Global installed capacity of wind, solar and other renewables rose by a record 11 gigawatts (GW), to 138.5 GW, in 2016. The costs of generating these renewables are now comparable with fossil-fuel plants. But the future of renewables remains vulnerable to government policy changes and to slowing growth in electricity demand.

 Japan says it will have a “hydrogen society” by the end of this year. A hydrogen society is one that will rely heavily on the use of fuel cells to generate electricity. These energy systems would replace conventional solutions and will not only produce electricity but heat and power transportation as well. The Asian country wants 40,000 fuel cell vehicles by 2020 and is looking for fuel cell stations t0 provide electricity and heat to homes and businesses.

This week in Saint-Malo, France, the first hydrogen ship to attempt to navigate around the world was launched. (See photo above) The Energy Observer is taking 6 years to visit 50 countries with 101 stopovers. You can see a video of the ship here.