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Ballard Power Systems will deploy one of its one-megawatt CLEARgen fuel cell generators at Toyota's U.S. sales and marketing headquarters in Torrance, CA. The CLEARgen fuel cell system will utilize hydrogen produced by steam-reformation of renewable biogas generated at a nearby landfill. Deployment of the CLEARgen system will enable Toyota to satisfy its peak and mid-peak power needs by utilizing electricity from either the fuel cell system or from the electrical grid.

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Last week we ignited some healthy discussion in the comments with my post on the (de)merits of on-board hydrogen generators and injectors. While few could argue with my basic thermodynamic analysis of the process, defenders repeated the claim from producers of these systems that something magical happens when you add hydrogen to the air fuel mixture of an engine. We've looked into this a little further in recent days including with a powertrain engineer that actually understands combustion proce

Historically whenever gas prices have gone up, charlatans have come out of the woodwork offering drivers all manner of devices that are claimed to provide dramatic reductions in fuel consumption. From magnets that are clamped to fuel lines, to assorted vacuum advance devices, and intake vortex generators and magical carburetors none of these have actually been demonstrated to work. Many of these old school devices can still be found, but one of the most popular new devices is the on-board hydrog

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