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Dec 09, 2016

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Keeping electric car design on the right road

Dec 8, 2016: Pushing nanoscale battery developments in the right direction can help create a sustainable transport sector, suggests investigators in a new report.

The origin of hydrail and the International Journal of Hydrogen Energy

Dec 8, 2016: by guest blogger Stan Thompson Most profound thanks from the Mooresville Hydrail Initiative to the editors of the International Journal of Hydrogen Energy for the cover story on the 2003 American* origin of hydrogen fuel cell passenger railways in the December, 2016, issue! We don’t know of another instance where major elements of the world’s infrastructure (diesel and catenary railway electrification) have ……

New catalyst for capture and conversion of atmospheric carbon dioxide

Dec 7, 2016: New research has focused on developing a new catalyst that would lead to large-scale implementation of capture and conversion of carbon dioxide (CO2).

X-ray spectroscopy reveals details of capacity fading in Li-ion batteries

Dec 5, 2016: The improvement of batteries is one of the key factors in increasing the performance of electric vehicles. To this end scientists are employing advanced X-ray spectroscopy of battery electrodes under operating conditions. Recently this has provided new insight in the process responsible for capacity fading of Li-ion batteries.

Optimistic Times – Hydrogen and Fuel Cell History

Dec 3, 2016: “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”       Winston Churchill Uncertainty about the future exists everywhere; change creates hesitation. Should the government go ‘right’, should it lean ‘left’, should it turn ‘green’?  Which energy policy should be promoted?  Nature itself seems uncertain of where to go.  ……

A cleaner, more efficient car? New material designed to better store hydrogen fuel

Dec 1, 2016: New materials have been designed that could be used to store hydrogen fuel more efficiently in vehicles or other devices that use clean energy.

New process produces hydrogen at much lower temperature

Dec 1, 2016: Researchers have developed a new method for producing hydrogen, which is fast, irreversible, and takes place at much lower temperature using less energy. This innovation is expected to contribute to the spread of fuel cell systems for automobiles and homes.

Confusing Times – Hydrogen and Fuel Cell History

Nov 26, 2016: “Regulations that shut down hundreds of coal-fired power plants and block the construction of new ones — how stupid is that?” was one of Donald Trump’s campaign utterings. What makes a light bulb glow? — “Hydro makes it glow”, many people will answer.  “We are running out of gas”, laments an environmentally concerned motorist.  Both ……

Fuel cells: For platinum catalysts, tiny squeeze gives big boost in performance

Nov 24, 2016: Squeezing a platinum catalyst a fraction of a nanometer nearly doubles its catalytic activity, say researchers, a finding that could lead to better fuel cells and other clean energy technologies.

Construction greener, more efficient with intelligent software

Nov 24, 2016: Construction vehicles waste fuel by remaining on full power whilst idle. New research is working to make vehicles more fuel efficient and cheaper with electrical systems, say investigators.

Turbulent Times – Hydrogen and Fuel Cell History

Nov 21, 2016: As a history essay, this treatise will dig into details –and into my previous articles– to illustrate particular actions, events or episodes in hindsight – which is what history is all about. You may find some of the information in this and following short articles boring and tedious. Don’t despair, as more pieces of the ……

Microbes produce organic plastics from flue gas, electricity

Nov 21, 2016: Researchers are working on an efficient and inexpensive method for the production of organic plastics. In the a new project, they use microorganisms that produce polyhydroxybutyric acid from flue gas, air, and renewable power. The optimized process of microbial electrosynthesis opens up further perspectives for the future production of biofuel or for the storage of power from regenerative sources in the form of chemical products, for instance. …

Exciting times – Hydrogen and Fuel Cell History

Nov 17, 2016: Hydrogen and Fuel Cell History Having just passed the second National Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Day, we will probe the history and heritage of both in a series of articles.   Exciting times. People around the world read all the newest information on Kevin Kantola’s extraordinary website. The second, electrifying transportation rEVolution since the Model ……

New thermoelectric material with high power factors

Nov 15, 2016: With energy conservation expected to play a growing role in managing global demand, materials and methods that make better use of existing sources of energy have become increasingly important. Researchers now report that they have demonstrated a step forward in converting waste heat - from industrial smokestacks, power generating plants or even automobile tailpipes - into electricity.

New biofuel cell with energy storage

Nov 15, 2016: Researchers have developed a hybrid of a fuel cell and capacitor on a biocatalytic basis. With the aid of enzymatic processes, what’s known as a biosupercapacitor efficiently generates and stores energy. The trick: the enzymes are embedded in a stable polymer gel, which can store a large amount of energy.

Battery cars a better choice for reducing emissions than fuel cells

Nov 14, 2016: Many communities would be better off investing in electric vehicles that run on batteries instead of hydrogen fuel cells, in part because the hydrogen infrastructure provides few additional energy benefits for the community besides clean transportation, say experts.

Using pectin to advance neuron-like electronic systems

Nov 11, 2016: A team of scientists have used pectin with a high degree of methylation as the medium to create a new architecture of hybrid device with a double-layered polyelectrolyte that alone drives memristive behavior.

Salty batteries: Sodium-oxygen batteries have improved cycle life due to highly concentrated electrolytes

Nov 8, 2016: Smartphones, laptops, electric cars -- whatever the device, an efficient battery is high on any user's wish list. The search for the next-generation battery has recently focused on sodium- oxygen batteries. Theoretically, these should provide previously unattainable efficiency but their practical implementation has proven to be a stumbling block. Researchers now report that a highly concentrated electrolyte solution may make the sodium-oxygen battery more stable, and therefore more practicable.

Light shed on process of programmed mitochondrial cell death

Nov 2, 2016: Employing a novel sensor made of graphene – a one-atom-thin layer of carbon – researchers have gained new insight into the process of programmed cell death in mitochondria, possibly opening the door to new ways of forcing cancer cells to self-destruct. They also hit a scientific jackpot of sorts by finding that an accepted paradigm of how cells create energy is only half-right.

Shoring up the power grid with DIY scrap-metal batteries

Nov 2, 2016: With residential solar energy ramping up, consumers are looking for ways to store extra energy without breaking the bank. To help solve this problem, a team of scientists has come up with a novel possibility: do-it-yourself, scrap-metal batteries.

Hydrail Trains Are Running Too Late: Here’s Why

Nov 1, 2016: by guest blogger Stan Thompson It’s been 18 years since Dr. Holger Busche proposed that German electric passenger trains could run on wind energy carried on board as hydrogen. Once pointed out, it was an obvious thing to pursue;  but the first German hydrail train won’t go into service until late next year.  The impediment hasn’t ……

Hydrocarbon Wax + Microwaves = Hydrogen

Oct 29, 2016: Even though hydrogen fuel tanks holding compressed H2 gas have been proven to be safe, still critics cite safety as one of the top reasons not to buy a fuel cell vehicle. So, in steps UK researchers from the universities of Oxford, Cambridge and Cardiff plus Saudi Arabia who have created a hydrocarbon wax that ……

Elusive intermediate compound discovered in atmospheric chemistry

Oct 27, 2016: Physicists have identified a long-missing piece in the puzzle of exactly how fossil fuel combustion contributes to air pollution and a warming climate. Performing chemistry experiments in a new way, they observed a key molecule that appears briefly during a common chemical reaction in the atmosphere.

Next-generation smartphone battery inspired by the gut

Oct 26, 2016: A new prototype of a lithium-sulphur battery -- which could have five times the energy density of a typical lithium-ion battery -- overcomes one of the key hurdles preventing their commercial development by mimicking the structure of the cells which allow us to absorb nutrients.

Improved water splitting advances renewable energy conversion

Oct 25, 2016: A way to more efficiently create hydrogen from water has been discovered by scientists, representing an important step in making renewable energy production and storage viable.

Hybrid nanostructures hold hydrogen well

Oct 24, 2016: Layers of graphene separated by nanotube pillars of boron nitride may be a suitable material to store hydrogen fuel in cars, according to scientists.

New method increases energy density in lithium batteries

Oct 24, 2016: A new method to increase the energy density of lithium batteries has now been created by a researcher. He has built a trilayer structure that is stable even in ambient air, which makes the battery both longer lasting and cheaper to manufacture. The work may improve the energy density of lithium batteries by 10-30%, a new report suggests.

From ancient fossils to future cars

Oct 21, 2016: Engineers are developing cheap, energy-efficient lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles from silicon in diatomaceous earth. The research could lead to the development of ultra-high capacity lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles and portable electronics.

Self-healable battery

Oct 20, 2016: Electronics that can be embedded in clothing are a growing trend. However, power sources remain a problem. Scientists have now introduced thin, flexible, lithium ion batteries with self-healing properties that can be safely worn on the body. Even after completely breaking apart, the battery can grow back together without significant impact on its electrochemical properties.

Safe new storage method could be key to future of hydrogen-powered vehicles

Oct 20, 2016: Hydrogen is often described as the fuel of the future, particularly when applied to hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles. One of the main obstacles facing this technology -- a potential solution to future sustainable transport -- has been the lack of a lightweight, safe on-board hydrogen storage material. A major new discovery has shown that hydrocarbon wax rapidly releases large amounts of hydrogen when activated with catalysts and microwaves.

Window into battery life for next-gen lithium cells

Oct 18, 2016: Dendrites, whiskers of lithium that grow inside batteries and can cause fires like those in the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, are the bane of next-generation lithium batteries. While they usually spread under cover of darkness in a closed cell, a team of researchers has spied on them by cutting a window in a battery and filming the dendrites as they grew. Their work could help researchers safely take lithium batteries to the next level.

'Super yeast' has the power to improve economics of biofuels

Oct 17, 2016: Scientists have found a way to nearly double the efficiency with which a commonly used industrial yeast strain converts plant sugars to biofuel. The newly engineered "super yeast" could boost the economics of making ethanol, specialty biofuels and bioproducts.

Hydrail’s “Golden Spike” moment: Berlin, 2016

Oct 12, 2016: by guest blogger, Stan Thompson Hydrail is the term of art for electrifying railways wirelessly by storing electrical energy onboard as hydrogen and reconverting it, via fuel cells, as needed to power electric traction motors. In Berlin, Germany, around noon on September 20, 2016, hydrail had its moment in history, reminiscent of May 10, 1869, at Promontory Point, ……

Nano-spike catalysts convert carbon dioxide directly into ethanol

Oct 12, 2016: In a new twist to waste-to-fuel technology, scientists have developed an electrochemical process that uses tiny spikes of carbon and copper to turn carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, into ethanol.

New 3D design for mobile microbatteries

Oct 11, 2016: In the race towards miniaturization, a research team has succeeded in improving the energy density of a rechargeable battery without increasing its size (limited to a few square millimeters in mobile sensors). This feat was achieved by developing a 3D structure made of microtubes, the first step towards producing a complete microbattery. The first experiments have demonstrated the excellent conductivity of the battery's solid electrolyte, report scientists.

Hydrogen-powered passenger ferry in San Francisco Bay is possible, says study

Oct 11, 2016: Researchers set out to answer one not-so-simple question: Is it feasible to build and operate a high-speed passenger ferry solely powered by hydrogen fuel cells? The answer is yes.

Whoa! It’s National Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Day, October 8th

Oct 7, 2016: Whoa! It’s National Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Day, October 8th     To check out how to celebrate, please go on over to: http://hydrogenandfuelcellday.org/…

Catalyst structure identified in an operating proton exchange membrane fuel cell

Oct 7, 2016: The structure of the palladium catalyst for hydrogen oxidation in proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells has been revealed by scientists. Contrary to current views the results, obtained by applying X-ray spectroscopy under operating conditions, indicate the existence of a hydride phase throughout the operating range.

Harnessing algae for the creation of clean energy

Oct 6, 2016: Researchers have revealed how microalgae produce hydrogen, a clean fuel of the future, and suggest a possible mechanism to jumpstart mass production of this environmentally-friendly energy source.

Organic semiconducting polymers can harvest sunlight to split CO2 into alcohol fuels

Oct 6, 2016: Chemists have been the first to demonstrate that an organic semiconductor polymer called polyaniline is a promising photocathode material for the conversion of carbon dioxide into alcohol fuels without the need for a co-catalyst.

Better view of synthetic fuel production

Sep 23, 2016: Synthetic fuel is cleaner than natural oil, but its production process needs to be more efficient. Now for the first time, physicists have directly observed the molecules produced in the chemical process. This paves the way for designing more efficient catalysts.

Marriage made in sunlight: Invention merges solar with liquid battery

Sep 22, 2016: As solar cells produce a greater proportion of total electric power, a fundamental limitation remains: the dark of night when solar cells go to sleep. Lithium-ion batteries are too expensive a solution to use on something as massive as the electric grid. A professor of chemistry has a better idea: integrating the solar cell with a large-capacity battery.

Popeye was right: There’s energy in that spinach

Sep 22, 2016: Using a simple membrane extract from spinach leaves, researchers have developed a cell that produces electricity and hydrogen from water using sunlight. Based on photosynthesis, and technology paves the way for clean fuels from renewable sources.

Inexpensive semiconducting organic polymers can harvest sunlight to split carbon dioxide into alcohol fuels

Sep 20, 2016: Chemists have been the first to demonstrate that an organic semiconductor polymer called polyaniline is a promising photocathode material for the conversion of carbon dioxide into alcohol fuels without the need for a co-catalyst.

More efficient way to split water, produce hydrogen

Sep 19, 2016: Hydrogen is often considered a fuel for the future, in the form of fuel cells to power electric motors or burned in internal combustion engines. But finding a practical, inexpensive and nontoxic way to produce large amounts of hydrogen gas -- especially by splitting water into its component parts, hydrogen and oxygen -- has been a challenge.

New anode material set to boost lithium-ion battery capacity

Sep 19, 2016: A team of researchersclaims to have made yet another step towards finding a solution to accelerate the commercialization of silicon anode for Lithium-ion batteries.

Advancing lithium-air batteries with development of novel catalyst

Sep 15, 2016: A fundamental step forward has been taken in advancing Li-air through the development of mixed metal catalyst that could lead to more efficient electrode reactions in the battery.

Will the Increasing BEV Range Kill the Hydrogen Car?

Sep 13, 2016: There have been a couple of big announcements lately regarding the increased range of BEV (battery electric vehicles). The new Tesla Model S is supposed to have a range of 315 miles and the new Chevy Bolt EV is said to have a range of 238 miles. So, the question of the day is will ……

Proton diffusion discovery a boost for fuel cell technologies

Sep 13, 2016: Scientists have made an important breakthrough which could lead to the design of better fuel cells. They demonstrate how they synthesized nanometer-sized cage molecules that can be used to transport charge in proton exchange membrane (PEM) applications.

Carbon-coated iron catalyst structure could lead to more-active fuel cells

Sep 12, 2016: Fuel cells have long held promise as power sources, but low efficiency has created obstacles to realizing that promise. Researchers have identified the active form of an iron-containing catalyst for the trickiest part of the process: reducing oxygen gas. The finding could help researchers refine better catalysts, making fuel cells a more energy- and cost-efficient option for powering vehicles and other applications.