Researchers develop innovative direct carbon fuel cell

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New fuel cell system can produce electricity using coal, biomass, and organic waste Scientists from the Idaho National Laboratory have developed a new fuel cell that is capable of generating electricity through the consumption of solid carbon sources, such as coal and biomass. The research team notes that the direct carbon fuel cell, as it is called, is capable of operating at low temperatures. It is also capable of reaching higher power density than its predecessors. Researchers believe that the fuel cell could lead to better carbon capture solutions in…

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Clean vehicles could become more affordable thanks to new catalyst

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Researchers develop new catalyst that uses no platinum The cost of clean vehicles may be set to plummet in the coming years. Researchers from the University of California have developed a new, inexpensive catalyst that could be used by fuel cell systems. The new catalyst is comprised of carbon nanofibers and cobalt, which is 100 times less expensive than platinum. Eventually, the catalyst could find its way to production fuel cells, which would be used to power future generations of clean vehicles that operate using hydrogen. Costly fuel cells make…

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Blackstone Green Energy Develops Patent-Pending Process for Converting Zinc Ore into Green Hydrogen Fuel

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Blackstone Green Energy, Inc. has developed a patent-pending process for converting zinc ore into hydrogen fuel. Blackstone’s technology creates strictly “green” hydrogen, which means the production cycle does not burn fossil fuels or release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. This represents a significant improvement over “brown” hydrogen-production techniques, such as steam reformation, which burn large amounts of natural gas to produce relatively small amounts of hydrogen. Dubbed the Green Energy Machine (“GEM”), the process utilizes the well-established technique of zinc hydrolysis to produce hydrogen (water splitting). The process uses solar-powered…

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Report highlights the future growth of fuel cell vehicles

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Report shows that the market for fuel cell vehicles is growing quickly The market for fuel cell vehicles is set to see healthy growth, according to a report from Global Market Insights. The report predicts that the market will surpass 300,000 units sold by 2024. This growth is being powered by technological advances, which have helped make fuel cell vehicles more efficient and less expensive. Continued technological development may help these vehicles overcome their battery-powered counterparts, establishing a leading presence in the clean transportation space. Large investments are fueling technological…

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Alstom to bring trains equipped with fuel cells to Germany

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New train to begin trial runs in Germany Alstom, a leading manufacturer of trains, is making promising progress on its Coradia iLint, which may be the world’s first passenger train equipped with a hydrogen fuel cell. The new train is expected to make its debut in Germany later this year. The train will be part of Germany’s overarching efforts to revolutionize its railway system to become more environmentally friendly and cut down on emissions. If successful, the train may be the first of many that will be put to use…

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Chinese city aims to become a leader in hydrogen fuel

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Wuhan will establish itself as a hydrogen center in China The city of Wuhan in central China is poised to make itself into a center for hydrogen fuel production and fuel cell technology. A new industrial park is set to be built within the city, which could add significant momentum to China’s budding hydrogen industry. The industrial park is meant to attract more than 100 of China’s small and large companies that have some interest in fuel cell technology. These companies will be instrumental in helping Wuhan make its transition…

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Volvo is showing some interest in hydrogen fuel cells

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Automaker may be moving forward with plans for fuel cells Swedish automaker Volvo may be looking to make use of hydrogen fuel cells in the future. The company has plans to begin releasing clean vehicles at some point in 2019. Most of these vehicles will likely be powered by batteries or hybrid technology. Volvo has a project focused on using hydrogen fuel cells as range extenders, however. As such, the company may be moving forward with this project in order to make electric vehicles more efficient. Powercell completes study concerning…

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Toyota Mirai is coming to Canada

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Mirai will begin being sold in Quebec this year Japanese automaker Toyota has announced that it will be bringing its fuel cell vehicle, the Mirai, to Canada. The company made the announcement at the Montreal Auto Show, where Toyota noted that fleet sales will begin in Quebec. The province has been chosen as a market for the Mirai due to its strong focus on clean transportation. It is the first Canadian province to introduce a zero emission vehicle mandate, which will go into effect this year. Quebec to use clean…

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Shell and ITM power to build world’s largest hydrogen electrolysis plant in Germany

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Companies come together to develop large-scale hydrogen production project The world’s largest hydrogen electrolysis plant is set to be built in Germany. The plant will be built at a refinery in Rhineland, Germany, by ITM Power, a leading developer of fuel cells, and Shell. The two companies will also be working with SINTEF, thinkstep, and Element Energy to develop the new electrolysis plant. The project has received some $10 million in funding from the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, adding onto another $10 million in investments the project had…

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UK may need to accelerate its plan for clean vehicles

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Report suggests that UK may miss its environmental goals by 2040 The United Kingdom may have to accelerate plans to ban internal combustion vehicles in order to meet its environmental goals, according to a new report from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC). The report suggests that the government’s Clean Growth Strategy may not be enough to ensure success in reducing emissions. The government’s current plan is to place a ban on the sale of all new internal combustion vehicles in 2040. The report claims that this plan must be…

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State awards $8 million for the development of new hydrogen fuel stations

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First Element Fuel will be developing new hydrogen fuel stations in California The California Energy Commission has awarded some $8 million to First Element Fuel. The funding comes from the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, which aims to help promote clean transportation throughout California. With this funding, First Element Fuel will work to develop new hydrogen fuel stations in Redwood City, Studio City, Beverly Hills, and Mission Hills. These cities are likely to become popular markets for fuel cell vehicles, which currently lack comprehensive infrastructure support. California…

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3 Top Tips for the Eco Conscious Shopper

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We are all much more environmentally conscious today than we were just a few years ago. In the modern world we don’t have much of a choice about it, global warming is a hot button issue and we are all beginning to experience the effects of climate change first hand. Just as surely as we are all learning to love the environment however, we still need to keep our inner consumer fed. Moving towards a more environmentally friendly world doesn’t mean that we have to completely turn our backs on…

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Startup brings a hydrogen fuel powered bike to France

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New bike operates completely on hydrogen fuel A new startup in France called Pragma Industries has begun offering hydrogen-powered bikes in some municipalities. The company has a history of developing fuel cells for military use, but is seeking to make use of its expertise in new sectors. The company suggests that it is the first to begin commercial production on a hydrogen-powered bike, though it is not the first company to actually develop such a bike. Bike is too costly for most consumers to afford Currently, the new bike is…

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Hyundai to invest $21 billion in clean vehicles and new technology

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Automaker will be investing heavily in artificial intelligence and new technologies South Korean automaker Hyundai has announced that it will be investing $21 billion over the next five years. This funding will be used to improve clean technology and aid the development of self-driving vehicles. The company has taken a strong interest in clean transportation and is among the first to have introduced a vehicle equipped with a hydrogen fuel cell to the global market. Now, Hyundai plans to continue its work with clean vehicles while also increasing its focus…

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Fuel cell industry faces challenges but could have a promising future

The fuel cell industry is growing despite the challenges it faces The global fuel cell industry experienced healthy growth in 2017, but it still faces significant challenges in the years to come. E4tech, a sustainable energy consultancy firm, estimates that the industry shipped some 670 megawatts worth of fuel cells last year. This is a 30% increase over the capacity that was shipped in 2016. In 2018, this capacity may reach approximately 1,000 megawatts. Despite this promising growth, fuel cells account for an extremely small percentage of all renewable energy…

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Researchers develop new catalyst capable of producing hydrogen fuel

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Researchers use inexpensive materials to develop new catalyst Researchers from the University of California, Santa Cruz, have developed a new carbon-based nanocomposite that could serve as a catalyst to produce renewable hydrogen fuel. The research team notes that the new catalyst is inexpensive due to its use of affordable materials. The catalyst works by separating water into its base components of oxygen and hydrogen, making the production process much more environmentally friendly than it has been in the past. Catalyst can efficiently produce hydrogen fuel The new catalyst is the…

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