Nikola is gaining momentum with hydrogen trucks

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Automaker plans to build a new $1 billion manufacturing facility in Arizona Nikola Motor Company, a developer of clean trucks, has announced plans to build a new 500-acre manufacturing facility in Arizona. The new facility will cost approximately $1 billion to develop and is meant to boost the company’s development of hydrogen-powered trucks. Nikola is well on its way to commercializing large hydrogen trucks equipped with hydrogen fuel cells. The company plans to begin construction on its new manufacturing facility by the end of 2019. Arizona chosen for its promising…

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Hyundai NEXO has successfully tested level 4 autonomous technology

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Hyundai has reached a major milestone with self-driving technology South Korean automaker Hyundai has successfully completed a test of its level 4 self-driving vehicle technology. The technology is being used to by Hyundai’s NEXO, the latest fuel cell vehicle developed by the automaker. The company set the NEXO on a 118 mile journey from Seoul to Pyeonchang. The NEXO is completely powered by hydrogen fuel, making use of an advanced fuel cell system developed by Hyundai itself. The new vehicle is meant to showcase how autonomous technology can be used…

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Bloom Energy to bring fuel cells to South Korea

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Bloom Energy to bring new fuel cell systems to South Korea for the first time Bloom Energy, a leading developer of fuel cells, has announced that it has been awarded a contract to provide a fuel cell system to Korea South-East Power. The utility is working to develop a new power plant that makes use of fuel cells to produce electricity. Fuel cells were chosen due to their high levels of performance and proficiency. These energy systems are well aligned with South Korea’s overarching efforts to embrace renewable energy and…

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Riversimple could help promote hydrogen fuel in China

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Riversimple founder will be joining Prime Minister Theresa May in China Clean transportation may be a subject of discussion as United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May makes her first journey to China. Hugo Spowers, founder of clean vehicle developer Riversimple, will be part of a delegation that will be traveling with the Prime Minister. During the trip, the delegation will be visiting several cities. This may serve as an opportunity for Riversimple, as well as several other companies, to lay groundwork to make an entry into the Chinese market. Riversimple…

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Report highlights the slowly growing hydrogen fuel infrastructure in the US

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Only 39 hydrogen fuel stations are currently open to the public As of January 25, there are 39 hydrogen fuel stations available to the public in the United States, according to a report from the Department of Energy. The vast majority of these fueling stations, 35, are located in California. Two hydrogen stations are located in South Carolina, with another 2 serving the entirety of the Northeast. The report highlights the significant lack of infrastructure support that fuel cell vehicles currently have, but it also shows that more fueling stations…

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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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Automakers call for more support for clean vehicles

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GM and Toyota are urging the federal government to support infrastructure projects Major automakers have begun suggesting that the United States Congress should be investing more in the development of the infrastructure needed to support clean vehicles. Late last week, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing at the Washington Auto Show. At the hearing, General Motors and Toyota both called for an increase in federal funding that would be used to build new electric charging and hydrogen fuel stations. These stations are needed in order for…

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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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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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