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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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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GM looks to make electric vehicles cheaper with new batteries

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Affordable batteries could lower the price of electric vehicles Automaker General Motors hopes to see profits from its electric vehicles largely because they are equipped with less expensive batteries. The company is currently working to develop batteries that are approximately one-third less expensive than the batteries it currently uses. These batteries are expected to be used to power the 20 new electric vehicles that GM plans to introduce by 2023. Clean vehicles are still fighting for a place in the market GM has been struggling to sell its clean vehicles…

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Daimler seeks to use hydrogen fuel cells to power data centers

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New partnership will study how fuel cell systems can be used to power data centers German automaker Daimler has announced new plans to research hydrogen fuel cells. The company has partnered with Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Power Innovations, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to study how fuel cells can be used to power data centers. The new project aims to develop prototype continuous power solutions that will serve as backup energy systems for data centers. Hydrogen fuel cells have been used for such purposes for the past several years. Fuel…

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Automakers seek to save tax credit that benefits electric vehicles

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Clean vehicle tax credit may be in jeopardy The auto industry has mobilized in the United States to combat a proposal that would put an end to a tax credit that supports electric vehicles. Currently, the tax credit provides as much as $7,500 to those interested in purchasing plug-in electric vehicles. The tax credit applies to the first 200,000 of these vehicles that are produced by automakers. After this limit is reached, the tax credit is phased out over time. Clean vehicles may not appeal to consumers without the tax…

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Solar energy sector faces new tariff recommendations

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International Trade Commission is recommending revised tariffs The U.S. International Trade Commission has issued new recommendations concerning applying trade tariffs on imported silicon-based solar cells and panels. One of the recommendations involved imposing a licensing fee on some solar energy equipment. This particular concept was first developed by the Solar Energy Industries Association. The new recommended tariffs coming from the International Trade Commission are somewhat more modest than the tariffs the organization had considered previously. New tariffs could help domestic companies become more competitive The commission is recommending that a…

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Fuel cell industry convention to be held in Long Beach this year

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Fuel Cell Seminar & Exposition will take place in Long Beach, California One of the largest hydrogen-centric conventions will be held in Long Beach, California, this year. The Fuel Cell Seminar & Exposition will be home to the largest display of fuel cell technology as well as the companies behind these energy systems. The event will highlight the significant progress that the fuel cell industry has made in recent years. The industry has managed to generate a great deal of momentum due to technological advances and a growing focus on…

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Toyota’s new batteries could make electric vehicles better

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Automaker is working to resolve issues with its new battery technology Japanese automaker Toyota is working to resolve issues with its new battery technology that it plans to release during the first half of 2020. The company believes that this technology could make electric vehicles much more affordable. Toyota has developed new solid-state batteries that have a high capacity for energy storage. The batteries are meant to replace their more conventional counterparts and could lead to a brighter future for electric vehicles. Battery life remains a problem for Toyota One…

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Clean vehicles to take center stage at Tokyo Motor Show

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Automakers plan to showcase their clean vehicles at upcoming event The famed Tokyo Motor Show has arrived and this year automakers are showcasing their clean vehicles. For years, automakers have been working to develop new technology that will allow vehicles to operate without producing harmful emissions. Only recently has this technology progressed enough to be considered viable and even competitive with internal combustion engines. This year, most of the world’s leading automakers plan to highlight the capabilities of clean vehicles and how such cars will be made more available in…

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Rooftop solar energy market set to reach new milestone by 2022

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Report predicts that rooftop solar market will reach $4.14 billion by 2022 The solar energy industry has been growing quickly in recent years, especially within the residential sector. Many homeowners are beginning to invest in solar panels as a way to generate their own electricity. A new report from Crystal Market Research shows that the rooftop solar market will reach new heights in the near future. According to the report, the rooftop solar market will be valued at approximately $4.14 billion by 2022. Solar panels are becoming more accessible to…

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Google to reach its 100% renewable energy goal by the end of this year

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Company is about to reach its most significant environmental milestone Google has announced that it will run entirely on renewable energy by the end of this year. The company has been carbon-neutral for the past decade. Over the past few years, Google has been working to reduce its use of fossil-fuels. In order to accomplish this, the company has invested very aggressively in clean forms of power, particularly solar and wind energy. These efforts are now set to pay off, as the company will no longer need to use fossil-fuels.…

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GM foresees and ambitious future for fuel cells

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GM is working to develop its promising SURUS platform Three of the world’s largest automakers – Honda, Hyundai, and Toyota – have all released fuel cell vehicles for consumers in the United States. Automaker General Motors has shown an interest in fuel cell technology, but has opted to not join these companies in mass producing a new car. Instead, General Motors is focusing on the potential future of fuel cell transportation. As such, the company has been working hard to develop its new Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure (SURUS) platform.…

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GM unveils plans for new electric vehicles

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Automaker announces plans to produce two new electric vehicles General Motors has announced plans to begin selling new electric vehicles within the next 18 months. The new vehicles are part of the automaker’s overarching clean transportation plan. By 2023, GM plans to have no less than 20 electric vehicles as part of its lineup. The automaker has shown significant interest in clean vehicles in recent years and is even working with other companies to develop new technology that will power these vehicles in the future. New vehicles may be powered…

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Toyota and Mazda team to launch a new company for clean vehicles

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Automakers have come together to form a new company Automakers throughout the world are beginning to invest very heavily in clean vehicles. These companies are finding that working together may be the key to success in the increasingly competitive clean transportation sector. As such, Toyota and Mazda have come together to launch a new company which will be responsible for developing the technology that will be used in future clean vehicles. Desno Corporation, a supplier of automotive technology, has joined the automakers in this endeavor. New company will be responsible…

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Volkswagen may be moving away from hydrogen fuel cells

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Automaker could be ditching fuel cells in favor of batteries German automaker Volkswagen may be starting to distance itself from hydrogen fuel cells. The company has long been ambivalent concerning these energy systems, preferring batteries that can power new vehicles. In recent years, the automaker had shown more interest in fuel cells, particularly through its Audi brand. This is changing, however, as Volkswagen begins to focus more of its attention on clean vehicles. Volkswagen has plans to embrace battery technology The automaker has not been shy with its criticisms regarding…

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ITC ruling could have an impact on the solar energy industry

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ITC finds that imported solar panels have been a problem for domestic companies A recent ruling from the International Trade Commission (ITC) could have a major impact on the solar energy industry in the United States. The organization is now suggesting that low-cost, imported solar panels, specifically from China, have caused problems for two domestic panel manufacturers. These companies are Suniva and SolarWind, which may have experienced some economic damage due to the influx of solar products that have been manufactured outside of the United States. Companies are having trouble…

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