Fuel cells

DEFINITION: A device that converts chemical energy into electricity through a chemical reaction. Fuel cells can produce electricity for as long as fuel and oxygen are supplied, and produce very small amount of nitrogen dioxide or other emissions. The technology can be used to power commercial, industrial and residential buildings, in addition to fuel cell vehicles.

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The North West cluster could deliver 33,000 jobs. Image:Manchester Metropolitan University

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An artist's impression of how the wind farm and hydrogen facility (right) could look in 2030. Image: Shell Nederland

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Shipping giants debut LNG and hydrogen vessels

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The newly created corporate will employ more than 30,000 people and have manufacturing operations in 10 nations. Image: Liberty House

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Thyssenkrupp is one of just four German firms to achieve SBTi approval

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Transport 'best place to start' for hydrogen economy

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The VPP will be hosted across Shoreham-by-Sea (pictured) and Worthing

West Sussex virtual power plant 'could save UK £32bn' if replicated nationally

The developers of a new virtual power plant (VPP) system set to come online across West Sussex in stages from autumn have claimed that the model could cut the UK's energy costs by 10% if it is rolled out nationally.

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Plans to build UK's first plastic-to-hydrogen recycling plant unveiled

Energy-from-waste firm Waste2Tricity has revealed plans to develop the UK's first industrial-scale facility capable of converting waste plastics into hydrogen in Cheshire.