Toyota to begin testing new trucks equipped with hydrogen fuel cells

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Automaker is set to begin tests through its Project Portal initiative Japanese automaker Toyota has begun testing new heavy-duty trucks that are part of its Project Portal initiative. These trucks are being put to use at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The vehicles are equipped with hydrogen fuel cells, which generate electricity without also producing harmful emissions. Toyota believes that these energy systems can be used to effectively operate clean vehicles. Indeed, Toyota already offers a fuel cell vehicle that has managed to find modest success. Project…

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GM foresees and ambitious future for fuel cells

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GM is working to develop its promising SURUS platform Three of the world’s largest automakers – Honda, Hyundai, and Toyota – have all released fuel cell vehicles for consumers in the United States. Automaker General Motors has shown an interest in fuel cell technology, but has opted to not join these companies in mass producing a new car. Instead, General Motors is focusing on the potential future of fuel cell transportation. As such, the company has been working hard to develop its new Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure (SURUS) platform.…

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Fuel cells may be losing the efficiency battle with batteries

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Study suggests batteries are much more energy efficient than fuel cells Fuel cells have come to establish a relatively strong position in the global auto industry, but they may soon lose their battle with battery technology. A new study from Transport & Environment, an environment organization in Europe, suggests that batteries will win the clean transportation fight. The study suggests that the overall efficiency of battery electric vehicles is significantly higher than vehicles equipped with fuel cells. Some automakers have recently been showing more interest in batteries because they are…

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Volkswagen may be moving away from hydrogen fuel cells

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Automaker could be ditching fuel cells in favor of batteries German automaker Volkswagen may be starting to distance itself from hydrogen fuel cells. The company has long been ambivalent concerning these energy systems, preferring batteries that can power new vehicles. In recent years, the automaker had shown more interest in fuel cells, particularly through its Audi brand. This is changing, however, as Volkswagen begins to focus more of its attention on clean vehicles. Volkswagen has plans to embrace battery technology The automaker has not been shy with its criticisms regarding…

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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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Hydrogen fuel cells could help energy security in Europe

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Conference highlights the energy security potential of fuel cell systems Europe’s energy security may be boosted through the use of hydrogen fuel cells, according to suggested made at a recent conference held in Estonia. The conference was organized by Estonia’s National Institute of Chemical Physics and Biophysics and VTT, a technical research organization in Finland. Elcogen, a developer of solid oxide fuel cell systems, was also heavily involved in the organization of the event. During the conference, speakers suggested that existing hydrogen fuel cells could help solve Europe’s energy security…

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Ballard joins the global Hydrogen Council

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Ballard will be joining internationally-recognized advisory group Ballard Power Systems, a leading developer of fuel cell technology, has announced that it has been officially invited to join the Hydrogen Council. The organization is an internationally-recognized advisory group. The Hydrogen Council is meant to provide long-term insight on the capabilities of fuel cells and how they can be used in the future. The organization was officially launched earlier this year at the World Economic Forum 2017 in Switzerland. Organization aims to promote the use of fuel cells and hydrogen-based technologies As…

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Toyota Australia has high hopes for fuel cell vehicles

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Australian division of Toyota believes that fuel cell vehicles will find success in the future Japanese automaker Toyota has high hopes for its future endeavors in the clean transportation space. While several major automakers have begun taking a very specific focus on clean vehicles, Toyota plans to maintain its broad approach to the clean transportation sector. Toyota’s Australian division believes that it is in an ideal position to promote clean vehicles throughout the country. Toyota Australia has particular faith in fuel cell vehicles, three of which the automaker has brought…

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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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Nisshinbo catalyst could be a boon for the fuel cell industry

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New catalyst could lead to less expensive fuel cell systems Nisshinbo Holdings is working to commercialize its first platinum-free fuel cell catalyst. If successful, the Japanese company will be among the first to bring such a catalyst to the market. The new catalyst could have a major impact on the fuel cell industry as a whole. The catalyst may be able to make fuel cells significantly more affordable, thereby increasing their attractiveness to those interested in clean technology and renewable energy. Company hopes to help fuel cells become more attractive…

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Volkswagen to invest $84 billion into electric vehicles

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Automaker is showing greater support for clean vehicles German automaker Volkswagen has announced plans to begin investing heavily in electric vehicles. Earlier this year, the company announced that it will be committing $10 billion to the development of these vehicles. Now, the automaker has plans to increase this investment to approximately $84 billion. With this investment, Volkswagen aims to bring 300 electric vehicle models to the global market by 2030, an ambitious plan that may rely heavily on the advancement of clean technology. Volkswagen will be working to develop advanced…

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BMW has ambitious plans for hydrogen fuel cells

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Automaker has plans to launch a new fuel cell vehicle in 2025 Automaker BMW has plans to launch a new fuel cell vehicle in 2025. The company has been experimenting with hydrogen fuel cells for some time. These energy systems generate electricity by consuming hydrogen. They have become popular in transportation because of their performance capabilities and the fact that they do not produce harmful emissions. BMW is one of several major automakers that are planning to launch new vehicles equipped with fuel cells in the coming years. BMW plans…

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Hydrogen fuel delivery service is coming to Japan

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Hitachi and Marubeni are launching a new delivery project Residents of Japan will soon be able to have hydrogen delivered directly to their homes. Hitachi Ltd. and Marubeni Corp. have entered into a new partnership to launch an ambitious new project. The project aims to tap into the growing demand for hydrogen fuel. Some of this demand is coming from homeowners, many of whom have come to rely on fuel cell systems. These systems generate electricity that they need, but they also generate thermal power that can be used to…

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Fuel cell vehicles may benefit from new catalyst from University of Delaware

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Engineers develop new catalyst that could improve fuel cell systems for vehicles Engineers from the University of Delaware have developed new technology that could make fuel cells more affordable and durable. The engineers believe that the new technology could help accelerate the commercialization of fuel cell vehicles. These vehicles have been slowly gaining popularity for several years. Automakers have struggled to attain commercialization, however, due to the relatively high costs associated with fuel cell technology. Catalyst makes use of tungsten carbide instead of platinum The engineering team has developed a…

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FuelCell Energy to deliver fuel cells to new project in South Korea

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Companies come together to develop new power plants in South Korea FuelCell Energy, a leading developer of hydrogen fuel cells, has announced that it has entered into a new partnership with Korea Southern Power Company. Together, the two companies will develop new power plants equipped with fuel cells. These power plants will generate both electricity and thermal energy. Construction on the new power plants is expected to begin later this year, with the first facility becoming operational at some point in 2018. New energy systems will be delivered later this…

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New smart town in Japan may make use of hydrogen fuel cells

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Panasonic announces plans to help develop second of Japan’s smart towns Panasonic has announced plans to develop a second smart city in Japan. The announcement was made at the IFA 2017 conference in Germany. The project, called Tsunashima SST, is meant to be developed in Yokohama and will help serve as an economic force in the region. The new smart city is the second that Panasonic has been helping develop, with the first being the Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town , also near Yokohama. Hydrogen fuel cells may see some use…

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