Promising research could lead to the production of clean hydrogen

A Stanford graduate student may have found a solution to platinum catalysts. Scientists around the world continue their quest to find cheap and clean hydrogen fuel production methods that do not require the use of expensive metals, like platinum. Now, a graduate student from Stanford University, Xinjian Shi, has revealed in a recent study, published in the journal Energy and Environmental Science, that he may have found a solution using cobalt. Cheap and abundant metal sulfides can be transformed into powerful electrodes for HERs. Like other scientists searching for cheap…

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Delaware Hydrogen plant project announced by PBF Energy

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The new project will help to make cleaner fuel for ships. In an effort to boost cleaner fuel production, a new Delaware hydrogen plant will be built at the Delaware City Refinery. The owner of the refinery, PBF Energy, is betting that more hydrogen will lead to bigger profits and give them a key competitive advantage over other fuel producers, reported Delaware Online. Hydrogen is a vital sulfur-removing catalyst in oil refining. With a growing demand for clean diesel, the Delaware hydrogen plant is likely to have a strong future.…

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Ammonia to hydrogen technology tested in fuel cell cars for first time

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CSIRO successfully refuels two fuel cell vehicles with it ultra-high purity hydrogen. Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) has announced the successful road testing of two fuel cell cars powered by its ammonia to hydrogen technology. The organization became the first to demonstrate the production of “very clean hydrogen” produced from ammonia. The two fuel cell vehicles selected for the road test in Australia were the Toyota Mirai and the Hyundai Nexo, according to a CSIRO news release. They hydrogen was produced in Queensland using CSIRO’s membrane technology.…

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Dirty renewable energy a problem in Rhode Island

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Rhode Island’s clean energy practices need improvement according to new study. A national study conducted by Washington D.C.-based environmental advocacy group Food & Water Watch, has criticized Rhode Island for using dirty renewable energy sources that the state has declared a part of its renewables program. Rhode Island’s RES includes generating power from dubious fuels. In essence, “dirty renewable energy” refers to the generation of energy from natural sources that produce pollution, such as woody biomass and landfill gas, both of which produce greenhouse gas emissions, including carbon dioxide, methane…

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New EV Battery Recycling program to be launched in China

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China wants to implement a recycling strategy to prevent future pollution problems. In the not-so-distant future, EV battery recycling is expected to become a significant part of the electric vehicle (EV) supply chain and China isn’t wasting any time on developing recycling standards for these used batteries. Lithium battery waste could reach an estimated 170,000 tons by 2020. In as little as two years, experts have warned that annual lithium battery waste (this includes batteries used in electric vehicles) could reach 170,000 tons, reported Reuters. Data that was recently published…

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Aberdeen hydrogen energy storage facility to offer free tours to generate public interest

Free tours of the hydrogen refueling station will take place in September. The Aberdeen City Hydrogen Energy Storage (ACHES) facility will be hosting a series of free tours for the general public in September. The tours are for members of the general public who are interested in hydrogen fuel vehicles as a low carbon transport. ACHES is the second hydrogen refueling station in the Scottish city. Located on Langdykes Road in Cove, the Aberdeen City Hydrogen Energy Storage facility is a crucial part of the city’s investment in hydrogen technology.…

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Apple to support renewable power in China through China Clean Energy Fund

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Apple will jointly invest $300 million into the fund. The California-based tech giant has announced the China Clean Energy Fund, a new unique type of investment fund in China to connect suppliers with renewable power sources. Apple, along with 10 initial suppliers, will jointly invest $300 million over the next four years into the fund, reported an official Apple press release. The investment fund is part of Apple’s commitment to address climate change. The purpose of the China Clean Energy Fund is to invest in and develop green energy projects…

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Team from Indonesia places first in the Shell Eco-marathon 2018

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Once again, young engineers from across the globe compete to break energy efficiency records. It was a tight race in London at the Shell Eco-marathon 2018 grand final, but in the end it was a car designed by a team from Indonesia that won the top spot. This was a huge victory for the Sapuangin Team from Sepuluh November Institute of Technology (ITS) Surabaya, Indonesia, as they had previously failed to claim the top spot two years in a row. All teams representing the Asian region in the car racing…

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New biofuel production technique could dramatically reduce fuel-related CO2 emissions

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Scientists have discovered a way to make the production of biofuels more environmentally friendly. Imperial College London scientists have improved the process of using biology to make products, which could lead to a cheaper and more environmentally friendly biofuel production technique as well as more efficient plastic recycling. The scientists’ findings were published in the journal Nature Chemistry. The scientists claim to be able to breakdown plant-based biomass 30 times faster. The biofuel production technique discovered by the researchers can reportedly breakdown plant-based biomass 30 times faster than current bioprocessing…

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Deliberate freshwater oil spill conducted in the name of science

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Canadian researchers seek to study the effects of oil spills on freshwater ecosystems. A team of scientists in northern Ontario, Canada, are purposely creating a freshwater oils spill in small cordoned off sections in an actual freshwater lake to study the effects the oil has on the natural environment. The scientists used diluted bitumen for their research. Thousands of miles of pipelines and rail lines cross many thousands of miles of freshwater lakes, rivers, marshes and drainage basins in North America. Pumped through these pipelines and railway tank cars is…

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Italy wants one million electric cars on its roads by 2022

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This ambitious electric vehicle (EV) goal could cost the nation $10 billion in incentives. Italy’s one million electric cars 2022 goal is no joke. Bloomberg reported that a spokesperson confirmed the Italian government is working toward the objective. However, what isn’t known is if every one of the million battery-powered vehicles will be fully electric or if this target also includes hybrids. Either way, such an endeavor would be an expensive one and could cost $10 billion in incentives. The estimated number of EVs on Italy’s roads today is less…

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Turkey wind energy project to be the largest in the world

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This will be the country’s first offshore wind farm. Turkey’s Energy and Natural Resources Minister Berat Albayrak announced last week that the biding process for a Turkey wind energy project will be held in October. The 1,200-megawatt (MW) offshore wind energy project will be the first in the country and the largest in the world. Applications will be assessed and then the auction for the wind farm will commence. Applications for the construction of the Turkey wind energy plant will be accepted until the 23rd of October. Applicants will then…

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Hexagon lands deal to manufacture new hydrogen tanks

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Hexagon will be developing hydrogen storage tanks for an unnamed automaker Hexagon Composites has announced that it has settled a new deal with an unnamed automaker. The deal represents the largest of its kind in the company’s history. Per the deal, Hexagon will be responsible for manufacturing hydrogen tanks that will be used by fuel cell vehicles. These vehicles are being developed by the automaker that has formed a deal with Hexagon. Manufacturing expected to begin in 2020 According to Hexagon, production of the new vehicles is expected to begin…

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Toyota and 7-Eleven launch new hydrogen initiative

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New hydrogen initiative will bring fuel cell vehicles to 7-Eleven Japanese automaker Toyota has launched a new hydrogen initiative alongside 7-Eleven in Japan. The initiative will see Toyota delivering fuel cell vehicles that 7-Eleven will use. Overall, the plan is to reduce the emissions that 7-Eleven produces every year. Toyota believes that this can be accomplished through the use of hydrogen fuel cells and battery technology. Batteries will be used to store electricity generated by solar panels Toyota will be delivering batteries and fuel cells to 7-Eleven stores in the…

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Clean cars to again receive rebates in Texas

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Texas brings back rebates to support clean transportation Texas has once again begun to offer rebates for those interested in purchasing clean cars. The rebates have been absent for nearly three years, which has slowed the growth of clean transportation in the state to some degree. Now, vehicles that make use of alternative fuels will be eligible for up to $5,000 in rebates. The state is hoping that the rebates will help accelerate the adoption of clean vehicles. Battery and fuel cell vehicles also receive federal subsidies Vehicles that operate…

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A new clean car is being developed by Honda

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Honda is working with China’s CATL to develop a new clean car Japanese automaker Honda has begun working on a new global partnership that could have serious implications for the clean transportation market. The company is reportedly working with CATL, the largest battery manufacturer in China to establish a new program. This program would involve the development of a new clean car that is based on Honda’s existing Fit model. The vehicle would be equipped with a battery system with a range of approximately 186 miles. Automaker has a lofty…

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