Mobile phone towers double as green energy stations

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The fuel cells convert excess electricity from the solar panels and wind turbines into hydrogen that is stored on-site. This way, they cut out fuel used to transport the stored energy to these remote areas. The hydrogen fuel is stored in a tank and delivered to the fuel cells to generate electricity when needed, for instance when there’s not enough wind or solar power.

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Satellites may help locate geothermal energy sources beneath cities

European scientists have developed a way to estimate temperature of hidden groundwater under urban centers. A study, recently published in the journal “Environmental Science & Technology,” revealed that scientists in Germany and Switzerland have created a way to estimate groundwater temperature below the surface of cities by basing their calculations on satellite measurements of surface temperatures and the density of buildings. This method, which allows the scientists to estimate groundwater temperature beneath cities, could help them discover untapped sources of geothermal energy, which could be harnessed as renewable power. Urban…

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Alternative energy sources sought by Thailand

NCPO is in search of sustainable energy to ensure sufficient energy supply in the future. The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) is seeking to promote the exploration, development and use of renewable and alternative energy sources, as well as encourage the domestic production of these sources, so that Thailand will not be entirely reliant on imported oil and gas as its only sources of fuel in the future. Energy security is another issue for the country. According to the head of the NCPO, General Prayuth Chan-ocha, energy security…

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Decentralizing The Energy Grid

When a centralized power grid goes down, lots of people end up in the dark. One only needs to go back to Hurricane Sandy, which pretty much made a mess of the electrical systems in the Northeast, for an example. The harsh reality is, many large cities’ utility systems are old and obsolete, and so are vulnerable being knocked out by a major disaster. This situation drives home yet another reason that decentralized alternative energy systems make a whole lot more sense. A decentralized energy system, which is big alternative…

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IRENA undergoes changes and reaches new milestone

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IRENA welcomes new member state In 2009, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) was formed. IRENA is a multi-national organization that promotes the adoption of sustainable forms of energy. For the past three years, the organization has been headquartered in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Recently, IRENA has undergone several changes to its structure and has reached a major milestone. The organization has also welcomed a new member, which may end up adding a huge amount of momentum behind the alternative energy initiatives of IRENA. China joins IRENA in order…

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BOC introduces Hymera fuel cells to new lighting package

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Hymera fuel cells used to power new lighting package BOC, a producer of hydrogen fuel and member of the Linde Group, has launched a new lighting package that is powered by the companies new hydrogen fuel cells. The company’s Hymera fuel cells have been widely used in numerous industries, garnering acclaim because of their portable and flexible nature. BOC has introduced the fuel cells into a new lighting package that is expected to provide significant advantages over traditional battery powered and fossil-fuel alternatives. Hymera fuel cells expected to replace traditional generators Hymera…

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New hydrogen fuel station coming to Hawaii from Proton Onsite.

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Proton Onsite, a manufacturer of hydrogen fuel cells, has installed a new hydrogen generation system at the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam facility in Hawaii. The facility is located just outside Honolulu and will be responsible for the generation of hydrogen fuel that will be used to support fuel cell vehicles. Hawaii is home to one of the most tenacious alternative energy programs in the U.S. As the need for sustainable energy has grown, Hawaii has labored to establish hydrogen as the fuel of choice for the nation. The new hydrogen…

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Solar hydrogen hybrid energy system makes the dream of free energy a reality

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When it comes to alternative energy, the notion of living off the grid – completely detached from utilities companies and governmental influences on electricity – is an alluring concept. Indeed, the idea of free energy is something that has attracted multitudes in the past. Nikola Tesla was, perhaps, the staunchest advocate of free energy during his time. However, given people’s reliance on electricity, the opportunity for profit far exceeds the altruistic motives driving the pursuit of free energy. As technology continues to advance, new ways are being found to circumvent…

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New study shows that battery powered cars are not as popular amongst consumers as their manufacturers had claimed

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Fuel cells have been the constant subject of criticism. Those lauding the important of alternative fuel are quick to dismiss hydrogen fuel cells as being a viable alternative to oil, especially when it comes to transportation. Fuel cells have proven to be veritable powerhouses in residential and industrial applications, but proponents of sustainable energy say that the battery is the only way for vehicles to become truly environmentally friendly. Consumers, on the other hand, tend to disagree with this point. The enthusiasm that consumers show for battery-powered cars may have…

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Korean oil giant, GS Caltex, shifting focus away from fossil-fuel to hydrogen fuel cells

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There is a stigma surrounding oil companies. The general consensus is that such companies are shadowy organizations driven by greed and malcontent. Despite the efforts of some big-name companies, such as Shell’s initiative to promote alternative fuels, these stigmas have proven difficult to disperse. However, the need for sustainable energy has never been more apparent, and oil companies are quite aware of this. Undaunted by negative stigmas, GS Caltex, South Korea’s second largest oil refiner, has taken up the task of championing alternative fuels. GS Caltex was founded in 1967…

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Audi to test its fuel cell vehicles in rally races

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The transportation industry is one of hydrogen fuel’s most staunch advocates. Many big name automakers are making vehicles that make use of hydrogen fuel cells. Toyota, Honda, Mercedez-Benz and Daimler are among those releasing these vehicles in 2015. As fuel cells gain prominence, more car makers are unveiling plans for their own hydrogen powered vehicles. Audi is the latest to join the ranks of fuel cell supporters. The German automaker announced their plans to release a hydrogen powered car after entering the 11th Michelin Challenge Bibendum. The event is designed…

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Essential partnerships made for the future of hydrogen fuel industry

Xebec Adsorption Inc., a developer of purification products for the renewable energies market, has announced their partnership with Nuvera Fuel Cells, an leading developer of fuel cell systems and processors. The two have signed a license and engineering agreement for $3.25 million. The contract will help speed the development of Xebec’s purification units that will be used in hydrogen refueling stations. “We’re strengthening our partnership with Nuvera because of its focus on commercialization,” says Kurt Sorschak, CEO of Xebec. Hydrogen as a fuel has been held back primarily due to…

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South Africa coming in as a heavy contender in hydrogen world market

South Africa may become the world’s leading producer of hydrogen powered vehicles, according to Professor Vladimir Linkov of the University of the Western Cape. Speaking at the launch conference of the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection, Linkov said that the hydrogen economy presents a opportunity for massive economic growth. As the demand for alternative fuels grows, countries investing in the development of hydrogen fuel cells are likely to experience the same opportunity. “There is a clear technological path ahead,” says Linkov. “The world could be consuming South African fuel cell…

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Renewable energy markets join forces to make way for hydrogen refueling stations

Xebec Adsorption Inc., a developer of purification products for the renewable energies market, has announced their partnership with Nuvera Fuel Cells, an leading developer of fuel cell systems and processors. The two have signed a license and engineering agreement for $3.25 million. The contract will help speed the development of Xebec’s purification units that will be used in hydrogen refueling stations. “We’re strengthening our partnership with Nuvera because of its focus on commercialization,” says Kurt Sorschak, CEO of Xebec. Hydrogen as a fuel has been held back primarily due to…

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Green education brings the spotlight to California campus

The California State University at L.A.’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Education project has recently been received the top rating from among 13 other educational programs funded by the Department of Energy. The project is a coordinated effort from the colleges of engineering, computer science, and technology and has been chosen for the Fuel Cell Technologies Education Subprogram. The project is working to implement comprehensive curriculum that will be used to develop training activities that will be used to better the renewable energy sector. As the project continues to be incorporated,…

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Hydrogen fuel market moving ahead

As the world anxiously awaits the next breakthrough in alternative fuels for transportation, many have placed their support in electric cars. The infrastructure to support cars powered by electricity is already firmly in place and much easier to support. Tom Sullivan, founder of Lumber Liquidators in Toano, Virginia, believes that hydrogen is the best solution to the world’s struggle with energy. Sullivan has invested millions into hydrogen technology. He purchased Proton Energy Systems, a company that specializes in providing hydrogen fuel. Last year, SunHydro, the world’s first privately funded chain…

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