Mirai reaches new milestone in California

Mirai reaches milestone in California - California welcome sign

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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Researchers develop innovative direct carbon fuel cell

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New fuel cell system can produce electricity using coal, biomass, and organic waste Scientists from the Idaho National Laboratory have developed a new fuel cell that is capable of generating electricity through the consumption of solid carbon sources, such as coal and biomass. The research team notes that the direct carbon fuel cell, as it is called, is capable of operating at low temperatures. It is also capable of reaching higher power density than its predecessors. Researchers believe that the fuel cell could lead to better carbon capture solutions in…

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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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State awards $8 million for the development of new hydrogen fuel stations

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First Element Fuel will be developing new hydrogen fuel stations in California The California Energy Commission has awarded some $8 million to First Element Fuel. The funding comes from the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, which aims to help promote clean transportation throughout California. With this funding, First Element Fuel will work to develop new hydrogen fuel stations in Redwood City, Studio City, Beverly Hills, and Mission Hills. These cities are likely to become popular markets for fuel cell vehicles, which currently lack comprehensive infrastructure support. California…

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Startup brings a hydrogen fuel powered bike to France

Hydrogen Fuel Powered Bike from Pragma Industries

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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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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Majority of electric vehicles are acquired through leasing programs

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Study shows most consumers lease their clean vehicles The penetration of electric vehicles in the United States is heavily reliant on leasing, according to a new study from Bloomberg New Energy Finance. In many cases, leasing allows consumers to avoid potentially high upfront costs. In the case of vehicles equipped with fuel cells, leasing programs also grant consumers guaranteed access to the hydrogen fuel they need to power these vehicles. The study shows that the vast majority of electric vehicles and hybrids in the United States are gained through leasing…

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AFC Energy aims to increase the life of hydrogen fuel cells

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Partnership is working to improve fuel cells while reducing their cost AFC Energy, a leading developer of hydrogen fuel cells, believes that its partnership with De Nora, a manufacturer of electrolyzers and other such technologies, will help drive down the cost of hydrogen power. In October of last year, AFC Energy suggested that the electricity generated from its fuel cells could eventually reach less than 10 cents per kilowatt-hour. Moreover, AFC Energy is poised to increase the lifetime of its fuel cells through the use of improved electrodes. New electrode…

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Mobile phone towers double as green energy stations

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The fuel cells convert excess electricity from the solar panels and wind turbines into hydrogen that is stored on-site. This way, they cut out fuel used to transport the stored energy to these remote areas. The hydrogen fuel is stored in a tank and delivered to the fuel cells to generate electricity when needed, for instance when there’s not enough wind or solar power.

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