EU has unveiled a new clean energy target

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The EU aims to derive 32% of its energy from renewable sources by 2030 The European Union has announced that it will be raising it’s clean energy target. European counties have been working to increase their consumption of clean energy for some time. Previously, the EU had aimed to derive 27% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. Now, the EU has raised this target to 32% in the same time frame. New deal could build confidence among investors The new target has been welcomed by some environmental groups,…

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India sets new clean power goal

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Government has announced a new goal for renewable energy The government of India has announced a new clean power goal. The country has been pursuing renewable energy aggressively in recent years. India is committed to combating climate change and increasing accessibility to electricity for its residents, especially in rural areas. The government’s efforts have made the country one of the largest and fastest growing solar energy markets in the world. New goal set at 227 GW The government has raised its renewable energy target to 227 gigawatts, up from its…

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ENGIE launches new fleet of fuel cell vehicles

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Fleet is made up of hydrogen-powered Renault vehicles ENGIE, a global energy group based in France, has launched a fleet comprised of 50 fuel cell vehicles. The vehicles themselves come from automaker Renault and were made available for long-term rental through Alphabet, a mobility solutions company. The fleet will be used by ENGIE technicians to provide technical operations and maintenance services for commercial buildings. The fuel cell systems that power the fleet have been developed by Symbio. They will also receive the fuel that they need to operate effectively from…

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New hydrogen facility opened by Haskel

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Testing facility is the largest of its kind in Europe Haskel Europe has opened the largest hydrogen facility in Europe. The new facility is devoted to the testing of components and systems that are used to produce energy through the consumption of hydrogen fuel. Haskel will be able to use the facility to provide it’s customers with real world simulations concerning the use of hydrogen. This will allow the company to develop products that accommodate the needs of customers more effectively. Using fuel cells could help Europe cut emissions The…

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China is boosting it’s focus on solar farms

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Country aims to embrace solar power more aggressively China has big plans for solar power and will be investing in this form of renewable energy quite heavily in the coming years. The country has embarked on an ambitious plan to derive much of its electrical power from solar farms. By 2020, the country aims to have some 110 gigawatts of installed solar capacity in place. This would be enough to power approximately 30 million average homes. China wants to replace fossil-fuels with renewable power China’s investments in solar farms highlights…

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Renewable power capacity sets new record in 2017

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Installed clean energy capacity reached 178 GW last year A record setting amount of clean power capacity was installed throughout the world in 2017, according to a report from REN21. The report shows that some 178 gigawatts of new capacity was installed last year. This represents the largest increase in clean power capacity ever recorded. Capacity is expected to continue well into the future as more countries begin to embrace renewable power. Solar saw significant growth in 2017 The report shows that solar saw the greatest increase in installed capacity.…

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MidAmerican Energy to build new wind energy farm

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Utility will be able to sell 100% renewable energy to consumers for the first time MidAmerican Energy has announced plans to build a new wind farm. The wind energy system would allow the company to sell 100% clean power to its customers for the first time. The new wind farm is called Wind 12 and is estimated to cost $922 million to develop. The utility expects the new project to be completed at some point in 2020. New energy sources will help rates remain stable The majority of the cost of…

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CEOG project uses solar power to produce hydrogen

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New project is the world’s largest solar-to – storage system HDF Energy, a hydrogen company based in France, has launched its new CEOG project. The project aims to become the world’s largest solar energy and storage plant. Instead of batteries, the project will use hydrogen as a form of chemical storage for the electricity it generates. The project will be built in three stages, with the first stage beginning this year as HDF Energy works to find a location for its new initiative. CEOG project will produce 50 GWh of…

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Japanese government examines it’s Basic Energy Plan

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Government officials are determining the viability of new energy plan Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry is currently deliberating the viability of the government’s latest draft of its Basic Energy Plan. The plan aims to ensure that clean forms of power, such as wind and solar, play a major role in Japan’s future. Critics of the plan suggest that it does not establish a clear message concerning the government’s plans to support clean power in the future. Plan intends to ensure that clean power has a role to play…

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Hydrogen research receives more support from the DOE

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Agency is issuing more funding for promising hydrogen projects The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced up to $3.5 million in funding for hydrogen research and development. The federal agency is looking to support projects that focus on using nuclear energy to produce hydrogen fuel. Such projects could optimize thermal and electrical energy production in the country and give nuclear power a way to help boost the expansion of fuel cell technology. The funding from the DOE is being issued through the agency’s Fuel Cell Technologies Office. Nuclear power…

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Renewable generation may thrive with advanced energy storage solutions

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New storage solutions are needed for clean power to continue to flourish Advanced energy storage solutions could solve the intermittency problems facing renewable generation, according to Fitch Ratings. Such solutions could also revolutionize energy distribution models for utility companies, encouraging them to promote the use of residential clean power systems. Renewables have begun to outpace fossil-fuels in terms of growth, but they will need efficient and effective storage systems in order to continue thriving well into the future. Global storage capacity will have to reach as much as 15 TWh…

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The Australian energy market could benefit from a major change

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Report predicts $20 billion in savings from a shift in the energy sector A major shift in the Australian energy market could help save $20 billion a year in combined fuel and electricity costs, according to a new report from the Community Power Agency. The report outlines a plan wherein homes and businesses acquire their power from renewable sources. It also predicts that 40% of all transportation throughout the country with be emissions free by 2035. Nicky Ison, a co-author of the report, notes that political battles over renewable power…

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New hydrogen generation system being put to the test in California

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Companies come together to use solar power to produce hydrogen fuel The Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas), Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PWNL), and the STARS Corporation have come together to develop a new hydrogen generation system that is powered by the sun. The system is designed to use sunlight to convert natural gas and water into hydrogen. The process will produce some carbon dioxide, but this will be captured to prevent its entry into the environment. The hydrogen would then be used for various purposes, such as powering vehicles or…

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EU and China are looking to lead the world with green investments

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EU and China intend to establish new international order The European Union and China will work together to use clean power and technology to create and lead a new international order. Both the EU and China have become major proponents of the Paris Agreement, which calls upon countries to reduce their emissions by embracing clean technologies and new energy sources. The initiative has helped spark an increase in green investments throughout the world. China has been especially aggressive in this regard, with the EU following suit. Both intend to establish…

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Costa Rica hydrogen powered transportation take the spotlight

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Costa Rican government has some big plans for hydrogen The government of Costa Rica is on a mission to decarbonize the entire country. As one of the first steps on this journey, President Carlos Alvarado has issued a directive that is meant to promote hydrogen fuel. The directive is meant to ensure that organizations within the environmental and energy sector develop an action plan that is meant to promote the research, production, and commercialization of hydrogen powered transportation. In doing so, Costa Rica aims to replace older forms of energy…

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Virginia regulators reject clean energy proposal from state utility

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Dominion Energy has lost its proposal to provide major electricity consumers with 100% renewable power Regulators in Virginia have rejected a proposal from Dominion Energy, one of the state’s major utilities, to provide large electricity consumers with 100% renewable energy. The decision has won praise from clean energy advocacy groups throughout the state as well as retail suppliers of electricity. This is due to one of Virginia’s current laws. The law state that third-party companies can sell 100% renewable power directly to consumers unless their utility offers a separate plan.…

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