Plug-Ins Are Out While Hydrogen Is In

The battle has begun. On the one side, we have the proponents of the electric car–supported by legions of happy hybrid owners, shouting the praise of their family Fusions and Prius commuters. On the other, we have the supporters of Hydrogen-powered cars–a newcomer to the mainstream automotive world that has received financial encouragement from numerous state governments and the administration of former President, George W. Bush. Only time will tell which side, if any, will be victorious–but the hydrogen fuel camp is about to take a giant leap forward.  From…

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California embraces a fuel cell future

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  Fuel cell vehicles (FCV) will be introduced as consumer cars and trucks as early as 2015, leaving advocates scrambling to make them viable for use by the consumer in line with what they are used to with their gasoline-powered vehicles. California is on the forefront of advancing hydrogen power or FCV into a viable reality. California embraces FCV Hydrogen as come a long way, and with it comes hope for the future. Hydrogen fuel-celled vehicles emit water and heat rather than pollutants into the air. California is working on…

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New hydrogen fuel stations coming to Germany

Hydrogen Fuel Refueling Station Freiburg Germany

Government takes an aggressive step to establish a hydrogen fuel infrastructure Germany is beginning to lead the way in establishing a comprehensive hydrogen fuel infrastructure in Europe. The country has been a major source of support for hydrogen fuel in the region, powering the research and development of fuel cells. It has also been a vital part of the development of the European Hydrogen Highway, a network of hydrogen fuel stations located throughout the European Union. Now, the German government has shifted its focus, aiming to bolster the country’s own…

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Largest hydrogen fuel station in Europe finds a home in Germany

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Europe is garnering a growing amount of attention for its insistence on adopting alternative energy. The European Union has been a staunch advocate of clean energy and efficiency for several years now and has introduced numerous regulations regarding the matter. Even though the conglomerate governing body has a great deal of influence in the region, Germany has emerged as Europe’s leader in terms of alternative energy adoption and application. This is decidedly true, especially as the nation celebrates the opening of Europe’s largest hydrogen fuel station. The fuel station opened…

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General Motors and The Gas Company team to build Hawaii’s first hydrogen fuel cell service center

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Hawaii’s The Gas Company has announced plans to partner with General Motors in an effort to open a new service center for hydrogen-powered vehicles in Honolulu. The service center is meant to be a source of maintenance and repair for the hydrogen fuel cells that power new vehicles coming from most major automakers, including GM. GM Believes that the facility will make it easier for consumers to adopt hydrogen energy as it will provide them with a safety net should the technology in their vehicles fail and they do not…

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H2 Logic opens new, fast-filling hydrogen fuel station in the Arctic Circle

H2 Logic Hydrogen Refueling Station

H2 Logic, a Danish hydrogen fuel company, has opened a new hydrogen refueling station inside the Arctic Circle. While it may seem unintuitive to build a fueling station in this region of the world, the station will serve as a vital fuel point for many automakers testing hydrogen-powered vehicles. Car makers have begun testing their new vehicles in extreme weather to determine whether they are fit for different climates. The station will be located at the Arctic Driving Center in Finland. H2 Logic’s new station is part of an experiment…

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GlobalAutomakers calls upon U.S. government to provide more support for budding hydrogen infrastructure

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Automakers are making major strides in promoting hydrogen fuel in many parts of the world. In the U.S., however, progress has slowed, with many questioning the viability of the fuel due to the lack of an infrastructure to support it. Despite the billions of dollars the federal government has already invested into alternative energy, the lack of a hydrogen infrastructure and poor consumer awareness remain the largest and most problematic hurdles facing automakers today, according to GlobalAutomakers, an association of 15 major car manufacturing companies from around the world. GlobalAutomakers…

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Gas and oil companies looking to aid automakers in establishing hydrogen fuel infrastructure

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As hydrogen energy continues to establish itself as a major focus for the auto industry, gas utilities companies are taking a new approach to their business operations. With most major automakers developing hydrogen-powered vehicles, gas companies have highlighted the severe lack of an adequate fuel infrastructure. Instead of citing this fact as a detractor to hydrogen fuel, companies are beginning to partner with automakers to help build an infrastructure. Such is the case with Hawaii’s The Gas Company and gas suppliers in Japan. In Hawaii, The Gas Company has joined…

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Norway’s third hydrogen station finds a home in Oslo

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A third hydrogen fuel station has taken root in Oslo, Norway, last month. The capital is home to the country’s densest collection of hydrogen-powered vehicles and is looking to prepare the roads for new vehicles coming in 2013. To mark the occasion, Korean automaker Hyundai brought two fuel cell vehicles to the region. The third fueling station will help establish hydrogen infrastructure currently being built throughout Europe, which is often referred to as the Hydrogen Highway. While Norway’s hydrogen fleet is entirely comprised of 17 vehicles, more cars are expected…

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Hydrogenics teams with Shell to maintain and improve Southern California’s hydrogen fuel stations

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The Hydrogenics Corporation, manufacturers of hydrogen generation systems and fuel cells, has been tapped by Shell Oil Products U.S. to help in maintaining four hydrogen fuel stations in Southern California. Hydrogenics has been awarded a three-year contract from Shell to ensure that the stations remain operational. The company will also be installing a number of new hydrogen generation technologies that will help the stations become more efficient. The contract is effective immediately and Hydrogenics has already begun examining the stations for potential improvements or servicing requirements. California is home to…

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Shanghai automotive to launch fuel cell vehicle by 2015

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Chinese automaker Shanghai Automotive (SAIC) has announced their entry into the hydrogen energy industry. They have unveiled plans for the launch of a plug in fuel cell vehicle that will be available in 2015. Shanghai Automotive is the latest to join the swelling ranks of car manufacturers releasing hydrogen powered vehicles at that time. The company is responding to a growing demand in China for a transition to alternative fuel. China is one of the nation’s leading the push toward renewable energy. Hydrogen is among one of the favored alternatives,…

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Company comes up with a plan to combat lack of hydrogen refueling stations

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The European Union has had plans in place for some time to reduce the number of vehicles powered by oil on city streets. They have been ramping up their efforts, spurred forth by recent advances in hydrogen fuel cell technology, making alternative fuels a more viable options for commercial consumption. Along with the EU’s reinvigorated enthusiasm, the demand for green vehicles is soaring to new heights. Battery powered cars, championed by the Nissan Leaf, lead the charge, but fuel cell vehicles are not far behind.One of the primary drawbacks of…

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Hybrid system not making the grade

The Port of Los Angeles is set to have a number of its heavy-duty trucks converted to run on hydrogen power. The Port has entered into an agreement with Vision Motor Corp., a developer of advanced hydrogen fuel cell systems, to retrofit a total of 15 trucks with fuel cells that will be used in day-to-day operations. The contact awards Vision Motors with $1.4 million for the purchase of the first six fuel cells, with further purchasing pending on additional grant funding from the Department of Energy. The Port is…

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New ground breaking in Michigan for hydrogen fuel station

Since hydrogen fuel began gaining momentum, the need for an sufficient infrastructure has been clear. Many of the challenges inherent in hydrogen fuel cells are being overcome as scientists discover new ways to make them more efficient, safe and inexpensive, but infrastructure is one goal they cannot accomplish on their own. More states around the U.S. are beginning to see the appeal of hydrogen fuel, and some are going so far as to begin construction of hydrogen refueling stations. Michigan is one of these states. The Grand Blanc Township of…

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Oahu…The Next Iceland?

Testing the viability of hydrogen powered cars has been something of a challenge. There are relatively few places in the U.S. that are suited for the testing of vehicles is often held back by the lack of sufficient access to hydrogen. Refueling stations in the nation are sparse. Car manufacturers can opt to procure the hydrogen needed to extensive testing themselves, but this will provide little analytic data regarding the commercial viability of the fuel. Many experts in the field have long held the belief that in order for hydrogen…

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Essential partnerships made for the future of hydrogen fuel industry

Xebec Adsorption Inc., a developer of purification products for the renewable energies market, has announced their partnership with Nuvera Fuel Cells, an leading developer of fuel cell systems and processors. The two have signed a license and engineering agreement for $3.25 million. The contract will help speed the development of Xebec’s purification units that will be used in hydrogen refueling stations. “We’re strengthening our partnership with Nuvera because of its focus on commercialization,” says Kurt Sorschak, CEO of Xebec. Hydrogen as a fuel has been held back primarily due to…

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