Alternative Energy

Hydrogen Fuel News

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

Oct 28, 2020

Hydrogen Fuel Cells

Extending battery life in smartphones, electric cars

Oct 26, 2020: A researcher is working to make portable devices and electric vehicles stay charged longer by extending the life of the rechargeable lithium-ion batteries powering them. He is doing this by making the batteries more efficient, with some of his latest work focusing on keeping the anode from falling apart over time.

Solar hydrogen: Let's consider the stability of photoelectrodes

Oct 26, 2020: Scientists have examined the corrosion processes of high-quality BiVO4 photoelectrodes using different state-of-the-art characterisation methods. The result is the first operando stability study of high-purity BiVO4 photoanodes during the photoelectrochemical oxygen evolution reaction (OER). This work shows how the stability of photoelectrodes and catalysts can be compared and enhanced in the future.

Quantum engines with entanglement as fuel?

Oct 19, 2020: It's still more science fiction than science fact, but perfect energy efficiency may be one step closer due to new research by physicists.

Daimler Shows Off Long-Haul Fuel Cell Truck

Oct 11, 2020: The German auto giant’s truck unit, Daimler, which relied on advanced technology for decades, is now all set to rollout a fuel cell that is capable of covering a distance of 600 miles per fueling. The primary reason for this transition can be attributed to the increasing competition that is concerned with reducing carbon and … The post Daimler Shows Off Long-Haul Fuel Cell Truck first appeared on Hydrogen Cars Now.

New findings pave the way to environmentally friendly supercapacitors

Oct 7, 2020: Similar to batteries, supercapacitors are suitable for the repeated storage of electrical energy. Researchers have now presented a particularly safe and sustainable variant of such a supercapacitor.

Spinach: Good for Popeye and the planet

Oct 5, 2020: Spinach, when converted from its leafy, edible form into carbon nanosheets, acts as a catalyst for an oxygen reduction reaction in fuel cells and metal-air batteries.

Generating renewable hydrogen fuel from the sea

Sep 29, 2020: The power of the sun, wind and sea may soon combine to produce clean-burning hydrogen fuel, according to researchers. The team integrated water purification technology into a new proof-of-concept design for a sea water electrolyzer, which uses an electric current to split apart the hydrogen and oxygen in water molecules.

Niligence – What’s Missing from the Nikola-GM Brouhaha

Sep 23, 2020:   by guest blogger Stan Thompson New Testament, Book of Matthew, Chapter 7, verse 3:  And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? This familiar passage is quoted not because scripture proves anything about GM, Nikola or pundit journalism but … The post Niligence - What's Missing from the Nikola-GM Brouhaha first appeared on Hydrogen Cars Now.

New materials: A toggle switch for catalysis

Sep 23, 2020: A special material made of lanthanum, strontium, iron and oxygen can be switched back and forth between two different states: In one state the material is catalytically extremely active, in the other less so. The reason for this is the behavior of tiny iron nanoparticles on the surface. This finding should now make it possible to develop even better catalysts.

Predicting the slow death of lithium-ion batteries

Sep 14, 2020: A new model offers a way to predict the condition of a battery's internal systems in real-time with far more accuracy than existing tools. In electric cars, the technology could improve driving range estimates and prolong battery life.

High-precision electrochemistry: The new gold standard in fuel cell catalyst development

Sep 10, 2020: Scientists have made a pivotal discovery that could extend the lifetime of fuel cells that power electric vehicles by eliminating the dissolution of platinum catalysts.

Scientists probe the chemistry of a single battery electrode particle both inside and out

Sep 9, 2020: Cracks and chemical reactions on a battery particle's surface can degrade performance, and the particle's ability to absorb and release lithium ions also changes over time. Scientists stuck a single particle the size of a red blood cell to the tip of a microscopic needle and probed it with X-rays to see how interior and surface changes influence each other.

Lightweight green supercapacitors could charge devices in a jiffy

Sep 8, 2020: Researchers have described their novel plant-based energy storage device that could charge even electric cars within a few minutes in the near future. Furthermore, they said their devices are flexible, lightweight and cost-effective.

Bullet Points for Hydrogen’s Synthesis Epoch

Sep 7, 2020: by guest blogger Stan Thompson In case you came in late, the synthesis epoch is when we started making stuff like fertilizer from renewable energy which, in the previous extraction epoch, we sourced by digging or pumping matter out of the ground. • Natural gas hydrogen is to electrolyzed H2 as jumper cables are to … The post Bullet Points for Hydrogen's Synthesis Epoch first appeared on Hydrogen Cars Now.

Cummins Receives $7m Grant for Hydrogen Fuel Cell Development

Sep 4, 2020: A $7 million grant has been provided to Cummins by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. The award will provide the manufacturer with the ability to keep on working on hydrogen fuel cell technology for the large vehicle sector. Cummins has said that the award is for their continued … The post Cummins Receives m Grant for Hydrogen Fuel Cell Development first appeared on Hydrogen Cars Now.

Splitting water molecules for a renewable energy future

Sep 4, 2020: Chemists are working on energy storage and conversion research. This work is part of a new study that solves a key, fundamental barrier in the electrochemical water splitting process where the Lin Lab demonstrates a new technique to reassemble, revivify, and reuse a catalyst that allows for energy-efficient water splitting.

New anode material could lead to safer fast-charging batteries

Sep 2, 2020: Scientists have discovered a new anode material that enables lithium-ion batteries to be safely recharged within minutes for thousands of cycles. Known as a disordered rocksalt, the new anode is made up of earth-abundant lithium, vanadium and oxygen atoms arranged in a similar way as ordinary kitchen table salt, but randomly. It is promising for commercial applications where both high energy density and high power are desired, such as electric cars, vacuum cleaners or drills.

Sandwich catalysts offer higher activity and durability

Aug 26, 2020: A professor has developed a double-layered nanoporous platinum catalyst that activates hydrogen generation.

Thin layer protects battery, allows cold charging

Aug 26, 2020: In the search for a reliable, quick-charging, cold-weather battery for automobiles, a self-assembling, thin layer of electrochemically active molecules may be the solution, according to a team or researchers.

New insights into lithium-ion battery failure mechanism

Aug 25, 2020: Researchers have identified a potential new degradation mechanism for electric vehicle batteries - a key step to designing effective methods to improve battery lifespan.

Battery life for wearable electronic devices could be improved

Aug 25, 2020: Researchers have found that asymmetric stresses within electrodes used in certain wearable electronic devices provides an important clue as to how to improve the durability and lifespan of these batteries.

Hydrochloric acid boosts catalyst activity

Aug 25, 2020: A research team has developed a synthesis process which drastically increases the activity of catalysts for the desulfurization of crude oil. The new process could perhaps also be used for catalysts in fuel cells.

Scientists get atomistic picture of platinum catalyst degradation

Aug 24, 2020: Degradation of platinum, used as a key electrode material in the hydrogen economy, severely shortens the lifetime of electrochemical energy conversion devices, such as fuel cells. For the first time, scientists elucidated the movements of the platinum atoms that lead to catalyst surface degradation.

Wireless device makes clean fuel from sunlight, CO2 and water

Aug 24, 2020: Researchers have developed a standalone device that converts sunlight, carbon dioxide and water into a carbon-neutral fuel, without requiring any additional components or electricity.

Fuel cells for hydrogen vehicles are becoming longer lasting

Aug 24, 2020: An international research team has succeeded in developing an electrocatalyst for hydrogen fuel cells which, in contrast to the catalysts commonly used today, does not require a carbon carrier and is therefore much more stable. The new process is industrially applicable and can be used to further optimize fuel cell powered vehicles without CO2 emissions.

No more playing with fire: Study offers insight into 'safer' rechargeable batteries

Aug 20, 2020: Lithium-ion batteries are used in various electronic devices. But, they also come with potential hazards, particularly if the battery is damaged or overcharged. This usually occurs because, in its overcharged state, spiky structures called 'lithium dendrites' get deposited in the battery. Now, scientists use a technique called 'operando nuclear magnetic resonance' to track the precise mechanism of dendrite formation. They also extend their experiments to sodium-ion batteries, making their practical application easier.

The Mooresville Hydrail Initiative and the little chamber that did

Aug 19, 2020: by guest blogger Stan Thompson Archimedes is quoted as saying, “Give me a lever and a place to stand and I will move the earth.” Bell Telephone Laboratories gave mankind the transistor and—just as Thomas Jefferson foresaw— the free American pursuit of happiness (AKA the will to innovation) forged it into the Internet, daddy of all … The post The Mooresville Hydrail Initiative and the little chamber that did first appeared on Hydrogen Cars Now.

Converting solar energy to hydrogen fuel, with help from photosynthesis

Aug 17, 2020: Global economic growth comes with increasing demand for energy, but stepping up energy production can be challenging. Recently, scientists have achieved record efficiency for solar-to-fuel conversion, and now they want to incorporate the machinery of photosynthesis to push it further.

Researchers make green chemistry advance with new catalyst for reduction of carbon dioxide

Aug 13, 2020: Researchers have made a key advance in the green chemistry pursuit of converting the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide into reusable forms of carbon via electrochemical reduction.

Spider silk inspires new class of functional synthetic polymers

Aug 12, 2020: Synthetic polymers have changed the world around us. However, It is hard to finely tune some of their properties, such as the ability to transport ions. To overcome this problem, researchers decided to take inspiration from nature and created a new class of polymers based on protein-like materials that work as proton conductors and might be useful in future bio-electronic devices.

Anode material for safe batteries with a long cycle life

Aug 6, 2020: Researchers investigated a highly promising anode material for future high-performance batteries - lithium lanthanum titanate with a perovskite crystal structure (LLTO). Researchers can improve the energy density, power density, charging rate, safety, and cycle life of batteries without requiring a decrease of the particle size from micro to nano scale.

Turning carbon dioxide into liquid fuel

Aug 5, 2020: Chemists report a new electrocatalyst that converts carbon dioxide and water into ethanol with very high energy efficiency, high selectivity for the desired final product and low cost.

Durability Issue Addressed for Hydrogen Car Fuel Cells

Aug 2, 2020: As one of the most promising green technologies that we have, the use of hydrogen fuel cells in cars is a huge deal. This could be the industry change that allows us to move into an era whereby we can move away from having to use expensive, non-sustainable sources for fuel. However, one problem that … The post Durability Issue Addressed for Hydrogen Car Fuel Cells first appeared on Hydrogen Cars Now.

Hydrogen: lighting the path to liberty

Jul 27, 2020: by guest blogger Stan Thompson Very different processes distribute the earth’s mineral wealth and the political configurations of its surface. Though different, they coincide in ways that profoundly impact our destinies. In the late industrial period, the relative value of energy has been so high, and energy extraction as oil and gas has been so … The post Hydrogen: lighting the path to liberty first appeared on Hydrogen Cars Now.

Tandem catalytic system efficiently converts carbon dioxide to methanol

Jul 24, 2020: Chemists have used a tandem catalytic system to efficiently convert carbon dioxide to methanol. By encapsulating multiple catalysts involved in the tandem process in nanoporous materials called metal-organic frameworks, the team reports achieving superior performance by eliminating catalyst incompatibility. The method could be applied to other tandem catalytic processes, allowing more efficient access to alternative fuels, commodity chemicals, and valuable pharmaceutical products.

Scientists develop new material for longer-lasting fuel cells

Jul 22, 2020: New research suggests that graphene -- made in a specific way -- could be used to make more durable hydrogen fuel cells for cars.

Battery breakthrough gives boost to electric flight and long-range electric cars

Jul 20, 2020: Researchers have developed a new battery material that could enable long-range electric vehicles that can drive for hundreds of miles on a single charge, and electric planes called eVTOLs for fast, environmentally friendly commutes.

Researchers create a roadmap to better multivalent batteries

Jul 17, 2020: Lithium-ion batteries power everything from mobile phones to laptop computers and electric vehicles, but demand is growing for less expensive and more readily available alternatives. The top candidates all hold promise, but researchers report that steep challenges remain.

The secret to renewable solar fuels is an off-and-on again relationship

Jul 17, 2020: Copper that was once bound with oxygen is better at converting CO2 into renewable fuels than copper that was never bound to oxygen, according to scientists.

“Why Nations Fail” — A great read with an H2 epilog

Jul 17, 2020: by guest blogger Stan Thompson Davidson College is near our NC home and its proximity offers neighbors access to an astonishing parade of great minds. In 1962 I met cosmologist George Gamow there and got to ask him a few questions. Albert Einstein had died only seven years earlier; some would say Gamow was his … The post "Why Nations Fail" — A great read with an H2 epilog first appeared on Hydrogen Cars Now.

Low-cost catalyst helps turn seawater into fuel at scale

Jul 15, 2020: The Navy's quest to power its ships by converting seawater into fuel is one step nearer fruition. Chemical engineers have demonstrated that a potassium-promoted molybdenum carbide catalyst efficiently and reliably converts carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide, a critical step in the process.

New lithium battery charges faster, reduces risk of device explosions

Jul 14, 2020: Cell phone batteries often heat up and, at times, can burst into flames. In most cases, the culprit behind such incidents can be traced back to lithium batteries. Despite providing long-lasting electric currents that can keep devices powered up, lithium batteries can internally short circuit, heating up the device.

H2X Snowy Fuel Cell Vehicle Preview

Jul 12, 2020: H2X Australia is a company that has been working on some interesting new projects, with the aim being to build industrial vehicles and passenger cars using a fuel cell/ultracapacitor hybrid system. They expect to release an SUV model, dubbed “Snowy” in 2022-23. The company has a team of around 70 so far but has set … The post H2X Snowy Fuel Cell Vehicle Preview first appeared on Hydrogen Cars Now.

Using electricity to break down pollutants left over after wastewater treatment

Jul 9, 2020: Pesticides, pharmaceutical products, and endocrine disruptors are some of the emerging contaminants often found in treated domestic wastewater, even after secondary treatment. Researchers have now tested the effectiveness of a tertiary treatment process using electricity.

Engineers use electricity to clean up toxic water

Jul 7, 2020: Powerful electrochemical process destroys water contaminants, such as pesticides. Wastewater is a significant environment issue. Researchers say the technology could be readily applied to the wine industry, paper processing and pharmaceutical manufacturing.

New room-temperature liquid-metal battery could be the path to powering the future

Jul 6, 2020: Researchers have created a new liquid battery with components that can remain molten at room temperature. Other liquid batteries must be kept at 240 degrees Celsius for their components to stay molten.

New candidate for raw material synthesis through gene transfer

Jul 2, 2020: Cyanobacteria hardly need any nutrients and use the energy of sunlight. Bathers are familiar with these microorganisms as they often occur in waters. A group of researchers has discovered that the multicellular species Phormidium lacuna can be genetically modified by natural transformation and could thus produce substances such as ethanol or hydrogen.

AI could help improve performance of lithium-ion batteries and fuel cells

Jun 25, 2020: Researchers have demonstrated how machine learning could help design lithium-ion batteries and fuel cells with better performance.

Research determines financial benefit from driving electric vehicles

Jun 23, 2020: Motorists can save as much as $14,500 on fuel costs over 15 years by driving an electric vehicle instead of a similar one fueled by gasoline, according to a new analysis.

New battery electrolyte may boost the performance of electric vehicles

Jun 22, 2020: Researchers have designed a new electrolyte for lithium metal batteries that could increase the driving range of electric cars.