New catalyst could make hydrogen fuel production more efficient

Scientists develop new catalyst that could be a boon for hydrogen fuel Scientists from the Brookhaven National Laboratory in the U.S. have developed a new fuel cell catalyst that is resistant to carbon monoxide and can produce hydrogen fuel in an efficient manner. The catalyst is meant to be an alternative to its more conventional counterparts, which use platinum in order to function effectively. Platinum is notoriously expensive, and its high price makes the development of hydrogen fuel cells quite expensive. Indeed, the cost of platinum is often cited as…

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Wind energy industry may get some good news with new superconductors

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New superconductors could help the wind energy industry The wind energy industry in the U.S. has received a lot of good news recently. With the extension of the Production Tax Credit, which financially supports many of the country’s wind energy projects, the industry has managed to secure at least another year of dynamic growth. Free from the worry of the Production Tax Credit, for now at least, the industry can now focus on the continuing enigma of efficient offshore wind energy systems. Scientists develop iron-based superconductor for wind turbines Scientist…

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Hydrogen fuel production gets a boost with gold nanoparticles

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Researchers use gold nanoparticles for hydrogen fuel production As fuel cells become more popular around the world and in numerous industries, the need to find betters, more efficient ways to produce hydrogen fuel is growing. Hydrogen fuel production has been a popular subject in the world of science, especially among those that are interested in clean energy. One of the methods that has been gaining momentum recently is using solar energy as a means of hydrogen fuel production. A team of researchers from the Stony Brook University and the Brookhaven…

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Brookhaven National Laboratory develops new catalyst for fuel cells

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Researchers work to make fuel cells more affordable The U.S. Department of Energy has recently increased its support for the research and development of hydrogen fuel cells in the hopes of making the energy systems more financially viable for the country. Hydrogen fuel has been targeted as a promising alternative to fossil-fuels, particularly foreign oil, and could help the country establish energy independence and sustainability. One of the major detractors of hydrogen fuel cells, however, is that they are expensive energy systems. Researchers from the Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National…

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Brookhaven chemist awarded for his work in hydrogen fuel cells

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Radoslav Adzic dubbed Inventor of the Year Brookhaven National Laboratory senior chemist Radoslav Adzic has been honored with the 2012 Inventor of the Year Award from the New York Intellectual Property Law Association. Adzic has worked extensively with nanocatalysts that are used with hydrogen fuel cells. These catalysts are meant to use the smallest amount of platinum necessary to function. Because these catalysts use so little platinum, they can help lower the cost of fuel cell manufacture, making the energy systems more appealing to a wider audience. Fuel cell cost…

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Organic material could unlock the future of efficient solar energy

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Brookhaven National Laboratory studies PCDTBT for solar energy systems The Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory has made significant progress on developing more efficient photovoltaic materials for solar panels. Researchers have been experimenting with organic materials to determine their usefulness in the development of new solar panels. One material in particular, known as PCDTBT, has generated a great deal of interest amongst researchers. The material is the subject of a study recently released by the laboratory, which details the material’s superior ability to convert sunlight into electricity. Material’s structure could…

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Brookhaven scientists create new fuel cell catalyst that can convert gases into liquids

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Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory have developed a new fuel cell catalyst that is much different from its conventional counterparts. In a fuel cell, catalysts are used to generate chemical conversions and produce hydrogen gas. These catalysts are typically made of a significant amount of platinum, making them expensive enough to be unviable for widespread commercial use. Scientists at Brookhaven believe that their latest development could change all of that. The catalyst they have created is capable of generating hydrogen gas. It can also take…

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