Japanese companies launch venture to build more hydrogen fuel stations

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Hydrogen wins more support from Japanese companies A coalition of 11 Japanese companies have come together vowing to build 80 new hydrogen fuel stations throughout Japan by 2022. The alliance is comprised of automakers and energy firms, as well as several other companies interested in clean transportation. The companies have launched Japan H2 Mobility. The joint venture has strong backing from Toyota and JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy. The new company would be responsible for the construction and operation of new fueling stations that it builds. Government continues efforts to…

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Massive solar energy system launched in India

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Kanataka becomes home to a new large-scale solar farm What may be the world’s largest solar energy farm has been launched in India’s Kanataka. The solar farm is called Shakti Sthala and covers an area of 13,000 acres. The project was developed by the Karnataka Solar Power Development Corp., which is a joint venture from Karnataka Renewable Energy Development and the Solar Energy Corp. of India. The solar farm represents a milestone in participation among several villages, with farmers leasing their land so that solar panels can be installed. Farmers…

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New hydrogen fuel production facility to be built in Adelaide

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$11.4 million hydrogen production facility finds a home in Adelaide, Australia A new hydrogen fuel production facility is set to be built in Adelaide, Australia. The project will be developed by the Australian Gas Infrastructure Group and will cost approximately $11.4 million. Some of the funding has been provided by the South Australian government through its Renewable Technology Fund. The new facility is meant to generate the hydrogen needed to power vehicles equipped with fuel cell systems. Facility will use renewable energy to produce hydrogen The new facility will make…

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Microsoft forms new renewable energy agreement in Singapore

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Microsoft has announced an ambitious agreement with Sunseap Microsoft has announced that it has entered into a new agreement with Sunseap, a renewable energy company based in Singapore. The deal is part of Microsoft’s ongoing effort to use clean energy to power its data centers throughout the world. According to the company, the deal will create the largest solar energy portfolio in Singapore. Microsoft and Sunseap will be working together for the next 20 years, with Microsoft purchasing all of the electricity that Sunseap’s solar energy system generates. Solar energy…

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Maryland lawmakers seek to revitalize state’s solar energy sector

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Lawmakers are looking to show more support for clean power Lawmakers in Maryland are currently working to weighing the cost of the state’s growing focus on renewable energy. Two new legislations have been introduced that could have a major impact on Maryland’s solar power sector. Solar companies have been having a difficult time in the state due to uncertainty coming from homeowners over how much more expensive solar energy systems will be if new tariffs are introduced. These tariffs were proposed earlier this year and became active in February. Tariffs…

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German cities to receive new buses powered by fuel cells

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Van Hool to deliver new hydrogen-powered buses to Cologne and Wuppertal Van Hool, a bus manufacturer based in Belgium, has announced that it will be selling 40 hydrogen-powered buses to the German cities of Cologne and Wuppertal. According to Van Hool, this is the largest order of its kind that has been made in Europe. The buses will operate using electricity generated by their hydrogen fuel cells. These energy systems produce no harmful emissions, allowing the buses to operate in an environmentally friendly manner. New buses expected to be delivered…

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New project seeks to bring hydrogen fuel cell generators to Europe

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Everywh2ere project will replace diesel generators with hydrogen-powered counterparts A new project has been launched in the European Union. The project is called Everywh2ere and intends to create replacements for conventional diesel generators. Twelve companies from across Europe will be participating in the project over the next five years. The European Union has invested some $8.6 million into the initiative. If successful, the project will produce generators that are powered by hydrogen fuel cells. Prototype generators will be tested at public events and construction sites The project will be integrating…

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Clean vehicles may begin to influence property developers

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Property developers may soon need to include charging points in their designs for apartment buildings Property developers in prominent markets are being urged to include electric chargers in their designs for new apartment buildings. Automakers are leading the call for developers to do so in an effort to ensure that consumers will be able to charge their electric vehicles at home. Property developers are also being urged to create strategies to retrofit existing properties with charging points. Hyundai is one of the companies that is more outspoken in these urgings,…

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Pakistan’s first renewable energy institute could be built with the help of the US

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US government is prepared to assist Pakistan in developing a new clean power institute The United States government is set to assist Pakistan establish its first renewable energy institute. Pakistan’s Federal Minister of Power Awais Khan Leghari met with U.S. Ambassador David Hale this week to discuss various opportunities concerning this new plan. According to Ambassador Hale, the U.S. government is eager to explore new clean power opportunities and help Pakistan increase its focus on renewable energy. The U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory may be offering expertise to aid in…

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More cities around the world are embracing renewable energy

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More cities than ever are receiving their electricity from clean power sources A growing number of cities throughout the world are reporting that they are receiving the majority of their power from renewable energy sources, according to data from CDP, an environmental research group. According to the data, 101 of the 570 cities researched by CDP derive 70% of their electricity from clean energy systems. This is nearly double the number that predominantly received their electricity from clean power in 2015. Data shows that cities are finding new economic opportunities…

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Fuel cell vehicles are slowly gaining momentum

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Report highlights the modest success that hydrogen-powered cars are beginning to see Fuel cell vehicles are slowly beginning to gain traction in some parts of the world, but they have yet to find any mainstream success. According to a report from Information Trends, approximately 6,500 hydrogen-powered cars are in operation today. The majority of these vehicles are found in the United States, where California has become one of the world’s leading markets for clean vehicles. Approximately 38% of all fuel cell vehicles can be found in Japan, with 9% currently…

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EU could reach a higher renewable energy goal by 2030

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Report suggests that the EU may need to show more support for clean power The European Union could set up more aggressive clean power targets for itself, according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The report suggests that the EU is capable of reaching higher targets, which could have a significant impact on the fight against climate change. According to the report, the EU is capable of deriving no less than 34% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. If successful, this would allow…

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Ontario is moving forward with its plan to power trains with hydrogen fuel cells

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Fuel cells are a viable option for Ontario’s railway system The Ontario government is moving ahead with a project that will determine the feasibility of hydrogen-powered trains. The project involves implementing new train technology that could eventually replace the solutions used to power conventional trains. The province’s new project comes shortly after the release of its Hydrogen Rail Feasibility Study. The study found that trains that operate using hydrogen fuel are a viable form of transportation. As such, Ontario is likely to show more support for these trains in the…

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Fuel cell industry rejoices as tax credits return

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State lawmakers praise the reintroduction of tax credits Political leaders in Connecticut are celebrating the return of tax credits for the fuel cell industry. Fuel cell developers are also praising the return of the tax credits, as they may open up many new opportunities in the coming years. The tax credits were not a part of a budget plan adopted in 2015. The plan instead showed favor for the solar and wind power industries, which drew the ire of fuel cell developers throughout the country. State’s fuel cell industry is…

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California utility reaches the state’s renewable energy goal ahead of schedule

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PG&E has reached a new renewable energy milestone The Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has reached California’s renewable energy goal ahead of schedule. The state has set up a goal to derive the majority of its electrical power from renewable energy sources by 2020. Utilities are being pressured to embrace clean power in order to help the state distance itself from fossil-fuels. PG&E has been pursuing this goal aggressively and now derives approximately 80% of its electrical power from renewable energy. 33% of utility’s electricity came from renewable sources…

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H2 Mobility opens new hydrogen fuel station in Germany

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New hydrogen station has been opened in Southern Germany H2 Mobility, a joint venture focused on developing Europe’s hydrogen fuel infrastructure, has opened a new fueling station in Germany. The new station is located between Baden-Wurttemberg and Bavaria in the southern regions of the country. H2 Mobility owns and operates the fueling station but the technology that it uses has been provided by Air Liquide. The new station is one of many that are planned to be built throughout Germany to prepare the country for the widespread adoption of new…

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