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Sep 26, 2017

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New analysis explains role of defects in metal oxides

Sep 21, 2017: Researchers have determined formulas to guide development of a promising new high-tech material, composed of insulating metal oxides known as alkaline-earth-metal binary oxides, that could lead to better computer memory chips, refrigeration systems, and other devices.

Better rechargeable batteries coming soon?

Sep 21, 2017: Novel lithium electrodes coated with indium could be the basis for more powerful, longer-lasting, rechargeable batteries. The coating hinders undesirable side-reactions between the electrode and electrolyte, provide a more uniform deposition of lithium when charging, and augments storage in the lithium anode via alloying reactions between lithium and indium. Their success stems from the good diffusion of lithium ions along the interfacial layer.

Spinning a lighter, safer electrode

Sep 20, 2017: A fabric-like material electrode has been created that could help make energy storage devices -- batteries and supercapacitors -- faster and less susceptible to leaks or disastrous meltdowns. Their design for a new supercapacitor, which looks something like a furry sponge infused with gelatin, offers a unique alternative to the flammable electrolyte solution that is a common component in these devices.

Advanced lithium-ion and metal-air batteries

Sep 19, 2017: Engineers are developing energy storage technologies that are cheaper, safer and more efficient.

Solar-to-fuel system recycles CO2 to make ethanol and ethylene

Sep 18, 2017: Scientists have harnessed the power of photosynthesis to convert carbon dioxide into fuels and alcohols at efficiencies far greater than plants. The achievement marks a significant advance in the effort to move toward sustainable sources of fuel.

Copper catalyst yields high efficiency CO2-to-fuels conversion

Sep 18, 2017: Scientists have developed a new electrocatalyst that can directly convert carbon dioxide into multicarbon fuels and alcohols using record-low inputs of energy. The work is the latest in a round of studies tackling the challenge of a creating a clean chemical manufacturing system that can put carbon dioxide to good use.

Volkswagen Group’s Scania uses Hydrogenics’ fuel cell in trucks

Sep 16, 2017:   If you have been waiting in vain for one of the last articles in this series to be published, I hope you will forgive me for the delay. I have been working with another type of zero-pollution ‘means of transportation’, using free energy to boot. The summer went by far too fast: volunteering at ……

Converting waste toilet paper into electricity

Sep 15, 2017: Chemists have performed a techno-economic analysis of converting waste toilet paper into electricity. They propose a two-step process and calculate a cost per kWh comparable to that of residential photovoltaic installations.

Hydrogen power moves a step closer

Sep 14, 2017: Physicists are developing methods of creating renewable fuel from water using quantum technology. Renewable hydrogen can already be produced by photoelectrolysis where solar power is used to split water molecules into oxygen and hydrogen. But fundamental problems remain before this can be adopted commercially due to inefficiency. A new study demonstrates that the novel use of nanostructures could increase the maximum photovoltage generated in a photoelectrochemical cell, increasing the productivity of splitting water molecules.

1st Interstate Hydrogen Highway in USA Inaugurated by Maiden Voyage

Sep 13, 2017: Well, slap me silly and call me Sally (and never, ever call me Shirley), the long-shot fuel cell caravan inaugurating the 1st Interstate Hydrogen Highway in the USA came to fruition on Monday, September 11, 2017. With a lot of guts, determination and planning Michael P. Henning, Mike Strizki and Jed Dole (pictured top, left ……

Advanced material developed for ultra-stable, high capacity rechargeable batteries

Sep 11, 2017: A novel organic material of superior electrical conductivity and energy retention capability for use in battery applications has been developed by scientists. This invention paves the way for the development of ultra-stable, high capacity and environmental friendly rechargeable batteries.

Airline industry could fly thousands of miles on biofuel from a new promising feedstock

Sep 11, 2017: A Boeing 747 burns one gallon of jet fuel each second. A recent analysis estimates that this aircraft could fly for 10 hours on bio-jet fuel produced on 54 acres of specially engineered sugarcane.

Scientists make methanol using air around us

Sep 7, 2017: Scientists have created methanol from methane using oxygen from the air. Methanol is currently produced by breaking down natural gas at high temperatures. But researchers have discovered they can produce methanol from methane through simple catalysis that allows methanol production at low temperatures using oxygen and hydrogen peroxide. The findings have major implications for cleaner, greener industrial processes worldwide.

New way to directly convert methane to methanol using gold-palladium nanoparticles

Sep 7, 2017: Scientists have used colloidal gold-palladium (Au-Pd) nanoparticles to directly oxidize methane to methanol with high selectivity in aqueous solution at low temperatures.

Scanning tunneling microscopy measurements identify active sites on catalyst surfaces

Sep 7, 2017: Chemistry live: using a scanning tunneling microscope, researchers were able for the very first time to witness in detail the activity of catalysts during an electrochemical reaction. The measurements show how the surface structure of the catalysts influences their activity. The new analysis method can now be used to improve catalysts for the electrochemical industry.

Water-based lithium-ion batteries that don't explode now created

Sep 6, 2017: For the first time a lithium-ion battery has been developed that uses a water-salt solution as its electrolyte and reaches the 4.0 volt mark desired for household electronics, such as laptop computers, without the fire and explosive risks associated with some commercially available non-aqueous lithium-ion batteries.

Water-based lithium-ion batteries without explosive risks now a reality

Sep 6, 2017: Researchers have developed for the first time a lithium-ion battery that uses a water-salt solution as its electrolyte and reaches the 4.0 volt mark desired for household electronics, such as laptop computers, without the fire and explosive risks associated with some commercially available non-aqueous lithium-ion batteries.

Fuel economy standards cheaper, more beneficial than previously believed

Sep 6, 2017: The regulations that set fuel-economy and greenhouse-gas emission goals for cars and trucks have lower costs and higher benefits than previous analyses report, a new study shows.

Supercharging silicon batteries

Sep 6, 2017: Scientists have designed a novel silicon-based anode to provide lithium batteries with increased power and better stability.

More durable, less expensive fuel cells

Sep 5, 2017: A new technology has been created that could make fuel cells cheaper and more durable. Hydrogen-powered fuel cells are a green alternative to internal combustion engines because they produce power through electrochemical reactions, leaving no pollution behind. Platinum is the most common catalyst in the type of fuel cells used in vehicles, but it's expensive. The UD team used a novel method to come up with a less expensive catalyst.

NASA Develops Cryo-Fluid Capacitor for Hydrogen on Demand

Sep 2, 2017: I floated this story out over Twitter a couple of days ago and there was less than a yawn in response. So, I’m going to try again to convey why this new Cryo-Fluid Capacitor (not flux capacitor) technology could be a very big deal for hydrogen fuel cell car lovers. NASA’s Kennedy Space Center has ……

Acting like a muscle, nano-sized device lifts 165 times its own weight

Aug 30, 2017: Engineers have discovered a simple, economical way to make a nano-sized device that can match the friendly neighborhood Avenger, on a much smaller scale. Their creation weighs 1.6 milligrams (about as much as five poppy seeds) and can lift 265 milligrams (the weight of about 825 poppy seeds) hundreds of times in a row.

Electricity production: When enzymes rival platinum

Aug 30, 2017: Making a biocell that is as effective as a platinum fuel cell: that's the feat that researchers have achieved. Three years after making their first prototype biocell, the researchers have just reached a new milestone and increased its performance and stability. This biocell could, in the long run, offer an alternative to fuel cells that require rare and costly metals, such as platinum.

Photosynthesis discovery could help design more efficient artificial solar cells

Aug 29, 2017: A natural process that occurs during photosynthesis could lead to the design of more efficient artificial solar cells, according to researchers.

High-tech electronics made from autumn leaves

Aug 29, 2017: Northern China's roadsides are peppered with deciduous phoenix trees, producing an abundance of fallen leaves in autumn. These leaves are generally burned in the colder season, exacerbating the country's air pollution problem. Investigators in Shandong, China, recently discovered a new method to convert this organic waste matter into a porous carbon material that can be used to produce high-tech electronics.

New liquid-metal membrane technology may help make hydrogen fuel cell vehicles viable

Aug 28, 2017: While hydrogen fuel cell cars offer advantages over electric vehicles, they have yet to take off. One reason is the high cost and complexity of producing hydrogen fuel, which can be reduced by using membranes to separate hydrogen from other byproducts. Conventional palladium membranes are expensive and fragile. A new study shows that membranes made from less-expensive liquid metals appear to be more efficient at separating hydrogen and also more durable.

Solar hydrogen production by artificial leafs: Scientists analysed how a special treatment improves cheap metal oxide photoelectrodes

Aug 28, 2017: Metal oxides are promising candidates for cheap and stable photoelectrodes for solar water splitting, producing hydrogen with sunlight. Unfortunately, metal oxides are not highly efficient in this job. A known remedy is a treatment with heat and hydrogen. Scientists have now discovered why this treatment works so well, paving the way to more efficient and cheap devices for solar hydrogen production.

Recipe for safer lithium batteries -- Just add diamonds

Aug 25, 2017: While lithium-ion batteries, widely used in mobile devices from cell phones to laptops, have one of the longest lifespans of commercial batteries today, they also have been behind a number of recent meltdowns and fires due to short-circuiting in mobile devices. In hopes of preventing more of these hazardous malfunctions researchers have developed a recipe that can turn electrolyte solution -- a key component of most batteries -- into a safeguard against the chemical process that leads to battery-related disasters.

Breakthrough in magnesium batteries

Aug 24, 2017: Magnesium batteries are safe -- unlike traditional lithium ion batteries, they are not flammable or subject to exploding -- but until now their ability to store energy has been limited. Researchers have reported a new design for the battery cathode, drastically increasing the storage capacity and upending conventional wisdom that the magnesium-chloride bond must be broken before inserting magnesium into the host.

Making better batteries via real-time TEM observation

Aug 24, 2017: Scientists have made a surprising discovery: Making better batteries via real-time TEM observation.

Stretchable biofuel cells extract energy from sweat to power wearable devices

Aug 22, 2017: A team of engineers has developed stretchable fuel cells that extract energy from sweat and are capable of powering electronics, such as LEDs and Bluetooth radios. The biofuel cells generate 10 times more power per surface area than any existing wearable biofuel cells. The devices could be used to power a range of wearable devices.

Hyundai Teases in Unveiling Its Unnamed 2018 Fuel Cell Vehicle

Aug 19, 2017: Since 2013, Hyundai has been selling commercial hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. Today, Hyundai is selling its FCEV (Tucson Fuel Cell or ix35 Fuel Cell depending upon the market) in 18 different countries. This week, Hyundai had decided to tease us with another model of fuel cell vehicle. They will be fully unveiling it at the ……

Fuel Cell Friend Al Gore Fails to Mention FCEVs in New Movie

Aug 9, 2017: Mega-environmentalist and former Vice President Al Gore has released his new movie, “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power” which I highly recommend viewing. The movie fast forwards from the first movie, “An Inconvenient Truth” (which rolled out in 2006 and told the tale in video and graphs about the fact that the planet is warming ……

Power-to-liquid: 200 liters of fuel from solar power and the air's carbon dioxide

Aug 8, 2017: Production of fuels from regenerative electric power is a component of the energy turnaround. The first 200 l of synthetic fuel have now been produced from solar energy and the air's carbon dioxide under the SOLETAIR project. The mobile chemical pilot plant that can be used decentrally produces gasoline, diesel, and kerosene from regenerative hydrogen and carbon dioxide.

New battery is activated by your spit

Aug 8, 2017: Researchers have developed the next step in microbial fuel cells (MFCs): a battery activated by spit that can be used in extreme conditions where normal batteries don't function.

Carbon conversion

Aug 4, 2017: New carbon dioxide experiments may lead to artificial, renewable fuels, outlines new research. In chemical reactions performed in the lab, a research team has identified a new additive that helps selectively convert carbon dioxide into fuels containing multiple carbon atoms -— a step toward ultimately making renewable liquid fuels that are not derived from coal or oil.

Dual-surface graphene electrode splits water into hydrogen and oxygen

Aug 3, 2017: Scientists have turned laser-induced graphene into a two-sided electrocatalyst that efficiently splits water into oxygen and hydrogen.

How low-cost fuel cell catalysts work

Aug 3, 2017: New work is resolving difficult fuel-cell performance questions, both in determining efficient new materials and understanding how they work at an atomic level.

It's something in the water: Scientists extract hydrogen as potential fuel source

Jul 31, 2017: A new technique that helps extract hydrogen from water efficiently and cheaply has now been developed by a team of scientists.

New synthesis route for alternative catalysts of noble metals

Jul 30, 2017: Researchers have developed a new synthesis route for alternative catalysts of noble metals, explains a new report.

Personally Experiencing Hydrogen and Fuel Cell History

Jul 29, 2017:  “I don’t believe that a hydrogen economy depends on a carbon economy at all.” Larry Burns My interpretation of Larry Burns’ quote is that he anticipates power from free green energy will soon deliver the means for producing hydrogen for the new H2 economy. (At present, most H2 is produced from natural gas.) Growing up ……

Creating lithium-ion batteries for extreme environments

Jul 26, 2017: Materials scientists map the possibilities to improve commercial lithium-ion batteries expected to operate in extreme hot or cold.

Robust catalyst to split water into hydrogen, oxygen produced

Jul 26, 2017: A single, robust catalyst that splits water into hydrogen and oxygen has been developed with Earth-abundant materials that approach the efficiency of more expensive platinum, according to scientists.

New membranes help reduce carbon dioxide emission

Jul 26, 2017: Scientists are developing membranes for an efficient separation of gasses, to use for the production of oxygen or hydrogen, for example.

Ford believes in Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Future

Jul 22, 2017:   “I believe fuel cells could end the 100-year reign of the internal combustion engine.”          — William Clay Ford, Jr. Henry Ford’s great-grandson may well be right. As executive chairperson of the Ford Motor Company, he has to way his words. Every major automaker is now developing the “oh-so-simple” (NOT) machine, which dodged scientists and ……

Ultrathin device harvests electricity from human motion

Jul 21, 2017: A new electrochemical energy harvesting device can generate electrical current from the full range of human motions and is thin enough to embed in clothing.

From battery waste to electrochemical sensor

Jul 21, 2017: Multiplex detection of antioxidants, food additives and preservatives in food samples is possible using our newly developed graphite-based nanocomposite electrochemical sensor from used alkaline battery. The chemical sensor not only leads to shorter analysis time but also is a greener chemistry innovation.

New hydrocarbon fuel cells with high efficiency and low cost

Jul 18, 2017: Engineers have developed low cost, high efficiency hydrocarbon fuel cells.

Nanomaterial helps store solar energy: Efficiently and inexpensively

Jul 17, 2017: Since solar and wind energy is not always available, it will only contribute significantly to meeting energy demands once a reliable storage method has been developed. Now a new catalyst material for electrolysers is proving to be reliable, shows new field trials.

Tiny particles increase in air with ethanol-to-gasoline switch

Jul 17, 2017: The concentration of ultrafine particles less than 50 nanometers in diameter rose by one-third in the air of São Paulo, Brazil, when higher ethanol prices induced drivers to switch from ethanol to gasoline, according to a new study. The research team also found when drivers switched back to ethanol because prices had gone down, the concentration of ultrafine particles also went down.