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Dec 01, 2015

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Graphene and metal nitrides improve the performance and stability of energy storage devices

Nov 28, 2015: Supercapacitors can be charged and discharged tens of thousands of times, but their relatively low energy density compared to conventional batteries limits their application for energy storage. Now, researchers in Singapore have developed an 'asymmetric' supercapacitor based on metal nitrides and graphene that could be a viable energy storage solution.

Promising new prototype of battery

Nov 27, 2015: An alternative technology to Li-ion has been designed for application in specific sectors. The researchers have developed the first battery using sodium ions in the usual "18650" format, an industry standard. The main advantage of the prototype is that it relies on sodium, an element far more abundant and less costly than lithium. The batteries have displayed performance levels comparable to their lithium counterparts, and this new technology is already attracting industrial interest. It could be used to store renewable energies in the future, say researchers.

2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell Commercial SUV in the Works

Nov 25, 2015: Mercedes-Benz has put the word out that its hydrogen fuel cell 2017 GLC F-Cell (pictured below) will makes its debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. This commercial FCEV will go on sale for roughly, at this writing, around $75,000 USD and will also be leased for a now undisclosed sum. According to AutoCar, “Thomas ……

Next-generation fuel cells are ready for low-emission electricity production

Nov 25, 2015: A new-generation, long-life fuel cell system is under development, offering efficiency higher than that of competing technologies. The project will result in new, energy-efficient and commercially viable applications, say experts.

A new green power source

Nov 24, 2015: To limit climate change, experts say that we need to reach carbon neutrality by the end of this century at the latest. To achieve that goal, our dependence on fossil fuels must be reversed. But what energy source will take its place? Researchers report that they just might have the answer: blue-green algae.

Atom-sized craters make a catalyst much more active

Nov 24, 2015: Bombarding and stretching an important industrial catalyst opens up tiny holes on its surface where atoms can attach and react, greatly increasing its activity as a promoter of chemical reactions, according to a new study.

More efficient biosensors for monitoring glucose levels in the field

Nov 23, 2015: The need for low-cost portable devices to measure substances of medical or biological interest (blood sugar levels, for instance) is growing, primarily within the health sector, though also areas such as food quality and environmental monitoring. Sending samples off to a clinical chemistry laboratory for analysis is expensive, and it takes a long time for results to reach the patient. Devices for use in the field, at point-of-care or in non-hospital settings would constitute an efficient alternative were they able to give accurate readings under non-laboratory conditions.

Salty solution found for better, safer batteries

Nov 19, 2015: A groundbreaking 'Water-in-Salt' aqueous Lithium ion battery technology has been created by a group of researchers, which could provide power, efficiency and longevity comparable to today's Lithium-ion batteries, but without the fire risk, poisonous chemicals and environmental hazards of current Lithium batteries.

Hey Toyota How About a Commercial H2 Fuel Cell Plug-in Hybrid?

Nov 19, 2015: Now that the Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle has begun rolling out commercially in the United States it makes me wonder what is in store next for the world’s largest automaker. For years I have been talking about the merits of bringing a hydrogen fuel cell plug-in electric vehicle (PHEV) to market. This idea ……

Perpetual youth for batteries?

Nov 17, 2015: A key issue with lithium ion batteries is aging. It significantly reduces their potential storage capacity. To date, very little is known about the causes of the aging effects. Scientists have now come a step closer to identifying the causes in their latest experiments.

Super environmentally friendly: the 'fool’s gold battery'

Nov 13, 2015: High-performance lithium ion batteries face a major problem: Lithium will eventually start to run out as batteries are deployed in electric cars and stationary storage units. Researchers have now discovered an alternative: the “fool’s gold battery”. It consists of iron, sulfur, sodium and magnesium – all elements that are in plentiful supply. This means that giant storage batteries could be built on the cheap and used stationary in buildings or next to power plants, for instance.

Clay makes better high-temp batteries

Nov 10, 2015: Scientists develop lithium-ion batteries with clay-based electrolytes for high-temperature environments.

Fuel Cell Drone Cleans Ocean Algae, Produces Hydrogen

Nov 10, 2015: Fredrik Ausinsch, a Swedish industrial design student, has envisioned a futuristic unmanned hydrogen fuel cell drone that cleans ocean algae and produces hydrogen fuel. Mr. Ausinsch envisions his algae sea collector to one day roam the Baltic Sea cleaning toxic algal blooms, creating biofuels (which can be used to create hydrogen), fertilizers and other products. ……

Membrane 'nano-fasteners' key to next-generation fuel cells

Nov 6, 2015: Scientists have developed a new way of making fuel cell membranes using nanoscale fasteners, paving the way for lower-cost, higher-efficiency and more easily manufactured fuel cells.

Using hydrogen to enhance lithium ion batteries

Nov 5, 2015: Scientists have found that lithium ion batteries operate longer and faster when their electrodes are treated with hydrogen.

New low-cost battery could help store renewable energy

Nov 4, 2015: Wind and solar energy projects are growing at a respectable clip. But storing electric power for days when the air is still or when the sun goes down remains a challenge, largely due to cost. Now researchers are developing a new battery that could bring the price of storage to more affordable levels. Their new battery uses low-cost materials -- sodium and magnesium.

Energy-efficient reaction drives biofuel conversion technology

Nov 3, 2015: A new study explains the mechanism behind a technology that converts bio-based ethanol into hydrocarbon blend-stocks for use as fossil fuel alternatives.

Nissan Is Turning Over a New Leaf with Hydrogen Cars

Nov 3, 2015: Nissan has been in no hurry to jump on the hydrogen fuel cell vehicle bandwagon and in recent times they have focused more energy on their battery electric vehicle lineup with cars such as the Leaf. The last prototype hydrogen fuel cell vehicle that Nissan had shown was the Terra Concept SUV in 2012 (pictured ……

Researcher develops material to create sustainable energy source

Nov 2, 2015: A new article details how this new material efficiently captures sunlight and then, how the energy can be used to break down water into oxygen and hydrogen. This process is known as oxidation, and it is also what happens during photosynthesis when a plant uses light to break down water and carbohydrates, which are the main energy sources for the plant.

Making green fuels, no fossils required

Nov 2, 2015: Converting solar or wind into carbon-based 'fossil' fuels might seem anything but green, but when you start with carbon dioxide -- which can be dragged out of the air -- it's as green as it gets. The technology that makes it economically feasible isn't available yet, but a recently published paper presents nice step forward in the effort to not just sequester carbon dioxide, but turn it into a useful fuel that is part of a carbon-neutral future.

Semitransparent perovskite solar cells with graphene electrodes

Nov 2, 2015: A researcher has developed the first-ever made semitransparent perovskite solar cells with graphene as electrode. With simple processing techniques, solar cells with high power conversion efficiencies can be fabricated at low cost.

It’s Been a Bad 2 Weeks for Hydrogen Car Critics

Oct 27, 2015: Hydrogen car naysayers, negative Nancies, pessimists, critics, skeptics, deniers, detractors, scoffers, whiners, malcontents, complainers, fusspots, gripers, snivelers, squawkers, curmudgeons, sourpusses, party poopers, faultfinders, nitpickers, grinches, killjoys, spoilsports, quibblers and defeatists have had a bad 2 weeks. Toyota and Mercedes-Benz (Daimler) has seen to that. On Wednesday last week (October 25, 2015) Toyota made an historic ……

Wall-less Hall thruster may power future deep space missions

Oct 27, 2015: To prolong the lifespan of Hall thrusters, scientists have experimentally optimized the operation of a novel, wall-less thruster prototype developed a year ago by the same team. The preliminary performance results were satisfactory, the team said, and pave the way toward developing a high-efficiency wall-less Hall thruster suitable for long-duration, deep space missions.

Promising technique improves hydrogen production of affordable alternative to platinum

Oct 26, 2015: Scientists have demonstrated that microwaves can help create nanostructured molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) catalysts with an improved ability to produce hydrogen. The microwave-assisted strategy accomplishes this by increasing the space, and therefore decreasing the interaction, between individual layers of MoS2 nanosheets.

Researchers create technology to produce lighter, long-lasting batteries from silicon

Oct 26, 2015: Substantially smaller and longer-lasting batteries for everything from portable electronic devices to electric cars could be come a reality thanks to an innovative technology developed researchers.

Chemists find better way to pack natural gas into fuel tanks

Oct 26, 2015: Increasing numbers of natural gas-powered trucks and buses are hitting the road, but a major disadvantage is the bulky equipment needed to store compressed NG or to keep liquefied NG cold. Now chemists have developed an innovative new storage material for methane that could lessen the hassle of filling up with NG, and extend the range of such vehicles. The material is a flexible metal organic framework that expands when methane is pumped in.

U. S. History Is Made: Toyota Sells 1st Commercial Hydrogen Car

Oct 21, 2015: On October 21, 2015, which is also “Back to The Future Day”, Toyota has sold its first hydrogen fuel cell car/s on U. S. soil. The Toyota Mirai, which I have talked about at length, was sold through 8 dealerships in California (4 in NoCal and 4 in SoCal). In order to commemorate this day, ……

Synthetic batteries for the energy revolution

Oct 21, 2015: A team of researchers made a decisive step towards a redox-flow battery which is simple to handle, safe and economical at the same time: They developed a system on the basis of organic polymers and a harmless saline solution. The new redox-flow battery can withstand up to 10,000 charging cycles without losing a crucial amount of capacity.

How Many World’s 1st Hydrogen Fuel Cell Bikes Have There Been?

Oct 20, 2015: A little less than a week ago Linde unveiled their version of the world’s first hydrogen fuel cell bike (H2 Bike pictured above). This unveiling was on the heels of Pragma Industries showing off their world’s first hydrogen bike, the Alpha, on the first week of October. This begs the question of how many world’s ……

New study highlights environmental, economic shortcomings of federal biofuel laws

Oct 15, 2015: The federal Renewable Fuel Standard and its overreliance on corn ethanol has created additional environmental problems in its 10-year history, resulting in unmet targets for cutting air pollution, water contamination and soil erosion, concludes a new study.

The road to longer battery life

Oct 14, 2015: Are you sick of your phone’s battery dying after only a few hours?  Researchers are hard at work on improving something called the solid electrolyte interphase as a way to boost battery life.

Fuel Cell Cars to Power Homes as a Standard Option?

Oct 13, 2015: This month Toyota will rollout its Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle for sale and lease in California and the United Kingdom, with the optional feature of being able to power one’s home in an emergency. In addition, at the end of October 2015, at the Tokyo Motor Show, Toyota will be unveiling its FCV Plus ……

Single atom alloy platinum-copper catalysts cut costs, boost green technology

Oct 9, 2015: A new generation of platinum-copper catalysts requiring very low concentrations of platinum in the form of individual atoms to cleanly and cheaply perform important chemical reactions is reported. The new catalysts could also facilitate broader adoption of environmentally friendly devices and processes.

Faster design, better catalysts

Oct 8, 2015: While the cleaning of car exhausts is among the best known applications of catalytic processes, it is only the tip of the iceberg. Practically the entire chemical industry relies on catalytic reactions. Therefore, catalyst design plays a key role in improving these processes. An international team of scientists has now developed a concept, that elegantly correlates geometric and adsorption properties. They validated their approach by designing a new platinum-based catalyst for fuel cell applications.

Cowabunga! It’s National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day, October 8th

Oct 8, 2015: It’s the 1st ever National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day, October 8th, 2015 – Cowabunga, dudes and dudettes! By unanimous consent of S.Res.217, the U. S. Senate has declared this a day to celebrate hydrogen and fuel cells. Sponsored by Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) this resolution was introduced on July 8, 2015 and was made ……

Breakthrough for electrode implants in the brain

Oct 8, 2015: For nearly nine years, researchers at Lund University have been working on developing implantable electrodes that can capture signals from single neurons in the brain over a long period of time - without causing brain tissue damage. They are now one big step closer to reaching this goal, and the results are published in the scientific journal Frontiers in Neuroscience.

Dirt-cheap catalyst may lower fuel costs for hydrogen-powered cars

Oct 7, 2015: Researchers seeking to make hydrogen a less expensive fuel for cars have upgraded a catalyst nearly as cheap as dirt -- molybdenum disulfide, 'molly' for short -- to stand in for platinum, a rare element with the moonlike price.

Tellurium electrodes boost lithium batteries

Oct 7, 2015: Tellurium electrodes have higher energy densities and may be charged and discharged faster than conventional electrode materials.

Discovery about new battery overturns decades of false assumptions

Oct 6, 2015: New findings have overturned a scientific dogma that stood for decades, by showing that potassium can work with graphite in a potassium-ion battery -- a discovery that could pose a challenge and more sustainable, less costly alternative to the widely used lithium-ion battery.

Pragma Industries to Rollout 1st Commercial Hydrogen Fuel Cell Bikes

Oct 6, 2015: Pragma Industries are gearing up to rollout what they claim to be the first commercial hydrogen fuel cell bikes. They will be rolling out 100 Pragma Alpha fuel cell bikes in 2016 in France. According to the Telegraph, “The world’s first commercial electric bike running on hydrogen with only pure water as waste, so its ……

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.

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.