New membrane could help make hydrogen production less expensive and more efficient

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Researchers develop new ceramic membrane that can produce hydrogen from methane Researchers from the Institute of Chemical Technology, the Valencia Polytechnic University, and the Superior Council of Scientific Investigation, have developed a new ceramic membrane that allows for hydrogen fuel to be produced from methane. The researchers suggest that this process can be accomplished with nearly no energy loss. The membrane could open up a way for hydrogen fuel to be produced in an affordable and efficient manner, which may help make fuel cells much more popular. Finding efficient ways…

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New catalyst could help make fuel cells affordable

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Researchers develop new catalyst that uses no platinum Researchers from Sandia National Laboratories and the University of California are working to drive down the cost of hydrogen fuel cells. These researchers have developed a new catalyst that could eventually replace the platinum catalysts that fuel cells typically use. The new catalyst is comprised of a compound that takes the form of a “rippled leaf.” Researchers have shown that the new compound has three times as many catalytic contact points as typical catalysts. Research team developed catalyst using natural processes Researchers…

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MIT researchers develop new battery system that can store and release heat

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New battery system can provide thermal energy when it is needed most A research team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has announced the development of a new battery system that can store solar energy and release heat when it is needed. Researchers believe that the new system could be used to provide electricity for communities in developing parts of the world. In cities, the system could also be used to limit the amount of electricity that is consumed by residents, particularly during colder seasons. System can collect energy…

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UCLA researchers develop new device that can produce hydrogen fuel

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New device uses solar energy to produce hydrogen A team of researchers from UCLA have developed a new device that is capable of producing and storing hydrogen fuel. The research team suggests that the device can be replicated at various different sizes, making it useful for small electronics as well as fuel cell vehicles. In the most extreme cases, the device could even be scaled-up to be used as a hydrogen storage system for large cities. The device is also environmentally friendly, as it uses solar energy to produce hydrogen…

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Researchers develop new transparent cells that produce solar energy

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New solar cells can be used on rooftops and could eventually replace windows Researchers from Michigan State University have developed a new transparent solar cell that may showcase how solar energy will be used in the future. The researchers believe that the new solar cells can be used to replace their more conventional counterparts that are installed on rooftops. They could also be used on other transparent surfaces, such as windows. As such, they would effectively transform windows into solar energy generators. Transparent solar cells can be affixed to nearly…

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Offshore wind energy could be used to power the world

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Research suggests that offshore projects could provide electricity to the entire world New research from the Department of Global Ecology at the Carnegie Institution for Science is highlighting the vast potential of offshore wind energy. Offshore projects are technically capable of generating much more electricity than their onshore counterparts. This is due to the strong, unhindered wind currents that can be found at sea. According to the research, offshore wind could be used to generate “civilization scale power,” theoretically removing the need for other forms of electricity. Offshore projects face…

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New material could lead to a new generation of fuel cells

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Research team develops new material that could benefit fuel cells A team of researchers from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a new material that could lead to a new generation of hydrogen fuel cells. The material is a mix of metal nanocrystals that are enveloped in graphene. Researchers believe that the new material could allow for enhanced hydrogen storage properties. This could make fuel cells more efficient and a much more attractive option when compared to other clean energy systems. Material makes use of graphene and magnesium nanocrystals…

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Fuel cell vehicles may benefit from new catalyst from University of Delaware

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Engineers develop new catalyst that could improve fuel cell systems for vehicles Engineers from the University of Delaware have developed new technology that could make fuel cells more affordable and durable. The engineers believe that the new technology could help accelerate the commercialization of fuel cell vehicles. These vehicles have been slowly gaining popularity for several years. Automakers have struggled to attain commercialization, however, due to the relatively high costs associated with fuel cell technology. Catalyst makes use of tungsten carbide instead of platinum The engineering team has developed a…

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Scientists develop a new, highly efficient solar cell

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New solar cell is capable of collecting nearly half of all direct sunlight it receives Scientists from the George Washington University School of Engineering and Applied Science have designed a new solar cell that may be one of the most efficient of its kind. The prototype solar cell is comprised of several cell stacks that are incorporated into a single device. According to researchers, the device is capable of collecting nearly all of the energy potential from the solar spectrum. Researchers note that the solar cell is capable of converting…

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New project aims to improve quality of hydrogen fuel

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New research initiative aims to make hydrogen fuel more pure Two major research institutes in Germany are set to launch a new project that will extend their analysis laboratories in order to improve hydrogen fuel quality. Currently, no independent German laboratory has the capacity to determine if the quality of hydrogen produced within the country meets international standards. The new project is being launched by the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Center and the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Wuttemberg. Researchers will work to extend the analysis capabilities of…

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Researchers develop new catalyst for hydrogen fuel cells

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Research team has developed a new method to produce inexpensive catalysts Researchers from the University of New South Wales have developed a new way to make hydrogen fuel cells more affordable. The researchers have developed a method of creating fuel cell catalysts, comprised of iron, nickel, and copper. These catalysts are free of the expensive materials they are usually made of. The researchers believe that the new catalysts could lead to more efficient hydrogen fuel production and help make fuel cell systems more attractive. New catalyst will be less costly…

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Solar energy can be used to produce clean water

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Research team can convert seawater into drinking water using sunlight Researchers from Rice University have developed a new way to desalinate seawater using the power of solar energy. The new method could potentially be used to provide communities throughout the world with potable water. The conventional method of extracting drinkable liquid from seawater involves distillation, which is an energy intensive and somewhat inefficient process. By using solar energy to produce potable water, researchers believe this method could eventually be replaced. New system is comprised of commercially viable materials The new…

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New research project aims to help homeowners share solar energy

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Researcher wants to develop a way for homeowners to share solar energy with one another A researcher from the University of Huddersfield in the United Kingdom is working to develop new technologies that would allow people to share the solar energy they produce themselves. Mahmoud Dhimish, a PhD student at the university, has launched a project focused on making this a possibility. The project is being supported by the University of Huddersfield School of Computing and Engineering. If successful, the project may eventually lead to a future where homeowners will…

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HyperSolar extends partnership to continue researching renewable hydrogen fuel production

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Company has extended its partnership with the University of California HyperSolar, a company specializing in renewable hydrogen fuel production, has announced that it will be expanding its research agreement with the University of California. This was the first university that the company teamed with in order to advance renewable hydrogen fuel production technology. This technology leverages the power of clean energy, such as solar power, in order to make hydrogen production carbon-neutral and cost effective. Such technology is expected to make fuel cells more attractive as it will reduce their…

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DOE to invest $15.8 million in support for projects focused on fuel cells

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Federal agency aims to support 30 new projects that seek to improve fuel cells The U.S. Department of Energy has announced some $15.8 million in investments for 30 new projects throughout the country. These projects will be focused on fuel cell technology, hydrogen production, and storage. The federal agency is still in the process of selecting projects that will receive funding. Selected projects will be able to take advantage of a coalition of the country’s national laboratory, which was brought together through the agency’s Energy Materials Network. Projects will take…

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New catalyst could lead to mass production for fuel cell vehicles

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Researchers develop nanoalloy that can be used for fuel cell catalysts Researchers from the Chalmers University of Technology and the Technical University of Denmark have found that it is possible to develop a highly effective fuel cell catalyst without using platinum. These catalysts make use of a newly created nanoalloy. This nanoalloy has been developed using a new production technique. According to researchers, the new catalysts are perfectly suited for mass production, which may be a major boon for fuel cell vehicles in the coming years. Fuel cell vehicles could…

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