California agencies aim to demonstrate the capabilities of hydrogen fuel cells in vehicles

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Agencies will be testing fuel cell vehicles on a road trip Officials from three major agencies in California have announced that they will be traveling from Sacramento to the bay area and back again. The venture is meant to showcase the capabilities of hydrogen fuel cells and how they can be used to power vehicles. The initiative will also highlight the expansion of the state’s hydrogen infrastructure, which has been steadily growing due to a greater focus that California has placed on clean transportation. The future of transportation may be…

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Toyota to test freight truck equipped with hydrogen fuel cells in California

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Automaker will be testing a new hydrogen-powered truck in California Toyota has announced that it will begin testing a new heavy-duty truck powered by hydrogen fuel cells. The truck will operate at the Port of Los Angeles in California. The technology that powers the truck is part of what Toyota calls “Project Portal.” This project focuses on how hydrogen fuel cells can be used to power a wide range of vehicles, from compact sedans to heavy-duty trucks. Toyota’s new truck will be making use of two hydrogen systems that come…

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SEIA releases new white paper calling for modernized energy grids to prepare for solar energy

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States may need to make efforts to modernize their grids in order to embrace solar energy The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has released a new white paper that calls for the modernization of the United States’ energy grid. Notably, modernization efforts should be taken more seriously in both New York and California. Both states represent very strong and increasingly popular solar energy markets. The problem, however, is that the energy grids in these states are not well suited for clean power. According to the SEIA, these states can do…

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Solar energy industry employs more than Apple, Google, and Facebook combined

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The solar energy industry is experiencing unprecedented growth The use of solar power throughout the world has accelerated over the past few years. This has led to impressive growth in the solar energy industry. The past nine years has seen a 30-fold increase in photovoltaic sales and now the industry employs a staggering amount of people. According to a new report from GTM Research, the annual global demand for photovoltaic products grew by more than 50% last year. This has contributed to a decline in cost of these products, making…

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Solar energy is breaking power generation records in California

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Solar energy continues to make progress in California A recent report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) shows that on March 11 of this year, utility-scale solar energy accounted for 40% of electricity generated in California. The EIA estimates that when residential and commercial solar energy production is factored in, solar may have provided more than 50% of the state’s electricity generated on March 11. Solar energy production had an impact on the price of wholesale electricity, driving down rates by a significant degree. Clean energy is helping reduce…

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New legislation could boost solar energy and battery storage in California

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California continues to set impressive solar energy records California has been setting many renewable energy records in recent months. In February, the state finally broke its all-time solar energy record, generating nearly 8,800 megawatts of electrical power on a single afternoon. The record was beaten the following week, with solar energy production surpassing 9,000 megawatts. Not even 24 hours after this new record was set, it was beaten again. There is no doubt that solar energy is on track to play a major role in the state’s future, but California…

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Growing number of cities are showing support for renewable energy

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Two more cities opt to abandon fossil-fuels in favor of renewable energy More cities throughout the United States are making the commitment to abandon fossil-fuels. Madison, Wisconsin, and Abita Springs, Louisiana, have become the latest cities to make renewable energy a major priority. They have joined 23 other cities, such as San Diego, California, in committing to derive no less than 100% of their power from renewable sources in the coming years. Both cities have plans to invest heavily in renewable energy in order to achieve their goals. City council…

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California’s hydrogen infrastructure reaches major pricing milestone

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Air Products announces that its hydrogen stations have reached a new milestone Air Products, a leading producer of industrial gases, has reached a significant pricing milestone with its hydrogen fuel stations in California. The company has been building these fueling stations in order to help prepare for the eventual launch of fuel cell vehicles. These vehicles will rely heavily on an established hydrogen infrastructure in order to appeal to consumers and become successful. Building this hydrogen infrastructure has been somewhat expensive, which has called into question just how costly hydrogen…

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Amazon launches new solar energy initiative

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Amazon will be installing solar energy systems at fulfillment centers throughout the world Amazon has launched a new solar energy initiative that will involve installing photovoltaic systems on its fulfillment centers throughout the world. The company intends to invest heavily in solar energy in order to reduce its consumption of fossil-fuels and production of emissions. In the United States, Amazon will be installing solar panels on more than 15 fulfillment and sorting facilities by the end of this year. The company plans to expand these plans in order to affix…

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California seeks to ditch fossil-fuels in favor of renewable energy

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New legislation could require California to hit the 100% renewable energy mark by 2045 California’s lawmakers are looking to fast track the state’s plans to become completely reliant on renewable energy. New legislation has been introduced that, if successful, will require the state to derive no less than 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2045. California already has plans to reach the 50% renewable energy mark by 2030, but lawmakers believe that the state can accomplish a more ambitious goal, largely due to its growing clean power market….

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Shell and Toyota partner to build new hydrogen fuel stations in California

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Shell and Toyota will work to develop a larger hydrogen infrastructure Shell, one of the largest oil and gas companies in the world, has formed a partnership with Japanese automaker Toyota in order to build new hydrogen fuel stations in California. The partnership represents another small step in Shell’s ongoing efforts to focus on fuels other than oil and gas. Hydrogen is quickly gaining momentum in the transportation space and some believe that this fuel has the potential to displace traditional petroleum at some point in the future. California has…

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Ballard to help bring new fuel cell buses to California

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Ballard announces membership in the Fuel Cell Electric Bus Commercialization Consortium Ballard Power Systems, a leading developer of hydrogen fuel cells, has announced that it has joined the Fuel Cell Electric Bus Commercialization Consortium. Ballard has been working to successfully commercialize fuel cells for several years, but has been met with modest success in the past. As these energy systems have grown in popularity, however, the company is inching closer to achieving its goal. Fuel cells are becoming particularly more common in the public transit space, largely due to governments…

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Nearly 5,000 hydrogen fuel stations to be operational globally by 2032

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Report shows that efforts to build new hydrogen fuel stations are gaining momentum Information Trends has released a new report that predicts that there will be nearly 5,000 hydrogen fuel stations in operation throughout the world by 2032. Many automakers have plans to begin ramping up the production of fuel cell vehicles in the coming years and these vehicles will need the support of a comprehensive infrastructure in order to find support. Currently, very few hydrogen fuel stations are available to the public, which has limited the clean transportation plans…

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Honda Clarity Fuel Cell priced to compete with the Toyota Mirai

Clarity Fuel Cell Vehicle

Honda is looking to compete more aggressively with other automakers in clean transportation Japanese automaker Honda is preparing to launch its new fuel cell vehicle, called the Clarity Fuel Cell, and the company is looking to compete with others that have already released such vehicles. Specifically, Honda has targeted Toyota as its chief competitor in the fuel cell field. Therefore, Honda has announced that it will be pricing the Clarity Fuel Cell to compete with Toyota’s new Mirai, which is already available in California. Clarity Fuel Cell lease terms may…

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Sunflare develops flexible solar panels

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Flexible solar panels can, potentially, be installed on any surface Sunflare, a company based in California, has developed a new, flexible solar panel that it believes will become a major asset for those interested in solar energy. Following years or research and development, the company has produced a copper indium gallium selenide solar panel. The new solar panel can be installed on virtually any surface due to its flexibility, which may make it quite attractive to homeowners and businesses interested in becoming more environmentally friendly. Cost of solar energy continues…

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Hyundai to update its fuel cell vehicle to be 30% more efficient

Hyundai ix35 hydrogen fuel car

New clean vehicle model expected to be launched in 2018 South Korean automaker Hyundai is preparing to release another clean vehicle equipped with a hydrogen fuel cell, but it may not be available until early 2018. The company already has a fuel cell vehicle available, called the ix35, and it began delivering the first of these new cars to the United States in June of 2014. Since then, other major automakers have released their own fuel cell vehicles, some finding modest success with their offerings. Hyundai’s new vehicle, however, could…

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