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Apr 01, 2015

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An efficient path from carbon to renewable fuel production

Mar 31, 2015: Earth-abundant materials based primarily on carbon, nitrogen and transition metal oxides can be combined into highly efficient energy conversion devices. These devices can be used in fuel cells as well as in electrolysis.

Top 10 Green Cars – 2015 Vancouver Auto Show

Mar 26, 2015: Electric Cars | Fuel Cells | Hydrogen Fuel | TransportationThis Tuesday we had a unique opportunity to preview the Vancouver International Auto Show. This year’s show features a wide variety of electric, hydrogen and hybrid-electric vehicles. We took full advantage and we’re absolutely thrilled to see so many manufacturers putting research and development into clean transportation technologies. Almost every manufacturer had something future-friendly to […]…

Mercedes Benz F 015 Spied Tooling Around San Francisco

Mar 24, 2015: So which is cooler, hydrogen cars or driverless cars? And why can’t we have both? That’s what Mercedes-Benz is saying with their autonomous f 015 fuel cell vehicle. Reddit user SFChillin spotted the car cruising the streets of San Francisco a couple of weekends ago. 7X7.com picked up on the story, “On Thursday morning, a ...

New processing technology converts used packing peanuts to battery components

Mar 22, 2015: Researchers have shown how to convert waste packing peanuts into high-performance carbon electrodes for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that outperform conventional graphite electrodes, representing an environmentally friendly approach to reuse the waste.

'Green' batteries made to last: Oxide/carbon composite outperforms expensive platinum composites

Mar 19, 2015: An oxide/carbon composite outperforms expensive platinum composites in oxygen chemical reactions for green energy devices. Electrochemical devices are crucial to a green energy revolution in which clean alternatives replace carbon-based fuels. This revolution requires conversion systems that produce hydrogen from water or rechargeable batteries that can store clean energy in cars. Now, Singapore-based researchers have developed improved catalysts as electrodes for efficient and more durable green energy devices.

Uncovering a reaction's secrets

Mar 19, 2015: A theoretical and experimental study could lead to improved catalysts for producing hydrogen fuel from waste biomass.

Electronic waste has energy value

Mar 18, 2015: Using discarded electronic boards, researchers have developed a system for obtaining clean hydrogen that can be used as fuel. The researchers have already registered the patent of the process in Japan.

Shell Opens Hydrogen Fueling Station in Germany

Mar 18, 2015: In Hamburg, Germany Shell Deutschland Oil GmbH opened its first CEP approved hydrogen fueling station. The technology for the H2Station was created by H2 Logic. According to H2 Logic, “The fueling station is the first in Germany to obtain a 2014 approval from the Public-Private Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) after extensive third party acceptance and ...

Towards 'printed' organic solar cells and LEDs

Mar 18, 2015: Flexible optoelectronic devices that can be produced roll-to-roll -- much like newspapers are printed -- are a highly promising path to cheaper devices such as solar cells and LED lighting panels. Scientists have now created prototype flexible solar cell modules as well as novel silver-based transparent electrodes that outperform currently used materials.

Materials research could unlock potential of lithium-sulfur batteries

Mar 17, 2015: Scientists have discovered a high performance cathode material with great promise for use in next generation lithium-sulfur batteries that could one day be used to power mobile devices and electric cars.

Clean energy future: New cheap and efficient electrode for splitting water

Mar 17, 2015: Scientists have developed a highly efficient oxygen-producing electrode for splitting water that has the potential to be scaled up for industrial production of the clean energy fuel, hydrogen. The new technology is based on an inexpensive, specially coated foam material that lets the bubbles of oxygen escape quickly. Unlike other water electrolyzers that use precious metals as catalysts, the electrode is made entirely from two non-precious and abundant metals -- nickel and iron.

High power and high safety oxide-based negative electrode materials for Li-ion battery

Mar 13, 2015: Researchers have shown electrochemical Li insertion and deinsertion property of Ti-Nb mixed oxide Ti2Nb10O29 (TNO) at high current rate is greatly improved by vacuum annealing. This is mainly attributed to enhancement of intrinsic electronic conductivity of TNO by introducing oxygen vacancy. Vacuum-annealed TNO is promising negative electrode material of high power and high safety Li-ion battery for large scale application.

Honda FCV Concept Makes European Debut at Geneva Auto Show

Mar 10, 2015: While Honda has been showing off its FCV Concept for the past couple of years, this is the first time the hydrogen vehicle has shown itself in Europe via the Geneva Auto Show. Scheduled to be rolled out for public consumption in March 2016, the first production vehicles will hit the showrooms of Japan followed ...

High performance, lightweight supercapacitor electrodes of the future

Mar 10, 2015: Many scientists are working to develop green, lightweight, low-cost supercapacitors with high performance, and now two researchers have developed a novel supercapacitor electrode based on a hybrid nanostructure made from a hybrid nickel oxide-iron oxide exterior shell and a conductive iron-nickel core. Its core/shell structure could mean faster charging time and longer battery life in electric vehicles and portable electronics.

New thin-film material synthesized for use in fuel cells

Mar 10, 2015: Researchers have synthesized a new thin-film catalyst for use in fuel cells.They report the first-ever epitaxial thin-film growth of Bi2Pt2O7 pyrochlore, which could act as a more effective cathode -- a fundamental electrode component of fuel cells from which positive current flows through an external circuit delivering electric power.

New approach combines biomass conversion, solar energy conversion

Mar 10, 2015: A new approach to combine solar energy conversion and biomass conversion has been presented by researchers. These are two important research areas for renewable energy, they say.

One step closer to artificial photosynthesis and 'solar fuels'

Mar 9, 2015: A new thin-film coating solves a major problem in the development of artificial photosynthetic systems that can replicate the natural process of photosynthesis to harness sunlight to generate fuels.

Bioelectrochemical processes have the potential to one day replace petrochemistry: Lysine production as example

Mar 9, 2015: Researchers have found that the electrification of the white biotechnology is not merely a green dream, but an alternative to petrochemistry with realistic economical potential. Compared to classical sugar based bio-processes, bioelectrochemical processes promise improved yields, which could turn out to be a real game changer. The next generation of bio-production facilities may not only become more environmentally friendly, but also more economically competitive.

Chemists develop new way to make cost-effective material for electricity storage

Mar 6, 2015: Researchers have found a new way to make state-of-the-art materials for energy storage using a cheap lamp from the hardware store.

Urine power to light camps in disaster zones

Mar 6, 2015: A toilet, conveniently situated near the Student Union Bar at the University of the West of England, is proving that urine can generate electricity.

Microscopy directly images problematic lithium dendrites in batteries

Mar 6, 2015: Scientists have captured the first real-time nanoscale images of lithium dendrite structures known to degrade lithium-ion batteries. Dendrites form when metallic lithium takes root on a battery's anode and begins growing haphazardly. If the dendrites grow too large, they can puncture the divider between the electrodes and short-circuit the cell, resulting in catastrophic battery failure.

Big box stores could ditch the grid, use natural gas fuel cells instead

Mar 5, 2015: Natural gas powered solid oxide fuel cells, located at the point of use to produce electricity for facilities the size of big box stores, could provide economic and environmental benefits, with additional research, according to new study.

New research could lead to more efficient electrical energy storage

Mar 4, 2015: Researchers have identified electrical charge-induced changes in the structure and bonding of graphitic carbon electrodes that may one day affect the way energy is stored. The research could lead to an improvement in the capacity and efficiency of electrical energy storage systems, such as batteries and supercapacitors, needed to meet the burgeoning demands of consumer, industrial and green technologies.

Glass coating improves battery performance

Mar 2, 2015: Researchers have investigated a strategy to prevent this 'polysulfide shuttling' phenomenon by creating nano-sized sulfur particles, and coating them in silica, otherwise known as glass.

Aerogel catalyst shows promise for fuel cells: Unzipped nanotubes turned into possible alternative for platinum

Mar 2, 2015: Aerogels made of graphene nanoribbons and modified with boron and nitrogen are more efficient catalysts for fuel cells and air-metal batteries than expensive platinum is, according to researchers.

Supersonic electrons could produce future solar fuel

Mar 2, 2015: Researchers have taken a step closer to producing solar fuel using artificial photosynthesis. In a new study, they have successfully tracked the electrons’ rapid transit through a light-converting molecule.

Hydrail in Germany: another welcome first

Mar 1, 2015: by guest blogger Stan Thompson About 12 years ago, when I first became interested in what’s now called hydrail (hybrid hydrogen fuel cell and battery railway traction), I caught a glimmer of the idea online from Germany in the State of Schleswig-Holstein. Someone there had seen that wireless electric trains could be powered by wind turbines via hydrogen ...

Bringing clean energy a step closer

Feb 27, 2015: Researchers have made an inexpensive metal-free catalyst that performs as well as costly metal catalysts at speeding the oxygen reduction reaction in an acidic fuel cell, and is more durable. The catalyst is made of sheets of nitrogen-doped graphene that provides great surface area, carbon nanotubes that enhance conductivity, and carbon black particles that separate the layers allowing the electrolyte and oxygen to flow freely, which greatly increased performance and efficiency.

The biobattery: Turning sewage sludge into electricity and engine oil

Feb 27, 2015: Sewage sludge, green waste, production residue from the food industry, straw or animal excrement – with the biobattery‘s modular concept a much larger range of biomass can be utilized for energy recovery than previously. Researchers show that they can convert organic residues into electricity, heat, purified gas, engine oil and high quality biochar using this process.

Wind-powered freighters

Feb 27, 2015: To make ships more eco-efficient, engineers have been working with alternative fuels. A Norwegian engineer is currently pursuing a new approach: With VindskipTM, he has designed a cargo ship that is powered by wind and gas. Software will ensure an optimum use of the available wind energy at any time.

NanoFlowcell QUANTiNO Water Fuel Cell Car Stuff

Feb 26, 2015: So, is the nanoFlowcell QUANTiNO a hydrogen fuel cell car or not? This may be a tough call. The vehicle doesn’t use a traditional hydrogen fuel cell with compressed H2 gas and oxygen from the air flowing over the polymer exchange membrane (PEM). Instead the nanoFlowcell uses an ionic liquid catalyst in two 175-liter tanks ...

Dendrite eraser: New electrolyte rids batteries of short-circuiting fibers

Feb 24, 2015: A new electrolyte allows rechargeable batteries to operate well without growing dendrites, tiny pin-like fibers that short-circuit rechargeable batteries.

Renewable energy obtained from wastewater

Feb 24, 2015: Researchers have devised an efficient way to obtain electrical energy and hydrogen by using a wastewater treatment process. The proposed system uses bacteria which consumes the organic material and produces electricity which allows producing hydrogen, the energetic vector of the future. The results point to further developments of this technology at industrial scale.

2 Consumers Criticize the Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell Vehicle

Feb 19, 2015: It’s true that the Hyundai ix35 Tucson Fuel Cell Vehicle has won several awards such as Ward’s 10 Best Engines. But there are also a couple of consumer critics who need to be listened to as well. Ultimately it is the consumers who decide the fate of the hydrogen cars and not those giving the ...

Better batteries inspired by lowly snail shells

Feb 11, 2015: Researchers have isolated a peptide, a type of biological molecule, which binds strongly to lithium manganese nickel oxide (LMNO), a material that can be used to make the cathode in high performance batteries. The peptide can latch onto nanosized particles of LMNO and connect them to conductive components of a battery electrode, improving the potential power and stability of the electrode.

France Fuel Cell Businesses Face Off with Japanese Market

Feb 10, 2015: The French say “in your face” when it comes to introducing fuel cells to the Japanese market. Last month I had talked about 5 plug-in hybrid fuel cell Renault Kangoo ZE vehicles with Symbio FCell Range-Extenders rolling out in France. This month, 3 French fuel cell companies, McPhy, PaxiTech and Atawey (which a way?) will ...

Bionic leaf: Researchers use bacteria to convert solar energy into liquid fuel

Feb 9, 2015: Solar energy can be harnessed using electricity from photovoltaic cells to yield hydrogen that can be stored in fuel cells. But hydrogen has failed to catch on as a practical fuel for cars or for power. Converting solar energy into liquid fuel could accelerate its adoption as a power source.

Closer look at flawed studies behind policies used to promote 'low-carbon' biofuels

Feb 5, 2015: Nearly all of the studies used to promote biofuels as climate-friendly alternatives to petroleum fuels are flawed and need to be redone, according to a researcher who reviewed more than 100 papers published over more than two decades.

Halanaerobium Hydrogeninformans Rocks Out H2 Production

Feb 3, 2015: Dr. Melanie Mormile, a researchers at Missouri S&T, has discovered that the extreme bacterium halanaerobium hydrogeninformans can produce large amounts of hydrogen under the right conditions. According to Missouri S&T, “Mormile, an expert in the microbial ecology of extreme environments, wasn’t searching for a bacterium that could produce hydrogen. Instead, she first became interested in ...

Potential for graphene and other 2D crystals in the energy sector

Feb 3, 2015: Graphene has many potential applications, among them energy generation, conversion and storage. Graphene – a single layer of carbon atoms – and related two-dimensional crystals combine high electrical conductivity with physical flexibility and a huge surface to weight ratio. Such qualities make them suitable for storing electric charge in batteries and supercapacitors, and as catalysts in solar and fuel-cell electrodes.

Hydrogen production in extreme bacterium

Jan 31, 2015: Scientists have discovered a bacterium that can produce hydrogen, an element that one day could lessen the world’s dependence on oil.

Water purification: Running fuel cells on bacteria

Jan 30, 2015: Researchers in Norway have succeeded in getting bacteria to power a fuel cell. The "fuel" used is wastewater, and the products of the process are purified water droplets and electricity. This is an environmentally-friendly process for the purification of water derived from industrial processes and suchlike. It also generates small amounts of electricity – in practice enough to drive a small fan, a sensor or a light-emitting diode. In the future, the researchers hope to scale up this energy generation to enable the same energy to be used to power the water purification process, which commonly consists of many stages, often involving mechanical and energy-demanding decontamination steps at its outset.

Renewable biofuel production avoids competition with food resources

Jan 30, 2015: The efficient production of both biofuel and animal feed from one crop is now possible, and can be done on a farm without the need for off-site processes. The research demonstrates the practical potential of an alternative to fossil fuels that does not compete with food resources.

Renault Kangoo ZE with Symbio FCell Rolls Out

Jan 27, 2015: In France, 5 plug-in hybrid fuel cell Renault Kangoo ZE vehicles have rolled out as part of a rapid launch project aimed at deploying 40 such vehicles. They are calling the fuel cell part of these vehicles “range extenders.” According to the press release on BusinessWire, “Today Symbio FCell announces the launch of five first ...

'Bulletproof' Battery: Kevlar Membrane for Safer, Thinner Lithium Rechargeables

Jan 27, 2015: New battery technology should be able to prevent the kind of fires that grounded Boeing 787 Dreamliners in 2013. The innovation is an advanced barrier between the electrodes in a lithium-ion battery.

Converting olive mash into cash

Jan 26, 2015: An experimental system to create heat and power with waste from olive oil processing is up-and-running in Spain. The system shows a promising way forward for reducing environmental damage and converting organic waste to energy, scientists say.

First Toyota Mirai Delivered and Hyundai Cuts Prices

Jan 20, 2015: On January 15, 2015 Toyota delivered its first production Mirai fuel cell vehicle (pictured above) to Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Handing off the keys was Toyota Motor Corporation President Akio Toyoda. Mr. Toyoda is quoted saying, “This is a historic step and I’m truly excited. This will be a long journey, and to make ...

Perovskites provide big boost to silicon solar cells

Jan 15, 2015: Stacking perovskites onto a conventional silicon solar cell dramatically improves the overall efficiency of the cell, according to a new study.

Glass for battery electrodes

Jan 13, 2015: Today's lithium-ion batteries are good, but not good enough if our future energy system is to rely on electrical power. Chemists and materials scientists have now developed a type of glass that can be used as an electrode material in lithium-ion batteries -- likely making a vast improvement in these batteries' capacity and energy density.

Chemist one step closer to a new generation of electric car battery

Jan 12, 2015: An ultra-thin nanomaterial is at the heart of a major breakthrough by scientists who are in a global race to invent a cheaper, lighter and more powerful rechargeable battery for electric vehicles.