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Hydrogen is key to large-scale renewable energy storage
The Toronto Star
Thinking seriously about renewable energy? Then you'll have to think seriously about hydrogen. So says German energy storage expert Dirk Uwe Sauer, who recently visited Toronto. Germany, which wants to cut its carbon emissions by up to 90 per cent by 2050, has turned its back on both coal and nuclear energy. So it must get 85 per cent of its electricity from renewable sources by the deadline — up from about 22 per cent, said Sauer, a professor at the Institute for Power Electronics and Electrical Drives in Aachen.
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Alternative fuels could cut 80 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050
The United States could cut petroleum consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent by 2050 for light-duty vehicles through the use of alternative fuels and strong government policies aimed at overcoming high costs and influencing consumer choices, according to a National Research Council report.
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Ballard deploying fuel cell systems in China and Europe
Ballard Power Systems and its partner Azure Hydrogen Energy Science and Technology Corporation will be displaying a 175 kilowatt fuel cell system at the fifth World Hydrogen Technologies Convention in Shanghai. Ballard has sold the CleanGen distributed generation fuel cell system to Azure as part of its partnership with the Beijing-based company. Azure and Ballard's partnership focuses on the development and enhancement of hydrogen energy technology for a variety of applications in China marketplace.
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BMW manufacturing expands hydrogen fuel cell fleet
Manufacturing Business Technology
BMW Manufacturing announced the successful expansion of the company's hydrogen fuel-cell material handling equipment across its 4.0 million square foot production facility. In 2010, BMW completed the installation of a hydrogen storage and distribution area near the plant's Energy Center to power about 100 pieces of fuel cell material handling equipment. Since that time, the company has more than doubled its hydrogen-fuel cell fleet to approximately 230 units to service the entire plant's production and logistics functions.
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As fuel cells evolve, a role emerges for palladium
In research recently published in the journal 'Applied Catalysis B: Environmental,' Yale engineers report synthesizing a platinum-free catalyst for use in alkaline fuel cells by substituting less-costly palladium for platinum and combining it with silver. The catalyst is the part of the fuel cell that breaks down the fuel (alcohol or hydrogen, for example), setting in motion other chemical reactions that ultimately produce electricity and heat.
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Edmonton engineering students charged up over zero-emission car
Global News
University of Alberta engineering students are aiming for the moon — or at least an international mileage record — in this year's Shell Eco-Marathon in Houston. The students unveiled their entry recently, a single-seat vehicle powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. "We've been working on a new design for 12 months," team leader Matthew Sponiar said in a news release.
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Air Liquide to open new hydrogen fuel stations in Europe
Hydrogen Fuel News
Air Liquide, a leading industrial gases company, has major plans for the future of hydrogen fuel. The company has been a strong supporter of hydrogen for several years, as hydrogen is widely used in several industries. Recently, hydrogen-powered transportation has been growing in popularity, highlighting the lack of a comprehensive infrastructure capable of supporting clean transportation. Air Liquide is one of the organizations that is in a position to address the infrastructure problem and has been doing so for some time.
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Hydrogen fuel cell locomotive gains ground in multiple applications
The Green Optimistic
Earlier hydrogen fuel cell locomotive technology lent itself to smaller applications, such as the BNSF Port of Los Angeles HH 1205 locomotive developed in Kansas. The small locomotive is used for shuttling other cars around the lot, but has been a perfect test bed for hydrogen fuel cell technology. Small, of course, is on the beginning, and if electric trains, such as the high-speed TGV, were the last major evolutionary step, the hydrogen fuel cell locomotive could very well be the next big step.

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Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell rolls off Ulsan production line
Production of the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell began at the company's Ulsan manufacturing plant in Korea in January, making Hyundai the first automaker to begin commercial production of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. The first complete car rolled off the assembly line last month.

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Ballard fuel cell to power Connecticut bus
Platinum Today
Ballard Power Systems will supply one of its fuel cell systems for a new public transport project in the U.S. The company has signed an agreement with the Center for Transportation and the Environment for a 150-kilowatt FCvelocityTM-HD6 fuel cell module to be integrated into a bus that will be deployed with CTTransit in Hartford, Connecticut.

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Volkswagen shows stronger interest in hydrogen fuel
Hydrogen Fuel News
Ballard Power Systems, a leading developer of hydrogen fuel cells, has announced that it will be making new fuel cells for one of the world's leading automakers. Ballard is one of the few companies in the fuel cell industry that verges on profitability. The company has made hydrogen fuel cells for nearly every purpose, but recently began focusing intently on the materials handling space, where it has found a modest degree of success.
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