Researchers aim to cut down the cost of hydrogen fuel cells

Laboratories team to find a replacement for platinum in fuel cells Researchers from the Argonne National Laboratory and the Los Alamos National Laboratory have begun working together in order to develop less expensive fuel cells. The two organizations are working through the Electrocatalysis Consortium, which was formed by the Department of Energy. The initiative is meant to find alternatives to the platinum used to make fuel cell catalysts. These catalysts are required to ensure that fuel cells operate effectively, allowing electrolysis to take form within a fuel cell energy system.…

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Researchers develop new catalyst for hydrogen fuel cells

New catalyst could reduce the cost of fuel cell energy systems Researchers from the Argonne National Laboratory in the United States have developed a new catalyst for hydrogen fuel cells that may make these energy systems much more efficient and less expensive than they are currently. For years, fuel cells have been gaining popularity, but many have criticized the energy systems because of their high cost. The cost of fuel cells is largely due to their use of platinum, which comprises the catalysts that allow them to produce electrical power.…

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New tools aim to assist the deployment of a hydrogen fuel infrastructure

H2USA and DOE launch new tools for the hydrogen fuel space H2USA, a public-private organization, and the U.S. Department of Energy have launched new tools that are meant to aid in the development of a hydrogen fuel infrastructure. The tools, called the Hydrogen Refueling Stations Analysis Model and the Hydrogen Financial Analysis Tool, where developed by Argonne National Laboratory and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory respectively. They are meant to address technical and financial barriers that face the establishment of a hydrogen fuel infrastructure. One tool aims to provide information…

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Researchers win funding for development of hybrid fuel cells

ARPA-E issues funding for ambitious clean technology project seeking to convert methane into liquid fuels Researchers from the Argonne National Laboratory and the Illinois Institute of Technology have been awarded funding from the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E). The agency is part of the Department of Energy and was formed specifically to reward high-risk, high-reward clean energy and technology projects with funding and technical support. The agency has issued funding to support the development of hybrid fuel cells that can turn methane into liquid fuels. Hybrid fuel cell…

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Students win a spot in prestigious clean transportation program

Students from the Arizona State University will participate in DOE program Engineering students from the Arizona State University have been accepted into a program that is meant to create an energy efficient vehicle using clean fuels. The EcoCar 3 team, as t hey are called, may be building a hydrogen-powered vehicle, but this depends largely on the sponsors that will be involved in the program. Once the program begins in earnest, the team will begin releasing information concerning the type of vehicle they want to build and how this vehicle…

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Research team develops new fuel cell catalyst

Researchers develop breakthrough catalyst that uses 85% less platinum Researchers from the Argonne National Laboratory and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a new type of fuel cell catalyst that reportedly boasts of more than 30 times the catalytic activity than its conventional counterparts. The new catalyst is also expected to be less expensive than conventional models because it uses 85% less platinum. Developing such a catalyst has long been the goal of the fuel cell and science communities for some time. Developing low cost, highly effective catalysts could…

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Artificial leaf breakthrough could lead to efficient hydrogen fuel production

Researchers find a way to improve their artificial leaf Researchers from the Arizona State University and the Argonne National Laboratory have made a major breakthrough in artificial photosynthesis. The breakthrough may have enabled researchers to overcome serious limitations in their initial design of a functioning artificial leaf. This leaf has been heralded as a major accomplishment throughout the science world. It is able to harness the power of sunlight and generate hydrogen in an efficient manner that is comparable to the natural photosynthesis process. Artificial photosynthesis could be an ideal…

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Researchers develop new catalyst for hydrogen fuel cells

Research team creates cobalt fuel cell catalyst A team of researchers from the Argonne National Laboratory have discovered a new way to produce hydrogen gas from water. The team suggests that this new hydrogen production method may be much less expensive than more conventional production methods. Reducing the cost of hydrogen fuel production has become a major priority for those interested in renewable energy. Current production methods are somewhat expensive and notoriously inefficient, making fuel cells quite unpopular in a wide range of industries. Cobalt may be an appropriate alternative…

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Researchers discover organisms that could lead to low-cost hydrogen fuel production

Hydrogen fuel production could become more affordable thanks to halobacteria Researchers from the Argonne National Laboratory have discovered micro-organisms that could be responsible for reducing the costs associated with hydrogen fuel production. The organisms grow in the salt flats of Nevada and are linked to halobacteria. The proteins found in some strands of halobacteria act as a sort of proton pump, capturing sunlight and converting it into chemical energy, typically hydrogen. Researchers believe that these micro-organisms could reveal a new way to produce hydrogen fuel that could be less expensive…

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