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Public must demand alternative fuels -- Edwin Black is author of Internal Combustion: How Corporations and Governments Addicted the World to Oil and Derailed the Alternatives. – Central Daily – Sep 9, 2006

Islands plan for more green power  -- The latest stage of a new £2.5m eco-friendly hydrogen energy project in the Western Isles has been unveiled. – BBC News -- Sep 6, 2006

Algona's Hydrogen Engine Center signs deal with India's Grasim -- HEC President Ted Hollinger said successful testing could result in a major market boost for his engines and proof that they can successfully power industries, utilities and other major power users using renewable hydrogen instead of fossil fuels.  "This is a good opportunity for us to get a lot of hours running time on a hydrogen engine, prove to the world that they are durable, that our technology is sound," Hollinger said. "If we can prove that, then hopefully we'll have other people in distributed generation -- utilities and other factories around the world -- saying we can use that technology here to help us reduce our electrical cost."  The advantage of testing at a chlorine manufacturing facility is that such a plant produces hydrogen as a byproduct, much of which is burned off because it is not practical to use for any other purpose.  Under the model developed for Grasim, the plant will use its excess hydrogen to power the generator, which will produce electricity, replacing a portion of the plant's purchased power. -- Sioux City Journal -- Aug 29, 2006

Hydrogen project touted as future energy, business generator -- With the unveiling of the first hydrogen energy project of its kind in America on Monday, the Chewonki Foundation hoped it was taking steps toward keeping Maine homes out of Middle Eastern oil conflicts and Maine companies at the forefront of the burgeoning technology. -- Seth Koenig, Times Record News -- Aug29, 2006

Mechanical Testing of Materials for Hydrogen Embrittlement -- NineSigma, representing General Motors Corporation, is seeking proposals (technical and cost) for performing mechanical testing on steel and metal alloys for hydrogen environmental embrittlement.  Submission date:  Sep 22, 2006.

Japan Govt. Plans Greener Cars to Wean Itself Off Oil -- Japan, which has a target of 50,000 fuel-cell vehicles on Japanese roads in 2010, aims to raise the number of such vehicles in use to 5 million by 2020. -- Yahoo News -- Aug 28, 2006

California Senate Approves Hemp Farming -- Organic Consumers Association -- Aug 17, 2006

Hydrogen power system unveiled in Maine -- A $250,000 demonstration project that produces hydrogen energy to provide backup lighting and warmth at the Chewonki Foundation's environmental education center was hailed at its unveiling Monday as the first of its kind in the nation.  The nonprofit foundation teamed up with the Portland-based Hydrogen Energy Center to develop the system that was touted as an example of the kind of cutting-edge technology that can reduce dependence on fossil fuels and help ease global warming.  "Hydrogen represents a huge growth industry, and the creation of this partnership will put Maine on the leading edge as this industry expands," said Gov. John Baldacci, who signed an executive order to promote the development of hydrogen energy in Maine. -- Seattle PI -- Aug 28, 2006

Hydrogen Engine Center, Inc. and Aditya Birla Group’s Grasim Industries Ltd. Sign Joint Technology and Marketing Memorandum of Understanding -- Aug 28, 2006

Interest in ocean power resurges -- The emphasis on ocean power is growing as fossil fuel becomes harder to find, its price climbs and environmental concern mounts over global warming, said Hans Krock, an engineer and president of OCEES International Inc. in Honolulu.  Ocean thermal power plants, which generate electricity from the temperature difference between the tropics' warm surface water and deep cold water, could be built on land in several hundred areas around the globe's equatorial zones and also could be constructed as floating plants.  Krock said the plants' electricity also could provide enough hydrogen from the ocean water to power cars and provide energy needed to replace fossil fuels in the future. The technologies already exist to move and store hydrogen, he said.  "The ocean thermal energy resource is the only one big enough to supply the world's energy in place of fossil fuel," said Krock, whose company is working on contracts for plants at the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority and on Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean for the Navy. -- Dennis Camire, The Honolulu Advertiser -- Aug 28, 2006

Hydrogen Transportation Development Program Program Opportunity Notice (PON) No. 1082

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) invites proposals in support of the advancement of the hydrogen economy in New York State. The primary objectives of this solicitation are : 1) to support the development of efficient hydrogen-fueled transportation technologies in commercially promising applications, and 2) to help support hydrogen transportation demonstration projects involving hydrogen internal combustion engine (HICE) vehicles and the development of hydrogen fueling stations. NYSERDA seeks as many efficient HICE vehicles and as much refueling capacity as possible. Proposals should thoroughly identify the New York State resources available to support the hydrogen transportation development effort and stress the benefits to New York State. This solicitation seeks proposals that are consistent with, and support, the transportation-related elements of the New York State Hydrogen Roadmap that was completed in September, 2005 and is available on the NYSERDA website, www.nyserda.org

Proposers are encouraged to include participation from the New York business community, institutions, government and academia interested in: 
1. Showcasing the scope and role of hydrogen as a viable transportation fuel to meet the State’s energy needs, 
2. Capitalizing on the opportunities presented by moving to a hydrogen-based economy, and 
3. Helping NYSERDA best apply its limited resources to the maximum benefit of the State in fostering hydrogen as a transportation fuel. 

Expanded use of hydrogen as an energy carrier could enhance fuel diversity, help address concerns about global oil depletion and energy security, reduce global climate change, and enhance local air quality. Developing hydrogen as a major transportation fuel, however, will require significant investment in both the vehicle and fueling station infrastructure. This solicitation seeks proposals supporting demonstration projects involving HICE vehicles and/or hydrogen fueling stations. Eligible projects include but are not limited to the following areas of interest: 
• Hydrogen production and/or storage at the fueling station 
• Hydrogen distribution technologies (from point of production to fueling station) 
• Hydrogen utilization (HICE vehicle technologies)

Experimenting with Hydrogen Transportation -- Five buses with hydrogen fuel cells will be put to the test in 2007 in Sao Paulo and neighbouring cities. The four-year experiment calls for total travel of one million kilometres. If they pass the test, the hydrogen bus fleet will be expanded to 100 or 200. -- IPS -- Aug 26, 2006

High hopes for hydrogen -- Envisioned as roughly two miles in radius, it would be “the first planned end-to-end fuel cell district” and would bring together educational projects; hydrogen production, storage and distribution sites — including refueling facilities — and lots of working fuel cells.  To make that vision a reality, the USC Columbia Fuel Cell Collaborative has issued The Greater Columbia Fuel Cell Challenge for projects to fill up the district. The collaborative is working to position Columbia as a leader in hydrogen fuel cell innovation and technology. -- The State -- Aug 27, 2006

Boeing hydrogen plane set to lift off -- Boeing is developing a light aircraft powered by fuel cells and electric motors, making it potentially the greenest plane ever to fly. -- Jonathan Leake, The Sunday Times -- August 27, 2006

Honda To Unveil Third-Generation Fuel Cell in LA -- Honda Motor Co. will introduce its third-generation fuel-cell system in an updated version of the FCX concept vehicle at the Los Angeles auto show in early December. -- Edmunds Inside Line -- Aug 25, 2006

Is America ready for Wind Hydrogen? -- David Gross, WaveLength Market Analytics LLC, Earthtoys.com -- Aug 2006

Mazda and Hydrogen powered vehicles -- Kilkenny Advertiser -- Aug 23, 2006

Hydrogen Fuel Station Opens in Norway -- Chron -- Aug 23, 2006

North Atlantic Hydrogen Association Founded -- Aug 8, 2006

Hydrogen Engine Center, Inc. Delivers Oxx Power™ Engines to All North American Distributors -- Aug 22, 2006

Green cars for the boys in blue -- Hydrogen-powered cars are to be used in police patrol fleets following a Scotland Yard order for 117 environmentally-friendly vehicles, it was announced on Saturday -- ETA -- Aug 21, 2006

Lincoln Composites will be first to occupy Air Park rail center -- The new tank to be built is about a meter in diameter, and up to 40 feet in length, Dick said; it’ll be used for bulk delivery of natural gas, and could have a future market transporting hydrogen for fuel-cell powered vehicles. -- Rodd Cayton, Lincoln Journal Star -- Aug 15, 2006

First Peek Inside the eBox -- AC Propulsion gives EV World correspondent first glimpse of battery electric Scion xB conversion -- Forbes Bagatelle-Black, EV World -- Aug 21, 2006

Federal Bill Would Give Solar, Fuel Cells a Boost -- "Empowering America Act" would increase solar consumers' rights, lower installation costs. -- Renewable Energy Access -- Aug 21, 2006

Schwarzenegger Signs Legislation to Complete Million Solar Roofs Plan -- Office of the Governor -- Aug 21, 2006

Green Motorsport - silent, energy-efficient and modular -- We love big ideas and this one is a ripper – a young and dynamic Dutch-based company named Formula Zero is setting up a new fuel cell race car class to help generate public enthusiasm, demonstrate the viability, and accelerate the uptake of emission-free transport. Now here’s the really clever bit – the intention is to construct a complete portable travelling circus a-la-Formula-One, which can be set up on any flat surface, complete with racetrack, grandstands, hospitality, pits, clean technology power and hydrogen generation and timing facilities. -- Gizmag -- Aug 19, 2006

Unhitching U.S. from dependence on oil -- When Ted Hollinger decided to build engines in an Iowa cornfield, he wanted them to have a name invoking memories of pioneers hitching their future to a team of oxen.  And, by making “Oxx Power” engines to run on a range of fuels - including hydrogen and ethanol - Hollinger also dreams of unhitching the United States from a future dependent on oil. -- Hollinger once designed hydrogen engines for the Ford Motor Co. and for Ballard Power Systems. When those companies opted to bet their money on motors powered by hydrogen fuel cells, Hollinger left to pursue his own cutting-edge ideas.  He argues although fuel cell backers must create a market from scratch, there's already a large market for the versatile engines made in Algona.  The company expects to sell 10,000 to 15,000 engines next year, said Joe Lewis III, vice president of engine sales. -- Todd Dorman, Farm and Ranch Guide -- Aug 17, 2006

Hydrogen Engine Center, Inc. Launches Manufacture and Sale of Its Hydrogen and Alternative Fueled Internal Combustion Engines and Gensets -- HEC -- Aug 17, 2006

CaH2Net Update, Volume 1, Issue 5 (pdf) -- Summer 2006

Sherrod Brown focuses on energy -- Alternative sources seen as Akron niche -- ``From a hydrogen plant in Akron to a biorefinery in Lima,'' Brown said, ``Ohio can be at the center of our fight to wean the U.S. off of foreign oil.'' -- Carl Chancellor, The Beacon Journal -- Aug 15, 2006

New York Commits $10 Million to Convert Hybrids to Plug-in Hybrids -- The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announces the New York State Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) Technology Initiative, aimed at accelerating the adoption and use of plug-in hybrid electric passenger cars and light trucks in the State. -- NYSERDA -- Aug 16, 2006

NIST’s New Advanced Imaging Facility Peers Inside Hydrogen Fuel Cells -- NIST -- Aug 15, 2006

U.S. Wind Energy Installations Reach New Milestone -- Record growth generates economic, environmental, energy security benefits as wind capacity reaches 10,000 megawatts -- U.S. wind energy installations now exceed 10,000 megawatts (MW) in generating capacity, and produce enough electricity on a typical day to power the equivalent of over 2.5 million homes, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) announced today. A megawatt of wind power generates enough to serve 250 to 300 average homes. -- AWEA -- Aug 14, 2006

Swagelok Company Joins National Hydrogen Association -- Business Wire -- Aug 15, 2006

Local Plant Helped Design Hydrogen-Powered Car -- The General Motors facility in Honeoye Falls is playing a huge part in developing the company’s first hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicle. It will be shown to the public next month.  “The Sequel” is GM’s first truly drivable hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicle. -- Kristen Miranda, 13 WHAM -- Aug 14, 2006

Baking bread with hydrogen in Antarctica -- According to the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD), Mawson Station, one of their Antarctic field camps, will soon be partially powered by hydrogen produced locally. And as it's cold there at this time of the year — temperatures oscillate between -10°C and -19°C — the station workers will be able to heat their huts with clean hydrogen. They also will be able to bake their bread or power their laptops with this eco-friendly energy source. This project — the first of its kind in Antarctica — should reduce Australia's greenhouse gas emissions in Antarctica. -- Roland Piquepaille, ZD Net -- Aug 11, 2006

Oil-gas to hydrogen? -- The energy school planned by the University of Wyoming must be flexible enough to deal with future changes in the state’s energy industry, members of the UW Energy Resources Council were told at their first meeting Thursday.  “Wyoming has more energy resources than just oil and gas,” said Myron Allen, UW vice president for academic affairs. “Ten or 15 years from now the array may be different.”  State Rep. Tom Lockhart, R-Casper, chairman of the House Minerals, Business and Economic Development Committee, said the school “must have flexibility in the design” to be prepared “when things switch from oil and gas to hydrogen or whatever they switch to.” -- W. Dale Nelson, Jackson Hole Star-Tribune -- Aug 11, 2006

Hydrogenics Awarded Supply Agreement From American Power Conversion to Deliver Up to 500 Fuel Cell Power Modules for Backup Power Applications -- Aug 10, 2006

Ice-based technology promises lower energy usage -- City and utility officials throughout Southern California are eyeing a new system that relies on ice to store energy for air conditioners as a possible way to cut peak commercial consumption and reduce the threat of crippling blackouts. -- Daily News -- Aug 10, 2006

Solar/Hydrogen Home Now Scheduled For Completion -- System Also to Generate Enough Hydrogen to Fuel Homeowner’s Car -- The first solar/hydrogen home in North America received all necessary permits and is now scheduled to be completed in the fall, it was announced today by Renewable Energy International, Inc. -- Lyle K. Rawlings, P.E., president of Advanced Solar Products, is the design engineer for the project. “This installation is far more than just a demonstration project,” explains Mr. Rawlings.“This home and its power system have been engineered to function either with or without an electrical grid connection. Addition of the hydrogen-based power system is a retrofit. It will be possible to replicate this type of home improvement anywhere.” -- Proton Energy Systems -- Aug 9, 2006

Hydrogen to power Australia’s Antarctic field camps -- Expeditioners working in Australia's remote Antarctic field camps will soon be baking bread, heating their huts and powering their laptops with clean, green hydrogen. -- "As the cost of fossil fuels continues to rise, we need to explore renewable energy options to supplement or completely replace them," AAD engineer Peter Magill said.  "We have already reduced our fossil fuel use at Mawson by installing two wind turbines. And we can reduce it further by using any electricity generated by the turbines, in excess of station requirements, to produce hydrogen."  Mr Magill said the hydrogen, which is made by electrolysing or splitting water molecules into their component hydrogen and oxygen molecules, will be transported in cylinders on a specially designed trailer across the sea ice to Béchervaise Island, some four kilometres away. The trailer will be towed using a hydrogen-powered quad bike modified at the University of Tasmania. The hydrogen will then be used in a hydrogen/LPG gas stove for cooking and in a fuel cell that will generate electricity to run heaters, lights, computers and a bread-maker. -- Australian Antarctic Division -- Jul 13, 2006

GM to show off drivable hydrogen car next month -- Detroit Free Press -- Aug 10, 2006

Vehicles just a small part of hydrogen wave -- The B.C. Hydrogen Highway program is an umbrella organization co-ordinating broad-based activities that support the commercialization of hydrogen and fuel-cell technologies. -- Victoria News -- Aug 9, 2006

NHA Announces the 2007 H2U Student Design Contest -- The site is a 3,334 acre plot of land in Rice, California, located on the Arizona border in the Mojave Desert, for the development of a large-scale solar and wind power park with a nearby interstate hydrogen fueling station. While the site is in a remote location, it is situated a short distance away from an active military training base in CA and a major recreational area in Arizona (Lake Havasu). It is adjacent to the Colorado River Aqueduct, borders a freight railway that connects to Las Vegas and Los Angeles and has high voltage transmission lines and highways nearby-- ideal for a combination large-scale hydrogen production facility and fueling station. -- NHA -- Aug 9, 2006

Q&A with Jeremy Rifkin -- My science and tech team, which is some of the best scientists and engineers in the whole world, I mean Nobel laureate, top people. They never say never, but what they say to me is, one, it’s completely economically unfeasible under anything on the horizon, to be able to sequester and bury CO2. The cost is through the roof. Two, how would we ever find enough mediums, both underground and, y’know, in old wells or reservoirs or under the deep ocean, to bury the CO2 in this volume? Three, how would you ever ensure that it would never leak for all of eternity? And if you do leak — No. 4 — imagine CO2 leaking from under the water in deep oceans up into the atmosphere or from caverns under the ground, everything does leak. When you have massive release of CO2, then you’re talking about truly a cataclysm. So given all of that, my belief is that the coal industry’s suggestion that this is a new lease on life, "clean coal" ... is not a just misspent opportunity. It’s just a no-go. -- Creative Loafing -- Aug 2, 2006

Hydrogen Engine Center, Inc.'s Foresight Affirmed by Ford's Introduction of a Hydrogen-Fueled Engine -- Aug 7, 2006

Hydrogen could cure petrol pain, says MP -- THE answer to high petrol prices is not ethanol or cutting the petrol excise but a radical hydrogen-based technology being trialled in Perth buses, a Liberal backbencher says. -- News Limited Australia -- Aug 7, 2006

Cleaning up -- While petrol barons are unlikely to be panicking at the thought becoming defunct, BMW is proving that hydrogen is a genuinely viable fuel for use in the future. And, with rising oil prices causing your business’s transportation and logistics outlays to soar, the benefits of such clean renewable fuel to your company’s profits are clear. -- ITP Business -- Aug 6, 2006

S.K. scientists discover matter for hydrogen storage -- Professor Lim Ji-sun of Seoul National University’s School of Physics announced on August 4 that he had found a new material with a structure that can store hydrogen in normal temperature without pressurization. -- Hankyoreh -- Aug 5, 2006

Quantum Refitting Toyota Prius for Hydrogen (Video) -- Auto Channel -- Aug 4, 2006

University of Minnesota to develop wind to hydrogen to nitrogen pilot project -- “Using Minnesota wind to make nitrogen fertilizer for farmers could transform agriculture, wind and hydrogen economics overnight,” said Rolf Nordstrom, director of the Great Plains Institute’s Upper Midwest Hydrogen Initiative (UMHI). “The fact that this could reduce input costs for farmers and boost wind development without the need for transmission lines or power purchase agreements makes this approach a potential grand slam.” -- Iowa Farmer Today -- Aug 2, 2006

Solar-Hydrogen Home Garners Wide Interest and Public Support -- NHA -- Aug 2006

Edison teams up with Chevron on hydrogen fuel station -- Southern California Edison has long been committed to alternative energy sources.  In fact, more than 18 percent of the power the utility delivers to the millions of Californians it serves comes from renewable energy sources, including geothermal, solar, biomass and small hydro power.  And now SCE has partnered with Chevron to build a small-scale hydrogen refueling station at SCE's Rosemead headquarters.  The facility will use electricity to split water, creating hydrogen and oxygen. The hydrogen will be used to power fuel cell electric vehicles, with only water as a byproduct. -- Kevin Smith, Whittier Daily News -- Aug 4, 2006

China to push for 1,000 hydrogen cars by 2010 -- The Chinese government hopes to make Shanghai the first city to employ such cars on a large scale, and is planning for this to happen in time for the 2010 World Expo, which it will host. -- China Knowledge -- Aug 3, 2006

W2 Energy Inc. to Build 300 HP Rotary Hydrogen Engine -- Aug 3, 2006

Gov. Kulongoski pushes for Oregon 'hydrogen economy' -- Governor Ted Kulongoski expressed strong support for hydrogen energy technology Monday, and directed Oregon's Department of Energy to develop strategies for moving Oregon toward a "hydrogen economy."  "Hydrogen holds great promise and offers great possibilities, including clean energy, good jobs, and a healthy environment," the Governor told a conference sponsored by the Northwest Hydrogen Alliance. "I will direct Oregon's Director of the state Department of Energy to develop a strategy to move our region toward a hydrogen economy." -- "Hydrogen, however, is not a bridge to the future," the Governor said. "Hydrogen is the future, along with other clean and renewable energy technologies." -- KATU 2 -- Jul 31, 2006

Governor and Senate Majority Leader Announce Innovative Energy Programs to be Located at Saratoga Technology + Energy Park -- Governor George E. Pataki and Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno today announced plans for the construction of a state-of-the-art alternative fuel research laboratory at the Saratoga Technology + Energy Park (STEP) and a new $10 million State program to convert vehicles in the State fleet to plug-in hybrids. -- Aug 1, 2006

  • The elimination of all State taxes on renewable automobile fuels, including ethanol (E85), biodiesel, and compressed natural gas (CNG), hydrogen, and other renewable fuels, providing a savings of approximately 40 cents/gallon for consumers.
  • Tax credits to cover up to 50 percent of the cost of purchasing alternative fuel vehicle refueling equipment that would be used by facilities selling E85, biodiesel, CNG, hydrogen, natural gas, liquefied or petroleum gas.
  • A $5 million competitive grant program, administered by NYSERDA, for the development of hydrogen fueling stations across New York and the conversion of existing internal combustion vehicles to be able to operate using hydrogen fuel.

Making Engines to Run On Hydrogen, Ammonia -- While much of the world fumes over escalating fuel prices, a small company in north central Iowa is quietly hoping to make gasoline obsolete as an engine fuel.  Research at the Hydrogen Engine Center Inc., is done in an early 1900s red brick armory at the Kossuth County fairgrounds.  There, a clean six-cylinder engine that looks like it could have been pulled from a Ford pickup has been running for 110 hours, not quite half the 300 hours it must continuously run for certification. The company, led by a retired Ford Motor Co. engineer, hopes to meet Environmental Protection Agency automotive 2007 emission standards. -- The Chief Engineer -- Aug 1, 2006

Hydrogen Engine Facility Opens Its Doors -- HEC Hopes To Produce 1,000 Engines Monthly -- Instead of cutting the traditional ribbon, Gov. Tom Vilsack helped cut a gas hose to show how the Hydrogen Engine Center is cutting dependence on foreign oil.  "It's precisely what the country needs. If we can become less dependent on foreign oil and more dependent on what we can grow, what we can produce in the U.S. It's going to create more jobs for people, a cleaner environment and a more secure world," Vilsack said. -- KCCI8 Des Moines -- Aug 1, 2006 

California Energy Commission Begins Final-Stage Field Trial Testing of Beacon Power Flywheel Demonstration System -- Aug 2, 2006

Chocolate-guzzling bacteria emit hydrogen -- University of Birmingham bioscientists released bacteria into high sugar waste and found that they emitted hydrogen gas as they consumed the substance. -- Catherine Boal, Confectionery News -- Jul 31, 2006

Hydrogen-fueled pickups revealed -- As part of an experiment using wind power to create hydrogen for fuel at the North Central Research Station south of Minot, three new hydrogen-fueled pickups were unveiled during a press conference Friday at Ryan Chevrolet.  The pickup conversion was completed by AFVTech in Phoenix. -- Carla Williams, Minot Daily News -- Jul 22, 2006

Hydrogen on Track -- Trains and industrial equipment now, cars later -- Willie Jones, IEEE Spectrum, August 2006

Research will propel Iowa's wind power -- Iowa municipal utilities plan to test storage of wind energy as compressed air in underground aquifers. And researchers at Iowa State University and elsewhere are looking at using wind-generated electricity to split water into hydrogen and oxygen, and then storing and transporting the hydrogen for use as motor fuel. As those efforts show, one of the best ways for the Iowa Legislature to support development of wind energy is through funding university research. Iowa has wind in abundance; why not make Iowa the center of wind-energy research? -- Des Moines Register -- Jul 31, 2006

On very little gas, plug-in hybrid gets couple around -- Their message is simple and aptly stated on their car bumper -- "This Plug-In Hybrid Gets 100 plus MPG." -- Stephen Elliott, Quad-Cities Online -- Jul 31, 2006

Wynn-Bono Bill to Pave Way For Hydrogen Economy -- Bill Would Reduce America's Dependence on Foreign Oil -- Jul 27, 2006

New Wyoming company explores next generation of energy while assisting existing energy methods --  Ladd Energy based in Wilson, Wyoming is exploring the feasibility of producing high-quality hydrogen using power generated from wind turbines and using excess, unwanted water from coal-bed methane (CBM) wells. -- Jul 27, 2006

California Air Resources Board Awards Hydrogen Station Grants -- Jul 24, 2006

District to design hydrogen fuel site -- The district was recently awarded a $1.25 million grant by the California Air Resources Board to design and build a hydrogen fueling station in Scripps Ranch. The station's primary focus will be to educate school children and the public about renewable energy.  If approved by the San Diego School Board and accepted by the community, the facility could open as early as December 2007 behind the new Marshall Middle School off Pomerado Road. -- Helen Gao, San Diego Union-Tribune -- Jul 29, 2006

FST Energy Demonstrates Product that Eliminates Fuel Cell Dependence on Bulky Hydrogen Cylinders -- The Auto Channel -- Jul 27, 2006

Dirty Kilowatts: America's Most Polluting Power Plants -- New EIP report ranking worst plants on CO2, SO2, NOx and mercury emissions. -- Ilan Levin, Environmental Integrity Project Jul 27, 2006

Hybrid Scooter Would Run on Hydrogen -- An industrial design student in The Netherlands has built a prototype scooter that is designed to be run on hydrogen.  Crijn Bouman of Delft University of Technology designed the scooter for use in inner cities.  He calls it the Fhybrid. -- Robert Roy Britt, LiveScience -- Jul 26, 2006

World's Water Resources Face Mounting Pressure -- With the projected addition of 2.6 billion people to the global population by 2050, most of them in countries where water tables are already falling and wells are going dry, water shortages will likely become more commonplace and more severe. Absent a global effort to quickly slow population growth and to use water more efficiently, water shortages may translate into food shortages in more and more countries. -- Elizabeth Mygatt, Earth Policy Institute -- Jul 25, 2006

Book Review by John McGrath at Grist:  When the Rivers Run Dry -- The one-word review of Pearce's book is: Terrifying. Whether he's writing about the Indian peasant farmers who draw from poisoned wells every day, the oblivious Arizonans who run fountains in the desert, or the apocalyptic moonscape that is the Aral Sea (once a thriving fishery, now a toxic cesspool), Pearce manages to convey the immense wreckage human activity is making of our lifeblood. No, not oil. The other precious fluid.  I think a lot of people have a hard time imagining that human activity really can have such a profound effect, but this book should be an antidote to that. We've all probably met someone who refused to believe that anthropogenic CO2 could really be responsible for so many problems. This book manages to convey clearly and starkly the effects we've had on rivers and lakes all over the world.

Application Filed for First U.S. Commercial Wave Energy Project -- Ocean Power Technologies (OPT), known for its PowerBuoy wave energy device, filed an application for construction permission to the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for a 50-megawatt (MW) wave power generation project in Oregon, the first request in the U.S. for such a power project on a utility-scale level. -- Renewable Energy Access -- Jul 25, 2006

Hydrogen UAV in wings -- Boeing has tested a hydrogen-fuelled propulsion system for a high-altitude, long-endurance (HALE) unmanned air vehicle that would stay aloft for 10 days. Although fuel-cell propulsion has also been investigated, conventional piston engines modified to burn liquid hydrogen are the favoured powerplants, says George Muellner, president, advanced systems, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems. -- Graham Warwick, Flight International -- Jul 25, 2006

NASA’s Goals Delete Mention of Home Planet -- From 2002 until this year, NASA’s mission statement, prominently featured in its budget and planning documents, read: “To understand and protect our home planet; to explore the universe and search for life; to inspire the next generation of explorers ... as only NASA can.”  In early February, the statement was quietly altered, with the phrase “to understand and protect our home planet” deleted. In this year’s budget and planning documents, the agency’s mission is “to pioneer the future in space exploration, scientific discovery and aeronautics research.” -- Andrew C. Revkin, New York Times -- Jul 22, 2006

Read Laurie David's commentary on the NASA mission statement change

Hydrogen farms promise limitless power -- The Wales and Ireland Rural Hydrogen Energy Project aims to release hydrogen contained in fast-growing willow trees.  Hydrogen from renewable resources like trees can be obtained by the use of microbes to break down the willow into methane and hydrogen gas. -- Robin Turner, Western Mail -- Jul 24, 2006

Hydrogen event a boon for Columbia -- With an estimated $1 million local impact, the hydrogen meeting will be the first national business or trade association meeting booked into the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center since it was completed in September 2004.  But more importantly to South Carolina’s economy in the long run, it’s an acknowledgment the state has “a lot going on” in the development of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies.  “A lot of people are very impressed with the resources in South Carolina and the level of activity for developing hydrogen technologies,” said Patrick Serfass, spokesman for the National Hydrogen Association.  “We all want to learn about that and make sure that we are involving S.C. businesses and companies in the hydrogen industry as much as they can be.”  Landing the 20th Annual Hydrogen Conference — the largest hydrogen conference in the country and the longest running annual hydrogen conference in the world — was a statewide effort led by the S.C. Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Alliance. -- C. Grant Jackson, The State -- Jul 22, 2006

Irish firm revolutionises the golf cart -- AN Irish company unveiled a hi-tech breakthrough yesterday that will revolutionise a golfers’ trip around a course. -- The Mocad H2 will be launched globally at the US PGA Merchandise Show in the Orange County Convention Centre in Orlando, Florida, USA, next January.  The owners of electric battery Mocads will also be able to convert their trolleys to take the new cell. -- Eoin English, Irish Examiner -- Jul 22, 2006

Museum lights way in fuel cell usage -- Royal B.C. Museum security guards have been entrusted with hydrogen fuel cell flashlights, paid for by the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources.  In addition to being functional, the new equipment is an entry point in educating the public about B.C.’s plans to create a Hydrogen Highway – hydrogen refuelling stations in Victoria, the Lower Mainland and Whistler. The highway will also feature mobile, stationary, portable and micro-fuel cell applications.  “We want to develop this technology here and export it around the world,” Energy Minister Richard Neufeld said, adding that the province and technology sectors have redoubled their efforts to showcase hydrogen fuel cell products and uses at the 2010 Olympics. -- Andrea Lavigne, Victoria News -- Jul 21, 2006

An Electric Car With Juice -- Silicon Valley Firm Bets Its Chips on the Speedy Tesla Roadster -- Mike Musgrove, Washington Post -- Jul 22, 2006

Hybrid Technologies Inc. Lithium Smart Car Featured As CBS Anchor Kicks The Tires Of The Mooresville, NC Produced Car.  This Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) has a range of 125 miles and a top speed of 70 mph.  See the Video from CBS -- Jul 19, 2006

Obvio! to Introduce Electric Cars to North America -- Brazilian automotive company OBVIO! will develop and introduce lithium-ion-powered electric cars based on its 828 and 012 microsport car designs for export to North America.  OBVIO! has a strategic partnership with California automobile distributor ZAP, which has agreed to be the exclusive North American distributor and has pre-purchased 50,000 OBVIO! units. -- Green Car Congress -- Jul 20, 2006

Hot!!! State Offers Incentive for Home Solar-Power Units Pumping electricity into grid pays 15 cents a kilowatt-hour -- Solar pioneers who have been feeding electricity into the Northwest power grid have until July 31 to apply for retroactive incentives under the state's newest alternative-energy law. The law provides a payment of 15 cents for every kilowatt-hour of electricity that backyard producers have sent into the grid.  -- Gordy Holt, Seattle Post-Intelligencer -- Jul 19, 2006

"Coal Rush” to Threaten Environment, Challenge America’s Energy Security --  Over 150 Proposed Plants Would Boost Global Warming Pollution by 10 Percent, Coal Consumption by 30 Percent; Dirty Technologies Predominate -- Jul 20, 2006

Projects test how hydrogen cars work -- When Bob Sisk started delivering the mail in the 1960s, he was assigned an Army Jeep for his route in the Washington, D.C., suburbs.  Now, as he reaches the latter stages of his career, the 62-year-old letter carrier is carrying his bundles of letters and packages in a vehicle that lacks any oiled parts in its engine compartment, offers an eerily quiet ride and emits droplets of water from the tailpipe.  Sisk is among a select group of government workers, academics and individuals testing hydrogen-powered vehicles in demonstration projects across the country. -- Detroit Free Press -- Jul 20, 2006

The lighter route to cleaner air -- London is spearheading the drive to cut pollution by investing heavily in hydrogen-powered buses. But is there a better way? -- Sean Dodson, The Guardian -- Jul 20, 2006

Idaho's First Hydrogen Plant Opens For Business -- A new company called Synthetic Energy is staking a claim on what it hopes is a growing market for hydrogen. Its first customer is a Boise-based gas distributor that used to truck its hydrogen all the way from Vancouver, Washington.  Hydrogen is still far from being a mass market fuel. For one thing, it takes lots of expensive electricity to produce. So the Ketchum, Idaho-based startup uses wind to get about 25% of the electricity it needs to power the process -- a key innovation in renewable energy. -- Elizabeth Wynne Johnson, OPB -- Jul 19, 2006

Toyota moves to corner the 'plug-in' market -- Reversing course, the Japanese automaker reveals it will make hybrid cars that can go even farther on electricity. -- Mark Clayton, Christian Science Monitor -- Jul 20, 2006

Battery-Fueled Car Will Smoke You -- The Tesla Roadster is powered by 6,831 rechargeable lithium-ion batteries -- the same cells that run a laptop computer. Range: 250 miles. Fuel efficiency: 1 to 2 cents per mile. Top speed: more than 130 mph. The first cars will be built at a factory in England and are slated to hit the market next summer. And Tesla Motors, Eberhard's company, is already gearing up for a four-door battery-powered sedan. -- Joshua Davis, Wired magazine -- Jul 19, 2006

Zero to 60 in 4 Seconds, Totally From Revving Batteries -- In a new approach to making the electric car a mass-market product, a California company will unveil on Wednesday a model that is very specialized, very expensive and very, very fast. -- New York Times -- Jul 18, 2006

Audubon New York Chooses 100% Wind Power -- "Reliance on fossil fuels hurts birds, plain and simple," said David J. Miller, Audubon New York's Executive Director. "Pollution, destruction of habitat from mining, and potentially disastrous global climate change are all significant stresses on birds and other wildlife. Wind power, when sited properly after adequate study, is a better option." -- Renewable Energy Access -- Jul 17, 2006

Berlin wants 250 hydrogen buses -- Every fifth bus in Berlin will be powered by hydrogen by 2009, according to officials from the city's mass transit company. -- The state-owned BVG, which runs Berlin's bus and subway systems, will order some 250 hydrogen-powered buses, according to a report in Tuesday's Berliner Zeitung newspaper. -- UPI -- Jul 17, 2006

Ford Launches Production of Hydrogen Internal Combustion Engines for Delivery to Customers -- Jul 17, 2006

Modine Introduces New Green Technology, with Fuel Cells and CO2, to Help Truckers Cut Emissions and Save Money -- Jul 17, 2006

Green Mountains could get greener with hydrogen plant -- In an effort to promote alternative energy ideas in the community and gain tangible operational and performance data on hydrogen as a fuel source, the city of Burlington, Vt. has completed construction on the first hydrogen fuel station in New England. -- The hydrogen produced at the plant will fuel a modified 2005 Toyota Prius and will be created using energy from a wind turbine owned by the city's electric department. For about six weeks, the group will experiment with the vehicle before adding it to the public works department's fleet for general use. -- Mass High Tech -- Jul 14, 2006

B.C. sheds light on new hydrogen technology -- literally -- The B.C. government is trying to shed some light on fuel cell technology by spending $25,000 to outfit staff at the Royal BC Museum in Victoria with flashlights powered by hydrogen. -- CanWest News Service -- Jul 15, 2006

Antarctic camps trial hydrogen power -- Australians on expeditions to Antarctic field camps will soon be using hydrogen to bake bread, heat their huts and power their laptops. -- "We have already reduced our fossil fuel use at Mawson (station) by installing two wind turbines and we can reduce it further by using any electricity generated by the turbines, in excess of station requirements, to produce hydrogen." -- NineMSM -- Jul 14, 2006

Planned U. of I. wind farm to yield education as well as electricity -- "We believe it will be one of the first, if not the only, multi-unit utility-scale wind turbine installations [on a college campus] in the United States," said Matt Malten, the U. of I.'s sustainability coordinator.  For now, it's planned that the propeller-driven turbines would produce 1.5 megawatts each. The combined 4.5 megawatts would supply slightly less than 3 percent of the university's energy needs. -- Gary Wisby, Chicago Sun-Times -- Jul 13, 2006

Video: Toyota's hydrogen SUV -- CNET -- Jul 13, 2006

Automakers race to develop hydrogen cars -- Kevin Rader, Eyewitness News WTHR -- Jul 13, 2006

Tai Robinson to Speak in Salt Lake City on July 30 -- Robinson's workshop will discuss seven cleaner, safer, local fuels available all across the U.S. today for less than the price of gasoline or diesel. His company's American Fuel Vehicles (AFV) program includes H2, CNG, LPG, ethanol, biodiesel, SVO (Straight Veggie Oil) and solar electric. -- PES Network -- Jun 30, 2006

Burbank may lobby for 'plug-in' hybrids -- Plan part of larger movement to burn less gas -- Jason Kandel, Burbank Daily News -- Jul 9, 2006

Plug-In Partners National Campaign -- Local governments are encouraged to initiate their own “Plug-In (name)” Campaign.

Brokaw Joins Fight Against Global Warming -- Tom Brokaw is giving Al Gore some company in the effort to raise awareness of global warming. The former NBC anchorman is host of "Global Warming: What You Need to Know," which doubles as an explainer and call to action for average Americans. It premieres Sunday at 9 p.m. on the Discovery Channel. -- AOL News -- Jul 10, 2006

Hot!!! Import Veteran Plans to Bring Chinese-Made Hydrogen Cars to U.S. -- Malcolm Bricklin, the man who brought Subaru and Yugo automobiles to the United States and who now heads the aptly named Visionary Vehicles in New York, revealed his partnership with a major East Coast dealership chain to begin U.S. distribution of cars manufactured by China's Chery Automobile Co. in late 2007. -- Warren Brown, Washington Post -- Jul 9, 2006

New National Coalition Formed to Promote Clean, Renewable, Domestic Wind Energy Development -- "Wind Energy Works!" Will Draw on Diverse Membership to Engage in the National Wind Energy Conversation, Combat Misinformation -- July 6, 2005

ITM Power Hydrogen Combustion Development Programme -- Existing electrolysers cost in the region of $2,000/ kW and the US Department of Energy 2010 target is $300/kW for an electrolyser stack. ITM Power has identified low cost electrolysers as a vital component to replace hydrocarbon fuels with hydrogen. ITM has achieved costs as low as $164 / per kW. -- Jul 5, 2006

SHEC Concludes Hydrogen Workshop for "SHEC Station #1" -- With the world's first solar hydrogen landfill project coming closer to the point of breaking ground, project partners coordinate the deployment of the project. -- PRWeb -- Jul 10, 2006

Witness for the prosecution -- Energy guru S. David Freeman on who killed the electric car, why, and whether it can be revived -- Diana Scott, San Francisco Bay Guardian -- Jul 5, 2006

Barun Roy: The hydrogen solution -- It can be locally produced, endlessly, from the power of the wind. And it can be used as fuel for vehicles.  Three hydrogen-powered buses went into service in Beijing recently under a pilot project that will determine if this could be a viable urban transport solution for a country like China. Later this year, three similar buses are to be introduced in Shanghai. --Business Standard -- Jul 6, 2006

Hydrogen Engine Center, Inc. Announces the Sale of a 50kW Hydrogen Fueled Generator Set to Xcel Energy -- The intended use of the generator set is for 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.  "Wind generated electricity is not constant. The conversion of excess electrical output from the wind generator to hydrogen allows for the storing of energy to be used at times of no wind and thus solves the time-of-use problem," says Ted Hollinger, president of Hydrogen Engine Center, Inc. (HEC). -- Jul 5, 2006

A Power Grid for the Hydrogen Economy -- Cryogenic, superconducting conduits could be connected into a "SuperGrid" that would simultaneously deliver electrical power and hydrogen fuel -- A hydrogen-filled SuperGrid would serve not only as a conduit but also as a vast repository of energy, establishing the buffer needed to enable much more extensive use of wind, solar and other renewable power sources. And it would build the core infrastructure that is a prerequisite if rich economies are to move away from greenhouse-gas-emitting power plants and vehicles. -- Paul M. Grant, Chauncey Starr and Thomas J. Overbye, Scientific American -- July 2006

Burlington gets region's first hydrogen station -- Boston Globe -- Jul 4, 2006

Smog Buster: Honda Says SoCal Experiment Paving Way for More Hydrogen Cars -- The Spallino family of Southern California has been using its hydrogen fuel-cell-powered Honda FCX for such mundane tasks as grocery shopping and shuttling the kids to soccer practice. -- Edmunds Inside Line -- Jul 4, 2006

Burlington gets region's first hydrogen station -- CBS6 Albany -- Jul 4, 2006

Power your iPod with hydrogen -- British boffin-corp Voller has launched a hydrogen fuel cell battery charger that’ll juice-up just about anything you want and leave no harmful by-products . It has 240v AC, 12v DC and USB power outputs to charge anything that uses mains, car charger or USB charging and – for our green fingered pleasure - creates no harmful by-products. -- Stuff Magazine -- Jul 2, 1006

`Hydrail' picking up steam -- The retired BellSouth strategic planner believes Charlotte can become the first U.S. city to run a hydrogen-powered commuter train. The locomotive would operate on fuel cells that use hydrogen and oxygen to make electricity, leaving behind only water vapor. -- Bruce Henderson, Charlotte Observer -- Jul 1, 2006

250 jobs coming to Billerica -- Alternative energy firm Nuvera Fuel Cells to open new world headquarters -- Matt Murphy, Lowell Sun -- Jul 1, 2006

Sierra Club Sues Pentagon Over Wind Farm -- My Way News -- Jun 29, 2006

Royal Dutch/Shell in hydrogen transport project -- Under the plan, more than 20 buses with hydrogen combustion engines will be manufactured by the bus builder MAN and be operated by Connexxion, one of the main public transport companies in the Netherlands. -- Reuters -- Jun 29, 2006

Global Windpower Expands in 2006 -- Global wind electricity-generating capacity increased by 24 percent in 2005 to 59,100 megawatts. -- Overall, the cost of wind power has decreased by nearly 90 percent since the 1980s to 4¢ or less per kilowatt-hour in prime wind sites (See Figure). In some markets wind-generated electricity is cheaper than electricity from conventional energy sources. The cost of wind power has fallen due to advances in technology, declines in the costs of financing wind projects, and the economies of scale of turbine and component manufacturing and construction. -- Joseph Florence, Earth Policy Institute -- Jun 28, 2006

Ford to Begin Production of Hydrogen ICE Shuttles -- Green Car Congress -- Jun 7, 2006

Volvo to Preview Five-Fuel Vehicle; Includes Hythane -- The Volvo Multi-Fuel is a new prototype optimized for running on five fuels: bioethanol E85; methane in the form of either natural gas or bio-methane; gasoline; and a 10% Hythane blend (10% hydrogen, 90% natural gas). -- Green Car Congress -- Jun 7, 2006

Improved Rating For Residential Fuel Cells -- A new performance rating system for residential fuel cells developed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) can help prospective buyers assess the economic value of alternative fuel-cell technologies. -- Science Daily -- Jun 27, 2006

Governor Lingle Signs Additional "Energy for Tomorrow" Bill -- “This new law marks the final legislative component of my Administration’s ‘Energy for Tomorrow’ initiatives which will help Hawai`i reduce dependence on imported oil,” said Governor Lingle.  Establishing a Hawai`i Renewable Hydrogen Program to manage the state’s transition to a renewable hydrogen economy. The bill provides seed and venture capital for investments in private sector and federal projects for research, development, and testing of hydrogen power. -- Office of the Governor of Hawai'i -- Jun 26, 2006

Scientists OK Gore's movie for accuracy -- The nation's top climate scientists are giving "An Inconvenient Truth," Al Gore's documentary on global warming, five stars for accuracy. -- Yahoo News -- Jun 27, 2006

Planes need alternative fuels, too -- Gerald Brown, a senior research engineer with NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, said it would require relatively little modification to run a regular jet engine using liquid hydrogen. The hard part is storing it on board. -- Chron -- Jun 24, 2006

Cape Wind survives challenge -- Senators Edward Kennedy and Ted Stevens agree to drop a requirement giving the Massachusetts governor and the Coast Guard a veto over the project. -- Timothy C. Barmann, Rhode Island News -- Jun 22, 2006

Compromise bill removes veto threat over Cape Wind -- Kevin Dennehy and David Schoetz, Cape Cod Times -- Jun 22, 2006

Congress reaches pact on wind farm -- Accord would give Coast Guard head a say, not Romney -- Rick Klein, Boston Globe -- Jun 22, 2006

First images made of hydrogen burning in working internal combustion engine -- Images of hydrogen combustion have been captured for the first time in an internal combustion engine operating at real-world speeds and loads by engineers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory. This window into the inner workings of a hydrogen-powered engine is helping to optimize the engines for street use some day.  Researchers in Argonne's Engines and Emissions Group are experts at imaging the interiors of working engines. A few years ago, their X-ray images of combustion inside a diesel engine revealed a surprising shock wave as diesel fuel spurted out of the fuel injector. This earlier research is helping to improve fuel injectors and increase diesel efficiency.  Their current research focuses on hydrogen – the most abundant element on earth – and one of many fuels being evaluated worldwide as a near-term alternative to gasoline.  "Hydrogen-powered internal combustion engines (ICEs) are a low-cost, near-term technology," explained mechanical engineer Steve Ciatti, who is the project's principal investigator. "They can be the catalyst to building a hydrogen infrastructure for fuel cells." -- Physorg -- Jun 22, 2006

Tavish all for hydrogen -- MSP Tavish Scott turned heads on his way to work yesterday morning (Wednesday) when he chose an unusual mode of transport to travel there.  In order to help to demonstrate the benefits of the hydrogen fuel cell operated car developed by the Unst based PURE project, the Scottish transport minister and Shetland MSP used the car to travel to Bute House for the morning’s meeting of the Scottish Cabinet. -- Jun 22, 2006

Scandinavian partnership plans for hydrogen stations -- Norsk Hydro -- Jun 22, 2006

Hot!!!  WHY NUCLEAR POWER CANNOT BE A MAJOR ENERGY SOURCE, by David Fleming -- It takes a lot of fossil energy to mine uranium, and then to extract and prepare the right isotope for use in a nuclear reactor. It takes even more fossil energy to build the reactor, and, when its life is over, to decommission it and look after its radioactive waste.  As a result, with current technology, there is only a limited amount of uranium ore in the world that is rich enough to allow more energy to be produced by the whole nuclear process than the process itself consumes. This amount of ore might be enough to supply the world's total current electricity demand for about six years.  Moreover, because of the amount of fossil fuel and fluorine used in the enrichment process, significant quantities of greenhouse gases are released. As a result, nuclear energy is by no means a 'climate-friendly' technology. -- FEATA -- Apr 2006

Air Products to Supply Equipment for Two Hydrogen Fueling Stations Designed and Constructed by Chevron Hydrogen Company -- Jun 22, 2006

Release of the manuscripts from the H2Expo 2005 -- Jun 22, 2006

Secretary of Energy Appoints Hydrogen Technical Advisory Committee -- Jun 20, 2006

Hydrogen-powered Buses Debut in China -- Three hydrogen-powered buses appeared in streets of Beijing on Tuesday, bringing emission-free public transport to China for the first time. -- Xinhua CRI English -- Jun 20, 2006

Oil prices could spike, Saudi warns -- World oil prices could double or triple over the current painful $70-per-barrel level if diplomacy failed and military conflict broke out over Iran's nuclear ambitions, Saudi Ambassador Prince Turki al-Faisal warned this morning. -- Marianne Lavelle, US News -- Jun 20, 2006

Dogfight: GM v. Thomas Friedman - Round 3 -- ON May 31, I wrote a column accusing General Motors of acting irresponsibly by offering unlimited gasoline at $1.99 a gallon for one year to anyone who buys certain of its midsize sedans, big SUVs or gas-guzzling Hummers in California or Florida. At a time when we are at war in the Middle East, with an enemy who is indirectly financed by our energy purchases, it seems to me that every American, and every American company, has an obligation to reduce oil consumption. No one should be making a huge gas-guzzling Hummer, and no one should be driving one, and no one - certainly not GM - should be subsidizing people to drive them. -- Thomas Friedman -- EVWorld -- Jun 19, 2006

Technology that holds the key to world's demand for power -- Steep oil prices have fuelled rising interest in alternative sources of energy. Investors willing to accept high risks may consider following the founder of one of Britain's biggest firms of independent financial advisers into a tiny energy company. Peter Hargreaves explains why he has put some of his own fortune at stake -- A small company in Cambridgeshire called ITM Power is probably a world leader in electrolyser technology; it may also be the world leader in fuel cell technology, too. It has developed a method which in commercial production will make both electrolysers and fuel cells economic. It has already demonstrated that this technology has good longevity. -- Telegraph -- Jun 17, 2006

Researchers work on alternative jet fuel -- Another option, which has been considered for decades, is whether jetliners could run on hydrogen. Gerald Brown, a senior research engineer with NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, said it would require relatively little modification to run a regular jet engine using liquid hydrogen. -- AP Yahoo News -- Jun 19, 2006

Bethlehem company's fortunes are floating on air: Weldship Corp. is high on list as a maker of mobile hydrogen fueling trailers -- The Bethlehem manufacturing company, which got its start making welded barges for Hudson River refineries, has emerged as the sole maker of Air Products and Chemicals' HF-150 mobile hydrogen fuelers. -- TMCnet -- Jun 18, 2006

Technology that holds the key to world's demand for power -- A small company in Cambridgeshire called ITM Power is probably a world leader in electrolyser technology; it may also be the world leader in fuel cell technology, too. It has developed a method which in commercial production will make both electrolysers and fuel cells economic. -- Telegraph --Jun 17, 2006

Hot!!! Green Fuel's Dirty Secret -- Archer Daniels Midland stands to make a fortune from ethanol, but is it green? -- The town of Columbus, Nebraska, bills itself as a “City of Power and Progress.” If Archer Daniels Midland gets its way, that power will be partially generated by coal, one of the dirtiest forms of energy. When burned, it emits carcinogenic pollutants and high levels of the greenhouse gases linked to global warming. -- To understand the hidden costs of corn-based ethanol requires factoring in “the huge, monstrous costs of cleaning up polluted water in the Mississippi River drainage basin and also trying to remedy the negative effects of poisoning the Gulf of Mexico,” says Tad Patzek of the University of California’s Civil and Environmental Engineering department. These are not abstract environmental effects,” Patzek asserts, “these are effects that impact the drinking water all over the Corn Belt, that impact also the poison that people ingest when they eat their food, from the various pesticides and herbicides.” Corn farming substantially tops all crops in total application of pesticides, according to the US Department of Agriculture, and is the crop most likely to leach pesticides into drinking water. -- Then there is the question of how practical it is to replace petroleum with corn-based ethanol. “There are conflicting figures on how much land would be needed to meet all of our petroleum demand from ethanol,” says Energy Justice Network’s Ewall, “and those range from some portion of what we currently have as available crop land to as much as five times as the amount of crop land in the US.” -- GNN -- Jun 12, 2006

City unveils hydrogen fueling station By Kevin Ueda Special to the Daily Press -- On Thursday afternoon, Santa Monica Mayor Bob Holbrook cut the ribbon to the city’s new hydrogen-vehicle fueling station, which will serve as home base to five hydrogen-fueled cars to be used for city services. -- Santa Monica Daily Press -- Jun 16, 2006

Diversify: Solar power for the Gulf -- AME Info -- Jun 15, 2006

(PZ) Evader Joins U.S. Merchant Marine Team for Presidential Visit -- The Solar Hydrogen House, the first of its kind in the world, powered solely by solar power and hydrogen, was originally built by the New York Institute of Technology and successfully competed in the Solar Decathlon Competition sponsored by the Department of Energy. It has been moved to the USMMA in Kings Point, New York and will be officially opened prior to the commencement exercises. Evader has been invited to participate, and one of the new EV 1000 series scooters will be prominently displayed outside the building. -- Chron -- Jun 15, 2006

Air Products and City of Santa Monica, Calif. Open New Hydrogen Fueling Station -- Jun 15, 2006

League of Conservation Voters Unveils Next Seven Members of 2006 “Dirty Dozen” -- “Oil Slick Seven” All Voted To Subsidize Big Oil Companies Making Record Profits, While Voting Against Sensible Solutions -- Jun 14, 2006

The "Oil Slick Seven" are:
Senator Rick Santorum (PA)
Senator Conrad Burns (MT)
Senator Jim Talent (MO)
Representative Richard Pombo (CA)
Representative Katherine Harris (FL)
Representative Heather Wilson (NM)
Representative Bob Ney (OH)

“The key purpose of this report is to shine a spotlight on Members of Congress who have consistently sided with the energy industry and against the interests of those they are elected to represent,” said LCV President Gene Karpinski. “Each of these seven voted for the disastrous, backward-looking energy bill, which gave billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies to oil companies at a time of record breaking profits. All voted to drill in the Arctic Refuge and, with the exception of Rep. Harris, all voted against sensible clean energy solutions such as increased fuel economy standards for cars and trucks.

“It’s unfortunate that at a time when we need more leadership and accountability on energy issues, many more Members of Congress could have been on this list. With that in mind, these seven are the worst offenders,” said Karpinski.

Green Watch: Toyota To Launch Its First Flex-Fuel Vehicle, More Hybrids -- Toyota said it will double the number of hybrid models it makes around 2010 and it is committed to developing a wide range of green technologies, including alternative-fuel engines, diesel engines and electric cars. -- Edmunds Inside Line -- Jun 15, 2006

Wyo company wants to convert CBM water to hydrogen -- The National Science Foundation has awarded a $100,000 grant to a Wyoming company that wants to determine the profitability of using wind turbines to convert coal-bed methane discharge water into pollution-free hydrogen and oxygen. -- Casper Star Tribune -- Jun 14, 2006

Alternative Energy Advocates Support More Federal Investment -- Axcess News -- Jun 14, 2006

Energy Department, Wind Industry Join to Create Action Plan to Realize National Vision of 20% Electricity From Wind -- AWEA -- Jun 5, 2006

Waste plant set to become green fuel factory for islands -- A £10 MILLION waste management plant is set to be turned into a factory to produce hydrogen as a green fuel for homes, vehicles and industry in the Western Isles under plans expected to be approved today.  The move would see the islands become the world's first large-scale producer of hydrogen derived from organic gas.  The plant in Stornoway was designed to create electricity, but could not get a national grid connection to transmit the energy. -- Scotsman -- Jun 14, 2006

A Critical Review of the Energy Policy Act of 2005's Treatment of Hydrogen -- With respect to hydrogen in particular, the ambitious goals set out by the Act will not be attained given the amount of funding and resources allocated to this industry. However, given the substantial hurdles to the implementation of a hydrogen economy, which is defined by the use of hydrogen to power vehicles and produce electricity, nothing short of an effort the size of the Apollo and Manhattan Projects would be sufficient to successfully "promote comprehensive development, demonstration, and commercialization of hydrogen and fuel cell technology" as the Act calls for. Given this reality, the U.S. should choose to either aggressively support or completely drop funding for hydrogen. Prioritizing energy funding by the most feasible, economical, and sustainable technologies will allow the U.S. to streamline its efforts and ensure that the country is left with a viable fuel source when the conversion to an alternative fuel must be made. -- Elizabeth Lokey -- Jun 13, 2006

Cleaner Fuels Will Need More Hydrogen, Additives -- Motor fuel producers must increasingly turn to hydrogen and fuel additives to meet a myriad of stricter environmental rules and more sophisticated engines, industry executives said on Tuesday. -- Planet Ark -- Jun 14, 2006

As some talk wind farms, others want to harness the tides -- Boston Globe -- Jun 13, 2006

UPS "Green Fleet" Passes 100 Million Mile Mark -- UPS was the first company in the U.S. to deploy hydrogen fuel cell technology in a commercial fleet. Since that launch in 2004, the vehicles - which emit only water - have driven 34,000 miles making deliveries. -- UPS -- Jun 13, 2006

EU Energy policy: the importance of hydrogen for Europe -- Speaking today at the 16th World Hydrogen Energy Conference, held in Lyon, France, Mr. Janez Potocnik, the European Commissioner for Science and Research highlighted the importance of hydrogen for Europe. -- European Business Guide -- Jun 13, 2006

EPA Rule Loosened After Oil Chief's Letter to Rove -- The White House says the executive's appeal had no role in changing a measure to protect groundwater. Critics call it a political payoff. -- L.A. Times -- Jun 13, 2006

Air Products Researchers Receive Department of Energy Hydrogen Program Award -- Air Products (NYSE: APD) research scientists Guido Pez and Alan Cooper were presented a United States Department of Energy (DOE) Hydrogen Program Award in May recognizing the development of innovative hydrogen storage materials.  DOE presented the award for the Air Products researchers' work on a "liquid-phase hydrogen carrier" with promising storage capacity. The technology has additional attractive features that have the potential to increase overall energy efficiency and reduce the cost of the hydrogen storage system in fuel cell vehicles. -- Air Products -- Jun 13, 2006

Building into the future -- “When this car runs, the only thing that comes out of it is water,” said Craig Madsen, a University of North Dakota student.  Madsen and fellow UND student Tim Langemo, both 2005 graduates of Minot High School, showed off the car to schoolchildren and attendees at the Verendrye Electric Annual Meeting. -- Jun 12, 2006

Hocking College Energy Institute closer to starting with land buy -- Proponents see alternative energy effort lending area economic kick -- Columbus Business First, via MSNBC -- Jun 11, 2006

Mountain Home wind-power plant will make hydrogen -- The nation's first commercial plant using wind power to produce hydrogen will be unveiled today near Mountain Home. --  -- Jun 10, 2006

Hydrogen gas production plant to be built in Elmore County -- The prototype facility, which could be expanded considerably in the future, will cost less than a million dollars to start up, and will sell its product to a Boise commercial gas company.  The hydrogen-generation plant will be built by Idaho Synthetic Energy, Inc., of Ketchum, at a site located of Simco Road. The company has 160 acres of land for future expansion, but the initial plant will involve less than two acres. -- Mountain Home News -- Jun 11, 2005

Wind-Power Projects Halted -- Supporters See Political Motive Behind Defense Dept. Study -- "This legislation was intended to derail Cape Wind, but it had a boomerang effect and affected a lot of projects around the country," said Michael Skelly of Horizon Wind Energy, a Texas company constructing the country's largest wind farm near Bloomington, Ill.  This spring, facilities in the works in North Dakota, South Dakota, Illinois and Wisconsin received "proposed hazard" letters from the Federal Aviation Administration saying the projects must be halted pending the Defense Department study. -- Ed Blume, spokesman for the nonprofit renewable energy group Renew Wisconsin, lamented that the local economy could lose out during the bureaucratic process.  "In this part of the country, we have a certain construction season, and if you get beyond that season you're looking at a whole year's delay," he said. "A farmer who has a turbine on their land gets $4,000 to $5,000 per year for that turbine. This comes down to the individual farmer losing money they thought they'd have this year." -- Washington Post -- Jun 10, 2006

Ohio State to build Buckeye Bullet 2 - the world's first hydrogen fuel cell powered land speed racing research vehicle -- Ohio State Buckeyes Road To Bonneville

Cruising on a hydrogen-powered boat -- Roland Piquepaille -- Jun 8, 2006

Hydrogen Power International, Inc. Subsidiary Hydrogen Power, Inc. Announces Successful Conversion of Ford Ranger Truck to Run On Hydrogen -- Hydrogen Power, Inc. has successfully completed the first phase of converting an internal combustion engine vehicle to a hydrogen hybrid, ultimately to be powered by AlumiFuel(TM) for on-board hydrogen production. -- Yahoo News -- Jun 7, 2006

Jack Coleman: Kennedys' sacred playground -- Kennedy may still succeed in killing Cape Wind, through back-room machinations in Washington. And if he does, I believe he'll destroy something else: whatever political aspirations remain for the Kennedys. -- Rhode Island News -- Jun 2, 2006

Berlin dispatches 2 hydrogen buses -- Berlin now has two hydrogen-powered buses running public transportation in the city in a project for the FIFA Soccer World Cup. -- UPI -- Jun 2, 2006

The Persecution of Wind Power Endangers the Future of All Renewable Energy, Including Solar and Ethanol -- These anti-wind groups have the potential to develop into an international anti-wind lobby, which could be detrimental to the development of wind power. Some of these groups have ties to the British nuclear energy lobby, and American anti-wind groups have an ally in Senator Stevens of Alaska, who favors oil drilling in the National Wildlife Refuge, so it is conceivable that nuclear and oil interests could help the anti-wind lobby grow into an international, organized special interest opposing every form of renewable energy competing with oil and nuclear power. Alternative Energy News Source  President Russell Hasan believes that “the persecution of wind power endangers the future of all renewable energy, including solar and ethanol. If oil and nuclear interests provide funding for the anti-wind movement, there is no telling what the danger to alternative energy might be.” The only solution is for everyone who cares about renewable energy to become more politically active, by telling their representatives that they favor wind or by becoming active in the pro-wind lobby. -- Jun 1, 2006

Here comes the sun: New solutions for world's energy woes -- What SESEC brings to the energy table, Krothapalli said, is the ability to take existing technologies and find ways to make them simple to install and operate, much cheaper to produce, and more sensitive to the environment.  "For such a system to work in a rural village in India, for example, it has to meet those criteria," he said. "It must be easy enough for the average person to maintain, inexpensive enough for that person to afford or his government to subsidize, and clean enough that it won't exacerbate global warming." -- Florida State University -- May 22, 2006

California Air Resources Board Announces Hydrogen Powered Vehicles Contracts -- May 30, 2006

Hydrogen Haven -- Iceland builds a zero-emission future -- Iceland may well be the first nation in the world with a completely clean, zero-emission energy economy based on geothermal hydrogen. This tiny volcanic island of just 300,000 people (descended from the Vikings) is already well on its way to achieving that national goal, with its entire home heating and electricity generation systems renewable today. The biggest remaining hurdles are Iceland´s 190,000 cars and trucks. Also at issue is the country´s fishing fleet, which presents major fuel storage challenges because the ships are at sea for several days at a time. -- Fairfield County Weekly -- Jun 1, 2006

Mass Hydrogen Coalition Says "Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Summit Breath of Fresh Air for Local High Tech Economy" -- "On June 5th, the New England high technology community will have a unique opportunity to meet leading executives driving their hydrogen and fuel cell companies towards commercial success at the 2nd Annual Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Summit, Worcester Polytechnic Institute," said Brad Bradshaw, President of the Massachusetts Hydrogen Council. -- Jun 1, 2006

Chocolate-eating bugs provide fuel of the future -- Chocoholic germs can provide hydrogen, the clean-burning energy of the future, New Scientist reports. -- ABC News -- June 1, 2006

Hydrogen Powered Cars the Norm by 2050 -- WDEF-TV News 12 -- May 31, 2006

Mary Bono honored for grants funding hydrogen powered buses -- Desert Sun -- May 31, 2006

BMW and TOTAL Promote Ongoing Development of Hydrogen as the Fuel of the Future -- The two companies have signed an agreement specifying that TOTAL will set up and operate three hydrogen filling stations in Europe by the end of 2007, supporting the introduction of BMW hydrogen cars into the market. -- Fullboost -- May 31, 2006

Bush administration cuts energy plans -- Energy Watch -- May 31, 2006

Let the sun shine: Solar/electric car hits road -- Video of NMG Battery Electric Vehicle in Bend, OR -- KTVZ Newschannel 21 -- May 23, 2006

Greenpeace report reveals French dairy cattle given water contaminated by leaking nuclear dumpsite -- Radioactivity in ground water over seven times European safety limits -- Greenpeace -- May 23, 2006

Nissan offers fuel cell car for test drive -- Nissan Motor Co. said on Tuesday it would offer its fuel-cell car for test drives in Japan for up to a year as part of its efforts to learn more about the practical use of the hydrogen-fuelled vehicles. -- Yahoo Asia News -- May 30, 2006

Fuel Cell Park Planned for Bridgeport Receives Pre-development Financing from Connecticut Clean Energy Fund -- The Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CCEF) announced today that it has signed a loan agreement with Bridgeport Fuel Cell Park, LLC (BFCP) for pre-development funding of a 10-megawatt fuel cell park to be located on a brownfield site in Bridgeport, Connecticut. This fuel cell project, when completed, will be the largest in the country and will be able to power over 9,300 households with clean energy. -- May 30, 2006

Cow Manure Could Be Cheap Alternative to Gas -- A Cow Can Power a Car for 15 Miles a Day -- The secret to cheaper gas could lie in cow dung.  The Vehicle Research Institute of Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash., has been turning cow manure into fuel that can power a natural-gas car. -- ABC News -- May 29, 2006

Honda FCX Fuel Cell Test Drive, HDTV -- Funny French guy demonstrates the FCX in Tokyo.  Enjoy! -- Nihon Car & Bike -- May 29, 2006

Ohio’s fuel-cell push draws company -- Rolls-Royce using Third Frontier program to join with Lebanon firm in quest for alternative energy -- Columbus Dispatch -- May 29, 2006

Fuel cell center ready to research new energy source -- The Fuel Cell Prototyping Center at Stark State College of Technology is ready to open its doors for business — or rather research. Or both. And it could become a magnet for an industry officials say will become one of the nation’s largest. -- Canton Rep -- May 29, 2006

New Study on Integrating Wind into the Power Grid -- Renewable Energy Access -- May 26, 2006

Kennedy eases his stance on wind plan -- Urges arbiter role for Coast Guard -- Boston Globe -- May 26, 2006

The Suburban Fantasy, by James Howard Kunstler -- We’d better start paying attention to the signals that reality is sending or we will be living in a very violent, impoverished and demoralized nation. And we have to begin somewhere, which is why I suggest we start by rebuilding the national passenger railroad system. It would have a significant impact on our oil use. It would put a lot of people to work on something meaningful and beneficial to all ranks of American society. The equipment is lying out there rusting in the rain, waiting to be fixed. We don’t have to re-invent anything to do it. -- Common Dreams -- May 26, 2006

Hot!!! Next Stop Hydrogen City - On Green Ride Into Future -- Already on the drawing board is a scheme which could quickly revolutionise Bristol's creaking public transport, a futuristic tram without the need for ugly overhead cables.  Instead, hydrogen used to power it would be on board the vehicle. -- But not only is the on-board power a greener alternative to petrol, the way that the hydrogen itself is produced is also more environmentally friendly.  The plan is to use wind turbines planned for Avonmouth to create the gas. -- Bristol Evening Post -- May 25, 2006

Early reviews mixed for Buzzards Bay wind farm -- The Boston developer who wants to build a wind farm on Buzzards Bay understands what he's getting into.  Construction magnate Jay Cashman, who has a home in West Falmouth, has watched Cape Wind Associates' five-year struggle to win approval for a wind farm on nearby Nantucket Sound - and the ongoing congressional effort to kill it.  Already a local organization has expressed concerns with the project, yesterday calling it a potential threat to navigation on the bay.  But with new sources of electricity needed, Cashman believes the region is warming to the idea of renewable energy, thanks in part to the high-profile Cape Wind controversy. -- Cape Cod Times -- May 24, 2006

Vast wind farm proposed -- The proposed sites are about 3 to 4 miles off the coast of Sconticut Neck in Fairhaven, Barneys Joy in Dartmouth and Naushon Island, one of the Elizabeth Islands. An estimated 30 to 40 turbines would be erected at each of the three sites. -- Standard-Times -- May 23, 2006

Hydrogenics seeks more niche markets to boost profit -- Globe and Mail -- May 25, 2006

Revolutionary hydrogen sensor developed -- M&C Science & Nature -- May 25, 2006

Interview with Dr. Warren Reynolds -- Beyond Fossil Fuel -- May 24, 2006

AG's office rejects ballot title requiring hydrogen vehicles -- WREG-TV Memphis -- May 24, 2006

“The Future Is Hydrogen And We Are There” -- Hydrogen Fuel Production Update From Energy Ventures Organization -- PRweb -- May 24, 2006

Hydrogen team ran out of steam -- SHETLAND's zero emissions hydrogen car was hampered by bad luck at last weekend's international Shell Eco-marathon event, at the Nogaro racing circuit, in southwest France.  The pureShetland team were unable to enter the competition due to a faulty fuel cell, yet despite this major set back the engineers behind the project said they were very happy with the way things had gone -- Shetland News -- May 23, 2006

Hydrogen production could come through swine manure -- Agri News -- May 23, 2006

Hydrogen boat to cut marine pollution -- A hydrogen-powered boat that aims to become the world's first mass produced H-vessel could be the answer to air pollution from the marine transport sector. -- edie news -- May 23, 2006

End Times -- If Al Gore's documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" has a single message, it's that global warming is bad—very, very bad. Floods, droughts, famine, disease . . . a miasma of End Times calamity caused by the burning of fossil fuels.  Even at that, Gore is—at the risk of paraphrasing—a candy-assed optimist, according to James Howard Kunstler, author of "The Long Emergency: Surviving the Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Century." -- Dan Neil, L.A. Times -- May 21, 2006

Washington DC Welcomes 100+MPG Hybrids -- Set America Free -- May 16-18, 2006

Baby, You Can Still Drive My Electric Car -- As gas prices soar and Americans lose their taste for foreign oil, OC's biggest EV booster sounds like a prophet OC Weekly -- May16, 2006

Preview: Who Killed the Electric Car? -- Dean Devlin-produced look at the fate of the EV-1. -- IGN -- May 15, 2006

He's seen the future, and it looks like East Amwell -- Engineer's home may run on solar/hydrogen power -- Mike Strizki is tired of waiting.  The 49-year-old engineer hopes to help usher in the high-tech future of renewable energy from his 12-acre property in the Sourland Mountains by having the nation's first solar/hydrogen-powered home.  All that stands between Strizki and his goal, however, is a building permit. -- Courier News -- May 22, 2006

Ethanol Car Beats Fuel Cells to Win European Eco-marathon -- Environment News Service -- May 22, 2006

Can hydrogen be profitable? -- Boom seen in Freedom Field, just not real soon -- The alternative-energy technologies research-and-development center proposed for the Chicago/Rockford International Airport is initially expected to cost up to $5 million to become operational. These officials said they hope it will eventually wean itself from tax dollars and become self-sustaining.  Freedom Field, proposed by a coalition of area governments and businesses, is slated to open in summer 2008 on a 10-acre site on the airport’s southwest side. Plans include a 40,000-square-foot research and demonstration center, solar and wind energy equipment, and a hydrogen fueling station. -- Rockford Register Star -- May 21, 2006

Wind turbines, hydrogen can satisfy energy needs -- Morning Call -- May 21, 2006

Las Vegas to get second hydrogen station for fuel cell vehicles -- The station will open at the Las Vegas Valley Water District's main campus and is a joint venture with the UNLV Research Foundation. The Water District will have two small hydrogen-powered trucks that will use the station.  The hydrogen for the new station also will be produced via solar-generated electricity. -- Las Vegas Sun -- May 21, 2006

Hydrogen Engine Center to expand -- Algona company plans to produce 1,000 engines monthly -- Company officials claim that their engines are as efficient as traditional gasoline engines but have the added benefit of reduced emissions and flexibility. When running using hydrogen, emissions are nearly zero.  Much of the fuel being used in testing engines will be recycled to heat the plant during winter. Approximately five miles of tubing carry hot water — a byproduct of the testing process — through the floor and along the entire length of the facility. -- The Fort Dodge Messenger -- May 20, 2006

Iowa company making engines to run on hydrogen, ammonia -- The Hydrogen Engine Center, started by Ted Hollinger, 65, is initially focusing on making more efficient, environmentally friendlier engines to replace those used in generators and in forklift trucks, airline ground equipment, irrigation pumps, tractors and buses.  Ford, General Motors and Chrysler have dropped industrial engine production as they've cut costs, leaving what Hollinger said is a ready-made market for his fledgling company.  "Our engine has to bolt in where the old engine went and can't be a thread off," he said. "If you do that and you make improvements in it so that it gets rid of emissions and it's more efficient, then I think people are going to like it." -- WCF Courier -- May 20, 2006

It's an ill wind …Enemies in high places and activists with nuclear links have taken the puff out of clean energy, writes Wendy Frew. -- Sydney Morning Herald -- May 19, 2006

Wind Energy and Production of Hydrogen and Electricity — Opportunities for Renewable Hydrogen (pdf) -- Preprint by J. Levene, B. Kroposki, and G. Sverdrup -- To be presented at the 2006 POWER-GEN Renewable Energy and Fuels Technical Conference Las Vegas, Nevada April 10-12, 2006 -- 

Hydrogen Engine Center Receives Order for Hydrogen Power Generator 250kW Generator for Wind/Hydrogen Demonstration -- Natural Resources Canada, an agency promoting the sustainable development and responsible use of Canada's mineral, energy, and forestry resources, will integrate this genset into a wind/hydrogen project on Ramea Island off the southern coast of Newfoundland, Canada. Electric power and hydrogen will be generated from wind energy and under slack wind conditions, hydrogen will be used to create electric power. This reduces or eliminates the need to use fossil fuels to generate electric power when the wind is not blowing, thereby reducing operating costs and making wind projects of this kind environmentally clean. -- May 16, 2006

The future of hydrogen vehicles -- The European Commission presented the results of the Clean Urban Transport for Europe (CUTE) project at the CUTE conference in Hamburg on 10 May. -- fona news -- May 16, 2006

Hydrogen from algae - fuel of the future? -- A German-Australian research team has succeeded in breeding algae, which produce hydrogen in previously unheard-of quantities.  On the basis of calculations, a reactor shaped like a cube measuring three metres per side and filled with algae could supply a two-person household with their energy needs. -- DNA Evolutions -- May 16, 2006

Use Chemistry To Tap Solar Power, Professor Says -- Physorg -- May 16, 2006

BioTown Sourcebook available to public -- On Friday, the Indiana State Department of Agriculture released the BioTown, USA, Sourcebook on Biomass Energy. The report is an in-depth analysis of energy consumption in Reynolds and the surrounding area, segmentation of the biomass industry and possible technologies to create energy. -- The Herald Journal -- May 16, 2006 

The long term expectation of the BioTown, USA, project is to completely meet all the energy needs of Reynolds via biorenewable resources, including electricity, natural gas replacement, and transportation fuel. Meeting the energy needs of this town with renewable sources will be the first of its kind in the world, while using environmentally friendly technologies that will convert animal and human waste to biogas, which translates into energy. -- "BioTown, USA, is an aggressive plan that I believe will become a model for rural communities throughout our state and country."  Andy Miller, Agriculture Director

Hydrogen on the Cheap -- Wouldn't it be nice to have a machine that could cheaply manufacture a gallon of gas per hour for your automobile? Envisioning the day when we may all have fuel cell cars, General Electric researchers have built a prototype that makes the equivalent quantity of hydrogen: plug it in, and it splits water molecules to generate one kilogram per hour of hydrogen.  The basic technology, called an electrolyzer, is nothing new: water is mixed with an electrolyte and made to flow past a stack of electrodes. Electricity causes the water molecules to split into hydrogen and oxygen gases. What GE has achieved is a potentially inexpensive, mass-manufacturable version of the technology. -- Technology Review -- May/June 2006

USA. Hydrogen Engine Center announces distributor network for Oxx Power engines -- Oxx Power(TM) engines can be built to run on gasoline, propane, natural gas, hydrogen and an assortment of gaseous fuel blends. -- May 15, 2006

Running on hydrogen -- To get to the cutting edge of alternative energy in New Jersey, travel a two-lane mountain road, turn left at a cluster of old-fashioned mailboxes, amble across a wooden bridge and snake up a gravel driveway.  There, on a 12-acre lot in East Amwell Township, sit 10 cylindrical fuel tanks – waiting for the day Mike Strizki's four-bedroom colonial will become New Jersey's first hydrogen-powered house. -- North New Jersey Media -- May 15, 2006

Hydrogen should be the fuel of America's future, By W. "Skip" Hauth -- When fuel hits $3 to $4 a gallon at the corner station, we begin to have choices. At that price there's a fuel that adds nothing to the environment but water - hydrogen. By focusing on renewable energy, we can create enough hydrogen from green sources to help solve a lot of problems. We can start eliminating overseas oil imports. We can dramatically reduce vehicular pollution and the health of those it afflicts.  How soon? Right now! Our government recognizes and is pouring billions into the fuel of the future - hydrogen. Unfortunately a key factor is missing - distribution. There aren't many fueling facilities for hydrogen vehicles. Perhaps because a focus on fuel cell vehicles (currently priced just under a million dollars) pushes that need decades into the future.  We should be focused on the Hydrogen Internal Combustion Engines (HICE) we have today. Mass produced, cars could be comparably priced to the hybrids people are lining up to buy today. An investment in HICE vehicles and the fueling locations they need can create a much cleaner environment in the near future. -- The Buffalo News -- May 15, 2006

Professor pioneers work on hydrogen batteries -- Airforce Times -- May 15, 2006

Jiading high on hydrogen car -- The new auto, dubbed "Chao Yue III" is powered by hydrogen gas and discharges only water. With its low energy use and minimal pollution, the vehicle which was unveiled last month, is currently in production but only on a limited scale. -- Shanghai Daily -- May 13, 2006

City to get 1st hydrogen station -- UK industrial gas maker BOC Group Plc will partner Tongji University and Shell to build Shanghai's first hydrogen refueling station. -- Shanghai Daily -- May 12, 2006

EU extends hydrogen push after city bus success -- Reuters -- May 11, 2006

First phase of P.E.I. wind/hydrogen village may be reality this summer -- During the project’s first phase, hydrogen will be used to store wind power in a fuel cell that can be converted to electricity for use when winds are calm. The conversion is done through electrolysis, which is proven technology. The system will be able to store enough electricity to power the North Cape site for two days.  Transportation will be the main focus of the project’s second phase. It will test the viability of hydrogen/gasoline cars, later expanding to dual-fuel pickup trucks and a shuttle bus. There will be fuelling stations in North Cape and Charlottetown. -- The Halifax Herald -- May 11, 2006

Hydrogen Program to Host Review of Projects -- The opening plenary will be available via webcast. It begins at 8:30 am EST on Tuesday, May 16 and will feature remarks from DOE officials, followed by technology reviews and discussion panels covering hydrogen storage, fuel cells, hydrogen delivery, and hydrogen production (renewable, fossil, and nuclear), as well as updates on FutureGen and carbon capture and sequestration technology. -- EERE -- May 11, 2006

Low Cost Ocean Wave Power for our Planet -- Press Release by Wave Power Plant Inc. -- The initial costs are so low that even fishermen in remote areas will be able to produce power for their communities, whereas the application of this new technology is only limited by our imagination. Our initial prototype machine (A 24 feet high unit) named "SEA GATE-1" is ready for Sea Trial by June 2006" -- Renewable Energy Access -- May 11, 2006

Fuel Cells: Government Supports General Hydrogen at Vancouver Airport -- May 10, 2006

$10M prize for hydrogen fuel technology -- Legislation creating the "H-Prize," modeled after the privately funded Ansari X Prize that resulted last year in the first privately developed manned rocket to reach space twice, passed the House Wednesday on a 416-6 vote. A companion bill is to be introduced in the Senate this week. -- May 10, 2006

Fuel-cell research center opens at School of Mines -- Rocky Mountain News -- May 9, 2006

Quantum Awarded Contract to Deliver Hydrogen Hybrid Vehicles to Norway -- May 9, 2006

Energy and Transportation Applications will Contribute to the Doubling of Hydrogen Use over the Next Five Years but Obstacles Remain to a Green Hydrogen Economy -- Yahoo News -- May 9, 2006

OSU adds state's first hydrogen refueling station -- Columbus Business Journal -- May 8, 2006

A hydrogen-powered Mazda rotary engine could be raced in the American Le-Mans Series as early as next year -- Rotary News -- May 8, 2006

NREL, Xcel energy sign wind to hydrogen research agreement -- May 8, 2006

IdaTech Obtains FC 1 Certification of ElectraGen(TM) Family of Backup Power Solutions -- ElectraGen(TM) Systems Are Among the First 3 kW and 5 kW Backup Power Solutions Certified to the FC 1 Standard -- Sys-Con Media -- May 8, 2006

Hydrogen vehicles on the horizon --  -- J. Byron McCormick, executive director in charge of General Motors' global fuel-cell activities, The Arizona Republic -- May 7, 2006

Ice-capped roof of world turns to desert -- Scientists warn of ecological catastrophe across Asia as glaciers melt and continent's great rivers dry up -- In China alone, 300 million people depend on water from the glaciers for their survival. Yet the plateau is drying up, threatening to escalate an already dire situation across the country. Already 400 cities are short of water; in 100 of them - including Beijing - the shortages are becoming critical. -- The Independent -- May 7, 2006

Fuel cell technology comes to state's roads -- The cutting edge of mass transit technology is expected to arrive in the state when the first hydrogen fuel cell bus is delivered later this year.  The federally funded bus will be used by CTTransit's Hartford division as part of a demonstration project to determine the technology's efficiency and practicality. -- May 7, 2006

The Road Not Taken -- Sixteen years ago, after a long campaign led by the Sierra Club, Congress came within four votes of adopting legislation that would have required automakers to produce vehicles with an average fuel efficiency of 40 miles per gallon. If we had won that vote, the world would be different today: America would be using about half as much oil as it currently does; world demand for oil, and hence oil prices, would be dramatically lower; and we would have paid perhaps a trillion dollars less to foreign oil producers. -- Today, we face another opportune moment. Yet, if you count votes in Congress, we've gone backwards politically. -- Carl Pope, Huffington Post -- May 5, 2006

H to go -- Ohio State unveils hydrogen-refueling station as it revs up for fuel-cell-car test  -- Columbus Dispatch -- May 5, 2006

SHEC LABS launches Offering to fund construction of its first Renewable Solar Hydrogen Production Facility -- May 5, 2006

A car that could save the planet—fast -- Silicon Valley's big brains think they can beat Detroit and Tokyo and save the planet - all while doing 0 to 60 faster than almost anything on the road. -- Business 2.0 -- May 5, 2006

Climate: A Crisis Averted - Global warming is a daunting challenge.  To give us all a needed boost, here's a four minute web film that is an uplifting and light retrospective (from the year 2055) about how America rose to meet the climate challenge.  View the film and share it with your friends and family.

Iceland harnesses green energy for heat, power -- Tiny nation's practices could alter behaviors around the globe -- Here, it's all about hydrogen and geothermal technology. -- MSNBC -- May 3, 2006

Innovation starts with California -- IT was 13 years ago when I stood behind a hydrogen-powered bus and watched the mayor of Covina stick a cup beneath the tailpipe, collect the clear liquid, put the cup to his mouth and drink. -- But there's a problem with California leading the way. It is 3,000 miles from Washington, D.C. As we learned last week, the president is either unaware of the Golden State's innovations or was not interested, that is, until gas prices spiked again recently.  The state is mocked as "the state of fruit and nuts" in the East and Midwest and painted unfairly by right-wing media outlets as "The Left Coast." My church-going friends (and there are many) would disagree with the latter characterization.  I would say it's time Washington embraces what California can do to make fuel-cell cars and battery-powered cars a reality for everyone. -- Steve Scauzillo, Whittier Daily News -- May 1, 2006

Book Release:   The Hydrogen Energy Transition: Moving Toward the Post Petroleum Age in Transportation, by Daniel Sperling and James F. Cannon -- Rigzone

The California Clean Alternative Energy Initiative -- The California Clean Alternative Energy Initiative will fund a $4 billion dollar effort to reduce California's dependence on gasoline and diesel fuel by 25% over 10 years.  The Initiative invests in clean, renewable energy technologies like solar, wind and hydrogen power, and brings them more quickly to the marketplace. -- Californians for Clean Energy

GM official: We need alternatives to oil -- There are 850 million vehicles in the world, yet only 12 percent of the world's population owns one.  And even if every vehicle now ran 25 percent more efficiently with alternative fuels, the current demand for oil would be the same in 2020, when an estimated 1 billion cars and trucks will be used, said Larry D. Burns, vice president of research and strategic development for General Motors.  "We need to get an alternative to petroleum," said Burns, who helps oversee GM's fuel cell research facility in Honeoye Falls. GM has spent $1 billion researching alternative fuel technology since 1996. -- Burns expects fuel cell technology to be available at dealerships by 2015. -- Rochester Democrat and Herald -- Apr 30, 2006

Alexander Wants Electric Cars - Hydrogen SUVs -- The crusader against ramping up gasoline prices, Stewart Alexander, has proposed manufacturing electric cars in California to clean the environment and to cut Americans dependency on oil. Now the Lieutenant governor candidate wants pickup trucks and SUV’s manufactured with clean burning hydrogen engines. -- IndyBay -- Apr 27, 2006

Kennedy faces fight on Cape Wind -- Boston Globe -- Apr 27, 2006

UL 2267: Standard for Fuel Cell Power Systems for Installation in Industrial Electric Trucks -- Comm 2000 -- Apr 26, 2006

HARI Project wins Eurosolar UK Award -- The judges’ comments about the HARI Project were that “As the world depletes its oil stock, something has to replace oil for transport, and hydrogen is a strong contender. This practical demonstration of diverse renewable energy capture integrated into a hydrogen system is truly inspiring.” -- Apr 20, 2006

Gas Prices Fuel Bush Rebound -- He should address the nation on television and call on Congress to act quickly on massive new investments to increase the production of alcohol-based fuels and cars that can accommodate them. He should plunge ahead in the development of hydrogen-fueled cars and the conversion of gas stations to provide hydrogen. He should call for major new facilities to produce hydrogen and the rapid production of vehicles that can run on it. -- We live in one of those times when a major public investment is needed. It is time for the same sort of commitment to infrastructure change as animated the canals and railroads of the 19th century and the superhighways and fiber-optic networks of the 20th. -- The feds need to blaze a path in using natural gas, electrolysis and biomass (including landfill gas) to make hydrogen. Washington should pay gas stations to convert their facilities to make possible the widespread use of alcohol and hydrogen fuels. -- Dick Morris, FrontPage Magazine -- Apr 27, 2006

Company will renovate building for hydrogen tank facility -- Wilhite said the company will spend about $7.2 million to renovate the building, which should begin in one to two months. The company will spend an additional $2.5 million to build a hydrogen refueling station next to the building, the first in Ohio, as a model for how drivers could refuel hydrogen-powered cars. -- Akron Beacon Journal -- Apr 27, 2006

George Bush: Foreign Policy from God, Energy Policy from Big Oil -- Our oil-man president may want us to think that he’s shocked, shocked by the “large cash flows” of the oil companies, and the sticker shock drivers are experiencing at the pump, but even before Team Bush was dreaming of toppling Saddam, it was laying the groundwork for the gargantuan windfall the oil industry is seeing -- starting with Dick Cheney’s secret Energy Task Force.  It’s not a coincidence that the oil and gas industries donated over $25 million to Congressional campaigns in 2004 (with 80% of that money going into Republican coffers), and another $7.2 million so far in the 2006 cycle (with 84% going to the GOP). They also doled out over $4.5 million to Bush’s 2000 and 2004 presidential runs. -- Arianna Huffington,  Huffington Post -- Apr 25, 2006

High gas prices are driving folks to electric cars -- South Florida Sun-Sentinel -- Apr 22, 2006

Bush Eases Environmental Rules on Gasoline -- David Friedman of the Union of Concerned Scientists said an even more effective move would be to require that vehicles sold in the United States get higher gas mileage. -- AP -- Apr 25, 2006

Ballard shares rocket skyward on Bush talk of hydrogen future -- National Post -- Apr 25, 2006

New hydrogen electrolysers match renewable source applications -- Apr 25, 2006

Chernobyl boss: "True cause of disaster was hidden" -- Reuters -- Apr 25, 2006

Automotive Students Test Their Hydrogen Engines -- In mid-May, testing begins on three internal combustion engines for automobiles calibrated to run on hydrogen rather than gasoline, marking the culmination of the automotive-technology project that took students at Lansing Community College three semesters to complete. -- Renewable Energy Access -- Apr 24, 2006

APS Completes First Solar Trough Power Plant in Arizona; and the First Built in the U.S. in 17 Years -- Arizona's first solar trough power plant features more than 100,000 square feet of parabolic-trough shaped mirrors and stands more than 15 feet tall. Neatly aligned in 6 rows - each more than 1,200 feet long that sit on a stretch of desert between Phoenix and Tucson - the mirrors already are quietly concentrating the sun's energy and producing one megawatt of clean electrical power. This output is enough electricity to meet the demands of about 200 homes. -- Arizona Public Service -- Apr 20, 2006

Sunline offers service on hydrogen-fueled bus -- You better not doze off at the bus stop when Sunline's new hydrogen bus pulls up. That's because the bus has no engine and makes almost no noise. The bus runs on hydrogen, so it has no emissions. It's one of only four of its kind in the United States.  Sunline is offering free rides on the new bus, now through Labor Day. -- KESQ News Channel 3 -- Apr 24, 2006

Senate Democrats Mark Earth Day With Plan to Bring Affordable Clean Energy to California -- The bills included in the Senate plan will make more efficient use of traditional energy resources, rapidly expand utilization of California’s renewable resources and attract necessary capital to replace coal and natural gas in the state’s electricity generation system with renewable energy resources. -- “Hydrogen fuel is being developed by the private sector as a fuel for the future, and the primary source of energy for the production of hydrogen is natural gas. While this may work in the short-term, we must ultimately transition to clean forms of hydrogen production. SB 1505 takes us in that direction.” Sen. Alan Lowenthal (D-Long Beach) -- CA Senate Democrat Caucus -- Apr 20, 2006

Bush will pitch fuel cells on Earth Day -- The president will tour the California Fuel Cell Partnership, which brings together various industry players at its Sacramento facility. -- MSNBC -- Apr 21, 2006

Earth Day Success Story - One Billion Dollars, 1.2 Million Miles and 60,000 Gallons of Fuel -- DaimlerChrysler Fuel Cell Vehicles Save More Than 60,000 Gallons of Fuel with Zero Emissions Technology -- Yahoo -- Apr 21, 2006

Offshore Wind Power Coalition to Call on Congress -- Renewable Energy Access -- Apr 20, 2006

Hot!!! Tell your senators not to kill plans for America's first offshore wind farm -- NRDC Earth Action Center -- Apr 19, 2006

Sweden goes for green as Nordics mull energy future -- Twenty years after Sweden alerted the world to the meltdown at Chernobyl, it aims to phase out nuclear power and end dependency on fossil fuels, putting the country in the vanguard of green energy policy. -- Yahoo -- Apr 20, 2006

Mazda Delivers Two Rotary Hydrogen Vehicles to Hiroshima City -- The Auto Channel -- Apr 21, 2006

City giving fuel-cell car a test drive --  Farmington Hills using DCX vehicle -- Detroit Free Press -- Apr 21, 2006

City of Barstow Takes the Lead on Alternative Fuels -- City Signs Memorandum of Understanding With Ultra-Clean Fuel Provider Hythane -- The proposed Hythane(R) System will convert the existing natural gas fueling station in Barstow into an "Energy Station" offering three types of clean fuel (natural gas, hydrogen and Hythane(R)) and integrate Hythane(R) into the existing natural gas vehicle fleet. -- The Auto Channel -- Apr 20, 2006

Should oldest US nuke plant stay on line? -- New Jersey says the plant is too vulnerable to terrorist attack to have its license renewed. -- Christian Science Monitor -- Apr 19, 2006

Hydrogen Economy -- As world leaders head for the earth summit in Johannesburg, Iceland is embarking on a radical plan to abolish the burning of fossil fuels altogether - by transforming itself into the world's first "hydrogen economy". -- BBC -- Apr 21, 2006

Holy Hydrogen Alert! Oil Hits $70-plus a Barrel for the First Time -- Edmunds Inside Line -- Apr 18, 2006

More than 100 attend ceremony Breaking ground, breaking barriers -- UND starts on next-generation hydrogen fuel research center -- Grand Forks Herald -- Apr 18, 2006

Make California Hydrogen Fuel = Green Hydrogen! California's Clean Hydrogen Future – SB 1505

To All Californians:  Take Action Now to Make Sure California's Hydrogen Highway Uses Green Hydrogen.

Hydrogen fuel has been hailed as a possible long-term solution for reducing our dependence on oil, as well as reducing global warming emissions from cars and trucks. To guard against hydrogen being produced by dirty energy sources like coal, experts with the Union of Concerned Scientists have written legislation that sets environmental standards for the production and use of hydrogen fuel in California. Send an email to your state senator, a member of the Environmental Quality Committee, today asking for a YES vote on the green hydrogen bill!  Send a message to your state senator Now!

What Would Happen to the U.S.’s Annual Energy Situation if 50 Million of the 92 Million Single-Occupant Commuters Drove Tangos? (pdf) -- Commuter Cars

UND: Groundbreaking today for EERC's $3 million hydrogen tech facility -- Grand Forks Herald -- Oct 17, 2006

Plugging away: Fuel-cell co. to receive $217M -- Two Russian companies plan to invest $217 million in local fuel-cell developer Plug Power Inc. -- The Business Review -- Oct 17, 2006

A Future Without Oil? -- Proponents of alternative fuels are seeing a rare convergence of technology, money, political will and motivated motorists. -- Los Angeles Times -- Apr 16, 2006

Stark warning over climate change -- The Earth is likely to experience a temperature rise of at least 3C, the UK government's chief scientist says. -- So far, the US, the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gases, has been unwilling to debate a CO2 threshold.  President Bush's chief climate adviser, James Connaughton, said he did not believe anyone could forecast a safe level and cutting greenhouse gas emissions could harm the world economy. -- BBC News - Apr 14, 2006

Bush to visit California next weekend: Stops include a tour of a W. Sac fuel cell center on Earth Day. -- President Bush heads next weekend to California, where he will celebrate Earth Day on Saturday with a tour of the California Fuel Cell Partnership in West Sacramento. -- Sacramento Bee -- Apr 15, 2006

OSU to receive hydrogen refueling station -- Business First of Columbus -- Apr 14, 2006

Alternative fuels a key to Penn State's environmental strategy -- Penn State -- Apr 14, 2006

U.S. Dairy Uses Renewable Energy from Manure -- Green Valley Dairy in Krakow, Wisconsin, generates approximately four million kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy a year, using manure from 2,500 head of cattle. That is enough to power about 400 average Wisconsin homes for one year. -- Renewable Energy Access -- Apr 13, 2006

Let’s get serious about hydrogen -- Bush, put your money where your mouth is! --Working for Change -- Apr 13, 2006

Drilling the Wild -- A voracious energy policy afflicts our public lands. -- Rod and gun in hand, and backing the Second Amendment right to own firearms, President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney have won the hearts of America’s sportsmen. Yet the two men have failed to protect outdoor sports on the nation’s public lands. With deep ties to the oil and gas industry, Bush and Cheney have unleashed a national energy plan that has begun to destroy hunting and fishing on millions of federal acres throughout the West, setting back effective wildlife management for decades to come. -- Field and Stream 

For Sale: Your Hunting Heritage -- The Bush administration wants to hold a fire sale on our public lands. Will your grandchildren have places left to hunt? -- Field and Stream

NoFuel (pdf) -- European Wind Energy Association Report:  Wind.  Power without fuel.  

Conventional power sources are intermittent.

On the supply side, no power station of whatever type is completely reliable. Large power stations that go off-line, whether by accident or for maintenance, do so instantaneously, causing immediate loss of power. When a fossil fuel or nuclear power plant trips unexpectedly, it takes a capacity of up to 1,000 MW off the network instantly. That is true intermittency.

Variability and intermittency are different concepts.

Variations in wind energy are smoothed by the fact that there are hundreds or thousands of units in operation, making it easier for the system operator to predict and manage changes as they occur. The system will not notice the shut down of a 2 MW wind turbine, but it will have to respond to the removal of a 500 MW coal fired plant or a 1,000MW nuclear plant. Wind energy does not suddenly trip off the system. So the issue is not one of variability in itself, but how to predict, manage and ameliorate electricity variability and what tools can be utilised to improve efficiency. Wind power is variable in output, but this can be predicted to an increasingly accurate extent.

The electricity system, not the turbine is what matters.

It is the net output of all wind turbines on the system or large groups of wind farms that matters for electricity needs. Wind power has to be considered relative to the overall variability of demand and the intermittency of other power generators. 

  • The wind does not blow continuously in one place, yet there is little overall impact if the wind stops blowing somewhere - it is always blowing somewhere else. 
  • Therefore wind can be harnessed to provide reliable electricity even though the wind is not available 100% of the time at one particular site. In terms of overall power supply it is largely unimportant what happens when the wind stops blowing at a single wind turbine or wind farm site. 
  • The more wind farms that are built over a wider geographical location, the more reliable wind energy is.

See the no-fuel website for more information -- Europe is wealthy in wind resources – enough wind blows across Europe to power the entire continent. Today, tomorrow and forever.

East Japan Railway Company to Test World's First Fuel Cell-Powered Train -- Japan Corporate News -- Apr 13, 2006

California Clean Energy Fund Announce $1 Million Grant to Build Nations First Energy Efficiency Center -- One Bakersfield -- Apr 12, 2006

IT’S INCOME TAX TIME FOR AMERICANS And It’s Time for the Entire World to Lower Income Taxes and Raise Environmental Taxes -- Lester Brown, Earth Policy Institute -- Apr 12, 2006

Ted K seen as environmental windbag -- Environmentalists ripped into U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, usually a staunch ally, after the Massachusetts Democrat acknowledged yesterday he encouraged a Senate colleague to file a measure to kill a windmill project off of Cape Cod.  One critic said Kennedy - whose family’s famous Hyannis compound is just miles away from the proposed offshore Cape Wind project - has seriously harmed his reputation among environmentalists. -- Boston Herald -- Apr 11, 2006

Politics directs an ill wind at energy issue -- THE MOST recent development in the Cape Wind saga is a shameful reflection on our federal and state politicians, and sets a dangerous precedent that can endanger future efforts to build renewable energy projects in the United States -- Boston Globe -- Apr 10, 2006

Hydrogen 'a good fit' for Maine -- Maine Today -- Apr 11, 2006

Wind farm issue put to test on Nantucket -- Year-round residents set to vote tomorrow -- Both sides have lobbied vigorously on Nantucket in recent weeks, handing out leaflets outside the post office and calling registered voters at home to track their opinions. Those efforts continued in recent days, despite a larger drama unfolding in Washington, D.C., where members of Congress drafted a measure last week that would give the governor of Massachusetts the authority to kill the wind farm project. -- Boston Globe -- Apr 10, 2006

Awards roll in for pure project -- pureSHETLAND project innovator Ross Gazey is one of the six winners of a competition to recognise the UK's young business leaders of tomorrow. -- Shetland Today -- Apr 7, 2006

Meet the 200-mph Electric Car -- Lithium ion batteries and solar panels are the secret ingredients in Hybrid's LiX-75 pricey eco-sports-car -- BusinessWeek -- Apr 6, 2006

World on the 'cusp of a new energy regime' -- The world is moving towards a new third industrial revolution based on a new energy regime, argues US thinker Jeremy Rifkin as Europe considers how to reformulate its energy policy.  "We are on the cusp of a new energy regime that will alter our way of life as fundamentally as the introduction of coal and steam power in the 19th century and the shift to oil and the internal combustion engine in the 20th century", argues Mr Rifkin in an interview with the EUobserver.  "The hydrogen era looms on the horizon and the first major industrial nation to harness its full potential will set the pace for economic development for the remainder of the century." -- EU Observer -- Apr 4, 2006

Bahrain to use new fuel cells technology -- Gulf Daily News -- Apr 11, 2006

Fuel-cell bus project moves ahead -- Whistler Council this week threw its support behind an application by B.C. Transit for funding for a project that would bring some 20 hydrogen fuel-cell-powered buses to Whistler for the largest pilot project of its kind, starting in 2009. -- Whistler Question -- Apr 8, 2006

Cars help launch ‘Hydrogen Highway’ -- Leigh Harris of Sacré-Davey said one of the goals of the Hydrogen Highway project is to have 300 hydrogen-powered vehicles in the Lower Mainland by 2012. B.C. Transit already has a hydrogen-powered bus that is almost ready to go. -- Whistler Question -- Apr 6, 2006

An ill wind from Congress -- Boston Globe -- Apr 7, 2006

Cape Wind is dealt a setback -- Bill would give Romney final say -- The amendment is now expected to be attached to a broad Coast Guard authorization bill that would face floor votes in the House and the Senate, where its future remains unclear. -- Boston Globe -- Apr 7, 2006

Anti-Cape Wind clause OK'd -- After weeks of debate, a closed-door conference committee approved language that targets the Cape Wind proposal specifically, sources said.  The provision, pushed by Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, will be part of an $8.7 billion Coast Guard reauthorization bill that must be approved by the House and Senate. The language doesn't preclude a wind farm anywhere else in the United States.  For Cape Wind, the news is particularly bitter since Gov. Mitt Romney opposes the proposal, as do most of the gubernatorial candidates vying to succeed him in the fall. -- Cape Cod Times -- Apr 7, 2006

First fuel-cell police car delivered by Chrysler -- The first fuel-cell powered police car was delivered by DaimlerChrysler, offering a boost to the emerging technology being developed by several automakers.  The car will serve in the Wayne State University Police Department as a prototype that could aid in research for fuel cell technology. -- Physorg -- Apr 6, 2006

Hy-Drive Sells 20 Hydrogen Generating Systems To Mining Technologies -- Trading Markets -- Apr 6, 2006

Groundbreaking for EERC's $3 Million Hydrogen Facility Set for April 17

Grants Fund Cow Power Generators at Four Vermont Farms -- Renewable Energy Access -- Apr 6, 2006

Hydrogen scheme in green awards -- The Pure project, on Unst, is among the last three of the St Andrews Prize for the Environment, which carries a first prize of $50,000.  The project is the first off-grid renewable hydrogen system in Europe and the first community owned hydrogen production plant in the world. -- BBC News -- Apr 4, 2006

Heads in the clouds? No, jets of tomorrow -- Aviation officials imagine planes flown by hydrogen power -- Las Vegas Review Journal -- Mar 31, 2006

More information about hydrogen airplanes:

With Interest: To cut oil dependence, look to the skies --- Both Boeing and Airbus have studied airplanes fueled by liquid hydrogen, and these may be the most promising. They wouldn't require any technological breakthroughs, just redesigned planes capable of carrying more of the lighter, colder hydrogen fuel.  Only governments could coordinate the big aerospace businesses and give them the incentive - if not the order - to switch. And there's reason to believe that governments, given the inclination, could do just that without too much fuss.  Prime Minister Tony Blair of Britain has vowed to push for an agreement on carbon-based pollution as host of the Group of 8 summit meeting that starts Wednesday. He might greet his colleagues by suggesting that next time, they fly in on oil-free equipment.--- International Herald Tribune --- Jul 2, 2005

Cryoplane (pdf) --- Excellent paper about the Airbus Cryoplane design.

Future flight --- Europa

Hydrogen Aircraft Fuel Research Plans --- Flug Review --- Sep, 1998

Skunk Works Magic --- Terrified at the prospect of Soviet spyplanes flying over U.S. airspace with the impunity that the U-2 crossed Mother Russia, the Skunk Works found itself with $96 million and an assignment to build an ultrasecret hydrogen-powered space plane to counter the new red menace. --- Popular Mechanics --- Sep 1, 1999

Hydrogen in airplanes --- In 1956, a B57 was flown with LH2, and in June of 1989, a Cheetah was flown using only hydrogen. --- Bellona

 

Hydrogen fuel cells may help U.S. military cut gas usage -- Emerging automotive technology may eventually assist Americans -- and their military -- in reducing their dependence on hydrocarbon-based fuels for transportation needs. -- DC Military -- Apr 6, 2006

Oil prices could reach a dangerous $100 a barrel soon -- The Prague Post -- Mar 29, 2006

Real Cost of Oil Equates to $10 Gallon Gasoline -- Milton Copulos, president of the National Defense Council Foundation and Senior Fellow at the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security tells Senate the 'hidden cost' premium for imported oil amounts to $825 billion. -- EV World -- Apr 2, 2006

Cape Wind project faces new threat -- Bill would give state veto power -- Boston Globe -- Apr 3, 2006

GM hydrogen car has to step on gas -- GENERAL Motors has said it needs to give a green light to heavy investment to develop a mass-market, hydrogen-powered car within the next 18 months to ensure the US car maker - struggling with a financial crisis - does not get left behind on clean vehicles. -- The Weekend Australian -- Apr 1, 2006

Global warming in Alaska -- The Western Alaskan village of Shishmaref may soon be washed away. All six hundred residents have now decided to move. The sea level is rising, and despite efforts to secure them, local houses are floating off. Scientists are warning us that this is just a preview of what is coming. -- KTVA CBS 11 News -- Mar 31, 2006

Army signs up for hydrogen hybrid -- Project aims to get around cost bottleneck of fuel cells -- MSNBC -- Mar 31, 2006

Hydrogen Engine Center Unveils Mini Oxx(TM) Three Cylinder 2.4L Engine -- Mar 29, 2006

Giving Up Modern Comforts Not Necessary in Global Warming Curtailment -- It’s not the car -- it’s the fuel that is the problem. If you take the “Carbon” atom out of the energy cycle and replace it with hydrogen fuel then you can “burn” as much as you want with “water” as a waste product. What’s wrong with that? -- Hawaii-Reporter -- Mar 28, 2006

Angstrom Power’s Micro Hydrogen™ Bike Light Program Surpasses 5,000km Milestone -- Mar 28, 2006

2005 Hottest Year on Record -- Earth Policy Institute -- Mar 28, 2006

Wind Energy Demand Booming -- Cost Dropping Below Conventional Sources Marks Key Milestone in U.S. Shift to Renewable Energy, by Lester R. Brown -- Renewable Energy Access -- Mar 27, 2006

NIMBY environmentalists -- Washington Times -- Mar 27, 2006

Lynx taking hydrogen-fueled vehicles for a test spin -- Lynx will get four nine-passenger Ford hydrogen V-10 E-450 shuttles that are handicap-accessible for the project, which is expected to last 24 to 36 months. Orange County and the airport each will get two. -- Orlando Business Journal -- Mar 24, 2006

London 'under water by 2100' as Antarctica crumbles into the sea -- Times Online -- Mar 24, 2006

Yamani sees ‘end of the oil era’ and hydrogen future -- Sheikh Ahmad Zaki Yamani, the former Saudi oil minister, said the main source of energy in the future will be hydrogen, causing ‘‘the end of the oil era.’’ -- The Financial Express -- Mar 24, 2006

Carbon cloud over a green fuel -- An Iowa corn refinery, open since December, uses 300 tons of coal a day to make ethanol. -- Christian Science Monitor -- Mar 23, 2006

Hydrogen vehicles to visit Whistler -- The event, which is being billed as “the launch of the Hydrogen Highway” — a government-supported initiative to establish hydrogen fueling stations from Whistler to California — will include a showing of the vehicles on Friday, March 30, from 7 to 8:30 a.m. at the Marriott Residence Inn in Whistler. -- The Whistler Question -- Mar 23, 2006

Fill 'er up - with hydrogen: The filling station of the future -- Someday soon, cars may run on a fuel so common it’s the most basic element.  And local architect Alan Goldberg has a vision of that future.  Mr. Goldberg is principal of AG/ENA, which has formed a multi-company alliance working to develop a prototype.  “I came away thinking that the barriers really aren’t technology or availability — it’s what’s in people’s minds,” he said.  “It’s time for hydrogen to move from the research to the development stage,” he added. -- New Canaan Advertiser -- Mar 23, 2006

Mazda delivers 1st hydrogen or gas duel-fuel vehicles -- Mazda Motor Corp. said Thursday it has delivered its first two rotary-engine hydrogen vehicles featuring a dual-fuel system allowing the driver to select either hydrogen or gasoline. -- Antara News -- Mar 23, 2006

Hydrogen Economy Man In New Fuel Drive -- Jeremy Rifkin, founder of Washington-based think-tank the Foundation on Economic Trends, and author of 'The Hydrogen Economy', is convinced that the emergence of a new hydrogen-based energy regime will end global warming, debt in the developing world, and geo-political tension in the Middle East. -- Carbon Free -- Mar 2006

Micro Hydrogen™ for Portable Power Creating Opportunities for Governments to Spur the Hydrogen Economy -- Angstrom Power -- Mar 2006

Angstrom Power launches micro hydrogen™ fuel cell flashlight -- Mar 14, 2006

Statue of Liberty to go all 'green' power -- Although Ms. Lazarus had no idea the Statue would ultimately use clean energy, she wrote: "Give me ... your huddled masses yearning to breathe free." Her words now take on new meaning. -- Christian Science Monitor -- Mar 22, 2006

Lingle testifies on energy -- Senate Bill 2957 increases renewable energy tax credits; installs photovoltaic systems in public schools; enabling compliance with the state's greenhouse gas and energy efficiency goals; incorporates green building practices for state-funded facilities; establishes a pay-as-you-save program for solar water heating systems; establishes a bio-diesel preference in the state procurement laws; and establishes a Hawaii renewable hydrogen program and hydrogen investment capital special fund. -- Pacific Business News -- Mar 21, 2006

Ontario Renewable Energy Policy Breakthrough Hailed -- Ontario's Standard Offer program will offer $0.11/kWh (kilowatt-hour) to producers of wind, biomass and small hydro energy. It will offer $0.42/kWh for solar photovoltaic energy. The term of the contracts will be 20 years, and there will be an inflation adjustment. The residential retail price for electricity in Ontario is under $0.06/kWh (all figures in Canadian currency). -- Renewable Energy Access -- Mar 21, 2006

Henry Wedaa Wins National Hydrogen Assn Award -- Henry (Hank) Wedaa, president of the California Hydrogen Business Council (CHBC), recently received the Meritorious Service Award from the National Hydrogen Association (NHA), announced Catherine Rips, managing director, CHBC. The award was presented at the Annual NHA Conference and Hydrogen Expo, held in Long Beach March 12-16.  "The Meritorious Service Award recognizes an individual for his or her leadership and significant personal contribution in the promotion of hydrogen," Rips explained. "There is no individual who exemplifies that criteria more than Hank Wedaa. Two-time president and program chair of the California Hydrogen Business Council, Hank embodies tireless devotion to the cause of hydrogen and clean air, is universally respected, knowledgeable, proactive, thoroughly networked, and a natural leader."  -- CHBC -- Mar 19, 2006

IdaTech Signs New Hydrogen Supplier Relationship With Norco and IGSA -- Yahoo News -- Mar 21, 2006

As Market Matures, Hydrogen Expo US Grows -- New Business for Exhibitors  Standing in Line for the "Ride & Drive" -- The concept of converting conventional vehicle engines to hydrogen fuel was also presented in the expo hall. There, a highway patrol car from Hydrogen Labs and Quantum's Prius-based hybrid with a fuel cell and an H2 internal combustion engine stood out. BMW, whose presentation was regarded as the most attractive booth by many, among other things playfully visualized the compression of the clean fuel for the combustion engine of the new H2-7series. -- Renewable Energy Access -- Mar 20, 2006

Is hydrogen economy years away or is it here? -- Proponents of the fuel differ on how fast it can be in widespread use. -- The Morning Call -- Mar 17, 2006

Hydrogen Labs Shows the Hydrogen Patrol Car at the National Hydrogen Association Conference -- While fuel cell cars are still years away from mass production, a company at the National Hydrogen Association annual conference in Long Beach, California this week demonstrated a police cruiser that can run on either gasoline or hydrogen, at the flip of a switch. -- Mar 17, 2006

Hydrogen fuel adherents see 2020 as key year -- Consumers also have not shown any ability to break the petroleum habit, which frustrates Alan Lloyd, secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency.  "It's disturbing there has been no major uprising against the cost of oil. People are not driving less," Lloyd said in a speech to some of the 1,100 attendees at this week's National Hydrogen Association annual conference at the Long Beach Convention Center. -- The Star -- Mar 17, 2006

Ovonic(R) Hydrogen Hybrid Vehicle Begins Fleet Testing at South Coast AQMD -- Mar 17, 2006

Despite Hype, Hydrogen Moves Ahead -- Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Industry Finds its Footing and Pushes Ahead Optimistically -- Renewable Energy Access -- Mar 16, 2006

Honda renews funding for Plug Power research -- The Business Review -- Mar 16, 2006

Hydrogen Conference Starts Big With Schwarzenegger Welcome -- Mar 14, 2006

Amendment threatens offshore wind project -- The nation's most-advanced offshore wind proposal may be stymied by language in the Coast Guard Reauthorization bill, now in conference committee, the project's head says. -- UPI -- Mar 15, 2006

Wales ideally placed to take the lead in greenhydrogen power -- IC Wales -- Mar 15, 2006

Hydrogen unit looks for India base -- The president of HEC Canada, Tapan Bose, told Business Standard that the company was now assessing the demand of hydrogen generators here in India.  Besides India, Bose said he would also be going to Bangladesh this week to assess the situation. -- Mar 14, 2006

Governor pushes for renewable energy -- Gov. Ted Kulongoski wants all the electricity used by state agencies to come from brand-new renewable sources such as wind and sun power -- and he wants that done in an ambitious four years.  It's a goal whose timeline would dovetail neatly with the end of the Democrat's second four-year term, should voters re-elect him this fall. Kulongoski had previously set the mark at 100 percent by 2025, before deciding to ramp up the schedule as a way to create jobs and set an example in responsible energy consumption. -- The Oregonian -- Mar 11, 2006

Sun, wind power vision for state -- Gov. Ted Kulongoski told the state Sustainability Board on Friday that within four years, he wants renewable electricity to account for 100 percent of the state government's electrical needs. -- The Register-Guard -- Mar 11, 2006

Governor Ted Kulongoski's Action Plan for Energy for the State of Oregon (pdf) -- Governor Kulongoski has committed to helping Oregon achieve real energy independence, and has set the state on the path to aggressive pursuit of energy options that maximize economic, environmental and consumer benefits. This means keeping energy prices competitive over the long haul, reducing dependence on energy sources from overseas, and protecting Oregonians from expected spikes in the prices of fossil fuels. The Governor seeks to reduce emissions that lead to global warming. He also seeks to invest in clean energy and create new jobs; for every $100 million invested in clean energy, Oregon creates more than a thousand new jobs.

'Phantom' house -- For three months, a fuel cell powered the automated home of a ghost family Twin Ottawa homes built by Minto Developments used for energy evaluation -- Toronto Star -- Mar 11, 2006

Schwarzenegger Expected to Keynote National Hydrogen Association Conference -- Mar 9, 2006

Cheap Hydrogen Fuel --  GE says its new machine could make the hydrogen economy affordable, by slashing the cost of water-splitting technology. -- Paul Bakke, an electrical engineer and program manager at the U.S. Department of Energy in Golden, CO, says a cheap electrolyzer could be a key component of the future hydrogen economy. "As far as I know, GE is the only one who has tried to tackle this problem," he says. "Assuming GE is successful in being able to produce these things with a high level of reliability and low cost, it will break through the barrier that has traditionally been there for electrolyzers -- namely, the capital cost barrier." -- Technology Review -- Mar 9, 2006

GE, U.S Department of Energy to Partner on Next-Generation Offshore Wind Turbine Design Project -- GE today announced it has entered into a $27 million partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to design a next-generation offshore wind turbine. The power rating of the turbine will be optimized for minimal cost of energy but is expected to be between 5 and 7 Megawatts, making it one of the most powerful wind turbines in the world. --Mar 9, 2006

Judge Rules U.S. Gov't Violating Fuel Law -- The Department of Energy has ignored a requirement to set long-range goals for converting a percentage of the nation's cars and light trucks to natural gas, ethanol, hydrogen and other nonpetroleum fuels, U.S District Judge William Alsup said in a ruling this week. -- Forbes -- Mar 8, 2006

Commercially available Fuel Cell Vehicles -- In the fall of 2005 the Danish based companies H2 Logic and A. Flensborg released the first hydrogen truck (H2 Truck). The H2 Truck is now ready for production and the first batch of 6 vehicles has already been rolled out of the assembly line and into use. The H2 Truck is a small vehicle used in many different operation fields including luggage hauling, small commercial vehicles, hospitals and ports. -- Mar 8, 2006

Fuel cell companies win state grants -- Two Northeast Ohio companies have received state grants totaling $1.77 million to help them commercialize their fuel cell technology.  HydroGen Corp. of Cleveland received $1 million from the $103 million Third Frontier Fuel Cell program, according to a statement from the office of Gov. Bob Taft. -- Crain's Cleveland Business -- Mar 8, 2006

Architectural Firm Forms ARRC/H2 Alliance to Take Hydrogen Stations to a New Level -- Hydrogen will not only reinvent the automobile - it will reinvent the corner gas station as envisioned in the architectural firm AG/ENA's innovative design for a prototype Hydrogen Fueling Station / Information Center. -- Mar 6, 2006

Intelligent Energy to exhibit at Hydrogen Expo 2006 -- Mar 6, 2006

Clean Energy Boom Forecast -- Report predicts that global revenue from biofuel, solar, wind, and fuel cells will hit $167 billion in 10 years. -- Red Herring -- Mar 6, 2006

US Firm Launches Power Solution in Kenya Market -- The new 30KW solution incorporates modular polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells. IT project managers can stack up to three 10kW modules per rack to create a scalable solution that stores and supplies energy to their system via bottled hydrogen. -- All Africa -- Mar 7, 2006

GreenShift Invests in General Hydrogen -- GreenShift Corporation today announced it is investing in General Hydrogen Corporation, a leader in battery replacement technology for electric forklifts, industrial vehicles and other off-road equipment. -- Mar 6, 2006

Linde Buys BOC for $14 Bln, Taking Lead in Gas Market -- A combination of Linde, the fifth-largest gases producer, and Windlesham, England-based BOC, the No. 2, will overtake Air Liquide SA of France and create a company with 22 percent of a $53 billion global market that includes hydrogen used to make cleaner fuels and oxygen for operating rooms. Linde shares jumped as much as 8 percent amid speculation that it will sell a forklift- trucks unit valued at close to 3 billion euros ($3.6 billion.) -- Bloomberg -- Mar 6, 2006

Governor Richardson Signs Solar Tax Credit Legislation -- Office of NM Governor -- Mar 3, 2006

Portugal Signals Launch of Massive Wind-Power Plan -- Portugal signalled the launch of one of Europe's biggest wind- power projects on Wednesday, a move that will supply enough electricity for 750,000 homes. -- Power Marketers -- Mar 3, 2006

Hydrogen Bonding -- Team invents vehicle that runs on hydrogen -- The three-wheeled, lightweight vehicle, now on the drawing board for two months, will seat two with room for four grocery bags in the back. Instead of a steering wheel there are handle bars. --Times Record-Herald -- Mar 5, 2006

Hot!!! SHEC Labs Announces A Renewable Hydrogen Investment Opportunity -- Public Meeting to take place March 8, 2006 in Saskatchewan

Shell plans hydrogen fuel stop in Greenburgh -- Shell Oil Co. has begun briefing Greenburgh civic leaders on plans to build within an existing service station a refueling center for the hydrogen-powered cars General Motors Corp. will bring into Westchester.  Shell would convert to hydrogen filling one of three islands within a company-owned service station at 1000 Central Park Ave. (Scarsdale address). The company would separate hydrogen from water, store 35 kilograms of hydrogen gas, the energy equivalent of 35 gallons of gasoline, as well as build a center to teach visiting consumers about alternative fuels. -- Westchester County Business Journal -- Mar 3, 2006

California Governor's Hydrogen Initiative Faces Roadblocks -- California Hydrogen Business Council -- Mar 1, 2006

I-95 on fast track to become East's 'Hydrogen Highway' -- Morning Call -- Mar 3, 2006

'Hydrogen Highway' comes to the East Coast -- Platinum Today -- Mar 3, 2006

Angel's Nest and Hydrogen Labs Show the Future to the New Mexico Hydrogen Business Council -- Angel's Nest teams with several other companies to provide a complete lifestyle that incorporates renewable energy and hydrogen. -- Feb 27, 2006

Dennis Weaver, Founder of Ecolonomics, Board Member of Hydrogen Now, 1924-2006

Beloved actor/environmentalist Dennis Weaver dies -- We mourn a really great man -- Joplin Independent -- The family announced that those wishing to support Dennis Weaver’s vision for a sustainable future may contribute to The Institute of Ecolonomics, Missouri Southern State University, 3950 E. Newman Rd., Joplin, MO 64801-1595.

GM sees hydrogen cars on market by 2010-2015 -- Yahoo News -- Mar 2, 2006

AC Transit gets first fleet of Chevron hybrid buses -- A fleet of new fuel cell hybrid electric buses powered by hydrogen provided by Chevron Technology Ventures LLC will be unveiled during a March 13 ceremony sponsored by AC Transit. -- East Bay Business Times -- Mar 1, 2006

Hydrogen fuel catching fire with buyers -- The Business Press -- Mar 1, 2006

Hydrogen fueling station to be built at Camp Pendleton -- North County Times -- Mar 1, 2006

Half of new homes must have solar by 2020, SLO Council rules -- By 2020 more than half of the new single family homes built in San Luis Obispo must have solar power ability, the City Council decided Tuesday. -- Mar 1, 2006

County pushes hydrogen -- Fuel stations to be established in three cities -- San Francisco Examiner -- Feb 27, 2006

ASU unit seeking low-cost hydrogen -- East Valley Tribune -- Feb 27, 2006

Twenty-Four Missouri Schools Receive Solar Hydrogen Fuel Cell Energy Systems Through Ameren 'Power Up' Education Program -- Yahoo News -- Feb 27, 2006

London's trial hydrogen buses multiply -- London's fleet of hydrogen buses will soon grow from 3 to ten, with sixty other hydrogen vehicles to follow over the next 4 years, as part of a drive to introduce hydrogen fuel cell technology into the mainstream. -- Edie Newsroom -- Feb 26, 2006

Capitol Hill's ill wind -- For A textbook case of why the public holds Congress is such low esteem, look no further than the way an Alaska congressman is short-circuiting the legislative process to sabotage the Cape Wind project off the coast of Cape Cod. Representative Don Young is trying to tack an amendment banning the project onto a bill to authorize funding for the Coast Guard. The stealth amendment has not been debated by any committee of Congress. -- Boston Globe -- Feb 26, 2006

Wind turbines gaining power -- Hull Light Department's 240-foot-tall wind turbine was erected in 2001 and produces about 1.5 million kilowatt hours of energy a year, saving the municipal electric company about $185,000, including the cost of running the town's streetlights and traffic lights. The turbine paid itself off within about three years, according to officials. A 330-foot turbine is planned to be built at the town's landfill, generating 4.7 million kilowatt hours a year that it is hoped will save $500,000 more on power costs. -- Boston Globe -- Feb 26, 2006

Honda hydrogen cars in two to three years -- Japanese car manufacturer Honda looks ready to steal a march on its rivals with the announcement that its hydrogen powered fuel cell vehicle could be ready for mass production in three to four years, somewhat ahead of the 10 year estimates proposed by the majority of its competitors. -- Computer Business Review Online -- Feb 23, 2006

Solar Decathlon 2007 -- Twenty teams have been selected to compete in the 2007 Solar Decathlon. -- DOE EERE

Minister considers Canada fuel collaboration -- Canadian developments in using hydrogen as an alternative fuel were yesterday assessed by Economic Development Minister Andrew Davies.  The Minister, who today ends a whistle-stop visit to Canada and the US visited the Hydrogen Village programme in Toronto. The private/public partnership of 38 organisations is leading the development, application and commercialisation of hydrogen and fuel-cell products and services across North America. -- IC Wales -- Feb 23, 2006

A Free Fuel That Tackles Oil Price Rises -- Wind power has no resource constraints; the fuel is free and endless. Unlike conventional fuels, wind is a massive indigenous power source permanently available. Wind power stations can be constructed and deliver power far quicker than conventional sources. As electricity prices rise and imports increase, wind power is the obvious choice in Europe both for economics and security of supply. With the world talking about how expensive fuel is, the merits of a technology providing a free fuel supply are indisputable. In the context of rising oil prices, a reappraisal of the economic value of wind energy is overdue. -- Renewable Energy Access -- Feb 23, 2005

Hythane(TM) Set to Fuel California's Hydrogen Highway -- Feb 23, 2006

Hydrogen power park proposal gets early nod -- The City Council gave a conceptual nod Tuesday to a hydrogen power park proposed by the Schatz Energy Research Center, passing a resolution in support of the project which would convert landfill gas into energy. -- Times-Standard -- Feb 22, 2006

Hydrogen cars in 2 years: BMW official -- Gulf Times -- Feb 21 2006

Smith Electric Vehicles Debuts Two New EV Trucks -- EV World -- Feb 20, 2006

Japanese Putting All Their Energy Into Saving Fuel -- With the world's second-largest economy and virtually no domestic sources of fossil fuel, Japan has had little choice but to turn energy efficiency into an art form, experts say. Japan has dramatically diversified its power sources over the years, becoming far less dependent on oil while cultivating a culture of conservation. -- Washington Post -- Feb 16, 2006

NHA Hydrogen Conference Powered By Clean, Renewable Energy -- Feb 21, 2006

Hydrogen Highway: Breaking America’s Foreign Oil Addiction -- CBN News

Honda seeks hydrogen family -- Times Online -- Feb 19, 2006

Fuel-cell maker says cheaper units will juice sales -- The price of hydrogen power is about to get a lot lower, and Jadoo Power Systems Inc. sees that as a recipe for growth -- Sacramento Business Journal -- Feb 17, 2006

Hydrogenics Delivers Fuel Cell Backup Power Generator to Bell Canada Telecommunication Site -- Ecoreporter -- Feb 17, 2006

Investors Are Tilting Toward Windmills -- NY Times -- Feb 17, 2006

Target hydrogen as fuel for the future --South Australia should become the nation's first "hydrogen state" in an effort to reduce reliance on expensive and finite fossil fuels, Business SA says. -- The Advertiser -- Feb 17, 2006

Greenland glaciers disappearing more quickly: study -- Other experts agreed this could mean scientists have underestimated how much the sea level will rise in the future as the planet warms.  "At 1.7 million square km (656,000 square miles), up to 3 km (nearly two miles) thick and a little smaller than Mexico, the Greenland Ice Sheet would raise global sea level by about 7 meters (22 feet) if it melted completely," Julian Dowdeswell of the Scott Polar Research Institute at Britain's Cambridge University wrote in a commentary in Science. -- Reuters -- Feb 16, 2006

Pacific Gas and Electric Company Expands Its Leadership Role on the Research and Development of the Hydrogen Super Highway -- PG&E adds three DaimlerChrysler F-Cell vehicles to its clean fuels fleet for testing -- PG&E -- Feb 15, 2006

Mazda to lease gasoline-hydrogen car in Japan -- CNN -- Feb 15, 2006

Mazda Takes Hydrogen Vehicles to Market -- The near-zero-emissions vehicle runs on high-pressure hydrogen gas or gasoline, giving it freedom from hydrogen fueling stations -- BusinessWeek Online -- Feb 15, 2006

Fiat announces Hydrogen Powered Pandas -- Motoring Life -- Feb 15, 2006

State Legislature Directs the NM Hydrogen Business Council to Draft Hydrogen Energy Liability Insurance Legislation -- NMHBC -- Feb 11, 2006

Delivering Clean Energy: Chevron, U.S. Postal Service Launch Unique Alternative Power System, Efficiency Upgrades at Major Mail Centers -- Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX) today announced the completion of a unique hybrid alternative power plant – combining two solar technologies and hydrogen fuel cell generation – and major energy efficiency improvements at two of the largest U.S. Postal Service (USPS) centers in California. -- Chevron -- Feb 10, 2006

Military to Purchase Energy -- Powered by Renewables (PBR) of Nevada http://www.pbrcorp.com, announced today it will partner with SunEdison of Maryland to develop the world's largest solar photovoltaic (PV) project in Nevada. The 18 megawatt (MW) project almost doubles what is currently the world's largest PV project (10MW) located in Germany. -- SunEdison -- Feb 6, 2006

Sweden plans to be world's first oil-free economy -- The intention, the Swedish government said yesterday, is to replace all fossil fuels with renewables before climate change destroys economies and growing oil scarcity leads to huge new price rises. "Our dependency on oil should be broken by 2020," said Mona Sahlin, minister of sustainable development. "There shall always be better alternatives to oil, which means no house should need oil for heating, and no driver should need to turn solely to gasoline." -- The Guardian -- Feb 8, 2006

New Mexico to Operate State Liability Program for Hydrogen Energy Systems -- Fuel Cell Today -- Feb 14, 2006

Si, mama, no battery! Fiat goes fuel-cell direct -- Motoring -- Feb 14, 2006

India to have one million Hydrogen fuel-run vehicles -- The Times of India -- Feb 13, 2006

Oil industry enters ‘hydrogen economy’ of future -- Edmonton Journal -- Feb 13, 2006

Think hydrogen -- Speaker says hydrogen holds long-term promise for ethanol -- Grand Forks Herald -- Feb 13, 2006

Michigan's $2-Billion Initiative: State aims to become nation's alternative energy hub -- Detroit Free Press -- Feb 13, 2006

Nanomix Receives New Hydrogen Energy Storage Patents -- Azonano -- Feb 13, 2006

Very Hot!!! Global warming: passing the 'tipping point' -- The implication is that some of global warming's worst predicted effects, from destruction of ecosystems to increased hunger and water shortages for billions of people, cannot now be avoided, whatever we do.  At the moment, global mean temperatures have risen to about 0.6 degrees above the pre-industrial era - and worrying signs of climate change, such as the rapid melting of the Arctic ice in summer, are already increasingly evident. But a rise to 2 degrees would be far more serious.  By that point it is likely that the Greenland ice sheet will already have begun irreversible melting, threatening the world with a sea-level rise of several metres. Agricultural yields will have started to fall, not only in Africa but also in Europe, the US and Russia, putting up to 200 million more people at risk from hunger, and up to 2.8 billion additional people at risk of water shortages for both drinking and irrigation. -- The Independent -- Feb 11, 2006

Plan Unveiled for Hydrogen Power Plant -- Oil giant BP and Edison say they will spend $1 billion to build a nonpolluting facility in Carson. It is expected to be completed in 2011. -- Los Angeles Times -- Feb 11, 2006

BP, Edison plan $1 billion hydrogen power plant -- Carson oil refiner and utility will explore the commercial viability of turning petroleum coke into nonpolluting fuel. -- Daily Breeze -- Feb 11, 2006

Hot!!! PURE Project gets major cash boost for new centre -- PEC will develop two key products: the Hy-Pod, which is a containerised hydrogen generation and fuel cell unit; and training courses on renewable hydrogen and its use.  Chief executive of Shetland Enterprise, Ann Black said: "This is a very exciting project for Unst, which now has to diversify its economy following the closure of the RAF base at Saxa Vord ­ the impact of which was felt across the whole community. -- Shetland Today -- Feb 10, 2006

BP, Edison Plan $1B Hydrogen Power Plant -- The plant _ which would be the first of its kind in the United States _ would use hydrogen gas stream to fuel a gas turbine to generate 500 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 325,000 Southern California homes. -- Chron -- Feb 10, 2006

Hot!!! Wind farm to make car fuel -- It would have a dual use - making fuel grade liquid hydrogen during the night and supplying electricity to the National Grid during the day.  "This plant would be able to supply liquid hydrogen to local garages to accommodate 30,000 vehicle movements a day." -- North Devon Gazette -- Feb 1, 2006

DaimlerChrysler Gives LAX Agency Fuel-Cell Powered Cars -- NBC4 --Feb 10, 2006

Sign the Pledge to Move America Beyond Oil, at NRDC web site

Take Action:  Oppose Controversial New Nuclear Program -- Union of Concerned Scientists urge people to send letters to Congress and "tell your representative and senators to keep nuclear material out of the hands of terrorists by rejecting all efforts to fund this dangerous plutonium reprocessing program."

Hydrogen outfit passes new milestone -- THE UNST Partnership is to receive a £300,000 grant to help Shetland become a centre of excellence for hydrogen technology. -- The Shetland News -- Feb 9, 2006

BMW encourages leading companies to invest in hydrogen power -- Guenther Seemann, Managing Director BMW Group Middle East, said, “Experience gained from running a hydrogen fleet now supports the development process of serial production vehicles. The first hydrogen-powered cars will be presented to the public within two years." -- Strategiy -- Feb 9, 2006

Fuel-cell bus project still in works -- B.C. Transit officials are optimistic that the province will be the site of the largest hydrogen fuel-cell bus pilot project in the world in 2008, and that Whistler will become the northern terminus of the so-called “Hydrogen Highway” in time to showcase the technology during the 2010 Olympics. -- Whistler Question -- Feb 9, 2006

Bush Budget Cuts Back on Energy Programs -- It's "a remarkable about-face" by the administration "after spending several months extolling the potential for energy efficiency," said Kateri Callahan, president of the Alliance to Save Energy, a private advocacy group that has worked with the Energy Department on promoting conservation. -- Associated Press -- Feb 8, 2006

Fill ’er up, please – with hydrogen -- Sandy Thomas is working for the day we pull into our local service station and fill up with hydrogen instead of gasoline.  “Someday our children and grandchildren will look at the internal combustion engine – they’ll have to go to museum to see one – and say, ‘What were they thinking?’.” he said.  Thomas, president of Alexandria, Va.-based H2Gen, spoke Thursday in Fargo to 250 people attending the North Dakota Corn Growers Association annual convention.  Thomas’ vision is ethanol being trucked to service stations equipped with hydrogen generators. The hydrogen would be put into cars powered by hydrogen fuel cells. -- Fargo Forum -- Feb 9, 2006

Enova's Hybrid Drive Systems Helping Power Ford Fuel Cell Vehicles and Wrightbus Transit Buses -- Auto Channel -- Feb 9, 2006

Hydrogen fueling county's power vision -- Ringkjøbing County in Jutland is counting on hydrogen to become the latest in a string of successful alternative energy sources -- The Copenhagen Post -- Feb 8, 2006

Westport, Ford join for hydrogen engine development -- Westport’s H2DI technology has been in testing at Ford, and has shown the potential to provide high power and engine torque with diesel-like efficiency and very low emissions. -- Today's Trucking Online -- Feb 9, 2006

NextEnergy Center Provides Detroit Site for New Hydrogen Fueling Station -- Auto Channel -- Feb 8, 2006

Florida Governor Proposes Energy Initiatives -- Renewable Energy Access -- Feb 6, 2006

-- $5 million for transportation sales tax exemptions and corporate income tax credits for hydrogen vehicles and clean fuel fueling stations
-- $2.5 million for sales tax exemptions and corporate income tax credits for hydrogen fuel cells used for supplemental and backup power

Architect gets resistance for energy-saving plan to build windmill in Fort Lauderdale -- Sun-Sentinel -- Feb 7, 2006

Wave Energy Companies Selected for UK Ocean Test Site -- Renewable Energy Access -- Feb 6, 2006

Renewables Should Displace LNG in California -- It is our belief that opting for LNG may divert attention from renewable energy and energy efficiency - the far more preferable alternatives. -- Renewable Energy Access -- Feb 6, 2006

Go Electric Now! -- You can go electric now with right donor vehicle and EV components. -- EV World -- Feb 4, 2006

Cleanpeace.Org Reacts to State of the Union Address -- EV World -- Feb 1, 2006

ENI:  Taraborrelli Says Hydrogen is the Next Frontier -- Two hydrogen stations to open in 2006 -- Feb 3, 2006

543 Cities Committed to Adopt-A-Watt Program -- Feb 2, 2006

Hydrogen car aims for record -- PureSHETLAND is presently developing a hydrogen fuel cell car to compete in the 2006 Shell Eco Marathon in Nogaro, in France, in May.  PureSHETLAND's entry will be the first ever to use renewably produced hydrogen as a fuel, creating no pollutant emissions during hydrogen generation. This is achieved using wind turbines to generate the power needed to produce hydrogen via the process of electrolysis. -- The Shetland News -- Feb 2, 2006

These hybrids run on hydrogen -- Ten Toyota Prius sedans cruising the streets of Riverside and Santa Ana, Calif., aren’t your ordinary hybrids — they’re hybrids that run on hydrogen, not gasoline. -- MSNBC -- Feb 2, 2006

Shell Announces New developments in Biofuels, Wind, Solar and Hydrogen -- Feb 2, 2006

SolarWorld buys Shell's solar business; shares soar -- Reuters -- Feb 2, 2006

Westport and Ford Announce Hydrogen Engine Technology Development -- Feb 1, 2006

President's Energy Initiative Falls Short -- Renewable Energy Access -- Feb 2, 2006

Skeptics Nip at Bush's Oil Pledge -- "It was one small step for President Bush, and one giant missed opportunity for America," said Toby Chaudhuri, communications director of Apollo Alliance, an organization of national security, environmental and business leaders that promotes energy independence. "The president's proposals focus primarily on research. His energy program won't help lower gas prices or slow the global warming that the president still does not admit is happening." -- Wired News -- Feb 1, 2006

Heeding call for alternative energy -- Colorado has jump on other states in its use, development -- But other developments haven't been so encouraging.  NREL has seen a cash-strapped Congress cut its budget by some $25 million, a slice that will force the lab to lay off about 40 workers and find savings in other ways, including travel reductions.  Critics, including some Colorado members of Congress, said last month that the cuts couldn't come at a worse time: when the country and its president are calling for more of the research conducted by the lab. -- Denver Post -- Feb 1, 2006

Masterflex AG to supply fuel cell Cargobikes for EU Hychain Minitrans Project -- Masterflex -- Jan 31, 2006

Mazda 5 goes hybrid with hydrogen -- Mobile Mag -- Jan 31, 2006

Increased Solar Cell Efficiency and Hydrogen Production With Titania Nanotubes -- Azonano -- Jan 31, 1006

Hydrogenics Awarded Contract by Gas Natural to Deliver Hydrogen Station to Spanish Wind Farm -- Leading European Utility Using Hydrogen to Capture Excess Wind Power -- By powering the HySTAT Hydrogen Station with the excess wind energy, Gas Natural will now provide the means to capture high value electricity that otherwise would have been lost and utilize it to make more electricity for the grid than was achievable in the past. -- Hydrogenics -- Jan 31, 2006

Exxon posts largest profit by any corporation in American history.  Watch the funny ExxposeExxon movie. -- Jan 31, 2006

The first Hydrogen Refuelling Station in Greece -- The first Hydrogen Refuelling Station in Athens uses purely Renewable Energy Sources for the production of H2. -- Tropical -- Jan 2006

Project Is Counting On the Power of Hydrogen -- Filling stations and converted Priuses for five cities are part of a long-term energy effort. -- Los Angeles Times -- Jan 30, 2006

Bush to Promote Fuel-Saving Technologies -- In Bush's vision, drivers will stop at hydrogen stations and fill their fuel-cell cars with the pollution-free fuel. Or they would power their engines with ethanol made from trash or corn. More Americans would run their lights at home on solar power. -- Yahoo -- Jan 29, 2006

Exxon profit tops $10 billion, capping record year -- Reuters -- Jan 30, 2006

Hot!!! No More Mr. Nice Guy -- Climate change is pushing this easygoing enviro over the edge -- Why? Because even if we win every other battle, if we lose this one, it won't make any difference at all. You can "keep" every river and bay and lake and mountain and wilderness, but if the temperature goes up 5 degrees globally, it won't matter. The fish that live there won't be able to survive, the trees that anchor the landscape will die, the coral reefs will bleach and crumble. Even an Adirondacks whose ponds are the correct pH is a pretty sad place if it's an Adirondacks without winter, without hemlocks, without trout. Whatever the particular part of the world that we're each working on, it's still a part of the world. Global warming is the whole thing.  None of this is easy. If you've spent your life fighting for birds, it's hard to say "some birds may die in this windmill" (and it's perfectly smart to work with turbine manufacturers and wind developers to minimize that possibility, as many people have). But what we need to say is: every bird, and everything else that we know, is fundamentally at risk in the next few decades. In the name of birds, I want that windmill on my ridge. In the name of wild beauty, I want that windmill out my window. -- Bill McKibben, Grist -- Jan 12, 2006

Ready for $262/barrel oil? -- Two of the world's most successful investors say oil will be in short supply in the coming months. -- CNN Money -- Jan 27, 2006

The Fuel Crisis, Global Warming and the Hydrogen Frontier -- New Book Seeks to Enlighten, Empower Readers about Benefits of Alternative Energy -- Yahoo -- Jan 26, 2006

Quantum Delivers First Vehicles of Hydrogen Hybrid Fleet to Santa Ana -- The Auto Channel -- Jan 26, 2006

Madison's Virent generates electricity from hydrogen -- The renewable energy system, developed by Virent Energy Systems, a Madison-based energy start-up, began sending electricity to the power grid in late December, said Virent Chief Executive Eric Apfelbach. -- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel -- Jan 26, 2006

Long wait for hydrogen, fuel-cells to power farm equipment -- Iowa Farmer Today -- Jan 25, 2006

Clemson to get grant for hydrogen research -- The State -- Jan 26, 2006

Wales takes lead in clean power vision -- icNorthWales -- Jan 25, 2006

£150m windfarm plan for Scots country park -- The 'Ladymoor Renewable Energy Project' is potentially Scotland's second biggest windfarm if a 25-mile long proposed development for Lewis gets the go-ahead.  It would also incorporate the UK's first large scale hydrogen fuel storage plant on the old steelworks at nearby Glengarnock.  When wind levels are high the excess electricity created is used to electrolyse water into hydrogen and oxygen. The hydrogen can then be stored under pressure indefinitely for use later. -- Evening Times Online -- Jan 24, 2006

Top secret Ford plan: Recyclable vehicles -- Piquette Project aims to 'fight Toyota and everybody else and come out on top.' -- Detroit Autos Insider -- Jan 23, 2006

Can This Man Save the American Auto Industry? -- Zanardelli, who is working on cutting-edge hydrogen research, has experienced firsthand Ford’s roadblocks—and how the new leadership is trying to remove them. When his team unveiled the prototype it had developed for a hydrogen-powered internal-combustion car to top Ford executives in 2001, “Bill just loved it,” Zanardelli says. “Everyone else raised all the reasons it wouldn’t work.” Despite the boss’s enthusiasm, Zanardelli ran into budgetary problems and decided to go around the bureaucrats standing in the way. When he got an unexpected call from the human-resources department, he figured he was going to be fired for insurrection. Instead, Joe Laymon, group vice president of human resources, urged him to “be bold and do the right thing”—encouraging his maverick behavior. -- Time Canada -- Jan 23, 2006

Fuel-cell maker pulls back from big dreams as it seeks debt relief -- Anuvu Inc., the Sacramento fuel-cell manufacturer that once had ambitious plans to mass-produce cars powered by fuel cells, has severely scaled back its operations as it negotiates with investors for relief from its debt. -- Sacramento Business Journal -- Jan 20, 2006

Hydrogen Energy: For Maine and the World -- The Green Store, 4 Pleasant St., Brunswick, ME (USA) will host a talk by Paul Faulstich of the Hydrogen Energy Center, titled "Hydrogen Energy: For Maine and the World," on Thursday, February 9, at 5:30 p.m. The talk is free and open to the public.

Peak Oil: No Laughing Matter -- "I have difficulty with some of my climate change colleagues to persuade them of the reality of peak oil. I keep trying and I'll go on trying because I think peak oil is absolutely real, but so also is climate change. Not only is it real, but rather like peak oil it looks like it's coming along with some pretty devastating effects much sooner than even the worst predictions. It's coming sooner and it's worse, very like peak oil…"  "Let it also be noted that most of the climate change problems we've got come from the burning of fossil fuels: coal, oil and also natural gas."  Darley talked about the role of growth in terms of population and economic activity in fueling these crises and suggests that until population growth is halted and reversed, our problems won't be solved. -- EV World -- Jan 19, 2006

From Hydrogen ICEBEAR to Future EV Communities -- EV World -- Jan 20, 2006

Congressman Butterfield ends district tour with AVRC update -- Dell also announced that by the end of the third quarter of the 2006 Fiscal Year, there will be a hydrogen refueling station placed along Interstate 95 which could link up with the Mid-Atlantic Hydrogen Highway in Virginia.  He said the Northampton County station will be the second in a string of facilities planned throughout the 1-95 corridor. -- Roanoke Rapids Daily Herald -- Jan 20, 2006

What they don't want you to know about the coming oil crisis -- Soaring fuel prices, rumours of winter power cuts, panic over the gas supply from Russia, abrupt changes to forecasts of crude output... Is something sinister going on? Yes, says former oil man Jeremy Leggett, and it's time to face the fact that the supplies we so depend on are going to run out -- The Independent -- Jan 20, 2006

Countries strive for developing hydrogen energy -- Peoples Daily -- Jan 20, 2006

Koizumi's electric dream puzzles carmakers -- Electric cars have received a high-profile endorsement from Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, but his enthusiasm has most industry leaders scratching their heads. -- Asahi -- Jan 20, 2006

Bright nights from solar energy -- Experts at Napier University want to use the electricity produced by the solar panels during the day to create hydrogen gas through electrolysis. -- Jan 19, 2006

Mazda RX-8 Hydrogen Rotary Vehicle Escorts Runners in All-Japan Men's Marathon Relay Race -- Jan 19, 2006

6 EPA ex-chiefs urge Bush to limit carbon emissions -- San Francisco Chronicle -- Jan 19, 2006

Hydrogen Storage Technology Wins Renewable Energy Grant -- The Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust SEED Program (Sustainable Energy Economic Development), a division of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MTC), has awarded Safe Hydrogen, LLC, $308,000. -- Renewable Energy Access -- Jan 19, 2006

A new gust of wind projects across the US -- High natural-gas prices and global-warming concerns may help wind energy gain critical mass. -- Christian Science Monitor -- "Word is getting around about wind," says Randall Swisher, executive director of the American Wind Energy Association in Washington. "Up and down the Great Plains are states like Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, and the Dakotas, where there's no special incentives or mandates. But hundreds of megawatts of wind are being developed there because it pays." -- Jan 19, 2006

China's Renewable Energy Law Takes Effect -- Renewable Energy Access -- Jan 19, 2006

Mongolia: Taking a Steppe Forward -- The REEEP's engagement in Mongolia will illuminate remote villages using renewable energy. -- Renewable Energy Access -- Jan 19, 2006

Hydrogen-driven vehicles on Indian roads by 2007 -- New Kerala -- Jan 18, 2006

Hydrogen auto fuel blueprint in place -- The Calcutta Telegraph -- Jan 18, 2006

Hydrogen Fuel Lights the Fire at Outdoor Barbecue Benefit for Hurricane Victims -- Jan 17, 2006

Hawaii to Lead America into Post-Oil Era -- Finally, this energy bill could lead the 50th state to become a world leader in hydrogen energy technology, Datta said. It calls for the immediate establishment of a world-class renewable hydrogen program. -- Renewable Energy Access -- Jan 17, 2006

Hydrogen fuel site on way --- TONGJI University plans to establish the city's first hydrogen filling station for fuel-cell vehicles in suburban Jiading District this year. -- "The station will feature an information center on the hydrogen economy and mark an important step towards realizing the city's hydrogen vision," said Ma Jianxin, professor at Tongji's hydrogen energy research institute.  By the end of last year, 10 fuel-cell vehicles invented by Tongji University were operating in the city. The number is scheduled to grow to 100 in the next one or two years.  The city's total fuel-cell vehicle number is expected to reach 1,000 by the World Expo in 2010. That will include three to six fuel-cell buses sponsored by the United Nations Development Program.  Tongji now has only one mobile hydrogen filling station to fuel those cars.  "The hydrogen supply is sure to lag far behind the huge demand created by the fast fuel-cell vehicle development," Ma said.  He said the city planned to set up a network of 10 to 20 hydrogen stations. -- Jan 17, 2006

Promising Hydrogen Storage Technology Receives Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust SEED Program Funding -- Red Orbit -- Jan 16, 2006

Starting Now, Adding Insulation Means Federal Tax Credits and Monthly Energy Savings For Homeowners -- NAIMA -- Jan 16, 2006

Hilltop giants -- Both admired and villified, this fleet of towering windmills will soon make way for larger, more efficient replacements.  Alameda County supervisors last year voted to require replacement of all the Altamont windmills beginning in 2009, a process that could continue for a decade or more.  The job would cost hundreds of millions of dollars and would reduce the overall number of Altamont windmills from over 5,000 to about 500. -- Stockton Record -- Jan 15, 2006

N.D. to House Hydrogen Refueling Station -- North Dakota State University, Power Cooperative Plan Hydrogen Refueling Station -- North Central Research Extension Director Jay Fisher said the electrolyzer-based refueling station will be on research center property south of Minot. Ontario-based Hydrogenics Corp., which is providing the equipment, said the project is expected to be operating later this year.  The electrolyzer process, powered by the wind, puts electricity into water and splits it into hydrogen and oxygen, Hydrogenics spokeswoman Jane Dalziel said. The hydrogen then can be used for fuel, she said. -- ABC News -- Jan 13, 2006

The Wind and the Willful -- RFK Jr. and other prominent enviros face off over Cape Cod wind farm -- Grist -- Jan 12, 2006

Enviros call on RFK Jr. to support Cape Wind project -- Grist -- Jan 6, 2006

Kennedy Misses the Boat when it comes to Clean Energy -- Greenpeace

Arctic battle should move to Hyannis Port -- Fortunately, it is not too late for the national environmental community to condemn Kennedy's anti-wind crusade and make the development of the Cape Wind farm one of its highest political priorities. Kennedy, for his part, should resign immediately as senior attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council. -- San Francisco Chronicle

Breakthrough Institute Directors Call on Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. to Resign from NRDC (pdf) --- Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger, Co-Directors of the Breakthrough Institute and the authors of a widely discussed report arguing that environmentalism was failing to deal with the crisis of global warming, today called on Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. to resign his position as Senior Attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council. --- "In his high-profile activism against the Cape wind farm project, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. is putting the protection of his personal privilege above action on the greatest ecological crisis in human history, global warming. His advocacy, and that of his uncle, Senator Edward Kennedy, could kill the Cape Wind project, which is vital to jump-starting America’s wind industry and battling global warming. We are calling on Mr. Kennedy to immediately resign from the Natural Resources Defense Council. It would be inappropriate, given Kennedy’s high-profile role as an anti-wind activist, for him to remain associated in any way with the NRDC. Kennedy’s association with the NRDC risks sending the message that environmental groups are not serious about global warming." --- Breakthrough Institute --- Dec 16, 2005

BMW takes the driver's seat on hydrogen power -- The Age -- Jan 14, 2006

Warm weather isolates northern Canadian natives -- Reuters -- Jan 13, 2006

Hydrogenics to Supply Hydrogen Refuelling Station to Basin Electric for Wind Hydrogen Project -- The hydrogen produced will be used to refuel hydrogen-powered vehicles, demonstrating a linkage between wind power and vehicle refueling. Recognizing the challenge presented by the intermittency and varying outputs of wind power, an important element of the project is the development of various control schemes by which the electrolyzer can interface with the electrical output of wind turbines to optimize fuel production, particularly during low electricity demand periods. The project will demonstrate the ability and practicality of making and using hydrogen energy with zero carbon emissions, using excess wind power that might otherwise be under-utilized. This capability can potentially lead to significantly enhanced overall efficiencies of existing and future wind power installations. -- CNN Matthews -- Jan 12, 2006

California PUC Creates Groundbreaking Solar Energy Program -- The California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) today created the largest solar program of its kind in any state in the country - the California Solar Initiative, a 10-year, $2.9 billion program designed to help California move toward a cleaner energy future and help bring the costs of solar electricity down for California consumers. The goal of the program is to increase the amount of installed solar capacity on rooftops in the state by 3,000 MW by 2017. -- Jan 12, 2006

DSU receives more funding for hydrogen research -- Dover Post -- Jan 11, 2006

ICML plans hydrogen based 4-wheeler; launches MUV Rhino -- New Kerala -- Jan 11, 2006

Sonalika Group to roll out hydrogen-powered vehicles -- Leading tractor manufacturer Sonalika Group, which has also made a foray in the MUV market, Wednesday announced that it had readied hydrogen-powered four- and three-wheelers for the Indian market. -- New Kerala -- Jan 11, 2006

Hydrogen A Source Of Alternative Energy -- Over the next decade it will also become evident that civilization is evolving towards an ultimate hydrogen age. -- The Rising Nepal -- Jan 10, 2006

Energy Department Announces 2007 Solar Decathlon Teams -- DOE -- Jan 10, 2006

Biologist Says Global Warming May Reduce Duck Numbers in North America -- A professor from the University of Montana had a simple message Tuesday in Arkansas: if you like hunting ducks, support international efforts to prevent global warming. -- ABC News -- Jan 10, 2006

Connecticut's Hydrogen Economy -- Its proponents says the day of 'commercial, viable and real' hydrogen power generation is closer than ever -- Connecticut Business News Journal -- Jan 9, 2006

Smallest car fuel cell yet unveiled -- French carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen on Monday unveiled the smallest fuel cell currently available for cars and pledged further research to halve the price of these environmental friendly power sources by 2010. -- CNET News -- Jan 9, 2006

Honda to Begin Producing Next Generation FCX Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle -- Signaling a rapid advancement in its fuel cell vehicle technology, American Honda Motor Co., Inc., announced that it will begin production in Japan of its next generation FCX hydrogen powered fuel cell vehicle (FCV) in three to four years. -- JCN Network -- Jan 9, 2006

Ford Super Chief sips three fuels -- Running on hydrogen, the supercharged V-10 engine provides up to 12 percent fuel economy improvement on an energy equivalent basis versus a non-supercharged gasoline V-10 – and nearly 500 miles per fill-up. In addition, when operating on hydrogen, the Tri-Flex V-10 generates 99 percent less CO2 emissions than when running on gasoline. -- Autoblog -- Jan 8, 2006

Hot!! The Hydrogen House: Fueling a Dream -- In the northernmost reaches of Scottsdale, Arizona, Bryan Beaulieu, an engineer and inventor with 20 patents in structural systems, recently built a $2 million solar-and-hydrogen-powered “dream” house. Though not the most expensive residence in this affluent community, the 6,000-square-foot luxury home is, by far, the most environmentally sustainable.  It has “total integral design,” says Bob Ingersoll, executive director of the Hydrogen Energy Center in Portland, Maine. “Beaulieu’s house uses less energy, which means less need to collect it. Nothing is wasted. Each function is taken care of either by design or natural law.”  This is the opposite of a fossil-fuel-dependent lifestyle, says Roy McAlister, president of the American Hydrogen Association in Mesa, Arizona. “And that lifestyle jeopardizes billions of people and creates inflation, pollution and conflict.”  The design of the Beaulieu house is based on a Navajo hogan. It is one of the only hydrogen houses in the world (there’s also one in Malaysia!) and complements the so-called “Angel’s Nest,” Robert Plarr’s solar- and wind-powered home in Taos, New Mexico. The Nest has its own hydrogen filling station, using the high-pressure gas to run his vehicle fleet and provide nighttime power. -- E Magazine

EPOD Announces Enviromech Hydrogen Fuel Storage System Delivered to TUG Technologies -- Yahoo -- Jan 6, 2006

'Fuel station' house showcases hydrogen economy potential -- Platinum Today -- Jan 5, 2006

Quantum Programs to Receive $6.95 Million Department of Defense Funding -- Jan 4, 2006

The Hydrogen Economy -- "The hydrogen economy will make possible a vast redistribution of power, with far-reaching consequences for society. Today's centralized, top-down flow of energy, controlled by global oil companies and utilities, could become obsolete."-- Jeremy Rifkin, Foundation on Economic Trends president -- Renewable Energy Access -- Jan 3, 2006

New Energy Efficiency Tax Credits Take Effect -- DOE -- Jan 3, 2006

Iowa engine firm sparks enthusiasm -- Its products will burn hydrogen or other fuels -- Des Moines Register -- Jan 2, 2006

U.S. Government Encourages Renewables on Outer Continental Shelf -- Environmental News Service -- Jan 2, 2006

More than 70 city utilities invest in stored wind energy plan -- A group of Iowa cities intends to not only harness the wind, but also capture it, store it underground and use it to help make electricity when demand peaks. -- KCCI 8 -- Jan 1, 2006


Highlights from 2005 News

Alternative energy group promotes hydrogen motor vehicles --- A local West Point alumnus has joined forces with an alternative power specialist to form Thayer Gate Energy, a company that is promoting hydrogen power as an alternate for fleet vehicles. --- Mid-Hudson News --- Dec 30, 2005

Edison to Shut Down Polluting Coal Plant --- A massive coal-fired power plant that has provided Southern California Edison with 7% of its electricity — but emits vast quantities of air pollution that have clouded views of the Grand Canyon — will close at year's end to comply with a court ordered deadline, the utility confirmed Thursday. --- L.A. Times --- Dec 30, 2005

Jadoo Power to Introduce Fuel Cell Products for Prosumers at CES --- Dec 29, 2005

Nuclear's not the answer; combining hydrogen, wind and solar is --- John Dabrowski in the Asbury Park Press --- Dec 28, 2005

Congress and the DOE are cutting the budget of NREL, where scientists are working to solve America's energy problems and eliminate foreign energy imports.

NREL is one small part of the Department of Energy that is actually doing something to make us energy independent. Cutting its budget will result in more of our money going overseas to buy more foreign oil. If we cut the NREL budget, we are cutting our own throats.

Contact your senators and congresspersons immediately to get them to make sure NREL funding has priority.

If you want energy independence, call your congressperson and demand that NREL be fully funded.

If you want to continue giving more and more of your tax dollars to the giant oil companies, just do nothing.

Hydrogen Busses to Fuel China Modernization --- As part of China's march toward modernization, the Hythane Company will begin demonstrating its low-emission vehicle fuel system in support of China's national air quality program. The company has signed memos of understanding with five major cities to test and convert as many as 10,000 diesel busses to be powered by Hythane(TM) fuel, a blend of natural gas and hydrogen that reduces emissions by up to 50 percent compared to traditional natural gas. The project targets full conversion prior to the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. --- Dec 28, 2005

Congress may yank wind from energy lab's sails --- "There's no excuse for these cuts. You just don't do this at a time when energy is such a big issue." --- Denver Post --- Dec 21, 2005

Layoffs in store at NREL --- Up to 100 scientists may go as Congress slashes budget --- Rocky Mountain News --- Dec 20, 2005

NREL Set To Layoff 100 Starting Next Year --- The Denver Channel --- Dec 20, 2005

Breakthrough Institute Directors Call on Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. to Resign from NRDC (pdf) --- Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger, Co-Directors of the Breakthrough Institute and the authors of a widely discussed report arguing that environmentalism was failing to deal with the crisis of global warming, today called on Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. to resign his position as Senior Attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council. --- "In his high-profile activism against the Cape wind farm project, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. is putting the protection of his personal privilege above action on the greatest ecological crisis in human history, global warming. His advocacy, and that of his uncle, Senator Edward Kennedy, could kill the Cape Wind project, which is vital to jump-starting America’s wind industry and battling global warming. We are calling on Mr. Kennedy to immediately resign from the Natural Resources Defense Council. It would be inappropriate, given Kennedy’s high-profile role as an anti-wind activist, for him to remain associated in any way with the NRDC. Kennedy’s association with the NRDC risks sending the message that environmental groups are not serious about global warming." --- Breakthrough Institute --- Dec 16, 2005

Oily bedfellows --- Analysis: linking fossil fuel interests and the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound. --- Cape Cod Today --- Dec 20, 2005

William J. Oswald, UC Berkeley professor emeritus and pioneer in the use of algae and bacteria to treat wastewater, dies at 86 --- UC Berkeley News --- Dec 16, 2005

William J. Oswald, 86; UC Berkeley Scientist Pioneered Use of Algae to Treat Wastewater --- Los Angeles Times --- Dec 16, 2005

Unst pioneers on a high as California talk beckons --- UNST'S PURE Project received news this week that five members of the team have had presentations accepted to the largest hydrogen conference in the world. --- The Shetland Times --- Dec 16, 2005

Key to Environmentally Sound Future May Be in South Valley --- Just like us, anaerobes digest sugars. As they do, they release hydrogen.  What Cox envisions is an anaerobe-based energy processing system. He's earned several patents in his quest for a practical way to use these mighty microbes to produce commercial quantities of hydrogen. If he's on the right track, anaerobic bacteria flatulence might one day power our TV sets, computers, refrigerators, hair dryers and electric-powered automobiles. Think of the headline: Microbe Farts Save the World! --- Hollister Free Lance --- Dec 16, 2005

Inauguration of a New Hydrogen Filling Station in Singapore --- Dec 16, 2005

$7.4M NASA grant extends hydrogen research at UCF --- Orlando Business Journal --- Dec 16, 2005

California Solar Rebates Tripled for Next Year --- Vote to allocate $300 million for next year is first stage in new, long-term solar plan --- RenewableEnergyAccess.com --- Dec 16, 2005

War Costs Poised To Reach $500B --- CBS --- Dec 13, 2005

The case for hydrogen as an industry transformer --- Detroit Autos Insider --- Dec 12, 2005

Hydrogen Fuel-Cell Powered Ice Refinisher Debuts --- Earthtoys --- Dec 6, 2005

Hydrogen's time has come --- Editorial response by Stan Ovshinsky --- Dec 10, 2005

For Clean Energy, No Nuclear Option --- Nuclear power raises a host of serious concerns, only some of which are addressed by safer “next generation” reactor technology. The transportation and storage of radioactive waste, the possibility of a terrorist strike on a reactor, and the risk of nuclear materials finding their way to hostile groups or governments are all risks with potentially disastrous consequences.  But to me, the biggest argument against nuclear energy doesn’t need any apocalyptic doomsday scenarios. It’s found in the bottom line: multi-billion dollar nuclear plants are simply not cost-effective compared to other energy sources. --- Clean Edge

Cows make fuel for biogas train --- The world's first biogas-powered passenger train is taking its first passengers between the Swedish cities of Linkoping and Vastervik. And the biogas comes from the entrails of dead cows. --- BBC News --- Oct 24, 2005

Air Products boosting hydrogen --- Company to spend $10 billion in next 10 years on capital projects. --- The Morning Call --- Dec 8, 2005

First responders get hydrogen car safety facts in Torrance Emergency personnel from across the state meet to prepare for the day when vehicles hit the road --- Daily Breeze. --- Dec 8, 2005

Strategy for the Integration of Hydrogen as a Vehicle Fuel into the Existing Natural Gas Vehicle Fueling Infrastructure of the Interstate Clean Transportation Corridor Project (pdf) --- NREL --- Sep 2005

Worldwide Hydrogen Refuelling Stations --- H2Cars --- Dec 2, 2005

Study: Midwest Warming May Harm Ducks --- Yahoo News --- Nov 29, 2005

Hot!! The Big Thaw: Global Disaster Will Follow If the Ice Cap on Greenland Melts --- Now scientists say it is vanishing far faster than even they expected. --- The two developments - the most alarming manifestations of climate change to date - suggest that the ice cap is melting far more rapidly than scientists had thought, with immense consequences for civilisation and the planet. Its complete disappearance would raise the levels of the world's seas by 20 feet, spelling inundation for London and other coastal cities around the globe, along with much of low-lying countries such as Bangladesh. --- Common Dreams --- Nov 20, 2005

Hydro continues Utsira project --- "The combined wind power and hydrogen facility on Utsira has become a globally recognized landmark in the development of new energy systems based on hydrogen. By continuing this project we hope to get even more experience and vital knowledge about combining wind and hydrogen," says Ulf Hafseld, responsible for business development in Hydro's unit for new energy. --- Hydro --- Nov 25, 2005

India Predicts Huge Rise in Hydrogen Power --- The Indian government this week issued a road map intended to put one million vehicles with hydrogen fuel cells on the road by 2020, at an estimated cost of $5.5 billion. The plan was unveiled by a government steering group chaired by Ratan Tata, one of India's top auto industry executives. --- Inside Line --- Nov 23, 2005

Hydrogen-fuelled cars on Indian roads by 2020 --- The government on Monday unveiled a roadmap to put one million hydrogen-fuelled vehicles on the country's roads and generate 1,000MW from hydrogen by 2020 through public-private initiatives. --- Indo-Asian News Service --- Nov 21, 2005

Panel submits roadmap for hydrogen energy economy in India --- The Hindu Business Line --- Nov 21, 2005

Greenland, Iceland set to become hydrogen fuel leaders --- Water, wind and geothermal energy produce "the new oil" in the Nordic countries --- Nunutsiaq News --- Nov 18, 2005

Okla. could be key in fuel cell technology --- The petroleum pipelines that crisscross through Oklahoma could be used to transport the fuel that will power the cars of the future, energy experts said Tuesday. --- Seattle Post-Intelligencer --- Nov 15, 2005

Floating windmill positioned off Karmøy --- Test results demonstrate that offshore windmills will be able to withstand very rough conditions.  "Deep waters close to land, as well the proximity of established shipyards and supplier industries, make the sea off Karmøy on the west coast of Norway the perfect location for the world's first floating windmill," said Alexandra Bech Gjørv, head of the New Energy unit in Hydro, at the company's energy seminar in Bergen on Wednesday. --- Norsk Hydro --- Nov 9, 2005

Harry Braun Radio Talk Show --- Making America energy independent with wartime-speed by shifting from fossil and nuclear fuels to solar hydrogen technologies --- Harry Braun’s radio talk show will be aired on KOKC radio 1520 am beginning on October 31st. The show will initially be broadcast from 12:00 am to 1:00 am MST, Monday through Friday from Oklahoma City. However, in the evening hours, the FCC allows the 50,000 watt signal to be broadcast to a potential audience of over a million people in over 28 states. ABC News is provided on the hour, and all of the shows will be archived on the HarryBraunShow.com website so that individuals will be able to listen to the programs at their convenience. --- Nov 2, 2005

Dorgan Says Efforts to Foster Hydrogen-Based Economy Are Paying Off --- Senator says increasingly, hydrogen’s future is now --- Nov 7, 2005

Dorgan: Nation en route to new hydrogen economy --- Grand Forks Herald --- Nov 7,  2005

Turbines may be link to hydrogen storage --- An experimental station at the University of Minnesota at Morris campus will use electricity to convert wind power to a storable energy form. --- Once it's running, the Morris hydrogen project will be second only to one already operating on the Norwegian island of Utsira, said Michael Reese, renewable energy coordinator at the wind outreach station at Morris.  The Morris wind and hydrogen project, partly funded with help from Xcel Energy Inc., is expected to cost about $9 million, Reese said. --- Star Tribune --- Oct 31,  2005

CO2 Sequestration Debunked! --- In searching for ways to counteract the greenhouse effect, some scientists have proposed capturing the culprit—carbon dioxide—as it is emitted from power plants, then liquefying the gas and injecting it into the ocean. But there are pitfalls in that plan. --- The carbon dioxide can rise toward the surface, turn into gas bubbles and vent to the atmosphere, defeating the purpose of the whole grand scheme. Even worse, if the liquid-to-gas conversion happens suddenly, the gas can bubble up in a plume and erupt—a potential hazard. --- Nov 3, 2005

Hot!! Workshop to Shed Light on Hydrogen Energy Economy --- Chewonki to Host First Renewable Hydrogen Energy Economy Workshop on November 9 ---  Oct 28, 2005

Conference features hydrogen-powered "Ice Bear" --- The Ice Bear is designed for ice hockey, but it is being displayed for an audience that cares more about hydrogen. --- Grand Forks Herald --- Nov 7, 2005

Cheyenne firm's wind turbines get makeover --- Outside the offices of Terra Moya Aqua Inc., the wind was gusting near 60 mph.  The gales provided a perfect backdrop for Friday's announcement of a design breakthrough in the company's vertical wind turbine, one executives say is already drawing international interest and could launch a new era of wind energy technology.  The new turbines are more efficient and less costly than propeller-driven machines and earlier versions of TMA's own mills, officials say. --- Casper Star Tribune

Action Station --- European car manufacturers BMW, Fiat and DaimlerChrysler have joined forces with petroleum giants BP, Agip and Linde to develop the roadside infrastructure needed for a future hydrogen economy. The Zero Emission Region, or Zero Regio, project involves the construction of hydrogen refuelling stations in Germany and Italy. --- The Engineer Online --- Oct 31, 2005

Solar power holds more promise than nuclear --- Tying nuclear energy to hydrogen, a clean fuel, does nothing to redeem nuclear energy from its fatal flaw.  Further, tying hydrogen to large-scale, highly centralized energy infrastructure is a mistake. Hydrogen can be produced and used locally, using small-scale and diversified technologies. There is no economy of scale associated with hydrogen production, storage and utilization.  The amount of solar energy falling on our state is many times our need. It can be captured on rooftops, parking lots and agricultural shelters scattered over the land and converted to hydrogen on the spot, where it can be stored for use as needed. --- The State --- Oct 31, 2005

Turning wind into hydrogen --- If Xcel and the lab can improve the efficiencies of both wind generation and hydrogen storage, then hydrogen storage of wind energy may be financially feasible. While Xcel just wants to make electricity, there's another possible use for wind-made hydrogen. BMW makes a prototype hydrogen-powered car, and Shell Oil is opening hydrogen fuel stations in some U.S. cities. While widespread use of hydrogen as a vehicle fuel is many years away, a tiny market already has started to emerge.  Today, the ultimate goal of much global energy research is how to make affordable hydrogen fuel from "green" sources like wind.  Thus much more could be at stake in the Xcel-NREL partnership than whether one company can make its wind farms more profitable. At stake may be part of the answer to America's energy supply woes. --- Denver Post --- Oct 30, 2005

Nuclear Nonsense --- The ever louder rumblings over the past half year of a nuclear power industry comeback reached a crescendo last month.  Make no mistake about it, the crescendo was no coincidence. It was masterfully orchestrated by a well constructed and well oiled public relations machine, painstakingly put together over the past year by a nuclear industry facing steep decline. --- All the signs indicate that nuclear is stopping at nothing to save its skin. As an astute article documenting nuclear's PR spending in the New Statesman, a British political commentary magazine, put it: "We are all being taken in by a carefully planned public relations strategy." --- A major part of that strategy is to subtly and quietly undermine the technical and economic ability of wind power to play a major role in electricity supply. In a true wolf-in-sheep's clothing trick, the nuclear lobby pours forth woolly words on "partnerships" with renewable energy, while savaging wind behind the scenes. Among the so-called "fact sheets" from the World Nuclear Association is one on renewables. It blithely tells us, after a wicked manipulation of statistics, that Britain's 20% renewables target "is neither technically nor economically feasible." That is a downright lie. Britain's power system planners are not idiots. They have studied the effect of 20% wind alone and there are no technical barriers. --- Renewable Energy Access --- Oct 21, 2005

Canon to develop fuel cells for printers, cameras --- While most of the development of tiny fuel cells is currently focused on devices that derive hydrogen from methanol, Canon is working on a system that supplies hydrogen directly from a refillable cartridge.  Canon's system would be more environmentally friendly because fuel cells that extract hydrogen from methanol emit some carbon dioxide as a byproduct. Fuel cells that use only hydrogen do not. --- Reuters --- Oct 25, 2005

Hot!! Wind energy gets even greener --- A pilot program uses wind to create hydrogen fuel, creating a "battery" to store currently unused power. --- The $1.75 million pilot program will be formally unveiled Wednesday at a Denver forum titled "New Energy Technologies for Coloradans," an event that is part of Colorado Tech Week.  The technology takes clean energy to even greener levels, using a renewable resource, wind, to make a nonpolluting fuel, hydrogen, in one of the nation's first attempts to combine the two energy resources.  "This helps us get more value out of wind energy and helps advance the prospects of hydrogen," said Frank Novachek, director of corporate planning for Xcel Energy. --- Denver Post --- Oct 18, 2005

Mazda's Dual-Fuel Roadster --- The thinking behind the dual-fuel 210-horsepower roadster, which Mazda will lease in Japan beginning in spring 2006, is straightforward. Burning hydrogen is cleaner than gasoline but not as practical, given the lack of infrastructure capable of delivering hydrogen to customers. By developing an engine that switches to gasoline once the hydrogen tank runs dry -- currently at around 100-km [about 62 miles] -- drivers can use hydrogen without having to worry about where the next fuel station is. --- Yahoo Finance --- Oct 21, 2005

Hydrogen to power TransLink test buses --- Waste hydrogen from the sodium hydrate plant could eventually be used to power up to 20,000 vehicles in the region ---  Tri-City News --- Oct 19, 2005

Mazda to Sell Hydrogen-Powered Vehicles in 3 Years --- Mazda Motor Corp., a third owned by Ford Motor Co., said it's planning to sell a hydrogen-hybrid vehicle within three years, pushing the technology of so-called green vehicles further than industry leader Toyota Motor Corp. --- Oct 19, 2005

Energy bargain blowing in wind --- The $116 million filing for higher electric rates was based on soaring costs for natural gas and coal, the chief fuels used to generate power. But the fuel for wind turbines - moving air - carries no cost and no potential for cost increases.  "People should be lining up now at Xcel to buy wind power because it will save them a lot of money," said Rick Gilliam, senior energy-policy adviser for Boulder-based Western Resource Advocates, an energy and environmental research group. --- Denver Post --- Oct 14, 2005

Wind power less costly than price-inflated natural gas --- Pueblo Chieftain --- Oct 14, 2005

India begins trial run of hydrogen use in vehicles --- India on Sunday began pilot testing use of hydrogen in vehicles with the inauguration of the first hydrogen-CNG dispensing station here. --- Newindpress --- Oct 10, 2005

Mazda develops hybrid with electric motor, hydrogen-powered engine --- Mazda Motor Corp. has developed a new type of hybrid car that runs by switching between an electric motor and a hydrogen-powered engine, and then automatically shifts to gasoline when it runs out of hydrogen. --- Free New Mexican --- Oct 4, 2005

The Mazda Renesis Hydrogen Rotary Engine (pdf)

Record-High Natural Gas Prices Force Reliant to Request Fuel Factor Increase --- The increase in natural gas prices is a national trend affecting all electricity suppliers and their customers. All of the other affiliated retail providers in Texas have filed for at least one price increase this year. The reason is that natural gas is the primary driver of the cost of electricity in Texas. Reliant Energy's current fuel factor, which was set in December, is based on a natural gas price of $7.50 per MMBtu. The price of gas in the company's current fuel filing is $11.39 per MMBtu. --- Reliant Energy --- Oct 3, 2005

Green Light for New Concentrating Solar Power Project --- Renewable Energy Access --- Sep 23, 2005

Shaping Cape Cod's Energy Future --- "Things are getting almost biblical." --- Cape Cod Times --- Sep 23, 2005

Natural gas woes bigger story than crude oil --- Having seen his prediction that crude oil prices would reach $65 a barrel become reality, Dr. Michael Economides is making equally bold predictions about natural gas.  Natural gas prices, he said Wednesday while visiting Midland to address the Permian Basin section, Society of Petroleum Engineers, will reach $20 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf) around Christmas.  Having forecast $65 oil, he said, he's now predicting $100 oil "but I'm not impressed with that. Natural gas is the real story." --- My West Texas --- Sep 25, 2005

This is global warming, says environmental chief --- As Hurricane Rita threatens devastation, scientist blames climate change --- Sir John said: "Increasingly it looks like a smoking gun. It's a fair conclusion to draw that global warming, caused to a substantial extent by people, is driving increased sea surface temperatures and increasing the violence of hurricanes." --- The Independent --- Sep 23, 2005

Greenpeace takes role in wind debate --- Even for Greenpeace, a group known for turning high-seas drama into political statement, the foray into the Nantucket Sound wind farm debate has played like perfect theater. --- Cape Cod Times --- Sep 23, 2005

William L. Telander, CEO of U.S. Windfarming, Sued by Securities and Exchange Commission for "Hype and Dump" Fraud --- Allegedly, they were selling unregistered shares of Illinois-based Wind Farming, which supposedly was selling energy windmills to farmers but mainly was a fantasy pumped up by a publicity machine. --- San Diego Reader --- Aug 18, 2005

Hot!! Global warming 'past the point of no return' --- The greatest fear is that the Arctic has reached a "tipping point" beyond which nothing can reverse the continual loss of sea ice and with it the massive land glaciers of Greenland, which will raise sea levels dramatically. --- The Independent --- Sep 16, 2005

Free Heat, Free Electricity Home Built By Long Island Students --- [T]he key difference with this solar home is that it will have a hydrogen fuel cell to store the extra solar energy that is generated by 54 solar panels.  Currently, most solar homes have a large bank of batteries in the basement to store electricity. The batteries take a lot of space and require maintenance. The hydrogen fuel cell will be able to store extra electricity for nights and rainy days. --- WNBC --- Sep 13, 2005

Hot!! Sucker's Bets for the New Century: The U.S. after Katrina --- In the last century, we've seen change in human societies speed up to an almost unimaginable level, one that has stressed every part of our civilization. In this century, we're going to see the natural world change at the same kind of rate. That's what happens when you increase the amount of heat trapped in the atmosphere. That extra energy expresses itself in every way you can imagine: more wind, more evaporation, more rain, more melt, more... more... more.  And there is no reason to think we can cope. Take New Orleans as an example. It is currently pro forma for politicians to announce that it will be rebuilt, and doubtless it will be. Once. But if hurricanes like Katrina go from once-in-a-century storms to once-in-a-decade-or-two storms, how many times are you going to rebuild it? Even in America there's not that kind of money -- especially if you're also having to cope with, say, the effects on agriculture of more frequent and severe heat waves, and the effects on human health of the spread of mosquito-borne diseases like dengue fever and malaria, and so on ad infinitum. Not to mention the costs of converting our energy system to something less suicidal than fossil fuel, a task that becomes more expensive with every year that passes. --- Common Dreams --- Sep 7, 2005

Stirling Energy Systems Signs Second Large Solar Deal in California --- Stirling Energy Systems ( SES ) announced today a contract with San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) to provide between 300 and 900 megawatts (MW) of solar power, approximately 30 times more solar power than is now being generated in the San Diego region. This contract represents the second record-breaking solar project signed by the company in the past month, which may surpass the earlier contract to become the world's largest solar installation. --- Sep 7, 2005

Hydrogen Fuelled Three-wheeler Makes Debut at Siam Convention --- Fuel Cell Today --- Sep 2, 2005

A Solar-Hydrogen Home --- Fuel Cell Today --- Sep 1, 2005

Hot!! Warming hits 'tipping point' --- Siberia feels the heat.  It's a frozen peat bog the size of France and Germany combined, contains billions of tonnes of greenhouse gas and, for the first time since the ice age, it is melting.  Tony Juniper, director of Friends of the Earth, said the finding was a stark message to politicians to take concerted action on climate change. "We knew at some point we'd get these feedbacks happening that exacerbate global warming, but this could lead to a massive injection of greenhouse gases.  "If we don't take action very soon, we could unleash runaway global warming that will be beyond our control and it will lead to social, economic and environmental devastation worldwide," he said. "There's still time to take action, but not much.  "The assumption has been that we wouldn't see these kinds of changes until the world is a little warmer, but this suggests we're running out of time." --- The Guardian --- Aug 11, 2005

Fort Collins to give new fuel a test drive --- Fort Collins plans to convert its five or six 12-seater minibuses, which run on compressed natural gas, to hythane. The city is building a new fueling station that will mix hydrogen and CNG in the proper proportion.  Once the station is completed later this year, it also will offer pure hydrogen to run some fuel-cell vehicles that Fort Collins plans to acquire for demonstration purposes.  "We will have the first fueling station in Colorado to dispense pure hydrogen," said Gary Schroeder, energy services engineer for Fort Collins Utilities, a division of the city that serves 60,000 customers.  "If we start with a fueling station where fleets can come and fuel up, it will be the first step toward a pure hydrogen economy. If Denver and Colorado Springs also do it, then we can establish a regional corridor for hydrogen." --- Rocky Mountain News --- Aug 26, 2005

HEC breaks ground on new site --- The festivities came less than a year after HEC introduced the world's first production hydrogen fueled engine, a highly modified 4.9L in-line 6-cylinder Ford motor that is the engine of choice as the power source for baggage handling trucks at nearly every major airport in North America. --- The Algona --- Aug 25, 2005

Hydrogen Engine Center breaks ground for new factory in Algona --- Globe Gazette --- Aug 23, 2005

Green light --- Development of hydrogen-powered aircraft remains stuck in low gear. What is stalling this apparently highly efficient and environmentally sound technology? --- Flight International --- Aug 23, 2005

Spare wind turbine power to fuel hydrogen cars --- ScottishPower plans to harness surplus electricity generated by turbines during high winds and convert it to hydrogen gas, which can be stored and used as fuel.  It envisages that urban refuelling stations — selling compressed hydrogen generated by rooftop turbines instead of petrol — could become commonplace across Britain, with the first appearing as early as 2010. --- Times Online --- Aug 21, 2005

The International Clean Technology Center - Transition to the Hydrogen Solar Future (pdf) --- “Our cities must plan to develop a Green Economy and deconstruct the fossil energy Gray Economy, if our grandchildren are to prosper in the 21st Century!” Gene Johnson, Executive Director, ICTC --- Green Economy News --- Vol. 2, Issue 2

Island looks to hydrogen to solve job woes --- Treeless Unst seen as ideal spot for economy based on using gas to power generators and providing fuel --- The Guardian --- Aug 11, 2005

P.U.R.E. (Promoting Unst Renewable Energy) --- Project to use wind to produce hydrogen on the island of Unst in Shetland, UK is under way.

P.U.R.E. project description

P.U.R.E. - Promoting Unst Renewable Energy Web Site

Shetland Strategy for Renewable Energy Development (pdf)

siGEN Press Release:  Hydrogen Era Begins in Scotland (pdf)

Major New Solar Energy Project Announced By Southern California Edison and Stirling Energy Systems, Inc. --- SCE --- Aug 9, 2005

BP trumpets Peterhead as beacon for clean energy --- Scotsman --- Aug 10, 2005

Solar Legislation Shines in Oregon --- RenewableEnergyAccess.com --- Aug 9, 2005

Editorial: Energy bill good only for Texas contingent --- All the hoopla aside, the energy bill that President Bush will sign Monday in Albuquerque is another sucker punch to American consumers and taxpayers.  It will do little to strengthen the nation's long-term security or energy independence, future economic vitality or sputtering commitment to a clean environment. --- Albuquerque Tribune --- Aug 6, 2005

Ice shelf collapse was biggest for 10,000 years --- Researchers have measured a 2.5C increase in average temperatures in the Antarctic peninsula over the past 50 years and many scientists believe there is little doubt that this rise can be linked to global warming and climate change exacerbated by man-made pollution. --- The Independent --- Aug 4, 2005

Hot!! Oil and Blood --- It's the oil, stupid.  What has so often gotten lost in all the talk about terror and weapons of mass destruction is the fact that for so many of the most influential members of the Bush administration, the obsessive desire to invade Iraq preceded the Sept. 11 attacks. It preceded the Bush administration. The neoconservatives were beating the war drums on Iraq as far back as the late 1990's. --- NY Times --- Jul 28, 2005

Ralph Lowenstein: It's the oil, stupid --- AM850 --- Aug 1, 2005

America Needs Real Energy Solutions --- Statement of Carl Pope, Executive Director, Sierra Club --- Jul 27, 2005

Apollo Alliance Editorial on the Energy Bill --- Jul 27, 2005

Hot!! Indian Americans Develop Hydrogen Fueled Autorickshaw --- Sapru’s current emphasis is on development, testing and commercialization of Hydrogen-ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) two and three wheeled vehicles for transportation, & Hydrogen-ICE generators for distributed power generation. She is pursuing alliances to create an infrastructure as well as to facilitate commercialization of hydrogen technologies in India. Which is why she is evaluating the availability and potential cost of hydrogen in developing countries. --- INDOlink --- Jul 20, 2005

New Vehicle to Debut in 2009 --- The Korea Railroad Research Institute (KRRI) said Monday it is developing a new public transportation vehicle that can run on asphalt roads and on magnetic railways like a subway train. --- Korea Times --- Jul 18, 2005

Move over CNG, a hydrogen auto? --- US company develops hydrogen-fuel-run three-wheelers, trial runs successful --- The Sunday Express --- Jul 17, 2005

Nuclear Dinosaur --- There is no power source less compatible with the GOP's love of free markets and disdain for regulation and subsidy than nuclear fission. Without government intervention, there simply would be no nuclear industry. --- Washington Post --- Jul 7, 2005

Ontario Study Identifies Social Costs of Coal-Fired Power Plants --- EV World --- Jul 7, 2005

Beating Swords into Wind Turbines, or Solar Panels if You Like --- Rather than plowshares, what could the United States have done if it beat its swords into wind turbines or, if you prefer, solar panels? What could we have accomplished toward building a renewable future here in North America instead of launching a war in the oil-rich heart of the Persian Gulf? The answer is simple: a lot. --- Renewable Energy Access --- Jul 11, 2005

Vehicle with the highest fuel efficiency: "PAC-Car" sets new world record --- The car is lightweight, weighing in at only about 30 kilograms. And, PAC-Car has now achieved its goal: it finished the course at the Shell Eco-Marathon taking place on the Michelin test track at Ladoux, France, using only 1.07 grams of hydrogen. This converts to about 5134 kilometres per litre of petrol, a new world record in economical fuel consumption. This means that PAC-Car would only use eight litres to drive around the globe. --- Uni-protokolle --- Jun 26, 2005

'Apollo Program' for hydrogen energy needed, Stanford researcher says --- Wind is the most promising means of generating hydrogen, said Jacobson, who with former postdoctoral fellow Cristina Archer recently published a study that mapped global winds and showed the world, especially the United States, has more than enough wind to meet all its energy needs. Jacobson envisions wind turbines generating electricity on wind farms that are linked in a network to ensure energy production even when parts of the grid have windless days. The electricity would travel through transmission lines to a filling station--similar to today's gas stations. There, it would enter an electrolyzer, passing through water and splitting it into oxygen, which would be released into the air, and hydrogen, which would get compressed and stored. --- Because wind generation of hydrogen provided the best health and climate benefits, the researchers did a cost analysis to compare the cost of a gallon of gasoline with that of a gallon of hydrogen generated by wind electrolysis. The cost of making hydrogen from wind is $1.12 to $3.20 per gallon of gasoline or diesel equivalent ($3 to $7.40 per kilogram of molecular hydrogen)--on par with the current price of gas. But gasoline has a hidden cost of 29 cents to $ 1.80 per gallon in societal costs such as reduced health, lost productivity, hospitalization and death, as well as cleanup of polluted sites. So gasoline's true cost in March 2005, for example, was $2.35 to $3.99 per gallon, which exceeds the estimated mean cost of hydrogen from wind ($2.16 equivalent per gallon of gasoline). --- Eurekalert --- Jun 24, 2005

APC debuts fuel cell backup power --- The fuel cell system runs on bottled hydrogen gas --- The InfraStruXure with Integrated Fuel Cells system, which fits within a single 42U rack, provides up to 30 kilowatts of power using bottled hydrogen gas as fuel. --- Computerworld --- Jun 14, 2005

Gwladys Fouché visits pioneers of wind and hydrogen power --- From the bridge of his boat, the captain looks at what makes him a pioneer of the future. On the remote Norwegian island of Utsira stands a small hydrogen plant with two wind turbines gracefully rotating in the sky. "In 50 years' time, they will be everywhere. No one will use oil any more!" --- The Guardian --- Jun 16, 2005

One man's castle runs on hydrogen --- Electricity from solar panels splits water --- MSNBC --- May 30, 2005

Green Nordic Hydrogen Link Started --- Hydrogen Link is a network project for the establishment of a Green Nordic Hydrogen Transportation Corridor between Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Germany --- May 5, 2005

Patagonian town casts fate to the wind --- With some experts predicting that hydrogen fuel produced at wind-powered electrical facilities could eventually overtake oil as the main source of the world's energy, residents and officials hope this desolate, half-forgotten region of southern Argentina could become the Middle East of the future. --- Minneapolis Star Tribune --- May 22, 2005

Scottsdale man creates a home that runs on hydrogen --- KVOA Tuscon --- May 21, 2005

AQMD Offers Incentives to Refuel Natural Gas Vehicles at Home --- Incentive funding offered by AQMD and the MSRC will total $2,000 per unit for a total of 400 units, lowering the cost of each unit to $1,500 for the consumer. Installation of a unit costs an additional $1,000 to $2,000. Driving a compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicle can cut fuel costs in half. On average, fueling a CNG passenger vehicle will cost about 4 cents per mile compared with 8 cents per mile for a similar gasoline vehicle. --- May 6, 2005

Metro Detroiter plans energy-efficient railway --- His Whitmore Lake firm designs a transit system that runs on hydrogen, solar power. --- Detroit News --- May 8, 2005

The beauty of wind farms --- In Toronto alone, it is estimated that 10,000 birds collide with the city's tallest buildings every year. Compared with this, the risk to birds from well-sited wind farms is very low.  Even at Altamont Pass in California, where 7000 turbines were erected on a migratory route, only 0.2 birds per turbine per year have been killed. Indeed, the real risk to birds comes not from windmills but from a changing climate, which threatens the very existence of bird species and their habitats. --- NewScientist --- Apr 16, 2005 

Hydrogen, other energy systems enable home to be efficient and self-sustaining --- East Valley Tribune --- Apr 30, 2005

The 6,000-square-foot home includes:
• Photovoltaic panels that generate solar energy used to electrolyze water in fuel cells that produce hydrogen to heat or cool air and water, run generators and fuel hydrogen-powered vehicles.
• A "circulatory system,’’ as Bryan Beaulieu describes it, that uses hydrogen power to pump hot or cold water through pipes in walls, floors and roofs to heat or cool the home.
• Concrete roofs a foot thick, and topped by two feet of soil provide "geothermal mass," and help insulate the house.
• Devices that convert organic materials, such as food waste, paper and plant waste into methane and hydrogen gas.
• A hydrogen-powered filtering system that removes dust, pollen and other particles from indoor air.
• A venting system that pushes out hot air through adjustable window panels atop roofs.

Bush Wrong: House Passed Energy Bill Threatens Economic and National Security ---  President Bush wrongly praised the energy bill passed by the U S House of Representatives last week. The bill brings national insecurity and threatens to deplete America’s dwindling oil reserves and leave our nation, our freedoms and liberties prostrate before the world’s corporate oil barons and the dictators that control OPEC. But a Senate bill that stops stifiling undepletable energy devopment and levels the policy playing field between undepletable fuels and depeltables may be able to rescue America from the dangers of rapidly approching peak oil. --- “Every tax dollar the House bill gives to the highly profitable, oil, gas and nuclear giants, chokes off competition from new, undepletable fuels capable of economically replacing oil and nuclear energy. But for sustainable fuels to be deployed in time to avoid the disaster that looms from peak oil, Congress must provide a level playing field with oil, coal, gas, and radioactive fuels.” said Roy McAlister, President of the American Hydrogen Association and Co-President of CleanPeace.  McAlister, a scientist, engineer, educator and world authority on hydrogen and its production from undepletable resources said, “As a long term researcher, I can assure the American public that the proven technologies to produce, transport, and safely utilize hydrogen from undepletable resources are available today and can be utilized by rapid conversion of existing internal combustion engines and other equipment.” --- eMediaWire --- Apr 30, 2005

Hydrogen home an energetic test --- Engineer and inventor Bryan Beaulieu is nearly finished creating a $2 million home that will run on hydrogen.  Beaulieu's home will trap sunlight in solar panels and convert it to electricity. That electricity will run a washing machine-size appliance called an electrolyzer, which separates water into hydrogen and oxygen.  The hydrogen will be trapped in high-pressure tanks and run through an electric generator, producing a clean electricity that keeps lights, computers, ceiling fans - whatever the family needs - humming.  "It works just like you use natural gas," said Beaulieu, 55, "but with no pollution."  The solar panels will soak up tens of thousands of watts of energy during the day and store it for evening, when the family needs more power.  "He's using a type of environmental management of radiation from outer space to heat in winter and cool in the summer," McAlister said. "He's converting what would have cost society a lot in terms of garbage and sewage into resources greatly needed." --- The Arizona Republic --- Apr 29, 2005

The Hydrogen Office --- Business Environment Partnership

Hot!! North Dakota Governor Hoeven Signs Broad New Renewable Energy Legislation New Renewable Energy Office To Benefit Wind, Biodiesel, Ethanol And Transmission --- State of North Dakota --- Apr 27, 2005

Harvesting the Wind to Build North Dakota's Future - Governor John Hoeven (pdf) --- Apr 27, 2005

Florida Department of Environmental Protection , Delta Airlines, Ford Present Hydrogen Tugs --- Apr 27, 2005

Hydrogen Bill Passes Florida House --- Apr 27, 2005

Some drivers beating high gas prices by converting their cars to electric --- San Diego Union Tribune --- Apr 23, 2005

Hydrogen village on P.E.I. will use wind power to create hydrogen fuel --- Prince Edward Island will become the testing ground for a new clean energy system that uses wind power to produce hydrogen fuel. --- Macleans.ca --- Apr 21, 2005

Hydrogen village idea closer to reality --- Government officials aren't saying much, but it seems a large-scale project to explore alternate energy use is inching closer to western Prince Edward Island.  It would turn the Tignish area into a "hydrogen village," using wind energy produced at North Cape to turn hydrogen into a fuel source for use in cars and fishing boats. --- CBC --- Apr 8, 2005

Oil problem too big for leaders to handle --- If we keep sending the same kind of opportunists, nitwits, special pleaders and party hacks we have up there now, then bad times are surely coming. You can't expect a bunch of shade-tree mechanics to service a space shuttle, and you can't expect a bunch of knuckleheaded office-seekers to solve today's complex problems. --- News-Press --- Apr 7, 2005

Hull turbine gets OK from state; Hingham residents say environmental review was lax  --- Patriot Ledger --- Apr 11, 2005

Two-thirds of world's resources 'used up' --- The human race is living beyond its means. A report backed by 1,360 scientists from 95 countries - some of them world leaders in their fields - today warns that the almost two-thirds of the natural machinery that supports life on Earth is being degraded by human pressure. --- Guardian --- Mar 30, 2005

World's Most Eco-Friendly Carwash Breaks Ground --- World’s First Hydrogen Fuel Cell Powered Carwash --- eMediaWire --- Apr 2, 2005

Hybrid-Car Tinkerers Scoff at No-Plug-In Rule --- New York Times --- Apr 1, 2005

Colorado Fuel Cell Proposal Accepted by Governor's Office --- OEMC --- Apr 1, 2005

California Hydrogen Highway Blueprint Plan, Vol1, Summary of Finings and Reccomendations,  (pdf) --- 

California Hydrogen Highway Blueprint Plan, Vol2, Consultant Report2 (pdf) --- 

Power answers blowing in the wind --- Nuclear power offers an alternative, but it creates radioactive wastes that last for hundreds of years and nuclear power plants make perfect targets for terrorists. In contrast, using a 2-megawatt wind turbine to generate electricity for one year can cost as little per kilowatt-hour (kwh) as coal, without producing the same 8,300 tons of carbon dioxide. And while terrorists may target oil tankers and nuclear power plants, turbines are a safe bet. Bombing one would be as anticlimactic as knocking over a tree. --- Japan Times --- Mar 24, 2005

Interview: Germany's environment minister Jürgen Trittin --- "If nuclear power is environmentally friendly then the earth is flat. The climate argument is really the last straw of the atomic lobby, after all the other arguments since Chernobyl have proved to be bitter illusions.  In Germany we've got to the stage where what we are talking about is that renewable energy delivers too much energy - not too little. The politics of sustainable energy never meant relying on a single energy source but on a mixture. We are in the process of composing anew our energy mixture, which at the moment is made up of a third nuclear energy. By 2020 the nuclear component will have disappeared, while the renewable energy part (not just wind but also sun, biological and geo-thermal) will double. Fossil fuels such as gas and coal will also play an important role, though in much more efficient power stations than today. And don't forget our most productive and least used source of energy up until now - energy efficiency." Germany's environment minister Jürgen Trittin --- Guardian Unlimited --- Mar 15, 2005

THE ARNOLD REVOLUTION --- While President Bush hunts the terrorists down and pressures nation-states to give up their sponsorship of terror gangs, Schwarzenegger is working to solve the problem of Islamic terrorism once and for all — by ending our dependence on foreign oil and stopping the worldwide economic and climatic distortions that global oil usage causes.  He's doing it by providing aggressive state leadership to open the way for hydrogen fuel cell cars. While President Bush speaks of the advent of these vehicles in the indefinite future, Gov. Schwarzenegger is bringing them to the here and now by converting gas stations along California's interstate highways to provide hydrogen fuel as well as gasoline.  Since California accounts for 20 percent of U.S. new-car purchases, the tail will wag the dog and a national hydrogen grid will become almost inevitable. --- New York Post --- Mar 17, 2005

Hydrogen-Burning Fireplace, Freestanding Stove Hot Items At Expo --- BuildingOnline --- Mar 17, 2005

Heat & Glo™ Aqueon™ Creates Fire from Water --- The world's first hydrogen-burning fireplace launches next generation of hearth products --- Feb 24, 2005

Hydrogen fuel station in the works --- City of Burbank converting five Priuses to run on hydrogen. --- Officials said Burbank's hydrogen project could help in that initiative, by giving potential owners of fuel-cell vehicles a place to fuel up.  "This hydrogen internal combustion engine ... (works) as a bridge technology between the fuel-cell vehicles and the conventional-fuel vehicles, and they have the potential to considerably reduce emissions," said Tina Cherry, a spokeswoman for the AQMD. --- Los Angeles Daily News --- Mar 17, 2005

No stopping global warming, studies predict --- Even if people stopped pumping out carbon dioxide and other pollutants tomorrow, global warming would still get worse, two teams of researchers reported on Thursday.  Sea levels will rise more than they have already risen, worsening the damage caused by extreme high tides and storm surges, and droughts, heat waves and storms will become more severe, the climate experts predicted. --- Reuters Foundation --- Mar 17, 2005

Economic Meltdown - Sorry, But We’re Toast --- It’s only 2005 and already the demand for oil is exceeding the (normal) supply? And, what is Bush’s response to this new state of affairs?  Hide it from the American people, so he can continue with his war-agenda.  Unbelievable. Welcome, Fellow Sharecroppers! This is a very serious situation. America is facing a calamity of incalculable magnitude and, yet, the government keeps obfuscating the facts while the media oozes its reassuring platitudes that “all is well”. --- ZNET --- Mar 17, 2005

Greenhouse gases 'do warm oceans' --- "If you take this data and combine it with a decade of earlier results, the debate about whether or not there is a global warming signal here and now is over at least for rational people." Dr Tim Barnett, Scripps Institution of Oceanography --- BBC News --- Feb 17, 2005

Harnessing hydrogen to fuel the future --- A Los Angeles entrepreneur who cruises around Taos in a hydrogen-powered limousine is now the proud owner of a hydrogen fueling station.  It's sure to be a hit this week at the first annual International Hydrogen Energy Implementation Conference, where the fueling station will be on display Thursday and Friday. --- The New Mexican --- Feb 15, 2005

Hot!! It's much too late to sweat global warming Time to prepare for inevitable effects of our ill-fated future --- At the core of the global warming dilemma is a fact neither side of the debate likes to talk about: It is already too late to prevent global warming and the climate change it sets off. Among the steps needed to defend ourselves is quick action to fortify emergency response capabilities worldwide, to shield or relocate vulnerable coastal communities and to prepare for increased migration flows by environmental refugees. --- San Francisco Chronicle --- Feb 13, 2005

It's the Pipelines, Stupid --- Freezer Box --- Jan 31, 2005

48 Groups Refute President's Claim That Nuclear Energy Is " A Renewable Source of Energy" --- Jan 26, 2005

Global warming is 'twice as bad as previously thought' --- Global warming might be twice as catastrophic as previously thought, flooding settlements on the British coast and turning the interior into an unrecognisable tropical landscape, the world's biggest study of climate change shows.  Globally, average temperatures could reach 11C greater than today, double the rise predicted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the international body set up to investigate global warming. Such high temperatures would melt most of the polar icecaps and mountain glaciers, raising sea levels by more than 20ft. --- The Independent --- Jan 27, 2005

Global warming approaching point of no return, warns leading climate expert --- Dr Rajendra Pachauri, the chairman of the official Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), told an international conference attended by 114 governments in Mauritius this month that he personally believes that the world has "already reached the level of dangerous concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere" and called for immediate and "very deep" cuts in the pollution if humanity is to "survive".  His comments rocked the Bush administration - which immediately tried to slap him down - not least because it put him in his post after Exxon, the major oil company most opposed to international action on global warming, complained that his predecessor was too "aggressive" on the issue. --- The Independent --- Jan 23, 2005

Metaldyne chief calls for hydrogen-powered cars, gas tax --- Metaldyne Corp. Chairman and CEO Tim Leuliette told a group of automotive executives Wednesday that the industry must unite toward hydrogen-powered cars and proposed a gas tax to fund development and infrastructure. --- Crains Detroit --- Jan 19, 2005

Read the entire speech (pdf) by Tim Leuliette of Metaldyne Corp.

Platinum galore: remote island of Unst gets ready for a boom in precious metals --- After months of combing Unst, in the Shetland Islands, for signs of mineral deposits, geologists are on the verge of establishing whether the tiny community of 720 people could be sitting on a jackpot of platinum. They believe there is enough on Unst to make a mine financially viable.  In April, the island will open the first community-owned hydrogen production plant in Europe to harness wind power that will help split hydrogen from oxygen in water so it can be bottled. The main catalyst in the electrolyser which converts the water into hydrogen is made from platinum, so to have a source of the essential ingredient for a new industry on their doorstep could be a great help. --- The Independent --- Jan 5, 2005


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