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The scheme has received funding from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking under the EU programme Horizon 2020

Toyota drives 'Digiman' project to develop 50,000 fuel cell stacks by 2020

Japanese carmaker Toyota will be responsible for best practice requirements in a £3m programme created by several public and private bodies which aims to create a platform for fuel cell production for zero-emission cars.

The office’s initial work will lead a collaborative gas industry bid for around £15 million Network Innovation Competition funding to provide “compelling safety evidence

Hydrogen gas grid for Leeds moves a step closer

Plans to convert the gas grid in Leeds to run entirely on hydrogen have moved a step closer to becoming reality after Northern Gas Networks opened an office in the city dedicated to the endeavor.

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Riversimple's Rasa model has a range of 300 miles, refills in around three minutes and also generates kinetic energy recaptured from braking

Riversimple success: Hydrogen carmaker exceeds £1m crowdfunding target

The world's only independent hydrogen fuel cell vehicle manufacturer, Welsh firm Riversimple, has exceeded its crowdfunding target of £1m which will enable the UK trial of innovative and affordable hydrogen cars.

The 2014 Toyota FCV Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle. Toyota has vowed to work with ministers to help the UK “realise the significant potential of hydrogen as a clean and sustainable source of power”

Hydrogen fuel boost for Britain as MPs gear up for 'unprecedented' scrutiny of air quality policy

The UK Government has set up a new £23m fund to boost the uptake of hydrogen vehicles and infrastructure, while MPs have today (20 March) joined forces to launch an "unprecedented" four-pronged investigation into the UK's approach on air quality.

Set for launch in 2018, the concept car features portable battery packs, which can be charged by the car’s energy output to power mobile passenger devices

Hyundai unveils hydrogen vehicle concept with boosted driving range

As the transition to low-emission transport drives ahead, South Korean motor company Hyundia has reaffirmed its commitment to hydrogen fuel cell vehicles by unveiling a new concept car at the Geneva Motor Show.

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Shell opens its first UK hydrogen refuelling station

Oil giant Shell has today (22 February) launched its first fully-branded hydrogen refuelling station in the UK, with plans already in place to open two more stations in 2017.

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Scotland's renewable energy schemes 'crippled' by business rates revaluation

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PwC currently recycles or reuses around 85% of the waste it produces, generating £500,000 for the firm annually in the process

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ETI stressed that any tax system aimed at punishing less-efficient and heavily-polluting vehicles would likely impact poorest families hardest

Consumer needs should dictate low-emission vehicle market, says ETI

The ongoing decarbonisation of the transport sector is unlikely to create a short-term market share for hydrogen vehicles, although current low-emission vehicle manufacturers need to develop a "greater understanding" of consumer needs, the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has found.

Riversimple's founder Hugo Spowers (right) explains his hydrogen vehicle blueprints to BNEF's Michael Wilshire, CCC chair Lord Deben and motoring broadcaster Amanda Stretton

Vehicle manufacturers lack incentive to promote efficiency, says Riversimple

The decarbonisation of the transport sector hinges on the ability to "make efficiency profitable" rather than overcoming technological barriers, the founder of Welsh hydrogen car manufacturer Riversimple has claimed.

Fuel-cell vehicles can run up to five times longer than the all-EV counterparts, but the technlogy has struggled to leave an impression among consumers due to cost factors

Fuel for thought: Will 2017 be the year of the zero-emission fuel-cell vehicle?

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The bus will be trialled on London’s roads next year, as part of the Mayor’s plan to have London buses meet the Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) standard during 2020

Sadiq Khan unveils Hydrogen double-decker as London is issued high air pollution alert

Sadiq Khan has issued air quality alerts across the capital for the first time, in the same week that the London Mayor unveiled the world's first double-decker hydrogen bus.

South Korean manufacturer Hyundai has set a 2020 target to roll out 28 near-zero-emission vehicles across the Hyundai, Genesis and Kia brands

Government can draw public towards electric cars, says Hyundai chief

EXCLUSIVE: Hyundai's UK chief executive Tony Whitehorn believes the Government can ignite a surge of public interest in electric and low-carbon vehicles by developing more infrastructure and implementing effective policy incentives that spark widespread behaviour change.

ETI states that many of the 30 salt caverns constructed deep underground in the UK could potentially be re-used for hydrogen storage

Investigation begins for pioneering salt cavern hydrogen storage projects

Engineering company Atkins has been selected by the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) to examine the potential for British salt caverns to store hydrogen to be used in power generation.

The fresh funding commitment will see thousands more electric vehicle chargepoints installed on streets and at workplaces across the UK

Government provides £35m funding boost for ultra-low emission vehicles

A £35m funding package to increase the uptake of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) has been announced by Transport Minister John Hayes.

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The proposals, which have been supported by Leeds City Council and local enterprise partnerships, could save up to 1.5m tonnes of carbon emissions each year

Is Leeds ready to become the UK's 'Hydrogen city' hub?

A new report has proposed that the city of Leeds should convert its gas grid to an all-hydrogen version by 2030 in order to test the viability of using hydrogen to help meet national carbon reduction targets.

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The e-Bio Fuel-Cell utilises hydrogen transformed from fuel via a reformer and atmospheric oxygen, with the subsequent electrochemical reaction producing electricity to power the vehicle

Nissan turns to bio-ethanol to accelerate 'carbon-neutral' transport ambition

Japanese car manufacturer Nissan has unveiled the results a ground-breaking research and development (R&D) drive, which will establish a Solid Oxide Fuel-Cell (SOFC)-powered engine system that runs on bio-ethanol electric power.

The company will kick-start this movement by introducing the Ioniq hybrid vehicle, which goes on sale in the US later this year

Electric vehicles are the new 'focal point' for Hyundai

South Korean motor company Hyundai has unveiled future blueprints to accelerate the transition to electric and hybrid vehicles, aiming to circulate 26 new-fuel cars and SUVs into its production by 2020.

The funding forms part of the Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) support scheme, which aims to ‘green’ fleets by introducing hydrogen models

UK Government aims to triple hydrogen vehicle numbers with £2m funding pot

The UK Government's vision to ensure that almost all cars on the roads by 2050 are zero-emission reached another milestone on Tuesday (10 May), after a £2m funding pot aimed at tripling the number of hydrogen vehicles in the UK was revealed.

Hydrogen cars could share the future automotive market with electric vehicles (EV) by optimising a sharing economy policy

How a sharing economy could catapult hydrogen vehicles into the mainstream

EXCLUSIVE: Embracing a sharing economy could allow hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles to carve out a niche route to accelerate into the mainstream vehicle mix, but only if efforts to boost infrastructure productions are increased.

As part of the project a team of drivers travelled to four of the London-based hydrogen refuelling stations in the FCEV

Hyundai races past records for hydrogen fuel range

Hyundai has broken two world records in an attempt to showcase the capabilities of its hydrogen fuel cell, in the same week that fellow South Korean carmaker KIA announced one of its electric vehicles will travel 2,500 miles across England and Ireland in a single journey.

The SUVs offer a 326 mile range on a single fueling, with water vapour the only tail pipe product emitted

Zero-emission hire cars strengthen Aberdeen's position as Europe's 'Hydrogen City'

Aberdeen has become the first city in Europe to offer hydrogen powered cars for public use on a pay-as-you-go basis, as part of the City Council's next step in expanding hydrogen infrastructure in the city.

Rust could offer cost-effective, round-the-clock solar energy storage and hydrogen gas which could potentially be used to power vehicles, the researchers claim

Could rust provide an answer to the big energy storage question?

Old bikes and barbecues lying dormant in garages could be covered in stuff that can make large-scale solar energy storage a reality, after researchers found that rust can be transformed into water-splitting solar cell batteries.

GM’s Global Propulsion Systems division is placing an increased focus on the development of fuel cells and electric battery systems

General Motors re-brands engineering arm to reflect era of EVs

General Motors (GM) is dedicating more than 4,000 employees to the development of new fuel cell and battery technologies as part of a manufacturing shift towards hybrid and electric vehicles (EVs).

Easyjet will trial the hydrogen technology later this year. (Standard Easyjet aircraft pictured)

Easyjet's hybrid 'plane of the future' set for takeoff

The UK's largest airline has unveiled plans to develop a hybrid plane featuring a hydrogen fuel cell which could save around 50,000 tonnes of fuel a year.

Intelligent Energy has developed the non-intrusive cells to enable consumers to become 'producers of energy'

Modular hydrogen fuel cells could provide week-long battery life for smartphones

A UK energy technology company has used the spotlight of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2016) in Las Vegas to unveil a number of prototype mobile devices with extended battery life through hydrogen-powered modular fuel cells.

Hydricity production combines solar generation with hydrogen production and storage that the researchers claim could rival solar PV systems and energy storage technologies

Could 'hydricity' be the next big energy breakthrough?

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Kia will attempt to improve average fuel efficiency by 25%

Kia kick-starts autonomous EV development with $12bn roadmap

South Korean carmaker Kia Motors is investing $10.2bn into the development of hybrid and pure electric vehicles (EVs), with an additional $2bn going towards the development of autonomous vehicle technology.

The Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell vehicle has arrived in the UK, with a price tag of just over £53,000

The future is here: mass-market hydrogen cars take to Britain's roads

The first mass production hydrogen cars, billed for more than a decade as a clean alternative to petrol and diesel vehicles but only glimpsed as concepts at automotive trade shows, have arrived on British roads.

Volvo will introduce a new range of smaller 40 series cars that will be designed from the outset for electrification

Volvo announces range-wide electrification plan

Swedish carmaker Volvo has announced a comprehensive electrification strategy which will see plug-in hybrids introduced across its entire range and a fully electric car on sale by 2019.

Toyota aims to have 900,000 cars powered as hydrogen, plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles on the road by 2050

Toyota targets 90% emissions reduction by 2050

Japanese carmaker Toyota has unveiled a series of ambitious new environmental targets with an overall aim to eliminate the use of gasoline cars and cut average carbon emissions from all of its vehicles and products by more than 90% by 2050.

The project will latch on to existing national plans for large-scale hydrogen refuelling infrastructure as Europe aims to remove emissions from transport

Hydrogen coalition launches EU-wide EV project

Hydrogen mobility innovators from across Europe have formed a new coalition to deploy 200 fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV); 125 extended-range electric vans and 29 Hydrogen Refuelling Stations (HRS) in 10 EU countries.

Scotland has pumped hydro storage facilities which optimise Scotland's power network system

Scotland unveils Storage Network to harness power of renewables

Industry body Scottish Renewables has taken steps to complement and improve the country's growing renewables sector by launching a new Storage Network.

One of the 125 new hybrid electric delivery trucks purchased by UPS

UPS drives towards 'delivery trucks of tomorrow'

Delivery firm UPS has today (9 September) confirmed the purchase of 125 new hybrid electric delivery trucks in the US and begun trials for its first range-extended electric vehicles in the UK.

Is it perfect policy timing for waste?

The United Nations, European Commission and UK Government have all recently announced key policy themes around waste and resources. The question is, will they complement each other?

Solar windows are primarily organic, made from carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen and oxygen. The different layers in these organic photovoltaics allows for energy collection and coatings giving the panels and transparent look.

Revolutionary solar windows could generate 50 times more energy than regular PVs

An American solar firm has launched a new liquid technology that turns regular windows into solar panels which could be up to 50 times more productive than regular roof-based photovoltaics.

The first Toyota Mirai arrived in Bristol earlier this week

First hydrogen-powered Toyota Mirai arrive in Europe

Toyota has introduced its first production-grade hydrogen-powered Mirai sedans to Europe this week.

(L-R): Ecolateral’s Peter Jones; DHL Envirosolution’s Amanda Williams and Andrew Haynes; and compere Alistair McGowan

What makes a Sustainability Leader? Case study: JD Wetherspoon & DHL

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More companies are finding innovative ways to collaborate to improve their sustainabiltiy

7 sustainability collaborations you would never have imagined

Collaboration: a buzzword for sustainability professionals and an increasing focal point for businesses across sectors.

The recent addition to London's skyline produces its own electricity through solar panels and hydrogen fuel

London's 'Walkie Talkie' skyscraper achieves top sustainability rating

One the most recent additions to the London skyline has achieved BREEAM Excellent rating, making it one of the most sustainable buildings in the city.

Green Slam: How tennis tournaments are embracing sustainability

The professional tennis tour is not, by its very nature, a green endeavour. It is essentially hundreds of people flying endlessly around the world to play a child's game.

The study claims to be the 'missing piece' for securing future low-carbon transport

£10bn investment needed to drive low-carbon transport industry

More than £10bn will need to be invested in low-carbon transport if the UK is to meet its carbon emission reduction targets by 2050.

A record 9,000 new ultra low emission vehicles (ULEVs) were registered in the UK in the first quarter of 2015.

Electric car sales accelerate by 366%

A record 9,000 new ultra low emission vehicles (ULEVs) were registered in the UK in the first quarter of 2015.

Many issues continue to hamper energy efficiency improvements accross the UK's solid wall housing market

Energy efficient homes: What can the Government do to help?

David Kemp, sustainability manager at Procure Plus, discusses how the newly-formed Government can support housing providers in upgrading the insulation of their solid-wall stock.

IEA Report: Energy Technology Perspectives 2015

Energy technology innovation is central to meeting climate mitigation goals while also supporting economic and energy security objectives.

The new technique converts 100% of corn sugars into hydrogen fuel - nearly tripling the efficiency of currently available systems.

Hydrogen fuel from corn husks could displace petrol

Scientists from Virginia Tech University have found a cheap, efficient way to produce hydrogen fuel using corn waste which could revolutionise law-carbon transport.

Including electric motorbikes in Government subsidies will help mainstream the technology, said Baroness Kramer

Government knocks £1500 off cost of electric motorbikes

The Government could subsidise up to £1,500 of the cost of electric motorbikes and scooters as part of a plan to bring electric vehicles into the mainstream.

Charted success: Five graphs that show the UK's low-carbon future is in sight

The Government has released two major reports detailing the UK's emissions figures for 2014 and where it got its' energy from. And there is reason for optimism.

The UK will be less impacted by the eclipse than other EU countries, because solar power only accounts for around 2% of installed capacity compared to 7% for Germany.

Solar eclipse illuminates importance of energy storage

Friday's solar eclipse highlights the importance of energy storage to the continued growth of solar, experts have claimed.

Surplus electricity is used to electrolyse water, splitting it into its constituent parts of oxygen and hydrogen. Photo courtesy of the Universita di Corsica

New team of scientists formed to develop hydrogen storage technology

How to store surplus energy from renewables? That's the billion-dollar question that a new international collaboration of European and Japanese scientists is trying to solve.

£3.5m has been earmarked for the development of up to seven new fully functional hydrogen refuelling stations

New hydrogen refuelling stations to compete for Government grant

The Government's grant scheme supporting the roll out of a UK hydrogen fuel network is now accepting infrastructure proposals for seven new hydrogen refuelling stations.

Sainsbury's has teamed up with Tesla to open new Supercharger stations at three of its stores

Supercharge at Sainsbury's: Supermarket joins Tesla network

Sainsbury's has teamed up with Tesla to open new Supercharger stations at three Sainsbury's stores in the South of England to enable Tesla Model S owners to charge while they shop.

Research is underway to evaluate the viability for commercial operation and developing a take-back system for end-of-life fuel cells

Project underway to develop fuel-cell recycling process

Work has begun on the development of a new recycling process to recover and re-use high-value materials from waste fuel-cells.

Toyota will share 5680 fuel-cell related patents, including key components of the hydrogen-powered Mirai (pictured)

Toyota to share fuel cell technology with auto industry

Japanese carmaker Toyota has announced it will freely share all of its hydrogen fuel cell technology in order to spur development of low-emission cars around the world.

Costs of air pollution from European industrial facilities 2008–2012

In 2011, the European Environment Agency (EEA) published a first assessment of the costs of air pollution caused by European industrial facilities.The report Revealing the costs of air pollution from industrial facilities in Europe (EEA, 2011) applied a simplified modelling approach to assess the damage costs to health and the environment in 2009, caused by pollutant emissions from industrial facilities officially reported to the European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (E- PRTR).

Helios headphones also feature a USB charging port, for when the sun goes down

Solar-powered headphones take off on Kickstarter

A crowd-funding campaign has been launched for the 'world's first wireless solar-powered headphones'.

Sustainability Leaders Awards 2014: the case studies

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Cost reduction potential of large-scale solar PV

The STA analysis shows that the cost reduction of large-scale solar will occur more rapidly than DECC’s costs have shown: a 33% drop in costs to 2020, with a further 11% reduction in the period 2020–2030. While individual technology cost is not the only consideration in developing efficient low-carbon electricity systems, this reduction would indicate that solar PV is cheaper than gas (Combined Cycle Gas Turbine or CCGT) by 2018, five years earlier than DECC suggest. It also implies that solar PV becomes cheaper than the wholesale electricity price between 2025 and 2028 – grid parity.

The Honda facility is the UK's first to use solar power to produce hydrogen

Honda opens UK's first commercial-scale hydrogen fuel facility

A group of businesses including Honda, Commercial Group and Fuel Cell Systems, today launched the UK's first commercial-scale hydrogen refueling facility at a Honda site in Swindon.

The 700-bar 'SmartFuel' station will open at Sainbury's Hendon store later this year

Sainsbury's breaks new ground with UK's first supermarket hydrogen filling station

Sainsbury's is driving the UK's uptake of greener fuels with the launch of the nation's first forecourt hydrogen dispenser in London.

The Circular Economy: what does it mean for the waste and resource management sector?

In the past twenty years, the emphasis of the waste and resource management sector has moved from landfill to recycling, and there is now a growing and increasingly powerful argument that the Circular Economy will increasingly dominate over the next decades.

Hyundai will send 110 hydrogen vehicles to various European locations as part of the HyFive scheme

Government grant jolts plug-in car sales to life

Sales of plug-in cars have spiked over the last three months with the Government issuing 5,000 grants for ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs), doubling sales of the previous three months.

Government invests £11m in hydrogen fuel infrastructure

The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) has announced an £11m investment as part of an ongoing effort to expand the range of low-emission vehicles available in the UK.


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