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Jun 26, 2016

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Energy from sunlight: Further steps towards artificial photosynthesis

Jun 24, 2016: Chemists have come one step closer to generating energy from sunlight: for the first time, they were able to reproduce one of the crucial phases of natural photosynthesis with artificial molecules.

Schleswig-Holstein, Germany: Big-Picture Hydrail

Jun 21, 2016: by guest blogger Stan Thompson 21 June, 2016:  Today, Eva Grey, writing in Railway-Technology.com, described the quintessential model indicating where hydrail (hydrogen fuel cell railway) technology is headed. In her story, “German state thrusts hydrogen-powered hydrail into the spotlight,” Ms. Grey breaks the story of plans by the State of Schleswig-Holstein in northern Germany to convert ……

Better way to 'herd' electrons in solar fuel devices

Jun 20, 2016: Researchers have discovered a new way to optimize electron transfer in semi-conductors used in solar fuel solutions.

Solar exposure energizes muddy microbes

Jun 20, 2016: Researchers have presented a sediment Microbial Fuel Cell (sMFC) system for remotely investigating the physiology and ecology of electrically active microbes in submerged field sites. Depending on the depth at which device components were submerged, scientists observed variation in start-up time and electricity generation.

researchers find new ways to make clean hydrogen, rechargable zinc batteries

Jun 17, 2016: New technologies have now been developed to tackle two of the world's biggest energy challenges -- clean fuel for transportation and grid-scale energy storage.

Challenger disaster: How do hydrogen droplets behave when hydrogen-oxygen aerosol mixtures burn?

Jun 16, 2016: In the framework of research motivated by the Challenger disaster a team of researchers have pursued all possible mechanisms of igniting explosions of liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen mixtures in similar situations. Their analysis revealed new mechanisms, which, in turn, required seeking a deeper understanding of the way hydrogen droplets burn within these mixtures.

Eleventh International Hydrail Conference: a first look at the program

Jun 15, 2016: by guest blogger Stan Thompson This year’s “11-IHC” is the first event since the International Hydrail Conference series began in 2005 when a major focus of the agenda will be on hydrogen fuel cell passenger railway equipment already being manufactured and in service. (see http://www.hydrail.org) China now has two hydrail trams in production. One is ……

Where Are All the Hydrail (Hydrogen Trains) in California?

Jun 13, 2016: Of all the U. S. states, California has shown the biggest commitment to clean transportation including fuel cell vehicles. In the Golden State there are fuel cell cars for sale and lease, fuel cell buses deployed north and south, plus fuel cell trucks and delivery vans gracing the roadways. With all of this commitment to ……

Chemists invent new supercapacitor materials

Jun 13, 2016: Chemists have invented a new type of supercapacitor material with a host of potential applications in electronics, transportation and energy storage devices.

New understanding of plant growth brings promise of tailored products for industry

Jun 9, 2016: In the search for low-emission plant-based fuels, new research could lead to sustainable alternatives to fossil fuel-based products. Scientists have identified new steps in the way plants produce cellulose, the component of plant cell walls that provides strength, and forms insoluble fiber in the human diet.

Novel energy inside a microcircuit chip

Jun 8, 2016: Scientists have developed an extremely efficient small-size energy storage, a micro-supercapacitor, which can be integrated directly inside a silicon microcircuit chip.

Towards building next-generation batteries using a pigment electrode

Jun 7, 2016: Researchers have demonstrated calcium ion batteries (CIBs) using pigment electrodes such as Prussian blue and its analogues. The CIBs showed excellent cyclability of discharge and charge in a calcium-based organic electrolyte. This is thought to derive from strong atomic bonds in Prussian blue structures, which possess movable pathways for large-sized ions in three dimensions. Such unique structures have excellent potential for application in newly designed batteries.

Origami ninja star inspires new battery that runs on a few drops of dirty water

Jun 7, 2016: A new disposable battery that folds like an origami ninja star could power biosensors and other small devices for use in challenging field conditions. The microbial fuel cell runs on the bacteria available in a few drops of dirty water.

Graphene-based transparent electrodes for highly efficient flexible OLEDS

Jun 4, 2016: A research team has developed highly flexible OLEDs with excellent efficiency by using graphene as a transparent electrode (TE) which is placed in between titanium dioxide (TiO2) and conducting polymer layers.

HYDRAIL: FROM RESOLVE TO RAILS IN 11 YEARS

Jun 3, 2016: By guest blogger Stan Thompson In 2005 in Charlotte, North Carolina, for the benefit of society a handful of citizens, companies and agencies set about changing the railroad traction paradigm for the first time since 1925 when diesel began replacing steam. The societal benefits being pursued were climate change mitigation; air pollution reduction; and the ……

3D printing of patterned membranes opens door to rapid advances in membrane technology

Jun 2, 2016: A new type of 3D printing will make it possible for the first time to rapidly prototype and test polymer membranes that are patterned for improved performance.

Tiny probe could produce big improvements in batteries and fuel cells

May 31, 2016: The key to needed improvements in the quest for better batteries and fuels cells likely lies in the nanoscale, a realm so tiny that the movement of a few atoms or molecules can shift the landscape. A team researchers has built a new window into this world to help scientists better understand how batteries really work.

A jolt from the blue: Rays provide power for an electric generator

May 31, 2016: Scientists removed the electric organ from a torpedo and chemically stimulated the organ by injecting a solution of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine though a syringe. They were able to achieve more than a minute of continuous current, with a peak voltage of 91 mV and 0.25 mA of current. By increasing the number of syringes, they achieved a peak voltage of 1.5 V and a current of 0.64mA.

Decentralized production of hydrogen peroxide: Using surplus renewable power

May 30, 2016: Wood-colored pulp from which white paper is to be produced, objectionable tooth discolorations or disinfecting work areas in hospitals and food production facilities: Due to its highly oxidizing and cell toxic effects hydrogen peroxide is widely used as a bleaching agent and disinfectant in many technical areas, the production of cosmetics and medical applications. Hydrogen peroxide has also become firmly established in oxidative water treatment. Here, under the influence of ultraviolet light, hydrogen peroxide forms hydroxyl radicals: these destroy organic molecules that are not easily biodegradable.

How researchers make a battery in seven easy steps

May 26, 2016: Learn how researchers assemble experimental batteries.

Truck turns its own heat into power

May 24, 2016: A 195-year-old discovery is behind a new system that will save vehicles hundreds of litres of fuel and reduce their carbon emissions by as much as 2 to 3 tonnes per year.

BMW Predicts FCEVs & BEVs Will Coexist in the Future

May 22, 2016: According to Merten Jung, BMW’s head of fuel cell development, in the future FCEVs (fuel cell electric vehicles) and BEVs (battery electric vehicles) will coexist and PHEVs (plug-in hybrid electric vehicles) will fade into the sunset. Mr. Jung believes that PHEVs are simply transitional technology until FCEVs and BEVs take hold in the market. According ……

Technique improves efficacy of fuel cells

May 16, 2016: Fuel cells, which generate electricity from chemical reactions without harmful emissions, have the potential to power everything from cars to portable electronics, and could be cleaner and more efficient than combustion engines.

Riversimple Gets Complex with New FCEV Prototypes

May 8, 2016: A couple of months ago, Riversimple rolled out its Rasa hydrogen FCEV (fuel cell electric vehicle). And, now that we’ve gotten used to this cool, cutting edge design, Riversimple has done it again, but unveiling two new design prototypes at the London Motor Show. According to Gizmag, “In an attempt to augment the simple hatchback ……

Glucose as a new energy source for pacemakers

Apr 29, 2016: Researchers are working on the creation of a bio-battery that uses blood glucose to produce energy. Such a battery would cut down on the number of surgical interventions a pacemaker user must undergo.

Cactus-inspired skin gives electric cars a spike

Apr 28, 2016: Inspired by the humble cactus, a new type of membrane has the potential to significantly boost the performance of fuel cells and transform the electric vehicle industry.

Where Are All of the Hydrogen Trucks?

Apr 27, 2016: In the past I’ve written quite a bit about all different sizes and shapes of prototype hydrogen fuel cell and ICE (internal combustion engine) trucks. Since I haven’t talked about this recently I’m thinking now would be a good time to revisit this subject. Before their bankruptcy a couple of years back, Vision Industries produced ……

Happy EarthDay Hydrogen Car Folks!!!

Apr 22, 2016: Happy EarthDay Hydrogen Car Folks!!!

Cleaning up hybrid battery electrodes improves capacity and lifespan

Apr 22, 2016: Hybrid batteries that charge faster than conventional ones could have significantly better electrical capacity and long-term stability when prepared with a gentle-sounding way of making electrodes. Called ion soft-landing, the high-precision technique resulted in electrodes that could store a third more energy and had twice the lifespan compared to those prepared by a conventional method.

Unexpected discovery leads to a better battery

Apr 18, 2016: An unexpected discovery has led to a zinc-manganese oxide rechargeable battery that's as inexpensive as conventional car batteries, but has a much higher energy density.

Urine turned into sustainable power source for electronic devices

Apr 18, 2016: Researchers have developed an innovative miniature fuel cell that can generate electricity from urine, creating an affordable, renewable and carbon-neutral way of generating power.

Will the Toyota Prius Prime Kill the Hydrogen Car?

Apr 9, 2016: In December 2007, I posited the question of whether or not PHEVs (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles) will kill both EV’s and hydrogen cars. My reasoning was that if gasoline-electric PHEVs reach the 125mpg to 150mpg range, then consumers may dive into this type of vehicle leaving EVs and FCEVs in the dust. Why? A big ……

New microwave synthesis technique produces more-affordable hydrogen

Apr 8, 2016: Scientists create a molybdenum-based material that could be a low-cost alternative to platinum for splitting water to make hydrogen fuel.

Graphene layer could allow solar cells to generate power when it rains

Apr 6, 2016: Graphene layer could allow solar cells to generate power when it rains.

Hybrid system could cut coal-plant emissions in half

Apr 4, 2016: A system to generate electricity from coal with much greater efficiency has been designed by researchers, possibly reaching as much as twice the fuel-to-electricity efficiency of today's conventional coal plants.

Lithium hoarding behind failure of promising new battery

Apr 1, 2016: A salt plays a critical role in allowing lithium-sulfur batteries to hold a charge after more than 200 uses; this work offers needed design principles for creating long-lasting, high-capacity batteries.

Improving battery performance testing

Mar 31, 2016: Scientists have demonstrated that the placement and type of a tiny measurement device called a reference electrode enhances the quantity and quality of information that can be extracted from lithium-ion battery cells during cycling.

Hydride-ion conduction makes its first appearance

Mar 30, 2016: Ionic transport has been studied extensively over the years for energy devices such as fuel cells and batteries using Li+, H+, Ag+, Cu+, F-, and O2-. Yet as researchers point out in a recent report, hydride ions (H-) may be particularly useful for high-energy-density storage and conversion devices. Using an oxyhydride solid state cell they have now demonstrated pure H- conduction in an oxide for the first time.

Will Methanol Fuel Cell Vehicle Kill the Hydrogen Car?

Mar 29, 2016:   Will the methanol fuel cell vehicle (pictured above) kill the hydrogen fuel cell vehicle? In September 2015, the first methanol (wood alcohol) fueling station was opened in Europe. The station is located in Aalborg, Denmark. Some of the advantages of methanol fuel cell vehicles are: Methanol is a liquid and can be easily transported ……

Novel water-removal technique boosts performance of carbon nanomaterials

Mar 23, 2016: New research illuminating water’s critical role in forming catalysts for oxygen reduction in materials has revealed the key to designing next-generation carbon nanomaterials with enhanced performance for fuel cells and batteries.

Carbon leads the way in clean energy: New method uses cheap carbon-based catalyst to deliver energy using hydrogen

Mar 22, 2016: Groundbreaking research is leading the way in clean energy, with the use of carbon as a way to deliver energy using hydrogen.

Pumping up energy storage with metal oxides

Mar 21, 2016: Material scientists have found certain metal oxides increase capacity and improve cycling performance in lithium-ion batteries. The team synthesized and compared the electrochemical performance of three graphene metal oxide nanocomposites and found that two of them greatly improved reversible lithium storage capacity.

Engineers adapt laser method to create micro energy units

Mar 21, 2016: As the demand for thinner microelectronic devices increases, manufacturers often are limited by how oddly shaped the energy sources must become to make them conform to the smaller space. Now, researchers have developed a method of transferring an energy source to virtually any shape. Using direct laser-writing techniques, scientists can help smartphone manufacturers fabricate energy storage units such as micro fuel cells that are environmentally friendly, highly designable and thin.

Solar fuels: A refined protective layer for the 'artificial leaf'

Mar 21, 2016: Researchers have developed a process for providing sensitive semiconductors for solar water splitting ("artificial leaves") with an organic, transparent protective layer. The extremely thin protective layer made of carbon chains is stable, conductive, and covered with catalyzing nanoparticles of metal oxides. These accelerate the splitting of water when irradiated by light.

Nano plates as catalysts for solar fuels

Mar 18, 2016: Solar fuels, clean fuels from sunlight, water and CO2, form an attractive way for storing solar energy in hydrogen or hydrocarbons, for example. The efficiency of this technology still needs a ‘boost’. Researcher investigated special nanoplates with platinum particles on them, accelerating the chemical conversion.

Could bread mold build a better rechargeable battery?

Mar 17, 2016: You probably don't think much of fungi, and especially those that turn bread moldy, but researchers have evidence that might just change your mind. Their findings suggest that a red bread mold could be the key to producing more sustainable electrochemical materials for use in rechargeable batteries.

Alternative fuels need more than hype to drive transportation market

Mar 16, 2016: Hype followed by disappointment: That's been the general pattern over the past few decades when an alternative fuel is presented to the public. It's a fuel du jour phenomenon, from methanol to hydrogen, where government leaders and the media hype a new fuel, only to abandon it when lofty expectations are not met.

New fuel materials could make nuclear reactors safer

Mar 16, 2016: Nuclear power is an important energy source and is essential as a clean energy to reduce current carbon emissions from fossil fuels. However, many people feel the risk of nuclear accidents does not outweigh the benefits associated with nuclear energy.

Smaller, cheaper microbial fuel cells turn urine into electricity

Mar 16, 2016: A new kind of fuel cell that can turn urine into electricity could revolutionize the way we produce bioenergy, particularly in developing countries. The research describes a new design of microbial fuel cell that's smaller, cheaper and more powerful than traditional ones.

Generating electricity with tomato waste

Mar 16, 2016: A team of scientists is exploring an unusual source of electricity -- damaged tomatoes that are unsuitable for sale at the grocery store. Their pilot project involves a biological-based fuel cell that uses tomato waste left over from harvests in Florida.