Ford scales back its focus on hydrogen fuel cells

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Ford is slowing its plans concerning hydrogen fuel cells Many of the world’s leading automakers are placing a great deal of faith in hydrogen fuel cells, which they plan to use to power a new generation of clean vehicles. Ford, however, has announced that it will be scaling back its support of fuel cells. In 2013, the company formed an alliance with other automakers to develop new hydrogen fuel cells, planning to release a mass-market fuel cell vehicle by this year. Now, however, Ford has pushed back its plans to…

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Report highlights the promising future of distributed solar energy and storage

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Distributed solar energy is becoming more popular throughout the world A new report from Navigant Research predicts that the global market for the deployment of distributed solar energy and storage systems will expand in the coming years. The demand for solar power is on the rise throughout the world. As more consumers and businesses seek to make use of this form of clean power, the demand for energy storage solutions is on the rise as well. In the coming years, this global market is expected to see aggressive growth, creating…

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REC Solar begins production on its new solar panels

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Company has begun production on its TwinPeak 2 solar panels REC Solar, a company specializing in the manufacture of photovoltaic products, has become the largest solar manufacturer of solar panels in Europe. The company has now begun production on its new TwinPeak 2 solar panels, each of which can produce a maximum of 350 watts of electrical power. The new panels could further bolster the company’s position in the solar energy market, which is expanding at a rapid pace, especially in European countries that are showing a strong interest in…

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New hydrogen dispenser could signal a brighter future for fuel cell vehicles

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Shell works with BMW subsidiary to design new hydrogen dispenser BMW and Shell have worked together to develop  new hydrogen dispenser that is meant to make the fueling process more efficient for drivers of fuel cell vehicles. Shell commissioned Designworks, a BMW subsidiary, to design the new hydrogen dispenser. Designworks specializes in developing solutions for the transportation space. The new hydrogen dispenser aims to create a seamless experience for those fueling their fuel cell vehicles, which are expected to become more common in the coming years. Fuel cell vehicles could…

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AFC Energy seeks to expand use of hydrogen fuel cells in Germany

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Fuel cell developer begins engineering work at German facility AFC Energy, a leading developer of industrial hydrogen fuel cells, has announced that it is expanding its presence in the German market. The company has officially begun its engineering work at the Covestro Industrial Park, which is owned by Covestro Deutchland. AFC Energy is leading this engineering work, aiming to review the use of new technology and predict the costs associated with using hydrogen fuel cells. The company is currently installing one of its 1 megawatt alkaline fuel cells at the…

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Lexus may be setting its sights on hydrogen fuel cells

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Trademark filing hints at Lexus’ use of hydrogen fuel cells Luxury automaker Lexus may be on the verge of officially unveiling its hydrogen-powered concept vehicle. A new trademark filing in the United States suggests that the company may soon share more details concerning this vehicle, which may serve as a glimpse into future Lexus productions. The automaker has been showing an interest in hydrogen fuel cells for several years, but has only hinted at the possibility of releasing a fuel cell vehicle at some point in the future. Lexus has…

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Solar energy industry employs more people than the coal industry in the US

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Report shows that the solar energy industry is having a major economic impact The solar energy industry employs more people in the United States than the coal industry, according to a recent report from the Department of Energy. Currently, the federal government is planning to show strong support for fossil-fuels. President Trump intends to relax regulations on the oil and coal industries in order to generate economic growth and create new jobs. The issue, however, is that job creation may lie within the renewable energy sector, largely due to the…

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Apple to focus on renewable energy to fight climate change

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Report highlights Apple’s continued efforts to become environmentally friendly Apple has released its 2017 Environmental Responsibility Report, showcasing the moves that the company has made to become more sustainable. The report has established an ambitious goal for the company: To end the use of costly materials in the development of new products. Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of environment, policy, and social initiatives notes that the company intends to put an end to its mining operations. Apple will also focus more heavily on renewable energy in order to reduce its…

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Genesis showcases new concept car equipped with clean technology

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New concept car makes use of a fuel cell and battery system Hyundai’s luxury brand, Genesis, has showcased a new concept car at the New York Auto Show. The new vehicle is a full-sized SUV and equipped with a plug-in hydrogen fuel cell system. Called the GV80, the concept car is meant to highlight one of the directions that luxury brands are moving towards in terms of clean technology. Genesis is one of several companies that have showcased new fuel cell vehicles recently. Clean technology may have a promising future…

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Solar energy industry employs more than Apple, Google, and Facebook combined

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The solar energy industry is experiencing unprecedented growth The use of solar power throughout the world has accelerated over the past few years. This has led to impressive growth in the solar energy industry. The past nine years has seen a 30-fold increase in photovoltaic sales and now the industry employs a staggering amount of people. According to a new report from GTM Research, the annual global demand for photovoltaic products grew by more than 50% last year. This has contributed to a decline in cost of these products, making…

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Amazon taps Plug Power to provide more hydrogen fuel cells

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Amazon takes a 23% share in Plug Power and purchases more hydrogen fuel cells Plug Power, a leading developer of hydrogen fuel cells, has announced that retail giant Amazon will be making major changes to some of its fulfillment centers. In 11 of its fulfillment centers, Amazon plans to replace battery-powered forklifts with those equipped with hydrogen fuel cells. Moreover, Amazon has also secured a 23% share in Plug Power, making Amazon one of the largest shareholders in the company. According to Plug Power, Amazon will be spending approximately $70…

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Renewable energy still faces serious challenges

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Renewable energy is growing throughout the world, but it still faces many serious challenges that can prevent projects from taking form. Some of these challenges involve the difficulty associated with successfully commercializing clean technology, while price distortions also present a significant hurdle. Other challenges have to do with public outlook on renewable energy, with people in some countries failing to see the public benefit of cleaner forms of power, both economically and environmentally. Overcoming these challenges is vital to the successful future of renewable energy as a whole. Commercialization of…

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The powerful versatility of Humistore’s bentonite clay

Bentonite clay may seem like a relatively innocuous substance, but it is quite important in a variety of industries. For more than a decade, Humistore has produced and sold bentonite clay, and other products throughout the world. Based in France, the company has managed to establish a foothold in several markets, particularly those where the demand for bentonite is growing quickly. Humistore has managed to find success in these markets with its products. Bentonite is an absorbent aluminum phyllosilicate that is comprised primarily of montmorillonite. This substance comes in several…

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Daimler’s interest in hydrogen fuel cells is waning

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Automaker plans to move away from hydrogen fuel cells in favor of batteries German automaker Daimler believes that battery technology may be much more viable than hydrogen fuel cells when it comes to powering clean vehicles. Daimler believes that battery electrics already have an edge over fuel cell vehicles due to infrastructure support and their relatively lower cost. The potential of battery technology and how it can be used for the future of clean transportation is so promising that Daimler has chosen to abandon fuel cells moving forward. Batteries show…

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China set to become a major market for hydrogen fuel cells

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Ballard sees very promising opportunities for hydrogen fuel cells in the Chinese market Ballard Power Systems, a leading developer of hydrogen fuel cells, is making progress in eventually commercializing its fuel cell products. The company has made a strong entry into the Chinese market, where fuel cells are beginning to gain momentum. Last year, Ballard was chosen to provide fuel cell systems for the largest-ever deployment of hydrogen buses. China is now Ballard’s largest market, with the company expected to see 50% of its sales come from the country this…

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AFC Energy sets sights on commercialization of its hydrogen fuel cells

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Developer has major plans for successfully commercializing hydrogen fuel cells AFC Energy, a prominent developer of hydrogen fuel cells, has announced that it will begin its commercialization phase this year. Earlier this month, the company made its first commercial sale and now believes that it is in a prime position to continue its commercialization plans. Chairman Tim Yeo has high hopes for 2017, believing that this year AFC Energy will see major success with its ambitious initiatives. Support for fuel cells continues to grow Last year, hydrogen fuel cells began…

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