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Apr 14, 2021

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Future Cars to Be Powered by Hydrogen Paste

Apr 7, 2021: Hydrogen paste may be an alternative hydrogen fuel for fuel cell vehicles to filling up with compressed hydrogen gas. Created by The Fraunhofer Institute, this particular substance has become noted as a ‘revolutionary’ development in the auto industry. How would hydrogen paste work in practice? The process would mean that instead of having to fill … The post Future Cars to Be Powered by Hydrogen Paste first appeared on Hydrogen Cars Now.

A new material enables the usage of 'calcium' for batteries

Apr 6, 2021: Scientists have developed a new fluorine-free calcium (Ca) electrolyte based on a hydrogen (monocarborane) cluster that could potentially realize rechargeable Ca batteries.

New batteries give jolt to renewables, energy storage

Apr 5, 2021: Researchers have been exploring the use of low-cost materials to create rechargeable batteries that will make energy storage more affordable. Now, they have shown that a new technique incorporating aluminum results in rechargeable batteries that offer up to 10,000 error-free cycles.

MEXUSACA: freight hydrail rising?

Mar 26, 2021: Canadian Pacific’s southern merger puts zero-carb freight in easy reach by guest blogger Stan Thompson Canadian Pacific Railway has throttled-up the transition to zero-carbon freight movement by two big notches recently. Last December, 2020, CPR announced “that it plans to develop North America’s first line-haul hydrogen-powered locomotive.”   Then in March, 2021, they announced a combination with … The post MEXUSACA: freight hydrail rising? first appeared on Hydrogen Cars Now.

Controlling bubble formation on electrodes

Mar 26, 2021: A new study finds the wettability of porous electrode surfaces is key to making efficient water-splitting or carbon-capturing systems.

Design could enable longer lasting, more powerful lithium batteries

Mar 25, 2021: MIT researchers have identified a novel electrolyte that could be useful for next-generation lithium-ion batteries, increasing their power per weight without sacrificing the cycle life.

How a lithium-metal electrode ages

Mar 22, 2021: Even when a device is turned off, its battery gradually loses its charge and eventually some of its capacity for storing energy. Scientists have now documented this aging process in next-gen lithium-metal electrodes.

Electrode interphase formation

Mar 22, 2021: Batteries charge and recharge -- apparently all thanks to a perfect interplay of electrode material and electrolyte. However, for ideal battery function, the solid electrolyte interphase (SEI) plays a crucial role. Materials scientists have now studied nucleation and growth of this layer in atomic detail. The properties of anions and solvent molecules need to be well balanced.

New porous material promising for making renewable energy from water

Mar 22, 2021: One prospective source of renewable energy is hydrogen gas produced from water with the aid of sunlight. Researchers have developed a material, nanoporous cubic silicon carbide, that exhibits promising properties to capture solar energy and split water for hydrogen gas production.

Double-duty catalyst generates hydrogen fuel while cleaning up wastewater

Mar 17, 2021: Hydrogen is a pollution-free energy source when it's extracted from water using sunlight instead of fossil fuels. But current strategies for 'splitting' or breaking apart water molecules with catalysts and light require the introduction of chemical additives to expedite the process. Now, researchers have developed a catalyst that destroys medications and other compounds already present in wastewater to generate hydrogen fuel, getting rid of a contaminant while producing something useful.

Novel system sequesters CO2 and generates electricity

Mar 17, 2021: A recent study has unveiled a novel system, capable of producing hydrogen and electricity quickly and effectively while cutting carbon dioxide emissions significantly.

How to prevent short-circuiting in next-gen lithium batteries

Mar 16, 2021: A new approach could help solve the longstanding problem of dendrite formation, which has hampered the development of new solid-state lithium-ion batteries.

Commercial truck electrification is within reach

Mar 16, 2021: Researchers make the case for prioritizing public policy to help move long-haul trucking from diesel to electric. Doing so will mean huge gains in addressing the climate crisis and avoiding premature deaths due to local vehicular pollution, which disproportionately affects communities of color.

New research could boost a solar-powered fuel made by splitting water

Mar 11, 2021: New research demonstrates that modifying the topmost layer of atoms on the surface of electrodes can significantly boost their performance, a step toward fabricating materials for photoelectrodes that can use solar energy to split water.

The secret of catalysts that increase fuel cell efficiency

Mar 10, 2021: A research team reveals the phase transition and metal ex-solution phenomena to increase the catalytic activity.

In a leap for battery research, machine learning gets scientific smarts

Mar 8, 2021: Researchers combined machine learning with knowledge gained from experiments and equations guided by physics to discover and explain a process that shortens the lifetimes of fast-charging lithium-ion batteries.

Novel hydrogen fuel purification membrane paves the way for greener future

Mar 8, 2021: Hydrogen is a clean source of fuel, but its purification has been challenging until now. Now, a group of scientists has found a solution -- by characterizing a hybrid separation membrane for purifying hydrogen from other gases. In light of the current global warming crisis, the scientists are optimistic that their novel membrane will make the use of hydrogen fuel efficient and cost-effective.

Hyzon in $2.6 Billion Deal for Hydrogen Fuel Cell Trucks

Mar 6, 2021: One of the biggest names in hydrogen fuel cell truck production, Hyzon, have just entered into a SPAC deal that could be valued as high as $2.6bn. The partnership will see Hyzon Motors move into an agreement with Decarbonization Plus Acquisition Corp. in the next step forward in the use of hydrogen fuel cell trucks … The post Hyzon in $2.6 Billion Deal for Hydrogen Fuel Cell Trucks first appeared on Hydrogen Cars Now.

Speeding up commercialization of electric vehicles

Mar 5, 2021: Researchers have developed a high-capacity cathode material that can be stably charged and discharged for hundreds of cycles without using the expensive cobalt (Co) metal. The day is fast approaching when electric vehicles can drive long distances with Li- ion batteries.

A fluid solution to dendrite growth in lithium metal batteries

Mar 2, 2021: Lithium metal batteries have higher charge density than conventional lithium ion batteries but are prone to problems of tree-like metal dendrites, which can cause short circuits or explosions. A new article shows that flowing ions near the cathode can prevent this problem.

Dethroning electrocatalysts for hydrogen production with inexpensive alternative material

Mar 2, 2021: Scientists have discovered a new electrocatalyst for the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) in electrochemical water splitting: CaFe2O4. This inexpensive, non-toxic, and easy-to-synthesize material outperforms other bimetallic OER electrocatalysts and even surpasses the benchmark set by iridium oxide, paving the way to accessible hydrogen generation for upcoming hydrogen societies.

Weakness is strength for this low-temperature battery

Feb 25, 2021: Nanoengineers have discovered new fundamental insights for developing lithium metal batteries that perform well at ultra-low temperatures; mainly, that the weaker the electrolyte holds on to lithium ions, the better. By using such a weakly binding electrolyte, the researchers developed a lithium metal battery that can be repeatedly recharged at temperatures as low as -60 degrees Celsius.

New catalyst could enable better lithium-sulfur batteries, power next-gen electronics

Feb 22, 2021: Lithium-sulfur batteries, given their light weight and theoretical high capacities, are a promising alternative to conventional lithium-ion batteries for large-scale energy storage systems, drones, electric vehicles, etc. But at present, they suffer from poor battery life, limiting their applicability. Now, scientists have discovered a new catalyst material's ability to significantly improve lithium-sulfur battery life, opening doors to their near-future practical commercial realization.

New method converts methane in natural gas to methanol at room temperature

Feb 19, 2021: Researchers have discovered a way to convert the methane in natural gas into liquid methanol at room temperature.

Tuning electrode surfaces to optimize solar fuel production

Feb 18, 2021: Scientists discovered that changing the topmost layer of atoms on electrode surfaces can impact the activity of splitting water into oxygen and hydrogen -- a clean fuel.

Skies of blue: Recycling carbon emissions to useful chemicals and reducing global warming

Feb 17, 2021: Researchers optimize a novel process for the efficient conversion of carbon emissions into useful chemicals like acetate using microbes…

Battery: Getting the lead in

Feb 16, 2021: Researchers developed a low-cost, high-performance, sustainable lead-based anode for lithium-ion batteries that can power hybrid and all-electric vehicles. They also uncovered its previously unknown reaction mechanism during charge and discharge.

Switching to firm contracts may prevent natural gas fuel shortages at US power plants

Feb 16, 2021: New research now indicates that these fuel shortages are not due to failures of pipelines and that in certain areas of the country a change in how gas is purchased can significantly reduce generator outages.

'Defective' carbon simplifies hydrogen peroxide production

Feb 9, 2021: Scientists introduce a new catalyst to reduce oxygen to widely used hydrogen peroxide. The process sidesteps complex and expensive processes that generate toxic organic byproducts and large amounts of wastewater.

From trash to treasure: Silicon waste finds new use in Li-ion batteries

Feb 9, 2021: Researchers used Si swarf and ultrathin graphite sheets to fabricate Li-ion battery electrodes with high areal capacity and current density at a reduced cost. Increasing generation of Si swarf as industrial waste and potential use of the high-performance batteries in electronic vehicles will allow their work to contribute to reduced greenhouse gas emissions and the achievement of SDGs.

Silicon anode structure generates new potential for lithium-ion batteries

Feb 8, 2021: New research has identified a nanostructure that improves the anode in lithium-ion batteries. Instead of using graphite for the anode, the researchers turned to silicon: a material that stores more charge but is susceptible to fracturing. The team deposited silicon atoms on top of metallic nanoparticles to form an arched nanostructure, increasing the strength and structural integrity of the anode. Electrochemical tests showed the batteries had a higher charge capacity and longer lifespan.

2021 Toyota Mirai – Brief Overview

Feb 5, 2021: The 2021 Toyota Mirai might be one of the most exciting developments for commercial fuel cell vehicles. This hydrogen fuel-cell sedan brings with it all of the life, charisma, and energy that one could have hoped for. If you are looking for proof of performance, then, you might be happy to see the 2021 Toyota … The post 2021 Toyota Mirai – Brief Overview first appeared on Hydrogen Cars Now.

Salt battery design overcomes bump in the road to help electric cars go the extra mile

Feb 1, 2021: Using salt as a key ingredient, researchers have designed a new type of rechargeable battery that could accelerate the shift to greener, electric transport on our roads.

Chemists settle battery debate, propel research forward

Jan 28, 2021: Chemists have identified new details of the reaction mechanism that takes place in batteries with lithium metal anodes. The findings are a major step towards developing smaller, lighter, and less expensive batteries for electric vehicles.

Ions in molten salts can go 'against the flow'

Jan 27, 2021: A research group shows, using computer simulations, that ions do not always behave as expected. In their research on molten salts, they were able to see that, in some cases, the ions in the salt mixture they were studying affect one another so much that they may even move in the 'wrong' direction - that is, towards an electrode with the same charge.

Solar hydrogen: Photoanodes made of alpha-SnWO4 promise high efficiencies

Jan 26, 2021: Photoanodes made of metal oxides are considered to be a viable solution for the production of hydrogen with sunlight. Alpha-SnWO4 has optimal electronic properties for photoelectrochemical water splitting with sunlight, but corrodes easily. Protective layers of nickel oxide prevent corrosion, but reduce the photovoltage and limit the efficiency. Now a team has investigated at BESSY II what happens at the interface between the photoanode and the protective layer.

Highly efficient grid-scale electricity storage at fifth of cost

Jan 22, 2021: Researchers have found a way to enhance hybrid flow batteries and their commercial use. The new approach can store electricity in these batteries for very long durations for about a fifth the price of current technologies, with minimal location restraints and zero emissions.

Producing green hydrogen through the exposure of nanomaterials to sunlight

Jan 21, 2021: Researchers are paving the way towards the production of green hydrogen.

New eco-friendly way to make ammonia could be boon for agriculture, hydrogen economy

Jan 21, 2021: Ammonia has sustained humanity since the early 20th century, but its production leaves a huge carbon footprint. Now researchers have found a way to make it 100 per cent renewable.

An anode-free zinc battery that could someday store renewable energy

Jan 20, 2021: Renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar power, could help decrease the world's reliance on fossil fuels. But first, power companies need a safe, cost-effective way to store the energy for later use. Massive lithium-ion batteries can do the job, but they suffer from safety issues and limited lithium availability. Now, researchers have made a prototype of an anode-free, zinc-based battery that uses low-cost, naturally abundant materials.

How short circuits in lithium metal batteries can be prevented

Jan 19, 2021: There are high hopes for the next generation of high energy-density lithium metal batteries, but before they can be used in our vehicles, there are crucial problems to solve. An international research team has now developed concrete guidelines for how the batteries should be charged and operated, maximizing efficiency while minimizing the risk of short circuits.

Inexpensive battery charges rapidly for electric vehicles, reduces range anxiety

Jan 18, 2021: Range anxiety, the fear of running out of power before being able to recharge an electric vehicle, may be a thing of the past, according to a team of engineers who are looking at lithium iron phosphate batteries that have a range of 250 miles with the ability to charge in 10 minutes.

Non-Platinum Catalyst for Cheaper Fuel Cells

Jan 14, 2021: For years, hydrogen fuel has been viewed through two prisms including the ability to give us a potential solution for long-term ethical energy, and the mass challenges that we face in turning hydrogen into an affordable form of fuel in the long-term. Along these lines, there has been a push for a development of non-platinum … The post Non-Platinum Catalyst for Cheaper Fuel Cells first appeared on Hydrogen Cars Now.

Giving the hydrogen economy an acid test

Jan 14, 2021: Scientists show that the effectiveness of hydrogen-producing metal catalysts protected by graphene depends on the ability of protons to penetrate into the inner metallic surface. This work may lead to widely available hydrogen-powered cars.

How will we achieve carbon-neutral flight in future?

Jan 13, 2021: Carbon-neutral aviation is possible, but in future, aircraft are likely to continue to be powered by fossil fuels. The CO2 they emit must be systematically stored underground. This is the most economical of various approaches researchers have compared in detail.

Advanced light reveals how different biofuels behave

Jan 12, 2021: Vehicles have evolved to become more efficient and sophisticated, but their fuel hasn't necessarily evolved along with them. Researchers are determined to identify cleaner burning and renewable alternatives to gasoline, and are getting closer to that goal.

Sustainable transportation: Clearing the air on nitrogen doping

Jan 12, 2021: Researchers have identified the active nitrogen atoms in the carbon catalyst of a technology that will help optimize a proposed renewable energy storage technology.

Making hydrogen energy with the common nickel

Jan 12, 2021: To resolve the energy crisis and environmental issues, research to move away from fossil fuels and convert to eco-friendly and sustainable hydrogen energy is well underway around the world. Recently, a team of researchers has proposed a way to efficiently produce hydrogen fuel via water-electrolysis using inexpensive and readily available nickel as an electrocatalyst, greenlighting the era of hydrogen economy.

Carbon monoxide reduced to valuable liquid fuels

Jan 11, 2021: A sweet new process is making sour more practical. Engineers are turning carbon monoxide directly into acetic acid -- the widely used chemical agent that gives vinegar its tang -- with a continuous catalytic reactor that can use renewable electricity efficiently to turn out a highly purified product.

A safer, less expensive and fast charging aqueous battery

Jan 11, 2021: Researchers have developed a new battery anode that overcomes the limitations of lithium-ion batteries and offers a stable, high-performance battery using seawater as the electrolyte.