California’s Initiatives to Overcome its Challenges in the Sun

California is embracing energy storage as a reliability solution for an electrical grid that’s adopting more renewable, intermittent generation. Public agencies such as the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power have set ambitious energy storage targets while companies across the state are developing cutting edge storage technologies such as zinc-air batteries and renewable hydrogen. The goal is to ensure a dependable energy supply for the state as it races toward its target of 100% carbon-free energy by 2045.

Fuel-Cell Semi Truck Startup Nikola Gets $250M Investment from CNH Industrial

Nikola, the startup working to bring fuel-cell-powered semi trucks to market has announced a $250 million investment from CNH Industrial during its Series D round of funding. CNH Industrial operates Iveco and FPT Industrial; the two subsidiaries are enormous players in the commercial vehicle and powertrain market and CNH’s backing gives Nikola much-needed credibility as it looks to revolutionize semi trucks and their powertrains. Per Tuesday’s announcement, Iveco and FPT will bring its engineering manufacturing background to help prepare Nikola’s powertrains and semi trucks for production.

Department of Energy Announces $40 Million in Funding for 29 Projects to Advance H2@Scale

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced approximately $40 million in FY 2019 funding for 29 projects to advance the H2@Scale concept. The focus of H2@Scale is to enable affordable and reliable large-scale hydrogen generation, transport, storage, and utilization in the United States across multiple sectors. Funded through the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), with contribution from DOE’s Office of Nuclear Energy, the selected projects will advance hydrogen storage and infrastructure technologies and identify innovative concepts for hydrogen production and utilization including grid resiliency.