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Why are hydrogen fuel cells so expensive?

Hydrogen Fuel News

The technology involved in using H2 as an energy source can be costly for several reasons. As much as hydrogen fuel cells have considerable potential to play a sizeable role in the global energy transition away from fossil fuels in order to achieve decarbonization goals, the expense associated with their use remains quite high when compared with other available alternatives.

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Ford’s surprise news: it’s developing a new platform for low-priced EVs

Charged

Have GM and Ford given up on EVs , as many would have us believe? Well, not this week. GM just hired a renowned battery expert as VP of Batteries, and Ford CEO Jim Farley announced that his company has been quietly working on a low-cost platform for smaller EVs for the last two years. “We made a bet in silence two years ago,” Farley told investors during the company’s recent earnings call, Somewhere in the secret sanctums of Dearborn, a “super-talented skunkworks team” that includes “some of the

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Dublin battery system to support the Irish power grid

Smart Energy International

In a bid to support Irish grid stability, Electricity Supply Board (ESB) has opened a major battery plant at its Poolbeg site in Dublin, which will add 75MW/150MWh of fast-acting energy storage. According to the Dublin-based, state-owned energy company, the battery energy storage system (BESS) is currently the largest site of its kind in commercial operation in Ireland.

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New EV charging network backed by 7 major automakers begins operations in North America

Charged

Back in July 2023, a group of seven major automakers announced plans to form a public charging joint venture along the lines of the European consortium Ionity. EV fans welcomed the plan to deploy some 30,000 fast charging stations throughout North America, but we’ve heard very little since. Now the venture has a name: IONNA. What’s more, it has received approval from regulatory authorities, and has officially commenced operations.

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Electrofuels Are the Future: The Driving Force to Decarbonizing Heavy Transport

Speaker: Ayesha Choudhury - Senior Vice President, Head of Capital Markets at Infinium

With the first wave of the energy transition, renewable energy sources (such as solar and wind) have begun replacing coal power generation. However, some sectors are lagging behind and struggling to decarbonize more than others, including large-scale transportation like commercial aviation, shipping, and rail transit. Electrofuels (aka eFuels) are the next generation of solutions to help the hardest-to-abate sectors pivot from their reliance on fossil fuels.

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How the UK’s electricity networks are shaping up for net zero

Financial Times: Energy

Companies must balance rewarding investors while trying to keep energy bills affordable

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Litgrid completes ‘most important’ project for grid synchronisation with continental Europe

Smart Energy International

Lithuanian transmission system operator Litgrid has installed an Automative Generation Management System, which they are calling one of the most important projects to prepare for grid synchronisation with continental European networks. The system marks the completion of the 8th synchronisation project by the TSO, aiming to strengthen the country’s transmission network.

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The Future is Heat Pumps

Mosaic

What do heat pumps do for the home? Heat pumps use electricity to heat homes, using less energy and saving homeowners money on utility bills. It's been found that the average homeowner could save $370 per year by upgrading to a heat pump. Geothermal systems are a type of heat pump that heats and cools with energy stored from the ground. The consistency of these systems allows them to run 24 hours a day, whatever the weather conditions.

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Avnos raises $36M to pull CO2 — and water — from the sky

Energy Central

The investment round, led by a subsidiary of utility giant NextEra, comes as both private and public interest in direct air capture technology picks up.

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Toyota Installs Chargers as the EV Penetration Rate Goes Over the Cliff in Australia

CleanTechnica

Now that’s two pieces of almost contradictory news. Toyota’s installing chargers, but there are fewer EVs being sold. Added to. [continued] The post Toyota Installs Chargers as the EV Penetration Rate Goes Over the Cliff in Australia appeared first on CleanTechnica.

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Aman | Mauritania

Energy Central

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AR/VR Simulations for Sustainable, Regenerative, Circular Cities

Speaker: Nik Gowing, Brenda Laurel, Sheridan Tatsuno, Archie Kasnet, and Bruce Armstrong Taylor

With 191 country signatories to the Paris Climate Agreement now hard at work in the race to zero carbon by 2050, much of the heavy lifting in ecosystem sustainability falls on the shoulders of the world's densely populated urban centers. This conversation considers how today's AI-enabled simulation media, such as AR/VR, can be effectively applied to accelerate learning, understanding, training, and solutions-modeling to sustainability planning and design.

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Latin American EV Sales Report, Part 2: The Promising Middle (Mexico, Panama, Brazil, Puerto Rico)

CleanTechnica

After the first part of our report (which, admittedly, was a bit underwhelming), we’re finally getting to the countries where. [continued] The post Latin American EV Sales Report, Part 2: The Promising Middle (Mexico, Panama, Brazil, Puerto Rico) appeared first on CleanTechnica.

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Transforming the US Steel Industry: A Great Lakes Memo Series

CleanTechnica

Advancing Policies and Infrastructure to Support Near-Zero-Emissions Steel Production in the Great Lakes Region. The Great Lakes region, spanning from. [continued] The post Transforming the US Steel Industry: A Great Lakes Memo Series appeared first on CleanTechnica.

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The Particulars of PM 2.5 — Why Particulate Matter … Matters.

CleanTechnica

PM 2.5 (n.): Air pollution consisting of particles less than 2.5 microns across New Delhi has the most polluted air on. [continued] The post The Particulars of PM 2.5 — Why Particulate Matter … Matters. appeared first on CleanTechnica.

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Getting to Know the ?”Ghost” Inside Batteries

CleanTechnica

An Argonne team developing materials for solid-state batteries took an unexpected detour to investigate tiny short-circuits known as soft-shorts. Their. [continued] The post Getting to Know the ​”Ghost” Inside Batteries appeared first on CleanTechnica.

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How Digital Transformation will Bend the Curve of the Linear Economy Toward the Circular

Speaker: Bruce Armstrong Taylor, Co-Founder & Managing Director of SmartNations Foundation, Jimmy Jia, Venture Partner at Pi Labs, Fabienne Durand, Senior Advisor to the SmartNations Foundation, & Roger Strukhoff, Executive Director of the Tau Institute

The Climate 4.0 Economy. Climate change is here. We see it in many ways already. Weather catastrophes: Texas freezing over, the wildfires of California, the increasingly unpredictable violence and frequency of hurricanes, the rapid melting and disappearance of polar ice caps. Much more evidence all around us. What can we do in our corporate organizations, in our homes and communities, to change the current course?

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Leveraging Socioeconomic & Community Data To Assess Impacts Of Climate Risks

CleanTechnica

The most severe harms from climate risks fall disproportionately upon underserved communities who are least able to prepare for and. [continued] The post Leveraging Socioeconomic & Community Data To Assess Impacts Of Climate Risks appeared first on CleanTechnica.

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Can You Ride An E-Bike In Rough Neighborhoods? Yes.

CleanTechnica

One of the biggest concerns people have with e-bikes is theft. Even the cheapest ones are more expensive than the. [continued] The post Can You Ride An E-Bike In Rough Neighborhoods? Yes. appeared first on CleanTechnica.

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Las Vegas Raiders Blow One Giant Raspberry At Renewable Energy Foes

CleanTechnica

The Las Vegas Raiders are hosting the Super Bowl this year, and they are not shy about tooting the renewable energy horn. The post Las Vegas Raiders Blow One Giant Raspberry At Renewable Energy Foes appeared first on CleanTechnica.

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Shell Shuts Down Its US Hydrogen Filling Stations

CleanTechnica

Shell has decided to close all its hydrogen refueling stations for light duty vehicles in California, a blow to fuel cell car drivers. The post Shell Shuts Down Its US Hydrogen Filling Stations appeared first on CleanTechnica.