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Apr 28, 2015

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New insights into ionic liquids

Apr 27, 2015: To directly observe chemical processes in unusual, new materials is a scientific dream, made possible by modern microscopy methods: researchers have, for the first time, captured video images of the attachment of molecules in an ionic liquid onto a submerged electrode. The images from the nanoscale world provide detailed information on the way in which chemical components reorganize when a voltage is applied. New findings based on this information may lead to improved batteries and more energy efficient coating technology or solar engineering.

Highly conductive germanium nanowires made by a simple, one-step process

Apr 23, 2015: For the first time, germanium nanowires have been deposited on indium tin oxide substrate by a simple, one-step process called electrodeposition. The nanowires produced by this method have outstanding electronic properties and can be used as high-capacity anode material for lithium-ion batteries; however, the nanowires were previously too expensive and difficult to produce. This process may resolve the cost issue.

Review of 4 Hydrogen Fueling Stations in Los Angeles Area

Apr 22, 2015: In anticipation of Earth Day (Happy Earth Day, Folks!), this past weekend I decided geek out and visit four public hydrogen fueling stations in the greater Los Angeles area that I haven’t been to before. Two of the hydrogen fueling stations I’ve already visited in the SoCal region include one in Irvine, CA and one ...

Beyond the lithium ion: Significant step toward a better performing battery

Apr 17, 2015: Researchers have taken a significant step toward the development of a battery that could outperform the lithium-ion technology used in electric cars such as the Chevy Volt. They have shown they can replace the lithium ions, each of which carries a single positive charge, with magnesium ions, which have a plus-two charge, in battery-like chemical reactions, using an electrode with a structure like those in many of today's devices.

Electrolyte genome could be battery game-changer

Apr 15, 2015: A new breakthrough battery -- one that has significantly higher energy, lasts longer, and is cheaper and safer -- will likely be impossible without a new material discovery. And a new material discovery could take years, if not decades, since trial and error has been the best available approach.

Cobalt film a clean-fuel find

Apr 15, 2015: A university lab produces a thin-film catalyst for both hydrogen and oxygen generation. The material could replace expensive metals like platinum in water-electrolysis devices that produce hydrogen and oxygen for fuel cells.

Japan Will Miss Target of 100 H2 Fueling Stations by 2016 – So What?

Apr 15, 2015: According to Reuters news organization, Japan will most likely miss its target of building 100 hydrogen fueling stations by March 2016. According to the report, “Japan looks set to miss its ambitious target of having around 100 hydrogen fuelling stations for fuel-cell cars in operation by March 2016, with just 76 approved after the deadline ...

New mathematical method enhances hydrology simulations

Apr 15, 2015: A team applied sophisticated mathematical solutions to fine tune water and energy exchange parameters, numerical stand-ins for complex processes, to more accurately simulate water and energy fluxes in an important model under different conditions.

New material could boost batteries' power, help power plants

Apr 10, 2015: You're going to have to think very small to understand something that has the potential to be very big. A team of researchers has developed a material that acts as a superhighway for ions. The material could make batteries more powerful, change how gaseous fuel is turned into liquid fuel and help power plants burn coal and natural gas more efficiently.

Research could usher in next generation of batteries, fuel cells

Apr 10, 2015: Scientists have made a discovery that could dramatically improve the efficiency of batteries and fuel cells. The research involves improving the transport of oxygen ions, a key component in converting chemical reactions into electricity.

Multimetal nanoframes improve catalyst performance

Apr 9, 2015: Scientists built a highly active and durable class of electrocatalysts by exploiting the structural evolution of solid platinum-nickel nanocrystals. The novel material enhanced catalytic activity for splitting oxygen, a reaction vital to fuel cells and potentially other uses.

Hydrogen-Powered Tram Developed in China

Apr 9, 2015: Fuel Cells | Hydrogen Fuel | Public Transit | TransportationIn an effort to reduce China’s harmful and plentiful greenhouse gas emissions, Chinese company Sifang (a subsidiary of China South Rail Corporation) has developed the world’s first hydrogen powered tram. The tram took two years of research and development to complete, and will be powered entirely by hydrogen fuel cells. Since this is a tram […]…

Making natural gas easier to transport and store: Cagey material acts as alcohol factory

Apr 8, 2015: Refining natural gas into an easy-to-transport, easy-to-store liquid so far has been a challenge. But now, a new material is making this process a little easier.

Iran Researchers Experiment with Hydrogen Cars

Apr 7, 2015: Researchers at Amirkabir University of Technology in Tehran, Iran are experimenting with a “chemical car” that runs on a hydrogen liquid chemical carrier. According to, “In order to solve the energy crisis in the future, some of the researchers of Amirkabir University of Technology produced chemical cars with environmentally friendly fuel … “…He added ...

Discovery may be breakthrough for hydrogen cars

Apr 6, 2015: Unlike other hydrogen fuel production methods that rely on highly processed sugars, the team used dirty biomass -- the husks and stalks of corn plants -- to create their fuel. This not only reduces the initial expense of creating the fuel, it enables the use of a fuel source readily available near the processing plants, making the creation of the fuel a local enterprise.

Ultrafast aluminum battery offers safe alternative to conventional batteries

Apr 6, 2015: Scientists have invented the first high-performance aluminum battery that's fast-charging, long-lasting and inexpensive. Researchers say the new technology could replace many lithium-ion and alkaline batteries in wide use today.

First Mass Produced Hydrogen Car Unveiled in Australia

Apr 2, 2015: Do you come from a land down under? Where women glow and men plunder? If so, then you’re in for a treat as the first mass produced hydrogen car, a Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell was unveiled in Australia this week. In addition, Australia opened its first and only hydrogen fueling station at the Macquarie Park ...

An efficient path from carbon to renewable fuel production

Mar 31, 2015: Earth-abundant materials based primarily on carbon, nitrogen and transition metal oxides can be combined into highly efficient energy conversion devices. These devices can be used in fuel cells as well as in electrolysis.

Top 10 Green Cars – 2015 Vancouver Auto Show

Mar 26, 2015: Electric Cars | Fuel Cells | Hydrogen Fuel | TransportationThis Tuesday we had a unique opportunity to preview the Vancouver International Auto Show. This year’s show features a wide variety of electric, hydrogen and hybrid-electric vehicles. We took full advantage and we’re absolutely thrilled to see so many manufacturers putting research and development into clean transportation technologies. Almost every manufacturer had something future-friendly to […]…

Mercedes Benz F 015 Spied Tooling Around San Francisco

Mar 24, 2015: So which is cooler, hydrogen cars or driverless cars? And why can’t we have both? That’s what Mercedes-Benz is saying with their autonomous f 015 fuel cell vehicle. Reddit user SFChillin spotted the car cruising the streets of San Francisco a couple of weekends ago. picked up on the story, “On Thursday morning, a ...

New processing technology converts used packing peanuts to battery components

Mar 22, 2015: Researchers have shown how to convert waste packing peanuts into high-performance carbon electrodes for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that outperform conventional graphite electrodes, representing an environmentally friendly approach to reuse the waste.

'Green' batteries made to last: Oxide/carbon composite outperforms expensive platinum composites

Mar 19, 2015: An oxide/carbon composite outperforms expensive platinum composites in oxygen chemical reactions for green energy devices. Electrochemical devices are crucial to a green energy revolution in which clean alternatives replace carbon-based fuels. This revolution requires conversion systems that produce hydrogen from water or rechargeable batteries that can store clean energy in cars. Now, Singapore-based researchers have developed improved catalysts as electrodes for efficient and more durable green energy devices.

Uncovering a reaction's secrets

Mar 19, 2015: A theoretical and experimental study could lead to improved catalysts for producing hydrogen fuel from waste biomass.

Electronic waste has energy value

Mar 18, 2015: Using discarded electronic boards, researchers have developed a system for obtaining clean hydrogen that can be used as fuel. The researchers have already registered the patent of the process in Japan.

Shell Opens Hydrogen Fueling Station in Germany

Mar 18, 2015: In Hamburg, Germany Shell Deutschland Oil GmbH opened its first CEP approved hydrogen fueling station. The technology for the H2Station was created by H2 Logic. According to H2 Logic, “The fueling station is the first in Germany to obtain a 2014 approval from the Public-Private Clean Energy Partnership (CEP) after extensive third party acceptance and ...

Towards 'printed' organic solar cells and LEDs

Mar 18, 2015: Flexible optoelectronic devices that can be produced roll-to-roll -- much like newspapers are printed -- are a highly promising path to cheaper devices such as solar cells and LED lighting panels. Scientists have now created prototype flexible solar cell modules as well as novel silver-based transparent electrodes that outperform currently used materials.

Materials research could unlock potential of lithium-sulfur batteries

Mar 17, 2015: Scientists have discovered a high performance cathode material with great promise for use in next generation lithium-sulfur batteries that could one day be used to power mobile devices and electric cars.

Clean energy future: New cheap and efficient electrode for splitting water

Mar 17, 2015: Scientists have developed a highly efficient oxygen-producing electrode for splitting water that has the potential to be scaled up for industrial production of the clean energy fuel, hydrogen. The new technology is based on an inexpensive, specially coated foam material that lets the bubbles of oxygen escape quickly. Unlike other water electrolyzers that use precious metals as catalysts, the electrode is made entirely from two non-precious and abundant metals -- nickel and iron.

High power and high safety oxide-based negative electrode materials for Li-ion battery

Mar 13, 2015: Researchers have shown electrochemical Li insertion and deinsertion property of Ti-Nb mixed oxide Ti2Nb10O29 (TNO) at high current rate is greatly improved by vacuum annealing. This is mainly attributed to enhancement of intrinsic electronic conductivity of TNO by introducing oxygen vacancy. Vacuum-annealed TNO is promising negative electrode material of high power and high safety Li-ion battery for large scale application.

Honda FCV Concept Makes European Debut at Geneva Auto Show

Mar 10, 2015: While Honda has been showing off its FCV Concept for the past couple of years, this is the first time the hydrogen vehicle has shown itself in Europe via the Geneva Auto Show. Scheduled to be rolled out for public consumption in March 2016, the first production vehicles will hit the showrooms of Japan followed ...

High performance, lightweight supercapacitor electrodes of the future

Mar 10, 2015: Many scientists are working to develop green, lightweight, low-cost supercapacitors with high performance, and now two researchers have developed a novel supercapacitor electrode based on a hybrid nanostructure made from a hybrid nickel oxide-iron oxide exterior shell and a conductive iron-nickel core. Its core/shell structure could mean faster charging time and longer battery life in electric vehicles and portable electronics.

New thin-film material synthesized for use in fuel cells

Mar 10, 2015: Researchers have synthesized a new thin-film catalyst for use in fuel cells.They report the first-ever epitaxial thin-film growth of Bi2Pt2O7 pyrochlore, which could act as a more effective cathode -- a fundamental electrode component of fuel cells from which positive current flows through an external circuit delivering electric power.

New approach combines biomass conversion, solar energy conversion

Mar 10, 2015: A new approach to combine solar energy conversion and biomass conversion has been presented by researchers. These are two important research areas for renewable energy, they say.

One step closer to artificial photosynthesis and 'solar fuels'

Mar 9, 2015: A new thin-film coating solves a major problem in the development of artificial photosynthetic systems that can replicate the natural process of photosynthesis to harness sunlight to generate fuels.

Bioelectrochemical processes have the potential to one day replace petrochemistry: Lysine production as example

Mar 9, 2015: Researchers have found that the electrification of the white biotechnology is not merely a green dream, but an alternative to petrochemistry with realistic economical potential. Compared to classical sugar based bio-processes, bioelectrochemical processes promise improved yields, which could turn out to be a real game changer. The next generation of bio-production facilities may not only become more environmentally friendly, but also more economically competitive.

Chemists develop new way to make cost-effective material for electricity storage

Mar 6, 2015: Researchers have found a new way to make state-of-the-art materials for energy storage using a cheap lamp from the hardware store.

Urine power to light camps in disaster zones

Mar 6, 2015: A toilet, conveniently situated near the Student Union Bar at the University of the West of England, is proving that urine can generate electricity.

Microscopy directly images problematic lithium dendrites in batteries

Mar 6, 2015: Scientists have captured the first real-time nanoscale images of lithium dendrite structures known to degrade lithium-ion batteries. Dendrites form when metallic lithium takes root on a battery's anode and begins growing haphazardly. If the dendrites grow too large, they can puncture the divider between the electrodes and short-circuit the cell, resulting in catastrophic battery failure.

Big box stores could ditch the grid, use natural gas fuel cells instead

Mar 5, 2015: Natural gas powered solid oxide fuel cells, located at the point of use to produce electricity for facilities the size of big box stores, could provide economic and environmental benefits, with additional research, according to new study.

New research could lead to more efficient electrical energy storage

Mar 4, 2015: Researchers have identified electrical charge-induced changes in the structure and bonding of graphitic carbon electrodes that may one day affect the way energy is stored. The research could lead to an improvement in the capacity and efficiency of electrical energy storage systems, such as batteries and supercapacitors, needed to meet the burgeoning demands of consumer, industrial and green technologies.

Glass coating improves battery performance

Mar 2, 2015: Researchers have investigated a strategy to prevent this 'polysulfide shuttling' phenomenon by creating nano-sized sulfur particles, and coating them in silica, otherwise known as glass.

Aerogel catalyst shows promise for fuel cells: Unzipped nanotubes turned into possible alternative for platinum

Mar 2, 2015: Aerogels made of graphene nanoribbons and modified with boron and nitrogen are more efficient catalysts for fuel cells and air-metal batteries than expensive platinum is, according to researchers.

Supersonic electrons could produce future solar fuel

Mar 2, 2015: Researchers have taken a step closer to producing solar fuel using artificial photosynthesis. In a new study, they have successfully tracked the electrons’ rapid transit through a light-converting molecule.

Hydrail in Germany: another welcome first

Mar 1, 2015: by guest blogger Stan Thompson About 12 years ago, when I first became interested in what’s now called hydrail (hybrid hydrogen fuel cell and battery railway traction), I caught a glimmer of the idea online from Germany in the State of Schleswig-Holstein. Someone there had seen that wireless electric trains could be powered by wind turbines via hydrogen ...

Bringing clean energy a step closer

Feb 27, 2015: Researchers have made an inexpensive metal-free catalyst that performs as well as costly metal catalysts at speeding the oxygen reduction reaction in an acidic fuel cell, and is more durable. The catalyst is made of sheets of nitrogen-doped graphene that provides great surface area, carbon nanotubes that enhance conductivity, and carbon black particles that separate the layers allowing the electrolyte and oxygen to flow freely, which greatly increased performance and efficiency.

The biobattery: Turning sewage sludge into electricity and engine oil

Feb 27, 2015: Sewage sludge, green waste, production residue from the food industry, straw or animal excrement – with the biobattery‘s modular concept a much larger range of biomass can be utilized for energy recovery than previously. Researchers show that they can convert organic residues into electricity, heat, purified gas, engine oil and high quality biochar using this process.

Wind-powered freighters

Feb 27, 2015: To make ships more eco-efficient, engineers have been working with alternative fuels. A Norwegian engineer is currently pursuing a new approach: With VindskipTM, he has designed a cargo ship that is powered by wind and gas. Software will ensure an optimum use of the available wind energy at any time.

NanoFlowcell QUANTiNO Water Fuel Cell Car Stuff

Feb 26, 2015: So, is the nanoFlowcell QUANTiNO a hydrogen fuel cell car or not? This may be a tough call. The vehicle doesn’t use a traditional hydrogen fuel cell with compressed H2 gas and oxygen from the air flowing over the polymer exchange membrane (PEM). Instead the nanoFlowcell uses an ionic liquid catalyst in two 175-liter tanks ...

Dendrite eraser: New electrolyte rids batteries of short-circuiting fibers

Feb 24, 2015: A new electrolyte allows rechargeable batteries to operate well without growing dendrites, tiny pin-like fibers that short-circuit rechargeable batteries.

Renewable energy obtained from wastewater

Feb 24, 2015: Researchers have devised an efficient way to obtain electrical energy and hydrogen by using a wastewater treatment process. The proposed system uses bacteria which consumes the organic material and produces electricity which allows producing hydrogen, the energetic vector of the future. The results point to further developments of this technology at industrial scale.