Every year 24,000 people die prematurely because of pollution from coal-fired power plants.
Every year 38,000 heart attacks occur because of pollution from coal-fired power plants.
Every year 12,000 hospital admissions and 550,000 people suffering asthma attacks result from power plant pollution.
Every year, coal-fired power plants release 48 tons of mercury nationwide.
Power plants release over 40% of total U.S. C02 emissions, a primary contributor to global warming...
...and yet the coal industry wants you to believe that building more coal fired power plants in Michigan is a good idea!
...and now utilities want to burn (as biomass) our trees that capture and store harmful carbon dioxide and produce the oxygen we need to live
Hydrogen Fuel Cells
Home Solar Hydrogen Station Introduced to Green Car Market
Honda finally unveiled their new solar hydrogen solar station and all signs point to a dramatic success. The station is smaller than previous models and enables an electric car owner to refill their fuel cell overnight. The unit should easily fit into a homeowners’ garage taking up significantly less space than previous models.
The Honda Solar Hydrogen Station is built to recharge the car on an overnight 8-hour fill. The power that was replenished would typically power the car for a full day of average driving. In most cases, that single fill will be able to get just about anyone through their day and back home without having to worry about a recharge.
Inside Bloom Energy's Miracle Box
The Bloom Box is the latest energy miracle that sounds too good to be true: Debuting with a wide-eyed segment on 60 Minutes, it promises to be clean, cheap and backyard-friendly, the solution to our energy problems. What is it? The heart of the box is a fuel cell. Though Bloom Energy's CEO K.R. Sridhar—a former NASA scientist—says it's a new kind of fuel cell. And though it's cleaner than any combustion engine out there, it still relies on fossil fuels and biofuels—not just hydrogen, like some other kinds of fuel cells do. Nevertheless, the folks at Bloom are doing something that could help make reduced emissions a reality for big businesses first, and then later, for homes. To get a good grip on why we should care about this thing, let's first look at the basics of fuel cell technology.
Japan working towards fuel-cell reality
You've probably heard about hydrogen fuel cells for the car. Well, how about for the home? For Americans, it might sound like a far-off reality. But in Japan, home fuel cells are gaining in popularity. Japan is a decade ahead of the U.S. in the lucrative residential fuel cell market, but the U.S. has made strides in the industrial sector. What the U.S. needs, he says, is a strong commitment to develop the residential sector.
Connecticut Science Center Becomes FIRST in Nation to use Fuel Cell for the Majority of its Power
Dec. 4 Today, the Connecticut Science Center, located in downtown Hartford, became the first science center or museum in the country to generate the majority of its energy needs on-site with a fuel cell. The UTC Power fuel cell technology -- developed in Connecticut -- will generate almost 100% of the electricity demanded by the Science Center on an annual basis. During operating hours, the fuel cell provides approximately two-thirds of the needed power for the downtown Hartford destination.
When Hydrogen Fuel Cells Make Economic Sense
While hydrogen fuel cell cars aren’t expected to enter the market until 2015, certain niche markets are starting to welcome the fuel cell today. “Orders are ramping up from the early test purchases to orders that are more commercial in nature,” says John Tak, President and CEO of the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association. In the case of backup power, fuel cells offer a performance advantage over batteries because they can reliably provide power for days rather than hours. “Customers benefit from a system that guarantees continuous operation when the main power supply, the grid, fails to deliver,” says Tak. “On a dollar-for-dollar basis, fuel cells offer a competitive and reliable backup power solution.”
Mercedes-Benz introducing F-Cell hydrogen fuel cell electric compact car to U.S.
November 20—The Mercedes-Benz F-Cell is essentially a zero emission electric car that makes its own power on board. Unlike plug-in electric cars or PHEV hybrids, the F-Cell never needs gas, never needs recharging. You refuel it with hydrogen. It is the next generation of automotive technology, and it's coming to the U.S. next month. The F-Cell B-Class has a range of about 240 miles and, running on compressed hydrogen, boasts an equivalent fuel mileage of 86.6 city-highway combined miles per gallon. In 2010, Mercedes will make 200 production F-Cell cars available to customers in the U. S. and Europe. MORE TRANSPORTATION: CLICK HERE
Chevrolet Equinox Fuel Cell Passes 1 Million Miles
DETROIT (September 11, 2009) — The Chevrolet Equinox fuel cell electric vehicles today passed 1 million miles of gasoline and tailpipe pollution-free driving by homemakers, accountants, computer game designers and others using the vehicles every day in real-world conditions. More than 50,000 gallons of gasoline have been saved so far in the fuel cell Equinox, more than 100 of which are part of the largest consumer fuel cell demonstration fleet in the world. MORE TRANSPORTATION: CLICK HERE