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Jul 23, 2017

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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.

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.

Regenerative Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles to advance Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology

Jul 15, 2017: “If society’s goals are to reduce carbon from the transportation side, they only have a few options and from our point of view, the fuel cell is the most compelling one.” — Craig Scott, Toyota’s national manager of advanced technologies Following is the conclusion of the speech by Dr. Ballard at Camden: “Air pollution takes many adverse ……

New route to improving rechargeable lithium batteries?

Jul 13, 2017: In a study that suggests a route to improving rechargeable lithium batteries, researchers report that smooth surfaces may prevent harmful deposits from working their way into a solid electrolyte.

1st Interstate H2 Highway in the USA Rolls Out September 2017

Jul 11, 2017: The 1st Interstate H2 Highway in the USA will roll out in September 2017. A hydrogen car motorcade will start at the ITM Power hydrogen fueling station in Riverside, California and end at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada. This year in Las Vegas, SOLARPOWER International (SPI) is joined by Hydrogen + Fuel Cells NORTH ……

Geoffrey Ballard speaks about Hydrogen & Fuel Cell History

Jul 8, 2017: “We must move away from our dependency on fossil fuels, and I am glad that GM has invested over $1 billion in hydrogen fuel cells cars to meet this goal.” — Albert Wynn, United States House of Representatives   How Geoffrey Ballard progressed from an idea and a vision to the success his idea is ……

New material may help cut battery costs for electric cars, cellphones

Jul 6, 2017: In the battle of the batteries, lithium-ion technology is the reigning champion, powering that cellphone in your pocket as well as an increasing number of electric vehicles on the road. But a novel manganese and sodium-ion-based material might become a contender, offering a potentially lower-cost, more ecofriendly option to fuel next-generation devices and electric cars.

New way to produce pure hydrogen efficiently

Jul 5, 2017: A new low-temperature catalyst has been created for producing high-purity hydrogen gas while simultaneously using up carbon monoxide.

Discovery of nanosheets with the highest ever hydroxyl ion conductivity

Jul 5, 2017: Layered double hydroxide (LDH) nanosheets have exceptionally high hydroxyl ion (OH-) conductivity (as high as 10-1 S/cm), report investigators. This OH- conductivity is 10 to 100 times higher than that of conventional OH- conductors, and is the highest even among inorganic anion conductors. LDH nanosheets may be applicable as solid electrolytes for alkaline fuel cells and water electrolyzers, among other devices.

Wearable electronics: Superstretchable, supercompressible supercapacitors

Jul 3, 2017: Flexible, wearable electronics require equally flexible, wearable power sources. Scientists have now introduced an extraordinarily stretchable and compressible polyelectrolyte which, in combination with carbon nanotube composite paper electrodes, forms a supercapacitor that can be stretched to 1,000 percent in length and compressed to 50 percent in thickness with even gaining, not losing capacity.

Buses Have Two Centuries of History & Industrial Experience – before Hydrogen & Fuel Cell History

Jul 1, 2017: “The reality about transportation is that it’s future-oriented. If we’re planning for what we have, we’re behind the curve.”                 Anthony Foxx, former United States Secretary of Transportation Transportation has been on peoples mind for centuries. I learned that “Blaise Pascal launched a public bus service in Paris, which he called “carriages,” in 1662. It ceased operation ……

Selective electrocatalysts developed to boost direct methanol fuel cell performance

Jun 30, 2017: A new technology has been created to boost performance of direct methanol fuel cells (DMFCs) using high-concentration methanol as fuel, shedding some light on the design of clean and affordable alternative energy sources for portable electric devices.

Fixation of powder catalysts on electrodes

Jun 30, 2017: Chemists have developed a new method to tightly fix catalyst powders on electrode surfaces. Currently, the high physical stress induced on catalyst films by gas evolving reactions hampers the application of powder based catalysts. The developed technique is potentially interesting for hydrogen production by water electrolysis.

Bacteria-coated nanofiber electrodes clean pollutants in wastewater

Jun 28, 2017: Researchers may have created an innovative, cost-competitive electrode material for cleaning pollutants in wastewater.

Ruthenium rules for new fuel cells

Jun 28, 2017: Scientists have fabricated a durable catalyst for high-performance fuel cells by attaching single ruthenium atoms to graphene.

Regulating the indirect land use carbon emissions imposes high hidden costs on fuel

Jun 27, 2017: Biofuel policies like the Low-Carbon Fuel Standard in California are trying to minimize the indirect land use change related emissions by accounting for the indirect land use change factor as part of the carbon emissions per gallon of biofuels. A new study examines the costs and benefits of using this approach at a national level.

Coating bacteria with electron-conducting polymer for microbial fuel-cells

Jun 27, 2017: Under anaerobic conditions, certain bacteria can produce electricity. This behavior can be exploited in microbial fuel cells, with a special focus on wastewater treatment schemes. A weak point is the dissatisfactory power density of the microbial cells. An unconventional solution: scientists coated live, electroactive bacteria with a conducting polymer and obtained a high-performance anode for microbial fuel cells.

Fuel Cell Bus from New Flyer Industries & Ballard starts Hydrogen Fuel Cell Industry

Jun 24, 2017:    “The greatest advances of civilization, whether in architecture or painting, in science and literature, in agriculture or industry, have never come from centralized government.” – Milton Friedman, 1976 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences  Great developments come from individuals with a vision; some of their names I mentioned in previous articles. History has shown ……

How protons move through a fuel cell

Jun 22, 2017: Hydrogen is regarded as the energy source of the future: It is produced with solar power and can be used to generate heat and electricity in fuel cells. Researchers have now succeeded in decoding the movement of hydrogen ions in crystals -- a key step towards more efficient energy conversion in the hydrogen industry of tomorrow.

Hydrail provenance: Thanks, James Neal !

Jun 22, 2017: by guest blogger, Stan Thompson The Twelfth International Hydrail Conference next week (27-28 June 2017) in Graz, Austria, will be very different from the first of its kind in Charlotte NC, back in 2005. To begin with, our secondary objective now is to integrate the efforts of companies like Alstom Transport and China Railway Rolling-stock ……

New catalyst paves way for carbon neutral fuel

Jun 21, 2017: Scientists have paved the way for carbon neutral fuel with the development of a new efficient catalyst that converts carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air into synthetic natural gas in a 'clean' process using solar energy.

Future trucks fueled by hydrogen created with solar power: Exhaust? Pure water vapor

Jun 20, 2017: Heavy-duty trucks will soon be driving around in Trondheim, Norway, fueled by hydrogen created with solar power, and emitting only pure water vapor as “exhaust”. Not only will hydrogen technology revolutionize road transport, it will also enable ships and trains to run emission-free.

Sustainable ethanol from carbon dioxide? A possible path

Jun 19, 2017: A recent discovery could lead to a new, more sustainable way to make ethanol without corn or other crops. This promising technology has three basic components: water, carbon dioxide and electricity delivered through a copper catalyst.

Inexpensive organic material gives safe batteries a longer life

Jun 19, 2017: Modern batteries power everything from cars to cell phones, but they are far from perfect -- they catch fire, they perform poorly in cold weather and they have relatively short lifecycles, among other issues. Now researchers have described a new class of material that addresses many of those concerns in a new article.

Geoffrey Ballard Positively Influences Hydrogen Economy & Fuel Cell Future

Jun 17, 2017:   “It will take a combined effort of academia, government, and industry to bring about the change from a gasoline economy to a hydrogen economy. The forces are building and progress is being made. It is of major importance that a change of this magnitude not be forced on unwilling participants, but that all of ……

Reducing environmental impact of idling buses and delivery trucks

Jun 16, 2017: Researchers have developed a system for service vehicles that could reduce emissions and save companies and governments millions of dollars per year in fuel costs.

Electrolytes made from liquefied gas enable batteries to run at ultra-low temperatures

Jun 15, 2017: Engineers have developed new electrolytes that enable lithium batteries to run at temperatures as low as -60 degrees Celsius with excellent performance -- in comparison, today's lithium-ion batteries stop working at -20 degrees Celsius. The new electrolytes also enable electrochemical capacitors to run as cold as -80 degrees Celsius -- their current limit is -40 degrees Celsius.

Solar material for producing clean hydrogen fuel

Jun 14, 2017: A new material has been created based on gold and black phosphorus to produce clean hydrogen fuel using the full spectrum of sunlight.

Solar paint offers endless energy from water vapor

Jun 14, 2017: Researchers have developed a compound that draws moisture from the air and splits it into oxygen and hydrogen. The hydrogen can be captured as a clean fuel source.

Solar-light-driven fully integrated microfluidic device could serve as autonomous fuel-cell-based power source for microsensors or lab-on-a-chip applications

Jun 13, 2017: Miniaturized devices such as microsensors often require an independent, equally miniaturized power supply. Searching for suitable systems, scientists have now developed a fully integrated microfluidic device that produces hydrogen fuel and converts it into electrical energy based on photocatalysis. It works fully autonomously and delivers enough hydrogen energy to power a microsensor for daily data transmission.

Surprise just beneath the surface in carbon dioxide experiment

Jun 12, 2017: When a carbon dioxide experiment didn't match with what theorists predicted, researchers went back to the drawing board and discovered something new.

Volkswagen-Audi Cooperation with China benefits Hydrogen Economy & Fuel Cell Future

Jun 10, 2017: “We need to bring sustainable energy to every corner of the globe with technologies like solar energy mini-grids, solar powered lights, and wind turbines.”       Ban Ki-moon, former United Nations Secretary General Free energy from sun and wind was the topic of two previous articles, a minor detour from the actual theme. Nevertheless, sustainable energy is ……

Batteries from scrap metal

Jun 9, 2017: Scientists have made good use of waste while finding an innovative solution to a technical problem by transforming rusty stainless steel mesh into electrodes with outstanding electrochemical properties that make them ideal for potassium-ion batteries.

New ultrathin material for splitting water could make hydrogen production cheaper

Jun 6, 2017: Chemists have invented a new, cheap catalyst for splitting water with an electrical current to efficiently produce clean hydrogen fuel. Splitting water usually requires two different catalysts, but this catalyst can drive both of the reactions required to separate water into oxygen and hydrogen. The technology is based on the creation of ultrathin slices of porous metal-organic complex materials coated onto a foam electrode.

Electrocatalyst nanostructures key to improved fuel cells, electrolyzers

Jun 5, 2017: Scientists' simulations have unraveled the mystery of a new electrocatalyst that may solve a significant problem associated with fuel cells and electrolyzers.

Splitting carbon dioxide using low-cost catalyst materials

Jun 5, 2017: A promising avenue for the future of clean energy is to store it in the form of carbon-based fuels produced from renewable sources, effectively enabling the clean use of liquid fuels such as gasoline. A first step is the electrolysis of carbon dioxide into oxygen and carbon monoxide. But current CO-forming catalysts are either not selective enough or too expensive to be industrially viable. Now scientists have developed an Earth-abundant catalyst based on copper-oxide nanowires modified with tin oxide.

Free Wind Energy Aids Hydrogen & Fuel Cell History, Boosts Future

Jun 3, 2017: “Solar power, wind power, the way forward is to collaborate with nature – it’s the only way we are going to get to the other end of the 21st century.”             Bjork, Reykjavík, Iceland Wind power is universal. Countless mills in the Netherlands and elsewhere have done work before steam engines out-paced them. Wind propelled ……

Molecular system for artificial photosynthesis

Jun 2, 2017: A molecular system for artificial photosynthesis is designed to mimic key functions of the photosynthetic center in green plants -- light absorption, charge separation, and catalysis -- to convert solar energy into chemical energy stored by hydrogen fuel.

Economists find improved electricity storage leads to innovation, efficiency

Jun 1, 2017: Improved electrical storage technology spurs innovation in both renewables and fossil fuels electricity production, and boosts the efficiency of the entire electricity sector.

Low cost, scalable water splitting fuels the future hydrogen economy

May 31, 2017: An efficient, low-cost catalyst could replace platinum in water-splitting for clean hydrogen production.

Engines fire without smoke

May 29, 2017: By observing the soot particles formed in a simple flame, researchers have developed a computational model capable of simulating soot production inside the latest gasoline automobile engines1.

Where rivers meet the sea: Harnessing energy generated when freshwater meets saltwater

May 26, 2017: A new hybrid technology has been created that produces unprecedented amounts of electrical power where seawater and freshwater combine at the coast.

Nanoalloys ten times as effective as pure platinum in fuel cells

May 24, 2017: A new type of nanocatalyst can result in the long-awaited commercial breakthrough for fuel cell cars. Research results show that it is possible to significantly reduce the need for platinum, a precious and rare metal, by creating a nanoalloy using a new production technique. The technology is also well suited for mass production.

Nanoalloys ten times as effective as pure platinum in fuel cells

May 24, 2017: A new type of nanocatalyst can result in the long-awaited commercial breakthrough for fuel cell cars. Research results show that it is possible to significantly reduce the need for platinum, a precious and rare metal, by creating a nanoalloy using a new production technique. The technology is also well suited for mass production.

Feather-light metal cathodes for stable lithium-oxygen batteries

May 24, 2017: Lithium-oxygen systems could someday outperform today's lithium-ion batteries because of their potential for high energy density. However, a number of important issues, such as their poor electrochemical stability must be addressed before these systems can successfully compete with current rechargeable batteries. Now, researchers report a new type of cathode, which could make lithium-oxygen batteries a practical option.

Zap! Graphene is bad news for bacteria

May 23, 2017: Laser-induced graphene made from an inexpensive polymer is an effective anti-fouling material and, when charged, an excellent antibacterial surface, report scientists.

Fueling the future

May 19, 2017: New research investigated the full life cycle impact of one promising 'second-generation biofuel' produced from short-rotation oak. The study found that second-generation biofuels made from managed trees and perennial grasses may provide a sustainable fuel resource.