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Auto giants to cooperate in fuel-cell technology
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The alliance between Renault SA and Nissan Motors will work with Ford Motors and Daimler to share the cost of developing fuel-cell vehicle systems that could feature in road cars as early as 2017, the auto makers said. The investment will be shared equally between the three entities, though no figures were provided in a joint statement. More



EU launches clean fuel strategy
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The European Commission has published a proposal which includes a package of measures aimed at supporting the development of alternative fuels in its member states. The Commission has put forward a set of binding targets for hydrogen infrastructure, battery vehicle charging, biofuels, liquefied natural gas (LNG) and compressed natural gas (CNG). More

Advance launches first fuel cell powered industrial floor cleaner
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Nilfisk-Advance Group, a leading manufacturer and distributor of professional floor cleaning equipment, has introduced the first fuel cell-powered industrial combination sweeper-scrubber. The Advance CS7000 Combination Sweeper-Scrubber Fuel Cell unit was unveiled at the ProMat 2013 Expo in Chicago. The machine was developed in response to growing industrial demand for cost-effective, alternative fuel solutions. More

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Toyota and BMW to collaborate on new mid-sized sports car, hydrogen fuel cell tech, and more
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MotorTrend reports that BMW and Toyota have confirmed a new collaborative effort on a mid-sized sports car as part of some future long-term projects. Both of the two major automakers will jointly develop this said sports car from the ground-up. It will be used to develop and research a fuel cell system, lightweight technology, and lithium-air batteries. The fuel cell system will be designed in-house meaning all-inclusive componentry such as the fuel cell stack, hydrogen tank, motor, and battery. Ideally, both BMW and Toyota seek to have this project completed by 2020 with a potential prototype available by 2015. More

Why hydrogen cars could still be the future
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Hydrogen cars — assuming the massive technological challenges regarding production, transportation and consumption of hydrogen and fuel cells can be overcome — may leave their well-earned place on the lunatic fringe in a few years. Daimler, Ford and Nissan recently re-upped their commitment to the lead-off batter for the Periodic Table of the Elements by announcing a pact to develop a common fuel cell system that could lead to affordable fuel cell cars by 2017. More

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Fuel cell industry showing promising progress
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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published its latest report concerning the annual progress of funded projects in the hydrogen sector. In the past, the government has shown little support for the fuel cell industry. This interest had been growing for some time, until 2010, when DOE Secretary Steven Chu suggested that hydrogen fuel cells were a distant future solution to an immediate problem. Shortly thereafter, the government began seeing a wide variety of hydrogen fuel cells that led Chu to revise his outlook on the technology and the fuel cell industry. More

Citaro fuel cell buses provide shuttle service at Davos
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Two Mercedes‑Benz Citaro FuelCELL Hybrid buses with fuel cell technology recently provided both shuttle and regular services at the prestigious "World Economic Forum" in Davos. PostAuto is the first bus company in Switzerland to use fuel cell technology in public transport. Since the end of 2011, five Mercedes‑Benz Citaro FuelCELL Hybrid Postbuses have been employed on PostAuto regular service routes in and around Brugg. PostAuto is carrying out a long-term test of fuel cell drive systems. More

U.S. government grants $10 million to algae fuel research
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The U.S. government has granted $10 million to unlock the potential of biofuels made from algae, in an effort to diversify the fuels used in transport. The funding, from the Department of Energy, will support research projects aiming to boost the productivity of algae cultivation systems and develop and demonstrate effective, energy-efficient, and low-cost algae harvest and processing technologies, such as centrifugation and extraction. More


 
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