Research team develops a new way to produce hydrogen fuel while cleaning the air

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New device aims to generate hydrogen fuel from the air Researchers from the University of Antwerp and the University of Lueven have developed a new way to clear air pollution while also generating hydrogen fuel. The research team has created a new device that leverages the process of heterogeneous photocatalysis. This process makes use of light and a special catalyst in order to produce a chemical reaction. Heterogeneous photocatalysis is often used to produce hydrogen from water, which produces no harmful emissions during the production process. Device is designed clear…

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AFC Energy seeks to expand use of hydrogen fuel cells in Germany

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Fuel cell developer begins engineering work at German facility AFC Energy, a leading developer of industrial hydrogen fuel cells, has announced that it is expanding its presence in the German market. The company has officially begun its engineering work at the Covestro Industrial Park, which is owned by Covestro Deutchland. AFC Energy is leading this engineering work, aiming to review the use of new technology and predict the costs associated with using hydrogen fuel cells. The company is currently installing one of its 1 megawatt alkaline fuel cells at the…

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CSIRO works to develop new membrane technology to help fuel cell vehicles

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New technology could make fuel cell vehicles more viable Scientists from Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) are developing a new fuel cell membrane that may be able to make hydrogen production and distribution more viable for fuel cell vehicles. These efforts are part of a two-year project that is focused on producing pure hydrogen through the separation of mixed gases. Notably, the project is looking into converting ammonia into highly pure hydrogen, which can then be stored and used by a fuel cell to generate electrical power….

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Norway aims to help Japan build a hydrogen society

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Norway and Australia are looking to provide Japan with hydrogen fuel Norway and Australia are competing with one another to provide the fuel needed for Japan’s efforts to establish a hydrogen society. Japan is working to transition away from conventional forms of energy in favor of using hydrogen fuel cells. These fuel cells are meant to be used to power vehicles, homes, and businesses and can operate without producing any harmful emissions. In order for a hydrogen society to take form in Japan, the country must have reliable access to…

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Hawaii makes more progress toward its renewable energy goals

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Utility has reached a major milestone with renewable energy Hawaiian Electric, along with its subsidiaries Maui Electric and Hawaii Electric Light, is celebrating the significant progress that has been made in embracing renewable energy. Together, these companies provide electricity for 95% of residents of five of Hawaii’s main islands. Recently, the state has been working to focus more heavily on renewable energy in an effort to distance itself from fossil-fuels and become more environmentally friendly. Clean power has also helped Hawaii become more energy independent. 2016 saw renewable energy play…

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New offshore wind energy project will not require subsidies from Germany government

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Germany will be building its first wind energy system that will not use government subsidies Germany is preparing to build its first offshore wind energy system that is not dependent on government subsidies. The project comes from Bundesnetzagentur (BNetzA), which has approved bids on the project coming from various organizations. The company intends to develop some 1,490 megawatts worth of wind energy capacity in the North Sea. The organizations that would be involved in this endeavor would be providing electricity from these wind farms at approximately $4.67 per megawatt-hour. Wind…

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Amazon taps Plug Power to provide more hydrogen fuel cells

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Amazon takes a 23% share in Plug Power and purchases more hydrogen fuel cells Plug Power, a leading developer of hydrogen fuel cells, has announced that retail giant Amazon will be making major changes to some of its fulfillment centers. In 11 of its fulfillment centers, Amazon plans to replace battery-powered forklifts with those equipped with hydrogen fuel cells. Moreover, Amazon has also secured a 23% share in Plug Power, making Amazon one of the largest shareholders in the company. According to Plug Power, Amazon will be spending approximately $70…

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World’s largest solar energy project to begin construction in Australia

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Lyon Group will be developing a massive solar energy project in Australia Construction on what may be the world’s largest solar energy project has begun in Australia. The project is being developed by the Lyon Group and several partners and cost approximately $1 billion. Called Riverland Solar Storage, the project will combine the use of solar panels with battery systems. The batteries will store the electrical power produced by the solar panels for use when it is most needed. Project will feature 3.4 million solar panels and 1.1 million batteries…

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Renewable energy still faces serious challenges

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Renewable energy is growing throughout the world, but it still faces many serious challenges that can prevent projects from taking form. Some of these challenges involve the difficulty associated with successfully commercializing clean technology, while price distortions also present a significant hurdle. Other challenges have to do with public outlook on renewable energy, with people in some countries failing to see the public benefit of cleaner forms of power, both economically and environmentally. Overcoming these challenges is vital to the successful future of renewable energy as a whole. Commercialization of…

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China set to become a major market for hydrogen fuel cells

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Ballard sees very promising opportunities for hydrogen fuel cells in the Chinese market Ballard Power Systems, a leading developer of hydrogen fuel cells, is making progress in eventually commercializing its fuel cell products. The company has made a strong entry into the Chinese market, where fuel cells are beginning to gain momentum. Last year, Ballard was chosen to provide fuel cell systems for the largest-ever deployment of hydrogen buses. China is now Ballard’s largest market, with the company expected to see 50% of its sales come from the country this…

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Model shows that solar energy could help New York reach its power storage goals

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CUNY releases new roadmap highlighting the benefits of solar energy and power storage Sustainable CUNY, an initiative launched by the City University of New York, has published a new roadmap that could help ensure that New York is capable of reaching its energy storage targets. The roadmap suggests that the use of solar energy technology could help bolster energy storage systems, providing these systems with a reliable source of electrical power. While the roadmap is designed for New York City specifically, CUNY believes that it can also be applied to…

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Honda announces new strategy for electric vehicles in Europe

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Automaker unveils its promising new Electric Vision for Europe Honda plans to focus more heavily on clean transportation in the European market. According to Katsushi Inoue, Honda Motor Europe’s president and COO, the automaker has unveiled its “Electric Vision” for Europe. This initiative involves two-thirds of all vehicles sold by Honda in the market to feature electric powertrains. Honda intends to accomplish this endeavor by 2025. The automaker’s plan will leverage its considerable global research and development resources in order to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles. Electric vehicles have…

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Cost of solar energy falls below fossil-fuels in Australia

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Solar energy is now less expensive than fossil-fuels A new report from Climate Council suggests that solar energy is now less expensive than fossil-fuels in most major Australian cities. Over the past five years, the cost of solar power has dropped significantly. According to the report, this cost has fallen by 58% over that time period. The falling price of solar energy has made it more attractive, encouraging more businesses and consumers to embrace this form of clean power and distance themselves from fossil-fuels. Costs continue to fall for the…

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Legislation targeting solar energy in Kentucky collapses

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Legislation sparks controversy among those supporting solar energy Controversial legislation regarding solar energy in Kentucky may have been abandoned. The legislation aimed to make residential solar panels less economically viable and became a point of contention for solar advocates. The legislation comes from Senate Natural Resources and Energy Chairman Jared Carpenter. According to Carpenter, significant work had been done attempting to reach a compromise with solar advocates on the legislation. Efforts to do so, however, have failed, which may have led to the demise of the legislation for the time…

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Wind energy is gaining more momentum in Denmark

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Wind energy continues to experience strong growth in Denmark Denmark has made major strides in embracing wind energy in recent years and the country has reached a new milestone in terms of electrical production through its wind farms. According to information from WindEurope, Denmark generated enough electricity from its wind energy systems last week to meet all of its energy needs. The majority of the country’s wind capacity comes from its onshore systems, but Denmark also has several offshore wind farms in operation currently. Wind farms generate enough electricity to…

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Wind energy is growing slowly in the south, but that may soon change

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Wind energy could be gaining more momentum in the south Wind energy has become the largest renewable power sector in the United States, but its adoption has been lagging in southern parts of the country. Several southern states have shown interest in embracing clean power, but wind energy, in particular, has had some trouble finding a foothold in this region. This is partly due to the relatively high cost of wind farms and the fact that turbine technology has only recently begun growing more efficient and appealing to the energy…

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