Hydrogen fuel research wins more support from the Department of Energy

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Agency to offer $39 million in new funding to support research and development The U.S. Department of Energy is set to provide some $39 million to support the research and development of hydrogen fuel cell technology. The federal agency believes that research will be vital to addressing the current challenges that fuel cells face. The funding will also aid in research focused on hydrogen production, distribution, and storage. Such research could help hasten the development of a comprehensive hydrogen fuel infrastructure in many parts of the country. ElectroCat project aims…

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New hydrogen fuel bus begins operation in Costa Rica

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The Nyuti is the first operational hydrogen-powered bus in Central America Central America’s first hydrogen-powered bus has begun operation in Costa Rica. The new bus is called Nyuti and is being operated by the Ad Astra Company, which also has operations in the United States. The company itself does not develop hydrogen fuel cell technology, but it has been working with several organizations in order to incorporate these energy systems. The bus represents the first step in Costa Rica’s efforts to establish a hydrogen transportation “ecosystem.” The country has been…

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China continues spending vast sums to support renewable energy

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Clean power continues to find financial support from the Chinese government China continues to show its commitment to renewable energy by supporting the sector financially. The country has been the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases for some time, but the government has been working to cut emissions in order to become more environmentally friendly. In this pursuit, China has become one of the largest investors in clean power in the world. The country now dwarfs the investments that are made by the United States, which is the second largest…

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Google purchases more renewable energy than it consumes

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Google has announced that it now purchases more clean power than it actually uses Google has become the largest corporate buyer of renewable energy in the world. The company claims that it now purchases more clean power than it actually consumes. Google’s renewable energy efforts began in earnest in 2017, when it unveiled plans to power all of its data centers with wind, solar, and others forms of clean power. While Google now purchases more clean power than it actually consumes, not all of the company’s electricity comes from renewable…

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Clean vehicles could thrive through Shell’s ambitious proposal

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Shell calls for a ban on gas and diesel vehicles by 2035 Shell has proposed banning the sale of all new gas and diesel powered vehicles in the United States, European Union, and China by 2035. The company suggests that the ambitious proposal would help countries meet the emissions reduction targets outlined by the Paris Agreement. Shell claims that the transition toward clean vehicles could occur faster than most expect. Notably, the company believes that autonomous electric vehicles will play a major role in helping accomplishing this goal. Clean vehicles…

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ITM Power to use power-to-gas for hydrogen fuel production

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Company wins grant for feasibility study in Massachusetts ITM Power, a leading developer of hydrogen technologies, has announced that it has been awarded with a grant from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC). The grant will be used to fund a power-to-gas feasibility study. The study is meant to assess the potential for a power-to-gas system to be used in the production of hydrogen fuel. This fuel would be used in the Massachusetts region. ITM Power will be working with Holyoke Gas and Electric, a gas and electric utility. Study…

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New hydrogen fuel appliance coming to Japan

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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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Plug Power deploys new technology for hydrogen fuel station in California

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New technology will help provide hydrogen to consumers with fuel cell vehicles Plug Power, a developer of hydrogen fuel cells, has deployed its GenFuel technology at a new hybrid fueling station in Apple Valley, California. The new station is designed to provide consumers with the hydrogen fuel they need to power their fuel cell vehicles. The station can store hydrogen in an efficient manner while also being able to produce the fuel on-site. This will help reduce the cost of hydrogen fuel for consumers, which may encourage them to purchase…

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University of Hawaii announces commitment to solar energy

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University will receive all of its electricity from solar power The University of Hawaii will soon derive all of its electricity from solar energy. The university has been aggressively working to install solar panels and battery storage systems at its Maui College campus in an effort to become more environmentally friendly. These efforts are beginning to show results, as the university will receive 100% of its electricity from solar power, adding further momentum to Hawaii’s overarching endeavors concerning the use of renewable energy. Hawaii continues to show strong support for…

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Hyundai officially begins selling its Nexo in South Korea

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Automaker has now officially launched the Nexo Hyundai has officially begun selling its new hydrogen-powered vehicle, the Nexo, in South Korea. The Nexo represents the automaker’s next step in producing vehicles that use clean technology and produce no harmful emissions. Hyundai has shown particular interest in fuel cells, which consume hydrogen to generate electricity. The company has already found modest success with fuel cell vehicles, having launched its first models in promising markets a few years ago. Pre-order period in the US sees 1,061 models sold in eight days Hyundai’s…

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Electric vehicles are becoming cleaner in the United States

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Renewable energy is helping reduce the emissions that clean cars are linked to Electric vehicles in the United States are becoming more environmentally friendly thanks to the country’s energy grid relying more heavily on renewable energy. For years, electric vehicles have been criticized for contributing to air pollution because they derive their electricity produced through the consumption of fossil-fuels. Throughout the country, charging stations are being connected to an existing energy infrastructure. The majority of the electricity delivered through this infrastructure is produced through the burning of coal. This is…

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Countries may need to accelerate their renewable energy plans to fight climate change

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Countries must accelerate their environmental sustainability efforts in order to thwart climate change The transition toward renewable energy must be accelerated in order to combat the effects of climate change, according to a new report from the World Economic Forum. The report is part of the organization’s Energy Transition Index 2018, which highlights the efforts that 114 countries are making to embrace clean power. The report ranks these countries based on their efforts and how large of a role renewable energy plays in their fight against climate change. Report shows…

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Pakistan’s first renewable energy institute could be built with the help of the US

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US government is prepared to assist Pakistan in developing a new clean power institute The United States government is set to assist Pakistan establish its first renewable energy institute. Pakistan’s Federal Minister of Power Awais Khan Leghari met with U.S. Ambassador David Hale this week to discuss various opportunities concerning this new plan. According to Ambassador Hale, the U.S. government is eager to explore new clean power opportunities and help Pakistan increase its focus on renewable energy. The U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory may be offering expertise to aid in…

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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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Renewable energy makes impressive gains in the United States

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Report highlights the growth that clean power saw in 2017 Clean power saw impressive growth in the United States last year. The country’s renewable energy capacity grew significantly in 2017, with wind, solar, and hydropower finding greater degrees of success throughout the country. Efforts to embrace clean technology, such as hydrogen fuel cells, also grow more aggressive, as many states worked to make transportation more environmentally friendly. Last year, approximately 18% of all electricity generated in the United States was generated using renewable energy sources, according to a report from…

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Air Force begins testing new hydrogen fuel production solutions in Hawaii

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Project to focus more heavily on hydrogen as an alternative fuel The United States Air Force has begun a new demonstration project focused on hydrogen fuel. The Air Force has developed a new hydrogen production facility at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii. The hydrogen produced at the facility is used to power a variety of vehicles equipped with fuel cells. The facility is part of a project that is aimed at showcasing how hydrogen fuel can be effectively used to power a new generation of vehicles that produce no…

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