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Hydrogen fuel shows strong progress in Caribbean and Latin America
Hydrogen Fuel News
Ballard Power Systems, a leading developer of hydrogen fuel cells, has announced that more than 270 of its ElectraGen fuel cell systems are now being used in 16 telecommunication networks located in the Caribbean and Latin America. The fuel cell systems are being used as backup power for these telecommunications networks. Hydrogen fuel cells have been growing in popularity as backup power systems for some time as they offer more durability than conventional energy systems.
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Hydrogen fuel cell industry may see more profitability this year
Hydrogen Fuel Cells
Profitability has been an elusive goal for the fuel cell industry. Several companies that have specialized in the development of hydrogen fuel cells have managed to find markets where these energy systems are well received, but very few have reported profits. This is largely due to the high costs associated with fuel cell technology. Where consumers can be convinced to purchase these energy systems, they often do so in small increments, which translate into losses for fuel cell developers.
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Fuel cell developer Plug Power secures $6.5 million investment from Air Liquide
Fuel Cell Today
Plug Power, a leader in providing fuel cells for materials handling vehicles, has announced a $6.5 million strategic investment from its partner Air Liquide, which includes a preferred stock purchase, increased ownership of the companies' HyPulsion joint venture and an engineering services contract. The investment is a significant endorsement of Plug Power's strategy to grow its business of hydrogen fuel cells for forklift trucks and other horizontal markets.
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Finland sees promise in hydrogen fuel
Hydrogen Fuel News
It is no secret that transportation has been growing increasingly inclined toward hydrogen fuel. This renewable energy is likely to play a major role in the future of transit and those supporting hydrogen often believe that it is simply a matter of time before this is true. For those that have not yet been won over by the prospects of hydrogen fuel, the capabilities of fuel cells and how they can be used in transportation is still a dubious affair.
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Solar cell material created from microwave oven
Clean Technica
University of Utah metallurgists used an old microwave oven to produce a nanocrystal semiconductor rapidly using cheap, abundant and less toxic metals than other semiconductors. They hope it will be used for more efficient photovoltaic solar cells and LED lights, biological sensors and systems to convert waste heat to electricity.
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DOE launches H2USA public-private partnership to deploy hydrogen infrastructure
Renewable Energy Focus
The U.S. Department of Energy has launched H2USA, a new public-private partnership focused on advancing hydrogen infrastructure to support more transportation energy options for US consumers, including fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). The H2USA partnership brings together automakers, government agencies, gas suppliers, and the hydrogen and fuel cell industries to coordinate research and identify cost-effective solutions to deploy infrastructure that can deliver affordable, clean hydrogen fuel in the U.S.
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Renewable energy storage problems may be solved with the help of a new battery design
Hydrogen Fuel News
Renewable energy is becoming a more popular concept throughout the world. More countries are beginning to embrace renewable energy for economic and environmental purposes, but are still faced with significant challenges when it comes to actually using clean power. One of the most significant of these challenges involves storage and how clean energy can be fed into existing energy grids. Researchers from the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory at Stanford University in the U.S. may have found a way to solve this problem.

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Biomass fuel cell project planned for California
Biomass Magazine
The Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe of Humboldt County, CA, has purchased a 175 kW ClearGen distributed generation fuel cell system from Ballard Power Systems. The system will be integrated with a biomass gasification system and a syngas purification unit, resulting in an integrated biomass-to-fuel cell power solution that has the potential to double the efficiency of the biomass power production.

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Toyota 2015 fuel-cell car gets ambitious price as eco-tech matures
Slash Gear
Toyota has announced that it plans to launch a fuel cell powered vehicle in 2015. Research in the fuel-cell vehicles has been going on for years for many of the major automotive manufacturers. However, the technology faced some serious challenges before it was ready to come to market. Fuel-cell powered vehicles use hydrogen as fuel. The cost to produce the fuel cell vehicles coming in 2015 is predicted to be around $50,000. That would mean buyers can expect to see sticker prices of under $100,000.

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Student-designed car will travel 1,527 km on one litre of gas
The Globe and Mail
The Shell Eco-marathon sprung from a 1939 bet between two Shell scientists: Who could go the farthest on a set amount of fuel? Now, that experiment maintains that same premise, but has expanded to include the growing landscape of fuel technologies. It has become a worldwide series of events that test the ingenuity, imagination and skill of high school and university teams around the world. Annual events are held in Asia (Kuala Lumpur), Europe (The Netherlands) and the Americas (Houston).
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What is a fuel cell? And what is the carbon nanotube revolution?
Greener Ideals
Fuel cells are beneficial because they have a higher energy efficiency rating. They are 40 to 60 per cent energy efficient and about 85 per cent energy efficient in cells that can recycle released heat. To compare, the typical internal combustion engine of a car is about 25 per cent energy efficient. They are compact and lightweight, with no major moving parts, and can achieve up to 99.9999 per cent reliability.
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