Author: Tina Casey

For all the arguments against green hydrogen, leading global energy stakeholders just can’t seem to keep their hands off the stuff. The latest one to pile on is Fortescue Future Industries. FFI has just teamed up with the fuel cell truck startup Nikola, with the idea of scaling up green hydrogen production in the US for fuel cell trucks. Nikola has cooked up an interesting solution to the hydrogen fueling station conundrum, too. More Green Hydrogen For The US For those of you new to the topic, fuel cell vehicles run on electricity, just like their battery powered cousins. The…

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The jet-tracking social media account ElonJet has drawn renewed attention to the role of private and corporate aircraft in blurting greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. The issue can be an embarrassing one for electric car makers and other businesses that portray themselves as planet-savers. Fortunately, help is on the way. Batteries and fuel cells are in a neck-and-neck race to nudge zero emission electric aircraft out of the workshed and onto the runway. The Zero Emission Aircraft Of The Future Batteries and fuel cells have already scaled up for a wide range of heavy duty ground applications, including semi trucks,…

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The US startup Nikola got off to a rough start after it launched in 2014, but things have been looking up for the zero emission automaker of late. The company is finally on track to bring its promised Tre hydrogen fuel cell truck to the market for long-distance shipping, and the company’s green hydrogen plans seem to be panning out, too. US Fuel Cell Truck Startup Steps In (& Out Of) Quicksand Nikola’s various forays into the BEV and FCEV fields began crossing the CleanTechnica radar with regular frequency by 2016. The company seemed ready to compete in the zero…

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Word has slipped out that Patagonia is demonstrating a new, fully transparent solar window. That’s a neat trick, considering that it’s impossible to see through a normal solar panel. The manufacturer behind the new solar technology was a mystery because the scoop was hidden behind a paywall when first reported by The Wall Street Journal on December 27. Nevertheless, CleanTechnica sniffed it out, and it’s…not who we thought it was! New Solar Windows For Patagonia, From Next Energy Technologies Turning glass into an invisible solar energy harvester really is a game-changer. Solarized glass transforms windows, doors, and glass-walled buildings into…

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The Intertubes are buzzing over the new see-through solar windows installed at Patagonia’s headquarters in California, and for good reason. An ordinary solar cell blocks sunlight from passing through. It’s a tricky feat to engineer one that performs the sustainability twofer of harvesting renewable energy while also lighting up an interior space with zero emission sunlight. The question is, where did Patagonia get theirs? See-Through Solar Windows For Patagonia The Wall Street Journal has the scoop on Patagonia’s see-through solar windows, which it describes as “new and unproven technology.” The rest is behind a paywall, so we reached out to…

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Despite a wave of opposition against solar arrays on farmland in the US, solar panels are going to find their way onto farmland one way or another. In the latest example, the Canadian company Worksport is introducing new solar-enabled tonneau covers that turn pickup trucks into rolling renewable energy microgrids, whether they run on electric drive or gas. Solar Panels On Pickup Truck Tonneau Covers: Who Wore It Best? Before anyone says the T-word, yes it is the case that Tesla teased a tonneau cover with solar panels for its Cybertruck pickup, back in 2021. A little farther back in…

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In an interesting coincidence of timing, the US Department of Energy announced $15 million in new funding for geothermal energy research on December 14, just two days before Netflix is set to air a documentary that depicts the aftermath of a geothermal eruption in painful, horrific detail. The Volcano: Rescue from Whakaari begins airing on Friday, December 16 with survivor accounts of the unstoppable power of Earth’s natural systems — and a timely reminder of human resilience in the face of absolute catastrophe. CleanTechnica had the opportunity to speak with the director of The Volcano, award winning documentary film maker…

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Kentucky has been bumping around in the lower tier of US states for installed PV capacity, but its solar energy wallflower days appear could be coming to an end. A new green hydrogen hub, one of the world’s largest indoor farms, and a giant water battery are all in the mix. The Solar Energy Industry (Finally) Revs Up In Kentucky Kentucky’s solar energy industry has been underperforming the state’s population by a wide margin. As of last year, the Bluegrass State held the 26th slot for population, the same as in the 2010 census. However, Kentucky has dropped down to…

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As the private transportation sector shifts focus to batteries, biofuels and green hydrogen, fossil fuel stakeholders have been seeking new avenues of revenue in the petrochemical industry in general, and in plastics in particular. That’s bad news for a world already swimming — literally — in plastic pollution. Product manufacturers and other upstream forces could reverse the petrochemical trend, but only if they — along with policymakers, voters and consumers — continue to push for real change beyond the business-as-usual strategy of only advocating for post-consumer recycling. Plastic, Plastic Everywhere Some signs of change are beginning to emerge. Public awareness…

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As the private transportation sector shifts focus to batteries, biofuels and green hydrogen, fossil fuel stakeholders have been seeking new avenues of revenue in the petrochemical industry in general, and in plastics in particular. That’s bad news for a world already swimming — literally — in plastic pollution. Product manufacturers and other upstream forces could reverse the petrochemical trend, but only if they — along with policymakers, voters and consumers — continue to push for real change beyond the business-as-usual strategy of only advocating for post-consumer recycling. Plastic, Plastic Everywhere Some signs of change are beginning to emerge. Public awareness…

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