Toyota Mirai is coming to Canada

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Mirai will begin being sold in Quebec this year Japanese automaker Toyota has announced that it will be bringing its fuel cell vehicle, the Mirai, to Canada. The company made the announcement at the Montreal Auto Show, where Toyota noted that fleet sales will begin in Quebec. The province has been chosen as a market for the Mirai due to its strong focus on clean transportation. It is the first Canadian province to introduce a zero emission vehicle mandate, which will go into effect this year. Quebec to use clean…

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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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State awards $8 million for the development of new hydrogen fuel stations

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First Element Fuel will be developing new hydrogen fuel stations in California The California Energy Commission has awarded some $8 million to First Element Fuel. The funding comes from the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, which aims to help promote clean transportation throughout California. With this funding, First Element Fuel will work to develop new hydrogen fuel stations in Redwood City, Studio City, Beverly Hills, and Mission Hills. These cities are likely to become popular markets for fuel cell vehicles, which currently lack comprehensive infrastructure support. California…

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Startup brings a hydrogen fuel powered bike to France

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New bike operates completely on hydrogen fuel A new startup in France called Pragma Industries has begun offering hydrogen-powered bikes in some municipalities. The company has a history of developing fuel cells for military use, but is seeking to make use of its expertise in new sectors. The company suggests that it is the first to begin commercial production on a hydrogen-powered bike, though it is not the first company to actually develop such a bike. Bike is too costly for most consumers to afford Currently, the new bike is…

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Fuel cell industry faces challenges but could have a promising future

The fuel cell industry is growing despite the challenges it faces The global fuel cell industry experienced healthy growth in 2017, but it still faces significant challenges in the years to come. E4tech, a sustainable energy consultancy firm, estimates that the industry shipped some 670 megawatts worth of fuel cells last year. This is a 30% increase over the capacity that was shipped in 2016. In 2018, this capacity may reach approximately 1,000 megawatts. Despite this promising growth, fuel cells account for an extremely small percentage of all renewable energy…

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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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Demand for hydrogen fuel cells is on the rise in China

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Chinese fuel cell market is growing quickly China’s fuel cell industry is showing healthy signs of growth. These energy systems have managed to attract a great deal of attention due to their performance capabilities and the growing need for renewable power. In 2017, fuel cells found the majority of their growth, with several new fuel cell systems and hydrogen-powered vehicles coming to the country. The growing demand for hydrogen fuel cells has proven beneficial for companies like Ballard Power Systems, which has established a foothold in the Chinese market. Falling…

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South Korea looks to produce environmentally friendly hydrogen fuel

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Government agency is investing in clean hydrogen The South Korean Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries is working to produce environmentally friendly hydrogen fuel. The government agency has announced that it will be investing some $11 million over the next three years to commercially produce hydrogen. The agency intends to make use of a microbe called NA1, which will act as a catalyst to produce hydrogen from carbon monoxide and seawater. The microbe will be put to work at a demonstration facility that is expected to begin hydrogen production at some…

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AFC Energy aims to increase the life of hydrogen fuel cells

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Partnership is working to improve fuel cells while reducing their cost AFC Energy, a leading developer of hydrogen fuel cells, believes that its partnership with De Nora, a manufacturer of electrolyzers and other such technologies, will help drive down the cost of hydrogen power. In October of last year, AFC Energy suggested that the electricity generated from its fuel cells could eventually reach less than 10 cents per kilowatt-hour. Moreover, AFC Energy is poised to increase the lifetime of its fuel cells through the use of improved electrodes. New electrode…

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Mobile phone towers double as green energy stations

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The fuel cells convert excess electricity from the solar panels and wind turbines into hydrogen that is stored on-site. This way, they cut out fuel used to transport the stored energy to these remote areas. The hydrogen fuel is stored in a tank and delivered to the fuel cells to generate electricity when needed, for instance when there’s not enough wind or solar power.

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Researchers develop new algae-powered fuel cell system

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New system is five times more efficient than other plant-based solutions Researchers from Cambridge University have developed a new fuel cell that is powered by algae. According to the research team, the fuel cell is five times more efficient than similar plant-based systems that are currently in use. This particular fuel cell does not use hydrogen to generate electrical power, but it does leverage the energy provided by the sun. Algae-powered fuel cells are quickly becoming popular due to their efficiency and use of renewable energy. New system uses algae…

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Partnership seeks to develop new hydrogen fuel production project in the Netherlands

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New project aims to leverage renewable energy to produce hydrogen AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals and Gasuine New Energy have partnered to investigate a new way to produce hydrogen fuel. The two companies have significant experience in the chemical and gas fields and have taken a significant interest in clean power. The companies are eager to discover the potential of a large-scale water electrolysis plant that will be powered by renewable energy. This clean power would then be used to produce hydrogen fuel that would later be used to generate yet more…

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Kenworth showcases its new truck powered by hydrogen fuel

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New T680 is equipped with its own hydrogen fuel cell system Kenworth, a company that specializes in developing new commercial trucks, has revealed its latest truck at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. The new truck is a T680 day cab that is equipped with a hydrogen fuel cell system. This will allow the truck to operate using electricity and produce no harmful emissions. The truck is part of a project that Kenworth first announced in May of last year. The project involves the development and promotion of…

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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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Automaker has revealed the name of its new fuel cell vehicle

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Automaker has revealed the name of its new fuel cell vehicle Hyundai has revealed the name of its next fuel cell vehicle. Called NEXO, the new car represents the automaker’s progress in embracing clean transportation. NEXO will be equipped with advanced fuel cell technology as well as several other improvements. Hyundai will make NEXO its flagship clean vehicle, highlighting the company’s ongoing plan to become more environmentally friendly and embrace clean energy. Hyundai plans to release no fewer than 18 clean vehicles by 2025. Hyundai believes that hydrogen fuel is…

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Hydrogen fuel production project is gaining momentum in Orkney

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Project seeks to use clean power to generate hydrogen fuel A new hydrogen fuel production project is taking place in Orkney, a small archipelago north of Scotland. The islands have a great need for effective energy storage and hydrogen may be able to serve this purpose. Orkney is home to considerably wind and tidal resources that can be used to produce electrical power. Hydrogen could serve as a form of chemical storage, allowing excess electrical power to be saved for when it is needed most. Hydrogen could be used as…

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