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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Decade of ascendency: New hydrogen fuel cell capacity surpassed 1GW in 2019

More than 1GW of global hydrogen fuel capacity was added in 2019, marking the first time the sector has surpassed the gigawatt milestone, with experts claiming that this could be a decade of "ascendency" for the technology.

The ACEA represents carmakers including Ferrari, Groupe Renault and Volkswagen 

Carmakers renew calls for low-carbon revolution as grim sales figures loom

Some of the EU's largest auto players have called once for a mass rollout of electric vehicle (EV) recharging points and refuelling stations for fuels like hydrogen, as the industry offered up more clues as to how it intends to lessen its climate impact.

The UK will be required to build 9-12GW of energy generation capacity annually to reach the net-zero target

Urgent boost to offshore wind and CCS required for UK's net-zero target, report finds

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To finance a pan-European recharging infrastructure, T&E estimates €20bn will be needed over the next 11 years, or €1.8bn a year on average

Massive rise in EV charging points needed to reach EU climate goals, analysis finds

Europe needs a fifteen-fold increase in electric vehicle public charging points by 2030 to support the EU's goal of becoming "climate neutral" by mid-century, according to new research published Wednesday (8 January).

Tristar's vessel was originally built in 2008 and has been retrofitted for its new purpose as an LNG transporter. Image: Tristar

Shipping giants debut LNG and hydrogen vessels

Multinational fuel giant Tristar has added a liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker to its international shipping fleet for the first time, in the same week that Kawasaki Heavy Industries debuted the world's first ship capable of transporting large volumes of liquid hydrogen.

Pictured: An engineer tests boilers running on the hydrogen gas blend. Image: Cadent

UK's first grid-injected hydrogen trials begin in Staffordshire

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Shipping currently accounts for 2-3% of global annual emissions

Shipping fuel regulation to cut sulphur levels comes into force

Sulphur will be cut drastically from global shipping transport fuels in 2020, in a move that should reduce some forms of air pollution, and may help towards tackling the climate emergency - but which could also lead to a rise in the price of flights.

The EIB says it shares the Hydrogen Council's "common goal" to further investment in decarbonising industry, energy and transport

EIB unveils plans to boost hydrogen investment

The European Investment Bank (EIB) has partnered with a coalition of C-suite executives from the transport, heavy industry and energy sectors in a bid to accelerate financing for hydrogen solutions.

Pictured: The two vehicles used to make the delivery, outside AB InBev's St Louis brewery

AB InBev completes its first zero-emission beer delivery

Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) has announced the completion of its first zero-emission beer delivery, 18 months after placing an order for 800 hydrogen-electric semi-trucks.

Heat currently accounts for 15% of the UK's annual greenhouse gas emissions

ENA calls for mandatory hydrogen boilers as CBI outlines new sustainability vision

Replacing existing gas boilers with hydrogen-ready devices should be mandatory when they reach the end of their life, the Energy Networks Association (ENA) has urged in its general election manifesto.

Drax believes the project could capture 15% of the UK's current annual carbon emissions

Plans for zero-carbon industrial hub fleshed out in new roadmap

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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

Liberty House pledges carbon-neutral steel operations by 2030

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Total signs cleantech deal to produce hydrogen at refineries

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Billions wanted: Report sets net-zero price as Siemens aims for £100bn green project pipeline

Technology firm Siemens has signed an agreement with a coalition of 94 local authority political leaders across the UK to help unlock green investment towards clean energy projects, as a new report warns that up to £20bn may be required annually to deliver the UK's net-zero commitment.

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In the Blueprint, the industry has committed to keeping production above one million barrels of oil equivalent per day

Oil and gas industry's net-zero blueprint branded 'overt lobbying'

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Government sets aside funds to explore low-carbon hydrogen

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This week's group of innovations could improve sustainability for transport, electronic products and smart buildings 

Fairphone's recycled smartphone and zero-emission livestock: The best green innovations of the week

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

Thyssenkrupp targets 'climate-neutrality' after setting new science-based targets

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The UK's first hydrogen trains, called Breeze, are due to be launched in 2021. Image: Alstom / Eversholt Rail

Transport 'best place to start' for hydrogen economy

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

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The facility has been closed for more than a year, with regeneration set to cost $7.4m AUD

Old Toyota manufacturing plant set to re-open as hydrogen 'hub'

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