DOE to invest $15.8 million in support for projects focused on fuel cells

Fuel Cells Investment

Federal agency aims to support 30 new projects that seek to improve fuel cells The U.S. Department of Energy has announced some $15.8 million in investments for 30 new projects throughout the country. These projects will be focused on fuel cell technology, hydrogen production, and storage. The federal agency is still in the process of selecting projects that will receive funding. Selected projects will be able to take advantage of a coalition of the country’s national laboratory, which was brought together through the agency’s Energy Materials Network. Projects will take…

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Solar energy to power all of Tesla’s charging stations

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Tesla has plans to use solar energy to power all of its charging stations Tesla Motors has plans to disconnect all of its charging stations from established energy grids. The automaker is looking to power its charging stations with solar energy systems and batteries. Notably, Tesla has become heavily involved in the solar energy space; largely due to its recent acquisition of sister company SolarCity. Tesla has been adding solar energy systems to its charging stations for several years, but now the company has committed much of its focus to…

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Toyota and Tesla end clean transportation collaboration

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Toyota divests from Tesla in order to focus on its own clean transportation plans Toyota has announced that it has fully divested from Tesla Motors, marking the end of the collaboration between the two companies. The Japanese company was one of the first investors into Tesla and has worked with the American company for some time. The collaboration was meant to produce new technologies that could be used to make vehicles more efficient and environmentally friendly. The technical partnership ended, however, after the production of Toyota’s 2014 RAV4 electric vehicle.…

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Honda opens new charging station for electric vehicles in Europe

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New charging station will support electric vehicles in Germany Japanese automaker Honda has opened Europe’s most advanced charging station for electric vehicles. The company has built the new charging station in the parking lot of its European Research and Development Center, which is in Germany. The charging station is equipped with advanced technology and is capable of charging four electric vehicles at the same time. The station is only one step in Honda’s overarching effort to provide better support with clean vehicles and the company plans to integrate hydrogen fuel…

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Canada aims to develop a strategy to support clean vehicles

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Canadian government is showing more support for clean vehicles The Canadian government has announced plans to develop a strategy focused on promoting the adoption of clean vehicles. The government intends to increase the number of clean vehicles throughout the country by a significant margin. The new strategy is meant to be prepared by some point in 2018, with the government working to accomplish its clean transportation goals in the following years. The strategy will support various types of clean vehicles, including those equipped with hydrogen fuel cells. Fuel cell vehicles…

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Ford scales back its focus on hydrogen fuel cells

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Ford is slowing its plans concerning hydrogen fuel cells Many of the world’s leading automakers are placing a great deal of faith in hydrogen fuel cells, which they plan to use to power a new generation of clean vehicles. Ford, however, has announced that it will be scaling back its support of fuel cells. In 2013, the company formed an alliance with other automakers to develop new hydrogen fuel cells, planning to release a mass-market fuel cell vehicle by this year. Now, however, Ford has pushed back its plans to…

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CSIRO works to develop new membrane technology to help fuel cell vehicles

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New technology could make fuel cell vehicles more viable Scientists from Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) are developing a new fuel cell membrane that may be able to make hydrogen production and distribution more viable for fuel cell vehicles. These efforts are part of a two-year project that is focused on producing pure hydrogen through the separation of mixed gases. Notably, the project is looking into converting ammonia into highly pure hydrogen, which can then be stored and used by a fuel cell to generate electrical power.…

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Hydrogen fuel cells to power new trains in Germany

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New trains equipped with hydrogen fuel cells to begin operation in early 2018 New hydrogen-powered trains are set to begin operation in Germany in early 2018. Alstom is the company responsible for developing the new trains, which use hydrogen fuel cells to generate the electricity they need to operate. These trains are part of an ongoing revolution in Germany’s railway system, which is becoming more environmentally friendly. The trains are called Coradia iLint and may be among the first of their kind that will help Germany eventually phase out the…

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India is focusing heavily on electric vehicles

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India may have a massive market for electric vehicles by 2030 India is making a major push to promote clean transportation. The country hopes to have an all-electric vehicle fleet by 2030 in order to cut down on emissions and reduce the costs associated with fuel imports. Electric vehicles are becoming more popular in India because they are somewhat less expensive than their conventional counterparts. They also provide those living in large cities with an easy and efficient means of transportation. Government may need to support electric vehicles until market…

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Toyota is set to test fuel cell vehicles in China

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Automaker will begin testing the Mirai in China this year Japanese automaker Toyota has announced that it will begin testing its fuel cell vehicle in China. The company released the Mirai in late 2014 and the vehicle has generated a great deal of buzz since then. Toyota has been working to expand its reach in clean transportation and believes that China may be a prominent market where fuel cell vehicles could succeed. As such, the automaker will begin testing the Mirai in the country beginning in October of this year.…

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Genesis showcases new concept car equipped with clean technology

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New concept car makes use of a fuel cell and battery system Hyundai’s luxury brand, Genesis, has showcased a new concept car at the New York Auto Show. The new vehicle is a full-sized SUV and equipped with a plug-in hydrogen fuel cell system. Called the GV80, the concept car is meant to highlight one of the directions that luxury brands are moving towards in terms of clean technology. Genesis is one of several companies that have showcased new fuel cell vehicles recently. Clean technology may have a promising future…

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Honda to launch more clean vehicles

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Honda is preparing to release more clean vehicles in order to embrace environmentally friendly transportation Japanese automaker Honda is set to expand its offering of environmentally friendly cars in the near future. The company already offers a vehicle equipped with a hydrogen fuel cell in California, but intends to expand upon the use of fuel cells. Honda’s new clean vehicles will be part of its Clarity line, which has already generated a modest level of popularity among those interested in clean transportation. Some of these vehicles may have limited availability,…

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Daimler’s interest in hydrogen fuel cells is waning

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Automaker plans to move away from hydrogen fuel cells in favor of batteries German automaker Daimler believes that battery technology may be much more viable than hydrogen fuel cells when it comes to powering clean vehicles. Daimler believes that battery electrics already have an edge over fuel cell vehicles due to infrastructure support and their relatively lower cost. The potential of battery technology and how it can be used for the future of clean transportation is so promising that Daimler has chosen to abandon fuel cells moving forward. Batteries show…

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China set to become a major market for hydrogen fuel cells

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Ballard sees very promising opportunities for hydrogen fuel cells in the Chinese market Ballard Power Systems, a leading developer of hydrogen fuel cells, is making progress in eventually commercializing its fuel cell products. The company has made a strong entry into the Chinese market, where fuel cells are beginning to gain momentum. Last year, Ballard was chosen to provide fuel cell systems for the largest-ever deployment of hydrogen buses. China is now Ballard’s largest market, with the company expected to see 50% of its sales come from the country this…

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UK to invest nearly $30 million in fuel cell vehicles and hydrogen infrastructure

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Government announces new initiative to support fuel cell vehicles The United Kingdom government has announced that it will commit nearly $30 million in funding to support the clean transportation sector. The funding is meant to accelerate the adoption of fuel cell vehicles and aid in the development of a comprehensive hydrogen fuel infrastructure. The UK Department of Transport will be issuing the funding, providing aid to companies specializing in hydrogen and those that develop fuel cell technology. The funding will also be issued to automakers that produce fuel cell vehicles.…

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Beijing closes its last large-scale coal power plant in favor of renewable energy

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Major coal facility has ceased operations The last large-scale coal power plant in Beijing, China, has ceased operations. The city has been working to fight air pollution for some time now, and coal power plants have become a target. In order to reduce air pollution, Beijing has made it a priority to embrace renewable energy and clean transportation. As such, the city has adopted several policies that could help accomplish this goal. Beijing also has the ambitious goal of becoming China’s first city to be powered completely by renewable energy…

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