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Coverage of hydrogen fuels since July 22, 2023.

B.C. clean-tech firm Greenlight Innovation secures $1.1M to develop energy storage devices

"...The firm — located at 8339 Eastlake Dr. — tests equipment that develops and manufactures hydrogen fuel cells, electrolysers and energy storage devices..."

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Oil and gas well drillers want federal funding to help industry decarbonize Globalnews.ca

"...The drilling sector's emissions reduction efforts have not been as high-profile as those of the oilsands industry, which is proposing a $16. 5-billion carbon capture and storage project in northern Alberta that it says will help it reach net-zero emissions from production by 2050. But Scholz said there are many things oil and gas drillers can do to lower their carbon footprint, from rig electrification to hydrogen fuel blending to investing in battery energy storage systems for oil well drilling sites..."

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Abbotsford facility to help pilot hydrogen commercial trucks amid EV boom

"...“Hydrogen fuel cell electric light-duty vehicles are already being adopted by fleets in B. C. , and in the near term greater opportunities for hydrogen vehicle deployment are opening up in the medium-, heavy-duty and off-road vehicle sectors,” reads a report outlining the province’s hydrogen strategy..."

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HTEC to trial commercial hydrogen trucks

"...Before long-haul fleet operators run out and buy the latest, untested hydrogen fuel cell truck, they may want to wait to see what comes of a pilot project that HTEC will be running on various hydrogen powered commercial trucks..."

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Introducing the CHFCA’s new Chair and Vice-Chair

"...power and clean energy industry. Beth helps businesses and markets grow through the development and management of client, stakeholder and policy strategies that drive increased brand awareness, market access and growth. Beth is an active industry member and has been a board member for Canadian Hydrogen Fuel Cell Association for the last three years..."

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What U.S. regional hydrogen hubs mean for British Columbia

"...Fortescue’s Coyote project is larger. According to a project description filed recently with the BC Environmental Assessment Office, the $2 billion project would produce 140,000 tonnes of green hydrogen annually and 700,000 tonnes of green ammonia for export to Asia. (Hydrogen is difficult to transport, so it is easier to combine it with nitrogen to turn it into ammonia, which can then either be decomposed back into hydrogen and nitrogen, or burned as a zero-emission fuel..."

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Is There a Sustainable Solution to the Lithium-Battery Shortage?

"...Wilkinson says EV makers should consider other types of batteries. Hydrogen fuel cells, for example, have a higher energy-to-weight ratio, which gives them a greater range, but they are expensive to produce. “Heavy-duty trucks could use hydrogen fuel cells, and that would free up lithium batteries to be primarily used for passenger vehicles,” he says..."

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Todd Sayers: Why non-dilutive funding is revolutionizing B.C.’s cleantech sector

"...The diversity of these recipients is remarkable. Takachar, for instance, is making biomass-based chemicals and biofuels economically feasible by prototyping a small-scale, portable biomass conversion unit on tractors and pick-up trucks to process raw biomass on-site in remote communities. Invinity is accelerating the adoption of renewable energy by delivering vanadium flow battery storage for electrical grids worldwide, while HTEC is building hydrogen fueling stations that can withstand extreme weather conditions..."

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Rocky Mountain House backs electric vehicle charging initiative

"...To get the project rolling, eight communities banded together and invested $40,000 to create an electric vehicle (EV) charging network strategy. Another $30,000 was lined up through Energy Futures Lab, an Alberta-based organization focused on the transition to a net-zero economy..."

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Decarbonizing Freight: Opportunities and Obstacles for Clean Fuels

"...While electrifying long-haul freight is more challenging, battery electric vehicles may still be the best option for trucking. Multi-megawatt charging stations at truck stops with battery designs that enable their use may be less of a challenge than hydrogen fueling and will very likely remain cheaper. Innovation to increase the energy density of batteries and/or autonomous trucks could lead to battery electric trucks dominating this use case..."

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Shift to hydrogen at Port of Vancouver led by companies with Chilliwack roots

"...“The HEG, combined with a lithium battery and our energy regeneration technology, provides DP World with class-leading energy efficiency. We are excited to see this technology come to life, and together with the team at H2 Portable, explore other future applications. ”..."

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North America's first hydrogen-powered train tested on Quebec rails Globalnews.ca

"...The train is powered by a hydrogen fuel cell, using green hydrogen produced by Harnois Énergies, and emits only water vapour while it runs. It's been in commercial service in Germany since 2018, but this is its North American debut, and Alstom claims the train is the first of its kind on the continent. Engineers with the Train de Charlevoix were sent to Germany last winter to learn how to operate it..."

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Recent episodes that mention hydrogen fuels.

Towards greener storage and transfer of energy - Professor Wojciech Grochala (University of Warsaw, Poland)

Duration: 53:09

"...IFE Distinguished Visitor Lecture - recorded 31 January 2020 at QUT..."

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Super-efficient catalyst boosts hopes for hydrogen fuel

Duration: 19:37

"...This week, perfecting catalysts that split water using light, and the mystery of missing matter in the Universe..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about hydrogen fuels.

Which will be the engine of the future?

"...But should they bet on fully electric batteries, hydrogen fuel cells or even both? Multinationals are reaching different conclusions..."

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Petrol Cars Dirtier, Tesla's Secret Battery & Indian Solar | Fully Charged

"...Could Solar Farms in the Sahara be a Renewable Energy dream or a global climate nightmare? Are things looking up for Texas with news that Tesla are plugging in a secret mega-battery to the grid? Will Electric Trucks be able to go long distance with a heavy load and replace diesel for good? ..."

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Is green hydrogen the answer to the climate crisis? | DW Documentary

"...Green hydrogen produces zero emissions and many believe it holds the key to limiting global warming..."

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Setting standards for renewable cities (w/ Dr. Walter Mérida)

"...Electricity is used on demand and will be directed to an electrolyzer to split water into hydrogen and oxygen, supplying the refuelling station for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about hydrogen fuels relevant to the latest news.

Introduction of Greener and Scalable E-Fuels for Decarbonization of Transport

"...The electricity used to power the battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and Hydrogen fuel cells is?~4?6 times and two times higher, respectively than the e-fuels used to power the internal combustion engines (ICEs)..."

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A Review of V2-X Solutions by Investigating Different Vehicle Energy Storage Solutions for Nearly Zero Energy Buildings

"...Combining sustainable electric vehicle (EV) technologies with renewable energy sources in building and transportation sectors is an effective approach for reducing energy consumption, in order to meet nearly zero energy buildings (NZEBs) concepts..."

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Prospective assessment of energy technologies: a comprehensive approach for sustainability assessment

"...Results The implementation of the ?ES2050 approach? is presented exemplarily and different sustainability indicators and respective results are discussed based on three emerging technologies and corresponding case studies: (1) synthetic biofuels for mobility; (2) hydrogen from wind power for mobility; and (3) batteries for stationary energy storage..."

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Assessing decarbonization pathways of China?s heavy-duty trucks in a well-to-wheels perspective

"...Meanwhile, the growing penetrations of battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell trucks, coupled with sufficient access to lower-carbon sources, could facilitate deeper reductions in emissions in the longer term..."

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South Korea?s hydrogen economy program as a case of weak ecological modernization

"...The government?s plan supports the use of hydrogen fuel cells (HFCs) for industrial and residential energy production and promotes the replacement of vehicles with internal combustion engines that burn fossil fuel by cars that are powered by HFCs..."

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Zero-Emission Vehicles Penetration into the ASEAN Market: Challenges and Perspective

"...They include battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (HFEVs)..."

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Impact assessment of crude oil mix, electricity generation mix, and vehicle technology on road freight emission reduction in Ch

"...To achieve net zero emissions, the global transportation sector needs to reduce emissions by 90% from 2020 to 2050, and road freight has a significant potential to reduce emissions..."

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Study the Implementation of Hybrid PV/Wind System in Hot Region, Low Wind Speed; Challenges, Obstacles, and Prospects; Case of

"...This work is conducted to analyze the economic feasibility and profitability of a hybrid energy system (consisting of PV panels, wind turbines, hydrogen fuel cells, lithium-ion batteries, and converter) to provide clean electrical power and store the excess electricity for later uses..."

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Hydrogen fuel and fuel cell technology for cleaner future: a review

"...Hydrogen through fuel cells can be used in transport and distributed heating, as well as in energy storage systems..."

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Evaluation of a new combined energy system performance to produce electricity and hydrogen with energy storage option

"...On the other hand, in order to attain sustainable development for the use of renewable energy sources due to their nature, energy storage is required..."

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Comparative life cycle assessment of heavy-duty drivetrains: A Norwegian study case

"...621 kg CO2-eq per km) while the hydrogen fuel cell electric truck may induce a reduction of up to 48% of GHG (i..."

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Automotive revolution and carbon neutrality

"...Meanwhile, it discusses the key technologies and progress of the hydrogen energy industry chain in the upstream hydrogen production, midstream hydrogen storage and transportation, downstream hydrogen station construction and hydrogen fuel cells in turn..."

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