Solar energy may strike a blow against coal industry by 2040

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Inexpensive solar energy may prove to be a problem for the coal industry By 2040, inexpensive solar energy may deal a grievous blow to the coal industry, according to a new study from Bloomberg New Energy Finance. The study highlights the rapidly falling cost of solar power and its associated technologies. As prices continue to drop, it is becoming easier to embrace solar energy. Bloomberg predicts that solar power will actually be less expensive than coal in most parts of the world by 2021, which may trigger a major shift…

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System in a Box Has Got to Be Right

When you begin to introduce something like a modular process skid to your workforce, you have got to know just what you’re doing. Modular process skids can be very helpful for getting things done in a single place when you don’t need to have a lot of distinct parts moving in or out. But what are the different types of modular process skids you can have? Is this application correct for your project’s needs? How can you make sure your system in a box is the right thing for you?…

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Solar energy to power all of Tesla’s charging stations

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Tesla has plans to use solar energy to power all of its charging stations Tesla Motors has plans to disconnect all of its charging stations from established energy grids. The automaker is looking to power its charging stations with solar energy systems and batteries. Notably, Tesla has become heavily involved in the solar energy space; largely due to its recent acquisition of sister company SolarCity. Tesla has been adding solar energy systems to its charging stations for several years, but now the company has committed much of its focus to…

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Fuel cell trucks to benefit from new partnership in California

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Partnership aims to provide economic assessment of fuel cell trucks Ricardo Strategic Consulting has announced that it will be collaborating with the California Fuel Cell Partnership in order to promote the use of fuel cell trucks. Through the collaboration, Ricardo Strategic Consulting will be providing the organization with economic modeling tools, which will help assess the costs associated with the ownership of fuel cell trucks. These modeling tools will also help assess the cost of developing new hydrogen stations that would be needed to support the commercial use of fuel…

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Toyota and Tesla end clean transportation collaboration

Clean Transportation Collaboration Ended

Toyota divests from Tesla in order to focus on its own clean transportation plans Toyota has announced that it has fully divested from Tesla Motors, marking the end of the collaboration between the two companies. The Japanese company was one of the first investors into Tesla and has worked with the American company for some time. The collaboration was meant to produce new technologies that could be used to make vehicles more efficient and environmentally friendly. The technical partnership ended, however, after the production of Toyota’s 2014 RAV4 electric vehicle.…

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Honda opens new charging station for electric vehicles in Europe

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New charging station will support electric vehicles in Germany Japanese automaker Honda has opened Europe’s most advanced charging station for electric vehicles. The company has built the new charging station in the parking lot of its European Research and Development Center, which is in Germany. The charging station is equipped with advanced technology and is capable of charging four electric vehicles at the same time. The station is only one step in Honda’s overarching effort to provide better support with clean vehicles and the company plans to integrate hydrogen fuel…

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Russia seeks to develop 1.9 GW of wind energy capacity

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Russia holds auction to support the development of wind energy projects Russia is looking to build up its wind energy capacity by auctioning off projects. The latest auction is the largest that the country has ever held to expand its renewable energy resources and will occur in two phases. The first phase of the auction began on May 29. The next phase is set to begin on June 9 of this year. Russia’s NP Market Council expects that the results of the auction will be revealed at the end of…

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Solar energy industry in the US is experiencing strong growth

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Solar energy industry has adding jobs faster than the US economy is growing The solar energy industry is having a major impact on employment in the United States. According to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency, solar jobs are growing 17 faster than the country’s economy. The report draws upon data from the Solar Foundation. The solar energy industry now has significant economic potential and will likely continue to experience growth despite potential changes to federal energy policies. More than 260,000 people now work in the solar…

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Japanese companies come together in support of hydrogen fuel

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Partnership of companies intends to establish a working hydrogen fuel infrastructure Several Japanese companies have come together in order to develop a large-scale hydrogen fuel infrastructure. These companies intend to support the launch of fuel cell vehicles, which all of Japan’s major automakers intend to produce in the coming years. Beyond transportation, hydrogen fuel is set to play a major role in Japan’s future, as the country intends to establish a kind of hydrogen society. As such, the country aims to produce a significant portion of its electrical power from…

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US officials to investigate tariffs on imported solar energy products

Solar Energy Tarrif

Petition calls for safeguards to be placed for the sake of the US solar energy market The United States government is considering imposing tariffs on solar panels that are imported into the country. The International Trade Commission has announced that it has launched an investigation concerning the matter. The investigation is in response to a petition filed by Suniva, a solar manufacturer that has declared bankruptcy. The company suggests that China is responsible for flooding the U.S. market with photovoltaic products. This has caused the price of such products to…

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South Korea continues to show support for hydrogen fuel cells with new power plant

Hydrogen Fuel Cells Support from South Korea

Construction on new power plant has been completed by Doosan The Doosan Corporation has completed construction on South Korea’s largest fuel cell power plant. According to Doosan, construction on the power plant cost approximately $36 million. The new power plant will be equipped with hydrogen fuel cells in order to generate electrical power for various purposes. Doosan notes that the new power plant will allow it to respond to market demands concerning hydrogen fuel cells and the clean power they can produce at any given moment. Hydrogen fuel cells continue…

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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

Hydrogen Fuel Cells in Germany - German Flag

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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