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Full-Retail Hydrogen Stations Now Coming Online In California

Full-Retail Hydrogen Stations Now Coming Online In California

There are only a handful of hydrogen fueling stations currently operating in California, but that number is set to grow in the very near term. That's the assessment of the California Fuel Cell Partnership (CAFCP), which issued an update on station construction in the Golden State yesterday, in... read more

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Slide from 'The Future of Transport: Challenging Perceptions,' Shell Oil presentations, Apr 2015

How Shell Oil Sees The Future Of Energy And Vehicle Fuels In 2050

It's always good to understand how the huge global energy industry views the worlds of today and tomorrow. At last month's Shell Eco-Marathon fuel-efficiency competition... read more May 6, 2015 by 

2016 Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell car, Newport Beach, CA, Nov 2014

Despite Quick Charging, Toyota Exec Says Electric Cars Won't Work For Long Ranges

Toyota does not like battery-electric cars, and the world's largest carmaker isn't shy about that sentiment. Through numerous ads and statements from its executives, the... read more April 27, 2015 by 

Coal, by Flicker user oatsy40 (Used Under CC License)

What Future For Coal In The U.S.: Slow Decline Or Faster Retreat?

Coal is the largest source of carbon dioxide and other harmful emissions produced by generating electricity, but that doesn't mean it will go away any time soon. While coal's... read more April 7, 2015 by 

Arenal volcano, Costa Rica, by Flickr user Adam Baker (Used under CC License)

What Country Powered Itself Entirely On Renewable Energy For 75 Days?

The idea of an electricity grid powered entirely by renewable energy may seem like a utopian dream, but one country has recently achieved it, albeit briefly. That would be... read more March 26, 2015 by 

Natural gas flaring from oil well [licensed under Creative Commons from Flickr user Sirdle]

Natural Gas Continues To Replace Coal: 'Bridge' Fuel To Lower-Carbon Energy

It's a simple fact that electric cars get cleaner when the electricity grids used to power them do. And, indeed, those grids are growing less dirty each year in the United... read more March 25, 2015 by 

Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee

As Solar Power Spreads, Diverse Users Fight Utility Attempts To Penalize It

You'd be surprised how much a rooftop solar panel can make utility-company executives sweat. Home solar installations are on the rise in the U.S., and that has electric... read more March 21, 2015 by 

Cooling tower at power plant, by Flickr user Paul J Everett (Used under CC License)

Nuclear Waste Could Offer Carbon-Free Energy, Scientists Suggest

In the 1950s, U.S. scientists and policymakers were excited about a new form of carbon-free energy--although not one that's generally considered green today. It was nuclear... read more February 26, 2015 by 

Coal, by Flicker user oatsy40 (Used Under CC License)

Coal Power Plant That Can Capture Carbon To Open In Mid-2016

As more plug-in electric cars hit the road, the infrastructure used to generate electricity will need to be increasingly scrutinized. The most straightforward way to get... read more February 18, 2015 by 

BMW ActiveE electric car, January 2012, New Jersey

Where Will BMW Electric-Car Batteries Go When They Retire?

Presuming you don't toss it over the nearest cliff, what do you do with a used electric-car battery pack? Even after battery capacity has degraded too much for use in cars... read more January 30, 2015 by 

Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee

As Solar Installations Soar, Utilities Confront Distributed Renewable Power

As electric-car sales continue to grow, major changes are expected to come to the electricity infrastructure used to power them. As solar cells become more affordable... read more January 17, 2015 by 

2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell, 2016 Toyota Mirai at hydrogen fueling station, Fountain Valley, CA

Hydrogen Stations In California: How Many Needed As Fuel-Cell Cars Arrive?

Wiithin two years, some Californians will be able to lease or buy a hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle from at least three well-known carmakers: Honda, Hyundai, and Toyota. Their... read more January 15, 2015 by 

Wind farm, by Flickr user Patrick Finnegan (Used under CC License)

How A Small German Town Became A Renewable Energy Miracle

Renewable energy is attractive to many not just for its environmental benefits, but because it means independence from electrical utilities. Now, one small town in Germany... read more December 15, 2014 by 

2013 Chevrolet Volt in Santa Monica, California [photo: Chris Williams]

California Energy Storage: Why It's Good News For Electric Cars

Using stored energy to smooth out the ebb and flow of power generation has been thoroughly discussed by utilities, but now it's starting to be put into practice on a large... read more November 26, 2014 by 

Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee

The Coming Solar Power Boom: Charts Tell The Story, Grid Parity In 2 Years

Home solar power has been around for a long time, but its relatively high costs have made it unattractive for many homeowners. Over the last decade, rapidly decreasing prices... read more November 13, 2014 by 

Nissan Leaf-To-Home power station

Nissan Leaf-To-Home Electric-Car Power Tests: More Practical For U.S. With Longer-Range Cars?

Nissan and other makers are beginning to view electric cars not just as transportation, but as mobile energy-storage units that can provide emergency power and take stress... read more October 30, 2014 by 


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