Germany to convert large coal mine into a new energy storage system

Energy Storage - Inside a Coal Mine

New project aims to change an old coal mine into an efficient energy storage solution Germany has launched an ambitious new project that involved converting an old coal mine into a large-scale battery storage system. The Prosper-Haniel coal mine is the subject of the project. The mine was built in 1863 and produces approximately 3 million tons of coal every year. It is one of the few remaining active coal mines in Germany, but is slated for complete closure in 2018, when government subsidies supporting the mine are no longer…

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Scotland grants approval for another offshore wind energy project

Offshore Wind Energy - Win Turbines and Boat

New offshore wind energy project wins the approval of the Scottish government The Scottish government has granted approval for another offshore wind energy system. The Dounreay Tri Floating Wind Demonstration Project, as the name suggests, is meant to showcase the capabilities of offshore turbines. These turbines have the potential to produce significant amounts of electrical power due to their ability to capture the strong wind currents that can be found at sea. Plans for the new project follow approval granted for two other offshore wind farms, which began development last…

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UK to invest nearly $30 million in fuel cell vehicles and hydrogen infrastructure

Fuel Cell Vehicles - UK Investment

Government announces new initiative to support fuel cell vehicles The United Kingdom government has announced that it will commit nearly $30 million in funding to support the clean transportation sector. The funding is meant to accelerate the adoption of fuel cell vehicles and aid in the development of a comprehensive hydrogen fuel infrastructure. The UK Department of Transport will be issuing the funding, providing aid to companies specializing in hydrogen and those that develop fuel cell technology. The funding will also be issued to automakers that produce fuel cell vehicles….

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Beijing closes its last large-scale coal power plant in favor of renewable energy

Renewable Energy - Coal Plant

Major coal facility has ceased operations The last large-scale coal power plant in Beijing, China, has ceased operations. The city has been working to fight air pollution for some time now, and coal power plants have become a target. In order to reduce air pollution, Beijing has made it a priority to embrace renewable energy and clean transportation. As such, the city has adopted several policies that could help accomplish this goal. Beijing also has the ambitious goal of becoming China’s first city to be powered completely by renewable energy…

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Europeans believe they are feeling the impact of climate change already

Climate Change Being Felt by Europe

Survey highlights major concerns regarding climate change Climate change is already having a major impact in Europe, according to a new survey from Cardiff University. The university is heading a new project, called European Perceptions of Climate Change. The survey draws upon the perception of citizens in four major European countries. Many Europeans have expressed concern over the impact of climate change, primarily when it comes to severe flooding and strong storms. The survey is meant to shed light on how this phenomenon is affecting the lives of people in…

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Canadian government provides more funding to help advance fuel cell vehicles

Fuel Cell Vehicles - Canadian Funding

Sustainable Development Technology Canada provides AFCC with $10 million in new funding Sustainable Development Technology Canada has announced that it will be providing British Columbia’s Automotive Fuel Cell Cooperation (AFCC) with $10 million in new funding. AFCC has been working on developing fuel cells and providing support for this technology since 2008 and has even received backing from automakers Ford and Daimler. As the demand for clean vehicles rise, AFCC expects that hydrogen fuel cells will play a major role in the emerging clean transportation space. Study shows that many…

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Apple to focus on renewable energy in Japan

Renewable Energy - Japanese Flag

Ibiden commits to providing Apple manufacturing with renewable energy Ibiden, a Japanese electronics company, has announced that it will help Apple embrace clean power in Japan. The company has become the first in the country to pledge that it will power all of Apple’s Japanese manufacturing efforts with renewable energy. This marks a significant step forward in Apple’s continued efforts to make use of clean energy in order to become more environmentally friendly and reduce its reliance on fossil-fuels. Apples moves to based its manufacturing in Japan on renewable energy…

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Honda announces new strategy for electric vehicles in Europe

Electric Vehicles - EV Charging

Automaker unveils its promising new Electric Vision for Europe Honda plans to focus more heavily on clean transportation in the European market. According to Katsushi Inoue, Honda Motor Europe’s president and COO, the automaker has unveiled its “Electric Vision” for Europe. This initiative involves two-thirds of all vehicles sold by Honda in the market to feature electric powertrains. Honda intends to accomplish this endeavor by 2025. The automaker’s plan will leverage its considerable global research and development resources in order to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles. Electric vehicles have…

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UK aims to increase tax on solar energy by 800%

Solar Energy Taxes - UK Pounds

UK government announces massive tax hike on the solar energy sector The future of solar energy in the United Kingdom may have grown slightly dimmer. The UK government is set to increase taxes on rooftop solar power initiatives by a staggering 800%. Government officials refused to accommodate the concerns of solar advocates, many of whom called for the government to delay the tax increase or reduce it by a significant margin. The Solar Trade Association suggests that the tax increase is “nonsensical.” The tax increase is expected to come into…

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US and China power growth of the solar energy industry

Solar Energy Industry Power Growth - USA and China

Highlight showcases the continued expansion of the solar energy industry The solar energy industry has grown significantly over the past year and the United States and China have contributed heavily to this. A new report from SolarPower Europe shows that 2016 was a major year for the solar sector, with installed capacity surpassing 76 gigawatts. By comparison, some 50 gigawatts of solar capacity were installed worldwide in 2015. Falling prices throughout the solar energy industry have helped power this growth. China contributes heavily to the growth of the solar market…

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Cost of solar energy falls below fossil-fuels in Australia

Solar Energy - Australian Sun

Solar energy is now less expensive than fossil-fuels A new report from Climate Council suggests that solar energy is now less expensive than fossil-fuels in most major Australian cities. Over the past five years, the cost of solar power has dropped significantly. According to the report, this cost has fallen by 58% over that time period. The falling price of solar energy has made it more attractive, encouraging more businesses and consumers to embrace this form of clean power and distance themselves from fossil-fuels. Costs continue to fall for the…

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Wind energy makes more progress in Scotland

Scotland Wind Energy - Scottish flag blowing in wind

New information shows that wind energy generation in Scotland has reached new heights More progress has been made in Scotland’s continuing efforts to expand its use of wind energy. WWF Scotland and WeatherEnergy have released new information showing that wind generation in Scotland increased by a significant margin in February. The growth of wind capacity has outpaced what was recorded during the same period in 2016. The Scottish government has been showing significant support for wind energy in recent years, investing heavily in new projects that will allow Scotland to…

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Symbio to integrate hydrogen fuel cell system into Nissan’s new electric van

Hydrogen Fuel - Nissan Logo on Steering Wheel

Symbio announces new plan to use hydrogen fuel cell system to power Nissan vehicles Symbio, a European company specializing in hydrogen fuel, has announced a new fuel cell integration plan with Japanese automaker Nissan. The plan involves equipping one of Nissan’s upcoming electric vehicles with a fuel cell system. The vehicle will be an electric van, which is expected to initially be launched in Japan at some point within the near future. Nissan aims to showcase how the van can combat air pollution in urban areas. Symbio believes that the…

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New solar energy digital marketplace launches in Australia

Solar Energy - Solar Panels on Roof of Home

Decentralized Energy Exchange aims to expose more homeowners to solar energy Australia has become the first country to launch a digital marketplace for solar energy. Called the Decentralized Energy Exchange, the marketplace is designed to provide homeowners with a way to access solar power. Currently 16% of all clean power generated in Australia comes from rooftop solar panels. An estimated 1.6 million rooftops throughout the country have been equipped with photovoltaic systems. The new marketplace is expected to help more homeowners enter into the solar energy market. Australia is focusing…

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Geothermal energy is gaining more ground in China

Geothermal Energy - Hot Spring

Oil company begins to break into the geothermal energy market Sinopec, a large state-run oil company in China, has plans to move into geothermal energy. The company recently began drilling hundreds of wells throughout China. Instead of tapping into oil reserves, however, these wells are designed to leverage the potential of geothermal energy. This energy will be used to provide heat for homes in various parts of the country. This heat will not be generated through the use of fossil-fuels, making it environmentally friendly. Northern provinces are experiencing the benefits…

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Wind energy is gaining more momentum in Denmark

Wind Energy - Denmark Flag Blowing In Wind

Wind energy continues to experience strong growth in Denmark Denmark has made major strides in embracing wind energy in recent years and the country has reached a new milestone in terms of electrical production through its wind farms. According to information from WindEurope, Denmark generated enough electricity from its wind energy systems last week to meet all of its energy needs. The majority of the country’s wind capacity comes from its onshore systems, but Denmark also has several offshore wind farms in operation currently. Wind farms generate enough electricity to…

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