Researchers develop innovative hydrogen fuel production system

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University of Cambridge finds a new way to use biomass to produce hydrogen fuel Scientists from the University of Cambridge have developed an innovative new method of producing hydrogen fuel. The method involves combining ambient sunlight and biomass, such as paper, wood, and leaves, in order to generate hydrogen. Converting biomass into hydrogen has long been an interest for the renewable energy community, but relatively few endeavors have managed to find success. Notably, the new method developed by scientists at the University of Cambridge focuses on biomass waste. New system…

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FuelCell Energy to build new hydrogen fuel power plant

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Fuel cell developer is building a hydrogen fuel power plant to help provide energy to 3,700 homes FuelCell Energy, a leading developer of hydrogen fuel cells, is building a new power plant that will make use of the company’s fuel cell systems. Once operational, the new power plant is expected to help power some 3,700 average homes in Connecticut. Homeowners are unlikely to notice that the power plant exists, apart from deriving electricity from it. This is due to the fact that fuel cells produce no noise or pollutant while…

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Audi issues more purchase orders for hydrogen fuel cells

Automaker seeks to accelerate the adoption of fuel cells German automaker Audi has issued new purchase orders to Ballard Power Systems, a leading developer of hydrogen fuel cells, in order to accelerate key development activities. The purchase orders are part of the Volkswagen Group’s overarching plans to begin incorporating clean technology more aggressively. As the owner of Audi, Volkswagen’s interests in hydrogen fuel cells were expected to trickle down to its other divisions. Audi already has a history with fuel cell technology, showing support for how these energy systems can…

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Hyundai is moving ahead with plans for new fuel cell vehicles

Automaker will launch a new vehicle in 2018 Hyundai has plans to introduce a new fuel cell vehicle in 2018 and intends to sell this vehicle for nearly half the price of its current offering. The South Korean automaker has already launched its first vehicle equipped with a hydrogen fuel cell: The ix35. This vehicle has experienced a modest degree of success, exposing consumers to new clean vehicles that have shown a great deal of promise. The ix35 is priced at approximately $54,000, but Hyundai wants to make fuel cell…

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South Chungcheong becomes production hub for fuel cell vehicles

Province declared hub of production hub for parts to be used in electric vehicles The South Korean province of South Chungcheong has been declared the country’s hub for the production of fuel cell vehicle parts. The province has successfully passed a government feasibility assessment, which has established it as a major production entity that will provide strong support for clean vehicles in the future. New facilities will be built to accommodate the demand for components needed to build fuel cell vehicles. These facilities are expected to provide the province with…

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Nissan moves forward with plans for solid oxide fuel cell system

Automaker moves new fuel cell system into prototype vehicle Nissan is moving forward with its innovative solid oxide fuel cell technology. The Japanese automaker recently revealed this new technology and has now incorporated into a new prototype vehicle. The company has modified and existing e-NV200 van so that it can run on electrical power. This power will be produced by the solid oxide fuel cell. The fuel cell consumes bio-ethanol in order to produce power and the system removes the need to store hydrogen under high pressures. Vehicle will be…

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HyperSolar makes breakthrough with renewable hydrogen fuel production technology

Company reaches new milestone with its innovative technology HyperSolar, a developer of innovative technology that generates hydrogen fuel through the use of solar energy, has reached a new milestone with its technology. The company has announced that it has been able to nearly triple the photocurrents within its solar cell. This allows the solar cell system to generate more electrical power, which can be used in the hydrogen fuel production process.  The breakthrough brings HyperSolar another step closer to commercializing its renewable hydrogen production solutions. Performance of solar cell has…

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Toyota to use hydrogen fuel cells to reduce emissions at Kyushu facility

Fuel cells to be installed at Kyushu facility  in the coming months Toyota will be reducing the emissions produced at its Miyata Plant in Kyushu, Japan, and the company plans to use hydrogen to accomplish this endeavor. Recently, wind and solar power have begun being used to generate hydrogen in the Fukushima Prefecture. Toyota believes that this hydrogen holds a great deal of potential in terms of energy generation. The use of hydrogen fuel will allow Toyota to reduce the emissions produced by the Kyushu facility. Hydrogen-powered forklifts will help…

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AFC Energy reaches milestone on new fuel cell system ahead of schedule

Company has successfully reached one of its 2016 milestones AFC Energy, a leading developer of fuel cell systems, has passed one of its 2016 strategic milestones well ahead of schedule. The company has announced that the design and basic engineering for its new 10 kilowatt fuel cell systems has been finalized. This represents the fourth milestone that the company has set for itself this year, and the first to be completed ahead of schedule. Reaching this milestone will give AFC Energy more momentum in its efforts to commercialize new fuel…

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Mercedes-Benz is showing stronger support for hydrogen fuel cells

Automaker to begin selling a new fuel cell vehicle next year Mercedes-Benz has announced plans to begin selling a new fuel cell vehicle next year. The vehicle will be part of its GLC line and represents the automaker’s ongoing effort to promote hydrogen fuel cells as promising clean transportation solutions. The new vehicle will actually be a plug-in SUV, which will feature a battery systems than can be charged by the vehicle’s fuel cell or by being plugged into a wall socket. New vehicle could travel more than 300 miles…

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Hyundai does not need partnerships to improve fuel cell technology

Hyundai has avoided partnerships thus far Automakers are beginning to show more interest in fuel cell technology, but developing this technology alone can be very costly and difficult. In order to mitigate costs and accelerate advances in fuel cell systems, several companies have partnered together, but Hyundai is one that believes that such partnerships are not ideal given the current climate of the fuel cell sector and the clean transportation market. Hyundai already has considerable experience with hydrogen fuel cells, which may be the reason why it has chosen to…

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UK launches new fund to support the adoption of fuel cell vehicles

New fund aims to help ease the adoption of clean vehicles for fleets The United Kingdom government has launched a new fund to encourage more businesses and other organizations to embrace fuel cell vehicles. The fund is called the Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Fleet Support Scheme and is backed by an investment of more than $2.5 million from the UK government. The initiative is meant to enable businesses, police forces, fire brigades, and other groups to add fuel cell vehicles to their existing fleets. These organizations can bid for funding…

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Samsung SDI to abandon development of hydrogen fuel cells

Samsung SDI to focus exclusively on batteries, moving away from fuel cells Samsung SDI has announced that it will be shedding its fuel cell development program, which it claims has become too expensive to be considered viable. After the program is let go, the company will realign its focus, committing more of its resources to what it has been successfully doing for the past several years — developing batteries for a variety of different sectors. In order to focus more heavily on developing these batteries, the company will no longer…

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Researchers make a breakthrough in hydrogen fuel production

Research team finds a way to produce hydrogen using solar energy and water vapor Researchers from the University of Louisville Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research have demonstrated a new way to extract energy from water vapor, leveraging the power of solar energy. The new method could hold significant energy potential for coastal communities that lack access to fresh water, such as those found in California. The process involves using solar energy to produce hydrogen fuel from water vapor. In the past, researchers have used solar power to produce hydrogen,…

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Team of scientists find a way to make hydrogen fuel cells less expensive and more efficient

New catalyst is capable of improving water electrolysis Scientists from the Skoltech Institute of Science and Technology, the University of Texas at Austin, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, have developed a new catalyst that may be able to improve the performance of hydrogen fuel cells. The catalyst has shown that it can improve the efficiency of water electrolysis, which is the process through which hydrogen is produced. While more work needs to be done, the scientists believe that the catalyst could vastly improve the capabilities of fuel cell systems…

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HyperSolar reaches new milestone in renewable hydrogen fuel production

Company announces that it has reached new milestones in 2016 HyperSolar, a company specializing in the use of solar power to produce hydrogen fuel, has reached new milestones with its innovative technology. The company has announced that it has achieved numerous milestones in 2016, with the aid of the University of Iowa. One f these milestone involves the development of wet-chemical synthetic routs for  manufacturing technologies that use solar power to generate hydrogen. HyperSolar suggests that this will make the manufacturing process less complicated, less expensive, and will lead to…

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