South Australia plans to build a new concentrated solar energy system

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Government awards contract for new energy system to SolarReserve The South Australia government has awarded a contract for a new solar energy system to SolarReserve. Per the contract, the company will be responsible for the development of a 150 megawatt solar thermal power plant that will be built near Port Augusta. The project will take advantage of concentrated sunlight in order to generate heat and electrical power. The new solar energy system could help resolve some of South Australia’s problems with reliable power. State continues to support clean energy in…

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New geothermal energy system could take form in Scotland

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Plans to develop a new geothermal system are advancing in Scotland Plans to develop a new geothermal energy project in Glasgow, Scotland, may become reality next month. The United Kingdom Geoenergy Observatories Project is looking to build Glasgow’s Geothermal Energy Research Field. The new system would help gather information on the viability of geothermal power. This form of energy has begun to gain more attention in the United Kingdom in recent years. This is largely due to the country’s overarching interest in clean energy. Scotland may become a leader in…

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India installs more solar energy capacity in first half of 2017 than it did in all of 2016

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Solar energy continues to experience dramatic growth India’s solar energy capacity is growing more quickly than expected. During the first half of this year, the country installed some 4,765 megawatts of new solar capacity. By comparison, approximately 4,313 megawatts of solar capacity was installed throughout the whole of 2016. The country has begun investing aggressively in solar energy in order to combat climate change and take advantage of emerging economic opportunities. This has led to a significant increase in India’s solar capacity. Large-scale projects account for majority of newly installed…

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Australia to develop new large-scale hydrogen fuel station

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Project seeks to develop a new hydrogen station A new project in Australia aims to build one of the country’s first hydrogen fuel stations. The project is a collaboration between the Moreland City Council and H2U, a hydrogen utility company. Support for the government is also coming from the Victorian Government, which is committing $1 million to the initiative. The new hydrogen fuel station will provide services to those with fuel cell vehicles. It is also expected to create up to 15 ongoing jobs and 100 indirect jobs. Australian government…

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Ikea to begin offering solar energy products in the UK

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Ikea is bringing solar panels to its UK stores Retail giant Ikea has plans to break into the solar energy market. The company has announced that it will begin selling solar panels and energy storage systems at its stores in the United Kingdom. These products will be sold alongside similar solutions provided by Solarcentury, a solar energy company based in the UK. Ikea is the latest in several retailers that have begun to offer solar panels and related services. These retailers are benefitting from the growing demand for clean energy,…

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Companies aim to expand Germany’s hydrogen infrastructure

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Daimler, Shell, and Linde are building two new hydrogen stations Daimler, Shell, and the Linde Group have commissioned two new hydrogen stations that will be built in Germany. The companies have been working together to develop a comprehensive hydrogen infrastructure throughout Germany and have made significant progress in this endeavor. Germany is currently home to one of the most extensive hydrogen networks in Europe and has become a very attractive home for clean vehicles, particularly those that use hydrogen to operate. New stations will  help expand Germany’s hydrogen infrastructure Daimler…

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Climate change could become a serious threat by end of century

Climate Change a serous threat

New study shows only a small chance to accomplish one of the goals of the Paris Agreement The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a scientific and intergovernmental organization formed by the United Nations, has released its latest assessment on climate change. The new study from the organization highlights a major challenge that faces the Paris Agreement. According to the study, the world has only a 5% chance to avoid temperature increases of 2 degrees Celsius by the end of this century. This could have serious implications for the future,…

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New project aims to make fuel cells using 3D printing

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European Commission shows support for innovative new project The European Commission has backed a new project that could lead to the mass production of low emissions solid oxide fuel cells in the future. The Cell3Ditor project is developing a hybrid inkjet/SLA ceramic 3D printer. This could be used to produce fuel cell systems that can then be used to generate electrical power. The 3D printer would serve as an alternative to conventional manufacturing methods, which are heavily reliant on fossil-fuels. Project will receive support for the next three and a…

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Wind energy could have a promising future in the UK

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Falling cost of wind turbines could encourage UK government to show more support for clean power The cost of wind energy is dropping quickly, which is creating more pressure on the United Kingdom government to rethink its support of clean power. According to consultancy firm Arup, onshore wind energy systems can be developed in the UK for the same price as new gas systems. Onshore wind farms are also approximately half as expensive as some nuclear power plants. Arup suggests that the technology used in the wind energy sector has…

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Floating wind energy system is taking form in Scotland

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Hywind project aims to provide wind energy to Scotland The world’s first floating wind energy system is taking form in Scotland. Called Hywind, the wind farm is meant to harvest electrical power in waters that are too deep for conventional offshore turbines. This may allow the wind farm to take advantage of stronger wind currents, allowing it to generate more electricity and funnel this power back to the mainland. The project could herald a new era for the wind energy space, where turbine technology is advancing at an accelerated rate.…

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Scotland sets another wind energy record

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Wind energy continues to reach new heights in Scotland Scotland has set yet another record with its wind energy production. Within the United Kingdom, Scotland has established itself as a primary wind energy market The Scottish government has invested heavily in wind power in recent years, setting several production records. Over the past six months, wind energy has reached a new milestone in Scotland, further solidifying its role as a thriving wind market. More than 1 million MW-h of electricity produced in the first six months of 2017 During the…

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New street sweeper powered by hydrogen fuel launched in the Netherlands

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Street sweeper equipped with hydrogen fuel cell is now operating in the town of Hoogezand A new street sweeper has been launched in the town of Hoogezand in the Netherlands. This one, however, is quite different than other street sweepers. The new vehicle comes from Dutch firm Holthausen and Finnish manufacturer Visedo. The companies have developed the street sweeper to operate using hydrogen fuel. This could be a sign that fuel cells are breaking into yet another sector where vehicles are used quite heavily. Fuel cell allows the street sweeper…

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Drivers are ready to embrace electric vehicles

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Survey shows that more drivers are prepared to purchase electric vehicles in the next five years Drivers are prepared to purchase more electric vehicles in the near future, according to a new survey from Dalia Research. The survey draws information from some 43,000 people in 52 different countries. The majority of these respondents noted that they have a strong interest in electric vehicles, which is good news for the clean transportation sector. This may also encourage automakers to focus more heavily on developing clean vehicles in order to take advantage…

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Collaboration could secure the future of wind energy in Europe

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European countries will have to work together to expand wind energy capacity Europe may be able to make better use of its wind resources by spreading out its wind energy capacity rather than developing this capacity in a localized area. Climate researchers from ETH Zurich and Imperial College London suggest that this is the case. By spreading out capacity, European countries may be able to combat the intermittency problem that wind energy has experienced since its inception. In order to successfully expand capacity, however, these countries will have to work…

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Hyundai moves ahead with its plans for fuel cell vehicles

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Automaker to unveil its new production fuel cell vehicles in August South Korean automaker Hyundai has announced that it will officially unveil the production model of its new fuel cell vehicle in August of this year. The new vehicle represents Hyundai’s ongoing efforts to produce clean vehicles and establish a presence in the growing clean transportation market. Fuel cell vehicles are still somewhat rare, but Hyundai aims to change this in the coming years by offering new vehicles equipped with fuel cell systems. Fuel cells continue to gain momentum in…

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ITM Power to provide Honda with hydrogen fuel

Hydrogen Fuel Cells - Honda Logo

Company signs contract with Honda to provide hydrogen fuel ITM Power, a leading developer of hydrogen fuel cells, has announced that it has signed a new contract with Honda’s United Kingdom subsidiary. Per the contract, ITM Power will be providing Honda with hydrogen fuel. Automakers like Honda are interested in securing a reliable supply of hydrogen in order to secure the future success of fuel cell vehicles. These vehicles are still somewhat uncommon, but Honda plans to launch its new fuel cell vehicle in the near future. United Kingdom’s hydrogen…

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