| 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.
20. Hydrogen cars gaining traction in marketplace
From April 24, 2014: Electric cars are powered by battery, hybrids use both battery and gas, but now there's another option gaining traction — cars fueled by hydrogen. The zero-emission vehicle uses hydrogen with oxygen in a fuel cell to produce electricity, and the only thing that comes out of the tailpipe is a little water. They are facing a major road block at this point, because there are only 9 public hydrogen fueling stations, all in southern California.
19. New hydrogen fuel cells coming to energy project in Canada
Hydrogen Fuel News
From May 29, 2014: The Ramea Wind-Hydrogen-Diesel Project is beginning its second phase, which is expected to last for the next five years. The project is meant to show how traditional diesel generators can be displaced through the introduction of wind energy and hydrogen fuel. The construction of the project was completed in 2010 and it has been generating electrical power since then.
18. Hyundai ix35 FCEV completes record distance on a tank of hydrogen
From July 17, 2014: Now that the Hyundai ix35 FCEV (the hydrogen-powered version of Hyundai's iz35) is starting to move out in to the real world, Hyundai is keen to shout about its abilities. And perhaps the one most worth mentioning is its ability to do everything an ICE-powered ix35 can do, and do it using hydrogen.
17. Toyota executive calls out Elon Musk, makes bold hydrogen car prediction
Auto World News
From Jan 23, 2014: A Toyota Motors senior executive made a bold prediction, saying that not only will they release a hydrogen car in 2015, but it could be as successful as the Toyota Prius, according to Reuters. Bob Carter, senior vice president for Toyota's automotive operations, said in a speech that he believes a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle that the company plans to launch in 2015 could become as successful as Toyota's premium gasoline-electric Prius vehicle.
16. How a nanoparticle could solve renewable energy
From Sept 18, 2014: The next big thing in clean energy could be very, very small. University researchers recently found a new method of synthesizing nanoparticle structures, which could lead to further innovation in the field of nanoscience as well as turn hydrogen fuel cells into a more efficient and viable form of clean, renewable energy. Along with his colleagues, Min Ouyang, a physics professor and an author of the study, found a new way to bind nanoparticles together.
15. A new pathway to reach totally carbon-free hydrogen fuel
From Nov. 27, 2014: As plug-in electric vehicle sales continue to putt along, automakers are increasingly pinning their hopes on hydrogen fuel cells as the clean vehicle technology of the future.
Fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) produce zero tailpipe emissions. On a life-cycle basis, FCVs running on hydrogen derived from steam-reforming natural gas — currently the most affordable way of making hydrogen — produce less than half the greenhouse gas emissions of a gasoline-powered car.
14. Why coconuts could be the hydrogen storage material of the future
MIT Technology Review
From Oct. 9, 2014: Hydrogen is a potential renewable fuel because it can easily be generated from water using electrolysis. It also burns cleanly to produce water vapor. The hope is that it could also be distributed using the same global network of liquid fuel transport that moves petrol around the planet. But there are numerous problems with this dream of a hydrogen-based economy. One is that hydrogen is difficult to store efficiently.
13. Toyota: Hydrogen cars have edge on electric cars
From Feb. 13, 2014: Toyota sounds like it has come up with a novel way to lure car buyers into considering the first fuel-cell car it plans to start selling next year. Hydrogen fuel-cell cars will cost significantly more than conventional cars and there are few stations to fuel them — none in many cities. But what Toyota appears to have discovered is that when they are compared to the other zero-emissions alternative, battery-powered electric vehicles, or EVs, fuel cells suddenly don't look so bad.
12. Retail-ready fuel-cell cars just 18 months away
From March 13, 2014: Fuel-cell vehicles have always had an aura of science fiction about them, even though the science has been around since 1850 or so, when Sir William Grove first mused about generating electricity by exploiting how electrons hold water together. Hyundai, Toyota, Honda, BMW and Mercedes-Benz have all officially announced intentions to have "retail ready" fuel-cell vehicles in showrooms within 18 to 24 months, depending on the market.
11. Toyota uses fuel cell technology to make energy for its headquarters
From May 22, 2014: The first Toyota fuel cell model will hit the market sometime next year, but the company is already operating this technology to reduce costs and emissions at its one of the largest office buildings. A 1.11 megawatts fuel cell station was installed at the Toyota Motor Sales headquarters near Los Angeles to generate electricity and reduce utility costs. It provides nearly half of the energy needed for the six buildings to operate in the summer, when the need is at its peak.
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