Solar energy in Japan faces challenges from environmentalists

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Environmental groups are decrying the development of some solar projects Japan’s solar energy sector is beginning to face new challenges that could slow or completely halt the development of new projects. Environmental advocates throughout the country are beginning to protest the construction of new solar farms, claiming that these projects could have an adverse impact on the ecology. Residents in the Chiba Prefecture have taken issue with a particular solar farm that is meant to be built near the city of Kamogawa. New solar farm will need to clear 300…

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Toyota brings buses equipped with fuel cells to Japan

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Automaker has begun selling its new hydrogen-powered bus Toyota has begun selling its new hydrogen-powered bus, called the Sora, in Japan. The bus is the first of its kind to receive vehicle-type certification in the country. Toyota previously revealed its plans to have no less than 100 new fuel cell buses on the roads of Tokyo by the time of the 2020 Olympic Games, which will be hosted by the city. The bus will serve alongside other fuel cell vehicles that will be used to transports athletes and attendees during…

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New hydrogen fuel appliance coming to Japan

New Hydrogen Fuel Appliacne Coming to Japan

US and Japan team to provide homeowners with one of the world’s first hydrogen fuel appliances The United States Department of Energy and the Japanese New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization have announced a new collaborative effort focused on hydrogen fuel cell technology. The collaboration aims to accelerate research and development efforts, with both organizations sharing the data they have collected concerning fuel cells and their safety. Per the collaboration, the Department of Energy’s Fuel Cell and Technologies Office has rewarded $1 million to SimpleFuel, which will be exporting…

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Renewable energy is vital to Japan’s future

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Japan plans to have renewable energy form the core of its future strategy Clean power will play a vital role in Japan’s long-term energy strategy. The Japanese government has unveiled a new strategy that is focused on the use of renewable energy and clean technology. Per the strategy, the country is poised to increase its use of solar and wind power while also making advances in battery and hydrogen fuel cell technology through 2050. The new strategy is based on the 2015 Paris Agreement, which calls upon countries to make…

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Japanese companies aim to help build a hydrogen society

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Japan’s hydrogen society is beginning to take form A consortium of 11 companies have come together to help Japan realize its vision of establishing a hydrogen society. The consortium is now drawing attention to what it believes to a new investment opportunity. The opportunity involves jump-starting the construction of a comprehensive hydrogen network throughout Japan. The idea is to have investors share startup costs in order to mitigate financial risk. The problem, however, is that investing in the endeavor will be quite costly and whether or not investors will see…

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Electric vehicles are thriving in Norway

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Norway is a leader in clean transportation adoption Automakers throughout the world are competing to establish a market lead with their electric vehicles. Some are finding more success than others in certain countries, but nearly every automaker is finding success with their electric vehicles in Norway. According to a report from the International Energy Agency, more electric vehicles are sold in Norway than any other country in the world. The country is even ahead of China in terms of sales, despite the fact that China holds the title as the…

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Toyota deploys new forklifts powered by hydrogen fuel at its Motomachi Plant

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New hydrogen-powered forklifts have been deployed at the Motomachi Plant Japanese automaker Toyota has begun to ramp up its use of hydrogen fuel cells at its Motomachi Plant in the Aichi Prefecture. The company has deployed 20 new forklifts at the plant, each equipped with hydrogen fuel cells. Toyota has also built a new hydrogen station at the Motomachi Plant, which will provide the forklifts with the fuel they need to operate. The new forklifts will join two similar models that were first introduced to the facility in January of…

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New hydrogen production plant may help Fukushima recover from its past disasters

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New hydrogen project has been launched in the Fukushima Prefecture A new hydrogen production facility is set to be built in Japan’s Fukushima Prefecture. The project is backed by the Japanese government and involves several companies, including Toshiba and Tohoku Electric Power. The government hopes that the new project will help revitalize the earthquake stricken province, which is still struggling to recover from the impact of major quakes, one of which caused a major nuclear disaster. The Japanese government notes that the new production facility will be one of the…

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Japanese companies launch venture to build more hydrogen fuel stations

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Hydrogen wins more support from Japanese companies A coalition of 11 Japanese companies have come together vowing to build 80 new hydrogen fuel stations throughout Japan by 2022. The alliance is comprised of automakers and energy firms, as well as several other companies interested in clean transportation. The companies have launched Japan H2 Mobility. The joint venture has strong backing from Toyota and JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy. The new company would be responsible for the construction and operation of new fueling stations that it builds. Government continues efforts to…

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Fuel cell vehicles are slowly gaining momentum

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Report highlights the modest success that hydrogen-powered cars are beginning to see Fuel cell vehicles are slowly beginning to gain traction in some parts of the world, but they have yet to find any mainstream success. According to a report from Information Trends, approximately 6,500 hydrogen-powered cars are in operation today. The majority of these vehicles are found in the United States, where California has become one of the world’s leading markets for clean vehicles. Approximately 38% of all fuel cell vehicles can be found in Japan, with 9% currently…

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Panel recommends Japan to focus more on renewable energy abroad

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Panel submits recommendations concerning Japan’s clean power plans A panel advising the Japanese Foreign Ministry has suggested that Japan could have a major global impact on the world if it increases its support of renewable energy in developing countries. The panel submitted its recommendations concerning this to Taro Kono, Japan’s Foreign Minister. Kono has ordered that the panel be formed following the ratification of the Paris Agreement. The agreement established a framework that countries throughout the world could use to combat climate change. Japan may need to show more support…

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Toyota is accelerating its plans with fuel cell buses

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Automaker is bringing its Sora fuel cell buses to Japan Toyota will begin accelerating its plans to deploy buses equipped with hydrogen fuel cells. The automaker has been working to promote fuel cell technology for some time and has managed to find modest success in this endeavor. The majority of these buses will be launched in Tokyo where hydrogen has been gaining popularity. The company recently showcased its new Sora fuel cell buses, which will be the first to make use of advanced fuel cell technology developed by Toyota. New…

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Japan continues efforts to embrace hydrogen fuel

Hydrogen Fuel Support For the Future

Japan is working to build a hydrogen society The Japanese government is working to move forward with its plans to establish a functioning hydrogen society. The country has become heavily invested in hydrogen fuel in recent years, hoping to distance itself from fossil-fuels and make more use of clean energy. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is now calling for both the public and private sectors to come together and promote the use of hydrogen fuel for energy and transportation. Cost of hydrogen may drop significantly by 2050 One of the government’s…

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Sale of fuel cell vehicles is on the rise worldwide

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Report shows that some 6,000 fuel cell vehicles will have been sold by the end of 2017 Information Trends, a leading market research company, has released a new report concerning the growing market for fuel cell vehicles. The report suggests that as many as 6,000 of these vehicles will have been sold worldwide by the end of this year. Vehicles equipped with hydrogen fuel cells have been gaining momentum throughout the year, but still remain relatively rare among consumers in many countries. These cars have found the majority of their…

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Honda files patent for new motorcycle that uses fuel cells

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New patent could show Honda’s next move with fuel cells A new patent from Honda may have unveiled more about the automaker’s future plans with fuel cells. The company has filed for a patent concerning a hydrogen-powered motorcycle. Honda has yet to show off the new prototype vehicle, but the patent shows that it will, indeed, be equipped with a fuel cell system. The automaker has been working to aggressively promote hydrogen fuel in recent years. The automaker has showcased its forthcoming hydrogen-powered sedan, which will likely hit markets at…

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Global fuel cell market to hit $6 billion by 2024

Fuel Cell Market Reaches Billions

New study highlights the aggressive growth of the global fuel cell market Global Market Insights has released a new study highlighting the global fuel cell market. The study shows that the fuel cell market is poised to see aggressive growth in the coming years. In recent years, various types of fuel cells have become more common in a variety of industries. These energy systems have found some success in the transportation field, where many automakers are looking to use them to develop vehicles that produce no harmful emissions. Investments are…

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