Dubai will use solar energy to produce hydrogen fuel

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New hydrogen fuel production facility to be built in Dubai Siemens is set to aid in the development of a new hydrogen electrolysis facility in Dubai. The facility will be the first of its kind in Dubai and will generate the electricity it needs to operate from the power of the sun. Siemens will be working with the Dubai Expo 2020 Bureau and the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority. The facility itself will be located at the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. Facility will highlight how renewable energy…

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Hyundai NEXO has successfully tested level 4 autonomous technology

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Hyundai has reached a major milestone with self-driving technology South Korean automaker Hyundai has successfully completed a test of its level 4 self-driving vehicle technology. The technology is being used to by Hyundai’s NEXO, the latest fuel cell vehicle developed by the automaker. The company set the NEXO on a 118 mile journey from Seoul to Pyeonchang. The NEXO is completely powered by hydrogen fuel, making use of an advanced fuel cell system developed by Hyundai itself. The new vehicle is meant to showcase how autonomous technology can be used…

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Legislation aims to boost renewable energy in Virginia

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New bill aims to trigger a major energy shift in Virginia Virginia lawmakers have introduced a new legislation that could have a major impact on renewable energy in the state. The legislation was introduced by Delegate Sam Rasoul and is being considered one of the most aggressive energy bills the state has seen in recent history. The bill would require the state to commit itself to 100% renewable energy by 2035. It would also establish a moratorium on the approval of all fossil-fuel projects. Several states are looking to embrace…

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Researchers develop innovative direct carbon fuel cell

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New fuel cell system can produce electricity using coal, biomass, and organic waste Scientists from the Idaho National Laboratory have developed a new fuel cell that is capable of generating electricity through the consumption of solid carbon sources, such as coal and biomass. The research team notes that the direct carbon fuel cell, as it is called, is capable of operating at low temperatures. It is also capable of reaching higher power density than its predecessors. Researchers believe that the fuel cell could lead to better carbon capture solutions in…

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Shell and ITM power to build world’s largest hydrogen electrolysis plant in Germany

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Companies come together to develop large-scale hydrogen production project The world’s largest hydrogen electrolysis plant is set to be built in Germany. The plant will be built at a refinery in Rhineland, Germany, by ITM Power, a leading developer of fuel cells, and Shell. The two companies will also be working with SINTEF, thinkstep, and Element Energy to develop the new electrolysis plant. The project has received some $10 million in funding from the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, adding onto another $10 million in investments the project had…

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Researchers develop new catalyst capable of producing hydrogen fuel

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Researchers use inexpensive materials to develop new catalyst Researchers from the University of California, Santa Cruz, have developed a new carbon-based nanocomposite that could serve as a catalyst to produce renewable hydrogen fuel. The research team notes that the new catalyst is inexpensive due to its use of affordable materials. The catalyst works by separating water into its base components of oxygen and hydrogen, making the production process much more environmentally friendly than it has been in the past. Catalyst can efficiently produce hydrogen fuel The new catalyst is the…

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CitySprint begins testing new fuel cell vehicles

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Company is examining how fuel cells can be used to power vehicles CitySprint, a leading same-day delivery company in the United Kingdom, has begun testing a new hydrogen-powered van. The new van is meant to help the company reduce its emissions output. During the test period, CitySprint will be assessing its performance to determine whether or not fuel cells would be adequate to power a fleet of delivery vehicles. Relatively few fuel cell vehicles are in use in the United Kingdom, but these cars are becoming more popular among delivery…

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Solar energy may be the solution to sustainable hydrogen fuel production

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Using solar power to generate hydrogen is becoming a popular idea Finding ways to use renewable energy to produce hydrogen fuel has become very important in the clean power space. Currently, conventional hydrogen production is heavily reliant on the use of fossil-fuels, such as natural gas. This makes hydrogen significantly less environmentally friendly than it is meant to be because the production process is responsible for a large amount of emissions production. Now, however, concentrated solar energy may be the ideal solution when it comes to sustainable hydrogen fuel production.…

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Sale of fuel cell vehicles is on the rise worldwide

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Report shows that some 6,000 fuel cell vehicles will have been sold by the end of 2017 Information Trends, a leading market research company, has released a new report concerning the growing market for fuel cell vehicles. The report suggests that as many as 6,000 of these vehicles will have been sold worldwide by the end of this year. Vehicles equipped with hydrogen fuel cells have been gaining momentum throughout the year, but still remain relatively rare among consumers in many countries. These cars have found the majority of their…

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Volkswagen to help build new charging stations for clean vehicles

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Automaker plans to install 2,800 charging stations throughout the US by 2019 Volkswagen is preparing to help develop an infrastructure capable of supporting clean vehicles in the United States. The company recently launched its Electrify America program, through which it is investing some $2 billion to build new electric charging stations. The program was formed as part of a settlement agreement regarding the company’s emissions cheating. Volkswagen expects to help build some 2,800 electric charging stations throughout the United States by June of 2019. Most of these new charging stations…

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New company aims to build new hydrogen fuel stations in Japan

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Collaborative company seeks to build more fueling stations throughout Japan Eleven companies have agreed to come together to launch a new corporation that will be entirely focused on the development of new hydrogen fuel stations in Japan. This new corporation will be launched in the spring of 2018. If successful, it will help accelerate Japan’s efforts to establish a hydrogen society. The new stations developed by the company will support fuel cell vehicles, which are expected to become much more abundant in Japan in the coming years. Japan continues work…

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MIT researchers develop new battery system that can store and release heat

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New battery system can provide thermal energy when it is needed most A research team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has announced the development of a new battery system that can store solar energy and release heat when it is needed. Researchers believe that the new system could be used to provide electricity for communities in developing parts of the world. In cities, the system could also be used to limit the amount of electricity that is consumed by residents, particularly during colder seasons. System can collect energy…

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Shell seeks to provide more support for electric vehicles

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Shell will be working to build new fast-charging stations Royal Dutch Shell believes that electric vehicles will soon take less than 15 minutes to fully charge. Shell has partnered with several major automakers to make this a reality. Through these partnerships, the companies hope to deploy new fast-chargers throughout Europe in the coming years. This may help Shell establish a strong presence in the rapidly growing clean transportation market, where the demand for new infrastructure solutions is on the rise. Companies are coming together to secure the success of electric…

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Some 15 million fuel cell vehicles could be on the road by 2030

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Hydrogen Council believes fuel cell vehicles have a promising future The Hydrogen Council, a group comprised of some of the world’s leading automakers, believes that fuel cell vehicles will become much more prominent in the coming years. The organization predicts that as many as 15 million hydrogen-powered cars and 500,000 hydrogen-powered trucks will be on the road by 2030. If this is to become a reality, however, it may require an investment of potentially $300 billion. Automakers are investing aggressively in hydrogen fuel BMW, Toyota, and Hyundai are part of…

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Tax reform bill could have impact on renewable energy in the US

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New tax reform bill may affect the renewable energy space The United States House of Representatives is expected to approve a new tax reform bill which may have some impact on the renewable energy space. As it stands now, the bill would reduce the tax benefits that have benefited the clean power industry in the past. As the final version of the bill is being negotiated, however, such provisions may be put to rest, thereby ensuring that the renewable energy space continues to thrive. Bill seeks to reduce the Production…

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New solar energy fund emerges in Wisconsin

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New fun aims to help companies embrace solar power A new fund that aims to support solar energy adoption has emerged in Wisconsin. Cal Couillard, president of Componex, has committed some $125,000 to this fund in order to ensure solar power continues to thrive. The fund exists to provide the money needed to install solar panels on rooftops, something that is becoming increasingly interesting for businesses throughout the United States. Non-profit organization are looking to make use of the fund Ten non-profit organizations have already applied to receive money from…

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