New trains equipped with fuel cells are coming to Germany

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Alstom to bring new hydrogen-powered trains to Germany New hydrogen-powered trains will be making their way to Germany within the next four years. These trains are being developed by French engineering firm Alstom. The company intends to deliver 14 of these trains to LNVG, a railway company that operates in Lower Saxony, Germany. The trains will be the first of their kind in northern Germany and will produce no harmful emissions. Eventually, other trains equipped with fuel cells will be deployed throughout the country, adding momentum to Germany’s clean transportation…

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New car using solar energy wins praise at the World Solar Challenge

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Solar-powered car attracts major support at annual event A new family car has won significant praise during the World Solar Challenge in Australia this year. The challenge is held to highlight the use of solar energy. Some 41 vehicles, all equipped with photovoltaic technology, were brought to the event, where they competed in a 1,860 mile trek. One vehicle, in particular, won the competition for the third consecutive time. One vehicle from Dutch company Eindhoven won crowd support, however, with many heralding the company’s vehicle as the future of transportation.…

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Cologne now has the largest fleet of fuel cell buses in Europe

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City has embraced fuel cell buses aggressively Cologne, Germany, has become home to the largest fuel cell bus fleet in Europe. The city has invested heavily in clean transportation, a move that has been heavily supported by the German government. Cologne’s Regionalverkehr Koln GmbH has been awarded with $8.7 million, which will be used to purchase 30 fuel cell buses. The funding will also be used to develop two new hydrogen fuel stations that will serve these vehicles. Funding will be used to bring new vehicles to the market and…

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Wind energy may supply 30% of Europe’s electricity by 2030

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Reports highlight the possible future of Europe’s wind power sector WindEuorpe, a trade group focused on wind energy in Europe, believes that wind power could provide as much as 30% of Europe’s electricity by 2030. The organization has release two reports highlighting the growth of wind power throughout Europe. Several countries have embraced this form of clean energy in order to cut emissions and reliance on fossil-fuels. Some have even shown strong support for offshore wind projects, which have the potential to generate large quantities of electrical power. Wind capacity…

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Companies aim to expand Germany’s hydrogen infrastructure

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Daimler, Shell, and Linde are building two new hydrogen stations Daimler, Shell, and the Linde Group have commissioned two new hydrogen stations that will be built in Germany. The companies have been working together to develop a comprehensive hydrogen infrastructure throughout Germany and have made significant progress in this endeavor. Germany is currently home to one of the most extensive hydrogen networks in Europe and has become a very attractive home for clean vehicles, particularly those that use hydrogen to operate. New stations will  help expand Germany’s hydrogen infrastructure Daimler…

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Hamburg supports hydrogen fuel despite challenges

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City faces some significant challenges with its interest in hydrogen fuel Hamburg, Germany, is investing heavily in clean transportation, particularly where hydrogen fuel is involved. The city is attempting to make hydrogen more mainstream, but residents have been slow to warm to this type of clean fuel. While a comprehensive hydrogen fuel infrastructure has been taking form in the city, fuel cell vehicles are still quite rare, and consumers are uncertain that such vehicles are worthwhile. Lacking consumer interest is just one of the challenges that the city faces in…

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Germany is making significant progress in its renewable energy endeavors

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German Renewable Energy Federation highlights the progress that the country has made Germany is making major strides in its ongoing transition toward renewable energy. The German Renewable Energy Federation has announced that it has reached a major milestone. According to the organization, Germany has generated 35% of its electricity from clean power sources between January and June of this year. By comparison, the United States generated approximately 19% of its electricity from renewable sources during the same period. Wind, solar, and hydropower have contributed heavily to Germany’s renewable energy endeavor.…

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Hyundai aims to compete with Toyota with latest fuel cell vehicle

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Fuel cell vehicle will allow Hyundai to establish a strong presence in clean transportation South Korean automaker has announced that it will be launching a new fuel cell vehicle next year. The announcement was made at the Geneva Motor Show and highlights the company’s continued efforts to establish a lead in the clean transportation space. One of Hyundai’s goals is to compete more aggressively with Toyota, which has already launched a modestly successful fuel cell vehicle of its own. Hyundai intends to build a major presence in emerging markets where…

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New project aims to improve quality of hydrogen fuel

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New research initiative aims to make hydrogen fuel more pure Two major research institutes in Germany are set to launch a new project that will extend their analysis laboratories in order to improve hydrogen fuel quality. Currently, no independent German laboratory has the capacity to determine if the quality of hydrogen produced within the country meets international standards. The new project is being launched by the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Center and the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Wuttemberg. Researchers will work to extend the analysis capabilities of…

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Solar energy may strike a blow against coal industry by 2040

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Inexpensive solar energy may prove to be a problem for the coal industry By 2040, inexpensive solar energy may deal a grievous blow to the coal industry, according to a new study from Bloomberg New Energy Finance. The study highlights the rapidly falling cost of solar power and its associated technologies. As prices continue to drop, it is becoming easier to embrace solar energy. Bloomberg predicts that solar power will actually be less expensive than coal in most parts of the world by 2021, which may trigger a major shift…

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New hydrogen fuel stations open in Germany

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H2 Mobility launched two new hydrogen fuel stations H2 Mobility Deutschland, a joint venture from Air Liquide, Daimler, Linde, and Shell, has opened two new hydrogen fuel stations in Germany. The stations are located in Frankfurt and Wiesbaden. Germany’s hydrogen fuel infrastructure has been growing quite quickly in recent years, largely due to the country’s support of clean transportation. Fuel cell vehicles are expected to become more common in Germany and these vehicles are in need of a comprehensive fueling infrastructure in order to be successful. New stations will help…

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Europe shows greater commitment to offshore wind energy

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Offshore wind energy wins the support of European leaders Leaders throughout Europe have come together to declare their commitment for offshore wind energy. Government representatives from Germany, Belgium, and Denmark gathered at the Offshore Wind Energy 2017 industry event with the intent to show more support for a growing sector. Offshore projects have been taking form in several European markets, with these projects showing a great deal of economic promise. European countries intend to support the development of new projects in order to take advantage of these economic prospects. Countries…

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Honda opens new charging station for electric vehicles in Europe

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New charging station will support electric vehicles in Germany Japanese automaker Honda has opened Europe’s most advanced charging station for electric vehicles. The company has built the new charging station in the parking lot of its European Research and Development Center, which is in Germany. The charging station is equipped with advanced technology and is capable of charging four electric vehicles at the same time. The station is only one step in Honda’s overarching effort to provide better support with clean vehicles and the company plans to integrate hydrogen fuel…

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European transport companies come together to develop new fuel cell vehicles

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German and Italian companies will work together to bring more fuel cell vehicles to Europe German and Italian public transportation companies are coming together in order to help develop new fuel cell buses in Europe. This is part of a larger European Union initiative that aims to cut down on urban emissions and improve the overall air quality of European cities. The German and Italian companies are seeking to develop 63 new fuel cell vehicles, which will serve as public transit solutions in major urban areas. New buses will help…

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Switzerland to phase out nuclear power in favor of renewable energy

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Swiss voters show favor for renewable energy over nuclear power Switzerland voters have approved a new plan for the government to move away from nuclear power in form of renewable energy. The Swiss government is keen to replace aging nuclear reactors with new energy solutions in order to ensure that the country has a reliable source of sustainable electricity. Some 58% of Swiss voters approved the plan over the past weekend, which now requires the government to take action on phasing out nuclear power. Plan calls for nuclear power plants…

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AFC Energy seeks to expand use of hydrogen fuel cells in Germany

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Fuel cell developer begins engineering work at German facility AFC Energy, a leading developer of industrial hydrogen fuel cells, has announced that it is expanding its presence in the German market. The company has officially begun its engineering work at the Covestro Industrial Park, which is owned by Covestro Deutchland. AFC Energy is leading this engineering work, aiming to review the use of new technology and predict the costs associated with using hydrogen fuel cells. The company is currently installing one of its 1 megawatt alkaline fuel cells at the…

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