Microsoft begins testing new fuel cells

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Company is now testing natural gas fuel cells for future use Microsoft has begun showing more interest in fuel cells. The company has commenced testing on natural gas fuel cells that may eventually be used to provide electricity to its data centers. Microsoft has several data centers throughout the country, which consume a total of 2% of all electricity generated in the United States. By embracing fuel cells, the company may be able to reduce its strain on the energy grid and become more environmentally friendly. Seattle facility will be…

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New material could lead to a new generation of fuel cells

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Research team develops new material that could benefit fuel cells A team of researchers from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a new material that could lead to a new generation of hydrogen fuel cells. The material is a mix of metal nanocrystals that are enveloped in graphene. Researchers believe that the new material could allow for enhanced hydrogen storage properties. This could make fuel cells more efficient and a much more attractive option when compared to other clean energy systems. Material makes use of graphene and magnesium nanocrystals…

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Hydrogen fuel cells could revolutionize railway systems

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New study showcases the potential of hydrogen fuel cells and how they can be used to power trains Fuel Cell Systems has successfully showcased the feasibility of hydrogen fuel cells being used to power trains in the United Kingdom. The feasibility study was conducted with aid from the University of Birmingham and Hitachi Rail Europe. Through the six-month study, Fuel Cell Systems found that hydrogen fuel cells can be used to increase the efficiency and operational lifespan of trains. Moreover, fuel cells could improve the overall quality of life within…

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Ballard signs $25 million deal to bring hydrogen fuel cells to China

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Ballard and Zhongshan will be working together to promote hydrogen fuel cells Ballard Power Systems, a leading developer of hydrogen fuel cells, has announced that it has signed an agreement with China’s Zhongshan Broad-Ocean Motor Co. Per the agreement; Ballard has sold production rights for its fuel cell modules to the company. Zhongshan will be able to manufacture and sell Ballard’s fuel cell modules in three Chinese regions, including Shanghai. This may represent yet another step forward for Ballard’s continued efforts to commercialize hydrogen fuel cells and establish a strong…

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Researchers discover a way to improve hydrogen fuel cells

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Research team to use new catalyst to power hydrogen fuel cells Researchers from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have found a way to accelerate the hydrogen fuel production process, making fuel cells more efficient and attractive renewable energy solutions. The research team has begun making use of a new catalyst that they claim can speed up the hydrogen generation process 1,000 times. Using the catalyst could allow fuel cell vehicles to fuel much more quickly, which may make them somewhat more attractive to consumers. New catalyst is comprised on nickel…

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Apple wins patent for new fuel cell system

Apple may be developing a fuel cell system for mobile devices Technology giant Apple has been awarded its second patent for a fuel cell system. The patent was awarded by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Apple has been working to develop a new fuel cell system that can be used to charge mobile devices. Fuel cells have long been used for industrial purposes, but these energy systems can generate electricity for a multitude of purposes. Apple believes that a fuel cell system could be quite useful as a…

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Hydrogenics and SinoHytec to bring new fuel cell systems to China

Partnership will deliver new hydrogen fuel cells to northern China Hydrogenics, a leading develop of hydrogen technologies, has signed a partnership with SinoHytec, a Chinese company focused on fuel cells and clean energy. Together, the two companies will work to deliver new fuel cell systems to the northern regions of China, where the demand for clean energy is on the rise. The partnership between the two companies is valued at $13.5 million. Both companies will work to develop new fuel cell systems and their primary focus may be on the…

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Proton Power Systems to deliver hydrogen fuel cell technology to German client

Company enters into a new deal with a German company interested in fuel cells Proton Power Systems, a clean technology company, has announced that it has won a $15 million deal with a German company. The deal will span seven years, during which period Proton Power Systems will deliver hydrogen fuel cells that will be used as emergency power solutions. Currently, Proton Power Systems has an ongoing deal in Bavaria, which has allowed the company to hold a foothold in the German market, where demand for fuel cells is on…

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Hyundai does not need partnerships to improve fuel cell technology

Hyundai has avoided partnerships thus far Automakers are beginning to show more interest in fuel cell technology, but developing this technology alone can be very costly and difficult. In order to mitigate costs and accelerate advances in fuel cell systems, several companies have partnered together, but Hyundai is one that believes that such partnerships are not ideal given the current climate of the fuel cell sector and the clean transportation market. Hyundai already has considerable experience with hydrogen fuel cells, which may be the reason why it has chosen to…

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Fuel cells could keep devices charged for a whole week

Intelligent Energy is making hydrogen fuel cell systems for smartphones The days of short battery life for mobile devices may soon come to an end. Intelligent Energy, a leading developer of hydrogen fuel cells, has been working on a new fuel cell system that can be used to power smartphones. The company has reportedly succeeded in the effort, but it has not yet revealed that name of the product. The fuel cell system is designed to power mobile devices for more than a week. Prototype smartphone shows off the capability…

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Financial aid for hydrogen fuel cells may be coming to an end in the US

ITC expiration could have consequences for renewable energy in the US The Business Energy Investment Tax Credit (ITC) is set to expire soon in the U.S., unless Congress takes steps to resolve this issue. The ITC provides financial support for those developing renewable energy systems. This financial aid is needed due to the relatively high cost of developing these systems. The Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association has urged federal lawmakers to extend the ITC, which is set to expire at the end of the year. Hydrogen fuel cells continue…

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PowerCell receives first order for its S2 fuel cells

Developer announces that it has received the first order for its S2 platform PowerCell, a developer of hydrogen fuel cells based in Sweden, has announced that it has received the first order for its S2 fuel cell platform. The company has established a strong position in the Nordic fuel cell space, offering innovative products that are gaining popularity. The S2 platform is a next generation fuel cell stack that made its first debut at the Hannover Fair in Germany earlier this year. At the event, the S2 platform managed to…

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AFC Energy receives approval for new hydrogen fuel facility in Germany

Fuel cell developer receives final approval needed to build its new energy facility AFC Energy, a developer of hydrogen fuel cells, has announced that it has received the final permit needed to finish construction on what it believes to be the world’s largest industrial alkaline fuel cell facility. The facility is located in Germany, a country that has been growing more interested in fuel cell technology and renewable energy. The new facility will be equipped with alkaline fuel cells, which will produce electrical power that is expected to be delivered…

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Study predicts growth in global stationary fuel cell market

Global stationary fuel cell market is poised to see promising growth in the coming years Winter Green Research has released a new study concerning the global stationary fuel cell market. These fuel cells have become an important energy tool for many industries, largely due to their ability to produce high amounts of electrical power without also producing harmful emissions. Companies in the industrial sector like to use these energy systems, but they are also becoming more common in the residential sector, where they do not only produce electricity but also…

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Intelligent Energy moves forward with plans for portable hydrogen fuel cells

Intelligent Energy successfully acquires maker of disposable consumer products Intelligent Energy, a prominent developer of hydrogen fuel cell technology, has announced its acquisition of Societe Bic, a producer of disposable consumer products. The acquisition cost Intelligent Energy $13 million, and the company will pay an additional $2 million when the transactions is completely finalized. Intelligent Energy could benefit from the acquisition as the company continues to show focus on producing portable and disposable hydrogen fuel cell systems that can be used to power consumer electronics. Portable fuel cells are gaining…

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Hydrogen fuel cell developer wins grant from UK government

Hydrogen fuel cells continue to gain support in the UK Ceres Power, a developer of residential hydrogen fuel cell systems, has been awarded a $1.5 million grant from the United Kingdom’s Department of Energy and Climate Change. The agency has been working to establish the United Kingdom as a world leader in low-carbon technologies and has put a strong focus on fuel cells and other such clean energy systems. While fuel cells remain quite popular in the transportation sector, these energy systems are beginning to gain more attention for their…

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