Hawaii is making progress with its renewable energy goals

Renwable Energy - Hawaii, Sun, Beach

Hawaiian utilities reach a new milestone in clean power production Utilities in Hawaii have reached a new milestone in terms of renewable energy production. Hawaii has been working aggressively to embrace clean power in recent years and has become one of the fastest growing new energy markets in the United States. Notably, solar energy has begun to thrive in the state thanks to government support and the abundant amount of sunlight it receives throughout the year. Hawaii intends to take more aggressive steps to cut its consumption of fossil-fuels in…

Read More

Hydrogen fuel cell train to come to the United Kingdom

Hydrogen fuel Cells - London Train Station

New hydrogen-powered train is making its way to the UK The UK Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) has begun working with French firm Alstom to bring a hydrogen-powered train to the United Kingdom by 2020. The country has been working o make its railway system more environmentally friendly for some time. In recent years, hydrogen fuel cells have gained popularity for this purpose. The UK intends to use fuel cells to power trains and cut down on emissions. Government hopes to replace all of its diesel trains by 2040…

Read More

Clean vehicles are gaining more attention in Shanghai

Clean Vehicles - Image of Shanghai

Shanghai adopts new guidelines focused on clean vehicles China is well on its way to making clean transportation a major priority in the coming years. The country has already established itself as the world’s largest market for electric vehicles. Many Chinese cities are taking steps to encourage consumers to purchase clean vehicles. Shanghai is one of the latest to take up new measures to help accomplish this task. The city government had adopted new guidelines that will help Shanghai move away from traditional vehicles and embrace those powered by clean…

Read More

South Korea may accelerate the deployment of hydrogen fuel

Hydrogen Fuel Acceleration - Car driving fast

International Hydrogen Energy Forum highlights South Korea as a major force in the hydrogen industry The world’s first International Hydrogen Energy Forum has taken place in South Korea. Executives from large oil, energy, science, technology, and transportation organizations came together in Seoul recently to hold a strategic dialogue. The gathering was focused on finding ways to help the South Korean government accelerate the deployment of hydrogen fuel. South Korea could play a major role in expanding the use of hydrogen throughout the entire region. Hydrogen Council aims to promote the…

Read More

Kenworth introduces new truck powered by hydrogen fuel

Hydrogen Fuel Trucks - Transport Truck

New truck uses hydrogen fuel to operate Kenworth, a leading manufacturer of large trucks, has begun showcasing a new model that is powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. The truck was first unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show and is equipped with a fuel cell system that is used to power its 100 kilowatt-hour battery. The truck is meant to represent a possible future for large vehicles. Companies like Kenworth are looking to fuel cells to make these vehicles more environmentally friendly, effectively cutting the emissions they produce completely. Hydrogen-powered…

Read More

GM seeks to find profit with electric vehicles in China

electric vehicls - Cars Charging

GM is looking to the Chinese market to make electric vehicles profitable General Motors is moving forward with its plans to make electric vehicles profitable. Last month, the automaker ensured shareholders that it would accomplish this goal by 2021. How the company planned to do this was unclear at the time. Now, however, GM seems to plan to divide its focus in order to meet its goal. Domestically, the company will continue developing conventional vehicles. Most of its focus with electric vehicles will be focused on China, however. Automakers are…

Read More

Report highlights the slowly growing hydrogen fuel infrastructure in the US

Hydrogen Fuel Growth - Graph

Only 39 hydrogen fuel stations are currently open to the public As of January 25, there are 39 hydrogen fuel stations available to the public in the United States, according to a report from the Department of Energy. The vast majority of these fueling stations, 35, are located in California. Two hydrogen stations are located in South Carolina, with another 2 serving the entirety of the Northeast. The report highlights the significant lack of infrastructure support that fuel cell vehicles currently have, but it also shows that more fueling stations…

Read More

Automakers call for more support for clean vehicles

Clean Vehicles in need of support - three dimensional view of car

GM and Toyota are urging the federal government to support infrastructure projects Major automakers have begun suggesting that the United States Congress should be investing more in the development of the infrastructure needed to support clean vehicles. Late last week, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing at the Washington Auto Show. At the hearing, General Motors and Toyota both called for an increase in federal funding that would be used to build new electric charging and hydrogen fuel stations. These stations are needed in order for…

Read More

Colorado looks to boost adoption of clean vehicles

Colorado Clean Vehicles - Colorado Welcome Sign

State launches new plan to support the success of clean vehicles The Colorado Transportation, Energy, and Public Health Departments have launched a new plan outlining stronger support for clean vehicles. The Colorado Electric Vehicle Plan, as it is called, aims to help the state comply with an executive order that was issued by Governor John Hickenlooper. The order calls upon the state to build more electric charging stations. This greater infrastructure support is meant to boost the adoption of clean vehicles, encouraging more consumers to purchase these cars. Colorado wants…

Read More

Cost of renewable energy continues to plummet throughout the world

Renewable Energy Decline Throughout the World

Report predicts that clean power will be less expensive than fossil-fuels in two years Renewable energy is set to become less expensive than fossil-fuels within two years, according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IREA). The report suggests that aggressive investments in clean power will lead to a steep decline in the cost of energy for consumers and businesses alike. Advances in technology have also made clean energy systems more efficient and less expensive to produce. This has made clean energy, as a whole, much more…

Read More

Clean vehicles could become more affordable thanks to new catalyst

Fuel Cell Catalyst Research - Science Lab

Researchers develop new catalyst that uses no platinum The cost of clean vehicles may be set to plummet in the coming years. Researchers from the University of California have developed a new, inexpensive catalyst that could be used by fuel cell systems. The new catalyst is comprised of carbon nanofibers and cobalt, which is 100 times less expensive than platinum. Eventually, the catalyst could find its way to production fuel cells, which would be used to power future generations of clean vehicles that operate using hydrogen. Costly fuel cells make…

Read More

Volvo is showing some interest in hydrogen fuel cells

Volvo Steering Wheel - Hydrogen Fuel cells

Automaker may be moving forward with plans for fuel cells Swedish automaker Volvo may be looking to make use of hydrogen fuel cells in the future. The company has plans to begin releasing clean vehicles at some point in 2019. Most of these vehicles will likely be powered by batteries or hybrid technology. Volvo has a project focused on using hydrogen fuel cells as range extenders, however. As such, the company may be moving forward with this project in order to make electric vehicles more efficient. Powercell completes study concerning…

Read More

State awards $8 million for the development of new hydrogen fuel stations

Hydrogen Fuel Investment for Stations - Image of Gas Station

First Element Fuel will be developing new hydrogen fuel stations in California The California Energy Commission has awarded some $8 million to First Element Fuel. The funding comes from the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, which aims to help promote clean transportation throughout California. With this funding, First Element Fuel will work to develop new hydrogen fuel stations in Redwood City, Studio City, Beverly Hills, and Mission Hills. These cities are likely to become popular markets for fuel cell vehicles, which currently lack comprehensive infrastructure support. California…

Read More

Hyundai to invest $21 billion in clean vehicles and new technology

Clean Vehicles - Huge Investment

Automaker will be investing heavily in artificial intelligence and new technologies South Korean automaker Hyundai has announced that it will be investing $21 billion over the next five years. This funding will be used to improve clean technology and aid the development of self-driving vehicles. The company has taken a strong interest in clean transportation and is among the first to have introduced a vehicle equipped with a hydrogen fuel cell to the global market. Now, Hyundai plans to continue its work with clean vehicles while also increasing its focus…

Read More

GM plans to profit from its electric vehicles by 2021

Electric Vehicles - Chevrolet Car - Steering Wheel

Automaker sees significant promise in electric vehicles General Motors is placing a great deal of faith in electric vehicles. The company sees great promise for these vehicles in the future, so much so that it believes it will begin generating profit from all of its clean cars by 2021. Many automakers have been slow to embrace clean technology due to potential losses. As technology has improved, however, the potential to generate revenue from the use of batteries and fuel cells has increased. GM’s new clean vehicle has found modest success…

Read More

AFC Energy aims to increase the life of hydrogen fuel cells

Partnership - Hydrogen Fuel Cells

Partnership is working to improve fuel cells while reducing their cost AFC Energy, a leading developer of hydrogen fuel cells, believes that its partnership with De Nora, a manufacturer of electrolyzers and other such technologies, will help drive down the cost of hydrogen power. In October of last year, AFC Energy suggested that the electricity generated from its fuel cells could eventually reach less than 10 cents per kilowatt-hour. Moreover, AFC Energy is poised to increase the lifetime of its fuel cells through the use of improved electrodes. New electrode…

Read More