Alternative Energy

Hydrogen Fuel News

The latest hydrogen fuel cell news from our hydrogen and fuel cell technology news sources.

May 29, 2017

Hydrogen Fuel Cells

Engines fire without smoke

May 29, 2017: By observing the soot particles formed in a simple flame, researchers have developed a computational model capable of simulating soot production inside the latest gasoline automobile engines1.

Free Solar Energy Benefits Hydrogen & Fuel Cell History, Boosts Future

May 27, 2017: “The use of solar energy has not been opened up because the oil industry does not own the sun.”        Ralph Nader Wikipedia wisdom states, “No single energy storage method boasts the best in specific power, specific energy, and energy density.” As you know, everything in engineering is a compromise. No energy source is perfectly suitable ……

Where rivers meet the sea: Harnessing energy generated when freshwater meets saltwater

May 26, 2017: A new hybrid technology has been created that produces unprecedented amounts of electrical power where seawater and freshwater combine at the coast.

Nanoalloys ten times as effective as pure platinum in fuel cells

May 24, 2017: A new type of nanocatalyst can result in the long-awaited commercial breakthrough for fuel cell cars. Research results show that it is possible to significantly reduce the need for platinum, a precious and rare metal, by creating a nanoalloy using a new production technique. The technology is also well suited for mass production.

Nanoalloys ten times as effective as pure platinum in fuel cells

May 24, 2017: A new type of nanocatalyst can result in the long-awaited commercial breakthrough for fuel cell cars. Research results show that it is possible to significantly reduce the need for platinum, a precious and rare metal, by creating a nanoalloy using a new production technique. The technology is also well suited for mass production.

Feather-light metal cathodes for stable lithium-oxygen batteries

May 24, 2017: Lithium-oxygen systems could someday outperform today's lithium-ion batteries because of their potential for high energy density. However, a number of important issues, such as their poor electrochemical stability must be addressed before these systems can successfully compete with current rechargeable batteries. Now, researchers report a new type of cathode, which could make lithium-oxygen batteries a practical option.

Zap! Graphene is bad news for bacteria

May 23, 2017: Laser-induced graphene made from an inexpensive polymer is an effective anti-fouling material and, when charged, an excellent antibacterial surface, report scientists.

Mazda Conducts Serious R&D During Hydrogen & Fuel Cell History

May 20, 2017: “Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing.” Wernher von Braun The NASA space program initiated the commercial use of hydrogen in fuel cells to generate electricity. Different applications require various types of fuel cells; Alkaline FCs, Molten Carbonate, Phosphoric Acid, Solid Oxide, Direct Alcohol, Electrolyte Fuel Cells and other, similar ……

Fueling the future

May 19, 2017: New research investigated the full life cycle impact of one promising 'second-generation biofuel' produced from short-rotation oak. The study found that second-generation biofuels made from managed trees and perennial grasses may provide a sustainable fuel resource.

Graphene-nanotube hybrid boosts lithium metal batteries

May 18, 2017: Scientists have built high-capacity lithium metal batteries with anodes made of a graphene-carbon nanotube hybrid. The anodes quench the formation of damaging dendrites.

12th International Hydrail Conference: 27-28 June, 2017

May 18, 2017: Graz, Austria — 27-28 June, 2017 by guest blogger, Stan Thompson It’s been a dozen years since former Mooresville, NC, USA, Mayor Bill Thunberg, Appalachian State University Research Anaylst, Jason W. Hoyle and I first undertook to midwife hydrogen fuel cell based railway traction into being.  Our goal was mostly environmental but we also had a ……

Better cathode materials for lithium-sulphur-batteries

May 17, 2017: Scientists have for the first time fabricated a nanomaterial made from nanoparticles of a titanium oxide compound (Ti4O7) that is characterized by an extremely large surface area, and tested it as a cathode material in lithium-sulphur batteries. The highly porous nanomaterial possesses high storage capacity that remains nearly constant over many charging cycles.

Microbial fuel cell converts methane to electricity

May 17, 2017: Transporting methane from gas wellheads to market provides multiple opportunities for this greenhouse gas to leak into the atmosphere. Now, an international team of researchers has taken the first step in converting methane directly to electricity using bacteria, in a way that could be done near the drilling sites.

New, more efficient catalyst for water splitting

May 15, 2017: Physicists have discovered a catalyst that can split water into hydrogen and oxygen, composed of easily available, low-cost materials and operating far more efficiently than previous catalysts. That would solve one of the primary hurdles remaining in using water to produce hydrogen, one of the most promising sources of clean energy.

Self-healing tech charges up performance for silicon-containing battery anodes

May 15, 2017: Researchers have found a way to apply self-healing technology to lithium-ion batteries to make them more reliable and last longer.

Mercedes Research Vehicles Advance Hydrogen & Fuel Cell History

May 13, 2017: “That the automobile has practically reached the limit of its development is suggested by the fact that during the past year no improvements of a radical nature have been introduced.”                                                                                               …

Electroplating delivers high-energy, high-power batteries

May 12, 2017: The process that makes gold-plated jewelry or chrome car accents is now making powerful lithium-ion batteries. Researchers have developed a method for electroplating lithium-ion battery cathodes, yielding high-quality, high-performance battery materials that could also open the door to flexible and solid-state batteries.

Is this the 'holey' grail of batteries?

May 11, 2017: In a battery system, electrodes containing porous graphene scaffolding offer a substantial improvement in both the retention and transport of energy, a new study reveals.

Exploring the conversion of heat to electricity in single molecules

May 10, 2017: Researchers have investigated the influence of the geometry of single-molecule devices on their ability to produce electricity from heat. They fabricated devices consisting of a single molecule bridging gold electrodes and measured device electrical conductance and thermovoltage simultaneously. The devices with thiol-gold contacts displayed the highest thermovoltage when the gold-thiol bond was stretched, revealing that the thermoelectric performance of single-molecule devices can be modulated through geometry control.

New method can selectively remove micropollutants from water

May 10, 2017: Engineers have developed a new way to get toxic micropollutants, including pesticides and pharmaceuticals, out of water.

New technology generates power from polluted air

May 8, 2017: Researchers have succeeded in developing a process that purifies air and, at the same time, generates power. The device must only be exposed to light in order to function.

Do Hybrids advance Hydrogen & Fuel Cell History?

May 6, 2017:   “I believe fuel cells could end the 100-year reign of the internal combustion engine.”             William Clay Ford, Jr.   Henry Ford’s father William came to Canada from Ireland, before settling ‘on the other side’ — years before Henry started to change the world. BTW, Cadillac also came to Canada before settling ‘on the ……

Graphane could act as efficient and water-free hydrogen fuel cell membrane

May 4, 2017: Researchers have found that the unusual properties of graphane -- a two-dimensional polymer of carbon and hydrogen -- could form a type of anhydrous 'bucket brigade' that transports protons without the need for water, potentially leading to the development of more efficient hydrogen fuel cells for vehicles and other energy systems.

New catalyst for water splitting developed

May 3, 2017: Water-splitting systems require a very efficient catalyst to speed up the chemical reaction that splits water into hydrogen and oxygen, while preventing the gases from recombining back into water. Now an international research team has developed a new catalyst with a molybdenum coating that prevents this problematic back reaction and works well in realistic operating conditions.

1000 km range for e-cars thanks to a new battery concept

May 2, 2017: You cannot get far today with electric cars. One reason is that the batteries require a lot of space. Scientists are stacking large cells on top of one another. This provides vehicles with more power. Initial tests in the laboratory have been positive. In the medium term, the project partners are striving to achieve a range of 1,000 kilometers for electric vehicles.

Controlling proton conduction with light

Apr 30, 2017: Adding photoacid to a special kind of melted polymeric crystal allows better and switchable proton conductivity. This could lead to new materials for memory, supercapacitor and transistor technologies.

Discovery of a facile process for hydrogen production using ammonia as a carrier

Apr 29, 2017: Researchers have created a new process for producing hydrogen from ammonia with rapid initiation that requires no external heat source, giving hope for the increased global use of hydrogen as an efficient and clean energy source.

Rockets propel Hydrogen & Fuel Cell History

Apr 29, 2017:   “A rocket will never leave the Earth’s atmosphere.”         New York Times, 1936 “Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.”  – Dwight D. Eisenhower Elon Musk said, ……

Ssafer alternative to lithium-ion batteries

Apr 27, 2017: Researchers have developed a breakthrough alternative to fire-prone lithium-ion batteries.

Stabilizing molecule could pave way for lithium-air fuel cell

Apr 26, 2017: Lithium-oxygen fuel cells boast energy density levels comparable to fossil fuels and are thus seen as a promising candidate for future transportation-related energy needs. Several roadblocks stand in the way of realizing that vision. An engineering lab has focused on one of those roadblocks -- the loss of battery power, also known as capacity fade.

Chemical causes of battery 'capacity fade' identified

Apr 25, 2017: One of the major culprits in capacity fade of high-energy lithium-ion batteries has now been identified by a team of researchers.

A more than 100% quantum step toward producing hydrogen fuel

Apr 25, 2017: Efforts to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels are advancing on various significant fronts. Initiatives include research focused on more efficient production of gaseous hydrogen fuel by using solar energy to break water down into components of hydrogen and oxygen. Scientists have now reported a key breakthrough in the basic science essential for progress toward this goal.

In-flight, on-demand hydrogen production could mean 'greener' aircraft

Apr 24, 2017: Technion researchers have a developed safe and efficient way to produce hydrogen on board a plane in flight. Using aluminum particles and (fresh or waste), the technology could one day help meet in-flight energy needs on commercial aircraft.

Bright future for self-charging batteries

Apr 24, 2017: Who hasn't lived through the frustrating experience of being without a phone after forgetting to recharge it? This could one day be a thing of the past thanks to technology under development.

Freezing lithium batteries may make them safer, bendable

Apr 24, 2017: A new method that could lead to lithium batteries that are safer, have longer battery life, and are bendable has now been developed, providing new possibilities such as flexible smartphones. His new technique uses ice-templating to control the structure of the solid electrolyte for lithium batteries that are used in portable electronics, electric vehicles, and grid-level energy storage.

New solar cell design could pave the way for over 50% energy-conversion efficiency

Apr 24, 2017: Solar cells convert the sun's energy into electricity by converting photons into electrons. A new solar cell design could raise the energy conversion efficiency to over 50% by absorbing the spectral components of longer wavelengths that are usually lost during transmission through the cell.

BMW using Hydrogen Fuel during Hydrogen & Fuel Cell History

Apr 22, 2017:   “When I hear people blaming the automobile for global warming, I have to chuckle. It’s not the car. It’s the fuel.”                        Jay Leno in this article Hollywood stars drive hydrogen-fueled cars: actors Edward Norton and Cameron Diaz, Placido Domingo and Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Joely Fisher, and many others, as they wait patiently for FCEVs. In the United ……

New method to create the next fuel-efficient renewable energy developed

Apr 19, 2017: The fossil fuel fight goes on for scientists as they develop a new method for creating reversible hydrogen storage based on methanol, with no carbon emissions, in the last major paper co-authored by USC's first Nobel laureate, the late George Olah.

Making batteries from waste glass bottles

Apr 19, 2017: Researchers have used waste glass bottles and a low-cost chemical process to create nanosilicon anodes for high-performance lithium-ion batteries. The batteries will extend the range of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and provide more power with fewer charges to personal electronics like cell phones and laptops.

Magna FC REEV Review

Apr 18, 2017: A fuel cell range extended electric vehicle (FC REEV) was introduced at the International Motor Symposium in Vienna. According to Magna International Inc., this combines the power of hydrogen and electric drives, which basically runs without any fossil fuels. In this case, it has a range of 500km before recharging or refueling. Magna demonstrated the ……

New world record for solar hydrogen production

Apr 18, 2017: Scientists have recaptured the record for highest efficiency in solar hydrogen production via a photoelectrochemical (PEC) water-splitting process.

Toyota believes in Hydrogen & Fuel Cell History – AND Future

Apr 15, 2017:   “We would like to be still selling cars when there’s no more gasoline. And no one is coming to our door asking us to build a new electric car.”— Craig Scott, Toyota’s national manager of advanced technologies NASA declared hydrogen a safe fuel long ago. In a previous article, I showed a pamphlet, indicating ……

Hydrail: A Pullet Surprise

Apr 14, 2017: by guest blogger Stan Thompson If anyone out there is a friend of CNN’s Nadine Schmidt, please do five things: Buy Nadine a really nice steak dinner! Thank her for her excellent segment on hydrail April 12 ( Give her my eternal thanks for exhuming perhaps the deepest—and most regrettably—buried environmental story of the 21st century. Tell her about ……

Better than nature: Artificial biofilm increases energy production in microbial fuel cells

Apr 12, 2017: Microbial fuel cells exploit the metabolism of bacteria in order to generate electricity. A new type of biofilm could soon make this relatively young technology considerably more effective, more stable, and easier to use. A research team has succeeded in producing a material that is far better suited for energy production in fuel cells than natural biofilms.

Controlling electron spin for efficient water splitting

Apr 10, 2017: Water is made of oxygen and hydrogen, and splitting water molecules to produce hydrogen for fuel is a promising path for alternative energy. One of the main obstacles to making hydrogen production a reality is that current methods of water splitting result in hydrogen peroxide also being formed. Now researchers have succeeded in almost fully suppressing the production of hydrogen peroxide by controlling the spin of electrons in the reaction. The efficient production of hydrogen paves the way toward the use of solar energy to split water.

Coming together, falling apart, and starting over, battery style

Apr 5, 2017: Scientists have built a new device that shows what happens when electrode, electrolyte, and active materials meet in energy storage technologies.

Seaweed: From superfood to superconductor

Apr 5, 2017: Seaweed, the edible algae with a long history in some Asian cuisines, and which has also become part of the Western foodie culture, could turn out to be an essential ingredient in another trend: the development of more sustainable ways to power our devices. Researchers report progress toward a seaweed-derived material to help boost the performance of superconductors, lithium-ion batteries and fuel cells.

Renewable energy needed to drive uptake of electric vehicles

Apr 4, 2017: Plugging into renewable energy sources outweighs the cost and short driving ranges for consumers intending to buy electric vehicles, according to a new study. In a new article, experts say that environmental performance -- or being green -- was more important than price or range confidence for electric vehicle consumers.

New Device Produces Hydrogen Peroxide for Water Purification

Apr 1, 2017: Producing and distributing hydrogen peroxide is a challenge in many parts of the world. Now scientists have created a small device for hydrogen peroxide production that could be powered by renewable energy sources, like conventional solar panels.

Will grass become the new gasoline?

Mar 31, 2017: A new process that turns grass into biofuel has been developed by scientists. Although it might sound revolutionary, there’s still a lot to do before this becomes reality, however. Right now the amount of biofuel that can be made from grass is still limited to a few drops. But the researchers ask, will we soon be driving on "grassoline?"…