EU issues new guidance for renewable energy projects

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New documents aim to ensure clean power projects are being developed responsibly The European Commission has issued new guidance to help European governments during the planning phases of renewable energy projects. The Commission has issued two guidance documents as part of the EU Action plan for nature, people, and the economy. These documents aim to improve biodiversity within the European Union while ensuring that new energy projects can be developed safely and in an affordable manner. The environmental risks of clean power projects are becoming a concern Environment, Fisheries, and…

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Kia set to launch the Niro EV in South Korea

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Kia will be launching its new clean vehicle in South Korea Kia has plans to launch its latest clean vehicle, the Niro EV, in its native South Korea. The Niro EV was first unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Nevada. The automaker has plans to bring the new vehicle to the European market later this year. The new car is part of Kia’s ongoing efforts to launch vehicles that produce no harmful emissions and can operate in an efficient manner. Niro EV will be able to travel 236 miles…

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New fuel cell vehicles have been delivered to London, Paris, and Brussels

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Fleet of 60 hydrogen-powered cars have come to European cities A fleet of 60 fuel cell vehicles have been deployed in the United Kingdom, France, and Belgium as part of Europe’s ZEFER project. The project aims to deliver 180 new hydrogen-powered vehicles to Europe. These vehicles will be used as taxis, private-hire cars, and will also be used by law enforcement agencies. The fuel cell vehicles are part of an overarching effort to make transportation throughout Europe more environmentally friendly. New vehicles will provide data on the operation of fuel…

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New white papers highlight the value of smart hydrogen

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Smart hydrogen could help make renewable energy networks stronger A team of 11 European research partners, which includes NUI Galaway and the Belfast Metropolitan College, have released new white papers concerning the concept of “smart hydrogen.” This type of hydrogen is produced through the use of renewable energy, which makes the fuel considerably more environmentally friendly than what is available today. The white papers are part of the GenComm project, which is an initiative focused on determining the maturity of hydrogen-based technology and how it can be used at new…

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New 3D-printed electric car set to launch in Europe in 2019

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XEV develops new electric vehicle that has been 3D-printed A new kind of electric car will be coming to Europe in 2019. XEV, a Chinese automaker, has unveiled its LSEV model, which is a 3D-printed vehicle powered by electricity. The automaker believes that the new electric car will be ready for sale in Asia and Europe in April of next year. Notably, the vehicle is expected to be relatively inexpensive when compared to its counterparts. The LSEV has a tentative price tag of approximately $10,000. LSEV is meant to operate…

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Netherlands is lagging behind in renewable energy adoption

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CBS data shows that the Netherlands is falling short of its EU targets The Netherlands is making some progress on 17 targets set by the United Nations, but is falling behind when it comes to meeting the targets concerning climate protection, renewable energy, economic stability, and social equality. Data from CBS, a national statistics office, shows that the country is performing well in meeting the other targets, but embracing clean power and fighting climate change have been complicated issues. In terms of adopting renewable energy and cutting emissions, the Netherlands…

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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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Fuel cell vehicles are slowly gaining momentum

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Report highlights the modest success that hydrogen-powered cars are beginning to see Fuel cell vehicles are slowly beginning to gain traction in some parts of the world, but they have yet to find any mainstream success. According to a report from Information Trends, approximately 6,500 hydrogen-powered cars are in operation today. The majority of these vehicles are found in the United States, where California has become one of the world’s leading markets for clean vehicles. Approximately 38% of all fuel cell vehicles can be found in Japan, with 9% currently…

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JIVE 2 project seeks to bring more buses equipped with fuel cells to Europe

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New project launches to deploy hydrogen-powered buses Clean transportation in Europe is gaining more momentum thanks to the launch of the JIVE 2 project. The project will be leveraging a $25 million grant from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, which will help it deploy new buses equipped with hydrogen fuel cells. JIVE 2 will be deploying 152 of these buses across 14 European cities. These cities will be located in France, Germany, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and the Netherlands. European cities are working to make transportation cleaner The JIVE…

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Hyundai sees new trends emerging with driverless technology and clean vehicles

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Hyundai believes driverless vehicles will become much more common in 2018 The auto industry is beginning to experience a significant shift, with new trends emerging for 2018. According to Mike Song, head of operations at Hyundai, driverless technology will become much more prominent next year. Song also predicts that clean technology will also become more of a priority for automakers. Hyundai has already been working to develop driverless technology, with autonomous systems to be part of new launch models. The automaker is also investing heavily in hydrogen fuel cells, which…

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Sale of fuel cell vehicles is on the rise worldwide

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Report shows that some 6,000 fuel cell vehicles will have been sold by the end of 2017 Information Trends, a leading market research company, has released a new report concerning the growing market for fuel cell vehicles. The report suggests that as many as 6,000 of these vehicles will have been sold worldwide by the end of this year. Vehicles equipped with hydrogen fuel cells have been gaining momentum throughout the year, but still remain relatively rare among consumers in many countries. These cars have found the majority of their…

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Haskel to aid Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking’s H2Ref Project

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Haskel will be working on a project that could benefit hydrogen stations Haskel International has announced that it will be working with the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking in order to develop new clean technology. Through this partnership, Haskel will be working on the H2Ref Project. This project is focused on the research and development of refueling technologies for hydrogen fuel stations. Haskel has extensive experience with pressure pump and valve manufacture, which may be very useful for efforts involving the expansion of hydrogen infrastructures. Partnership continues to show…

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Norsk Hydro to purchase wind energy from project in Sweden

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Large corporation has agreed to purchase electricity from wind farm Norsk Hydro, a major aluminum producer based in Europe, has agreed to purchase the majority of electricity produced by a new wind energy system in Sweden. The new wind farm is currently under development, receiving financial support from Macquarie, an Australia bank, and General Electric. These two organizations believe that the power purchase agreement formed with Norsk Hydro represents the largest of its kind for a corporate wind energy purchaser. Corporations are beginning to invest heavily in clean power Many…

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Wind energy achieves new milestone in Europe

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Wind power sets a new generation record in Europe last month Wind energy reached a new milestone in Europe at the end of October. On October 28, wind farms in 28 countries throughout the European Union generated approximately 25% of all the electricity that was used in Europe. This is approximately 153.7 gigawatts, which is enough to power about 197 million homes. Wind energy has grown very quickly in Europe, especially as the cost of wind turbines continues to fall. Several countries have also shown strong support for offshore projects,…

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Irish offshore wind energy system gains new support from Parkwind

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Parkwind has become a strategic partner in the Oriel Wind Farm An offshore wind energy system being built in Ireland has received a major investment that could speed up development. Parkwind, an offshore wind developer based in Belgium, has announced that it has become a strategic partner in the Oriel Wind Farm. The project is being developed in the North West Irish Sea, some 22 kilometers from Dundalk. Parkwind has invested in the project in order to aid in its development, offering expertise and financial support. New wind project will…

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