Feb 11, 2016: Hydrogen fuel cell carmaker Riversimple has stated that they intend to unveil the new 2-seater MK2 (Mark 2) automobile on February 17, 2016 and I couldn’t be more excited. Boasting 250 mpge and a 300 mile range the Riversimple MK2 represents a significant leap for fuel cell vehicles. The vehicle contains an 8.5 kW PEM ……
Feb 9, 2016: Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) can reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions compared to their gas-only counterparts. Researchers have taken the technology one step further, demonstrating how to improve the efficiency of current PHEVs by almost 12 percent.
Feb 9, 2016: Around a fifth of the energy-saving benefits of fuel-efficient cars are eroded because people end up driving them more, according to a study into British motoring habits over the last 40 years.
Feb 8, 2016: Fuel cells generate electrical energy through a chemical reaction of hydrogen and oxygen. To obtain clean energy, the splitting of water into its components of hydrogen and oxygen is critical. Researchers are now studying how sunlight can be used for this purpose.
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.
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.
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.
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 ……
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.
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.
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.
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 ……
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.
Jan 25, 2016: Researchers have developed a new catalyst that paves the way for low-cost, large-scale hydrogen-production.
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.
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.
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.
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 ……
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.
Jan 19, 2016: A new paradigm for the development of photo-bioelectrochemical cells has been developed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ……
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ……
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. …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ……
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.
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. …
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.
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.
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.
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.