel

Hydrogen Fuel - Research Lab

New device uses solar energy to produce hydrogen A team of researchers from UCLA have developed a new device that is capable of producing and storing hydrogen fuel. The research team suggests that the device can be replicated at various different sizes, making it useful for small electronics as well as fuel cell vehicles. In the most extreme cases, the device could even be scaled-up to be used as a hydrogen storage system for large cities. The device is also environmentally friendly, as it uses solar energy to produce hydrogen…

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Tesla keeps its promise to build battery system in 100 days or less

Clean Energy - Tesla Car Battery

Company has built a large-scale battery system in South Australia Tesla has followed through with its promise to build the world’s largest battery system in South Australia. The company has successfully completed the construction of a 100 megawatt battery facility. The new facility will be capable of supplying some 129 megawatt-hours of electrical power. Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk had promised the Australian government that the battery system would be completed within 100 days. Tesla was able to finish the project in less than two months. New battery system…

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Solar energy continues to find success in India

Solar Energy - Sunset Behind Taj Mahal, India

39% of new energy capacity in India came from solar Solar energy accounted for the largest growth in new energy generation capacity in India this year. The country has been aggressively investing in the development of new solar farms, hoping to replace older forms of power with clean energy. Solar capacity has, therefore, been growing quickly. Several new solar farms have begun operation in recent months, adding momentum to India’s energy revolution. India now has 14.7 GW of installed solar energy capacity According to data from the Mercom Capital Group,…

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GM looks to make electric vehicles cheaper with new batteries

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Affordable batteries could lower the price of electric vehicles Automaker General Motors hopes to see profits from its electric vehicles largely because they are equipped with less expensive batteries. The company is currently working to develop batteries that are approximately one-third less expensive than the batteries it currently uses. These batteries are expected to be used to power the 20 new electric vehicles that GM plans to introduce by 2023. Clean vehicles are still fighting for a place in the market GM has been struggling to sell its clean vehicles…

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Volkswagen aims to bring new electric vehicles to China

Electric Vehicles - Volkawagen Logo on Car

Automaker has a $11.8 billion plan to bring electric vehicles into the Chinese market German automaker Volkswagen has an ambitious plan when it comes to China’s clean transportation market. The company is looking to bring new electric vehicles to China in order to take advantage of the growing demand for such cars. Volkswagen will be investing more than $11.8 billion in this endeavor over the next seven years. China is currently the world’s leading market for electric vehicles. More of these cars are sold in the country than anywhere else.…

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Renewable energy has a promising future in Africa

Africa Renewable Energy Future - Sunset

African clean power sector to see strong growth in the near future The demand for renewable energy is growing quickly throughout Sub-Sahara Africa. Several African countries are looking to embrace clean power for the economic benefits that it offers. This demand is expected to have a significant impact on the renewable energy space. Within the next five years, the region’s clean power capacity is predicted to grow by more than 70%. New clean power systems will provide Africans with a reliable source of electricity. Renewable energy capacity set to grow…

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Developers propose plans for UK’s largest solar energy system

Solar Farm - Solar Energy - Alternative Energy

New solar farm could begin producing electricity by 2020 Hive Energy and Wirsol Energy have submitted plans to develop the largest solar farm in the United Kingdom. If the proposal moves forward, the developers plan to have the solar energy system begin generating electricity by 2020. The plan must be approved by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which has shown some support for solar power in the past. Once completed, the new solar farm will significantly increase the UK’s solar energy capacity. Solar energy system aims to…

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Automakers seek to save tax credit that benefits electric vehicles

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Clean vehicle tax credit may be in jeopardy The auto industry has mobilized in the United States to combat a proposal that would put an end to a tax credit that supports electric vehicles. Currently, the tax credit provides as much as $7,500 to those interested in purchasing plug-in electric vehicles. The tax credit applies to the first 200,000 of these vehicles that are produced by automakers. After this limit is reached, the tax credit is phased out over time. Clean vehicles may not appeal to consumers without the tax…

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New Zealand unveils new commitment to renewable energy

New Zealand Landscape- Renewable Energy

Country outlines plans to reach 100% clean power by 2035 New Zealand has unveiled a new plan to reach 100% renewable energy by 2035. The outlining of the new plan comes on the heels of the country naming its 40th prime minister, Jacinda Ardern. Now, the country will be making efforts to phase out its use of fossil-fuels in favor of clean power. New Zealand already has a head start on accomplishing this goal. The country already derives approximately 80% of its electricity from renewable sources. Electricity has become very…

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Wind energy achieves new milestone in Europe

Wind Energy Milestone Achieved

Wind power sets a new generation record in Europe last month Wind energy reached a new milestone in Europe at the end of October. On October 28, wind farms in 28 countries throughout the European Union generated approximately 25% of all the electricity that was used in Europe. This is approximately 153.7 gigawatts, which is enough to power about 197 million homes. Wind energy has grown very quickly in Europe, especially as the cost of wind turbines continues to fall. Several countries have also shown strong support for offshore projects,…

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Solar energy sector faces new tariff recommendations

Solar Energy Generation - Solar Panels

International Trade Commission is recommending revised tariffs The U.S. International Trade Commission has issued new recommendations concerning applying trade tariffs on imported silicon-based solar cells and panels. One of the recommendations involved imposing a licensing fee on some solar energy equipment. This particular concept was first developed by the Solar Energy Industries Association. The new recommended tariffs coming from the International Trade Commission are somewhat more modest than the tariffs the organization had considered previously. New tariffs could help domestic companies become more competitive The commission is recommending that a…

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Global solar energy capacity to surpass nuclear capacity by end of year

Global Solar Energy Capacity

Report highlights the rapid growth of the solar energy sector The world’s solar energy capacity may soon surpass global nuclear energy capacity, according to a new report from GTM Research. Solar power has been attracting strong support throughout the world in recent years. Several countries have embraced this form of clean energy in order to become environmentally friendly. They have also done so to take advantage of various economic prospects that are offered by new solar energy projects. This is all happening as many countries begin to move away from…

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