Pennsylvania fracking sites are not hurting water supply, studies say

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Groundwater supplies do not appear to be compromised from hydraulic fracturing. It has long been the worry of many scientists, environmental groups and residents who live near Pennsylvania fracking sites, that the drilling for shale gas would produce dangerous water pollution. Recently, two studies proved otherwise. Methane spikes in water wells not caused by drilling and fracking. A Yale University study newly published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that methane, which spiked in tested water wells near Pennsylvania fracking sites, was not due to…

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New hydrogen generation system being put to the test in California

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Companies come together to use solar power to produce hydrogen fuel The Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas), Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PWNL), and the STARS Corporation have come together to develop a new hydrogen generation system that is powered by the sun. The system is designed to use sunlight to convert natural gas and water into hydrogen. The process will produce some carbon dioxide, but this will be captured to prevent its entry into the environment. The hydrogen would then be used for various purposes, such as powering vehicles or…

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Indian researchers use concentrated solar energy to produce hydrogen fuel

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Research team aims to determine the economic feasibility of solar-produced hydrogen Researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay have begun a new study that is focused on determining the economic feasibility of solar-driven electrolysis used to produce hydrogen fuel. The study is meant to provide a framework for how solar hydrogen production could be used in an economically viable manner. Hydrogen has gained some popularity in India in recent years, but still has significantly less support that other forms of clean power and conventional fossil-fuels. Researchers were able to…

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Researchers develop new device that could make hydrogen production more efficient

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New device harnesses sunlight to generate hydrogen A team of researchers from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and the University of Michigan have developed a new, stable artificial photosynthesis device that could make hydrogen production significantly more efficient. The device makes use of a method called direct water splitting. Unlike conventional hydrogen production methods, the new device will only make use of water and sunlight. Researchers believe that the new device will help make hydrogen less expensive and more attractive to several sectors. Researchers believe that the new device could…

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New battery system uses renewable energy to produce hydrogen

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Researchers develop promising prototype battery Researchers from Stanford University have developed a new water-based battery that could be used to store wind and solar energy in an efficient and inexpensive manner. The battery is a prototype manganese-hydrogen system and can currently only generate 20 milliwatts of electrical power. Researchers believe that the battery system can be scaled up, however, making it useful for industrial purposes. Once it has been scaled up, researchers predict that it will be able to charge and recharge 10,000 times. Battery acts as a way to…

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Researchers use solar energy to produce hydrogen fuel

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New hydrogen production method taps into the power of the sun Researchers from the University of Exeter have developed a new way to use solar energy to produce hydrogen fuel. The new method is meant to make hydrogen much more attractive from a cost standpoint. Researchers believe the method will also make hydrogen much more available to those that need it, such as those with fuel cell vehicles. Notably, the method is considered and environmentally friendly way to produce the fuel as it makes use of solar energy rather than…

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Research team focused on renewable energy receives $1.2 million in funding

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Funding will help the development of new facility that will examine clean forms of power A multidisciplinary research team from the Concordia University has been awarded $1.2 million in funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation. The funding will help the research team develop a new facility that will be focused on examining sustainable power. The new facility is meant to be powered from renewable energy sources. It will be equipped with solar panels, hydrogen fuel cells, and wind turbines. These clean power sources will also be examined by researchers…

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Researchers develop new catalyst for fuel cell vehicles

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New catalyst could help fuel cell vehicles become more efficient Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a new multifunctional catalyst for fuel cell vehicles. The research team has noted that the need for clean vehicles has been growing for some time. The technology needed to power such vehicles has been advancing at a relatively slow rate, however. To help solve this problem, the research team has developed a “turbocharged” catalyst that can easily convert chemical fuel into electrical power in a highly efficient manner. Catalyst is eight…

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Researchers develop innovative new battery system that can efficiently store renewable energy

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Researchers develop world’s first rechargeable proton battery Researchers from the RMIT University in Australia have developed what they are calling the world’s first rechargeable proton battery. The battery is designed t make use of carbon and water instead of lithium. As such, it is somewhat less expensive than its conventional counterparts. The battery itself produces no harmful emissions and can store electricity in an efficient manner. Researchers claim that it is a sort of hybrid between a chemical battery and a hydrogen fuel cell. New system acts as a hybrid…

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Researchers decry flawed renewable energy models

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Researchers have issued warning concerning flawed models that do not account for real world challenges Researchers from Imperial College London are warning against the use of renewable energy models that do not account for the reliability of the supply chain. A new report from Imperial College London suggests that some models used to predict the future of clean power may not be accounting for real-world challenges. Researchers have expressly criticized models that did not consider transmission, energy storage, and system operability requirements. One model in the UK fails to account…

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Researchers develop innovative direct carbon fuel cell

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New fuel cell system can produce electricity using coal, biomass, and organic waste Scientists from the Idaho National Laboratory have developed a new fuel cell that is capable of generating electricity through the consumption of solid carbon sources, such as coal and biomass. The research team notes that the direct carbon fuel cell, as it is called, is capable of operating at low temperatures. It is also capable of reaching higher power density than its predecessors. Researchers believe that the fuel cell could lead to better carbon capture solutions in…

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Clean vehicles could become more affordable thanks to new catalyst

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Researchers develop new catalyst that uses no platinum The cost of clean vehicles may be set to plummet in the coming years. Researchers from the University of California have developed a new, inexpensive catalyst that could be used by fuel cell systems. The new catalyst is comprised of carbon nanofibers and cobalt, which is 100 times less expensive than platinum. Eventually, the catalyst could find its way to production fuel cells, which would be used to power future generations of clean vehicles that operate using hydrogen. Costly fuel cells make…

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Researchers develop new catalyst capable of producing hydrogen fuel

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Researchers use inexpensive materials to develop new catalyst Researchers from the University of California, Santa Cruz, have developed a new carbon-based nanocomposite that could serve as a catalyst to produce renewable hydrogen fuel. The research team notes that the new catalyst is inexpensive due to its use of affordable materials. The catalyst works by separating water into its base components of oxygen and hydrogen, making the production process much more environmentally friendly than it has been in the past. Catalyst can efficiently produce hydrogen fuel The new catalyst is the…

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Researchers develop new algae-powered fuel cell system

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New system is five times more efficient than other plant-based solutions Researchers from Cambridge University have developed a new fuel cell that is powered by algae. According to the research team, the fuel cell is five times more efficient than similar plant-based systems that are currently in use. This particular fuel cell does not use hydrogen to generate electrical power, but it does leverage the energy provided by the sun. Algae-powered fuel cells are quickly becoming popular due to their efficiency and use of renewable energy. New system uses algae…

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New catalyst could make fuel cells much less expensive

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Researchers draw inspiration from ancient Egyptian artists A team of researchers from the Johns Hopkins University are developing a new catalyst that has drawn inspiration from ancient Egypt. The new catalyst could be a useful tool in making hydrogen fuel cells less expensive without also sacrificing their performance or efficiency. Researchers took inspiration from ancient Egyptian artists when developing the new catalyst. In the past, these artists would use a technique called “gilding.” The technique involves covering inexpensive materials, such as copper, in a thin layer of gold, thereby creating…

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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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