New hydrogen fuel station opens in France

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Air Liquide and Groupe ADP come together to launch a new fueling facility Air Liquide and Groupe ADP have opened their first hydrogen fuel station within an airport zone in France. The new hydrogen station was designed and installed by Air Liquide and will be partially used to support the expansion of “Hype,” the first hydrogen-powered taxi fleet. The hydrogen station is meant to bolster the infrastructure support that fuel cell vehicles would have in the Greater Paris Area. As this infrastructure expands, more consumers may be willing to purchase…

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Ballard is bringing more hydrogen fuel cells to China

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New fuel cell engine production facility to be built in Shanghai Ballard Power Systems, a leading developer of hydrogen fuel cells, has announced that it will be helping develop a new fuel cell engine facility in Shanghai, China. The new facility is being commissioned by Shanghai Edrive, a subsidiary of Zhongshan Broad-Ocean Motor. The new facility will make use of fuel cell systems developed by Ballard and represents the ongoing partnership between Ballard and Zhongshan. Shanghai Edrive will operate the first facility in China that will be producing Ballard fuel…

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California lawmakers seeks to secure the future of clean vehicles

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Assemblyman Ting plans to introduce an ambitious new bill that will support clean vehicles A California lawmaker aims to make clean vehicles a priority in the near future. Assemblyman Phil Ting has announced his intention to introduce a bill that would have the state’s motor vehicle departments issue registration only to clean vehicles. This would effectively ban the sale of conventional vehicles by 2040, according to Ting’s plan. After that point, only vehicles equipped with hydrogen fuel cells or batteries will be able to be registered in the state. State…

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New catalyst could help make fuel cells affordable

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Researchers develop new catalyst that uses no platinum Researchers from Sandia National Laboratories and the University of California are working to drive down the cost of hydrogen fuel cells. These researchers have developed a new catalyst that could eventually replace the platinum catalysts that fuel cells typically use. The new catalyst is comprised of a compound that takes the form of a “rippled leaf.” Researchers have shown that the new compound has three times as many catalytic contact points as typical catalysts. Research team developed catalyst using natural processes Researchers…

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Fuel cells are helping change the transportation space

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Automakers are becoming more focused on fuel cells The landscape of the transportation world is beginning to shift. More automakers are beginning to develop vehicles that produce no emissions. These companies are feeling pressure from governments, which are seeking to cut emissions by a significant degree. Automakers are also working to accommodate the growing demand from consumers for clean vehicles. Many have turned to batteries to power a new generation of cars, but some have become focused on hydrogen fuel cells. Toyota has major plans for its fuel cell vehicles…

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Fuel cell vehicles are gaining momentum, according to new report

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Report shows that some 6,000 hydrogen-powered cars will have been sold by year’s end More than 6,000 fuel cell vehicles could be sold throughout the world by the end of this year, according to the new report “Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles: A Global Analysis.” The report shows that some 5,500 vehicles equipped with hydrogen fuel cells have already been sold. Approximately 2,400 of these vehicles were sold in the first three quarters of this year alone.  Naqi Jaffery, the leady author of the report, suggests that “at least 10 brands…

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Fiat and Hyundai may soon team to improve hydrogen fuel cells

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Fiat and Hyundai are negotiating a potential partnership Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is currently negotiating with South Korean automaker Hyundai concerning a partnership that would be focused on developing hydrogen-based engines. Fiat has shown some interest in hydrogen fuel in recent years, but this has been overshadowed by Hyundai’s own focus on fuel cell technology. Hyundai already offers a vehicle that is powered by hydrogen fuel. The automaker has also established a great deal of expertise in fuel cell technology considering its relatively new interest in these energy systems. Hyundai continues…

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Toyota to open a new hydrogen fuel facility in California

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New facility will generate hydrogen fuel using bio-waste Japanese automaker Toyota has announced plans to build a new hydrogen fuel generation facility in California’s Port of Long Beach. Called the Tri-Gen plant, the new facility will generate water, electricity, and hydrogen. This will be accomplished through the use of bio-waste from the state’s massive agriculture sector. The new facility could have a major impact on the clean transportation sector, where fuel cell vehicles are beginning to gain momentum. Tri-Gen facility to produce 1.2 tons of hydrogen daily Once fully operational,…

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South Australia offering up grants for renewable energy projects

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Government aims to fund promising projects from four companies South Australia is continuing its efforts to embrace renewable energy and will soon have more efficient storage solutions. The state government has plans to issue grants ranging from $1 million to $3.6 million to four companies that will be leading these efforts. Currently, companies have submitted more than 80 proposals seeking funding for their renewable energy and storage projects. The grants will be issued as part of the South Australian renewable energy fund, which has some $150 million available. Tesla has…

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Fuel cells are helping reinvent Japan’s energy structure

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Japan continues to turn to hydrogen to remake its future Japan is working to reinvent its energy structure. These efforts began in earnest following the devastating 2011 earthquake that struck the Fukushima Prefecture. The quake triggered a serious nuclear crisis, which led the Japanese government to shut down the majority of the country’s nuclear power facilities for a time. Now, Japan is working to embrace renewable energy, particularly hydrogen fuel cells, in order to become more self-sufficient and to combat the potential impact of climate change in the future. Clean…

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UCLA researchers develop new device that can produce hydrogen fuel

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New device uses solar energy to produce hydrogen A team of researchers from UCLA have developed a new device that is capable of producing and storing hydrogen fuel. The research team suggests that the device can be replicated at various different sizes, making it useful for small electronics as well as fuel cell vehicles. In the most extreme cases, the device could even be scaled-up to be used as a hydrogen storage system for large cities. The device is also environmentally friendly, as it uses solar energy to produce hydrogen…

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Some 15 million fuel cell vehicles could be on the road by 2030

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Hydrogen Council believes fuel cell vehicles have a promising future The Hydrogen Council, a group comprised of some of the world’s leading automakers, believes that fuel cell vehicles will become much more prominent in the coming years. The organization predicts that as many as 15 million hydrogen-powered cars and 500,000 hydrogen-powered trucks will be on the road by 2030. If this is to become a reality, however, it may require an investment of potentially $300 billion. Automakers are investing aggressively in hydrogen fuel BMW, Toyota, and Hyundai are part of…

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Daimler seeks to use hydrogen fuel cells to power data centers

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New partnership will study how fuel cell systems can be used to power data centers German automaker Daimler has announced new plans to research hydrogen fuel cells. The company has partnered with Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Power Innovations, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to study how fuel cells can be used to power data centers. The new project aims to develop prototype continuous power solutions that will serve as backup energy systems for data centers. Hydrogen fuel cells have been used for such purposes for the past several years. Fuel…

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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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Japan to relax regulations focused on hydrogen fuel stations

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Agency will be reworking regulations in order to support the growth of hydrogen infrastructure The Japanese government will be relaxing regulations concerning the development of new hydrogen fuel stations. The Fire and Disaster Management Agency will be overseeing the endeavor, which aims to make it easier for new fueling stations to be built. New hydrogen fuel stations are meant to provide support for fuel cell vehicles, which are becoming more common throughout Japan as consumers become more interested in clean transportation. These stations will also help Japan accomplish its goals…

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SEB to lead feasibility study of hydrogen fuel cells in Malaysia

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Energy company will be researching fuel cell technology Sarawek Energy Berhad (SEB), an energy company based in Malaysia, will be leading a feasibility study concerning the use of hydrogen fuel cells. The company intends to discover how these energy systems can be put to use for various energy purposes. The Malaysian government is aiding the feasibility study as many government agencies have an interest in using clean energy to generate clean electricity. Government continues to show strong interest in clean technology SEB believes that its research into hydrogen fuel cells…

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