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Scientists to produce zero-carbon fuel by mimicking plants
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As carbon emissions continue to rise and environmentalists not really ready to adopt geoengineering solutions as a part of their plan for long-term relief, governments over the world are placing their bets on renewable energy, most of the sources of which remain highly untapped due to the challenges that exist in converting them to clean energy. Now a team of British scientists have joined forces to develop a system that can mimic plant photosynthesis to produce hydrogen using sunlight. Hydrogen can then either be used to power cars or produce clean energy on demand. More

Consumers warming to green cars despite initial worries
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The green car market is only inching along in the United States, hampered by high comparative costs and limited ranges on pure electric vehicles, but automakers remain confident their time will come. "Everybody thinks that everybody else should be driving a green car," said Dave Sergeant, an auto analyst with JD Power. Automakers have launched a host of hybrids and electric vehicles in recent years with huge fanfare in response to political pressure from the Obama administration to improve fuel economy drastically. More

Biofuels could transform Canada's Navy
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The Canadian government has been working on a plan that would allow Navy ships to be powered by biofuels for some time. The federal government is keen to move away from diesel and other fossil-fuels, hoping instead to adopt more environmentally-friendly sources of power. Biofuels have been at the top of the government's list and now federal officials are looking to see just how viable biofuels can really be for the country's Navy. More

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B.C. electric car charging stations: $1.3 million announced for cities
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Electric car owners in B.C. will get a real charge out of this — the provincial government is spending $1.3 million to set up fast-charging stations in 12 communities. The stations can give a car an 80 per cent charge in 30 minutes or less, compared to other kinds of stations that require up to eight hours for a full charge. The stations are being set up in various cities including Vancouver, North Vancouver, Surrey, Whistler, Hope, Merritt, Nanaimo and Saanich. More

Hyundai ix35 refuels at Ajusa hydrogen station
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Spanish automotive component and fuel cell developer, Ajusa, had a visit from Hyundai to refuel one of its ix35 fuel cell electric vehicles at Ajusa's Don Qhyxote hydrogen station. The vehicle was successfully filled to 350 bar with hydrogen, marking the first occasion a commercial, non-Ajusa vehicle has refuelled at the station. The station has been open since the start of 2012 and currently supports a range of Ajusa's own prototype vehicles, such as cars and scooters. More

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Toyota still thinking hydrogen cars with FCV-R    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Hybrid electric drive is the biggest movement in green automotive technology right now, with many manufacturers providing vehicles fitted with electric motors in addition to internal combustion engines. We've also seen a big push towards EVs, or all-electric vehicles, like the Nissan Leaf and entire Tesla range. On the horizon we've got what many people think will be the final push for sustainable driving, the hydrogen fuel cell. More

Renewable energy: The 99.9 per cent solution
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A combination of wind and solar power and sophisticated energy storage systems could keep a power grid fully supplied between 90 and 99.9 per cent of the time, at costs comparable with today's fossil fuel and nuclear mix, according to a new study from Delaware in the United States. Computer simulation measured the performance of inland and offshore wind farms and photovoltaic cells, backed up by battery and fuel cell storage, under the lowest cost conditions, for a 72 gigawatt grid system. More

Plug Power comes out of 2012 looking strong
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Last year may have been somewhat turbulent for the fuel cell industry, but a few companies in the business have managed to find some degree of success in shifting their focus toward sectors that had, in the past, seen little attention from the industry. In early 2012, Ballard Power, a leading developer of hydrogen fuel cells, began to focus on the materials handling space. The company began producing fuel cells for forklift trucks and other such vehicles, even brokering a partnership with Plug Power to provide fuel cell technology for that company's GenDrive energy systems. More

Fraunhofer, UBC partner to improve efficiency and reliability of fuel cells
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The transition from fossil fuels to sustainable and regenerative energy concepts is a challenge that sooner or later all industrial nations will be facing. Mastering this difficult task will require new technologies. Currently the green-energy industries in both Germany and Canada have a globally recognized leadership role. More

Cleveland RTA unveils zero-emissions hydrogen-fueled bus
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A new, cleaner bus that emits only water and not harmful pollutants will soon be hitting the roads in Cleveland. The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority will unveil a 40-foot bus fueled by hydrogen that is on a free-of-charge loan for up to one year. RTA has teamed up with the NASA Glenn Research Center to bring the bus to Northeast Ohio, and will keep it refueled at a bus garage in East Cleveland. This setup is among just a few in the entire United States, and is supported in part by a federal program that tests the practicality of hydrogen-fueled buses. More

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