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Feb 23, 2017

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Waste silicon sawdust recycled into anode for lithium-ion battery

Feb 21, 2017: By recycling silicon sawdust, researchers have created a high performance anode material.

Backyard testing in Hydrogen and Fuel Cell History

Feb 18, 2017: “Electric cars are going to be very important for urban transportation.”            Carlos Ghosn, CEO Nissan-Renault The back yard – behind factory buildings- is just where General Motors tested the first earthbound, – better to say road-bound – fuel cell electric vehicle. FCEV is Toyota’s term for the Mirai to clarify that a fuel cell vehicle ……

There and back again: Catalyst mediates energy-efficient proton transport for reversibility

Feb 17, 2017: A complex with a proton pathway and stabilized by outer coordination sphere interactions is reversible for hydrogen production/oxidation at room temperature and pressure, researchers have found.

Looking for the next leap in rechargeable batteries

Feb 17, 2017: Researchers may have just found a solution for one of the biggest stumbling blocks to the next wave of rechargeable batteries -- small enough for cellphones and powerful enough for cars.

Four-stroke engine cycle produces hydrogen from methane, captures carbon dioxide

Feb 16, 2017: When is an internal combustion engine not an internal combustion engine? When it's been transformed into a modular reforming reactor that could make hydrogen available to power fuel cells wherever there's a natural gas supply available.

Making sodium-ion batteries that last

Feb 15, 2017: Lithium-ion batteries have become essential in everyday technology. But these power sources can explode under certain circumstances and are not ideal for grid-scale energy storage. Sodium-ion batteries are potentially a safer and less expensive alternative, but current versions don't last long enough yet for practical use. Now, scientists have developed an anode material that enables sodium-ion batteries to perform at high capacity over hundreds of cycles, according to their report.

NASA contributes to Hydrogen and Fuel Cell History

Feb 11, 2017: “If we drive down the cost of transportation in space, we can do great things.”            Elon Musk NASA was preparing for manned spaceflights.  They were looking for a power source to provide spacecraft with electricity; batteries were too heavy, solar energy was still too expensive at that time (even for NASA) and nuclear energy was ……

New, long-lasting flow battery could run for more than a decade with minimum upkeep

Feb 9, 2017: A new flow battery has been developed that stores energy in organic molecules dissolved in neutral pH water. This new chemistry allows for a non-toxic, non-corrosive battery with an exceptionally long lifetime and offers the potential to significantly decrease the costs of production.

Bacteria fed synthetic iron-containing molecules turn into electrical generators

Feb 9, 2017: The bacterial world is rife with unusual talents, among them a knack for producing electricity. In the wild, 'electrogenic' bacteria generate current as part of their metabolism, and now researchers have found a way to confer that ability upon non-electrogenic bacteria. This technique could have applications for sustainable electricity generation and wastewater treatment.

Assembly of micro-/meso-/macroporous carbon optimized for Li-S batteries

Feb 9, 2017: High volume ratio of carbon micropores combined with the assembly of meso-/macropores remarkably improve the capabilities of Li-S batteries, which relieve shuttle effect by strong physical absorption from micropores, increase sulfur content and supply abundant avenue for electrolyte infiltration and ion transportation by meso-/macropores.

Svalbard's electric power could come from hydrogen

Feb 7, 2017: The energy supply to Longyearbyen, midway between continental Norway and the North Pole, is a hot topic in the climate debate. Longyearbyen is the largest settlement and the administrative centre of Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean. Today, Longyearbyen obtains its electric power and district heating from its coal power plant, the only one in Norway.

Building a better microbial fuel cell, using paper

Feb 6, 2017: Significant progress in developing microbial fuel cells has been made by scientists, which rely on bacteria to generate an electrical current, that are cheaper and more efficient.

Field Test in Hydrogen and Fuel Cell History

Feb 4, 2017: “Successful engineering is all about understanding how things break or fail.”            Henry Petroski A well-known fact is that, in 1932, Dr. Francis Thomas Bacon, an engineering professor at Cambridge University in England, modified the lab paraphernalia, which had been used during Mond’s and Langer’s time.  Bacon used a less expensive material for the electrodes and ……

Flipping the switch on ammonia production

Feb 3, 2017: Chemists have published a different method, using enzymes derived from nature, that generates ammonia at room temperature. As a bonus, the reaction generates a small electrical current.

Toward all-solid lithium batteries

Feb 2, 2017: A new study unravels the properties of a promising new material for all-solid-state lithium-ion batteries, which could be safer and longer-lasting than traditional batteries.

Researchers flip script for Li-Ion electrolytes to simulate better batteries

Feb 1, 2017: Scientists have used the Cray XK7 Titan supercomputer to identify new electrolyte materials with promising properties for lithium-ion conduction in batteries.

Controlling electron spin makes water splitting more efficient

Feb 1, 2017: One of the main obstacles in the production of hydrogen through water splitting is that hydrogen peroxide is also formed, which affects the efficiency stability of the reaction and the stability of the production. Researchers have now succeeded in controlling the spin of electrons in the reaction and thereby almost fully suppress the production of hydrogen peroxide.

High-resolution imaging reveals new understanding of battery cathode particles

Feb 1, 2017: Using advanced imaging techniques, scientists have been able to observe what exactly happens inside a cathode particle as lithium-ion batteries are charged and discharged.

Tense Times in Hydrogen and Fuel Cell History

Jan 28, 2017: You may have noticed a small change in the title. That adjustment might allows search engines to lead additional readers to one of our favorite subjects. A little known headline evaluation tool made all the difference. Certain words have ‘Emotional Marketing Value’, which so-called web crawlers pick up. The words in front of the ‘dash’ ……

New technique could lead to safer, more efficient uranium extraction

Jan 26, 2017: The separation of uranium, a key part of the nuclear fuel cycle, could potentially be done more safely and efficiently through a new technique developed by chemistry researchers at Oregon State University.

The contradictory catalyst

Jan 24, 2017: Using a natural catalyst from bacteria for inspiration, researchers have now reported the fastest synthetic catalysts to date for hydrogen production-- producing 45 million hydrogen molecules per second.

Hydrail at Davos: the “Hydrogen Council” on-track

Jan 24, 2017: by guest blogger, Stan Thompson Media covering the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, last week missed one of the biggest stories there.  The new Hydrogen Council announced at the Forum included Alstom Transport, the Paris-based train builder that’s sold 40-50 hydrail trains to four German states. Last year the German Federal Ministry of Transport published an ……

Microscopic submarines for your stomach

Jan 23, 2017: Tiny 'submarines' that speed independently through the stomach, use gastric acid for fuel (while rapidly neutralizing it), and release their cargo precisely at the desired pH: Though it may sound like science fiction, this is a new method for treating stomach diseases with acid-sensitive drugs. The technique is based on proton-driven micromotors with a pH-dependent polymer coating that can be loaded with drugs.

Increasing energy efficiency of metal-air batteries

Jan 23, 2017: Scientists have introduced a new way to increase energy efficiency of metal-air batteries.

Using sunlight to activate the flow of electrical current in a new material

Jan 23, 2017: Scientists have discovered a new material that absorbs visible light to generate electricity. This material might be useful for splitting water to produce a combustible fuel, hydrogen.

Uncertain Times – Hydrogen and Fuel Cell History

Jan 21, 2017: “Science is about knowing; engineering is about doing.”           Henry Petroski While Sir William Robert Grove’s invention of the ‘gas voltaic cell’ lay dormant for many years, steam engines were making progress. Then, suddenly, the new-fangled internal combustion engine (ICE) was in the news. It could be observed at many exhibitions and at World Fairs, and ……

Harnessing the energy of fireworks for fuel

Jan 18, 2017: The world relies heavily on gasoline and other hydrocarbons to power its cars and trucks. In search of an alternative fuel type, some researchers are turning to the stuff of fireworks and explosives: metal powders. And now one team is reporting a method to produce a metal nanopowder fuel with high energy content that is stable in air and doesn't go boom until ignited.

Milestone in graphene production

Jan 18, 2017: For the first time, it is now possible to produce functional OLED electrodes from graphene. The OLEDs can, for example, be integrated into touch displays, and the miracle material graphene promises many other applications for the future.

Hopeful Times – Hydrogen and Fuel Cell History

Jan 14, 2017: “Whatever one man is capable of conceiving, other men will be able to achieve” – Jules Verne After talking ‘organic horsepower’ in the previous article, let’s get back to mechanical horsepower and onto the long path of the history of hydrogen and fuel cells. As you may know, one-third of all automobiles were battery-powered electric ……

New method to remove nickel from contaminated seawater

Jan 11, 2017: The same deposit that builds up in many tea kettles or water pipes in areas where calcium-rich water is the norm might be just the (cheap) ticket to rid contaminated seawater of toxic metals.

New technology will cut plug-in hybrid fuel consumption by one third

Jan 11, 2017: Engineers have taken inspiration from biological evolution and the energy savings garnered by birds flying in formation to improve the efficiency of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) by more than 30 percent.

From Polluting to Promising Times – Hydrogen and Fuel Cell History

Jan 7, 2017: “True greatness is when your name is like ampere, watt, and diesel — when it’s spelled with a lower case letter.”    Richard Hamming It is also great that new automakers use old pioneers’ names, such as Tesla, Nicola, Faraday — and who next? It takes many great minds and many years to make a ……

Artificial leaf goes more efficient for hydrogen generation

Jan 4, 2017: A new study has introduced a new artificial leaf that generates hydrogen, using the power of the Sun to mimic underwater photosynthesis.

Inventive Times – Hydrogen and Fuel Cell History

Dec 31, 2016: May the New Year 2017 bring you good health, happiness and success. May autonomous vehicles keep us safe. May hydrogen be our gas in the future. May fuel cell cars be in your dreams and driveway.   “Life is infinitely stranger than anything which the mind of man could invent.” Arthur Conan Doyle In retrospect, ……

High performance Cu(OH)2 supercapacitor electrodes fabricated

Dec 29, 2016: Applying electric field in the ammonium based solution has been used for the fabrication of different forms of copper hydroxide nanostructures. The supercapacitance performance of synthesized nanostructures has been investigated and high specific capacitance of 178 F/g at scan rate of 20 mVs-1 was obtained. The fast, simple and low cost electric field enhanced synthesis method proposed here can be used for fabrication of high performance Cu(OH)2 nanostructured supercapacitance electrodes.

Festive Times – Hydrogen and Fuel Cell History

Dec 23, 2016: A one-time diversion from the tedious, tiresome (NOT) history — includes fuel cells, though!! A Christmas story in three parts for the young and the young at heart – to read during the holidays ‘Twas the night before Christmas, and Santa was sad. He had wished for a small sportscar – an Audi TT at ……

Scientists build bacteria-powered battery on single sheet of paper

Dec 21, 2016: Researchers have created a bacteria-powered battery on a single sheet of paper that can power disposable electronics. The manufacturing technique reduces fabrication time and cost, and the design could revolutionize the use of bio-batteries as a power source in remote, dangerous and resource-limited areas.

Bright future for energy devices

Dec 20, 2016: A new material embeds sodium metal in carbon and could improve electrode performance in energy devices. Scientists ran tests on the sodium-embedded carbon and it performed better than graphene in dye-sensitized solar cells and supercapacitors.

Safe and inexpensive hydrogen production as a future energy source

Dec 20, 2016: Researchers have developed an efficient "green" hydrogen production system that operates at room temperature in air.

Ultra-thin solution to primary obstacle in solid-state battery development

Dec 19, 2016: Researchers have announced a transformative development in the race to produce batteries that are at once safe, powerful, and affordable.

Fuel cells with PFIA-membranes

Dec 19, 2016: Scientists are exploring water management in an alternative proton exchange membrane type, called PFIA. The experiments have been conducted using the infrared facilities of BESSY II synchrotron to reveal how water is retained even at dry conditions in PFIA. The observations explain why PFIA membranes are superior to the widely used NAFIONTM membranes at higher temperatures and low humidity.

Scientists boost catalytic activity for key chemical reaction in fuel cells

Dec 16, 2016: New catalysts containing platinum and lead could improve the efficiency of fuel cells -- a promising technology for producing clean energy.

Capturing the energy of slow motion

Dec 15, 2016: A team of materials scientists and electrical engineers has designed a mechanical energy transducer that points toward a new direction in scalable energy harvesting of unused mechanical energy, including wind, ocean waves and human motion.

New anode material set to boost lithium-ion battery capacity

Dec 13, 2016: A team of researchers claims to have made yet another step towards finding a solution to accelerate the commercialization of silicon anode for Lithium-ion batteries.

It's basic: Alternative fuel cell technology reduces cost

Dec 12, 2016: The best road to zero-emission vehicles lies in fuel-cell technology. It preserves the advantages of gasoline automobiles, with low upfront costs, long driving range and fast refueling. But he also believes a new fuel-cell technology may be necessary. A new paper offers a strategic roadmap.

Hydrogen from sunlight -- but as a dark reaction

Dec 9, 2016: The storage of photogenerated electric energy and its release on demand are still among the main obstacles in artificial photosynthesis. One of the most promising, recently identified photocatalytic new materials is inexpensive graphitic carbon nitride. Scientists have now explored a modified form that can produce light-generated electrons and store them for catalytic hydrogen production even after the light has been switched off.

Keeping electric car design on the right road

Dec 8, 2016: Pushing nanoscale battery developments in the right direction can help create a sustainable transport sector, suggests investigators in a new report.

New catalyst for capture and conversion of atmospheric carbon dioxide

Dec 7, 2016: New research has focused on developing a new catalyst that would lead to large-scale implementation of capture and conversion of carbon dioxide (CO2).

X-ray spectroscopy reveals details of capacity fading in Li-ion batteries

Dec 5, 2016: The improvement of batteries is one of the key factors in increasing the performance of electric vehicles. To this end scientists are employing advanced X-ray spectroscopy of battery electrodes under operating conditions. Recently this has provided new insight in the process responsible for capacity fading of Li-ion batteries.

A cleaner, more efficient car? New material designed to better store hydrogen fuel

Dec 1, 2016: New materials have been designed that could be used to store hydrogen fuel more efficiently in vehicles or other devices that use clean energy.