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May 24, 2016

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BMW Predicts FCEVs & BEVs Will Coexist in the Future

May 22, 2016: According to Merten Jung, BMW’s head of fuel cell development, in the future FCEVs (fuel cell electric vehicles) and BEVs (battery electric vehicles) will coexist and PHEVs (plug-in hybrid electric vehicles) will fade into the sunset. Mr. Jung believes that PHEVs are simply transitional technology until FCEVs and BEVs take hold in the market. According ……

Technique improves efficacy of fuel cells

May 16, 2016: Fuel cells, which generate electricity from chemical reactions without harmful emissions, have the potential to power everything from cars to portable electronics, and could be cleaner and more efficient than combustion engines.

Riversimple Gets Complex with New FCEV Prototypes

May 8, 2016: A couple of months ago, Riversimple rolled out its Rasa hydrogen FCEV (fuel cell electric vehicle). And, now that we’ve gotten used to this cool, cutting edge design, Riversimple has done it again, but unveiling two new design prototypes at the London Motor Show. According to Gizmag, “In an attempt to augment the simple hatchback ……

Glucose as a new energy source for pacemakers

Apr 29, 2016: Researchers are working on the creation of a bio-battery that uses blood glucose to produce energy. Such a battery would cut down on the number of surgical interventions a pacemaker user must undergo.

Cactus-inspired skin gives electric cars a spike

Apr 28, 2016: Inspired by the humble cactus, a new type of membrane has the potential to significantly boost the performance of fuel cells and transform the electric vehicle industry.

Where Are All of the Hydrogen Trucks?

Apr 27, 2016: In the past I’ve written quite a bit about all different sizes and shapes of prototype hydrogen fuel cell and ICE (internal combustion engine) trucks. Since I haven’t talked about this recently I’m thinking now would be a good time to revisit this subject. Before their bankruptcy a couple of years back, Vision Industries produced ……

Happy EarthDay Hydrogen Car Folks!!!

Apr 22, 2016: Happy EarthDay Hydrogen Car Folks!!!

Cleaning up hybrid battery electrodes improves capacity and lifespan

Apr 22, 2016: Hybrid batteries that charge faster than conventional ones could have significantly better electrical capacity and long-term stability when prepared with a gentle-sounding way of making electrodes. Called ion soft-landing, the high-precision technique resulted in electrodes that could store a third more energy and had twice the lifespan compared to those prepared by a conventional method.

Unexpected discovery leads to a better battery

Apr 18, 2016: An unexpected discovery has led to a zinc-manganese oxide rechargeable battery that's as inexpensive as conventional car batteries, but has a much higher energy density.

Urine turned into sustainable power source for electronic devices

Apr 18, 2016: Researchers have developed an innovative miniature fuel cell that can generate electricity from urine, creating an affordable, renewable and carbon-neutral way of generating power.

Will the Toyota Prius Prime Kill the Hydrogen Car?

Apr 9, 2016: In December 2007, I posited the question of whether or not PHEVs (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles) will kill both EV’s and hydrogen cars. My reasoning was that if gasoline-electric PHEVs reach the 125mpg to 150mpg range, then consumers may dive into this type of vehicle leaving EVs and FCEVs in the dust. Why? A big ……

New microwave synthesis technique produces more-affordable hydrogen

Apr 8, 2016: Scientists create a molybdenum-based material that could be a low-cost alternative to platinum for splitting water to make hydrogen fuel.

Graphene layer could allow solar cells to generate power when it rains

Apr 6, 2016: Graphene layer could allow solar cells to generate power when it rains.

Hybrid system could cut coal-plant emissions in half

Apr 4, 2016: A system to generate electricity from coal with much greater efficiency has been designed by researchers, possibly reaching as much as twice the fuel-to-electricity efficiency of today's conventional coal plants.

Lithium hoarding behind failure of promising new battery

Apr 1, 2016: A salt plays a critical role in allowing lithium-sulfur batteries to hold a charge after more than 200 uses; this work offers needed design principles for creating long-lasting, high-capacity batteries.

Improving battery performance testing

Mar 31, 2016: Scientists have demonstrated that the placement and type of a tiny measurement device called a reference electrode enhances the quantity and quality of information that can be extracted from lithium-ion battery cells during cycling.

Hydride-ion conduction makes its first appearance

Mar 30, 2016: Ionic transport has been studied extensively over the years for energy devices such as fuel cells and batteries using Li+, H+, Ag+, Cu+, F-, and O2-. Yet as researchers point out in a recent report, hydride ions (H-) may be particularly useful for high-energy-density storage and conversion devices. Using an oxyhydride solid state cell they have now demonstrated pure H- conduction in an oxide for the first time.

Will Methanol Fuel Cell Vehicle Kill the Hydrogen Car?

Mar 29, 2016:   Will the methanol fuel cell vehicle (pictured above) kill the hydrogen fuel cell vehicle? In September 2015, the first methanol (wood alcohol) fueling station was opened in Europe. The station is located in Aalborg, Denmark. Some of the advantages of methanol fuel cell vehicles are: Methanol is a liquid and can be easily transported ……

Novel water-removal technique boosts performance of carbon nanomaterials

Mar 23, 2016: New research illuminating water’s critical role in forming catalysts for oxygen reduction in materials has revealed the key to designing next-generation carbon nanomaterials with enhanced performance for fuel cells and batteries.

Carbon leads the way in clean energy: New method uses cheap carbon-based catalyst to deliver energy using hydrogen

Mar 22, 2016: Groundbreaking research is leading the way in clean energy, with the use of carbon as a way to deliver energy using hydrogen.

Pumping up energy storage with metal oxides

Mar 21, 2016: Material scientists have found certain metal oxides increase capacity and improve cycling performance in lithium-ion batteries. The team synthesized and compared the electrochemical performance of three graphene metal oxide nanocomposites and found that two of them greatly improved reversible lithium storage capacity.

Engineers adapt laser method to create micro energy units

Mar 21, 2016: As the demand for thinner microelectronic devices increases, manufacturers often are limited by how oddly shaped the energy sources must become to make them conform to the smaller space. Now, researchers have developed a method of transferring an energy source to virtually any shape. Using direct laser-writing techniques, scientists can help smartphone manufacturers fabricate energy storage units such as micro fuel cells that are environmentally friendly, highly designable and thin.

Solar fuels: A refined protective layer for the 'artificial leaf'

Mar 21, 2016: Researchers have developed a process for providing sensitive semiconductors for solar water splitting ("artificial leaves") with an organic, transparent protective layer. The extremely thin protective layer made of carbon chains is stable, conductive, and covered with catalyzing nanoparticles of metal oxides. These accelerate the splitting of water when irradiated by light.

Nano plates as catalysts for solar fuels

Mar 18, 2016: Solar fuels, clean fuels from sunlight, water and CO2, form an attractive way for storing solar energy in hydrogen or hydrocarbons, for example. The efficiency of this technology still needs a ‘boost’. Researcher investigated special nanoplates with platinum particles on them, accelerating the chemical conversion.

Could bread mold build a better rechargeable battery?

Mar 17, 2016: You probably don't think much of fungi, and especially those that turn bread moldy, but researchers have evidence that might just change your mind. Their findings suggest that a red bread mold could be the key to producing more sustainable electrochemical materials for use in rechargeable batteries.

Netherlands Green Deal Shares Hydrogen Through Natural Gas Pipeline

Mar 17, 2016: For the first time ever, companies have agreed to share hydrogen through an existing natural gas pipeline. Companies Dow Benelux, Yara and ICL IP have agreed to share H2 through the Netherlands Green Deal Regional Hydrogen program. According to GasUnie, “Dow Benelux, Yara and ICL IP are planning to exchange hydrogen for industrial applications via ……

Alternative fuels need more than hype to drive transportation market

Mar 16, 2016: Hype followed by disappointment: That's been the general pattern over the past few decades when an alternative fuel is presented to the public. It's a fuel du jour phenomenon, from methanol to hydrogen, where government leaders and the media hype a new fuel, only to abandon it when lofty expectations are not met.

New fuel materials could make nuclear reactors safer

Mar 16, 2016: Nuclear power is an important energy source and is essential as a clean energy to reduce current carbon emissions from fossil fuels. However, many people feel the risk of nuclear accidents does not outweigh the benefits associated with nuclear energy.

Smaller, cheaper microbial fuel cells turn urine into electricity

Mar 16, 2016: A new kind of fuel cell that can turn urine into electricity could revolutionize the way we produce bioenergy, particularly in developing countries. The research describes a new design of microbial fuel cell that's smaller, cheaper and more powerful than traditional ones.

Generating electricity with tomato waste

Mar 16, 2016: A team of scientists is exploring an unusual source of electricity -- damaged tomatoes that are unsuitable for sale at the grocery store. Their pilot project involves a biological-based fuel cell that uses tomato waste left over from harvests in Florida.

New material increases the lifetime of solar-powered electrons

Mar 15, 2016: By combining two materials on the atomic scale, scientists built a designer interface that separates electrons and holes; this work matters because those electrons could go on to drive reactions that yield hydrogen fuel, converting intermittent sunlight into fuels.

New electrode for ion concentration analysis: affordable and suitable for mass production

Mar 15, 2016: Researchers have developed a new electrode for analyzing lithium ion concentrations. Unlike traditional systems, it could be manufactured in a small format at low costs. The key is the material lithium-iron-phosphate, which is also utilized in lithium ion batteries. The operating principle could be applied to the analysis of other ions, such as are necessary for blood analyses and industrial tests.

New fuel cell design powered by graphene-wrapped nanocrystals

Mar 14, 2016: A new materials recipe has been developed for a battery-like hydrogen fuel cell that shields the nanocrystals from oxygen, moisture and contaminants while pushing its performance forward in key areas.

Supercondenser stores heat as electricity

Mar 11, 2016: A supercondenser has been developed that can be charged by the sun. It contains no expensive or hazardous materials, has patents pending, and it should be fully possible to manufacture it on an industrial scale.

2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell Hydrogen Car Now On Sale in Japan

Mar 10, 2016: The 2017 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell hydrogen car has gone on sale today, March 10, 2016. So write this down in your journal as this expects to be a significant part of hydrogen car history. The 5-seat commercial Honda Clarity Fuel Cell boasts a range of 466 miles (by comparison the Toyota Mirai has a ……

Efficiency of water electrolysis doubled

Mar 10, 2016: Researchers have boosted the efficiency of water electrolysis. They applied a layer of copper atoms in a conventional platinum electrode. Thus, reaction intermediates could desorb a bit more easily from the catalyst surface. The modified system generated twice the amount of hydrogen than a platinum electrode without a copper layer.

Highly efficient hollow copper electrodes developed

Mar 9, 2016: Scientists have developed an electrode in the form of a hollow porous copper fiber which is able to convert carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide (CO) extremely efficiently. In principle the invention enables a wide variety of industrial processes, for example in the steel industry, to be made more sustainable.

Electricity, heating most climate-friendly uses for natural gas

Mar 8, 2016: Researchers have determined the most climate-friendly use of natural gas is replacement of existing coal-fired power plants and fuel-oil furnaces rather than burning it in cars and buses.

Miniaturized fuel cell makes drones fly more than one hour

Mar 8, 2016: Drones are used for various applications such as aero picturing, disaster recovery, and delivering. Despite attracting attention as a new growth area, the biggest problem of drones is its small battery capacity and limited flight time of less than an hour. Scientists have now developed a miniaturized solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) to replace lithium-ion batteries in smartphones, laptops, drones, and other small electronic devices to solve this problem.

Innovative catalyst fabrication method may yield breakthrough in fuel cell development

Mar 8, 2016: Researchers working on developing new fuel cells have published a novel method to fabricate highly active gold nanoparticle catalysts. The team adopted methods it had already proven with platinum, and a polymer was wrapped around graphene to create an ideal support structure for the nanoparticles. The catalysts showed best-in-class results in what may become a breakthrough technology for the key catalytic reaction in fuel cells.

Pininfarina H2 Speed Concept FCEV Unveiled in Geneva

Mar 2, 2016: The Pininfarina H2 Speed Concept was unveiled this week at the 86th Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland. The H2 Speed Concept FCEV (fuel cell electric vehicle) was developed by both the Italian custom car coachbuilder Pininfarina and the Swiss EV powertrain company GreenGT. The H2 Speed Concept is being touted as something between an eco-friendly ……

Converting atmospheric carbon dioxide into batteries

Mar 2, 2016: Scientists have worked out a way to make electric vehicles not just carbon neutral, but carbon negative by demonstrating how the graphite electrodes used in the lithium-ion batteries can be replaced with carbon recovered from the atmosphere.

Novel ceramics convert wasted heat into electricity

Mar 1, 2016: A researcher has molded the chemical composition of a ceramics material and the manufacturing process to improve its properties. The aim is to create a ceramic with excellent chemical conditions, which is economical and coats the tube leakage or engine of a vehicle. This assures the recovery of heat and savings on fuel.

Nanoparticles on nanosteps

Feb 29, 2016: New technologies are starved for efficient and inexpensive catalysts. The best materials are made up of nanoparticles, whose properties are the result of their small size. The single catalyst particles have, however, an ugly tendency to cluster into larger particles, thereby reducing their effectiveness. A group of scientists has developed a material that maintains the stability of a “dispersed” catalyst, thus maximiing the efficiency of the process and decreasing costs and wastage.

Biodiesel in a caustic flash

Feb 29, 2016: Biodiesel represents a potentially cleaner and more sustainable fuel than those derived from crude oil. Now, scientists have developed a high-speed conversion that turns waste cooking oil into fuel using ultrasound and caustic soda.

Tata Iris Magic Ziva Unveiled in India

Feb 23, 2016: The Tata Iris Magic Ziva hydrogen fuel cell vehicle was unveiled in early February at the Auto Expo 2016 in Greater Noida, India (near New Dehli). This 5-seater fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) is no racecar as its air-cooled fuel cell replaces a 1-cylinder diesel engine of the regular Magic Iris which has a top ……

Scientists unlock key to turning wastewater and sewage into power

Feb 23, 2016: A new article speaks to a growing sustainability movement to capture energy from existing waste to make treatment facilities more energy-efficient.

Proven one-step process to convert CO2 and water directly into liquid hydrocarbon fuel

Feb 23, 2016: Chemists and engineers have proven that concentrated light, heat and high pressures can drive the one-step conversion of carbon dioxide and water directly into useable liquid hydrocarbon fuels.

New material to enhance battery life

Feb 22, 2016: A cathode material for li-ion batteries with a very high charge rate -- down to 90 seconds -- has been created, retaining more than 75% of an initial capacity. The discovery may stipulate the development of batteries where expensive lithium could be replaced with cheaper potassium.

Chemically storing solar power

Feb 22, 2016: A photo-electrochemical cell has been developed that can chemically store the energy of ultraviolet light even at high temperatures.