Ballard signs $25 million deal to bring hydrogen fuel cells to China

Hydrogen Fuel Cells Deal

Ballard and Zhongshan will be working together to promote hydrogen fuel cells Ballard Power Systems, a leading developer of hydrogen fuel cells, has announced that it has signed an agreement with China’s Zhongshan Broad-Ocean Motor Co. Per the agreement; Ballard has sold production rights for its fuel cell modules to the company. Zhongshan will be able to manufacture and sell Ballard’s fuel cell modules in three Chinese regions, including Shanghai. This may represent yet another step forward for Ballard’s continued efforts to commercialize hydrogen fuel cells and establish a strong…

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Toyota issues recall for its Mirai due to software glicth

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Mirai suffers from a software glitch that could cause some problems for drivers Toyota has issued a recall of 2,843 units of its Mirai. The Mirai is the first time Toyota has used a hydrogen fuel cell to power a customer vehicle. The automaker has found some modest success with the new car and has been demonstrating the capabilities of the Mirai in many prominent markets. Some had expressed concern over the Mirai’s use of hydrogen fuel, largely due to the volatility of hydrogen itself, but the recall has little…

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Fuel cell industry sees promise in Connecticut

Fuel Cell Industry - Renewable Energy

State could bring more momentum to the fuel cell industry The fuel cell industry may find much more support in Connecticut in the coming years. The state has already shown favor for fuel cells in the past, but a growing number of government officials are beginning to praise fuel cells and their ability to generate electrical power. The Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology notes that hydrogen fuel cells are reliable energy systems. When electricity is needed, fuel cells can provide this power immediately, unlike the intermittent nature of solar panels…

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Honda and Hitachi will work together to support electric vehicles

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Honda teams with Hitachi to launch a new joint venture this year Japanese automaker Honda will be working with Hitachi’s auto parts subsidiary in order to launch a new joint venture. The venture will be responsible for developing small motors for new electric vehicles. Honda and Hitachi believe that the new venture will be able to establish a strong foothold in the increasingly competitive clean transportation sector. The endeavor represents yet another step in Honda’s ongoing efforts to produce high quality electric vehicles that appeal to consumers and businesses alike….

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Electric vehicles could come to dominate the transportation market sooner than expected

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Clean vehicles are gaining ground very quickly Electric vehicles may take over the transportation space sooner than expected. In the United States, transportation has traditionally accounted for the majority of emissions produced within the country, surpassing the energy sector despite the country’s massive consumption of electrical power. According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), however, this is no longer the case. The EIA has reported that in 2016, the energy sector surpassed transportation in terms of emissions production, highlighting the rising impact of clean vehicles in the sector. Transportation emissions…

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Dong Energy to abandon coal in favor of renewable energy

renewable energy - Coal

Dong will be moving away from coal in the near future Dong Energy, a Danish energy company, has announced that it will be divesting in coal in the near future. The company has begun to focus intensely on renewable energy and has established itself as the largest wind power producer in Europe. In October of last year, Dong announced that it would withdraw from the oil and gas sectors, showing greater favor for clean power. According to CEO Henrik Poulsen, renewable energy is the future and now is the time…

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Consumer need may dictate the future of fuel cells in the transportation space

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ETI analysis highlights consumer needs Automakers may need to develop a greater understanding of consumer needs, according to the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI). Vehicles are becoming more environmentally friendly, with some producing no emissions at all. ETI expects that clean vehicles, particularly those powered by fuel cells, are unlikely to see any significant growth in market share in the short-term. As these vehicles become more efficient and less expensive, however, their long-term impact on the transportation market could be significant. Fuel cells may become commonplace in transportation beyond 2050 ETI…

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Honda and GM will expand collaboration on fuel cell vehicles

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles - GM and Honda

Automakers have big plans for fuel cell vehicles Automakers Honda and General Motors are preparing to expand their collaboration on fuel cell development. The two companies have been working with one another to improve these energy systems, making them more efficient and less expensive. Honda and GM have plans to launch their own fuel cell vehicles, with Honda likely to do so in the very near future. In working together, both companies have managed to make significant improvements to the fuel cell technology they are using. Collaboration could help fuel…

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New system combines rainwater with renewable energy to produce hydrogen fuel

Hydrogen Fuel Production - Clean Power Solutions Van

Clean Power Solutions develops innovative hydrogen fuel production system The United Kingdom’s Clean Power Solutions has developed a new system that can reliably produce hydrogen fuel. The new system is designed to be used to generate fuel on site, which could help some organizations overcome challenges associated with operating a fleet of fuel cell vehicles. These vehicles are becoming increasingly popular, especially in the materials handling space. More companies throughout the world are investing in fuel cell vehicles as a way to become more environmentally friendly and comply with increasingly…

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Large companies come together to launch the Hydrogen Council

Hydrogen Council - Companies Come Together

Hydrogen Council seeks to help expand the use of hydrogen fuel cells Several leading automotive, energy, and engineering firms have come together to established the “Hydrogen Council.” The council was announced alongside the World Economic Forum’s Davos Summit and aims to establish hydrogen fuel as a tool that can be used to ease the transition away from fossil-fuels toward cleaner forms of power. BMW, Shell, Total, and Toyota are among the companies that have involved themselves in the new Hydrogen Council. Companies expected to accelerate their investments in the hydrogen…

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Clean transportation market is heating up

Clean Transportation Market Heating up

Automakers are feeling more pressure to embrace clean transportation Competition in the clean transportation space is heating up. A growing number of automakers are beginning to move away from conventional vehicles in order to make cleaner alternatives. Many companies have been developing hybrid vehicles for some time, but they are beginning to show more favor for all-electric cars. This shift is being powered by stricter emissions regulations in popular markets throughout Europe and in the United States and China. Electric vehicles are expected to become more common In the U.S.,…

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Ballard reaches major milestone with its fuel cell systems

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Ballard helps power more than 10 kilometers of travel Ballard Power Systems, a leading developer of fuel cells, has become the first company to power buses for more than 10 million cumulative kilometers. This represents a major milestone for the fuel cell industry, which has become heavily involved in public transportation. This was achieved through the use of seven generations of Ballard’s fuel cell systems, which have been used in buses in 15 countries throughout the world over the past 10 years. Fuel cell systems are being used to power…

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Sunflare develops flexible solar panels

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Flexible solar panels can, potentially, be installed on any surface Sunflare, a company based in California, has developed a new, flexible solar panel that it believes will become a major asset for those interested in solar energy. Following years or research and development, the company has produced a copper indium gallium selenide solar panel. The new solar panel can be installed on virtually any surface due to its flexibility, which may make it quite attractive to homeowners and businesses interested in becoming more environmentally friendly. Cost of solar energy continues…

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Fuel cell industry shows promise for growth, despite several challenges

Fuel Cell Industry Growth

Fuel cell companies in Connecticut could have a bright future regardless of setbacks they face Connecticut is home to many of the largest and most successful fuel cell developers in the United States and Joel Rinebold, chairman of the Northeast Electrochemical Energy Storage Cluster, believes that fuel cell industry in the state can experience strong growth despite recent setbacks. While fuel cell companies have had a generally favorable 2016, the fuel cell industry has encountered its fair share of challenges over the past year. Regardless of these issues, however, the…

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Hyundai to update its fuel cell vehicle to be 30% more efficient

Hyundai ix35 hydrogen fuel car

New clean vehicle model expected to be launched in 2018 South Korean automaker Hyundai is preparing to release another clean vehicle equipped with a hydrogen fuel cell, but it may not be available until early 2018. The company already has a fuel cell vehicle available, called the ix35, and it began delivering the first of these new cars to the United States in June of 2014. Since then, other major automakers have released their own fuel cell vehicles, some finding modest success with their offerings. Hyundai’s new vehicle, however, could…

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Loan will help Plug Power deliver more of its hydrogen fuel cells

Plug Power - Hydrogen Fuel Cells

Green Bank provides Plug Power with $25 million loan The New York Green Bank has announced that it will be lending $25 million to Plug Power in order to help the company expand the use of its hydrogen fuel cells in the materials handling space. Several large companies, such as Wal-Mart and Home Depot, have begun to use fuel cells to power their forklift trucks operating at their distribution centers. These energy systems have gained popularity because of their highly efficient nature and their ability to generate electrical power without…

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