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Mar 27, 2017

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Modern Pioneer Influences Hydrogen & Fuel Cell History

Mar 25, 2017: “I realized that energy was at the root of many security, development, and environment problems,”      Amory Lovins Doomsday prophet, socio-economic genius or automotive planner? — Neither. — A modern day automotive pioneer: a thinker, not a tinkerer. In 1976, Lovins, a young man in his 20s, presented an essay to Foreign Affairs, titled  “Energy ……

Discovery showcases membranes that can fix themselves

Mar 24, 2017: Scientists have developed a self-healing membrane for hydrogen fuel cells; typical membranes, a crucial component of the cells, are prone to cracks and pinholes. This discovery showcases membranes that can fix themselves.

Self-sustaining bacteria-fueled power cell created

Mar 22, 2017: Researchers have developed the next step in microbial fuel cells (MFCs) with the first micro-scale self-sustaining cell, which generated power for 13 straight days through symbiotic interactions of two types of bacteria.

New gel-like coating beefs up the performance of lithium-sulfur batteries

Mar 21, 2017: Scientists have developed an ultra-thin coating material that has the potential to extend the life and improve the efficiency of lithium-sulfur batteries, one of the most promising areas of energy research today.

Electrocrystallization: Breakthrough in gold nanoparticle research

Mar 21, 2017: A research team as published a research study that demonstrates how it is possible to obtain very high quality crystals formed of gold nanoparticles.

Enzyme function inhibits battery aging, researchers show

Mar 20, 2017: It has been known in biology for a long time that the excited oxygen molecule singlet oxygen is the main cause of aging in cells. To counter this, nature uses an enzyme called superoxide dismutase to eliminate superoxide as a free radical. Superoxide also occurs in cell respiration for energy production and is the preliminary stage and thus source of singlet oxygen. A study has now stumbled upon astonishing parallels of oxygen chemistry in battery systems.

Car Designer favours Hydrogen & Fuel Cell History

Mar 18, 2017:   “A designer is an emerging synthesis of artist, inventor, mechanic, objective economist, and evolutionary strategist.” – Buckminster Fuller The 1973 oil embargo caused a number of changes in industry and society. It caused the (temporary) departure of the muscle cars and created an enthusiasm for small, fuel-efficient cars. It reduced highway speed limits, started ……

Liquid fuel for future computers

Mar 15, 2017: In the future, a new type of tiny redox flow battery will supply tightly packed electronic components with energy, while also dissipating the heat they produce, suggest researchers.

Hydrogen on demand

Mar 13, 2017: Using solar energy, researchers have developed a new method for safely and efficiently producing hydrogen in a centralized manner, miles away from the solar farm. It could greatly reduce the cost of producing hydrogen and shipping it to customers.

New research urges a rethink on global energy subsidies

Mar 13, 2017: The hidden toll that subsidies for electricity, fossil fuels, and transport have on social welfare, economic growth and technological innovation needs to be exposed through better research.

Scientists harness solar power to produce clean hydrogen from biomass

Mar 13, 2017: A team of scientists has developed a way of using solar power to generate a fuel that is both sustainable and relatively cheap to produce. It's using natural light to generate hydrogen from biomass.

Canada’s effect on Hydrogen & Fuel Cell History

Mar 11, 2017:   “I don’t think we’re going to see the price of oil going down in the near future, that’s the reality.”      -Carly Fiorina, former Republican presidential candidate When fuel prices increase again –very likely– and supplies diminish –very certain– alternative fuels are the only alternative. Hydrogen and electricity are two such substitutes, and fuel ……

New nanofiber marks important step in next generation battery development

Mar 10, 2017: Materials researchers have created a nanofiber that could help enable the next generation of rechargeable batteries and increase the efficiency of hydrogen production from water electrolysis.

Keeping liquids off the wall

Mar 9, 2017: On Earth, liquid flows downhill thanks to gravity. Creating an effective liquid fuel tank involves little more than putting a hole at the bottom of a container. That won't work in space, though. In microgravity, with no gravity to force liquids to the bottom of a container, they cling to its surfaces instead. The Slosh Coating investigation tests using a liquid-repellant coating inside a container to control the movement of liquids in microgravity.

Chemists create molecular 'leaf' that collects and stores solar power without solar panels

Mar 8, 2017: An international research team has engineered a molecule that uses light or electricity to convert the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide -- a carbon-neutral fuel source -- more efficiently than any other method of "carbon reduction." The discovery is a new milestone in the quest to recycle carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere into carbon-neutral fuels and others materials.

Moving toward faster, more accurate detection of food- and water-borne bacteria

Mar 8, 2017: Food poisoning is a scourge. Yet preventing it is far from foolproof. But in a new study, scientists report that they are closing in on a way to use a combination of color-changing paper and electrochemical analysis -- on plastic transparency sheets or simple paper -- to quickly, cheaply and more accurately detect bacterial contamination of fruits and vegetables in the field before they reach grocery stores, restaurants and household pantries.

New approach to improving lithium-sulfur batteries

Mar 6, 2017: Researchers have demonstrated a new polysulfide entrapping strategy that greatly improves the cycle stability of Li-S batteries, a new report outlines.

Space energy technology restored to make power stations more efficient

Mar 6, 2017: Satellite-powering technology that was abandoned decades ago has been reinvented to potentially work with traditional power stations to help them convert heat to electricity more efficiently, meaning we would need less fossil fuel to burn for power. A new study presents a prototype energy converter, which uses graphene instead of metal, making it almost seven times more efficient.

Oil crisis’ effect on Hydrogen & Fuel Cell History

Mar 4, 2017:   “We aren’t addicted to oil, but our cars are.”         – James Woolsey, national security and energy specialist Wake up World!  Do something! December 1973. Oil embargo. Panic. Fighting at the pumps. Mile long line-ups at refueling stations in cities everywhere. Petrol, petrol everywhere –underground-, but not a drop to burn. Frustration. —  Is ……

Tweaking electrolyte makes better lithium-metal batteries

Mar 1, 2017: New research shows adding a pinch of chemical additive to a lithium-metal battery's electrolyte helps make rechargeable batteries that are stable, charge quickly, and go longer in between charges than lithium-ion batteries.

Lithium-ion battery inventor introduces new technology for fast-charging, noncombustible batteries

Feb 28, 2017: A team of engineers led by 94-year-old John Goodenough, professor in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin and co-inventor of the lithium-ion battery, has developed the first all-solid-state battery cells that could lead to safer, faster-charging, longer-lasting rechargeable batteries for handheld mobile devices, electric cars and stationary energy storage.

Countries advancing Hydrogen and Fuel Cell History

Feb 25, 2017: “A lasting lesson of the crisis years is the power of markets and their ability to adjust to disruptions, if government allows them to.”      Daniel Yergin The 1973 oil embargo, the second oil crisis, got a large part of the world to think about how to manage its affairs with less and less of this ……

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

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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.

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.

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.