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Feb 06, 2016

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From allergens to anodes: Pollen derived battery electrodes

Feb 5, 2016: Pollens, the bane of allergy sufferers, could represent a boon for battery makers: Recent research has suggested their potential use as anodes in lithium-ion batteries.

Battery technology could charge up water desalination

Feb 4, 2016: The technology that charges batteries for electronic devices could provide fresh water from salty seas, says a new study. Electricity running through a salt water-filled battery draws the salt ions out of the water.

Carbon dioxide captured from air converted directly to methanol fuel for the first time

Feb 2, 2016: Scientists have developed a method of converting the carbon dioxide in the air around us (not concentrated) directly into methanol, a fuel source.

Home Hydrogen Fueling Stations a Step Closer with SimpleFuel

Feb 2, 2016: This week the Hydrogen Education Foundation (HEF) announced the SimpleFuel™ Home Vehicle Refueling Appliance as a finalist for the $1 million H2 Refuel H-Prize competition. I had first talked about this in May 2013 when the DOE had first made the announcement about the competition. The announcement this week stated, “The six submissions were received ……

You’ll never 'be-leaf' what makes up this battery!

Jan 28, 2016: Scientists have a new recipe for batteries: Bake a leaf, and add sodium. They used a carbonized oak leaf, pumped full of sodium, as a demonstration battery’s negative terminal, or anode, according to a paper published yesterday in the journal ACS Applied Materials Interfaces.

Putting silicon 'sawdust' in a graphene cage boosts battery performance

Jan 28, 2016: Scientists have been trying for years to make a practical lithium-ion battery anode out of silicon, which could store 10 times more energy per charge than today's commercial anodes and make high-performance batteries a lot smaller and lighter. But two major problems have stood in the way: Silicon particles swell, crack and shatter during battery charging, and they react with the battery electrolyte to form a coating that saps their performance.

Harnessing the oxidizing power of air

Jan 28, 2016: Researchers report the catalysis of a highly specific chemical reaction where oxygen from the air is one ingredient and the other, an organic molecule, is selectively 'oxidized'. A simple manganese compound catalyses this reaction. This type of methodology is an important step for the discovery of new catalysts, for example, for the conversion of methane into methanol or greener chemical processes for pharmaceutical production.

Honda Clarity to Lease for $500 / Month – Glass Half Full or Empty?

Jan 27, 2016:   Honda announced earlier this month that it intends to lease its Clarity fuel cell vehicle at the end of 2016 in California for just under $500 per month. Is this good news or bad? If you compare the 5-seat Clarity to the 4-seat Toyota Mirai, the monthly lease price is about the same. Ten ……

Alternative to platinum: Iron-nitrogen compounds as catalysts in graphene

Jan 27, 2016: A cost-effective catalyst material has been produced for fuel cells using a new preparation process which researchers analyzed in detail. It consists of iron-nitrogen complexes embedded in tiny islands of graphene only a few nanometres in diameter. It is only the FeN4 centres that provide the excellent catalytic efficiency -- approaching that of platinum. The results are interesting for solar fuels research, they say.

Sophisticated enzyme-mimic enables efficient hydrogen production

Jan 25, 2016: Researchers have developed a new catalyst that paves the way for low-cost, large-scale hydrogen-production.

Researchers prove surprising chemistry inside a potential breakthrough battery

Jan 20, 2016: Lithium-air batteries hold the promise of storing electricity at up to five times the energy density of today's familiar lithium-ion batteries, but they have inherent shortcomings. Researchers have helped prove that a new prototype is powered by a surprising chemical reaction that may solve the new battery's biggest drawback.

Switchable material could enable new memory chips

Jan 20, 2016: Small voltage can flip thin film between two crystal states -- one metallic, one semiconducting -- new research indicates. The research involves a thin-film material called a strontium cobaltite, or SrCoOx.

Researchers use neutrons to gain insight into battery inefficiency

Jan 19, 2016: Lithium ions are depleted as a battery charges and are also lost to the formation of a thin coating on a battery’s anode. Researchers used powerful neutron science facilities to try to understand the dynamics behind this phenomenon.

The Case for High MPGe Hydrogen FCEVs and Clustered H2 Stations

Jan 19, 2016: Critics of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles have often stated that building a hydrogen fueling station refueling infrastructure is overwhelmingly impossible. Even those who are neutral on hydrogen cars state the same concern. So, let me present a couple of different models of H2 Refueing to reduce those fears.   High MPGe H2 Fuel Cell Vehicles ……

Recipe for muon pair creation, in theory

Jan 19, 2016: A true-muonium only lives for two microseconds. These atoms are made up one positively and one negatively charged elementary particle, also known as muons. Although they have yet to be observed experimentally, a theoretical physicist has come up with new ways of creating them, in principle, via particle collisions.

New method for converting solar energy into electrical power using photo-bioelectrochemical cells

Jan 19, 2016: A new paradigm for the development of photo-bioelectrochemical cells has been developed.

Seeing where energy goes may bring scientists closer to realizing nuclear fusion

Jan 18, 2016: An international team of researchers has taken a step toward achieving controlled nuclear fusion -- a process that powers the sun and other stars, and has the potential to supply the world with limitless, clean energy. The team developed a new technique to 'see' where energy is delivered during fast ignition experiments and improve energy delivery to the fuel target.

Fuel cell advance

Jan 15, 2016: Researchers report a breakthrough that promises to bring down the cost of hydrogen fuel cells by replacing expensive platinum catalysts with cheaper ones made from metals like nickel.

A simple way to make lithium-ion battery electrodes that protect themselves

Jan 11, 2016: Scientists have discovered how to keep a promising new type of lithium ion battery cathode from developing a crusty coating that degrades its performance. The solution: Use a simple manufacturing technique to form the cathode material into tiny, layered particles that store a lot of energy while protecting themselves from damage.

New battery shuts down at high temperatures, restarts when it cools

Jan 11, 2016: The first lithium-ion battery has been developed that shuts down before overheating, then restarts immediately when the temperature cools. The new technology could prevent the kind of fires that have prompted recalls and bans on a wide range of battery-powered devices, from computers to hoverboards.

Second-generation biofuels can reduce emissions

Jan 11, 2016: Second-generation biofuel crops like the perennial grasses Miscanthus and switchgrass can efficiently meet emission reduction goals without significantly displacing cropland used for food production, according to a new study. The researchers call it the most comprehensive study on the subject to date.

Unique 2-level cathode structure improves battery performance

Jan 11, 2016: A team of scientists say they've found a way to make a battery cathode with a hierarchical structure where the reactive material is abundant yet protected -- key points for high capacity and long battery life.

Top 15 Hydrogen Car Milestones of 2015

Jan 6, 2016: A review of the year 2015 has unveiled many key hydrogen car milestones. In fact, there were so many that I could not possibly fit them all into one blog post. So I’ve pared the list down to my top 15. Top 15 Hydrogen Car Milestones of 2015 Toyota Mirai (pictured above) rolled out for ……

Toward liquid fuels from carbon dioxide

Jan 6, 2016: In the quest for sustainable alternative energy and fuel sources, one viable solution may be the conversion of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide into liquid fuels, say scientists.

Melting, coating, and all-solid-state lithium batteries

Jan 4, 2016: There is a new way to develop all-solid-state lithium batteries without a risk of conflagration or explosion, say scientists. The method involves melting the solid electrolyte and coating that melted electrolyte around the electrodes.

Happy New Year 2016 Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Vehicle Friends!

Jan 1, 2016: Happy New Year 2016 #Hydrogen and #FuelCell Vehicle Advocates, Insiders, Enthusiasts & Friends! Let’s make 2016 the most awesome year ever for hydrogen cars and fuel cell vehicles!

Physicists come up with a way to make cleaner fuel cells

Dec 30, 2015: An international group of scientists has developed ion-exchange synthetic membranes based on amphiphilic compounds that are able to convert the energy of chemical reactions into electrical current. The new development could potentially be used in fuel cells, and in separation and purification processes.

Neutrons offer guide to getting more out of solid-state lithium-ion batteries

Dec 22, 2015: A new study has revealed promising results that could drastically boost the performance of solid-state electrolytes, and could potentially lead to a safer, even more efficient battery. Researchers used neutron diffraction (the VULCAN instrument, SNS beam line 7) to conduct an in-depth study probing the entire structure evolution of doped garnet-type electrolytes during the synthesis process to unravel the mechanism that boosts the lithium-ionic conductivity.

New hybrid electrolyte for solid-state lithium batteries

Dec 22, 2015: A novel electrolyte has been developed for use in solid-state lithium batteries that overcomes many of the problems that plague other solid electrolytes while also showing signs of being compatible with next-generation cathodes.

New process provides renewable fuel

Dec 17, 2015: Renewable fuels from pyrolysis bio-oil has been created by researchers. Pyrolysis bio-oil is produced by rapidly heating the forest residues in an oxygen-free environment and then rapidly cooling the products formed. By co-gasification with black liquor, a renewable fuel is produced.

Speeding up the hydrogen highway

Dec 16, 2015: Drivers are seeing more hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles on the road, but refueling stations for those vehicles are still few and far between. This is about to change. One reason is the Hydrogen Station Equipment Performance device, or HyStEP, which will greatly accelerate station commissioning.

The Finns Get Going with Hydrogen Fueling Infrastructure

Dec 16, 2015: Earlier this week, two Finnish companies joined forces to create a hydrogen production demonstration in Italy using the local wastewater. Being of partly Finnish heritage myself, I share great interest in what the Finns are up to in regard to hydrogen and fuel cell technology. In May, 2013 Finland unveiled its Hydrogen Roadmap. And in ……

The double life of a bacteria: Living off both iron and pure electricity

Dec 16, 2015: The bacterium Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans can take electrons needed for growth directly from an electrode power source when iron—its already known source of energy—is absent, new research shows. The study shows that A. ferrooxidans can use direct uptake of electrons from an electrode to fuel the same metabolic pathway that is activated by the oxidation of diffusible iron ions. …

Fuel Economy Improvements in US Climate Commitment on Par with 1970s Gains

Dec 15, 2015: To hold up its end of the landmark climate deal signed in Paris last week, the U.S. will need to make cars and trucks of the future far more fuel efficient. New research shows that automakers won’t meet fuel efficiency mandates if they continue on the path they have followed for the last two decades. But they have done it before - just not recently.

'Hydricity' concept uses solar energy to produce power round-the-clock

Dec 15, 2015: Researchers are proposing a new 'hydricity' concept aimed at creating a sustainable economy by not only generating electricity with solar energy but also producing and storing hydrogen from superheated water for round-the-clock power production.

Better catalysts for green energy

Dec 14, 2015: A detailed account has been provided by researchers of how to control the electron charge of nanoparticles of platinum, an important catalyst in fuel cells, to maximize the efficiency of the process.

Wearable energy generator uses urine to power wireless transmitter

Dec 11, 2015: A pair of socks embedded with miniaturized microbial fuel cells and fueled with urine pumped by the wearer's footsteps has powered a wireless transmitter to send a signal to a PC. This is the first self-sufficient system powered by a wearable energy generator based on microbial fuel cell technology.

Scientists develop diesel that emits far less CO2

Dec 10, 2015: Researchers have discovered a new approach to the production of fuels. Their new method can be used to produce much cleaner diesel. It can quickly be scaled up for industrial use. In five to 10 years, we may see the first cars driven by this new clean diesel.

Could metal particles be the clean fuel of the future?

Dec 9, 2015: Metal powders, produced using clean primary energy sources, could provide a more viable long-term replacement for fossil fuels than other widely discussed alternatives, such as hydrogen, biofuels or batteries, according to a new study.

Is the Texas Hydrogen Highway Finally Getting a Reboot?

Dec 9, 2015: In the United States, hydrogen has seen a hotbed of activities on both the West Coast and the East Coast. But what about one of the most energy consuming states in the middle of the U. S., Texas – is this state getting onboard with hydrogen? Very recently, a Houston-based company, HydrogeN-XT, has stated that ……

Plant-inspired power plants

Dec 8, 2015: A team of chemical engineers recently identified the two main factors for determining the optimal catalyst for turning atmospheric CO2 into liquid fuel. The results will streamline the search for an inexpensive yet highly effective new catalyst.

Minuscule pillars double the efficiency of solar cells

Dec 8, 2015: Solar cells are generally flat. However, by adding minuscule silicon pillars to the surface, it is possible to more than double the amount of energy produced for each surface. Researchers now show what the optimum height and doping depth of the pillars is. …

High performance nanoparticle electrocatalyst

Dec 8, 2015: Scientists have developed a high performance and cost effective fuel cell. Demand for a practical synthetic approach to the high performance electrocatalyst is rapidly increasing for fuel cell commercialization.

New innovative method for delivering genes into cells

Dec 7, 2015: A novel transfection method using water-in-oil droplet electroporation has been developed: a liquid droplet with exogenous DNA and cells that is suspended between electrodes in dielectric oil is exposed to a DC electric field. This technique can contribute to biomedical innovation in high-throughput screening.

Solar water splitting: Putting an extra 'eye' on surface reactions that store sunlight as fuel

Dec 4, 2015: Water-splitting cells absorb sunlight and produce fuel. Creating such cells means pairing a material to absorb sunlight and generate electrons with the one that uses those electrons to produce fuel. Scientists introduced a novel way to study the flow of electrons where the materials meet.

A more efficient way of converting ethanol to a better alternative fuel

Dec 4, 2015: A research team has developed a series of reactions that results in the selective conversion of ethanol to butanol, without producing unwanted byproducts.

Good Week for Vauxhall for Green Car Awards and Fuel Cell Vehicles

Dec 2, 2015: It’s been a good week for Vauxhall in regard to green car awards and for me as I learned a little more info about their prototype fuel cell vehicle as well. This week, the Vauxhall Astra received the 2015 Scottish Car of the Year as well as Eco Car of the Year awards. I researching ……

Graphene and metal nitrides improve the performance and stability of energy storage devices

Nov 28, 2015: Supercapacitors can be charged and discharged tens of thousands of times, but their relatively low energy density compared to conventional batteries limits their application for energy storage. Now, researchers in Singapore have developed an 'asymmetric' supercapacitor based on metal nitrides and graphene that could be a viable energy storage solution.

Promising new prototype of battery

Nov 27, 2015: An alternative technology to Li-ion has been designed for application in specific sectors. The researchers have developed the first battery using sodium ions in the usual "18650" format, an industry standard. The main advantage of the prototype is that it relies on sodium, an element far more abundant and less costly than lithium. The batteries have displayed performance levels comparable to their lithium counterparts, and this new technology is already attracting industrial interest. It could be used to store renewable energies in the future, say researchers.

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell Commercial SUV in the Works

Nov 25, 2015: Mercedes-Benz has put the word out that its hydrogen fuel cell 2017 GLC F-Cell (pictured below) will makes its debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. This commercial FCEV will go on sale for roughly, at this writing, around $75,000 USD and will also be leased for a now undisclosed sum. According to AutoCar, “Thomas ……