Google aims to be powered by renewable energy in 2017

Google to focus solely on renewable energy by the end of 2017 Google has announced that all of its energy will come from renewable sources by the end of 2017. Last year, the massive technology company consumed as much electricity as the city of San Francisco. Now, Google aims to derive all of its electrical power from solar panels and wind turbines. The company’s ambitions are not restricted to the United States, of course, as all of its data centers throughout the world will eventually be powered by renewable energy.…

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San Francisco declared Climate Action Champion, will embrace clean transportation

San Francisco will embrace fuel cell vehicles with help from federal agency The United States Department of Energy has declared San Francisco, California, as the first Climate Action Champion, effectively tasking the city with embracing fuel cell vehicles for local transportation. The city was selected as Climate Action Champion through the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Now, San Francisco will focus on embracing fuel cell technology in an effort to make the transportation space more environmentally friendly through the use of clean vehicles. Funding will support research concerning…

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Google launches new solar energy project in the US

Project Sunroof aims to help homeowners understand if they can use solar power effectively Google has launched a new project that aims to show where solar energy has the most promise in the United States. Many homeowners have begun to show aggressive interest in solar power, but some do not live in states with abundant sunlight, making solar energy less viable than other forms of power. Google’s new initiative, called Project Sunroof, is designed to help homeowners determine whether solar power is a viable option for them, based on their…

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San Francisco invests more in hydrogen fuel infrastructure

Organization provides more funding for the development of new fueling stations The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has approved funding that will help develop 12 new hydrogen fuel stations in the Bay Area of San Francisco, California. The new fueling stations are expected to be fully operational early next year. The Bay Area currently has three hydrogen fuel stations in operation, but they serve in limited capacity. The new fueling stations are expected to further expand California’s growing hydrogen infrastructure, making it a more attractive market for fuel cell…

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Organizations team to bring hydrogen fuel to San Francisco

Sandia will help develop a hydrogen-powered ferry Sandia National Laboratories has entered into a cooperative research and development partnership with Red and White Fleet. Through this partnership, the two organizations will work on an environmental sustainability project that involves the development of a new ferry that is powered by hydrogen fuel. The project itself is being supported by the Maritime Administration, which recently announced funding for various projects concerning the feasibility of fuel cells in the maritime industry. New ferry will produce no harmful emissions The new ferry being developed…

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Vancouver embraces renewable energy

City Council votes to adopt renewable energy in a major way The City of Vancouver, British Columbia, has become the first city in Canada to aim to derive no less than 100% of its electrical power from renewable energy sources, following a vote from the City Council. The council unanimously voted to embrace renewable energy, hoping to abandon more conventional forms of power that are environmentally hazardous. British Columbia has become a very prominent clean technology and energy market, where innovation is being supported by provincial policies and initiatives from…

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California invests $20 million in hydrogen fuel infrastructure

State agency plans to build 50 new hydrogen fuel stations in order to bolster the fuel infrastructure The California Energy Commission will be spending $20 million to build 50 hydrogen fuel stations that will comprise California’s “hydrogen highway.” The hydrogen highway is meant to serve as a fueling structure that extends along the state’s most popular highways. This will allow those with fuel cell vehicles to travel from Los Angeles to San Francisco without having to worry about running out of fuel during the journey. Lack of a working infrastructure…

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MyCityWay teams with BMW to improve electric vehicles

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MyCityWay application to be used in BMW electric vehicles MyCityWay, a developer of city guides, has announced that its location-based, situation-aware mobile application will be incorporated into a fleet of 70 BMW DriveNow ActiveE electric vehicles that are currently operating in San Francisco, California. The incorporation of the MyCityWay application is made possible through a partnership with BMW, which is eager to provide drivers with tools they may find useful. MyCityWay CEO Puneet Mehta notes that the application will introduce drivers to new services that may have a significant impact…

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San Francisco named as North America’s Cleantech Capital by the Cleantech Group

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San Francisco, California, has claimed the title as “Cleantech Capital” of North America this week. The title is awarded by the Cleantech Group, a market intelligence firm focused on alternative energy and sustainability. San Francisco was chosen because of its exemplary commitment to alternative energies like solar, hydrogen and wind power. Cleantech noted that the city is also quite attractive to renewable energy groups looking to expand and attract investors. The Cleantech Group notes that San Francisco is home to more than 200 alternative energy companies and investment groups. These…

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