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Japan promotes home fuel cell on path to hydrogen society
Bloomberg
Japan is working on doing for the hydrogen fuel cell what it accomplished with computer chips and cars in the last century, slashing costs to make them more appealing to consumers. As fuel-cell technology finds its way into factories and commercial buildings, Japanese manufacturers including Panasonic Corp. (6752) are working to make them small and cheap enough for the home. The country has set a goal of installing them in 5.3 million homes by 2030, about 10 percent of all households.
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2016 Toyota Mirai fuel-cell car will alter industry as Prius did
Green Car Reports
When it launched in the U.S. in 2000, the first-generation Toyota Prius hybrid was met with more than a little skepticism by the automotive establishment and the buying public. As with any new application of technology, it was unclear whether the Prius — and hybrid cars in general — would have a lasting impact or simply fizzle out. The Prius has obviously withstood the test of time, and company leaders expect the 2016 Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell car will take a similar trajectory.
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Engineers invent inks for making 3-D printed fuel cells
IEEE Spectrum
Making ceramic fuel cells with a 3-D printer would be a quick and easy way to manufacture the devices and could lead to new fuel cell designs that do a better job of converting a gas into electricity, according to researchers at Northwestern University. The lab of Ramille Shah, assistant professor of materials science and engineering, has developed new inks that a single 3-D printer can use to create the individual components of the solid oxide fuel cell—cathode, anode, electrolyte, and interconnects.
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Japan introduces new standards to help fuel cell vehicles gain traction
Hydrogen Fuel News
Japan is quickly becoming a leading market for fuel cell vehicles, despite the fact that these vehicles have not yet been commercially released. The government has been working to help the auto industry overcome the three main challenges that face fuel cell vehicles. The first challenge has to do with the actual cost of producing fuel cell vehicles, which is so high that most automakers expect to see financial losses by selling them.
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Researchers design new catalysts for hydrogen fuel production
Hydrogen Fuel News
Tufts University School of Engineering, along with various other collaborators, has developed new catalysts that could lead to low cost production of new fuels, such as hydrogen. The catalysts are comprised of a structure of single gold atoms, which are bound with oxygen and sodium or potassium atoms supported by non-reactive silica materials. A team of researchers has demonstrated that these catalysts are able to perform on par with conventional catalysts that make use of platinum.

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Toyota to build Mirai Fuel Cell Vehicle at former Lexus LFA plant
Motor Authority
Sadly, Toyota's advanced Motomachi plant in Japan that was previously responsible for the Lexus LFA supercar won't be tooled up to produce another carbon fiber-bodied performance vehicle. Instead, it will soon start churning out Toyota's new hydrogen-powered Mirai fuel cell vehicle. The information was revealed to Automotive News (subscription required) by Toyota sales exec Masamoto Maekawa.

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Linde's fuel-cell project at BMW Group achieves positive first results
SHD Logistics
The initial interim balance for the project was revealed at the beginning of November, almost a year after the official handover of four tugger trains and five fork lift trucks with fuel-cell hybrid drives to the BMW Group plant in Leipzig. Based on experience gained in the last few months, effective technical adaptations have already been made which have subsequently improved the reliability of the trucks.

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Record efficiency for converting solar energy to hydrogen without rare metals
GizMag
Using solar energy to split water into its component parts, thereby allowing the solar energy to be stored as hydrogen fuel, generally involves one of two methods: using photoelectrochemical cells to directly split the water, or using solar cells to produce electricity to power an electrolyzer that separates the water molecules.
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New study explores ways to develop efficient fuel cell technology
AZO Materials
Scientists at the University of Wyoming (UW) are exploring ways to develop cost-effective, eco-friendly, and more efficient fuel cell technology. Although currently commercially available, fuel cells are not cost effective when compared to other sources of energy. Yagya Regmi, Ph.D. student at UW, is using a combination of metals which may have be used as alternative fuel cell catalysts.
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Audi makes fuel cells look good with the A7 Sportback h-tron
GizMag
One of the biggest tech stories at this year's LA Auto Show was the fuel cell car. Toyota led the way by launching the Mirai, and Volkswagen slid a fuel cell powertrain into the Golf SportWagen. Audi showed a sportier, more luxurious side to fuel cells in the A7 Sportback h-tron quattro. Ingolstadt calls it the "first performance fuel cell vehicle."
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No tax exemption, But fuel cell facility still planned for Glastonbury
Courant
Despite not getting a tax exemption, an energy company is still planning to build a state-of-the-art fuel cell facility in town. The town council earlier rejected a proposed ordinance that would have exempted UIL Holdings from paying taxes on its fuel cell system. The company was hoping to avoid taxes in favor making preset annual payments to the town for up to 15 years. If approved, the exemption would have been the first offered by the town.
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