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May 21, 2018

Hydrogen Fuel Cells

Self-assembling 3D battery would charge in seconds

May 17, 2018: The world is a big place, but it's gotten smaller with the advent of technologies that put people from across the globe in the palm of one's hand. And as the world has shrunk, it has also demanded that things happen ever faster -- including the time it takes to charge an electronic device.

Will hydrail connect North and South Korea?

May 14, 2018: by guest blogger Stan Thompson Last Thursday (10 May 2018), Choe San-Hun wrote in the New York Times that, during their recent historic encounter, South Korean President Moon Jae-in handed North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un a “USB drive” containing an infrastructure vision including railway modernization. Mr. Choe does not mention hydrogen fuel cell railways but, ……

Punching holes in graphene to boost hydrogen production

May 11, 2018: A research team has created an electrode for hydrogen evolution. A nickel-molybdenum (NiMo) catalyst is wrapped in a 'holey' graphene layer containing nanometer-sized holes. The fringes of the holes are chemically active sites, boosting hydrolysis by accelerating charge transfer and H atom adsorption. Meanwhile, graphene protects the NiMo core from dissolving. Through efficient hydrogen generation in acid solution using non-noble metals, the system potentially allows affordable green energy storage.

Audi A7 H-Tron 5th Generation Hydrogen Fuel cell Vehicle Unveiled

May 7, 2018:   The last time I had talked about the Audi A7 H-Tron was back in August 2015 so this is an update as Audi expects to start rolling out the latest iteration of this fuel cell vehicle within the next 2 years or less. Audi is currently working on their 5th generation hydrogen fuel-cell car ……

Wrap an electrode material for Li-ion battery into the inner spacing of carbon nanotube

May 7, 2018: Researchers have designed a unique lithium ion battery (LIB) electrode, where red phosphorus is stuffed into carbon nanotubes (CNTs). They revealed reversible electrochemical reactions and relatively high structural stability of red phosphorus in the nanotubes even after the fiftieth charge-discharge cycle. The charge-discharge capacities are twice or even higher than that of graphite in commercial LIBs. Therefore, a new electrode material for LIBs with high capacity is proposed.

3-D batteries pack power into tiny footprints

May 3, 2018: Batteries might seem like they come in every shape and size that you can imagine. But as electronic devices become tinier and skinnier without reducing their power and energy demands, they challenge engineers to design batteries that can fit into smaller spaces without compromising on performance. Researchers have used non-traditional techniques to fashion one possible solution -- a powerful 3-D lithium ion battery with a footprint on the order of one hundred grains of salt.

Harvesting clean hydrogen fuel through artificial photosynthesis

May 3, 2018: A new, stable artificial photosynthesis device doubles the efficiency of harnessing sunlight to break apart both fresh and salt water, generating hydrogen that can then be used in fuel cells.

New catalyst turns ammonia into an innovative clean fuel

Apr 27, 2018: Ammonia (NH3) has attracted attention in recent years as a carbon-free fuel that does not emit carbon dioxide. For use as a fuel, it should have a lower combustion temperature and produce only nitrogen (N2) and water. Now, researchers have succeeded in developing a new catalyst that burns NH3 at a low temperature and produces N2. The results are expected to contribute to climate change countermeasures and increased renewable energy use.

New ray of hope for solar fuel

Apr 27, 2018: The quest to develop the 'Holy Grail' of affordable, viable and environmentally-friendly fuels using sunlight has taken an exciting new twist.

Nanowires could make lithium ion batteries safer

Apr 25, 2018: From cell phones and laptops to electric vehicles, lithium-ion batteries are the power source that fuels everyday life. But in recent years, they have also drawn attention for catching fire. In an effort to develop a safer battery, scientists report that the addition of nanowires can not only enhance the battery's fire-resistant capabilities, but also its other properties.

Electrode shape improves neurostimulation for small targets

Apr 24, 2018: A cross-like shape helps the electrodes of implantable neurostimulation devices to deliver more charge to specific areas of the nervous system, possibly prolonging device life span, says research.

Porous salts for fuel cells

Apr 19, 2018: Scientists have developed a new class of crystalline porous organic salts with high proton conductivity for applications such as proton-exchange membranes for fuel cells.

Battery's hidden layer revealed

Apr 18, 2018: An international team makes breakthrough in understanding the chemistry of the microscopically thin layer that forms between the liquid electrolyte and solid electrode in lithium-ion batteries. The results are being used in improving the layer and better predicting battery lifetime.

Rejuvenating older zinc batteries

Apr 17, 2018: Scientists have created a water-based zinc battery that is simultaneously powerful, rechargeable and intrinsically safe.

Sodium ion batteries using copper sulfide developed

Apr 17, 2018: Researchers recently developed sodium ion batteries using copper sulfide anode. This finding will contribute to advancing the commercialization of sodium ion batteries (SIBs) and reducing the production cost of any electronic products with batteries.

First presentation ride aboard Alstom’s German hydrail train

Apr 16, 2018: by guest blogger Stan Thompson A major milestone in railway history was passed on April 13, 2018, when Alstom Transport’s Coradia iLint hydrail [hydrogen fuel cell rail] train made a “presentation ride” from Wiesbaden to Frankfurt, in the federal state of Hesse, Germany. From my point of view it was a bittersweet occasion for two ……

'Water-in-salt' electrolyte yields stable cathode for lithium-air battery operations

Apr 12, 2018: Despite more than two decades of research, improvements to lithium-ion batteries have stalled short of their theoretical potential. As an electrochemical energy storage technology, upgrading performance requires improved stability of electrolytes. Researchers have applied a 'water-in-salt' electrolyte that enables stable operation of a lithium-air battery, offers superior long cycle lifetimes and presents a platform that could help lithium-ion batteries achieve their full potential.

New technology could wean the battery world off cobalt

Apr 11, 2018: A research team has opened the door to using metals other than cobalt in lithium-based batteries, and have built cathodes with 50 percent more lithium-storage capacity than conventional materials.

New sodium-ion electrolyte may find use in solid-state batteries

Apr 10, 2018: A newly discovered structure of a sodium-based material allows the materials to be used as an electrolyte in solid-state batteries, according to researchers. The team is fine-tuning the material using an iterative design approach that they hope will shave years off the time from research to everyday use.

Robust and inexpensive catalysts for hydrogen production

Apr 10, 2018: Scientists were able to observe the smallest details of hydrogen production with the synthetic mineral pentlandite. This makes it possible to develop strategies for the design of robust and cost-effective catalysts for hydrogen production.

Ultra-powerful batteries made safer, more efficient

Apr 9, 2018: Researchers are laying the foundation for more widespread use of lithium metal batteries. They have developed a method to mitigate the formation of dendrites -- crystal-like masses -- that damage the batteries' performance.

Building lithium-sulfur batteries with paper biomass

Apr 2, 2018: A major byproduct in the papermaking industry is lignosulfonate, a sulfonated carbon waste material, which is typically combusted on site, releasing CO2 into the atmosphere after sulfur has been captured for reuse.

Once we can capture CO2 emissions, here's what we could do with it

Mar 29, 2018: The carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted from power plants each year doesn't have to go into the atmosphere. Researchers are optimistic that within the next decade we will be able to affordably capture CO2 waste and convert it into useful molecules for feedstock, biofuels, pharmaceuticals, or renewable fuels.

Next-gen lithium-metal batteries for electric vehicles, smart grids

Mar 28, 2018: Electric vehicles, wind turbines or smart grids require batteries with far greater energy capacity than currently available. A leading contender is the lithium-metal battery. However, dendrite, or sharp needles, made of clumps of lithium atoms can cause the batteries to heat up, lose efficiency and occasionally short-circuit. Using supercomputers, researchers have simulated the behavior of graphene oxide nanosheets that can limit the formation of dendrites.

Knitting electronics with yarn batteries

Mar 28, 2018: When someone thinks about knitting, they usually don't conjure up an image of sweaters and scarves made of yarn that can power watches and lights. But that's just what one group is reporting. They have developed a rechargeable yarn battery that is waterproof and flexible. It also can be cut into pieces and still work.

Better batteries: Scientists spice up electrolyte solution to increase charge cycles

Mar 27, 2018: When it comes to the special sauce of batteries, researchers have discovered it's all about the salt concentration. By getting the right amount of salt, right where they want it, they've demonstrated a small lithium-metal battery can recharge about seven times more than batteries with conventional electrolytes.

A new way to find better battery materials

Mar 26, 2018: Researchers have developed a new way to find materials that could be used as electrodes in lighter, safer rechargeable batteries.

New design produces true lithium-air battery

Mar 21, 2018: Researchers have designed a new lithium-air battery that works in a natural-air environment and still functioned after a record-breaking 750 charge/discharge cycles.

Filling lithium-ion cells faster

Mar 20, 2018: Developers are using neutrons to analyze the filling of lithium ion batteries for hybrid cars with electrolytes. Their experiments show that electrodes are wetted twice as fast in a vacuum as under normal pressure.

Living sensor can potentially prevent environmental disasters from fuel spills

Mar 18, 2018: By the time a Colonial Pipeline leak was detected last fall during a routine inspection, vapors from the quarter-million gallons of released gasoline were so strong they prevented pipeline repair for days. Now, scientists report technology that would alert pipeline managers about leaks much earlier, avoiding the environmental disasters and fuel distribution disruptions resulting from pipeline leaks.

The view from inside supersonic combustion

Mar 15, 2018: In supersonic engines, achieving the right flow speed, producing the right ratio of evaporated fuel and causing ignition at the right time is complex. Vortices are affected by the shock wave, and this changes the way the fuel combusts and multiplies the number of possibilities of how particles can behave. To deepen our understanding, researchers use numerical modeling to calculate the huge variety of possible outcomes.

Fuel cells: A catalyst with self-defense against oxygen

Mar 14, 2018: Even traces of oxygen can deactivate molecular catalyst that are incorporated in fuel cells. Consequently, this drawback hampered the use of such catalyst based on abundant metals, which mimic the active center of natural biocatalyst, in technological relevant applications.

Turbocharging fuel cells with a multifunctional catalyst

Mar 14, 2018: Zero-emissions cars zipping into a sustainable energy future are just one dream powered by fuel cells. But cell technology has been a little sluggish and fuel prohibitively pricey. This new catalyst could offer a game changer. And there are more developments to come.

Research gets closer to producing revolutionary battery to power renewable energy industry

Mar 14, 2018: New research verges on development of a commercial hydrogen-bromine flow battery, an advanced industrial-scale battery design engineers have strived to develop since the 1960s.

Pininfarina H2 Speed Racecar to Roll Out Commercially in Limited Numbers

Mar 13, 2018:   Pininfarina has decided to make it official and bring their hydrogen fuel cell H2 Speed racecar from concept status to commercial status, rolling it out in limited numbers. I’ve talked about Pininfarina before, first in 2008 when they introduced their Sintesi hydrogen fuel cell vehicle prototype and second in 2016, about two years ago ……

Painting a clear picture of how nitrogen oxides are formed

Mar 12, 2018: For decades, combustion researchers and engine companies have been seeking to understand how these gases are produced during combustion so that they can find ways to reduce them. Now researchers have synthesized more than a decade's worth of combustion studies to create a new overarching model of how nitrogen oxides are produced.

Manure could heat your home

Mar 8, 2018: Farm manure could be a viable source of renewable energy to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions that cause global warming.

All power to the proton: Researchers make battery breakthrough

Mar 7, 2018: Researchers have demonstrated for the first time a working rechargeable 'proton battery' that could re-wire how we power our homes, vehicles and devices.

Mapping battery materials with atomic precision

Mar 7, 2018: An international team used advanced techniques in electron microscopy to show how the ratio of materials that make up a lithium-ion battery electrode affects its structure at the atomic level, and how the surface is very different from the rest of the material.

Lithium-related discovery could extend battery life and improve safety

Mar 7, 2018: New research shows using a 3-dimensional layer of Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) as the substrate of lithium metal anode has been found to mitigate dendrite formation and stands to both dramatically extend battery life and diminish safety risks.

Hydrogen extraction breakthrough could be game-changer

Mar 5, 2018: Researchers have successfully tested a new material that can be used for cheap and large-scale production of hydrogen – a promising alternative to fossil fuel.

A lithium battery that operates at -70 degrees Celsius, a record low

Feb 28, 2018: Researchers in China have developed a battery with organic compound electrodes that can function at -70 degrees Celsius -- far colder than the temperature at which lithium-ion batteries lose most of their ability to conduct and store energy. The findings could aid engineers in developing technology suited to withstand the coldest reaches of outer space or the most frigid regions on Earth.

Aqueous storage device needs only 20 seconds to go

Feb 28, 2018: A research team developed a new hybrid energy storage device that can be charged in less than half a minute. It employs aqueous electrolytes instead of flammable organic solvents, so it is both environmentally friendly and safe. It also facilitates a boosting charge with high energy density, which makes it suitable for portable electronic devices.

Scientists confirm century-old speculation on the chemistry of a high-performance battery

Feb 28, 2018: Scientists have discovered a novel chemical state, first proposed about 90 years ago, that enables a high-performance, low-cost sodium-ion battery. The battery could quickly and efficiently store and distribute energy produced by solar panels and wind turbines across the electrical grid.

Charging ahead to higher energy batteries

Feb 23, 2018: Researchers have developed a new way to improve lithium ion battery efficiency. Through the growth of a cubic crystal layer, the scientists have created a thin and dense connecting layer between the electrodes of the battery.

With computation, researchers identify promising solid oxide fuel cell materials

Feb 22, 2018: Using advanced computational methods, materials scientists have discovered new materials that could bring widespread commercial use of solid oxide fuel cells closer to reality.

New tech for commercial Lithium-ion batteries finds they can be charged 5 times fast

Feb 16, 2018: Researchers have developed a new direct, precise test of Lithium-ion batteries' internal temperatures and their electrodes potentials and found that the batteries can be safely charged up to five times faster than the current recommended charging limits.

Turning background room temperature heat into energy

Feb 14, 2018: Researchers in Japan have developed a way to recover environmental heat with a new type of thin-film thermoelectric cell, based on two different materials that show changes in their redox potential on cycling of temperature.

More than a well-balanced breakfast: Scientists use egg whites for clean energy production

Feb 14, 2018: Eggs may soon fuel more than people in the morning. Researchers in Japan have developed a way to potentially use egg whites as a substrate to produce a carbon-free fuel.

Hydrogen transfer: One thing after the other

Feb 14, 2018: Hydride transfer is an important reaction for chemistry (e.g., fuel cells), as well as biology (e.g., respiratory chain and photosynthesis). Often, one partial reaction involves the transfer of a hydride ion (H(-)). But does this hydride transfer involve one step or several individual steps? In a new study, scientists have now provided the first proof of stepwise hydride transfer in a biological system.