New trains equipped with fuel cells are coming to Germany

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Alstom to bring new hydrogen-powered trains to Germany New hydrogen-powered trains will be making their way to Germany within the next four years. These trains are being developed by French engineering firm Alstom. The company intends to deliver 14 of these trains to LNVG, a railway company that operates in Lower Saxony, Germany. The trains will be the first of their kind in northern Germany and will produce no harmful emissions. Eventually, other trains equipped with fuel cells will be deployed throughout the country, adding momentum to Germany’s clean transportation…

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Japan to relax regulations focused on hydrogen fuel stations

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Agency will be reworking regulations in order to support the growth of hydrogen infrastructure The Japanese government will be relaxing regulations concerning the development of new hydrogen fuel stations. The Fire and Disaster Management Agency will be overseeing the endeavor, which aims to make it easier for new fueling stations to be built. New hydrogen fuel stations are meant to provide support for fuel cell vehicles, which are becoming more common throughout Japan as consumers become more interested in clean transportation. These stations will also help Japan accomplish its goals…

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Norsk Hydro to purchase wind energy from project in Sweden

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Large corporation has agreed to purchase electricity from wind farm Norsk Hydro, a major aluminum producer based in Europe, has agreed to purchase the majority of electricity produced by a new wind energy system in Sweden. The new wind farm is currently under development, receiving financial support from Macquarie, an Australia bank, and General Electric. These two organizations believe that the power purchase agreement formed with Norsk Hydro represents the largest of its kind for a corporate wind energy purchaser. Corporations are beginning to invest heavily in clean power Many…

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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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SEB to lead feasibility study of hydrogen fuel cells in Malaysia

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Energy company will be researching fuel cell technology Sarawek Energy Berhad (SEB), an energy company based in Malaysia, will be leading a feasibility study concerning the use of hydrogen fuel cells. The company intends to discover how these energy systems can be put to use for various energy purposes. The Malaysian government is aiding the feasibility study as many government agencies have an interest in using clean energy to generate clean electricity. Government continues to show strong interest in clean technology SEB believes that its research into hydrogen fuel cells…

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New Zealand unveils new commitment to renewable energy

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Country outlines plans to reach 100% clean power by 2035 New Zealand has unveiled a new plan to reach 100% renewable energy by 2035. The outlining of the new plan comes on the heels of the country naming its 40th prime minister, Jacinda Ardern. Now, the country will be making efforts to phase out its use of fossil-fuels in favor of clean power. New Zealand already has a head start on accomplishing this goal. The country already derives approximately 80% of its electricity from renewable sources. Electricity has become very…

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Dutch company uses hydrogen fuel to power Tesla Model S

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Company launched Project Hesla to show than battery electric vehicles can make use of fuel cells as well A gas supplier from the Netherlands is claiming that is had made the Tesla Model S even more efficient than it already is. The Holthausen Group launched what its calls Project Hesla last week. The project involved taking a Tesla electric vehicle and equipping it with a hydrogen fuel cell system. The company acquired a Model S and modified the vehicle to that it could make use of hydrogen fuel as well…

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Solar energy to be used to power Organic Valley facilities

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Organic Valley plans to purchase solar power Wisconsin’s Cooperative Organic Valley has announced that it has formed a partnership with OneEnergy Renewables and the Upper Midwest Municipal Energy Group. Through this partnership, the food company will be increasing its use of solar energy. Organic Valley will be purchasing some 29 megawatts of solar energy in the coming months. This plan is part of the company’s overarching efforts to become more environmentally friendly and reduce its consumption of fossil-fuels. Food company will use energy credits to acquire its clean power Organic…

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New report sheds more light on climate change

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Human activity is affecting global climate Government agencies in the United States have released their latest National Climate Assessment. This is the fourth heavily peer-reviewed report concerning climate change that has been released by these agencies. These agencies include NASA, the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Global Change Research Program, as well as others. The report notes that climate change is real and that human activity has made the phenomenon significantly more potent. A changing climate is having a major impact on many countries The…

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Wind energy achieves new milestone in Europe

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Wind power sets a new generation record in Europe last month Wind energy reached a new milestone in Europe at the end of October. On October 28, wind farms in 28 countries throughout the European Union generated approximately 25% of all the electricity that was used in Europe. This is approximately 153.7 gigawatts, which is enough to power about 197 million homes. Wind energy has grown very quickly in Europe, especially as the cost of wind turbines continues to fall. Several countries have also shown strong support for offshore projects,…

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Port complex seeks to use fuel cells to power vehicles

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Largest port complex will make use of hydrogen fuel cells to cut emissions The largest port complex in the United States has approved a plan to make significant cuts to emissions by adopting clean energy systems. Notably, hydrogen fuel cells have been chosen as the way to accomplish this endeavor. Through the newly adopted Clean Air Action Plan, the port complex intends to use fuel cells to reduce air pollution, eventually replacing older energy systems with clean technology. The port complex aims to accomplish this task over the next two…

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Researchers develop new material that could help set up a hydrogen society

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New material may pave the way for a hydrogen society Researchers from the UC Davis College of Letters and Science have overcome a major technical challenge concerning the use of hydrogen fuel. This new advancement may open up the way to establishing a hydrogen society, something that Japan has been working to achieve in recent years. The research team has developed new nanofoams that can be used to store hydrogen in an efficient manner. These nanofoams could help solve the storage problem that has faced hydrogen for many years. Hydrogen…

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Microsoft plans to focus on hydrogen fuel cells

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Company will be using fuel cells to power data centers Technology giant Microsoft has plans to use hydrogen fuel cells to power its data centers throughout the world. The company believes that these fuel cells can double its energy efficiency. Microsoft is currently testing new fuel cell systems at several of its data centers. The company is no stranger to fuel cell technology, of course. One of Microsoft’s largest data centers in the United States derives much of its electricity from fuel cells as well as solar energy systems. New…

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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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Report shows that carbon emissions are surging, bolstering climate change

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WMO research highlights the rapid growth of atmospheric carbon dioxide The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere hit a record high in 2016, according to data from the World Meterological Organization (WMO). The organization notes that atmospheric carbon concentration was 50% higher in 2016 than it was only a decade previous. Researchers suggest that this is due to human activity as well as weather phenomenon. The research highlights the continuing issue of climate change and how it may be heavily linked to society’s actions. Emissions may make it impossible…

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Global solar energy capacity to surpass nuclear capacity by end of year

Global Solar Energy Capacity

Report highlights the rapid growth of the solar energy sector The world’s solar energy capacity may soon surpass global nuclear energy capacity, according to a new report from GTM Research. Solar power has been attracting strong support throughout the world in recent years. Several countries have embraced this form of clean energy in order to become environmentally friendly. They have also done so to take advantage of various economic prospects that are offered by new solar energy projects. This is all happening as many countries begin to move away from…

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