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Oct 06, 2015

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Micro photosynthetic power cells may be the green energy source for the next generation

Oct 2, 2015: A novel micro-technology, which captures the electrical power generated by the photosynthesis and respiration of blue-green algae, has been created by scientists.

Extending a battery's lifetime with heat

Oct 1, 2015: Over time, the electrodes inside a rechargeable battery cell can grow tiny, branch-like filaments called dendrites, causing short circuits that kill the battery or even ignite it in flames. But thanks to new experiments and computer simulations, researchers have explored in detail how higher temperatures can break down these dendrites -- and possibly extend battery lifetimes.

Anti-ageing treatment for smart windows

Oct 1, 2015: Electrochromic windows, so-called ‘smart windows’, share a well-known problem with rechargeable batteries – their limited lifespan. Researchers have now worked out an entirely new way to rejuvenate smart windows which have started to show signs of age. The study may open the way to other areas of application.

Hydrogen Mobility Europe Launches Ambitious Plan

Sep 30, 2015: Hydrogen Mobility Europe (H2ME) has launched an ambitious plan to enable the growth of the number of fuel cell vehicles (FCEVs) and hydrogen refueling stations (HRS) throughout Europe. H2ME is based upon four of the other ambitious hydrogen vehicle and infrastructure plans in Europe including UK H2 Mobility, H2 MOBILITY Deutschland, Scandinavian Hydrogen Highway Partnership ……

Making batteries with portabella mushrooms

Sep 29, 2015: Can portabella mushrooms stop cell phone batteries from degrading over time? Researchers think so. They have created a new type of lithium-ion battery anode using portabella mushrooms, which are inexpensive, environmentally friendly and easy to produce.

Road to supercapacitors for scrap tires

Sep 25, 2015: Some of the 300 million tires discarded each year in the United States alone could be used in supercapacitors for vehicles and the electric grid using a technology.

Small-scale nuclear fusion may be a new energy source

Sep 25, 2015: Fusion energy may soon be used in small-scale power stations. This means producing environmentally friendly heating and electricity at a low cost from fuel found in water. Both heating generators and generators for electricity could be developed within a few years, according to new research.

Hybrid ultrasmall gold nanocluster for enzymatic fuel cells

Sep 24, 2015: With fossil-fuel sources dwindling, better biofuel cell design is a strong candidate in the energy field. In a new study, researchers and external collaborators synthesized and characterized a new DNA-templated gold nanocluster (AuNC) that could resolve a critical methodological barrier for efficient biofuel cell design.

Nano-mechanical study offers new assessment of silicon for next-gen batteries

Sep 24, 2015: A detailed nano-mechanical study of mechanical degradation processes in silicon structures containing varying levels of lithium ions offers good news for researchers attempting to develop reliable next-generation rechargeable batteries using silicon-based electrodes.

New cathode material creates possibilities for sodium-ion batteries

Sep 23, 2015: The inventor of the lithium-ion battery, and his team of researchers, have identified a new cathode material made of the nontoxic and inexpensive mineral eldfellite for sodium-ion batteries.

Water pathways make fuel cells more efficient

Sep 23, 2015: Researchers have developed a coating technique in the laboratory that could raise the efficiency of fuel cells. The scientists have already applied to patent the technique, which is suitable for mass production.

Method could make hydrogen fuel cells more efficient

Sep 23, 2015: With the growth of wind and solar energy and the increasing popularity of electric vehicles, many people in the US may have forgotten about the promised 'hydrogen economy.' But in research labs around the world, progress continues. Now scientists are reporting a new process that could help us move faster toward sustainable hydrogen-based energy.

Tiny carbon-capturing motors may help tackle rising carbon dioxide levels

Sep 23, 2015: Machines that are much smaller than the width of a human hair could one day help clean up carbon dioxide pollution in the oceans. Nanoengineers have designed enzyme-functionalized micromotors that rapidly zoom around in water, remove carbon dioxide and convert it into a usable solid form.

Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Jobs in California

Sep 16, 2015: With California being one of the world’s largest hotbeds of hydrogen and fuel cell development, I was curious as to what kinds of jobs there are now for those seeking employment or re-employment. Here is a short list of some of the top jobs I’ve found today:   Top Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Jobs in ……

Chemical engineers outline new approach to materials design

Sep 15, 2015: Chemical engineers have developed a new approach that will have a huge impact in future materials design, they say. The findings reveal a unique model that enables fast and accurate prediction of novel alloy materials for efficient chemical conversions.

New way to store solar energy could lead to more common solar cell usage

Sep 14, 2015: A relatively inexpensive and simple way to split water into hydrogen and oxygen has been developed using a new electrodeposition method. The findings could lead to a sizable increase in the amount of hydrogen available for fuel usage, scientists say.

Discovery of a highly efficient catalyst eases way to hydrogen economy

Sep 14, 2015: Hydrogen could be the ideal fuel: Whether used to make electricity in a fuel cell or burned to make heat, the only byproduct is water; there is no climate-altering carbon dioxide. Like gasoline, hydrogen could also be used to store energy. Scientists now report a hydrogen-making catalyst containing phosphorus and sulfur -- both common elements -- and cobalt, a metal that is 1,000 times cheaper than platinum.

Biodiesel made easier, cleaner with waste-recycling catalyst

Sep 14, 2015: Researchers have devised a way of increasing the yield of biodiesel by using the waste left over from its production process. Using simple catalysis, the researchers have been able to recycle a non-desired by-product produced when biodiesel is formed from vegetable oil, and convert this into an ingredient to produce even more biodiesel.

Batteries: Power of marine inspiration

Sep 11, 2015: Bioinspired carbon anodes enable high performance in lithium-ion batteries.

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Self-Driving Versus Intelligent Cars

Sep 9, 2015: On May 05, 2015 I had asked “Dude, Where’s My Hydrogen Fuel Cell Driverless Car?” That call was answered in late August 2015 when Hyundai introduced their self-driving R car that is now in development. Mercedes-Benz has also dipped both toes in the hydrogen fuel cell driverless car arena by testing its new F 015 ……

Novel efficient and low-cost semitransparent solar cells

Sep 8, 2015: Scientists have successfully developed efficient and low-cost semitransparent perovskite solar cells with graphene electrodes. The power conversion efficiencies of this novel invention are around 12 percent.

Nanoparticles: Small but unique

Sep 7, 2015: Scientists have developed a new way to study nanoparticles one at a time, and have discovered that individual particles that may seem identical in fact can have very different properties. The results may prove to be important when developing new materials or applications such as hydrogen sensors for fuel cell cars.

Solar water-splitting technology developed

Sep 4, 2015: Researchers have demonstrated an efficient new way to capture the energy from sunlight and convert it into clean, renewable energy by splitting water molecules. The technology uses sunlight-harvesting gold nanoparticles.

How to curb emissions: Put a price on carbon

Sep 3, 2015: Literally putting a price on carbon pollution and other greenhouse gasses is the best approach for nurturing the rapid growth of renewable energy and reducing emissions. While prospects for a comprehensive carbon price are dim, especially in the US, many other policy approaches can spur the renewables revolution, according to a new policy article.

Making fuel from light

Sep 2, 2015: Photosynthesis has given life to the planet. While scientists have been studying and mimicking the natural phenomenon in the laboratory for years, understanding how to replicate the chemical process behind it has largely remained a mystery -- until now.

1 Year of Driving a Hyundai FCEV – Interview with Tim Bush

Sep 1, 2015: On June 10, 2014 I had attended the Hyundai of Tustin, California event where the first USA lessee Tim Bush (pictured above) was handed the keys to a Tucson FCEV. So, I thought it would be interesting to speak with Mr. Bush a little over a year later to see how the lease experience of ……

Artificial leaf harnesses sunlight for efficient fuel production

Aug 28, 2015: A new solar fuel generation system, or artificial leaf, safely creates fuel from sunlight and water with record-setting efficiency and stability.

Simulations show why platinum nanoparticles become less effective catalysts at small sizes

Aug 28, 2015: Scientists have used first-principles computer simulations to explain why small platinum nanoparticles are less effective catalysts than larger ones.

Charging a lithium-ion battery efficiently with a solar cell

Aug 27, 2015: Researchers have wired four perovskite solar cells in series to enhance the voltage and directly photo-charged lithium batteries with 7.8 percent efficiency -- the most efficient reported to date, the researchers believe.

1st Commercial Solar-Hydrogen House Created for Consumer in New Jersey

Aug 25, 2015: The first commercially produced consumer solar-hydrogen house has been created in Pennington, New Jersey by hydrogen pioneer, Mike Strizki. The dedication, which is by invitation only, will occur on Patriot Day, September 11, 2015 (however you can ask for an invitation on his website). In 2006, Mr. Strizki built his first hydrogen house at his ……

Scientists find new way to detect ortho–para conversion in water

Aug 25, 2015: New research has found that water molecules react differently to electric fields, which could provide a new way to study spin isomers at the single-molecule level. Water molecules exist in two forms or 'isomers', ortho and para, that have different nuclear spin states. In ortho-water, the nuclear spins are parallel to one another, and in para water, the spins are antiparallel. The conversion of ortho water into para-water and vice-versa is relevant to a broad range of scientific fields from nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) to astrophysics.

Another milestone in hybrid artificial photosynthesis

Aug 25, 2015: Researchers using a bioinorganic hybrid approach to artificial photosynthesis have combined semiconducting nanowires with select microbes to create a system that produces renewable molecular hydrogen and uses it to synthesize carbon dioxide into methane, the primary constituent of natural gas.

Graphene drives potential for the next-generation of fuel-efficient cars

Aug 21, 2015: Graphene could lead to greener more fuel efficient cars in the future by converting heat into electricity, scientists say. Graphene's range of superlative properties and small size causes the transfer of heat through the material to slow leading to the desired lower operating temperatures.

Laser-burned graphene gains metallic powers

Aug 20, 2015: Chemists embed metallic nanoparticles into laser-induced graphene, turning it into a useful catalyst for fuel cell and other applications.

Using sunlight to recharge the cooling system of trailer containers

Aug 20, 2015: A group of scientists has replaced diesel with kinetic energy, saving up to 20 thousand liters of fuel annually, they say, adding that this includes a series of energetically self-sustained boxes for the transport of perishable goods, with a cooling system that replaced the use of diesel with sunlight and kinetic energy.

Buying an H2 Car in California? – Let These Maps Be Your Guide

Aug 19, 2015: Green Car Reports recently posted an article about how some current hydrogen fuel cell car owners in California are dissatisfied at the experience since several Los Angeles and Orange County demonstration H2 stations are offline. And this is understandable. If you buy or lease a new car you’ll want to fuel up nearby. So, in ……

'Diamonds from the sky' approach turns CO2 into valuable products

Aug 19, 2015: Finding a technology to shift carbon dioxide, the most abundant anthropogenic greenhouse gas, from a climate change problem to a valuable commodity has long been a dream. Now, a team of chemists says they have developed a technology to economically convert atmospheric CO2 directly into highly valued carbon nanofibers for industrial and consumer products.

How the Hydrogen Car Debate Has Changed Over the Past 10 Years

Aug 11, 2015: In late 2005, I posted the first pages to my hydrogen cars website and about 6 months later I posted the first pages to the blog. I thought it would be fun and entertaining to take a look back over the past 10-plus years to see how the hydrogen car debate has changed. Back in ……

Copper clusters capture, convert carbon dioxide to make fuel

Aug 7, 2015: The chemical reactions that make methanol from carbon dioxide rely on a catalyst to speed up the conversion, and scientists identified a new material that could fill this role. With its unique structure, this catalyst can capture and convert carbon dioxide in a way that ultimately saves energy.

Pouring fire on fuels at the nanoscale

Aug 7, 2015: There are no magic bullets for global energy needs. But fuel cells in which electrical energy is harnessed directly from live, self-sustaining chemical reactions promise cheaper alternatives to fossil fuels.

'Yolks' and 'shells' improve rechargeable batteries

Aug 5, 2015: One big problem faced by electrodes in rechargeable batteries, as they go through repeated cycles of charging and discharging, is that they must expand and shrink during each cycle -- sometimes doubling in volume, and then shrinking back. This can lead to repeated shedding and reformation of its "skin" layer that consumes lithium irreversibly, degrading the battery's performance over time. Now researchers have found a novel way around that problem: creating an electrode made of nanoparticles with a solid shell, and a "yolk" inside that can change size again and again without affecting the shell.

Hydrogen is the Fuel of the Future and Always Will Be – NOT!

Aug 4, 2015:   There is an old joke that hydrogen (and hydrogen cars) are the future and always will be. The phrasing has changed from one hater, critic or denier to the next, but the sentiment is the same. And I beg to differ on this statement. As I test drove a Mirai fuel cell vehicle (pictured ……

Process concept for a zero-emission route to clean middle-distillate fuels from coal

Aug 4, 2015: A novel process configuration has been developed for producing clean middle-distillate fuels from coal with minimal emissions.

New design brings world's first solar battery to performance milestone

Aug 1, 2015: After debuting the world's first solar air battery last fall, researchers have now reached a new milestone. They report that their patent-pending design -- which combines a solar cell and a battery into a single device -- now achieves a 20 percent energy savings over traditional lithium-iodine batteries.

Transparent, electrically conductive network of encapsulated silver nanowires

Jul 31, 2015: A transparent electrode with high electrical conductivity has been developed for solar cells and other optoelectronic components -- that uses minimal amounts of material. It consists of a random network of silver nanowires that is coated with aluminium-doped zinc oxide. The novel electrode requires about 70 times less silver than conventional silver grid electrodes, but possesses comparable electrical conductivity.

Research explores future energy security of China

Jul 31, 2015: China needs to reduce its dependence on coal and improve the range of fuels it uses if it is to have long term energy security, according to new research. The study looks at the future of electricity supply in China and the issues it faces in reducing its carbon emissions -- nationally China's electricity sector accounts for more than half its total greenhouse gas emissions.

A cost-effective solution to tuned graphene production

Jul 30, 2015: Graphene has been called the miracle material but the single-atomic layer material is still seeking its place in the materials world. Now a method to make 'defective' graphene could provide the answer. Scientists now report that they have developed a simple electrochemical approach which allows defects to intentionally be created in the graphene, altering its electrical and mechanical properties and making the material even more useful.

Meet the high-performance single-molecule diode

Jul 29, 2015: Researchers have created the world's highest-performance single-molecule diode. Development of a functional single-molecule diode is a major pursuit of the electronics industry.

Hydrail Conferences: “Mission 1” Accomplished!

Jul 28, 2015: by guest blogger Stan Thompson The Tenth International Hydrail Conference (“10-IHC”) came home to Mooresville, North Carolina, on June 22-23 and it was a resounding success for a number of reasons. Our twenty presenters were a delightful mix of pros from previous IHCs, academics, railroad professionals, VIPs and Brad Read, President of TIG/m, who built the hydrail ……

Mechanism of an enzyme for biofuel production

Jul 27, 2015: Missing link in microbial cellulose decomposition…