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The calendar year is coming to a close, and CHFCA would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a very safe and happy holiday season.

As we reflect on the news and events that helped shape 2014, we would like to offer Weekly Fuel subscribers a look at the most-read news stories from their publication. That means, over the next two weeks, we'll count down the Top 20 articles for the year!

Your regular news publication will resume on Thursday January 8, 2015.



10. New technique gets pure hydrogen out of splitting water
Ars Technica
From Sept. 25, 2014: Continued concerns about global warming have boosted work on alternative fuel sources that reduce emissions. Hydrogen is an appealing, clean-burning fuel. Currently, most hydrogen comes from the processing of fossil fuels, which produces carbon dioxide as a byproduct. However, the electrolysis of water produces hydrogen without the release of greenhouse gases — provided the electricity used in the process comes from renewable energy.
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9. German researchers develop new hydrogen fuel storage tank
Hydrogen Fuel News
From July 10, 2014: Researchers from the German Aerospace Center have made a breakthrough in hydrogen fuel storage. For years, storage has been a problematic issue when it comes to using hydrogen as an energy source. Modern storage methods are somewhat inefficient and consume quite a lot of energy in order to be effective. New storage methods are needed in order for hydrogen to be considered viable, especially in the field of transportation, where the fuel is becoming more popular.
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8. Hydrogen fuel is beginning to take off in Japan
Hydrogen Fuel News
From June 5, 2014: Japanese automakers have become divided on the subject of whether batteries are better than fuel cells or vice versa. Companies like Nissan and Mitsubishi managed to bring battery electrics to he market years ago and found relative success, but companies like Toyota and Honda have been slow to act in the clean transportation space due to their interests in fuel cells. Hydrogen fuel cells are becoming popular because of their ability to power a new generation of clean vehicles.
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7. Solar cell project creates hydrogen fuel and bypasses batteries
Slashgear
From Jan. 16, 2014: Batteries are a distraction: The best way to store excess solar energy for nighttime use is using it to create "solar fuels" that rely on energy-dense chemistry, one research team has concluded. The prototype takes a cue from plants and uses a new type of solar cell that relies on the sun's energy to split water into hydrogen and oxygen.
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6. Hydrogen cars: Toyota aims to become the next Tesla
Investor Place
From Sept 11, 2014: Toyota is planning a launch of "society-changing" hydrogen cars, which came as a shot across the bow of Elon Musk's Tesla. However, hydrogen-fueled vehicles are not likely to deal a knock-out blow to competitors, which means Toyota's attempt to outflank Tesla may fail in the short term. Toyota plans to debut its new Fuel Cell Vehicle (FCV) in Japan next spring, adding select U.S. and European markets later next year.
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5. Why automakers will build more hydrogen fuel cell vehicles
LA Times
From Aug. 21, 2014: Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles could soon gain ground on electric cars in the race to develop zero-emission cars, according to a new report. The auto industry is seeing a convergence of factors that make fuel cell cars more viable, according to the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis. Major automakers are pushing the technology. Hyundai began leasing its Tucson fuel cell crossover in Southern California earlier this year, targeting the handful of communities that have hydrogen fueling stations.
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4. Toyota hydrogen fuel cell vehicles to be available in 2016
HNGN
From June 19, 2014: Toyota Motor Corp. will start building hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in mid-December, earlier than originally planned, according to a report from Japan. The automotive manufacturer first revealed its plans to make hydrogen cars last year at the Tokyo Motor Show, according to NBC News. The company has suggested that it is getting involved in the hydrogen car market in order to meet stricter Zero-Emission Vehicle (ZEV) standards.
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3. Researchers in Denmark develop new catalyst for hydrogen fuel cells
Hydrogen Fuel News
From April 10, 2014: A team of researchers from the Technical University of Denmark has developed a new catalyst that may make platinum catalysts a thing of the past. The team has used iron and carbon to develop this catalyst and initial tests have shown that these materials are stable and active in acidic and alkaline environments.
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2. Toyota fuel cell prototype undergoes cold weather testing in Canada
World Car Fans
From Feb. 6, 2014: Toyota has released a new video that promotes their upcoming fuel cell vehicle. Filmed in Canada, the video shows the car undergoing cold weather testing in Yellowknife where temperatures can hit -30 degrees Celsius (-22 degrees Fahrenheit). Besides making sure the fuel cell can operate at those temperatures engineers looked for "suitability issues, drivability issues, and NVH issues."
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1. Toyota takes on Tesla with its first hydrogen fuel cell car
Mashable
From July 3, 2014: Toyota has announced its first commercial hydrogen fuel cell car, a sedan based on the concept unveiled at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. Priced at approximately 7 million yen in Japan, the car is an obvious rival for Tesla's Model S, which starts at $69,000. The range and the refueling time both have advantages over Tesla.
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