Microsoft begins testing new fuel cells

Microsoft Building - Fuel cells

Company is now testing natural gas fuel cells for future use Microsoft has begun showing more interest in fuel cells. The company has commenced testing on natural gas fuel cells that may eventually be used to provide electricity to its data centers. Microsoft has several data centers throughout the country, which consume a total of 2% of all electricity generated in the United States. By embracing fuel cells, the company may be able to reduce its strain on the energy grid and become more environmentally friendly. Seattle facility will be…

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Toyota is experimenting with new types of hydrogen fuel cells

Hydrogne Fuel Cells - Hybrid Toyota Car

Toyota is using a new fuel cell system to power a manufacturing facility in Japan Toyota has become a prominent name in the fuel cell industry. The company has showcased how capable hydrogen fuel cells are at providing power for vehicles and, in emergency situations, even homes. The company’s focus on fuel cells is part of its overarching effort to rely more heavily on clean power and make transportation more environmentally friendly. Now, the automaker is experimenting with a new fuel cell system that is being used to power one…

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Renewable energy to continue to thrive thanks to economic benefits

The economics of renewable energy may ensure its continued success Solar and wind energy are facing an uncertain future in the United States, but economics may ensure that these two forms of clean power continue to thrive. There are many challenges facing solar and wind power, but one of the greatest of these challenges has to do with potential changes to federal energy policies. President-elect Donald Trump has decried both solar and wind power in the past. Trump intends to make changes to the country’s energy policies, reducing restrictions on…

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Donald Trump’s plan for power could have an impact on renewable energy

President-Elect Trump has an energy plan that he aims to put into place With the 2016 presidential election coming to a close, Donald Trump has been elected as the next President of the United States. The presidential campaign has been a divisive issue, but now is a time to look forward to how the election will have an impact on many sectors. What the future holds for renewable energy is uncertain, but Trump has an energy plan in mind that could have a major effect on this industry as a…

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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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Alternative fuels set to dominate the transportation space in the future

Clean fuels are becoming a priority for the United States Alternative fuels are becoming more important in the United States. Beyond the environmental benefits of these fuels, they also boast of potential economic benefits. A new report from Energy.gov suggests that alternative fuels could increase the number of options that are available to drivers. This would increase competition in the fueling sector, which would reduce price volatility. Per Energy.gov, alternative fuels are categorized as biodiesel, ethanol, natural gas, propane, and hydrogen. Report highlights the growing role that alternative fuels are…

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PNNL clean technology projects receiving funding from the federal government

DOE provides funding to help commercialize clean technology projects The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has received support from the U.S. Department of Energy to help commercialize new technologies. The Department of Energy has awarded PNNL with $4.4 million as part of its Technology Commercialization Fund. The fund is being overseen by the Office of Technology Transition. The funding will help PNNL bring some of its projects closer to commercialization. These projects are focused on clean technology and renewable energy. PNNL researchers aim to use solar energy to convert natural…

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Solar energy will have an explosive year in 2016

Energy Information Administration predicts that solar capacity will break records in the US Renewable energy is poised to have a monumental year in the United States. The Energy Information Administration has released a new report that shows that solar energy, in particularly, will grow significantly this year. According to the report, some 9.5 gigawatts of utility-scale solar projects will take form in the country. Alongside this, some 8 gigawatts of natural gas and 6.8 gigawatts of wind power project will come into play. If accurate, 2016 will be a record…

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Hawaii bets on renewable energy

State intends to general 100% of its power from renewable sources by 2045 Hawaii is heading toward embracing renewable energy as its only source of power. During the recent Asia Pacific Resilience Innovation Summit, which was hosted in the state, Governor David Ige announced that the state would not be using natural gas to replace other fossil-fuels. Instead, Hawaii will be working to receive no less than 100% of its energy from renewable sources by 2045. The ambitious initiative would make the state one of the leading renewable energy entities…

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Honda opens new natural gas station in Ohio

Honda has opened a new fueling station at its Marysville campus that provides natural gas Honda has opened a new natural gas station at its Marysville campus in Ohio. The new station is the first of its kind on Honda property anywhere in North America, though similar stations exist on property that does not belong to Honda. The new station is meant to reduce the environmental impact of the Marysville campus and allow Honda to comply more readily with increasingly strict emissions regulations coming from both state and federal governments…

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CSA Group to test hydrogen fuel and natural gas storage solutions

Canadian government shows support for new testing site that will help relax safety concerns regarding clean vehicles The Canadian government has announced that it will be providing funding to a project being run by the CSA Group, a testing and certification organization that has a focus on various industries. The project involves the creation of a field test site where high-pressure hydrogen fuel and natural gas components with be tested and certified for use in the auto industry. There are some concerns regarding the safety of storage solutions that are…

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Honda cuts production of natural gas Civic

Honda will no longer be making a CNG Civic Automaker Honda has announced that it will no longer be making a hybrid or compressed natural gas version of its Civic. The company has plans to produce other electric vehicles, as well as those powered by hydrogen fuel, but natural gas will no longer be a part of the Civic’s future. Automakers have been showing some interest in vehicles powered by natural gas, largely because natural gas is a fraction of the price of gasoline. These vehicles have struggled to find…

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EPA plans to release details about its new renewable energy plan this summer

Agency to unveil details concerning the Clean Power Plan in the coming months The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to release details of its upcoming Clean Power Plan this summer. The plan represents the first time the United States will make a concerted effort to aggressively reduce carbon emissions and slow the advance of climate change. One of the key initiatives of the Clean Power Plan is to reduce the nation’s carbon emissions by 30% of what they were in 2005 by 2030. Energy Information Administration reports on…

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Report highlights opportunities for hydrogen fuel and natural gas

Sandia National Laboratories sees promise for producers of hydrogen fuel and natural gas Sandia National Laboratories has released a new report that suggests there are promising opportunities for producers of hydrogen fuel and natural gas. These opportunities exist in the fueling sector, where the demand for both hydrogen and natural gas is beginning to grow due to the development of vehicles that use these fuels. The report shows that hydrogen and natural gas share opportunities for growth in this sector. Demand for alternative fuels is on the rise throughout the…

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Obama seeks to raise subsidy for electric vehicles

Increasing subsidy could make electric vehicles more attractive President Barack Obama has petitioned Congress to raise the subsidies for electric vehicles, yet again. The President has sought to increase these subsidies for some time, but has been unsuccessful in his efforts, for the most part. Subsidies offered by the federal government have helped make electric vehicles more accessible, allowing a wider range of consumers to purchase these vehicles. By increasing the federal subsidies, electric vehicles may become more popular to consumers. Obama aims to raise the current subsidy to $10,000,…

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Major energy storage deal struck in California

Southern California Edison makes a bold move on energy production and storage Southern California Edison, one of California’s largest utilities, has made a significant deal regarding energy production and storage. Per the deal, the Californian utility has purchased some 2,221 megawatts of electrical power produced by various energy resources located throughout the state. The utility has also purchased 250 megawatts worth of energy storage capacity from several organizations, representing the largest purchase of its kind made by a utility in California. New energy capacity purchased by utility will come from…

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