Fuel cell vehicles are gaining momentum, according to new report

Fuel Cell Vehicles Gaining Momentum according to report - Highway at Night

Report shows that some 6,000 hydrogen-powered cars will have been sold by year’s end More than 6,000 fuel cell vehicles could be sold throughout the world by the end of this year, according to the new report “Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles: A Global Analysis.” The report shows that some 5,500 vehicles equipped with hydrogen fuel cells have already been sold. Approximately 2,400 of these vehicles were sold in the first three quarters of this year alone.  Naqi Jaffery, the leady author of the report, suggests that “at least 10 brands…

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Fiat and Hyundai may soon team to improve hydrogen fuel cells

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Fiat and Hyundai are negotiating a potential partnership Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is currently negotiating with South Korean automaker Hyundai concerning a partnership that would be focused on developing hydrogen-based engines. Fiat has shown some interest in hydrogen fuel in recent years, but this has been overshadowed by Hyundai’s own focus on fuel cell technology. Hyundai already offers a vehicle that is powered by hydrogen fuel. The automaker has also established a great deal of expertise in fuel cell technology considering its relatively new interest in these energy systems. Hyundai continues…

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Toyota to open a new hydrogen fuel facility in California

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New facility will generate hydrogen fuel using bio-waste Japanese automaker Toyota has announced plans to build a new hydrogen fuel generation facility in California’s Port of Long Beach. Called the Tri-Gen plant, the new facility will generate water, electricity, and hydrogen. This will be accomplished through the use of bio-waste from the state’s massive agriculture sector. The new facility could have a major impact on the clean transportation sector, where fuel cell vehicles are beginning to gain momentum. Tri-Gen facility to produce 1.2 tons of hydrogen daily Once fully operational,…

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New York to provide new funding to promote electric vehicles

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$3.5 million in funding will be used to bring more momentum to clean transportation New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced some $3.5 million in funding available for research and development projects focused on clean transportation. This funding is meant to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles, reduce the cost of new fueling and charging stations, and investigate ways that these fueling stations can be integrated into the state’s energy grid. Through the adoption of electric vehicles, New York aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030. Electric…

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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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South Australia offering up grants for renewable energy projects

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Government aims to fund promising projects from four companies South Australia is continuing its efforts to embrace renewable energy and will soon have more efficient storage solutions. The state government has plans to issue grants ranging from $1 million to $3.6 million to four companies that will be leading these efforts. Currently, companies have submitted more than 80 proposals seeking funding for their renewable energy and storage projects. The grants will be issued as part of the South Australian renewable energy fund, which has some $150 million available. Tesla has…

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Fuel cells are helping reinvent Japan’s energy structure

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Japan continues to turn to hydrogen to remake its future Japan is working to reinvent its energy structure. These efforts began in earnest following the devastating 2011 earthquake that struck the Fukushima Prefecture. The quake triggered a serious nuclear crisis, which led the Japanese government to shut down the majority of the country’s nuclear power facilities for a time. Now, Japan is working to embrace renewable energy, particularly hydrogen fuel cells, in order to become more self-sufficient and to combat the potential impact of climate change in the future. Clean…

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UCLA researchers develop new device that can produce hydrogen fuel

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New device uses solar energy to produce hydrogen A team of researchers from UCLA have developed a new device that is capable of producing and storing hydrogen fuel. The research team suggests that the device can be replicated at various different sizes, making it useful for small electronics as well as fuel cell vehicles. In the most extreme cases, the device could even be scaled-up to be used as a hydrogen storage system for large cities. The device is also environmentally friendly, as it uses solar energy to produce hydrogen…

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Shell to double its clean power investments

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Oil company to make more aggressive investments in renewable energy Oil giant Royal Dutch Shell has announced plans to increase its renewable energy investments. The company has been growing more focused on clean power in recent years and intends to divest from oil and fossil-fuels in the relatively near future. Shell has vowed to significantly reduce its carbon footprint by 2050, replacing much of its old energy capacity with clean power solutions. In order to accomplish this, Shell will be significantly increasing its investments in clean power. Investments will show…

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Australian Northern Territory announces new plans for renewable energy

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Territory aims to generate half of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030 Australia’s Northern Territory has announced plans to embrace renewable energy more aggressively. The government hopes to generate no less than 50% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. Notably, the government intends to provide grants to homeowners that make use of clean power. According to officials, these homeowners may be eligible for grants up to $750, which will help them install solar panels, battery systems, and various renewable energy solutions. Renewable energy will allow territory to move…

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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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Tesla keeps its promise to build battery system in 100 days or less

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Company has built a large-scale battery system in South Australia Tesla has followed through with its promise to build the world’s largest battery system in South Australia. The company has successfully completed the construction of a 100 megawatt battery facility. The new facility will be capable of supplying some 129 megawatt-hours of electrical power. Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk had promised the Australian government that the battery system would be completed within 100 days. Tesla was able to finish the project in less than two months. New battery system…

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Eco-savvy businesses focus on the right well-maintained environmental equipment

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High quality instruments make the difference to results and reputation. For businesses using environmental equipment, their successes rely on the quality of their instruments.  Regardless of whether they rent or own their instruments, they need to know that they can complete the job efficiently, accurately and on time. Environmental equipment must be well made, calibrated and up to date. If a business is going to make an investment of its time, energy and funds into a project, there is no arguing the importance of using the best possible equipment. Experienced…

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Wind energy has won more support in Turkey

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Turkish government plans to bring wind power investments up to $5 billion Turkey has announced an ambitious new plan to significantly increase its use of wind energy. The Turkish Wind Energy Association has revealed that the government intends to have some $5 billion in investments in wind power by the end of this year. On December 25, Turkey plans to launch a five-day-long tender, which seeks to support some 2,130 megawatts of wind projects. These projects will take form throughout the country and harness Turkey’s wind resources in order to…

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India launches new renewable energy initiative

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Country intends to reach 200 GW of installed clean power capacity by 2020 The Indian government has announced plans to show more support for renewable energy. The country intends to tender enough clean power projects over the next three years to reach its 200 gigawatt capacity goal by 2020. Initially, India’s plan was to have 175 gigawatts of clean power capacity in place by 2024. Now, however, the country believes that it can surpass this goal by embracing a range of new projects that generate electricity from the sun and…

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China announced new trade plan to support renewable energy

Renewable Energy Trade Plan

Trade plan aims to boost small and medium-sized clean power projects China’s National Energy Administration has announced that small and medium-sized renewable energy producers will now be able to sell their electricity directly to buyers. The direct sale of this electricity will mostly be seen in regions where energy demand is high and comprehensive transmission capacity exists. This is part of China’s overarching plan to have renewable energy play a much larger role in its future. The country is working to eventually phase out the use of fossil-fuels in order…

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