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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H2ME to bring 100 fuel cell vehicles to Europe

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More fuel cell vehicles are on their way to Europe Hydrogen Mobility Europe (H2ME) is planning to launch 100 new fuel cell vehicles in the United Kingdom, Germany, and France. The vehicles are part of a real-world test to determine their capabilities and examine Europe’s hydrogen infrastructure. The initiative has received backing from the European Commission and has brought together some of the largest automakers in the world. If successful, the project may help demonstrate how fuel cell vehicles can replace their conventional counterparts and cut down on transportation emissions….

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Solar energy industry employs more people than the coal industry in the US

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The solar market continues to show major economic potential The solar energy industry in the United States now offers more jobs than the coal industry, according to a recent survey from Solar Foundation. The solar sector has been growing quickly in the country over the past few years, even outpacing fossil-fuels in terms of new energy generation capacity. Despite this, however, solar only accounts for approximately 1% of all electricity produced within the United States, but the sector represents significant economic potential that is impossible to ignore. Survey highlights the…

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New project aims to use solar energy to produce hydrogen fuel

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Ambitious new project launched in Germany A new project has been launched in Germany which seeks to leverage the power of the sun to generate hydrogen fuel. The PECSYS project is being coordinated by the Competence Center Thin Film and Nanotechnology for Photovoltaics Berlin (PVcomB). The project is meant to address the issues facing solar energy generation. These issues are difficult to overcome, because they have to do with the simple nature of the world. For instance, solar panels cannot produce electricity during the night or when the sun is…

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Deepwater Wind to develop the largest offshore wind farm in the US

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United States will soon have a larger offshore wind farm The largest offshore wind energy system in the United States may soon be eclipsed by another massive project that aims to further increase the country’s wind capacity. The Long Island Power Authority has granted approval for the development of what will become the country’s largest offshore wind energy project, which is being constructed by Deepwater Wind. The company already operates the current largest offshore system in the country, but the new project is expected to dwarf its predecessor by a…

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Solar energy is becoming more affordable globally

New solar projects highlight the continued decline in solar energy costs The cost of solar energy continues to fall throughout the world. In recent months, several solar projects have begun to take form in many countries. A bid to build a 500 megawatt solar power system was recently placed in China, with the bid being $0.46 per watt of capacity. Last week, a similar bid was placed for a solar project in Abu Dhabi, coming in at $0.023 per kilowatt-hour. According to Masdar Clean Energy, this represents one of the…

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Department of Energy pulls funding from offshore wind energy project

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Department of Energy will no longer be supporting Fishermen’s Energy project Offshore wind energy has encountered yet another problem in the United States. The country is home to one of the world’s largest offshore wind farms, but support for this sector has begun to drop off. The Department of Energy is set to pull funds from one of the offshore wind energy projects it was supporting; a project located in New Jersey. Fishermen’s Energy was slated to develop the project, but the company failed to submit power offtake contracts by…

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Researchers develop solar cells to power pacemakers

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Research team has developed a system of solar cells designed to provide energy to medical implants When many people think of “solar energy,” they often envision solar panels installed on rooftops or large solar farms. Rarely, however, do people think that solar power can be used for more than just providing electricity to a home or business. A team of researchers from the Bern University Hospital and the University of Bern are working to change this. The team has developed a new solar device that can be used to power…

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One of the world’s first offshore wind energy system goes live in the United States

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Offshore wind energy system could provide power to more than 17,000 homes Off the coast of Rhode Island, one of the world’s first offshore wind energy farms has begun operation. Deepwater Wind, which developed the new wind farm, believes that the new offshore system can generate enough electricity to power 17,000 average homes. Jedd Grybowski, CEO of Deepwater Wind, notes that “We see this being a big industry, we see offshore wind producing a lot of energy for the United States, particularly here in the Northeast where the winds are…

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Arctic warming highlights the growing impact of climate change

Climate change may be driving higher temperatures in the Arctic Unprecedented warming in the Artic has caused the region to begin to unravel, according to a new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The report has been co-authored by more than 50 scientists throughout the world, with data showing that the Arctic is warming at double the rate at which the rest of the world is warming. This could present profound challenges in the future, but how to avoid these challenges, or if they can even be…

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Google aims to be powered by renewable energy in 2017

Google to focus solely on renewable energy by the end of 2017 Google has announced that all of its energy will come from renewable sources by the end of 2017. Last year, the massive technology company consumed as much electricity as the city of San Francisco. Now, Google aims to derive all of its electrical power from solar panels and wind turbines. The company’s ambitions are not restricted to the United States, of course, as all of its data centers throughout the world will eventually be powered by renewable energy….

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Honda set to launch the Clarity Fuel Cell before the end of the year

Honda is releasing its new fuel cell vehicle before 2016 comes to a close Honda has plans to launch its new fuel cell vehicle, the Clarity Fuel Cell, before the end of this year and the first three of these vehicles have already received their license plates. The Clarity Fuel Cell is considered one of the most fuel efficient vehicles in the United States, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA has given the Clarity fuel Cell with a range rating of 366 miles and the vehicle can travel…

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Sweden aims to abolish taxes on solar energy by 2017

Sweden is taking an ambitious step toward embracing clean power Sweden is making a bold move to embrace renewable power. The country has plans to completely abandon all taxes on solar energy in 2017, which may help Sweden successfully reach its goal of becoming completely reliant on clean power by 2040. Solar energy has a long road ahead in Sweden, however, and the country may have to do more than abolish taxes on this form of clean power in order for it to become viable source of electricity. Solar energy…

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Hyundai to bring more fuel cell vehicles to France

Automaker aims to bring more fuel cell-powered taxis to Paris Hyundai has plans to bring more fuel cell vehicles to a taxi fleet in Paris, France, which is being operated by Societe du Taxi Electrique Parisien. The organization provides electric vehicles for transportation purposes and operates one of the largest fuel cell vehicle fleets in the world. Hyundai has plans to bring more of its ix35 vehicles to France in an effort to expand the reach of clean transportation and improve consumer outlook of fuel cell vehicles. Hyundai’s fuel cell…

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Toyota to focus more on electric vehicles

Automaker has plans to develop a battery-powered, long-range vehicle Toyota has announced plans to focus more heavily on battery-powered vehicles in the coming years. The company has long held an interest in batteries, but much of its attention had seemed to be fixed on hydrogen fuel cells. Now, however, Toyota plans to produce long-range, battery-powered vehicles by 2020, which will likely affect its production of fuel cell vehicles in the future. Toyota is not likely to abandon fuel cells, of course, but its focus on electric vehicles is growing more…

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GM shows off its new vehicle equipped with an innovative fuel cell system

New fuel cell system is being used in the Colorado ZH2 General Motors recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of the world’s first fuel cell vehicle. The company produced this vehicle in 1966. Called the Electrovan, the car represented the first time a hydrogen fuel cell was equipped to a consumer vehicle. Since then, General Motors has accumulated more than 3 million miles worth of testing on fuel cell transportation. The automaker’s Chevrolet division has continued experimenting with hydrogen fuel cells and recently showcased its new Colorado ZH2 at the SEMA…

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