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Automakers give away free hydrogen because there is no way to charge for it

Automakers give away free hydrogen because there is no way to charge for it

Over the years there have been a few vehicles sold by major automakers that are powered by hydrogen fuel cells. Burning hydrogen to produce electricity to power vehicles eliminates the pollution that burning gasoline produces. So far, all of these fuel cell vehicles have come with free hydrogen for the buyers of the cars. Free fuel is a big deal and if you though that automakers were doing that to sell the fuel cell vehicles, you are wrong.

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FCV Concept fuel cell vehicle unveiled by Honda

FCV Concept fuel cell vehicle unveiled by Honda

Honda has unveiled a new concept car in Japan that is designed to use a hydrogen fuel cell. The car is called the Honda FCV Concept and it is unveiled alongside the all-new Honda Power Exporter Concept. The Power Exporter is a new concept that feeds power to the vehicle and enables AC power output from the FCV with a maximum output of 9kW. The concept vehicle and charger will go on sale at the end of March 2016.

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Solar bike lane produces enough power for three homes

Solar bike lane produces enough power for three homes

The world's first solar bike lane has been installed in The Netherlands and it is capable of producing an impressive amount of power. In fact, the bike lane produces enough green electricity to power three homes and it's the world's first bike lane capable of doing so. Krommenie, a city about 25 kilometers from Amsterdam, is where the bike lane was installed.

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Team Sunswift sets record for EV speed over 500km distance

Team Sunswift sets record for EV speed over 500km distance

A group of Australian students has set an official world record for the fastest electric vehicle over a distance of 500km using a car they built at the university dubbed eVe and operated by team Sunswift. The record was certified by FIA, a motorsports governing body, with a new speed mark of 109.966 km/h set by team Sunswift in July. Before Sunswift reset the record, it had stood at 73 km/h for 26 years.

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Watch the Salmon Cannon fire a fish 22mph

Watch the Salmon Cannon fire a fish 22mph

It is with great personal pleasure that I introduce you to the salmon cannon. Before you fly off the handle, know this: this fish-firing masterpiece does not exist to destroy salmon, but to help them survive. These fish are actually getting fired from a cannon in order to help their species live longer.

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Ocean Energy Turbine project aims to harness energy from the ocean

Ocean Energy Turbine project aims to harness energy from the ocean

We've grown accustomed to seeing wind turbines peppered across open patches of land, but researchers working under Crowd Energy are eyeing a different location for generating energy: the depths of the ocean. If successful, a single 100-foot turbine could generate 13.5 megawatts of power.

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Robot bees being built to replace real bugs

Robot bees being built to replace real bugs

A little over a year after the first robot insect swarm was introduced by Harvard University’s Robert Wood, the bee problem in the United States hasn’t gotten any better. It’s not a problem of too many bees - on the contrary. Researchers are looking into ways to create artificial bees because of incredible losses of bees - and we need bees to pollinate the food we eat.

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Silica extends efficiency and lifespan of solar cells with passive cooling

Silica extends efficiency and lifespan of solar cells with passive cooling

Solar panels get really hot; I’ve touched mine this summer on my rooftop and it really burns - solar panels could heat up over 100 degrees Fahrenheit on its normal operation. The high temperature will result in shorter lifespan of these panels and reducing its effectiveness to produce power.

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Rocket scientist adds fins to pans, nearly doubles efficiency

Rocket scientist adds fins to pans, nearly doubles efficiency

One rocket scientist has turned his attention to cookware, designing a new set of pots and pans that are touted as nearly double the energy efficiency of your ordinary round cookware. What's different? The addition of fins.

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Smart teases new tiny car, takes jab at big vehicles

Smart teases new tiny car, takes jab at big vehicles

Smart, maker of the tiny Fortwo cars, has a new model up its sleeve, and to tease its existence, the manufacturer has released a long promotional video for just the opposite: a giant Smart Car that towers amongst its road-bound brethren, offering such perks as "Eco Empathy" and the ability to drive everywhere backwards.

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Honda Smart Home is now open source

Honda Smart Home is now open source

Earlier this year, Honda introduced its Smart Home, a home on the University of California Davis West Village campus that, among other things, produces more energy than it consumes. Interest in the Smart Home has been high, and due to that demand, Honda has announced that its Smart Home is now open source.

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ECan takes on littering with digital currency rewards

ECan takes on littering with digital currency rewards

Efforts to improve garbage collection and decrease littering aren't anything new, but how they take place differs. There's the Enevo One Collect smart sensor, for example, that allows for more efficient trash collection, and the ECan, which gives people an incentive to pick up and throw away trash.

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