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Alternative Energy / Fuel Cells

  • How Close To A Viable Energy Storage Solution Are We?

    Both the energy and transportation industries are on the brink of a revolution — if someone develops the right electricity storage device. For the automobile industry, the better the battery, the more electric cars will take to the road. For the electricity grid and its users, improved storage devices make intermittent renewables, such as wind and solar, more dependable sources of power and could enable them to take market share from the established utilities. Batteries storing energy near places of consumption might reduce the need for transmission lines. Energy storage near centers of consumption can support micro-grids that can operate…

  • Breakthrough In Hydrogen Cracking Could Create Clean Fuel

    Is this the first serious crack in high cost of hydrogen? Hydrogen fuel cells have been one of the most exciting areas of green energy for a long time. After all, a vehicle that runs and produces water as its only output would be a great innovation. Yet, hydrogen fuel cells have remained a frustratingly difficult technology that has made little progress in become a serious power source in any major market. Even with the backing of one of the biggest car companies on the planet, hydrogen fuel is still lagging far behind electric vehicles. This result is driven by…

  • Korea Leading The Way With Ambitious Fuel Cell Project

    With the aim of reducing rising greenhouse gases and limiting the use of conventional fossil fuels, the world is slowly but steadily taking note of alternative sources of energy that are not only efficient but increasingly cost-effective. Fuel cells are one such alternative source of energy that is quickly gaining worldwide acceptance and there have been several high profile developments in this market recently, especially in Asia. As reported this week, China’s Tangshan Railway Vehicle Co ( TRC) has signed a $2 million agreement with Ballard Power Systems to develop fuel cell-powered trams by 2016. In addition, Connecticut-based Doosan Fuel…

  • Can Fuel Cells Help Clean Up China’s Air?

    Rising air pollution is easily one of the biggest challenges that China is facing today. A U.S. report published this year stated that around 4,000 people were dying every day in China due to air pollution. This problem becomes even worse during the winter season when the Chinese start burning coal to heat their homes. In addition, industrial pollution and carbon emissions from motor vehicles add further to rising air pollution levels in the world’s most populous country. The Chinese city of Shenyang has been one of the hardest hit, where the quality of air has now reached beyond hazardous…

  • Can Tesla Deliver A Self-Driving Electric Car Before 2020?

    Elon Musk has been a media darling for quite some time and his stature as a real life ‘Iron Man’ is growing with each passing day. With PayPal, Tesla Motors, Solar City and Space X, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that Musk has so far managed to prove many of his skeptics wrong.In spite of all the fanfare and hype, it is also known that Elon Musk often sets lofty goals for his companies. The latest development comes through an interview that Musk gave to a Danish Television network this September. Musk predicted that Tesla Motors would be able…

  • Is Apple Banking On Fuel Cell Technology?

    Apple is notoriously known for venturing into new technologies, shrouded in secrecy. New reports say that the California-based company could be making moves into using fuel cells in some of its future products. The company has filed a patent which covers the use of a specialized fuel cell system to power a Macbook for weeks at a time. The idea would be a revolutionary one in computing as all other modern electronic devices operate on some combination of rechargeable batteries and AC power. The fuel cell system would dramatically increase the portability and potential for Apple’s Macbook, but it would…

  • Korea Leaves West Behind In Fuel Cell Race

    When George W. Bush proclaimed in 2003 that “the first car driven by a child born today could be powered by hydrogen and pollution-free,” the former U.S. President was suggesting the United States could reduce its dependence on foreign oil and be more environmentally friendly to boot. At the time, Bush’s $1.2 billion hydrogen fuel initiative was seen as forward-thinking by environmentalists, though it certainly had its critics.The initiative was aimed at lowering the cost of producing hydrogen enough to make fuel-cell vehicles competitive with gas-powered ones by 2010, but 12 years later, it is clear that “the hydrogen highway”…

  • Can Tesla’s Battery System Actually Live Up To The Hype?

    Elon Musk certainly has a streak of PT Barnum in him.On May 6 the widely known and frequently controversial boss of Tesla Motors introduced the company’s latest product that could upend energy markets: stationary batteries. Tesla’s new batteries come in a variety of sizes and are intended to store energy for a variety of customers from industrial firms and utility companies to residential customers. If they take off, they could dramatically reduce the cost of storing electricity by individual companies or households.Tesla’s stock is so controversial that virtually any new announcement from the company is immediately polarizing, with some decrying…

  • We Are On The Verge Of An Electric Car Battery Breakthrough

    Electric vehicles are cool. They’re inexpensive to operate, can make our air cleaner, and help reduce the amount of climate change-causing gases released into the atmosphere. But right now, they’re also mostly just for rich people. The initial cost of buying the car, combined with their limited availability, is just too much for most people to justify making the switch.That could soon change, though, because investment pundits think that Tesla Motors is on the verge of achieving something big: A battery cheap enough to make electric vehicles cost-competitive with conventional cars. Daniel Sparks at Motley Fool is reporting that the…

  • PLUG: Harness The Power Of A Steady Short Squeeze

    Five weeks ago, fuel cell stocks, and Plug Power (PLUG) in particular were all the rage. At the end of February, Plug announced a huge contract with Wal-Mart for 1,738 of their GenDrive fuel cell units, to be deployed over the next two years. More importantly in the eyes of many, the deal also included a six year service contract.For a company that had been struggling to gain mainstream acceptance for a disruptive technology, the blessing of the mighty Wal-Mart was a godsend and the stock reacted accordingly. PLUG closed on February 25th, the day before the announcement, at $3.90…

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