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Aug 04, 2021

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Stinkweed could make a cleaner bio-jet fuel, study finds

Aug 2, 2021: A common farm weed could make a 'greener' jet fuel with fewer production-related environmental impacts than other biofuels, a new study indicates.

Birnessite study offers insights for electrochemistry, energy storage

Aug 2, 2021: The adsorption of ions from the electrolyte at an electrode surface is a ubiquitous process, of use for both existing and emerging electrochemical energy technologies. But what happens when these ions penetrate very small spaces? To address this question, researchers examined the behavior of birnessite.

Hyzon Motors Using Liquid Hydrogen for 1,000 Mile Trucks

Aug 1, 2021: With the rising trends to use liquid hydrogen for long-haul trucking, two notable companies, Chart Industries Inc. and Hyzon Motors Inc., have started revolutionizing the design aspects in the industry. Now, I’ve talked about hydrogen trucks many times before, but this time is a bit different. Hyzon is a widely recognized supplier for hydrogen fuel … The post Hyzon Motors Using Liquid Hydrogen for 1,000 Mile Trucks first appeared on Hydrogen Cars Now.

New nanomaterial to derive clean fuel from the sea

Jul 29, 2021: Hydrogen fuel derived from the sea could be an abundant and sustainable alternative to fossil fuels, but the potential power source has been limited by technical challenges, including how to practically harvest it. Researchers have designed a nanoscale material that can efficiently split seawater into oxygen and a clean energy fuel -- hydrogen.

Breathing new life into fuel cells

Jul 29, 2021: Researchers have discovered new dynamics that could supercharge a sluggish part of the core chemical reaction in fuel cells.

'Wrapping' anodes in 3D carbon nanosheets: The next big thing in li-ion battery technology

Jul 22, 2021: The lithium-ion battery is the future of sustainable energy technology, but drastic volume fluctuations in their anodes related to enhanced battery capacity raises a safety concern. Recently, researchers have found that embedding manganese selenide anodes in a 3D carbon nanosheet matrix is an innovative, simple, and low-cost means of reducing drastic volume expansion while improving the energy density of these batteries.

This device harvests power from your sweaty fingertips while you sleep

Jul 13, 2021: Researchers have developed a new device that harvests energy from the sweat on -- of all places -- your fingertips. To date, the device is believed to be the most efficient on-body energy harvester ever invented, producing 300 millijoules (mJ) of energy per square centimeter without any mechanical energy input during a 10-hour sleep and an additional 30 mJ of energy with a single press of a finger.

Preventing oxygen release leads to safer high-energy-density batteries

Jul 13, 2021: As rechargeable batteries get more powerful, the chance of batteries overheating -- thermal runaway -- increases. Seeking a way to make batteries safer, researchers have investigated one of thermal runaway's main triggers: oxygen release.

More EVs could reduce CO2 emissions in Hawaii by 93% in less than 30 years

Jul 7, 2021: By 2050, faster adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) and faster generation of renewable energy will result in 99% less fossil fuel consumed and 93% less CO2 emissions from passenger and freight vehicles on Oahu.

Jaguar Land Rover Is Building a Hydrogen Car

Jul 2, 2021: As one of the biggest names in the driving world, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is a highly respected brand with good reason. They have been around the industry for a long time, having become a key name within various alternative driving methods. However, the announcement that the company is working on the development of a … The post Jaguar Land Rover Is Building a Hydrogen Car first appeared on Hydrogen Cars Now.

Scientists intensify electrolysis, utilize carbon dioxide more efficiently with magnets

Jun 30, 2021: A promising approach captures atmospheric carbon dioxide and then through CO2 electrolysis converts it into value-added chemicals and intermediates, like ethanol. Reducing the energy consumption of this high-power process has been underexplored. Researchers report a new opportunity to use magnetism to reduce the energy required for CO2 electrolysis by up to 60% in a flow electrolyzer.

Longer-lived lithium-metal battery marks step forward for electric vehicles

Jun 29, 2021: Researchers have increased the lifetime of a promising electric vehicle battery to a record level.

New work showcases the chemistry of an upcoming fuel cell electrolyte

Jun 29, 2021: Researchers demonstrate successive proton transport mechanism in a material that may be a future source of reliable primary and backup power.

Engineered yeast could expand biofuels' reach

Jun 25, 2021: Researchers found a way to reduce cellulosic feedstocks' toxicity to yeast, making it feasible to use these abundant feedstocks to produce ethanol, biodiesel, or bioplastics.

How to make lithium-ion batteries invincible

Jun 23, 2021: Scientists have made significant progress in developing battery cathodes using a new class of materials that provide batteries with the same if not higher energy density than conventional lithium-ion batteries but can be made of inexpensive and abundant metals. Known as DRX, which stands for disordered rocksalts with excess lithium, this novel family of materials was invented less than 10 years ago and allows cathodes to be made without nickel or cobalt.

Advancing research on environmentally friendly, hydrogen-enriched fuel

Jun 23, 2021: As you drive down the highway, you may notice an increasing number of hybrid and electric vehicles. Alternative energy automobiles are on the rise contributing to the global effort to reduce carbon emissions. As we move together down this road, researchers are looking to determine new solutions to this ongoing problem.

Producing hydrogen using less energy

Jun 22, 2021: The way in which a compound inspired by nature produces hydrogen has now been described in detail. These findings are the foundation for the energy-efficient production of hydrogen as a sustainable energy source.

Altered microstructure improves organic-based, solid state lithium EV battery

Jun 18, 2021: Researchers improve energy density in a novel electric vehicle battery - a step toward a more cost-effective, easily recycled battery that would allow EVs to travel farther and charge faster at a low cost.

Soaking up the sun: Artificial photosynthesis promises clean, sustainable source of energy

Jun 15, 2021: Humans can do lots of things that plants can't do. But plants have one major advantage over humans: They can make energy directly from the sun. That process of turning sunlight directly into usable energy - called photosynthesis - may soon be a feat humans are able to mimic to harness the sun's energy for clean, storable, efficient fuel. If so, it could open a whole new frontier of clean energy.

Printing flexible wearable electronics for smart device applications

Jun 10, 2021: With the increase in demand for flexible wearable electronics, researchers have explored flexible energy storage devices, such as flexible supercapacitators, that are lightweight and safe and easily integrate with other devices. Printing electronics has proved to be an economical, simple, and scalable strategy for fabricating FSCs. Researchers provide a review of printed FSCs in terms of ability to formulate functional inks, design printable electrodes, and integrate functions with other electronic devices.

Researchers develop tool to aid in development, efficiency of hydrogen-powered cars

Jun 9, 2021: Researchers are addressing one aspect of creating fuel cells that can convert hydrogen and oxygen safely into water by developing new computational tools and models needed to better understand and manage the conversion process.

Stabilizing gassy electrolytes could make ultra-low temperature batteries safer

Jun 8, 2021: A new technology could dramatically improve the safety and performance of lithium-ion batteries that operate with gas electrolytes at ultra-low temperatures. By keeping electrolytes from vaporizing, the technology can prevent pressure buildup inside the battery that leads to swelling and explosions.

BMW Creating Limited Series x5 FCEV SUV in 2022

Jun 6, 2021: While almost entirely known for their incredible range of flashy cars, BMW also has a range of SUVs that get a lot of positive attention. Fans of the BMW x5 SUV might be happy to know, then, that a new release of an FCEV version is coming in 2022. This release will not only be … The post BMW Creating Limited Series x5 FCEV SUV in 2022 first appeared on Hydrogen Cars Now.

Passing the acid test: New, low-pH system recycles more carbon into valuable products

Jun 3, 2021: Engineering researchers have developed an electrochemical system that coverts a greater amount of CO2 into valuable products, such as ethylene and ethanol. These are used in everyday materials, from plastic to Lycra.

Bringing order to hydrogen energy devices

Jun 2, 2021: Researchers have developed a new approach to speed up hydrogen atoms moving through a crystal lattice structure at lower temperatures.

Solid-state batteries line up for better performance

May 20, 2021: Solid-state batteries pack a lot of energy into a small space, but their electrodes are not good at keeping in touch with their electrolytes. Liquid electrolytes reach every nook and cranny of an electrode to spark energy, but liquids take up space without storing energy and fail over time. Researchers are now putting solid electrolytes in touch with electrodes made of strategically arranged materials - at the atomic level - and the results are helping drive better solid-state battery technologies.

A long-lasting, stable solid-state lithium battery

May 12, 2021: Researchers have designed a stable, lithium-metal solid state battery that can be charged and discharged at least 10,000 times -- far more cycles than have been previously demonstrated --- at a high current density. The battery technology could increase the lifetime of electric vehicles to that of the gasoline cars -- 10 to 15 years -- without the need to replace the battery. With its high current density, the battery could pave the way for electric vehicles that can fully charge within 10 to 20 minutes.

An enzyme system for the hydrogen industry

May 12, 2021: An enzyme could make a dream come true for the energy industry: It can efficiently produce hydrogen using electricity and can also generate electricity from hydrogen. The enzyme is protected by embedding it in a polymer.

Engine converts random jiggling of microscopic particle into stored energy

May 11, 2021: Researchers have designed a remarkably fast engine that taps into a new kind of fuel -- information. This engine converts the random jiggling of a microscopic particle into stored energy. It could lead to significant advances in the speed and cost of computers and bio-nanotechnologies.

Wastewater treatment system recovers electricity, filters water

May 10, 2021: A new process uses bacteria to filter wastewater while creating electricity.

Hydrogen instead of electrification? Potentials and risks for climate targets

May 6, 2021: Hydrogen-based fuels should primarily be used in sectors such as aviation or industrial processes that cannot be electrified, finds a team of researchers. Producing these fuels is too inefficient, costly and their availability too uncertain, to broadly replace fossil fuels for instance in cars or heating houses. For most sectors, directly using electricity for instance in battery electric cars or heat pumps makes more economic sense.

First nanoscale look at a reaction that limits the efficiency of generating hydrogen fuel

May 6, 2021: Transitioning to a hydrogen economy will require massive production of cheap, clean hydrogen gas for fuel and chemical feedstocks. New tools allow scientists to zoom in on a catalytic reaction that's been a bottleneck in efforts to generate hydrogen from water more efficiently.

Significant progress in lithium-air battery development

May 6, 2021: Researchers are making significant progress in the development of stable and practical electrolytes for lithium-oxygen batteries.

Stellantis Develops Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle

May 5, 2021: Stellantis is in the process of developing a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle. The company’s light commercial vehicle (LCV) range will offer a useful alternative to their battery-powered solutions on the market. They believe that this set of LCVs would offer an affordable solution without losing any natural power of having to worry about the environmental … The post Stellantis Develops Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle first appeared on Hydrogen Cars Now.

Stable, efficient, anode-free sodium battery

May 3, 2021: Scientists have developed a stable, anode-free sodium ion battery that is highly efficient, will be less expensive and is significantly smaller than a traditional lithium ion battery.

Carbon dioxide catalysis made more accessible

Apr 30, 2021: Many industrial processes emit carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Unfortunately, however, current electrochemical separation methods are expensive and consume large amounts of power. They also require expensive and rare metals as catalysts. A study now describes a new aerogel electrocatalyst formed from an inexpensive metal alloy, which enables highly efficient electrochemical conversion of carbon dioxide. The main product is formic acid, which is a nontoxic basic chemical.

A silver lining for extreme electronics

Apr 30, 2021: Researchers are building tougher circuits to help withstand the grueling demands of energy production, space exploration and more.

Value from sewage? New technology makes pig farming more environmentally friendly

Apr 27, 2021: A novel nitrate removal system can clean up the wastewater produced by swine farms.

Beyond space-age tech: Hybrid material moves next-generation transport fuel cells closer

Apr 21, 2021: Protons are the next big thing when it comes to fuel cell technology. The subatomic exchange produces power on a scale that challenges contemporary solid-state fuel cell technology, used to help power space shuttles. To realize the proton-based technology sooner, an international team of researchers have developed a hybrid material that effectively transports protons at high temperatures and humidity -- two major challenges in past attempts.

New catalyst for lower CO2 emissions

Apr 20, 2021: Perovskites have so far been used for solar cells, as anode materials or electronic components rather than for their catalytic properties. Now scientists have succeeded in producing a special perovskite that is excellently suited as a catalyst for converting CO2 into other useful substances, such as synthetic fuels. The new perovskite catalyst is very stable and also relatively cheap, so it would be suitable for industrial use.

Green hydrogen: 'Rust' as a photoanode and its limits

Apr 19, 2021: Researchers have now analyzed the optoelectronic properties of rust (haematite) and other metal oxides in unprecedented detail. Their results show that the maximum achievable efficiency of haematite electrodes is significantly lower than previously assumed. The study demonstrates ways to assess new photoelectrode materials more realistically.

Mapping performance variations to see how lithium-metal batteries fail

Apr 19, 2021: Scientists have identified the primary cause of failure in a state-of-the-art lithium-metal battery, of interest for long-range electric vehicles: electrolyte depletion.

3D-printed proton-conductive membrane paves way for tailored energy storage devices

Apr 15, 2021: The advent and increased availability of 3D printing is leading to more customizable parts at lower costs across a spectrum of applications, from wearable smart devices to autonomous vehicles. Now, a research team has 3D printed a proton exchange membrane, a critical component of batteries, electrochemical capacitors and fuel cells. The achievement also brings the possibility of custom solid-state energy devices closer to reality, according to the researchers.

Future Cars to Be Powered by Hydrogen Paste

Apr 7, 2021: Hydrogen paste may be an alternative hydrogen fuel for fuel cell vehicles to filling up with compressed hydrogen gas. Created by The Fraunhofer Institute, this particular substance has become noted as a ‘revolutionary’ development in the auto industry. How would hydrogen paste work in practice? The process would mean that instead of having to fill … The post Future Cars to Be Powered by Hydrogen Paste first appeared on Hydrogen Cars Now.

A new material enables the usage of 'calcium' for batteries

Apr 6, 2021: Scientists have developed a new fluorine-free calcium (Ca) electrolyte based on a hydrogen (monocarborane) cluster that could potentially realize rechargeable Ca batteries.

New batteries give jolt to renewables, energy storage

Apr 5, 2021: Researchers have been exploring the use of low-cost materials to create rechargeable batteries that will make energy storage more affordable. Now, they have shown that a new technique incorporating aluminum results in rechargeable batteries that offer up to 10,000 error-free cycles.

MEXUSACA: freight hydrail rising?

Mar 26, 2021: Canadian Pacific’s southern merger puts zero-carb freight in easy reach by guest blogger Stan Thompson Canadian Pacific Railway has throttled-up the transition to zero-carbon freight movement by two big notches recently. Last December, 2020, CPR announced “that it plans to develop North America’s first line-haul hydrogen-powered locomotive.”   Then in March, 2021, they announced a combination with … The post MEXUSACA: freight hydrail rising? first appeared on Hydrogen Cars Now.

Controlling bubble formation on electrodes

Mar 26, 2021: A new study finds the wettability of porous electrode surfaces is key to making efficient water-splitting or carbon-capturing systems.

Design could enable longer lasting, more powerful lithium batteries

Mar 25, 2021: MIT researchers have identified a novel electrolyte that could be useful for next-generation lithium-ion batteries, increasing their power per weight without sacrificing the cycle life.

How a lithium-metal electrode ages

Mar 22, 2021: Even when a device is turned off, its battery gradually loses its charge and eventually some of its capacity for storing energy. Scientists have now documented this aging process in next-gen lithium-metal electrodes.