The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change reported that more than half of Scotland’s electricity consumption in 2015 came from renewable sources. Hydro, wind and solar provided 58% of the country’s electricity last year.

Here is an infographic explaining the difference between electric and hydrogen vehicles.

Japan is aiming to have 40,000 hydrogen-powered cars on its roads by 2020, with plans for 800,000 by 2030, according to a report released by that country’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. Presently there are about 400 fuel-cell vehicles and about 80 hydrogen stations either operating or soon to operate. Japan plans to double the number of hydrogen stations to about 160 by 2021, boosting that to 320 by 2026. As part of the hydrogen push, the Asian country is promoting home fuel cells that are capable of producing electricity and hot water, with a goal of 5.3 million units by 2030. Currently, the number of installations stands at about 150,000.

Honda’s Clarity fuel-cell vehicle (FCV) is on sale for select buyers in Japan for the rest of this year. The Clarity can run 750km (466 miles) on a tank of 70MPa compressed hydrogen. The 174-horsepower motor can reach a top speed of around 100 mph. The vehicle will be available for everyone in Japan, the UK, Europe and the US next year.

Hyundai-Kia announced it will introduce 26 electric, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid vehicles by 2020. There will be at least 12 hybrids, six plug-in hybrids, two EVs, and two hydrogen fuel cell models. Hyundai-Kia expects to sell about 300,000 of these vehicles worldwide in 2020. In comparison, Toyota built 1.2 million hybrids and plug-in hybrids in 2015.

To assist in meeting its goal of having 850,000 electric cars on its roads by 2025, the US state of New York has introduced an electric-car incentive program. The program will offer rebates to buyers of battery-electric cars, plug-in hybrids, and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles, with a maximum rebate of $2,000 per vehicle.

Japan’s East Japan Railway announced it will be installing a solar-powered hydrogen system at Musashimizonokuchi Station on the JR Nanbu Line in Kawasaki City.  The system will start operating in the spring of 2017. The system consists of a solar power generation system, storage battery, hydrogen production equipment, hydrogen tank and a pure hydrogen fuel cell. Solar panels installed on the roof of the train station generate electricity, which is used for production of hydrogen. The hydrogen is stored in the hydrogen tank. During normal times, the system can supply electricity and optimally control the amounts of hydrogen produced, electricity stored, electricity generated. In an emergency, the system can be used to generate electricity with the fuel cell so that some lamps and other devices at the station can be powered.

Facing a serious energy shortage, the South American country of Venezuela has decreed that all Fridays for the next two months will be holidays, in a bid to save energy. A severe drought, coupled with a lack of investment and maintenance in energy infrastructure, has hit the nation, which depends on hydropower for 60% of its electricity. It was not immediately clear how the non-working Fridays will affect the public and private sector, including schools and grocery stores.

 

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