Formic acid could help solve the hydrogen storage problem

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Researchers develop new system that pulls hydrogen fuel from formic acid Researchers from the GRT Group and EPFL have developed a new prototype fuel cell that is based on formic acid. Formic acid can act as a carrier for liquid hydrogen and could help overcome some of the storage challenges that have faced hydrogen fuel cells for several years. With the demand for fuel cells on the rise, finding new ways to store and transport hydrogen is becoming important. Formic acid may be the key to an longstanding storage issue…

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Researchers develop new catalyst for fuel cell vehicles

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New catalyst could help fuel cell vehicles become more efficient Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a new multifunctional catalyst for fuel cell vehicles. The research team has noted that the need for clean vehicles has been growing for some time. The technology needed to power such vehicles has been advancing at a relatively slow rate, however. To help solve this problem, the research team has developed a “turbocharged” catalyst that can easily convert chemical fuel into electrical power in a highly efficient manner. Catalyst is eight…

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Researchers develop innovative new battery system that can efficiently store renewable energy

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Researchers develop world’s first rechargeable proton battery Researchers from the RMIT University in Australia have developed what they are calling the world’s first rechargeable proton battery. The battery is designed t make use of carbon and water instead of lithium. As such, it is somewhat less expensive than its conventional counterparts. The battery itself produces no harmful emissions and can store electricity in an efficient manner. Researchers claim that it is a sort of hybrid between a chemical battery and a hydrogen fuel cell. New system acts as a hybrid…

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German cities to receive new buses powered by fuel cells

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Van Hool to deliver new hydrogen-powered buses to Cologne and Wuppertal Van Hool, a bus manufacturer based in Belgium, has announced that it will be selling 40 hydrogen-powered buses to the German cities of Cologne and Wuppertal. According to Van Hool, this is the largest order of its kind that has been made in Europe. The buses will operate using electricity generated by their hydrogen fuel cells. These energy systems produce no harmful emissions, allowing the buses to operate in an environmentally friendly manner. New buses expected to be delivered…

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New project seeks to bring hydrogen fuel cell generators to Europe

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Everywh2ere project will replace diesel generators with hydrogen-powered counterparts A new project has been launched in the European Union. The project is called Everywh2ere and intends to create replacements for conventional diesel generators. Twelve companies from across Europe will be participating in the project over the next five years. The European Union has invested some $8.6 million into the initiative. If successful, the project will produce generators that are powered by hydrogen fuel cells. Prototype generators will be tested at public events and construction sites The project will be integrating…

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HyTech to launch three new products focused on hydrogen fuel

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Company intends to launch three innovative products over the next two years HyTech, a company specializing in hydrogen fuel, has plans to launch three new products over the next two years. These products will be aimed at making hydrogen significantly more appealing to those interested in clean energy. The company has been working to address the challenges facing widespread hydrogen adoption for some time. One of these challenges is the high cost of hydrogen fuel and the fact that its production is heavily reliant on the consumption of fossil-fuels. Two…

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Air Force begins testing new hydrogen fuel production solutions in Hawaii

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Project to focus more heavily on hydrogen as an alternative fuel The United States Air Force has begun a new demonstration project focused on hydrogen fuel. The Air Force has developed a new hydrogen production facility at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii. The hydrogen produced at the facility is used to power a variety of vehicles equipped with fuel cells. The facility is part of a project that is aimed at showcasing how hydrogen fuel can be effectively used to power a new generation of vehicles that produce no…

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Toyota is making progress with its environmental goals

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Automaker releases its latest environmental report Toyota has released its latest North American Environmental Report. In the report, the company outlines the progress it has made on its environmental goals throughout North America. The report also highlights the fact that much of the company’s efforts have been guided by its Environmental Challenge 2050. Toyota notes that many of its environmental goals are quite ambitious, but they are still quite attainable. These goals have allowed the company to shift its focus toward renewable energy and clean technology. Report highlights Toyota’s efforts…

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Clean vehicles are gaining more attention in Shanghai

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Shanghai adopts new guidelines focused on clean vehicles China is well on its way to making clean transportation a major priority in the coming years. The country has already established itself as the world’s largest market for electric vehicles. Many Chinese cities are taking steps to encourage consumers to purchase clean vehicles. Shanghai is one of the latest to take up new measures to help accomplish this task. The city government had adopted new guidelines that will help Shanghai move away from traditional vehicles and embrace those powered by clean…

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HyperSolar makes a breakthrough with its hydrogen production technology

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Catalyst improvements could help make hydrogen production more efficient HyperSolar, a prominent hydrogen technology company, has announced a major breakthrough with its catalyst technology. The company has made improvements to its 3D oxygen catalyst, which could make hydrogen production through the use of solar energy even more efficient. This improvement could help make fuel cells significantly more attractive in the coming years. By further optimizing fuel cell catalysts, HyperSolar could help add further momentum to the rapidly growing fuel cell industry. HyperSolar develops a stable oxygen catalyst The amount of…

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New coalition seeks to bring fuel cells to the aerospace sector

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HES will be working with French companies to launch the FLY-HY alliance HES Energy Systems, a fuel cell developer based in Singapore, is moving forward with plans to team with three clean energy and aerospace technology companies in France. Together, these companies will form a coalition names FLY-HY. The coalition will work to address issues concerning the world’s hydrogen supply chain and effective energy storage solutions. FLY-HY will officially launch at the 2018 Singapore Airshow. After this launch, the coalition will work to aggressively promote and improve hydrogen technologies. Fuel…

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Canada’s hydrogen industry set to attract more investments

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Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association receives some $670,000 in funding Hydrogen companies in Western Canada are set to see more growth as the industry receives a new influx of investments. The government has announced more than $670,000 in funding for the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association. The organization provides support to various corporations, governments, and institutes that are interested in fuel cells and hydrogen. The funding is expected to help bolster activity within the country’s hydrogen industry, which has been experiencing significant growth in recent years. Funding will…

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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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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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