Going Green in 2013: Alternative Vehicles for a New Year

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Each new year begets a slew of new alternative vehicles and introduces the next wave of eco-friendly innovation. Clean transportation will continue to grow in 2013 with a greater selection of models and reduced prices. Here are some hybrid and electric vehicles available in 2013 that will color our planet a brighter shade of green. 2013 Tesla Model S Motor Trend named the 2013 Tesla Model S the car of the year, the first electric vehicle to receive the prestigious award in its 64 years. The Model S is “one…

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Winners of this year’s Shell Eco-Marathon Asia take top honors with hydrogen-powered cars

Shell Eco-Marathon Asia 2011

The Shell Eco-marathon Asia has come to a close with some surprising results. The annual marathon pits teams of university students against one another in a race powered by sustainable fuel. In previous years, batteries have dominated the raceway. This year, however, hydrogen proved to be a formidable opponent and beat out the competition. The winners are determined based on how far their vehicles can go on one liter of fuel. Those powered by fuel cells performed the best in this regard. The winning team is comprised of six students…

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The end of the tour is just the beginning for the eye catching Mercedes F-Cell B-Class

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The Mercedes-Benz hydrogen powered world tour is nearing its end. Mercedes has already three of the F-CELL B-Class vehicles through Europe, America and Australia. The manufacturer is hoping that the tour will prove the viability of hydrogen powered vehicles and show that fuel cells are ready for commercial consumption. Now the fleet is moving into Asia after completing the Australian leg of their journey. The F-Cell B-Class cars arrived in China in time for the Auto Shanghai show, where Mercedes showed off their hydrogen technologies to crowds. After departing, the fleet…

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Mercedes and Linde Group Hydrogen World Tour

Mercedes-Benz launched their hydrogen powered world tour back in January and their 3 B-Class vehicles arrived in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, this week. The F-Cell World Drive is the manufacturer’s way of proving that hydrogen fuel cells are commercially viable for mass produced vehicles. The car will make stops at several automobile conventions on their way across the nation. As hydrogen refueling stations are a sparse commodity in the U.S., the Linde group, leading suppliers of industrial gases, are tagging along to ensure the tour keeps moving. Linde has supplied a…

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Cella Energy uses micro-beads for hydrogen storage

Cella Energy, an Oxford-based hydrogen fuel cell production company, has announced their partnership with an unnamed automobile manufacturer to develop its first commercial products based on its hydrogen storage technology. Cella gained significant momentum for the project after winning £40,000 of funding from Shell’s Springboard low-carbon technology competition. Cella has developed a new method that makes use of nano-materials as a form of hydrogen storage. The nano-materials are called micro-bead and are capable of holding hydrogen at extremely low pressures and are nearly 30 times smaller than a grain of…

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Waste Not, Want Not

Renewable energy is at the forefront of environmental concerns. Organizations around the world are advocating the use of hydrogen to lead the transition from fossil-fuels. Hydrogen is one of the most reliable sources of energy and the most abundant known element. Fuel cells are the primary medium through which hydrogen power is generated. Producing the fuel cells comes with significant drawbacks, however, as they are made from, and utilize, costly materials. Advances are being made to make hydrogen fuel more viable, and Pilus Energy may have found a way to…

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Students granted a sneak peak into the future

Engineering students at the University of Missouri-Kansas are getting a sneak peek of Toyota’s new hydrogen fuel cell concept cars. Students are abuzz with excitement as they get the chance to see the future of what they may be designing one day. Toyota’s new concept cars are said to be the next step in hybrid vehicles, utilizing a new brand of hydrogen fuel cell for power. The Toyota Fuel Cell Advanced Hybrid Vehicle is similar to the already popular Prius, but uses no gasoline. Instead, electrical power is generated by…

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Hydrogen vans used as part of a test on Livermore campus

Two new hydrogen-powered vans were introduced in Livermore, California, Tuesday by Lawrence Livermore and Sandia California national laboratories. Lab officials were joined by representatives from the Department of Energy to showcase two Ford E-450 passenger vans that are meant to transport passengers from building to building across two campuses. The use of the vans will be part of a test that will determine the performance of the hydrogen powered vehicles and their fueling stations through prolonged, day-to-day use. They will be replacing the diesel fuel taxis that have been operating…

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Reasons for a hydrogen fuel powered tomorrow…

The environment of the United States is being effected by a place that is over two thousand miles away. The Greenland Ice Sheet is similar to a time capsule; giving scientists a snapshot look at environmental occurrences over the last 100 thousand years. Samples from over two miles deep into the ice core have given fantastic insights and brought disturbing realizations. Greenland has about 80 percent of its surface covered in ice; that’s over 650 thousand square miles. This area is commonly called the Greenland Ice Sheet, and it is…

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New research showing expensive platinum may be replaced

Acal Energy Ltd. is a small company that was founded in 2004 in the United Kingdom. The company develops fuel cell systems and consumable chemicals for stationary, residential, electronic, and automotive applications.  They have been working with hydrogen fuel cells and receiving a large portion of their funding, approximately 1 million pounds (1.6 million U.S.), from a U.K. government agency for their research. A Belgium chemical company and a Japanese car company are working with them too. So what does this company have that everyone wants to be a part…

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What is hydrogen fuel cell and why is it better

Hydrogen Based Economy

Hydrogen fuel is an alternative energy source that is now being explored to be a source of fuel for passenger vehicles. Researches and studies have confirmed that hydrogen fuel cells can be used to provide power for electric motors as well as burned in ICEs or internal combustion engines. There are two natural elements that are combined to make water and one of them is hydrogen. Hydrogen is an element that carries energy and it can be a compact energy source for batteries and fuel cells.   There are several…

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California students recognized for astonishing work

A team of student engineers from the University of California’s Bourns College of Engineering received national acclaim Wednesday for their research in developing clean and affordable hydrogen fuel cells. This is the third award the team has received over the course of a year. The students came in 2nd place against a competitive field of 54 other teams from around the world in the Department of Energy contest that challenges students to find real-world application for hydrogen power. The team won with their design for a residential fueling system for…

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The now and future of hydrogen highways

Hydrogen Highways

One of the most daunting challenges facing hydrogen fuel cells today is infrastructure. The lack of abundant filling station around the world severely inhibits the marketability of fuel cell powered vehicles and is preventing them from being used on a massive scale. In an effort to establish an infrastructure and move hydrogen fuel cells into the mainstream, a number of proposals have been made to develop hydrogen highways – a series of filling station along roads that will service hydrogen powered cars. While hydrogen fuel has long been hailed as…

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Mercedes course for world cup domination

In an effort to promote hydrogen powered vehicles and prove their viability, Mercedes-Benz has launched their world tour. The tour will take the Mercedes-Benz B-Class F CELL vehicles — all powered by hydrogen fuel cells — and set them on a course to circumnavigate the world. The route is over 30,000 kilometers and will pass through three continents and 14 countries. The vehicles themselves were designed to prove that hydrogen is the energy of the future. The aim is to show “the high degree of maturity which has been achieved…

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Toyota and ANA join forces for eco-friendly transportation

Toyota and the Japanese airline ANA are joining forces in a venture promoting eco-friendly means of transportation. The deal was made this previous week, where Toyota eco-friendly cars will be set to transport passengers of the airport. The passengers from Narita will be the ones accommodated by these Toyota eco-friendly cars after their trips from some states of the US like Chicago, Washington DC, San Francisco and New York, as well as some cities in Europe like Paris, London and Frankfurt. These cars will be included in the Welcome-Home Limousine Taxi Service…

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The new B Class F Cell

Germany is noted as the leading country in hydrogen and fuel cell technology. In its attempt to further make its way to the top, a new car was introduced to the Federal Ministry of Transport by Mercedes-Benz. The car is referred to as B-Class F-Cell. Peter Ramsauer, the minister of the Federal Ministry of Transport claims that for Germany, the promotion of the use of electronically powered vehicles such as those that are battery powered is vital for the country. However, they are not just focused on this option but…

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