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Hycopter drone uses hydrogen gas to fly for 4 hours

Hycopter drone uses hydrogen gas to fly for 4 hours

With the rising buzz around drones, some have started envisioning them to become bearers of good news. Or at least the packages you ordered. But while Amazon might have gotten a bit of green light for its delivery drone plans, there remains one technical problem. Drones can't really stay up in the air for long, with some of the best lasting only half an hour. Horizon Unmanned Systems, however, might have a solution in the works. Its Hycopter UAV can fly 2.5 to 4 hours, depending on payload, by using fuel cells instead of lithium batteries.

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Toyota’s fuel-cell Mirai hits (very few) US dealers in October

Toyota’s fuel-cell Mirai hits (very few) US dealers in October

Toyota's fuel-cell drive will begin in earnest in the US come October, with the hydrogen-powered Mirai appearing in a small handful of dealerships. The 2016 Mirai, Toyota's first consumer-ready fuel-cell car which emits only pure water rather than CO2, is only expected to account for a tiny fraction of the models the Japanese company sells in the US, not least because of the comparatively tiny launch footprint that will initially see it limited to patches of California with the necessary infrastructure.

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Toyota Mirai becomes first fuel-cell vehicle to serve as NASCAR pace car

Toyota Mirai becomes first fuel-cell vehicle to serve as NASCAR pace car

NASCAR fans who tuned in early to Saturday night's race at Richmond International Raceway saw a vehicle of a completely different type leading the pack of 43 racers around the track. It was the NASCAR Sprint Cup series' Toyota Owners 400, and a 2016 Toyota Mirai sedan became the first hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle to serve as a pace car for an event by the racing body. This was another NASCAR first for Toyota, as in 2009 the first hybrid vehicle to act as a pace car was a Camry Hybrid.

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Toyota refutes cynics by running Mirai’s hydrogen fuel cell on manure

Toyota refutes cynics by running Mirai’s hydrogen fuel cell on manure

Toyota is really working to persuade the public that hydrogen cars are the next big thing. Toyota has already surpassed its goal of selling 400 cars in 2015 by taking 1,500 orders in January alone. The company opted for a unique marketing angle to generate buzz about the Mirai, releasing a series of short films about the car. The first is directed by Morgan Spurlock, of Super Size Me fame. Entitled, "Fueled by Bullsh*it", the video goes into details about the abundance of hydrogen, refuting naysayers (and they are many) of the hydrogen fuel-cell battery.

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Kraftwerk wants to put a power plant in your pocket

Kraftwerk wants to put a power plant in your pocket

There are quite a number of battery packs in the market, ranging in size, shape, capacity or even gimmick. But there some who are really trying to push the boundaries of that portable battery concept. Take for example kraftwerk, a fuel cell-fueled power pack that relies only on gas, freeing you from being tethered to walls for weeks. In fact, since it uses gas, kraftwerk itself doesn't need to be recharged like your conventional portable battery, completely freeing you from the electric grid.

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Toyota looks beyond bigger batteries for EV range boost

Toyota looks beyond bigger batteries for EV range boost

Electric and hybrid cars may be waiting on improved battery technology to squash driver range anxiety, but Toyota believes it may have a wildcard in the meantime. The company is rolling out two new prototypes for real-world testing in Japan, each switching in new silicon carbide (SiC) power semiconductors that could take a big bite out of the 20-percent of electrical power loss traditional components are responsible for. The technology in the two vehicles - a Toyota Camry and a fuel cell bus - could end up in production cars sooner rather than later, Toyota promises.

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Toyota’s hydrogen car blasts 2015 goal in first month

Toyota’s hydrogen car blasts 2015 goal in first month

Toyota is already calling the 2016 Mirai fuel-cell car a success, announcing unexpectedly high preorders in Japan, and warning that as a result some drivers may have to wait longer for delivery. 1,500 orders have been placed in the country in the first month alone, far exceeding Toyota's initial goal to sell around 400 cars before the end of the year. The impressive milestone comes while Mirai sales are still limited to a single country, as the hydrogen-powered sedan isn't expected to arrive in the US and select European countries until later in 2015, and pre-orders are not yet being accepted.

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Toyota shares fuel-cell patent portfolio to drive hydrogen

Toyota shares fuel-cell patent portfolio to drive hydrogen

Toyota has thrown open its fuel-cell patent portfolio, offering royalty-free access to almost 6,000 patents used its Mirai car, in the hope of driving adoption of the technology. "At Toyota, we believe that when good ideas are shared, great things can happen," SVP of automotive operations Bob Carter said of the CES 2015 announcement, which will cover not only other car companies looking to add fuel-cell vehicles to their fleets, but to infrastructure and parts specialists, and even firms looking to leverage hydrogen power for busses and industrial equipment.

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