Cost of solar energy continues to fall worldwide

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Solar power is now less expensive to produce than coal The cost of solar energy is falling at rapid pace, according to a new report from Lazard. The report shows that the solar production is now less expensive than coal and this trend is expected to continue well into the future. Notably, the electricity being generated from utility-scale solar plants has seen the most significant price drop: An 86% decrease since 2009. The report from Lazard shows that it costs approximately $50 to produce 1 megawatt-hour of electricity from a…

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Swedish project aims to use solar energy to produce hydrogen fuel

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Nilsson Energy teams with AT Solar for ambitious new project Sweden’s Nilsson Energy AB has partnered with AT Solar for a new solar energy and hydrogen fuel project. Called RE 8760, the project intends to use solar power to produce hydrogen, which will serve as a form of chemical storage for this electrical energy. Nilsson Energy came up with the concept for the project and AT Solar will be providing the photovoltaic technology that the project will be making use of. Project will produce hydrogen as a way to efficiently…

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Hydrogen fuel truck developer Nikola is suing Tesla for more than $2 billion

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Nikola claims that Tesla has infringed upon its patents Electric vehicle producer Tesla is being sued for more than $2 billion by Nikola, a developer of commercial trucks that are powered by hydrogen fuel. Nikola claims that Tesla has infringed upon its patents, arguing that the automaker copied the design of its large truck, which was first unveiled in May of 2016. A court filing from November 2017 shows that Nikola sent a cease-and-desist order to Tesla concerning the automaker’s use of features in its new electric truck. Both trucks…

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Public-private hydrogen fuel network is taking form in South Korea

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Government has plans to work with private companies to build a large hydrogen fuel network The South Korean government has announced that it will aid in the development of a public-private hydrogen fuel infrastructure. The government will be working with partners in the private sector to form a new special purpose company. This company will be responsible for building new hydrogen stations. The country’s growing hydrogen network will be used to power vehicles equipped with fuel cell systems. These vehicles are expected to become quite popular in South Korea due…

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Volvo sets sights on electric vehicles

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Volvo plans for electrics to make up 50% of its sales by 2025 Automaker Volvo has announced that electric vehicles will account for 50% of all its sales by 2025. The company has taken a firm stance on clean transportation recently. Volvo plans to begin offering a hybrid, plug-in, or all electric variant of all its vehicles beginning in 2019. Now, the automaker is working to ensure that its electric vehicles appeal to consumers in order to accomplish its latest goal. China may be Volvo’s primary focus for its new…

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GE forms new partnership to improve offshore wind energy turbines

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GE teams with ORE Catapult to test new wind turbine ORE Catapult and GE Renewable Energy have announced a new partnership. Over the next five years, the two companies will be working together in the offshore wind energy field. The first step of this collaboration involves testing a new 12 megawatt offshore turbine that GE has developed. This turbine will be tested at a facility operated by ORE Catapult. GE suggests that the new turbine is the most powerful of its kind and will be able to operate anywhere in…

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New hydrogen fuel production facility to be built in Australia

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Australia teams with Japanese company to build new hydrogen facility The Australian government has formed a new partnership with Japan’s Kawasaki Heavy Industries. Through this partnership, Australia will be converting brown coal into hydrogen fuel, which will then be delivered to Japan. The initiative is part of Australia’s goal to become a major supplier of hydrogen to Japan and several other countries that are investing heavily in fuel cell technology. Notably, this partnership may help add momentum to Japan’s plans to establish a functional hydrogen society. Facility will use brown…

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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 hydrogen 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…

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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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