Seawater could be a future alternative fuel option

Navy technology has made jet fuel water from ocean water. Recently, a demonstration took place involving a scale combustion engine WWII airplane model that successfully flew using alternative fuel that originated from water from the sea. The plane was powered by liquid hydrocarbon fuel that was developed from the world’s most plentiful carbon resource. The United States Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) developed the process that resulted in the fuel, a process that took many years of research. The final product that was developed is a combination of liquid hydrocarbons, which…

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Microsoft shows interest in fuel cells

Fuel cells could power Microsoft data centers Microsoft has been an advocate for renewable energy for some time. The company has investing in clean power projects around the world, but it is beginning to take a more domestic approach in its advocacy. The technology company is expected to make use of fuel cells to power its data centers in the near future. Currently, Microsoft’s data centers are powered by electricity that is produced off-site and the company is looking for a more efficient solution for the future. Company sets sights…

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Redox takes a new approach to fuel cells

New fuel cells coming from Redox Power Systems Redox Power Systems, a technology startup based in Maryland, claims that it has developed a new kind of fuel cell that could be a major breakthrough for the renewable energy sector. The company suggests that its fuel cell is smaller than most conventional models, but it could provide a significant amount of energy for a variety of purposes. Moreover, the fuel cell from Redox will not be wholly reliant on hydrogen fuel. Instead, this fuel cell can run on a variety of…

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CFCL to offer fuel cells for free in the UK

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Ceramic Fuel Cells Limited launches ambitious new campaign Ceramic Fuel Cells Limited (CFCL), a developer of solid oxide fuel cells, has announced an ambitious new campaign to help promote the adoption of fuel cell energy systems. Hydrogen fuel cells are typically the most popular type of fuel cell that consumers are aware of, but fuel cells come in a variety of forms that cater to different purposes. Solid oxide fuel cells, for instance, are usually larger fuel cell systems that are widely used throughout the industrial sector. These same fuel…

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A researcher wins grants for work with ethanol fuel cells

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Ethanol fuel cells from Xiaowei Teng Xiaowei Teng, an assistant professor of chemical engineering at the University of New Hampshire, has been awarded two grants from the National Science Foundation accounting for approximately $1 million. Teng won the grants for his work in the field of ethanol fuel and its use in fuel cells. The grants will help Teng further his research in this realm and develop ways to make ethanol oxidation in fuel cells more efficient. Teng’s work may be key to making ethanol fuel cells more common place…

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Microbial fuel cells produce energy from DDGS waste material

University of Surrey research in microbial fuel cells

New microbial fuel cells could lead to efficient energy production Information provided by the Society of General Microbiology shows that a byproduct of biofuel production could be used by microbial fuel cells to produce energy. Microbial fuel cells generate electricity by consuming organic waste material. These fuel cells contain bacteria that thrive on this organic waste, producing hydrogen, methane, and other gases when consumed. Scientists believe that the biofuel byproduct could lead to a new generation of microbial fuel cells that are more capable than current models. Researchers use DDGS…

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Magnesium-air fuel cell developed by MagPower Systems

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New fuel cell may be able to compete with hydrogen variants Fuel cells come in a variety of forms, but few are able to compete with those that make use of hydrogen. Hydrogen fuel cells are capable of producing large quantities of electricity, but are limited in terms of portability and efficiency. MagPower Systems, a leader in metal-air power and hydrogen inhibitor research, has developed a magnesium-air fuel cell that may be able to compete with hydrogen while solving the problems inherent in the most popular variant of the technology. Magnesium-air…

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Microbial fuel cells could lead to surplus energy production

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*Image from Wikipedia   Microbial fuel cells beginning to gain ground as technology advances Microbial fuel cells are quickly garnering more attention for their abilities to produce energy and consume organic waste. Research and development of microbial fuel cells has increased in recent years as the technology has become more advanced. Researchers from Oregon State University have developed a microbial fuel cell that may be capable of producing up to 100 times more electricity than similar forms of technology. If this is true, the fuel cell would be capable of…

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Water-powered vehicle demonstrated in Pakistan

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Engineer shows off his latest creation in Islamabad The world of transportation is experiencing a paradigm shift. While focus remains heavily on fossil-fuel, alternatives are beginning to garner more attention. This is largely due to rising oil prices, the potential scarcity of oil, and the growing political tensions surrounding this particular fuel. Hydrogen has emerged as one of the most promising forms of fuel for the future auto industry, but other sources of power are also growing in prominence. Pakistani engineer Waqar Ahmad has successfully shown that oil and hydrogen…

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Microbial fuel cells may see improvement through new research

Microbial fuel cells

Waste to energy becoming a popular concept Turning waste into electricity is a concept that is gaining a great deal of attention. As the world’s population grows, the problems presented by waste are growing. An expanding population also means more stress put on the planet’s existing energy resources, fossil-fuels and otherwise. Converting organic waste into electricity is beginning to be considered a viable way to solve the energy and waste problems associated with a growing population. Microbial fuel cells may hold the key to this endeavor. Microbial fuel cells able…

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Microbial fuel cells could bring access to clean water and energy to millions

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Waste may be the answer to many country’s energy and water problems As the world’s population continues to expand without showing signs of slowing down, clean water and energy availability are becoming paramount issues. In developing countries, access to clean water and energy can be, at times, impossible. Many of these countries are unable to meet the needs of their citizens due to the high costs associated with comprehensive energy infrastructure and water procurement. Though clean water and energy may be rare in some parts of the world, there is…

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Microbial fuel cells could open the way to affordable energy systems

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Researchers find a way to produce more affordable fuel cells Fuel cells have become popular energy systems. As the energy systems become more popular, their faults are attracting more attention. Currently, cost is one of the most unattractive aspects of fuel cells. Engineers from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) have been working to address the issue of cost. Experimenting with a new type of catalyst that is used with microbial fuel cells, researchers believe that they have successfully found a way to manufacture more cost effective fuel cell energy systems.…

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Fuel cell developer nominated for European Inventor Award

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Criticism powers innovation in fuel cell industry Hydrogen fuel cells are become quite popular. With this popularity comes heightened scrutiny, however, and many have begun to criticize the efficiency and affordability of conventional fuel cells. Though the energy systems have managed to gain favor with the auto industry, fuel cells have yet to win over the hearts of consumers. Though fuel cells have been targeted by criticism, they have not lost viability as an effective energy system. In fact, it has spurred the development of new, more efficient and affordable…

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University of California researchers power fuel cell using ethanol

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Development of new fuel cells gains momentum Efforts to develop new types of fuel cells have been gaining more attention lately as fuel cells themselves become more popular. Though fuel cells have been considered a viable replacement for fossil-fuels, the fact remains that the energy systems are still marred with problems that make them unattractive to both consumers and businesses. These problems have been the focus of research and development endeavors all over the world, as is the case at the Center for Energy Research at the University of California in…

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Small-scale solid oxide fuel cell could be a popular option for homeowners in the U.S.

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Residential fuel cells generating buzz in residential sector As alternative energy continues to grow in popularity, hydrogen fuel cells are beginning to generate buzz for their uses in the residential sector. Fuel cells capable of powering homes are already available, but their expensive nature has made them uncommon with homeowners. Despite their apparent scarcity, fuel cells are capable of meeting the energy demands of households of varying sizes at relatively low cost after their initial installation. Solid oxide fuel cells, in particular, have been identified as viable energy systems for…

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Massachusetts proposes turning food waste into electricity

Organic Waste

Organic waste could be a promising source of energy Alternative energy is poised to take an interesting turn in Massachusetts. State legislators have proposed regulations that would prevent large companies, restaurants, hospitals, and hotels to discard food waste. This legislation would make Massachusetts the first state in the U.S. to adopt a ban on commercial food waste. If the legislation is successful, this food waste will not sit idle at a landfill. Instead, it will be used to generate electricity for the state. Massachusetts may utilize microbial fuel cells to…

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