New hydropower storage project to be built in Canada

Hydropower Storage Project - Hydropower station

The site for the proposed pump hydropower project is near a retired open pit coal mine. Alberta may soon be home to a pump hydropower storage project, which will be the first of its kind in the province. Called the Canyon Creek Pumped Hydro Energy Storage Project, the project has received regulatory approval and the plan is to build it next to the decommissioned Obed Mountain open pit thermal coal mine. Canyon Creek will be able to utilize existing infrastructure to help reduce new environmental disturbances. The Obed Mountain coal…

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Teesside takes another step forward in becoming a UK hydrogen “powerhouse”

UK Hydrogen in Teesside -Transporter Bridge in Middlesbrough - Teesside - England

Teesside makes a bid for hydrogen super fleet. The UK hydrogen industry has received more support in Teesside. The conurbation in the north east of England has made a £220,000 ($282,200) bid in support of a major “super-fuel” vehicle fleet plan that could see cars, buses, trains and bin lorries powered by hydrogen fuel in the region, reported Teesside Live. Bringing the plan to fruition could create 1,000 jobs. The hydrogen fuel vehicle (HFV) fleet is part of a broader campaign to make Teesside a UK hydrogen “powerhouse”. The recent…

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Hydrogen technology to be used to produce monoethylene glycol from coal

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Honeywell UOP PSA technology to be applied in a Chinese MEG chemical plant. Hubei Sanning Chemical Industry Co., Ltd, a China-based manufacturer of agricultural chemical products, will be using Honeywell UOP’s hydrogen technology to produce monoethylene glycol (MEG) from coal. This is the first time this tech will be used in a MEG chemical plant in China. The Hubei Sanning chemical plant at Zhijiang in China’s Hubei province, will be the first MEG plant in China to use the innovative hydrogen technology. More specifically, Honeywell UOP’s Polybed Pressure Swing Adsorption…

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Portable recycling machine could help deal with the plastic waste problem

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A DIY recycling machine is small enough to travel in the back of a ute. A group of engineering students from one of Australia’s leading universities, Monash University, have created a portable recycling machine that can breakdown plastic bottles, bags, trays and containers and convert them into anything that can be made in a mold. The machine is small enough that it can fit on the back of a utility vehicle, commonly called a ute in Australia. The students took on the challenge to create the machine as part of…

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Iceland to begin hydrogen fuel production at geothermal power plant

Hydrogen Fuel Production - Geothermal Power Plant in Iceland

ON Power has announced it will start its experimental production of hydrogen. The Icelandic geothermal power utility is set to start hydrogen fuel production later this month near its Hellisheidi geothermal power plant in Southwest Iceland, which is located close to the country`s capital, Reykjavik. The hydrogen station is part of a bigger European research project. Along with two other Icelandic companies – Orkan and Icelandic New Energy – ON Power is participating in a European hydrogen research project. As part of its participation, it has purchased an electrolyte, which…

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European renewable energy sector expected to thrive despite erratic weather

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Researchers have analyzed how long-term weather patterns might affect renewable power tech across Europe. Researchers from the United Kingdom, Ireland and Switzerland have examined how unpredictable weather might impact European renewable energy technologies, including wind and solar energy. The researchers used 30 years of meteorological data. The scientists, whose research was published in the journal Joule, analyzed and further modelled the impact of European renewable energy on Europe’s electricity sector until the year 2030. What they discovered was that in spite of the unpredictable nature of solar and wind energy,…

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Coaches on Indian Railways are to be powered by solar energy

Solar Energy - Train in India

The national transporter will reportedly be retrofitting its trains with flexible solar panels. Solar energy is coming to Indian Railways passenger trains. Earlier this week, India’s national transporter revealed the first non-AC coaches retrofitted with flexible solar photovoltaic (PV) panels. The solar PV panels power the coaches’ comforts. The solar energy panels that have been installed on the roofs of the coaches, power lights, fans and mobile charging points. The solar panels were developed by the Indian Railway Organization for Alternate Fuels (IROAF), and most of the panels have been…

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UK wind energy capacity to almost double in the next decade

UK Wind Energy - Wind Turbines in Field

The UK government’s support for the nations wind power sector will dramatically boost this renewable in the country. With the government recently confirming its support for more UK wind energy projects, this renewable power source is expected to nearly double in size within the next decade. More specifically, under government energy plans, between one-fifth and one-third of the UK’s power is set to be produced by offshore wind turbines by 2030, reported Oilprice.com. Auctions are to be held every two years to continue building offshore wind energy projects. Contract auctions…

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Aberdeen hydrogen energy storage facility to offer free tours to generate public interest

Free tours of the hydrogen refueling station will take place in September. The Aberdeen City Hydrogen Energy Storage (ACHES) facility will be hosting a series of free tours for the general public in September. The tours are for members of the general public who are interested in hydrogen fuel vehicles as a low carbon transport. ACHES is the second hydrogen refueling station in the Scottish city. Located on Langdykes Road in Cove, the Aberdeen City Hydrogen Energy Storage facility is a crucial part of the city’s investment in hydrogen technology.…

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First PtG energy storage facility in North America is now operational

PtG Energy Storage - Enbridge gas meters

North America’s first major energy storage facility using hydrogen is open in Canada. The announcement regarding the opening of the PtG energy storage plant was made by Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc. and Hydrogenics Corporation. The two Canada-based companies jointly own and operate the facility, which is located in Markham, Ontario, Canada. The facility is expected to lower costs for Ontario consumers. Both Asia and Europe have already deployed power-to-gas (PtG) energy storage projects, but this is the first large scale PtG energy storage project of its kind in North America.…

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Novel carbon-neutral fuel from Iceland to be mixed with petrol for UK cars

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The Icelandic fuel is generated using a renewable power source. The carbon neutral fuel is methanol created by Icelandic-based Carbon Recycling International (CRI). It is produced using renewable geothermal energy, powered by a nearby volcano. For the first time in the UK, methanol will come from a full renewable source. Although methanol combined with petrol isn’t exactly new in the UK, what makes CRI’s methanol unique is that it is produced entirely from renewables and it is not biofuel. This helps to eliminate the concerns of biomass critics who feel…

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The Automobile Association develops first mobile EV fast charger in Europe.

Mobile EV fast charger - Tesla EV at charging station

This new technology can help prevent electric car drivers from becoming stranded. Ireland’s Automobile Association (AA) has developed a mobile EV fast charger to help combat “range anxiety.” This is a form of anxiety commonly experienced by electrical vehicle (EV) drivers who worry that their car battery will run out of power before they reach their destination or the next charging point. Stranded drivers can be given a boost with the new mobile fast charger. The first of its kind in Europe, the mobile EV fast charger is basically the…

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Tokyo 2020 sets high carbon-free renewable energy goals

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The next Olympic Games host city is focusing on green technology and sustainability. The Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games is making every effort to reduce carbon emissions during the preparation for the Tokyo 2020 Games and when they take place. The Committee has a bold sustainability operation plan. Back in June, the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee announced its plans to use as many renewable power sources as possible during the Games. The plan was created with the intention of contributing to the United Nations’ 17 sustainable…

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Poland explores possibility of hydrogen fuel trains

Hydrogen fuel train - Railway and train in Poland

Polish companies are betting on hydrogen as the fuel of the future. Hydrogen fuel trains could be coming to Poland in the future. JSW, a Polish coal mining company, and PKP Cargo, a national rail freight operator, are working together to research, analyze and potentially produce new types of shunting locomotives and freight wagons powered by hydrogen fuel, reported the International Railway Journal. The companies want to invest in projects involving the commercial use of hydrogen fuel. The main goal is to workout innovative solutions involving the commercial operation of…

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Fossil-free hydrogen gas plant receives support from Sweden Energy Agency

Fossil-free hydrogen gas plant to be built in Sweden - Swedish flag

The planned alternative fuel plant is expected to be Europe`s biggest. Swedish power company Vattenfall and Swedish petroleum corporation Preem are moving ahead with their plans to build a fossil-free hydrogen gas plant in Gothenburg, one of Sweden`s major cities. Once built, the plant is expected to have a capacity of 18 megawatts, which will make it the largest in Europe. The Swedish Energy Agency will fund half the cost for the preliminary planning of the plant. Through Industriklivet (Industrial Evolution), the Swedish Energy Agency will contribute half the cost…

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UK solar power briefly overtakes gas as top energy source

UK solar energy - Solar Panels - Blue Sky

The heatwave in Britain has broken multiple solar energy-generation records. UK solar energy made headlines this past weekend when the nation’s solar power briefly overtook gas power stations as the United Kingdom’s top energy source. Last week, solar broke the record for weekly output in the UK. Although UK solar energy installations have “virtually flatlined” over the past year, according to a report from The Guardian, a week of mostly cloudless days has contributed to a series of record-breaking highs for this renewable form of power generation. According to Sheffield…

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