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  • Japan offering $20,000 incentives for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles favicon Autoblog Green (Yesterday) - Filed under: Hydrogen, Toyota, Legislation and Policy, Japan That tailwind Toyota may be feeling in Japan won't be from a stiff breeze off the northern Pacific Ocean. The Japanese automaker is getting ready to start selling its first production hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle in its native...
  • Fill 'er up: Prototype meter test for hydrogen refueling stations developed favicon ScienceDaily (Yesterday) - To support the fair sale of gaseous hydrogen as a vehicle fuel, researchers have developed a prototype field test standard to test the accuracy of hydrogen fuel dispensers. Once the standard is field tested, it will serve as a model for constructing similar devices for...
  • Daimler: 2017 the right time to launch our hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle favicon Autoblog Green (Yesterday) - Filed under: Hydrogen, Mercedes Benz, Daimler Zero-emissions vehicle development has never focused purely on off-the-line acceleration. So when a research executive with Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler says it's Okay that companies like Toyota and Hyundai will have a head start selling hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle, it's somewhat...
  • Replacing coal, oil with natural gas will not help fight global warming, expert argues favicon ScienceDaily (2 days ago) - Both shale gas and conventional natural gas have a larger greenhouse gas footprint than do coal or oil, especially for the primary uses of residential and commercial heating. "While emissions of carbon dioxide are less from natural gas than from coal and oil, methane emissions...
  • SAE announces J2601 hydrogen fueling standard favicon Autoblog Green (2 days ago) - Filed under: Hydrogen, Legislation and Policy Standardizing refueling systems isn't a quick process, and a new set of fueling standards for hydrogen stations were about 13 years in the making. But SAE International (SAE stands for Society of Automotive Engineers) said this week that it...
  • Improving the cost and efficiency of renewable energy storage favicon ScienceDaily (3 days ago) - Scientists have developed a method for improving the catalysis of water-splitting reactions used for storing wind and solar energy. The method chemically peels off the outermost surface of a catalyst, thereby maximizing its active surface for the reaction....
  • Microgrids: They're Kind of a Big Deal favicon Renewable Energy World (5 days ago) - For locals participating in the Pecan Street Demonstration in Austin’s suburban town of Mueller, TX, residential carbon footprint data is about as available as square footage. Their home utility consumption is monitored by the Pecan Street Research Institute at The University of Texas-Austin as part...
  • From the Editor: It's Really All About Renewable Energy Projects favicon Renewable Energy World (6 days ago) - At Renewable Energy World, we understand that while we spend lots of time writing about the policies, technologies and intricacies of financing renewable energy, the only measureable result of all of this effort is steel in the ground (or on the roof…or in the water…...
  • Boron Buckyballs for Holding Hydrogen Discovered at Brown favicon Hydrogen Cars Now (6 days ago) - Carbon buckyballs (or fullerenes) were discovered several years ago and hold the promise of hydrogen storage. Now, recently researchers at Brown University have discovered boron buckyballs or as they call them borospherenes that may hold hydrogen atoms as well. According to Brown, “The discovery...
  • First Assembly Line Produced Hydrogen Fueling Stations Are Here favicon Hydrogen Cars Now (7 days ago) - In Vienna, Austria the Linde Group has opened the world’s first small-series production facility for building hydrogen fueling stations. Now that Hyundai has built the first assembly line produced fuel cell vehicle in Japan with others to follow, it makes sense that hydrogen fueling stations...
  • Fuel cells for powering homes favicon ScienceDaily (Tuesday, 15 July) - Fuel cells are similar to batteries, but they differ from them mainly in that they are continually resupplied by the reagents consumed, typically oxygen and hydrogen. One of the applications that fuel cells may have is the supplying of homes with electrical power. When considering...
  • Hyundai Fuel Cell Vehicle Travels 435 Miles on One Tank favicon Hydrogen Cars Now (Tuesday, 15 July) - According to Hyundai they have set a record for the driving range for mass-produced fuel cell vehicles. Recently a Hyundai ix35 FCEV traveled 700 kilometers (435 miles) on one tank of hydrogen through three countries in northern Europe. According to News24.com, “”The ix35 Fuel Cell,...
  • Technology produces clean-burning hydrogen fuel cheaply using carbon nanotubes favicon ScienceDaily (Tuesday, 15 July) - Researchers have developed a technology that could overcome a major cost barrier to make clean-burning hydrogen fuel -- a fuel that could replace expensive and environmentally harmful fossil fuels. The new technology is a novel catalyst that performs almost as well as cost-prohibitive platinum for...
  • Labs characterize carbon for lithion-ion batteries favicon ScienceDaily (Tuesday, 15 July) - Researchers have found a universal descriptor of charge-transfer binding properties for carbon-based lithium-ion batteries. The model is based on intrinsic electronic characteristics of materials used as battery anodes. These include the material's quantum capacitance (the ability of the material to absorb charge) and the material's...
  • Anti-EV messaging alive and well at Toyota, sort of favicon Autoblog Green (Thursday, 10 July) - Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Hydrogen The folks at Toyota in Japan can be pretty blunt about electric-vehicle technology prospects as a viable transportation alternative to the internal combustion engine. Here in the states? Slightly more sanguine. Toyota global head of research and development Mitsuhisa Kato, according...
  • Science-Based Fire Codes Will Lead to More H2 Fueling Stations favicon Hydrogen Cars Now (Thursday, 10 July) - Who would have thought that the use of ultra-conservative and overly restrictive fire codes was holding back the building of the hydrogen refueling infrastructure in California? Researchers at the Sandia National Laboratories discovered that by going with science-based, risk-informed fire codes aligned with the U....
  • More efficient fuel cells under developement by engineers favicon ScienceDaily (Wednesday, 9 July) - Solar panels need sun. Wind turbines need wind. Society needs ways to store and dispense alternative energy. Fuel cells could do this. But their chemical reactions are not fully understood. Researchers have studied a high-efficiency solid-oxide fuel cell. They took atomic-scale 'snapshots' of the conversion...
  • Chemists develop novel catalyst with two functions favicon ScienceDaily (Wednesday, 9 July) - Chemists have made a decisive step towards more cost-efficient regenerative fuel cells and rechargeable metal-air batteries. They developed a new type of catalyst on the basis of carbon, which can facilitate two opposite reactions: electrolysis of water and combustion of hydrogen with oxygen. A catalyst...
  • Two More H2 Fuel Cell Buses Roll into Aberdeen, Scotland favicon Hydrogen Cars Now (Wednesday, 9 July) - Two more hydrogen fuel cell buses, created by Belgian firm Van Hool, have rolled out into Aberdeen, Scotland. This is an update to an article I had published on May 22, 2014 when the first four H2 buses were delivered. According to the City...
  • Sandia finds hydrogen easier to store, sell than we thought favicon Autoblog Green (Wednesday, 9 July) - Filed under: Hydrogen, Legislation and Policy Setting up a safe and convenient hydrogen infrastructure might not be as difficult as many thought, according to a study by Sandia National Laboratories. In fact, many existing gas stations offer a suitable footprint to store and dispense gaseous...
  • Silicon sponge improves lithium-ion battery performance favicon ScienceDaily (Tuesday, 8 July) - A sponge-like silicon material could help lithium-ion batteries run longer on a single charge by giving the batteries' electrodes the space they need to expand without breaking....
  • More California gas stations can provide hydrogen than previously thought favicon ScienceDaily (Tuesday, 8 July) - A new study concludes that a number of existing gas stations in California can safely store and dispense hydrogen, suggesting a broader network of hydrogen fueling stations may be within reach....
  • Japan Establishes Hydrogen Fuel Cell Strategy Roadmap favicon Hydrogen Cars Now (Tuesday, 8 July) - Even though California is often thought of as Ground Zero for hydrogen car technology and refueling infrastructure, Japan also has been quite pro-active in this field as well. And hence the Japanese have established a Hydrogen / Fuel Cell Strategy Roadmap in order to address...
  • Toyota to Sell Fuel Cells to Midsize Car Companies favicon Hydrogen Cars Now (Thursday, 3 July) - Toyota says it will consider selling the major components of its fuel cell systems to midsize automakers that don’t have the R&D budget to build the components from the ground up. The reason for this is two-fold. If there are more fuel cell vehicles being...
  • Recharge Wrap-up: Formula E comes to London, hydrogen fueling comes to Denmark favicon Autoblog Green (Wednesday, 2 July) - Filed under: EV/Plug-in, Hydrogen, Legislation and Policy, Europe/EU, UK, USA, Racing Denmark will get four new hydrogen fueling stations from Air Liquide. The French company will put two of the hydrogen stations in Copenhagen, one in Aalborg and the fourth in Vejle. The new fueling...
  • Plug Power Placing FCVs at Airports favicon Hydrogen Cars Now (Wednesday, 2 July) - Plug Power, known for selling fuel cell materials handling units, is now placing their FCVs at airports. The fuel cell vehicles (pictured above) will be a part of a demo project for ground support equipment (GSE) vehicles used to carry luggage and cargo. According...
  • Dutch students drive hyper-efficient hydrogen car to Shell Eco Marathon favicon Autoblog Green (Wednesday, 2 July) - Filed under: Green Culture, Hydrogen, Europe/EU, Racing "Showing up is 80 percent of life," Woody Allen once famously said. Ask the students at the Netherlands' Han University of Applied Sciences who competed in the Shell Eco-Marathon Europe, and they may say that the director/actor was...
  • Dutch students drive hyper-efficient hydrogen car to Shell Eco-Marathon favicon Autoblog Green (Wednesday, 2 July) - Filed under: Green Culture, Hydrogen, Europe/EU, Racing "Showing up is 80 percent of life," Woody Allen once famously said. Ask the students at the Netherlands' Han University of Applied Sciences who competed in the Shell Eco-Marathon Europe, and they may say that the director/actor was...
  • Bolstering batteries with nanotubes favicon ScienceDaily (Tuesday, 1 July) - Researchers are turning to extremely tiny tubes and rods to boost power and durability in lithium-ion batteries, the energy sources for cell phones, laptops, and electric vehicles. If successful, the batteries will last longer and perform better, leading to a cost advantage for electric vehicles....
  • Solar panels light the way from carbon dioxide to fuel favicon ScienceDaily (Tuesday, 1 July) - Researchers have devised an efficient method for harnessing sunlight to convert carbon dioxide into a potential alternative fuel known as formic acid. The transformation from carbon dioxide and water to formic acid was powered by a commercial solar panel....

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