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Jul 27, 2016

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Natural Hydrogen – Textbooks Everywhere May Need to Be Rewritten

Jul 26, 2016: In 2009, I talked about how naturally occurring hydrogen is being leaked from the earth’s crust in Russia (see image at top), Europe and a few other places. I posited that one day this free hydrogen gas could one day be used to fuel cars. In 2011, I asked the rhetorical question of whether or ……

Silicon-air battery achieves running time of over 1,000 hours for the first time

Jul 26, 2016: Silicon-air batteries are viewed as a promising and cost-effective alternative to current energy storage technology. However, they have thus far only achieved relatively short running times. Researchers have now discovered why.

New nontoxic process promises larger ultrathin sheets of 2-D nanomaterials

Jul 25, 2016: Scientists has developed a novel way to produce two-dimensional nanosheets by separating bulk materials with nontoxic liquid nitrogen. The environmentally friendly process generates a 20-fold increase in surface area per sheet, which could expand the nanomaterials' commercial applications.

New lithium-oxygen battery greatly improves energy efficiency, longevity

Jul 25, 2016: A new kind of lithium-oxygen battery, using glass nanoparticles of lithium oxides, could provide more energy, and much better stability and energy efficiency, report scientists.

A new key to understanding molecular evolution in space

Jul 22, 2016: Scientists have revealed temperature-dependent energy conversion of molecular hydrogen on ice surfaces, suggesting the need for a reconsideration of molecular evolution theory.

Garnet-type fast ionic conductor for all-solid-state lithium battery

Jul 20, 2016: A garnet-type, fast ionic conducting oxide has been created by scientists. The developed garnet-type oxide showed not only high ionic conductivity around 1 mS/cm at room temperature, but also high electrochemical stability. Using this material as a solid electrolyte, an all-solid-state lithium battery was fabricated and its reversible charge and discharge reaction was demonstrated successfully. This finding contributes to the realization of highly safe, rechargeable batteries for large-scale power sources.

Key improvement for fuel cells: Work improves understanding of process that stops reactions

Jul 18, 2016: Researchers have determined a key step in improving solid oxide fuel cells, a promising clean energy technology that has struggled to gain wide acceptance in the marketplace. The researchers determined a way to improve one of the primary failure points for the fuel cell, overcoming key issues that have hindered its acceptance.

Could more fuel-efficient engines lead to more global warming?

Jul 13, 2016: Auto industry experts predict that more than 50 percent of cars on the road by 2020 will use a relatively new type of fuel-efficient engine. This transition, however, has raised questions about its ultimate effect on the climate. A new study has found that because the newer engines emit higher levels of the climate-warming pollutant black carbon than traditional engines, their impact on the climate is uncertain.

Where Are All Of The Hydrogen Fuel Cell School Buses?

Jul 12, 2016: Now that hydrogen fuel cell buses have become more commonplace, I need to ask the question where are all of the hydrogen fuel cell school buses? One of the many advantages of traditional hydrogen fuel cell passenger buses (besides being greener running and involving less maintenance) is that they are before the public eye and ……

Will Ethanol + Fuel Cells Take Over the Clean Car Market?

Jul 7, 2016: In the past few weeks, two major stories broken about the use of ethanol to power fuel cells. Does this mean that ethanol plus FCEVs will take over the market? On June 14, 2016, Nissan announced that they were developing a Solid Oxide Fuel-Cell (SOFC) vehicle that runs on bio-ethanol (see picture at top). According ……

Engineering E. coli for biofuel, bioproduct production

Jul 7, 2016: Researchers developed an alternative fatty acid synthase (FAS) system in which enzymes from other organisms work with the native FAS in E. coli to improve the microbe’s capacity for chemical production.

How solar energy can be transformed into fuel

Jul 7, 2016: A new study look into the quest for sustainable fuel, and how solar energy can be transformed into exactly this. The new procedure uses the sun's thermal energy to convert carbon dioxide and water directly into synthetic fuel.

Performance of cathode material improved by controlling oxygen activity

Jul 6, 2016: An international team of researchers has demonstrated a new way to increase the robustness and energy storage capability of a particular class of 'lithium-rich' cathode materials -- by using a carbon dioxide-based gas mixture to create oxygen vacancies at the material's surface. Researchers said the treatment improved the energy density -- the amount of energy stored per unit mass -- of the cathode material by up to 30 to 40 percent.

Public urinal generates electricity from urine

Jul 6, 2016: Urine can be transformed into electricity with the help of bacterial metabolism, thanks to a new device. A test cubicle was installed at Glastonbury festival, but the final aim is to improve sanitation facilities in Developing World countries or in areas where there is limited electricity generation, such as refugee camps.

Rechargeable batteries that last longer and re-charge more rapidly

Jul 4, 2016: Materials researchers have developed a very simple and cost-effective procedure for significantly enhancing the performance of conventional Li-ion rechargeable batteries. The procedure is scalable in size, so the use of rechargeable batteries will be optimized in all areas of application-whether in wristwatches, smartphones, laptops or cars, explain scientists. Battery storage capacity will be significantly extended, and charging times reduced, they say.

Tata Motors Starbus Fuel Cell Bus Takes to Streets in India

Jul 3, 2016: Tata Motors has developed a 30-seat hydrogen fuel cell bus for the street of India. The bus has roof-mounted hydrogen cylinders, 114 hp fuel cells and lithium ion batteries for energy storage. According to Tata Motors (the 4th largest bus manufacturer in the world), the advantages of this FC bus include: Gasoline engines in conventional ……

3-D paper-based microbial fuel cell operating under continuous flow condition

Jul 1, 2016: A team of researchers has demonstrated a proof-of-concept three-dimensional paper-based microbial fuel cell (MFC) that could take advantage of capillary action to guide the liquids through the MFC system and to eliminate the need for external power.

High-pressure generator using a superconducting diamond developed

Jun 30, 2016: Researchers have developed a new diamond anvil cell by micro-fabricating a superconducting diamond, which conducts electricity like metal and serves as electrodes, on the world's hardest and chip-proof-nano-polycrystalline diamond.

Nano-stiltskin: Turning gold into … see-through rubber

Jun 29, 2016: Flexible solar panels would benefit from stretchable, damage-resistant, transparent metal electrodes. Researchers found that topology and the adhesion between a metal nanomesh and the underlying substrate played key roles in creating such materials.

Hydrogen production from a relative of fool's gold

Jun 28, 2016: Scientists discovered a pyrite-type compound, similar to fool’s gold, that is competitive with platinum for splitting water to produce hydrogen.

Simple preparation for affordable solar energy storage

Jun 28, 2016: A simple process made an electrode that absorbs sunlight and produces oxygen on tiny cobalt islands on a silicon electrode.

Scientists just made it cheaper to produce hydrogen from water

Jun 27, 2016: A hydrogen-fuel economy could finally become a reality with the recent discovery of a cheap, stable and efficient means of getting hydrogen from water.

Mercedes GLC F-Cell Fuel Cell Plugin Hybrid SUV on Sale in 2017

Jun 26, 2016: In May 2006, I had talked about how hydrogen fuel cell plugin hybrid vehicles may be the best option going forward. As recently as November 2015, I had asked Toyota to develop a Plugin H2 FCEV. Well, this month Mercedes has announced that their hydrogen-powered GLC F-Cell FCEV Plugin SUV will be available for commercial ……

Energy from sunlight: Further steps towards artificial photosynthesis

Jun 24, 2016: Chemists have come one step closer to generating energy from sunlight: for the first time, they were able to reproduce one of the crucial phases of natural photosynthesis with artificial molecules.

Schleswig-Holstein, Germany: Big-Picture Hydrail

Jun 21, 2016: by guest blogger Stan Thompson 21 June, 2016:  Today, Eva Grey, writing in Railway-Technology.com, described the quintessential model indicating where hydrail (hydrogen fuel cell railway) technology is headed. In her story, “German state thrusts hydrogen-powered hydrail into the spotlight,” Ms. Grey breaks the story of plans by the State of Schleswig-Holstein in northern Germany to convert ……

Better way to 'herd' electrons in solar fuel devices

Jun 20, 2016: Researchers have discovered a new way to optimize electron transfer in semi-conductors used in solar fuel solutions.

Solar exposure energizes muddy microbes

Jun 20, 2016: Researchers have presented a sediment Microbial Fuel Cell (sMFC) system for remotely investigating the physiology and ecology of electrically active microbes in submerged field sites. Depending on the depth at which device components were submerged, scientists observed variation in start-up time and electricity generation.

researchers find new ways to make clean hydrogen, rechargable zinc batteries

Jun 17, 2016: New technologies have now been developed to tackle two of the world's biggest energy challenges -- clean fuel for transportation and grid-scale energy storage.

Challenger disaster: How do hydrogen droplets behave when hydrogen-oxygen aerosol mixtures burn?

Jun 16, 2016: In the framework of research motivated by the Challenger disaster a team of researchers have pursued all possible mechanisms of igniting explosions of liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen mixtures in similar situations. Their analysis revealed new mechanisms, which, in turn, required seeking a deeper understanding of the way hydrogen droplets burn within these mixtures.

Eleventh International Hydrail Conference: a first look at the program

Jun 15, 2016: by guest blogger Stan Thompson This year’s “11-IHC” is the first event since the International Hydrail Conference series began in 2005 when a major focus of the agenda will be on hydrogen fuel cell passenger railway equipment already being manufactured and in service. (see http://www.hydrail.org) China now has two hydrail trams in production. One is ……

Where Are All the Hydrail (Hydrogen Trains) in California?

Jun 13, 2016: Of all the U. S. states, California has shown the biggest commitment to clean transportation including fuel cell vehicles. In the Golden State there are fuel cell cars for sale and lease, fuel cell buses deployed north and south, plus fuel cell trucks and delivery vans gracing the roadways. With all of this commitment to ……

Chemists invent new supercapacitor materials

Jun 13, 2016: Chemists have invented a new type of supercapacitor material with a host of potential applications in electronics, transportation and energy storage devices.

New understanding of plant growth brings promise of tailored products for industry

Jun 9, 2016: In the search for low-emission plant-based fuels, new research could lead to sustainable alternatives to fossil fuel-based products. Scientists have identified new steps in the way plants produce cellulose, the component of plant cell walls that provides strength, and forms insoluble fiber in the human diet.

Novel energy inside a microcircuit chip

Jun 8, 2016: Scientists have developed an extremely efficient small-size energy storage, a micro-supercapacitor, which can be integrated directly inside a silicon microcircuit chip.

Towards building next-generation batteries using a pigment electrode

Jun 7, 2016: Researchers have demonstrated calcium ion batteries (CIBs) using pigment electrodes such as Prussian blue and its analogues. The CIBs showed excellent cyclability of discharge and charge in a calcium-based organic electrolyte. This is thought to derive from strong atomic bonds in Prussian blue structures, which possess movable pathways for large-sized ions in three dimensions. Such unique structures have excellent potential for application in newly designed batteries.

Origami ninja star inspires new battery that runs on a few drops of dirty water

Jun 7, 2016: A new disposable battery that folds like an origami ninja star could power biosensors and other small devices for use in challenging field conditions. The microbial fuel cell runs on the bacteria available in a few drops of dirty water.

Graphene-based transparent electrodes for highly efficient flexible OLEDS

Jun 4, 2016: A research team has developed highly flexible OLEDs with excellent efficiency by using graphene as a transparent electrode (TE) which is placed in between titanium dioxide (TiO2) and conducting polymer layers.

HYDRAIL: FROM RESOLVE TO RAILS IN 11 YEARS

Jun 3, 2016: By guest blogger Stan Thompson In 2005 in Charlotte, North Carolina, for the benefit of society a handful of citizens, companies and agencies set about changing the railroad traction paradigm for the first time since 1925 when diesel began replacing steam. The societal benefits being pursued were climate change mitigation; air pollution reduction; and the ……

3D printing of patterned membranes opens door to rapid advances in membrane technology

Jun 2, 2016: A new type of 3D printing will make it possible for the first time to rapidly prototype and test polymer membranes that are patterned for improved performance.

Tiny probe could produce big improvements in batteries and fuel cells

May 31, 2016: The key to needed improvements in the quest for better batteries and fuels cells likely lies in the nanoscale, a realm so tiny that the movement of a few atoms or molecules can shift the landscape. A team researchers has built a new window into this world to help scientists better understand how batteries really work.

A jolt from the blue: Rays provide power for an electric generator

May 31, 2016: Scientists removed the electric organ from a torpedo and chemically stimulated the organ by injecting a solution of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine though a syringe. They were able to achieve more than a minute of continuous current, with a peak voltage of 91 mV and 0.25 mA of current. By increasing the number of syringes, they achieved a peak voltage of 1.5 V and a current of 0.64mA.

Decentralized production of hydrogen peroxide: Using surplus renewable power

May 30, 2016: Wood-colored pulp from which white paper is to be produced, objectionable tooth discolorations or disinfecting work areas in hospitals and food production facilities: Due to its highly oxidizing and cell toxic effects hydrogen peroxide is widely used as a bleaching agent and disinfectant in many technical areas, the production of cosmetics and medical applications. Hydrogen peroxide has also become firmly established in oxidative water treatment. Here, under the influence of ultraviolet light, hydrogen peroxide forms hydroxyl radicals: these destroy organic molecules that are not easily biodegradable.

How researchers make a battery in seven easy steps

May 26, 2016: Learn how researchers assemble experimental batteries.

Truck turns its own heat into power

May 24, 2016: A 195-year-old discovery is behind a new system that will save vehicles hundreds of litres of fuel and reduce their carbon emissions by as much as 2 to 3 tonnes per year.

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.

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.

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.