Engineers call for more support for hydrogen power in the UK

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IMechE is urging the government to show more support for hydrogen The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) in the United Kingdom is calling upon the government to show more support for hydrogen power. IMechE has released a new report that highlights the capabilities of hydrogen and how it can be used to produce electricity and heat. The report also showcases how fuel cells can consume hydrogen to power vehicles that produce no harmful emissions. For hydrogen power to succeed, however, the government will have to show more support for this…

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Hawaii and US military make alternative energy news

Alternative Energy News US Military Hawaii

  Hawaii’s second largest employer – the US military – is behind the push for more alternative fuels and green advances in the state. The Department of Defense (DOD) has spent $6.5 billion in the year 2011in Hawaii alone and backs up the state’s green goals, making big alternative energy news. Investing in the future The Pentagon is set to spend billions to back up green initiatives, and military presence in HI means spending some of that money there. The military is a boon for the Hawaiian economy and the…

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Joint Base Lewis-McChord received hydrogen-powered bus

Hydrogen Fuel Bus

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Initiative brings new bus to JBLM The U.S. Army’s Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) welcomed the latest addition to its transportation system that serves personnel last week. A new, hydrogen-powered bus has arrived at the base and will help meet the travel needs of those that work and live in and around JBLM. The bus is part of the Department of Defense’s Hydrogen Fuel Cell Initiative, which aims to promote the use of fuel cells throughout the various branches of the military. The agency has taken an aggressive…

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MaHyTec creates world’s first hydrogen-powered riding lawnmower

BAHyA, la tondeuse hydrogène du Grand Dole by TVDole *Warning: It’s all in French. Hydrogen lawnmower as an alternative to high-polluting models MaHyTec, a developer and producer of hydrogen fuel tanks used for mobile applications, has unveiled the world’s first hydrogen-powered riding lawnmower. The lawnmower features a small, but powerful internal combustion engine that has been modified to run on hydrogen gas. The lawnmower features a storage tank that can provide the vehicle with enough fuel to run for hours on end. The company had decided to manufacture the riding…

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Swatch announces plans for new hydrogen-powered car

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Hydrogen-powered cars are becoming more popular around the world, so much so that companies that do not specialize in building vehicles are looking to get in on the action. Swatch, the largest watch-maker in Switzerland, has announced that it is looking to build a new vehicle that is powered by hydrogen and oxygen. Swatch tried to build an alternative energy vehicle once before. In 1997, the company partnered with Daimler, makers of Mercedes-Benz, to build a small electric car. The project was never completed. Swatch CEO Nick Hayek notes that…

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German researchers experimenting with chemical compound that could be used for hydrogen storage

Hydrogen Fuel Research

Researchers from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, have been experimenting with a chemical compound first patented by Air Products, a hydrogen production company, back in 2004. Known as N-ethylcarbazole, the chemical dates back to World War I where it was used in chemical weapons. Instead of focusing on its potential applications in weaponry, German scientists are trying to use the chemical for hydrogen storage. The research is in line with Germany’s continued pursuance of hydrogen energy as a potential replacement to fossil-fuels and nuclear power. Researchers claim that the chemical…

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Hydrogen-powered cars may be a longshot, unless a fuel infrastructure exists

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With most major automakers designing hydrogen-powered vehicles, hydrogen transportation has moved beyond the realm of possibility and has become inevitable. Though car manufacturers are touting hydrogen as the fuel of the future, they have largely been unsuccessful in lowering the cost of hydrogen fuel cells. This could be a problem for the future of hydrogen transportation because most new hydrogen-powered vehicles are expected to cost at least $100,000. Couple the cost with a nearly non-existent infrastructure and hydrogen may not be the fuel that powers future transportation. Many automakers have…

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Texas to work toward establishing itself as a key player in the manufacture of new vehicles

Hydrogen Fuel Station Texas

The auto industry has been championing hydrogen transportation aggressively for the past two years. As automakers focus on producing hydrogen-powered vehicles, they have set their sights on California and Hawaii as priority markets. Both states have working hydrogen fuel infrastructures and a base of consumers that are keenly interested in hydrogen. Texas, however, wants to establish itself as a competitor with both California and Hawaii. In Austin, state officials are working to make manufacturing cars in the state more alluring. State officials are working with the Greater Austin Chamber of…

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Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-Cell now available to the U.S. market

hydrogen fuel vehicle - Mercedes-Benz B-Class F-Cell

Mercedes-Benz has been spending the better part of two years promoting hydrogen fuel. In 2010, the automaker embarked on a world tour, in which it took its B-Class F-Cell hydrogen-powered vehicle to various locations as a way to show off how viable fuel cells really are. Like most other automakers, Mercedes-Benz expected its vehicles to be released at some point in 2013, at the earliest. The company seems to be well ahead of schedule, as it has recently announced that its B-Class F-Cell is now available to the U.S. market.…

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President Obama announces new plan to promote hydrogen-powered vehicles

Obama at Daimler manufacturing factory in North Carolina

Continuing his push to promote alternative energy, President Obama hosted a speech at a Daimler manufacturing factory in North Carolina. Over the past few weeks, Obama has been drawing attention to various forms of alternative energy and the government’s plans to pursue them. During his speech on Wednesday, the President focused on hydrogen and how it was being used by the global auto industry. Obama also introduced a new plan that would bring more than $1 billion in tax credits and federal grants to those purchasing hydrogen-powered vehicles. The plan…

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Lexus unveils its new hydrogen-powered supercar, claims it to be more powerful than its conventional counterpart

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Lexus is the latest automaker to join the hydrogen-powered transportation revolution. The company’s move to adopt hydrogen should come as no surprise because it is actually a division of the Toyota Motor Corporation, a company that recently announced plans to focus on hydrogen more aggressively. Lexus, which specializes in the manufacture of luxury vehicles, was resistant to the allure of hydrogen for fear that it would not be able to perform as reliably as gasoline. The automaker believed that fuel cells could not compete with conventional engines, but was proven…

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Toyota releases more news about hydrogen power with details on their future manufacturing plans

Focus on Hydrogen Fuel

Toyota recently announced that it had taken on hydrogen fuel as one of its primary focuses. The Japanese automaker has long been an advocate of electric transportation, showing strong support for battery batter. After showing off its latest concept of its FCV model, Toyota has announced that it is taking a very aggressive stance in regards to hydrogen-powered vehicles. The company has announced that it will be making thousands of fuel cell cars each year for the next ten years. The company believes that the world is moving toward oil-free…

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Mercedes-Benz shows of hydrogen-powered invisible car in Germany

As part of its ongoing F-Cell World Tour, Mercedes-Benz spent a week in Germany showing off their new invisible car. The car is a hydrogen-powered SUV and is not actually invisible, but was made to appear so with the use of LED-embedded materials. The automaker is trying to convey the idea that their vehicle produces absolutely no harmful emission. This means that from an environmental stand point, the car is virtually invisible. People throughout Germany have responded well to the campaign thus far. Using a simple camera and material containing…

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Toyota embraces hydrogen as one of its primary fuels, plans to release hydrogen-powered vehicles in 2015

Toyota Hydrogen Fuel Car

Japanese automaker Toyota has long been a staunch advocate of hybrid and battery-powered vehicles. The company has remained true to its adherence to hybrids and pure electrics even while most of the auto industry adopted hydrogen with open arms. As its competitors gained acclaimed and a great deal of attention for their use of hydrogen fuel cells, Toyota was left in the dark. Now, however, the automaker has also taken up hydrogen as one of its favored fuels and plans to establish itself as a leader in the changing industry…

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Colorado State University to build hydrogen-powered vehicle for EcoCAR competition in the U.S.

2013 Hydrogen Chevrolet Malibu

Fifteen universities from North America have been invited to participate in the EcoCAR competition, a Department of Energy initiative backed by several other countries and auto companies. Each of the teams representing the universities are to build new vehicles that are powered by alternative energy. Most of the teams are focused on solar and biomass energy, but one team is taking a unique and ambitious approach. The team representing Colorado State University is the only one building a hydrogen-powered vehicle for the competition. The team’s focus on hydrogen fuel mimics…

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F-Cell and Battery+Storage to appear concurrently at the Stuttgart Trade Fair this year

Stuttgart Trade Fair 2012

As hydrogen energy attracts more attention, the problems of the energy are entering the limelight. Storage, efficiency and cost are the three main problems currently keeping hydrogen energy from global incorporation. In the early years of hydrogen, these problems were largely ignored because the energy was not considered viable. As more companies come to favor hydrogen over other alternative to fossil-fuel, however, they are hard pressed to find solutions to these problems. In an effort to expedite this absolution, the F-Cell industry forum and the new Battery+Storage conference and trade…

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