Swansea University researchers highlight potential of hydrogen enriched natural gas

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Natural gas could be replaced by hydrogen As much as a third of the United Kingdom’s natural gas could be replaced by hydrogen, according to researchers from Swansea University. The country currently uses natural gas to provide power to homes. Unfortunately, this form of fuel still produces harmful emissions, which the UK has been working to cut down on in recent years. By replacing natural gas with hydrogen, the country may be able to make further progress on accomplishing it’s environmental goals. Hydrogen can help the UK cut emissions Researchers…

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Emissions free energy is beating coal and natural gas in the United States

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Report shows that gas-fired power plants will not be able to keep up with clean energy The coal and oil industries may be experiencing revitalization in the United States, but this may not be enough to be emissions free energy. A new report from the Rocky Mountain Institute shows that energy generators may be committing consumers and investors to as much as $1 trillion in future investments and fuel costs through 2030 due to a rush in building new gas-fired power facilities. Clean power, however, can provide consumers with less…

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Japan’s hydrogen economy could make use of Australian natural gas

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Australian natural gas may soon make its way to Japan Australia’s natural gas could play a major role in establishing Japan’s hydrogen economy. Japan has been a major customer for the country’s natural gas for several years and has been using natural gas in its endeavor to abandon fossil-fuels in order to become fully reliant on renewable power. Woodside Petroleum believes that Australia’s natural gas will become a valuable resource for Japan, with the country using the gas to produce the hydrogen fuel it needs. Woodside Petroleum sees significant potential…

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France bans production and exploration for natural gas and oil

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France will no longer produce natural gas or oil domestically per new legislation Lawmakers in France have approved new legislation that will ban all exploration for and production of oil and natural gas by 2040. Per the new law, existing drilling permits are not to be renewed. Furthermore, the licenses needed for oil and natural gas exploration projects will not be issued in the future. The legislation is part of France’s overarching efforts to become more environmentally friendly and focus on cleaner forms of power, such as wind energy and…

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China aims to use renewable energy to generate heat

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China launches a new heating plan for its northern provinces China intends to use renewable energy to provide heat for half of its northern provinces by 2019. By 2021, an estimated 70% of the heat generated in the north will come from renewable energy systems. Beijing is an aggressive supporter of this endeavor. The city has long been working to distance itself from fossil-fuels, largely due to its air pollution problems. By embracing clean power, Beijing may be able to accomplish its goal and focus more heavily on clean technology…

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Microsoft begins testing new fuel cells

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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

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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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