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Apr 26, 2017

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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.

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 (http://money.cnn.com/2017/04/12/technology/germany-hydrogen-powered-train/). 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.

FEV Puts Fuel Cell Range Extender into Fiat 500

Apr 10, 2017: FEV has developed a fuel cell range extender and successfully integrated it in the subcompact category of the current battery-electric vehicle (BEV). In order to demonstrate the compatibility of this technology, the engineers have decided to use a Fiat 500 based BEV, which represents a particular challenge in its existing space. They have come up ……

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.

Ammonia believed to benefit Hydrogen & Fuel Cell History

Apr 8, 2017: “A man with a new idea is a crank until he succeeds.” – Mark Twain Can science find a detour to the Hydrogen Economy? Serious scientists believe that, before an infrastructure can support a fuel cell based transportation industry, the present system could easily adopt to ammonia, if only temporary. Kevin Kantola already wrote about ……

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.

Logical Progress in Hydrogen Fuel Cell History

Apr 1, 2017: “Science is not about making predictions or performing experiments. Science is about explaining.”      Bill Gaede The first ‘Hypercars’ were built during the 1990s. GM and VW followed Amory Lovins’ guidance and undertook to make a car to his principles. The EV 1 was a bold experiment whose time had not yet arrived – lacking the ……

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?"…

How does oxygen get into a fuel cell?

Mar 28, 2017: In order for a fuel cell to work, it needs an oxidizing agent. Scientists have now found a way to explain why oxygen does not always enter fuel cells effectively, rendering them unusable.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.