Three Tri-Fuel Hydrogen/E85 Pickups on Display at North Dakota State Fair

Door of H2ICE Silverado highlights its role in the Wind to Hydrogen project. Click to enlarge. The University of North Dakota’s Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC), along with a group of utility and other private sector partners from around the state, will be showcasing a variety of hydrogen-fueled vehicles... Read more →

BP and Clipper Windpower Enter Into Strategic Alliance

The Liberty turbine. Clipper Windpower and BP Alternative Energy have entered into a strategic alliance for a long-term turbine supply agreement and the joint development of five of Clipper’s wind energy projects in the USA. The five wind projects, with an anticipated total generating capacity of 2,015 MW, are located... Read more →

Hongkong Electric Conducting Feasibility Study on 100MW Offshore Wind Farm

Layout of one of the two potential sites, southwest of Lamma. Click to enlarge. Hongkong Electric (HKE) is studying the feasibility of developing a 100-megawatt (MW) offshore wind farm in Hong Kong waters, following its successful launch of the city’s first wind power project at Lamma Island earlier this year.... Read more →

SDTC Approves C$48 Million for Clean Technologies Funding, Including EVs and Biofuels

Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) has approved C$48 million (US$43 million) in new funding for projects that develop and demonstrate clean technologies. The 22 newly-approved projects target a wide variety of sectors and include the development of an all-electric urban delivery vehicle, biofuels, fuel-cell powered material handling equipment, wind and... Read more →

Hydrogen Engine Center Sells 50kW Hydrogen-Fueled GenSet to Xcel Energy

Hydrogen Engine Center (HEC) has sold a 50kW hydrogen-fueled generator set to Xcel Energy for use in a wind-to-hydrogen research, development and demonstration project. Researchers will analyze and compare hydrogen production directly from wind power versus using the electric grid. The hydrogen will be produced from electrolysis using an electrolyzer.... Read more →

First Hydrogen Fueling Station in New England Opens

The station while undergoing testing. Congressman Bernie Sanders (I-VT), EVermont, and other local businesses gathered for the dedication of New England’s first hydrogen fueling station, located at the Department of Public Works in Burlington, Vermont. The fueling station includes an Proton HOGEN H Series electrolyzer (12 kg/day, 40 kW at... Read more →

Wind-Powered Electrolysis of Coal Bed Methane Water for Hydrogen Production

A Wyoming company has received a National Science Foundation Phase 1 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant to determine the technical feasibility and economic viability of the electrolytic production of hydrogen from coal-bed methane (CBM) water using power generated from wind turbines. In Ladd Energy’s concept, the electrolysis units would... Read more →

Natural Resources Canada Selects Hydrogen Engine Center Genset for Wind/Hydrogen Project

Hydrogen Engine Center (HEC) has received a C$179,000 (US$161,211) order through its wholly-owned Canadian subsidiary, Hydrogen Engine Center Canada, from Natural Resources Canada for a 250kW hydrogen-fueled genset. Natural Resources Canada will integrate the genset into a wind/hydrogen project on Ramea Island off the southern coast of Newfoundland, Canada. Wind... Read more →

Fossil-Fuel Platform Runs on Renewable Energy

By Jack Rosebro Wind and solar powers the North Sea Cutter platform. Royal Dutch Shell has begun pumping natural gas from its wind- and solar-powered Cutter micro-platform, sited on a marginal-production gas field underneath the southern North Sea. The unmanned platform is supported by a monopost, which is based on... Read more →

AES to Invest $1B in Alt Energy and Greenhouse Gas Reduction; Bio- and Synthetic Fuels May Follow

The AES Corporation—one of the world’s largest global power companies, with 2005 revenues of US$11.1 billion—announced plans to invest approximately $1 billion over the next three years to expand the company’s alternative energy business and bring to market new projects and technologies to reduce or offset greenhouse gas emissions. Through... Read more →

Exelon Utility Companies Add More Hybrids to SUV Fleets

Two utility companies, ComEd and PECO, have added more Ford Escape hybrids to their vehicle fleets. Each utility is a unit of Exelon Corporation. Northern Illinois utility company Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) has added 35 new Escape hybrids to its fleet. This brings ComEd’s total number of Ford Escape Hybrids to... Read more →

Fuji Heavy Tests 2 MW Subaru-Branded Wind Power System

By Jack Rosebro The Subaru 80/2.0 Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., the parent company of Subaru, announced that it has been testing its newly-developed two-megawatt wind generation system since the beginning of 2006. The prototype of the system, called Subaru 80/2.0, is at Hasaki, Kamisu City, Ibaraki Prefecture, facing the Pacific... Read more →

A Proposal for Hydrogen, Synthetic Fuels and the Halving of US CO2 Emissions

A flow-sheet for 100,000 gallons per day of CO2-free synfuel. Click to enlarge. A team from General Atomics is proposing the use of hydrogen provided from non-fossil sources (solar, wind or nuclear) and CO2 captured from coal-fired power plants or from the air to produce enough Fischer-Tropsch synthetics to meet... Read more →

Clean Edge: Global Biofuels Market to Grow 3.3x to $52.5 Billion by 2015

Click to enlarge. Markets for biofuels, photovoltaics, wind energy, and fuel cells will expand four-fold in the next decade, growing from $40 billion in global revenues in 2005 to $167 billion by 2015, according to a report released today by Clean Edge, a research and publishing firm. Clean Edge has... Read more →

Ohio Governor Lays Out Energy Plan; Immediate Focus on Biofuels for Transportation

Ohio Governor Bob Taft has announced a number of initiatives to utilize state resources as energy sources. The most immediate are plans to expand the state’s production and use of ethanol and biodiesel. Taft made the announcement last week during a visit to Greater Ohio Ethanol in Lima, Ohio, during... Read more →

Volvo Trucks to Make its Belgian Assembly Plant CO2-Neutral

Inside Ghent. Volvo Trucks plans to rely on wind-power and biofuels to supply electricity and heating for its Ghent, Belgium, assembly plant, thereby resulting in no net contribution of carbon dioxide resulting from vehicle production to the atmosphere. This is the Volvo Truck’s second assembly to become “carbon-dioxide-free.” The Volvo... Read more →

Shell Announces Additional Hydrogen Stations in US and Wind and Solar Power MoUs

Royal Dutch Shell announced the planned opening of two additional hydrogen stations in the US and the signing of Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) for wind projects in China and solar energy development with Saint-Gobain. The announcement came in conjunction with the release of the energy company’s earnings for 2005: US$25.3... Read more →

State of the Union: “America is Addicted to Oil”

Proposed funding by area for the Advanced Energy Initiative. Click to enlarge. In his State of the Union 2006 address, President Bush announced the Advanced Energy Initiative—a 22% increase in clean-energy research at the Department of Energy (DOE). The Initiative is intended to focus on providing breakthroughs in two areas:... Read more →

Hydrogenics to Supply Hydrogen Refuelling Station for Wind Hydrogen Project

ND wind has potential to produce large amounts of electricity and hydrogen. Basin Electric Power Cooperative (Bismarck, N.D.) has awarded Hydrogenics Corporation a contract to supply an electrolyzer-based hydrogen vehicle refuelling station for installation in Minot. The station is one of the first United States-based hydrogen fueling stations to use... Read more →

MMS Requests Comments on Regs for Offshore Renewables

Offshore wind energy potential for the US by depth. Source: NREL The Minerals Management Service (MMS), the federal agency chartered with oversight of offshore oil and gas, is requesting comments for a regulatory program to support the development of alternate-energy projects—including wind-, wave-, current- and solar-power—on the U.S. Outer Continental... Read more →

China Power Moves to Develop Oil Shale; Tapping Wind Also

Jilin Province China Daily. One of China’s top five power producers, China Power Investment Corp (CPIC), is planning to develop oil shale resources, in addition to expanding beyond coal-fired power generation into wind and nuclear. The State-owned electricity generator has inked a framework agreement with the local government in Jilin... Read more →

Vermont’s Renewable Hydrogen Station and Hydrogen Prius on Track

Layout of the refueling station US Representative Bernie Sanders (I-VT) called a press conference to highlight the progress being made in a $2-million research project for Vermont, $1 million of that funded by the DOE, to build a renewable hydrogen fueling station (earlier post) and to convert a Prius to... Read more →

Hydro to Extend Utsira Wind/Hydrogen Project to Spring 2008

The Utsira Project Hydro and its partner Enercon have decided to extend their combined wind power and hydrogen facility on Utsira until spring 2008. The demonstration project on the island Utsira off the coast of western Norway started operating in summer 2004 and was originally scheduled to run two years.... Read more →

BP to Double Investment in Alt- and Renewable Energy

The DF1 project for hydrogen generation and carbon sequestration/enhanced oil recovery will become part of BP Alternative Energy. BP today announced that it plans to double its investment in alternative and renewable energies and will create a new low-carbon power business that it expects could deliver annual revenues of around... Read more →

Hydro Develops Floating Windmills for Deeper-Water Wind Farms

Rendering of Hywind windmills. Click to enlarge. Hydro, the Norwegian energy and aluminum company, is developing floating windmills for offshore power generation. Using the same type of floating concrete structure technology applied in the North Sea oil industry for offshore rigs as a base, the Hywind systems are designed to... Read more →

Texas Snags First Off-Shore Wind Farm in US

The wind farm area off of Galveston. Click to enlarge. The state of Texas has signed an agreement to allow the first major offshore wind-energy project in the United States to be built off Galveston Island. Galveston-Offshore Wind, a division of Louisiana-based Wind Energy Systems Technologies (WEST), will build the... Read more →

San Diego Gas & Electric Contracts for 205.5 MW of Wind Power

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has contracted with enXco, a wind energy firm based in Escondido, Calif. to supply 205.5 megawatts (MW) of electricity to utility customers. In addition, SDG&E has issued two requests for offers (RFOs) to increase its portfolio of energy derived from renewable resources, including wind,... Read more →

Volvo Creating World’s First CO2-Free Automotive Plant

AB Volvo is making Volvo Trucks’ plant in Tuve the world’s first CO2-free automotive plant by using wind power and biofuel as sources for all the plant’s electricity and heat. Combined with efforts to achieve energy savings of up to 20%, Volvo, in cooperation with Göteborg Energi is currently building... Read more →

USDA Awards $21M in Assistance for Renewable Energy and Efficiency Projects

Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns today announced the selection of 150 applicants to receive almost $21 million in USDA Rural Development grant assistance for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in 32 States. The renewable energy and energy efficiency projects announced today involve a wide range of wind, solar, biomass, ethanol,... Read more →

New Twist on Vehicle-to-Grid: Tapping the Wind Force of Traffic

Raising the anemometers. Students at Centennial College in Canada are investigating the potential for using the wind generated by the high volumes of high-speed traffic on Highway 401—Canada’s busiest highway—to drive wind turbines to generate electricity. A research team has erected three anemometers on a 30-meter tower to measure the... Read more →