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Nov 24, 2017

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New batteries with better performance, improved safety

Nov 23, 2017: Currently the most important technology for batteries is the lithium-ion battery technology, but the technology is expensive and contains a flammable liquid. To satisfy the growing demand from emerging markets, researchers have devised a new battery prototype: known as "all-solid-state," this battery has the potential to store more energy while maintaining high safety and reliability levels.

Bridging the gap: Potentially low-cost, low-emissions technology that can convert methane without forming carbon dioxide

Nov 21, 2017: A potentially low-cost, low-emissions technology has been designed that can convert methane without forming carbon dioxide.

Hydrogen cars for the masses one step closer to reality, thanks to invention

Nov 20, 2017: A new device that can inexpensively and efficiently create and store energy and create hydrogen fuel, and that needs only sunlight to operate, has now been developed by researchers.

The latest poop from the turkey coop

Nov 20, 2017: Treated excrement from turkeys, chickens and other poultry, when converted to combustible solid biomass fuel, could replace approximately 10 percent of coal used in electricity generation, reducing greenhouse gases and providing an alternative energy source, according to a new study.

Electrochemistry opens up novel access to important classes of substances

Nov 17, 2017: Chemists have succeeded in overcoming the problem of electrochemical polymer formation and in developing a sustainable and efficient synthesis strategy for these important products for the first time.

Manganese dioxide shows potential in micromotors

Nov 14, 2017: Manganese dioxide could make the preparation of micromotors increasingly cost-effective, opening up new avenues for their use.

Fuel cell X-ray study details effects of temperature and moisture on performance

Nov 13, 2017: To find the right balance of moisture and temperature in a specialized type of hydrogen fuel cell, scientists have used X-rays to explore the inner workings of its components at tiny scales.

Discarded cigarette butts: The next high performing hydrogen storage material?

Oct 31, 2017: Discarded cigarette butts are a major waste disposal and environmental pollution hazard. But chemists have discovered that cigarette butt-derived carbons have ultra-high surface area and unprecedented hydrogen storage capacity.

Research aims to help renewable jet fuel take flight

Oct 30, 2017: The International Air Transport Association predicts that 7.2 billion passengers will fly in 2035, nearly doubling the 3.8 billion in 2016. So how do we make flying easier on the environment? Instead of petroleum, researchers have now developed new processes to ramp up production of bio-based fuel made from corncobs and wood chips.

Cobalt and tungsten key to cheaper, cleaner hydrogen

Oct 30, 2017: Electrolysis, splitting the water molecule with electricity, is the cleanest way to obtain hydrogen, a clean and renewable fuel. Now, researchers have designed a new catalyst that reduces the cost of electrolytic hydrogen production. Catalysts reduce the amount of electricity needed to break the chemical bonds, speed up the reaction and minimize the energy waste.

New method makes bioethanol from waste -- in existing plants

Oct 30, 2017: It is possible to produce bioethanol from agricultural and industrial waste in existing plants in a socioeconomically sustainable way, according to new research from Sweden.

Microscopic defects make lithium-ion batteries better

Oct 30, 2017: High-performance electrodes for lithium-ion batteries can be improved by paying closer attention to their defects -- and capitalizing on them, according to scientists.

Interview with Jennifer Gangi about the Fuel Cell Seminar & Energy Exposition

Oct 26, 2017: Yesterday, I had the pleasure of communicating with Jennifer Gangi (@fuelcellgirl) who is the FCS&EE spokesperson for the upcoming Fuel Cell Seminar & Energy Exposition (November 7-9, 2017 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, California). As I will be attending this year, I was curious about several aspects of the upcoming Seminar ……

It's all about the mix: Plastic and metal-organic frameworks partner for sensing, storage

Oct 25, 2017: A marriage between 3-D printer plastic and a versatile hybrid material for detecting and storing gases could lead to inexpensive sensors and fuel cell batteries alike.

Novel catalyst for rechargeable metal-air batteries

Oct 25, 2017: Scientists have introduced a novel catalyst to accelerate the commercialization of metal-air batteries. The new catalyst possesses the structure of nanofiber-based perovskite materials and exhibits excellent electrochemical performance, close to that of today's precious metal catalysts, yet it is still inexpensive.

Electronic entropy enhances water splitting

Oct 24, 2017: An electron transitioning from state to state increases cerium's entropy, making it ideal for hydrogen production, researchers have found.

Expanding Brazilian sugarcane could dent global CO2 emissions

Oct 23, 2017: Vastly expanding sugarcane production in Brazil for conversion to ethanol could reduce current global carbon dioxide emissions by as much as 5.6 percent, researchers report. This can be accomplished without impinging on environmentally sensitive areas in Brazil and while allowing for the expansion of other agricultural crops and human needs, the researchers report.

Scientists solve a magnesium mystery in rechargeable battery performance

Oct 19, 2017: Scientists have discovered a surprising set of chemical reactions involving magnesium that degrade battery performance even before the battery can be charged up. The findings could steer the design of next-gen batteries.

New ways to achieve selectivity for biomarkers in bioelectronics

Oct 19, 2017: Materials science and engineering researchers have experimentally verified the electrochemical processes that control charge transfer rate from an organic polymer to a biomarker molecule. Their findings may enhance selectivity for biomarkers in bioelectronic devices.

Electrode materials from the microwave oven

Oct 18, 2017: Power on the go is in demand: The higher the battery capacity, the larger the range of electric cars and the longer the operating time of cell phones and laptops. Researchers have now developed a process that allows a fast, simple, and cost-effective production of the promising cathode material lithium cobalt phosphate in high quality.

A new way to harness wasted methane

Oct 17, 2017: Scientists have identified a process that could be used to harness methane that is now wasted by being burned off at wellheads.

Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell – Top 10 Surprises You May Not Know

Oct 14, 2017: Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell SUV is a plug-in hybrid fuel cell electric vehicle which is in pre-production and will be the first of its kind when it rolls out commercially in the summer of 2018. Here are the top 10 items you may not know about this vehicle: Both the fuel cell and large rechargeable lithium-ion ……

Purple power: Synthetic 'purple membranes' transform sunlight to hydrogen fuel

Oct 13, 2017: A new way has been found to produce solar fuels by developing “synthetic purple membranes.” These membranes involve an assembly of lipid nanodiscs, man-made proteins, and semiconducting nanoparticles that, when taken together, can transform sunlight into hydrogen fuel.

Direct Numerical Simulations enhance combustion efficiency, reduces pollution

Oct 13, 2017: Researchers use Direct Numerical Simulations to enhance efficiency, reduce pollution in diesel engines.

Converting carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide using water, electricity

Oct 13, 2017: Researchers have determined how electrocatalysts can convert carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide using water and electricity. The discovery can lead to the development of efficient electrocatalysts for large scale production of synthesis gas -- a mixture of carbon monoxide and hydrogen.

Storage is renewable energy's greatest challenge -- this low-cost sulfur battery may help

Oct 11, 2017: Motivated by the challenge to drastically reduce the cost of storing renewable energy on the grid while capturing more of it, a group of scientists has developed a battery powered by sulfur, air, water, and salt -- all readily available materials -- that is nearly 100 times less expensive to produce than batteries currently on the market and can store twice as much energy as a lead-acid battery. The inventors present their prototype in Joule.

Batteries of the future: Low-cost battery from waste graphite

Oct 11, 2017: Lithium ion batteries are flammable and the price of the raw material is rising. Are there alternatives? Yes: researchers have discovered promising approaches as to how we might produce batteries out waste graphite and scrap metal.

Organic/inorganic sulfur may be key for safe rechargeable lithium batteries

Oct 11, 2017: We have come a long way from leaky sulfur-acid automobile batteries, but modern lithium batteries still have some down sides. Now a team of engineers has a different type of lithium sulfur battery that could be more efficient, less expensive and safer.

Mimicking two natural energy processes with a single catalyst

Oct 11, 2017: Researchers take inspiration from natural chemical processes based on hydrogenase and photosystem II, to produce a single metal catalyst with both fuel cell and solar cell functionalities. The combination of these two processes into one system suggests great potential for biologically inspired energy generation technologies.

National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day 2017 – A Big Thank You!

Oct 8, 2017: October 8th is National Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Day every year now since the 114th U. S. Congress made a unanimous declaration pushing this day into existence on September 28, 2015. My website went live in late 2005 and I published my first blog post about hydrogen and fuel cells on April 05, 2006. In ……

New test opens path for better 2-D catalysts

Oct 5, 2017: Scientists have developed technology for rapid screening of two-dimensional materials for electrocatalysis of hydrogen. The method could accelerate the development of 2-D materials for energy applications.

New nanomaterial can extract hydrogen fuel from seawater

Oct 4, 2017: A new hybrid nanomaterial harvests solar energy and uses it to extract hydrogen from seawater, cheaply and efficiently. Future commercialization could mean a new source of environmentally friendly fuel and less dependence on fossil fuels.

A new way to produce clean hydrogen fuel from water using sunlight

Oct 4, 2017: Researchers combined graphitic carbon nitride and black phosphorous to make a new metal-free composite photocatalyst capable of producing hydrogen from water. The photocatalyst featured good photocatalytic production of hydrogen, even when powered by low-energy near infrared light.

New efficient catalyst for key step in artificial photosynthesis

Oct 3, 2017: Chemists have designed a new 'single-site' catalyst that speeds up the rate of a key step in artificial photosynthesis. It's the first to match the efficiency of the catalytic sites that drive this reaction in nature and could greatly improve the potential for making efficient solar-to-fuel conversion devices.

Asphalt helps lithium batteries charge faster

Oct 2, 2017: A touch of asphalt may be the secret to high-capacity lithium batteries that charge up to 20 times faster than commercial lithium-ion batteries, according to scientists.

Compound from oilseeds may be high-value product

Sep 29, 2017: Extracting a substance called glucosinolate from camelina and carinata seeds may help bring these promising sources of biofuel one stop closer to reality.

Sensible driving saves more gas than drivers think

Sep 28, 2017: A new study has quantified the impact speeding and slamming on the brakes has on fuel economy and consumption. Aggressive behavior behind the wheel can lower gas mileage in light-duty vehicles, which can equate to losing about $0.25 to $1 per gallon.

Hydrogen and Fuel Cell History in videos

Sep 27, 2017: Now we are talking about Hydrogen and Fuel Cell FUTURE: “China targets 1 million hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles by 2030”   — Nasdaq and this writer have been optimistic about the FCEV’s future for a long time, but if Wall Street believes in their success, there is no holding back the investors. Energy ……

Turbocharging engine design

Sep 27, 2017: Researchers have moved the development process into the passing lane. For the first time, scientists and engineers have pinpointed engine designs for a given fuel using the Mira supercomputer at the heart of the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF), a DOE Office of Science User Facility.

New analysis explains role of defects in metal oxides

Sep 21, 2017: Researchers have determined formulas to guide development of a promising new high-tech material, composed of insulating metal oxides known as alkaline-earth-metal binary oxides, that could lead to better computer memory chips, refrigeration systems, and other devices.

Better rechargeable batteries coming soon?

Sep 21, 2017: Novel lithium electrodes coated with indium could be the basis for more powerful, longer-lasting, rechargeable batteries. The coating hinders undesirable side-reactions between the electrode and electrolyte, provide a more uniform deposition of lithium when charging, and augments storage in the lithium anode via alloying reactions between lithium and indium. Their success stems from the good diffusion of lithium ions along the interfacial layer.

Spinning a lighter, safer electrode

Sep 20, 2017: A fabric-like material electrode has been created that could help make energy storage devices -- batteries and supercapacitors -- faster and less susceptible to leaks or disastrous meltdowns. Their design for a new supercapacitor, which looks something like a furry sponge infused with gelatin, offers a unique alternative to the flammable electrolyte solution that is a common component in these devices.

Advanced lithium-ion and metal-air batteries

Sep 19, 2017: Engineers are developing energy storage technologies that are cheaper, safer and more efficient.

Solar-to-fuel system recycles CO2 to make ethanol and ethylene

Sep 18, 2017: Scientists have harnessed the power of photosynthesis to convert carbon dioxide into fuels and alcohols at efficiencies far greater than plants. The achievement marks a significant advance in the effort to move toward sustainable sources of fuel.

Copper catalyst yields high efficiency CO2-to-fuels conversion

Sep 18, 2017: Scientists have developed a new electrocatalyst that can directly convert carbon dioxide into multicarbon fuels and alcohols using record-low inputs of energy. The work is the latest in a round of studies tackling the challenge of a creating a clean chemical manufacturing system that can put carbon dioxide to good use.

Volkswagen Group’s Scania uses Hydrogenics’ fuel cell in trucks

Sep 16, 2017:   If you have been waiting in vain for one of the last articles in this series to be published, I hope you will forgive me for the delay. I have been working with another type of zero-pollution ‘means of transportation’, using free energy to boot. The summer went by far too fast: volunteering at ……

Converting waste toilet paper into electricity

Sep 15, 2017: Chemists have performed a techno-economic analysis of converting waste toilet paper into electricity. They propose a two-step process and calculate a cost per kWh comparable to that of residential photovoltaic installations.

Hydrogen power moves a step closer

Sep 14, 2017: Physicists are developing methods of creating renewable fuel from water using quantum technology. Renewable hydrogen can already be produced by photoelectrolysis where solar power is used to split water molecules into oxygen and hydrogen. But fundamental problems remain before this can be adopted commercially due to inefficiency. A new study demonstrates that the novel use of nanostructures could increase the maximum photovoltage generated in a photoelectrochemical cell, increasing the productivity of splitting water molecules.

1st Interstate Hydrogen Highway in USA Inaugurated by Maiden Voyage

Sep 13, 2017: Well, slap me silly and call me Sally (and never, ever call me Shirley), the long-shot fuel cell caravan inaugurating the 1st Interstate Hydrogen Highway in the USA came to fruition on Monday, September 11, 2017. With a lot of guts, determination and planning Michael P. Henning, Mike Strizki and Jed Dole (pictured top, left ……

Advanced material developed for ultra-stable, high capacity rechargeable batteries

Sep 11, 2017: A novel organic material of superior electrical conductivity and energy retention capability for use in battery applications has been developed by scientists. This invention paves the way for the development of ultra-stable, high capacity and environmental friendly rechargeable batteries.