Daimler still sees potential in fuel cells

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Daimler has not yet given up on hydrogen fuel cells Most of the world’s major automakers are making efforts to produce clean vehicles, but some are divided on what technology to use. Some are committed to using batteries in order to power new cars, while others are interested in hydrogen fuel cells. Daimler is one of the companies that have an interest in both technologies, though it favors one in particular. Daimler is eager to develop new clean vehicles equipped with advanced battery technology, but the automaker has not yet…

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Ballard fights back against report concerning its success with Chinese fuel cells

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Report suggests that Ballard’s stock gains in 2017 may be unwarranted Ballard Power Systems, a leading developer of fuel cell technology, is fighting back against a recent report from Spruce Grove Capital. The report claimed that Ballard’s stock gains throughout 2017 were unwarranted. This lead to a 22% drop in the company’s shares in the week following the report. Now, Ballard has released its own statement, showing that it is on track to generate more than $120 million in revenue during the 2017 fiscal year. Report predicts failure for Ballard…

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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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Mirai reaches new milestone in California

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Toyota has sold more than 3,000 fuel cell vehicles in California Toyota has reached a new milestone with its fuel cell vehicle in California. The Japanese automaker has announced that it has surpassed 3,000 units of its Mirai sold in the state. The Mirai now accounts for more than 80% of all fuel cell vehicles in operation throughout the United States. Toyota brought the vehicle to California to take advantage of the state’s growing focus on and support for clean transportation. The state is currently home to the largest hydrogen…

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Clean vehicles could become more affordable thanks to new catalyst

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Researchers develop new catalyst that uses no platinum The cost of clean vehicles may be set to plummet in the coming years. Researchers from the University of California have developed a new, inexpensive catalyst that could be used by fuel cell systems. The new catalyst is comprised of carbon nanofibers and cobalt, which is 100 times less expensive than platinum. Eventually, the catalyst could find its way to production fuel cells, which would be used to power future generations of clean vehicles that operate using hydrogen. Costly fuel cells make…

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Report highlights the future growth of fuel cell vehicles

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Report shows that the market for fuel cell vehicles is growing quickly The market for fuel cell vehicles is set to see healthy growth, according to a report from Global Market Insights. The report predicts that the market will surpass 300,000 units sold by 2024. This growth is being powered by technological advances, which have helped make fuel cell vehicles more efficient and less expensive. Continued technological development may help these vehicles overcome their battery-powered counterparts, establishing a leading presence in the clean transportation space. Large investments are fueling technological…

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Alstom to bring trains equipped with fuel cells to Germany

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New train to begin trial runs in Germany Alstom, a leading manufacturer of trains, is making promising progress on its Coradia iLint, which may be the world’s first passenger train equipped with a hydrogen fuel cell. The new train is expected to make its debut in Germany later this year. The train will be part of Germany’s overarching efforts to revolutionize its railway system to become more environmentally friendly and cut down on emissions. If successful, the train may be the first of many that will be put to use…

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Chinese city aims to become a leader in hydrogen fuel

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Wuhan will establish itself as a hydrogen center in China The city of Wuhan in central China is poised to make itself into a center for hydrogen fuel production and fuel cell technology. A new industrial park is set to be built within the city, which could add significant momentum to China’s budding hydrogen industry. The industrial park is meant to attract more than 100 of China’s small and large companies that have some interest in fuel cell technology. These companies will be instrumental in helping Wuhan make its transition…

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Volvo is showing some interest in hydrogen fuel cells

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Automaker may be moving forward with plans for fuel cells Swedish automaker Volvo may be looking to make use of hydrogen fuel cells in the future. The company has plans to begin releasing clean vehicles at some point in 2019. Most of these vehicles will likely be powered by batteries or hybrid technology. Volvo has a project focused on using hydrogen fuel cells as range extenders, however. As such, the company may be moving forward with this project in order to make electric vehicles more efficient. Powercell completes study concerning…

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Toyota Mirai is coming to Canada

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Mirai will begin being sold in Quebec this year Japanese automaker Toyota has announced that it will be bringing its fuel cell vehicle, the Mirai, to Canada. The company made the announcement at the Montreal Auto Show, where Toyota noted that fleet sales will begin in Quebec. The province has been chosen as a market for the Mirai due to its strong focus on clean transportation. It is the first Canadian province to introduce a zero emission vehicle mandate, which will go into effect this year. Quebec to use clean…

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Startup brings a hydrogen fuel powered bike to France

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New bike operates completely on hydrogen fuel A new startup in France called Pragma Industries has begun offering hydrogen-powered bikes in some municipalities. The company has a history of developing fuel cells for military use, but is seeking to make use of its expertise in new sectors. The company suggests that it is the first to begin commercial production on a hydrogen-powered bike, though it is not the first company to actually develop such a bike. Bike is too costly for most consumers to afford Currently, the new bike is…

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Fuel cell industry faces challenges but could have a promising future

The fuel cell industry is growing despite the challenges it faces The global fuel cell industry experienced healthy growth in 2017, but it still faces significant challenges in the years to come. E4tech, a sustainable energy consultancy firm, estimates that the industry shipped some 670 megawatts worth of fuel cells last year. This is a 30% increase over the capacity that was shipped in 2016. In 2018, this capacity may reach approximately 1,000 megawatts. Despite this promising growth, fuel cells account for an extremely small percentage of all renewable energy…

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Researchers develop new catalyst capable of producing hydrogen fuel

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Researchers use inexpensive materials to develop new catalyst Researchers from the University of California, Santa Cruz, have developed a new carbon-based nanocomposite that could serve as a catalyst to produce renewable hydrogen fuel. The research team notes that the new catalyst is inexpensive due to its use of affordable materials. The catalyst works by separating water into its base components of oxygen and hydrogen, making the production process much more environmentally friendly than it has been in the past. Catalyst can efficiently produce hydrogen fuel The new catalyst is the…

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Demand for hydrogen fuel cells is on the rise in China

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Chinese fuel cell market is growing quickly China’s fuel cell industry is showing healthy signs of growth. These energy systems have managed to attract a great deal of attention due to their performance capabilities and the growing need for renewable power. In 2017, fuel cells found the majority of their growth, with several new fuel cell systems and hydrogen-powered vehicles coming to the country. The growing demand for hydrogen fuel cells has proven beneficial for companies like Ballard Power Systems, which has established a foothold in the Chinese market. Falling…

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GM plans to profit from its electric vehicles by 2021

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Automaker sees significant promise in electric vehicles General Motors is placing a great deal of faith in electric vehicles. The company sees great promise for these vehicles in the future, so much so that it believes it will begin generating profit from all of its clean cars by 2021. Many automakers have been slow to embrace clean technology due to potential losses. As technology has improved, however, the potential to generate revenue from the use of batteries and fuel cells has increased. GM’s new clean vehicle has found modest success…

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Clean vehicles are finding success in South Korea

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Data shows that sales have been growing strong in South Korea Clean vehicles are finding success in South Korea. According to data from the Korea Automobile Importers and Distributors Association, the sale of clean vehicles has jumped by 41.6% in 2017. Throughout the country, approximately 97,466 of these vehicles were sold last year. The majority of these vehicles were hybrids. Consumers have shown interest in zero emission vehicles in recent years and have begun taking advantage of subsidies provided by the government. Kia is leading the market with its clean…

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