Apple to focus on renewable energy in Japan

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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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Hydrogen fuel cells are gaining strength in the US

Many companies are beginning to embrace hydrogen fuel cells Several large organizations in the United States are leading the way in the transition toward renewable energy. Hydrogen fuel cells have caught the attention of these organizations, which hope to use these energy systems for a variety of purposes. Notably, many fuel cells are being used to power materials handling vehicles, such as forklifts. These fuel cell forklifts are becoming increasingly common, replacing older forklifts that are powered using lead-acid batteries. Fuel cells generate clean electricity without producing emissions Fuel cells…

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Apple wins patent for new fuel cell system

Apple may be developing a fuel cell system for mobile devices Technology giant Apple has been awarded its second patent for a fuel cell system. The patent was awarded by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Apple has been working to develop a new fuel cell system that can be used to charge mobile devices. Fuel cells have long been used for industrial purposes, but these energy systems can generate electricity for a multitude of purposes. Apple believes that a fuel cell system could be quite useful as a…

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Apple wins approval to sell solar energy to consumers

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission grants Apple approval to sell electricity directly to consumers Apple has received approval to sell electricity directly to consumers. This electricity will be generated by a solar energy system located in California. The system generates approximately 130 megawatts of electrical power. According to Apple, the solar farm can generate enough energy to power 60,000 average homes. Apple has been seeking approval to sell electricity to consumers for a relatively short time. This approval was granted by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Apple may not use the…

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Apple seeks to sell excess electricity from its solar energy systems

Company has plans to sell excess energy directly to customers Apple has plans to sell surplus energy that is generated by its new headquarters in California. The company joins several others in such an initiative, with its headquarters being equipped with solar panels that aid in efforts to become more environmentally friendly. Apple has long held an interest in clean energy, going so far as to power its primary data center with hydrogen fuel cells and solar energy systems. Solar energy systems will generate power that could be sold through…

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Toyota to use hydrogen fuel cells for power at its Mirai production facility

Toyota is placing more faith in fuel cell technology Japanese automaker Toyota is expected to begin testing the capabilities of hydrogen fuel cells as energy systems for its production facilities. The automaker has come to hold fuel cells in high regard and has begun using the energy systems to power a new generation of vehicles that do not produce any harmful emissions. Fuel cells can be used for much more than transportation, however, and these energy systems have been used in various industries to provide electrical power. Hydrogen used by…

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World’s smallest hydrogen fuel cell developed by myFC

Swedish company creates a small fuel cell charger for mobile devices Sweden’s myFC, a developer of hydrogen fuel cell technology, has successfully developed the world’s smallest fuel cell system, which is designed to power mobile devices. The fuel cell system is called “JAQ” and is meant to serve as a way for consumers to charge their mobile devices without having to consume electricity from the existing energy grid. JAQ is also quite inexpensive, with consumers able to pre-order the system for a two-year payment of $5 a month. Fuel cells…

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Large businesses in the US are embracing solar energy

Study highlights the growing adoption of solar energy among large companies The adoption of solar energy is growing among large companies in the United States. A new study from the Solar Energy Industries Association shows that U.S. businesses are beginning to show favor for solar power. Notably, these companies see a great deal of economic promise in solar power, due to the increasing cost of conventional forms of energy. With solar energy costs falling, more businesses are expected to embrace this form of clean power in the coming years. Cost…

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Apple to power Singapore store with solar energy

Apple’s first retail store will be powered by solar energy Apple has announced that it will be opening its first retail store in Singapore. Moreover, this retail store will be powered by solar energy, which has become one of the company’s more favored forms of clean power. To accomplish this, Apple has partnered with Sunseap Group, the largest solar energy provider in Singapore. apple continues to be a leading investor in clean energy, showing strong support for various forms of renewable power, including hydrogen fuel and solar energy. Sunseap Group…

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Apple files patent for new hydrogen fuel cell system

Patent outlines the use of fuel cells to power mobile devices The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has released a new patent application from Apple for a “Fuel Cell System to Power a Portable Computing Device.” The patent outlines using a hydrogen fuel cells to power mobile devices, such as smartphones and laptops. Using these energy systems in such a way is not a new idea, as Intelligent Energy, a leading developer of fuel cells, recently unveiled its own fuel cell battery, which was designed to power a prototype iPhone….

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Bloom Energy makes upgrade to its popular fuel cells

Bloom Boxes have received an upgrade from Bloom Energy Bloom Energy, a developer of hydrogen fuel cells, has released new information concerning upgrades being made to its Bloom Box fuel cell systems. The Bloom Box series has become quite popular, especially among telecommunications companies and those operating large data servers. Apple is one of the large companies that use these fuel cells for electrical power, with the Bloom Box systems operating one of the company’s most important data centers in the U.S. Upgraded fuel cells will be more efficient and…

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CenturyLink shows support for hydrogen fuel cells

Communications company commissions the expansion of fuel cells at its California data center Multinational communications company CenturyLink has commissioned the expansion of the energy systems that powers its data center in Irvine, California. The data center received energy from hydrogen fuel cells, which are becoming a more attractive option for powering data centers operated by large companies like CenturyLink. Two megawatts worth of fuel cells will be brought to the data center, bringing the facility’s total fuel cell capacity to 12 megawatts of electrical power. Technology companies are showing more…

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Apple makes major progress in the renewable energy front

Apple’s US operations are entirely powered by clean energy Large technology companies are becoming more environmentally conscious, embracing renewable energy and making an effort to cut down on the emissions that they are responsible for. Apple is one of the companies that has managed to make the most progress in this regard. The company has been investing quite heavily in clean energy, adopting fuel cells for its data centers and placing focus on solar energy. Apple has published its annual environmental responsibility report, which shows that all of the company’s…

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Solar power plants to be built in China by Apple

Apple Inc. to work with SunPower Corp. to build 40 MW of solar energy projects in Chinese province. The two companies intend to build two solar power projects in Sichuan province, which will result in a total capacity of 40 MW (megawatts) and, once complete, the project will be owned by Apple and SunPower’s project development joint venture, Sichuan Shengtian New Energy Development Co Ltd. The projects are expected to be completed in Q4 2015. It is anticipated that the projects will provide as much as 80 million kWh (kilowatt-hours)…

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Intelligent Energy moves forward with plans for portable hydrogen fuel cells

Intelligent Energy successfully acquires maker of disposable consumer products Intelligent Energy, a prominent developer of hydrogen fuel cell technology, has announced its acquisition of Societe Bic, a producer of disposable consumer products. The acquisition cost Intelligent Energy $13 million, and the company will pay an additional $2 million when the transactions is completely finalized. Intelligent Energy could benefit from the acquisition as the company continues to show focus on producing portable and disposable hydrogen fuel cell systems that can be used to power consumer electronics. Portable fuel cells are gaining…

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Apple may be developing fuel cells

Apple has been awarded a patent concerning portable fuel cells Apple has been granted its first fuel cell patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The patent, titled “Fuel Cell System to Power a Portable Computing Device,” outlines the company’s plans to use a small fuel cell to power iOS devices and laptops. The fuel cell is likely to use hydrogen fuel to generate power, but could also use methanol or other types of chemical gases. Such a fuel cell could be ideal for those with iOS devices that…

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