Ontario to test the viability of hydrogen fuel cells for electric trains

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Government may use hydrogen fuel cells in order to power GO Transit network The government of Ontario, Canada, is looking to electrify its GO Transit railway network in order to promote clean transportation. The government is set to launch a feasibility study concerning hydrogen fuel cells and how they can be used to power electric trains. Fuel cells have become quite popular in the transportation space, particularly where public transit is concerned. These energy systems produce no harmful emissions and consume hydrogen in order to generate electrical power. Fuel cells…

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Renewable energy generates more electricity in the UK than coal and gas

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UK generated more electricity from renewable energy sources than from its coal and gas systems Wind, solar, and nuclear power have become the largest contributors to the United Kingdom’s energy grid. The National Grid, which oversees the country’s energy infrastructure, notes that these three forms of power have reached a new milestone. The UK has been showing strong support for renewable energy in recent years. The government has invested heavily in wind energy, specifically. The government is eager to distance itself from fossil-fuels in order to meet its environmental goals…

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Toyota and Tesla end clean transportation collaboration

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Toyota divests from Tesla in order to focus on its own clean transportation plans Toyota has announced that it has fully divested from Tesla Motors, marking the end of the collaboration between the two companies. The Japanese company was one of the first investors into Tesla and has worked with the American company for some time. The collaboration was meant to produce new technologies that could be used to make vehicles more efficient and environmentally friendly. The technical partnership ended, however, after the production of Toyota’s 2014 RAV4 electric vehicle.…

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Canada aims to develop a strategy to support clean vehicles

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Canadian government is showing more support for clean vehicles The Canadian government has announced plans to develop a strategy focused on promoting the adoption of clean vehicles. The government intends to increase the number of clean vehicles throughout the country by a significant margin. The new strategy is meant to be prepared by some point in 2018, with the government working to accomplish its clean transportation goals in the following years. The strategy will support various types of clean vehicles, including those equipped with hydrogen fuel cells. Fuel cell vehicles…

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Tucson Electric Power to purchase solar energy at a record low price

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Utility will be purchasing solar energy from a new project taking form in Arizona Tucson Electric Power has announced that it will be purchasing solar energy from a new project that produces enough electricity to power 21,000 average homes. The project combines both solar panels and energy storage solutions, ensuring that electricity is available at all times. Tucson Electric Power plans to begin purchasing electricity from the new project when it becomes fully operational at the end of 2019. The utility also plans to purchase electricity from another large wind…

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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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