Japan to build world’s largest floating solar energy farm

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Kyocera and Tokyo Leasing Corporation will work together to develop ambitious new project Japan may soon be home to the world’s largest floating solar energy system. The Tokyo Leasing Corporation and Kyocera Corporation have announced plans to develop the massive 13.7 megawatt project. The solar farm will be located in the Yamakura Dam reservoir. Kyocera is already planning to develop a similar project in the Umenokifurukori reservoir, which will have a capacity of 7.5 megawatts. Once the projects are completed, Japan will be home to some of the only floating…

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Honda and Hitachi will work together to support electric vehicles

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Honda teams with Hitachi to launch a new joint venture this year Japanese automaker Honda will be working with Hitachi’s auto parts subsidiary in order to launch a new joint venture. The venture will be responsible for developing small motors for new electric vehicles. Honda and Hitachi believe that the new venture will be able to establish a strong foothold in the increasingly competitive clean transportation sector. The endeavor represents yet another step in Honda’s ongoing efforts to produce high quality electric vehicles that appeal to consumers and businesses alike….

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Nearly 5,000 hydrogen fuel stations to be operational globally by 2032

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Report shows that efforts to build new hydrogen fuel stations are gaining momentum Information Trends has released a new report that predicts that there will be nearly 5,000 hydrogen fuel stations in operation throughout the world by 2032. Many automakers have plans to begin ramping up the production of fuel cell vehicles in the coming years and these vehicles will need the support of a comprehensive infrastructure in order to find support. Currently, very few hydrogen fuel stations are available to the public, which has limited the clean transportation plans…

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AsiaWEA forms to support the expansion of wind energy in the Asia-Pacific region

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New organization aims to support wind power in several countries A new wind energy association has been launched in Asia. Called AsiaWEA, the new organization will support the development of government policies as well as the research and development of both onshore and offshore wind energy systems. The organization is new accepting applications from businesses and agencies interested in clean power, with active membership slated to begin in January of 2017. Members will be accepted to quarterly meetings and seminars and AsiaWEA plans to host the first Asian Wind Energy…

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Support for solar energy is drying up in Japan

Government set to cut subsidies supporting solar energy Japan’s renewable energy boom may be coming to an end, despite some massive projects taking place in the country. The Japanese government is set to cut subsidies that have long helped the growth of the clean power space, particularly where solar energy is concerned. The government is eager to focus more heavily on nuclear power, as well as coal-based energy. How this will affect Japan’s existing clean power projects, such as the world’s largest floating solar energy system, is difficult to say….

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Toshiba to build new hydrogen fuel production facility in Japan

New Hydrogen Application Center being built in Tokyo Japan’s Toshiba Corporation has broken ground on its new Hydrogen Application Center in western Tokyo. The new facility is expected to begin operations in April 2017 and will be responsible for producing hydrogen fuel. The hydrogen production system will draw power from renewable resources, such as wind and solar. The hydrogen will then be used to power forklift trucks equipped with fuel cells, which will be operating at the nearby Fuchu Complex. Hydrogen could become more popular in the materials handling space…

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South Korea and Japan lead the adoption of fuel cell vehicles

Fuel cell cars are gaining more popularity throughout the world The global market for fuel cell vehicles is heating up and a few countries are leading the way in the adoption of these new cars. Several countries have begun showing strong support for fuel cell vehicles, as well as other cars that produce no harmful emissions. This is being done in an effort to reduce the emissions generated within the transportation space. Currently, the countries leading the adoption of fuel cell vehicles are South Korea and Japan, with the United…

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Countries come together to establish the Asia Super Grid

Large-scale energy grid could be coming to Asia China, South Korea, Russia, and Japan have come together to sign a Memorandum of Understanding that aims to develop what is being called the “Asia Super Grid.” The countries have been growing more involved in the renewable energy space in recent years and they now see a need for an interconnected network that can deliver electricity produced through renewable sources throughout Asia. The super grid is meant to deliver electrical power to areas of the world that can use this energy to…

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Toyota to launch fuel cell buses in 2017

Automaker has plans to bring fuel cell buses to Japan next year Japanese automaker Toyota has plans to sell fuel cell buses in early 2017. The buses have already undergone thorough testing, with Toyota proving that these vehicles can be used practically. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government intends to use these fuel cell buses in order to make public transportation more environmentally friendly and efficient. Two of Toyota’s fuel cell buses will be utilized in Tokyo at the beginning of next year, if everything goes according to plan. More than 100…

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Typhoons could be the next wind energy resource for Japan

Japan may be able to capture the power of nature Powerful storms are often a cause for concern. In recent years, storms have made headlines in the United States and elsewhere. In Japan, typhoons are quite common. While these storms can cause severe damage to properties, they could also be a valuable source of renewable energy. Several typhoons batter the coast of Japan every year and inventor Atsushi Shimizu believes that the destructive power of nature can be harnessed to produce wind energy in an effective manner. Nuclear disaster turns…

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Germany to be home to world’s first train equipped with hydrogen fuel cell

First fuel cell train to go into operation in Germany in December 2017 The world’s first hydrogen-powered train is expected to begin service in Germany. The train has been dubbed the Coradia iLint and has been developed by French company Alstom. The train has been in development for the past two years and is expected to be put into service in December of 2017. The train represents yet another step toward Germany’s plan to make transportation more environmentally friendly and cutting down on the emissions being produced by various types…

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Toyota grows more ambitious with its fuel cell cars

Automaker has big plans for fuel cell cars in the coming years Toyota has ambitious plans when it comes to clean transportation. The Japanese automaker has made significant progress in establishing a strong presence in the clean vehicle market, having broken into this sector with the successful Prius. Recently, the company launched its first fuel cell car, the Mirai. This vehicle has managed to acquire some momentum in certain markets and Toyota intends to continue pushing ahead with its clean transportation plans. The Mirai will play a major role in…

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Ballard teams with Toyota Tsusho to distribute hydrogen fuel cells in Japan

Toyota Tsusho to become a distributor of Ballard products in Japan Ballard Power Systems, a leading developer of hydrogen fuel cells, has reached a distribution agreement with Toyota Tsusho Corporation. Per the agreement, Toyota Tsusho will become a distributor of Ballard’s fuel cell systems in japan. The distribution agreement will run through 2020. Ballard intends to hire an expatriate sales professional that will work with Toyota Tsusho to coordinate joint sales action strategies in Japan’s rapidly growing fuel cell market. Demand for hydrogen fuel cells is growing rapidly throughout Japan…

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US could turn to sewage for the sake of hydrogen fuel production

Fuel cell vehicles may soon be powered by hydrogen generated through the use of sewage The United States may soon turn to sewage to power a new generation of vehicles coming to the market. These vehicles are equipped with hydrogen fuel cells. The energy systems consume hydrogen to generate electricity, but do not produce harmful emissions. Fuel cells have become very popular among automakers looking to create environmentally friendly vehicles. Fuel cell vehicles are currently in short supply, which is partly due to lacking infrastructure. Producing hydrogen through the consumption…

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Japan’s support for clean vehicles reaches a major milestone

Japan has more charging stations than gas stations, according to study Nissan has released the results of a new study, which show that Japan has more electric charging stations than normal gas stations. The country has become a very successful and prominent market for clean vehicles. Companies like Nissan have focused their efforts on launching electric vehicles of all kinds within Japan. Many of these vehicles have exceeded expectations in terms of demand and Japan’s infrastructure to support clean vehicles has grown aggressively. More than 40,000 charging stations now support…

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Biogas may be the future of hydrogen fuel production

Using biogas from sewage plants may lead to a brighter future for hydrogen fuel cells The future of fuel cell vehicles may hinge on the availability of biogas. The concept of using biogas to produce hydrogen fuel is nothing new, but many had been skeptical of the process. The process involves taking advantage of the biogas generated at sewage plants. Biogas is produced at these facilities through the breakdown of organic material. In Japan, using biogas to produce hydrogen fuel has become an exciting reality. Japanese sewage plant is using…

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