The rise of the hydrogen economy

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Hydrogen first began to attract attention as a renewable fuel over a decade ago, with R&D programs established under the George W. Bush administration and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s dreams of a “hydrogen highway.” But after being pushed aside due to cost issues and lack of adequate technology, the so-called hydrogen economy is on the rise in the U.S. once again.

The U.S. Department of Energy is reviving a number of programs to spur hydrogen development in the private sector. And both companies and academic researchers are responding in kind.

When burned, hydrogen is a zero-emissions fuel. But the No. 1 source for hydrogen is still natural gas — a fossil fuel with a significant environmental impact related to extraction. But the latest in hydrogen economy development is out to change that with renewable hydrogen solutions for a sustainable fuel future.

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Latest Hydrogen Breakthrough Trips Up Trump’s Coal Promise

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Renewable Hydrogen Now On the Circular Economy Menu

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Hydrogen to the Rescue: U.S. Manufacturing Jobs are Already Coming Back

The Energy Department says the hydrogen economy is already creating new manufacturing jobs in the U.S. -- and could create many more.

U.S. Ups the Ante on Renewable Hydrogen Production

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Tiny Microalgae Could Lead Hydrogen Economy

New research from Tel Aviv University demonstrates the potential for industrial-scale hydrogen production from a renewable resource: microalgae.

U.S. Pumps $30 Million More Into Hydrogen Economy

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HyperSolar Bumps the Hydrogen Race into High Gear

HyperSolar just patented and demonstrated a device that uses solar power to produce hydrogen from dirty water, leaving clean water behind.

Hydrogen Economy Gets Real: Renewable Power for Rail Transportation

The hydrogen economy dream is getting closer to reality in the transportation sector, as France's Alstom launches fuel cell trains to replace diesel.

Dream of a Hydrogen Highway Still Alive in California

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