Solar energy in Japan faces challenges from environmentalists

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Environmental groups are decrying the development of some solar projects Japan’s solar energy sector is beginning to face new challenges that could slow or completely halt the development of new projects. Environmental advocates throughout the country are beginning to protest the construction of new solar farms, claiming that these projects could have an adverse impact on the ecology. Residents in the Chiba Prefecture have taken issue with a particular solar farm that is meant to be built near the city of Kamogawa. New solar farm will need to clear 300…

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Portugal reaches a new renewable energy milestone for March

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Grid operator reports that Portugal has generated some 4,812 GW of renewable power in March Portugal has reached a major milestone with its energy strategy. The country’s renewable energy sector was able to generate enough electricity to accommodate all of its needs during the month of March. The Portuguese grid operator, REN, has reported that some 4,812 gigawatts of electrical power were generated through renewable sources in March. Throughout that entire month, the country only consumed 4,647 gigawatts. Heavy rainfall allows dams to produce more electricity The majority of this…

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Illinois finalizes its renewable energy plan

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Plan seeks to bring progress to Illinois clean power plans The Illinois Commerce Commission has finalized the state’s Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan. The plan involves the state’s utilities acquiring electricity from renewable energy systems. The state hopes to derive no less than 25% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2025. The plan is expected to help the state reach this goal, with utilities likely to show more support for distributed and community-based solar power projects. State aims to focus on forward-facing clean power projects The Long-Term Renewable Resources…

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Toyota brings buses equipped with fuel cells to Japan

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Automaker has begun selling its new hydrogen-powered bus Toyota has begun selling its new hydrogen-powered bus, called the Sora, in Japan. The bus is the first of its kind to receive vehicle-type certification in the country. Toyota previously revealed its plans to have no less than 100 new fuel cell buses on the roads of Tokyo by the time of the 2020 Olympic Games, which will be hosted by the city. The bus will serve alongside other fuel cell vehicles that will be used to transports athletes and attendees during…

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Nikola reaches new milestone with its trucks equipped with hydrogen fuel cells

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Automaker set to return $8 billion in preorders from customers Nikola, a relatively new automaker focused on the development of hydrogen-powered heavy trucks, has reached a significant milestone. The company has been hard at work producing large commercial trucks that are equipped with hydrogen fuel cells. These trucks had received significant attention from commercial drivers and transportation companies, with Nikola receiving more than $8 billion in preorder reservations. Now, the company has announced that all of these reservations will be refunded. Nikola does not require customer deposits to continue developing…

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DTE Energy announces ambitious renewable energy plan

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Company aims to double its clean power capacity by 2022 DTE Energy, a major energy supplier in Michigan, has announced plans to add some 1,000 megawatts of renewable energy capacity to its portfolios by 2022. This capacity will come from new solar and wind power projects. The company’s plans must first be approved by the Michigan Public Service Commission. The plan would represent a $1.7 billion in Michigan’s growing renewable energy sector. If the plan is successful, DTE Energy would use its new clean power capacity to provide electricity to…

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Formic acid could help solve the hydrogen storage problem

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Researchers develop new system that pulls hydrogen fuel from formic acid Researchers from the GRT Group and EPFL have developed a new prototype fuel cell that is based on formic acid. Formic acid can act as a carrier for liquid hydrogen and could help overcome some of the storage challenges that have faced fuel cells for several years. With the demand for fuel cells on the rise, finding new ways to store and transport hydrogen is becoming important. Formic acid may be the key to an longstanding storage issue Formic…

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ITM Power to study renewable hydrogen fuel production

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ITM Power receives grant to launch new feasibility study ITM Power, a leading developer of hydrogen fuel cells, has announced that it has received a grant from the Canadian government. The grant has been issued through British Columbia and will help fund a feasibility study concerning renewable hydrogen fuel production. The study itself will take place within British Columbia and may help shed some light on new ways to produce the hydrogen needed to power new vehicles and industries that are beginning to use fuel cells more frequently. New project…

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University of Hawaii announces commitment to solar energy

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University will receive all of its electricity from solar power The University of Hawaii will soon derive all of its electricity from solar energy. The university has been aggressively working to install solar panels and battery storage systems at its Maui College campus in an effort to become more environmentally friendly. These efforts are beginning to show results, as the university will receive 100% of its electricity from solar power, adding further momentum to Hawaii’s overarching endeavors concerning the use of renewable energy. Hawaii continues to show strong support for…

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Hydrogen Council welcomes the GWM Group as latest member

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GWM is the first Chinese automaker to join the Hydrogen Council Chinese automaker GWM Group has announced that it is joining the Hydrogen Council. The company is the first automaker in China to join the international group. The Hydrogen Council was launched in early 2017 and is focused on promoting the use of fuel cells, particularly in the transportation sector. GWM is expected to aid in this effort in the coming years, leveraging the capabilities of its five research and development facilities that are located throughout the world. GWM will…

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Researchers make major advancement for fuel cell vehicles

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Sunrise Power develops new fuel cell modules Researchers from China’s Sunrise Power have made a major breakthrough with fuel cell technology. The research team has developed fuel cell modules that have more than 5,000 hours of durability. These fuel cell modules are designed to be used by vehicles. The new technology could help improve the performance of fuel cell vehicles and make them more attractive to consumers. Sunrise Power is also developing new fuel cell modules that have a higher power density and are less expensive than those currently available.…

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Japanese companies aim to help build a hydrogen society

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Japan’s hydrogen society is beginning to take form A consortium of 11 companies have come together to help Japan realize its vision of establishing a hydrogen society. The consortium is now drawing attention to what it believes to a new investment opportunity. The opportunity involves jump-starting the construction of a comprehensive hydrogen network throughout Japan. The idea is to have investors share startup costs in order to mitigate financial risk. The problem, however, is that investing in the endeavor will be quite costly and whether or not investors will see…

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Bus powered by hydrogen fuel debuts in Chengdu, China

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New bus equipped with a fuel cell system has been launched in Chengdu A new hydrogen-powered bus has been unveiled in Chengdu, the capital city of China’s Sichuan Province. The bus represents another step forward in the city’s efforts to become more environmentally friendly. The Chengdu Municipal Development and Reform Commission intends to cut emissions by supporting clean vehicles. According to the agency, the new bus will be able to travel some 600 kilometers on a single tank of hydrogen fuel. Transportation program aims to deploy 25,000 clean vehicles The…

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Toyota deploys new forklifts powered by hydrogen fuel at its Motomachi Plant

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New hydrogen-powered forklifts have been deployed at the Motomachi Plant Japanese automaker Toyota has begun to ramp up its use of hydrogen fuel cells at its Motomachi Plant in the Aichi Prefecture. The company has deployed 20 new forklifts at the plant, each equipped with hydrogen fuel cells. Toyota has also built a new hydrogen station at the Motomachi Plant, which will provide the forklifts with the fuel they need to operate. The new forklifts will join two similar models that were first introduced to the facility in January of…

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London’s police set to use fuel cell vehicles

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Metropolitan Police Service has acquired 11 new fuel cell vehicles London’s Metropolitan Police Service (Met) has embraced fuel cell vehicles. The service has acquired 11 Toyota Mirai vehicles, which come in both marked and unmarked form. According to Toyota, the first of these vehicles has already been delivered. The new fuel cell vehicles represent the Met’s efforts to become more environmentally friendly and reduce emissions associated with the conventional cars that are used on a daily basis. New cars will help the police service cut down on emissions The new…

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Shell set to help build California’s hydrogen fuel infrastructure

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Shell has joined the California Fuel Cell Partnership The California Fuel Cell Partnership has announced that Shell has joined its ranks. Shell has become the first energy company to officially join the organization. The California Fuel Cell Partnership is comprised of various automakers, government agencies, and companies focused on the use of fuel cells. One of the primary goals of the organization is to promote the adoption of fuel cell vehicles and ensure their success in California. Shell will help build new hydrogen fuel stations As part of the California…

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