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Ballard, Azure reach agreement for fuel cell buses for Chinese market

Ballard Power Systems and Azure Hydrogen will be providing technology for a zero emission fuel cell bus program for the China market. Ballard announced that they have signed multi-year definitive agreements to support Azure’s plans to bring fuel cell buses to China. Azure will be partnering with Chinese bus manufacturers in this project. Azure plans to secure funding from Chinese sources, including...

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New nanocatalyst for hydrogen production developed at Brookhaven

Scientists at the United States Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory have developed an efficient carbon monoxide-tolerant nanocatalyst to produce hydrogen.The most common catalysts for hydrogen production are based on platinum. Aside from being expensive, platinum-based catalysts also lose some of their effectiveness when exposed to carbon monoxide – a poisoning impurity in hydrogen derived...

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Fuel cell powered refrigeration trucks being developed and tested by P.N.N.L.

Researchers at the United States Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have developed refrigerated trucks powered by fuel cells. The fuel cells do the work normally done by a small diesel engine, providing power silently and with dramatically reduced emissions. "This is a great application for a fuel cell," said Kriston Brooks, the P.N.N.L. researcher leading the project. "A trailer refrigeration...

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Hydrogen Frontier gets $3 million-grant for hydrogen fueling station

California-based hydrogen infrastructure development company Hydrogen Frontier Inc. has received a $3 million-grant from the California Energy Commission to construct a renewable hydrogen fueling station for fuel cell electric vehicles at Hyundai’s hydrogen energy generation and fueling station in California. The $3 million-grant will be used to construct a fueling station that will produce hydrogen from...

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New catalyst for hydrogen fuel no longer needs platinum

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have found a new catalyst which allows them to produce hydrogen gas from water without the use of platinum. Platinum is a crucial element typically used in catalysts to create a reaction that will produce hydrogen gas from water, however, platinum is rare and expensive. The UW-Madison researchers were able to find a material called molybdenum disulfide that can also...

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H2USA partnership looks to advance hydrogen infrastructure in the U.S.

A public-private partnership to advance hydrogen infrastructure for the transportation sector has been launched in the United States. H2USA 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 for affordable, clean hydrogen fuel in the United States. “Fuel cell...

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Verizon to cut carbon emissions with clean power from fuel cells and solar

Broadband and telecommunications company Verizon Communications Inc. will be investing $100 million in solar and fuel cell energy projects for its facilities. Verizon operates one of America’s largest wireless networks with nearly 99 million retail connections nationwide. It also provides services to customers in more than 150 other countries. The solar and fuel cell installations will help power 19 of its...

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Black is better for hydrogen producing catalyst

Black beats white, at least where photocatalysts for hydrogen production are concerned. A team of researchers from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have found that turning “white” photocatalytic nanoparticles of titanium dioxide into “black” nanoparticles increases their efficiency in triggering the water splitting reaction that creates hydrogen from water. Photocatalytic water splitting occurs when...

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Boeing’s hydrogen-fueled Phantom Eye completes second test flight

The Phantom Eye, an unmanned airborne system powered by hydrogen, successfully completed its second test flight on February 25. Developed by air carrier Boeing, the Phantom Eye uses hydrogen-powered internal combustion engines for zero-emissions flight. It was designed to perform intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions. The Phantom Eye can maintain altitude without refueling...

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Envisioning a hydrogen economy

Politicians, economists and environmentalists have long envisioned a hydrogen economy by which we could replace fossil fuels with a low-carbon energy source. A hydrogen economy promotes hydrogen as an alternative to hydrocarbons to meet the worlds need for fuel and energy without the negative environmental effects.Proponents argue that hydrogen can be an eco-friendly source of energy to end-users, specifically in transportation...

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