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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Researchers aim to produce renewable hydrogen for fuel cell vehicles

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Australian researchers launch new project focused on producing hydrogen for fuel cell vehicles Researchers from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization have launched a new $2.5 million project to help develop technology that will provide fuel cell vehicles with the hydrogen they need to operate. The 2-year project aims to produce hydrogen without also generating a large amount of harmful emissions. The project will build upon research already carried out by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, which involved the separating of pure hydrogen from mixed gases. Project…

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Research team develops a new way to produce hydrogen fuel while cleaning the air

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New device aims to generate hydrogen fuel from the air Researchers from the University of Antwerp and the University of Lueven have developed a new way to clear air pollution while also generating hydrogen fuel. The research team has created a new device that leverages the process of heterogeneous photocatalysis. This process makes use of light and a special catalyst in order to produce a chemical reaction. Heterogeneous photocatalysis is often used to produce hydrogen from water, which produces no harmful emissions during the production process. Device is designed clear…

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CSIRO works to develop new membrane technology to help fuel cell vehicles

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New technology could make fuel cell vehicles more viable Scientists from Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) are developing a new fuel cell membrane that may be able to make hydrogen production and distribution more viable for fuel cell vehicles. These efforts are part of a two-year project that is focused on producing pure hydrogen through the separation of mixed gases. Notably, the project is looking into converting ammonia into highly pure hydrogen, which can then be stored and used by a fuel cell to generate electrical power.…

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Ambitious geothermal energy project in Iceland successfully completes its first phase

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Iceland Deep Drilling Project has completed drilling into a volcano Geologists and engineers in Iceland have successfully completed the first stage of the Iceland Deep Drilling Project, focused on gauging the economic feasibility of unconventional geothermal energy resources. The project involved drilling deep into the heart of a volcano. Drilling such a borehole is quite risky, but the project has managed to reach its target depth. Now, researchers will determine how the volcano can be used to generate geothermal energy in an effective manner. Project drills 2.9 miles into a…

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Researchers develop new device that uses solar energy to produce clean water

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New device leverages the power of solar energy to produce clean drinking water Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a new device that is capable of drawing clean water from air. While the device is still in very early prototype stages, the research team has expressed that it shows great promise. According to researchers, the device makes use of solar energy, which is used to power chemical reactions within the device itself in order to collect water molecules. Early tests show…

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