GM and Honda start work on innovative hydrogen fuel cells

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US: General Motors and Honda will develop and share a hydrogen fuel cell for vehicles they could produce around the end of the decade. They said they would also work with energy suppliers and state and local governments to expand the network of hydrogen refuelling stations. (New York Times)

General Motors and Honda will develop a hydrogen fuel cell for vehicles. (Source: IFCAR)

Australia: Australia’s largest power company, Macquarie Generation, is to use captured carbon emissions from one of its coal plants to help grow algae that can then be processed into clean transport fuel. They signed an agreement with Algae.Tec to site a A$150 million ($136 million) algae carbon capture and biofuels production facility alongside the 2.6GW Bayswater coal-fired power station near Sydney. (Business Green)

UK: Homes and businesses installed nearly 380,000 green power projects such as solar panels and wind turbines in the first three years of the government’s feed-in tariff subsidy scheme. Data also showed interest in the feed-in tariff has fallen to its lowest level in nearly two years. (Business Green)

Spain: Researchers at the Universiti Putra Malaysia have created a prototype of a device to harness energy from ocean currents able to work in deep water. The prototype would be able to provide a 1MW of electricity. (Science Daily)

Maldives: The country plans to forge a bi-lateral partnership with Japan to exchange carbon credits for technology, finance and logistical support for projects to reduce carbon and protect against the impacts of climate change. (RTCC)

US: The California ISO, which operates the grid in most of California and Nevada urged customers in the northern part of the state to conserve energy for a second day on Tuesday as residents crank up air conditioners to escape a heat wave blanketing the region. ISO forecase peak demand topping 47,100MW on Tuesday and 47,200MW on Wednesday. (Reuters)

South Korea: The Green Climate Fund (GCF) remains on course to launch in 2014 following progress at its most recent board meeting in South Korea. (RTCC)

Oceans: Climate change may be weeding out the bacteria that form the base of the ocean’s food chain, selecting certain strains for survival, according to a new study. As atmospheric carbon dioxide levels and temperature rise globally, scientists increasingly want to know which organisms will thrive and which will perish in the environment of tomorrow. (Health24)


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