New flow battery could bring about a brighter future for renewable energy

Flow Battery - Renewable Energy

SEAS researchers have developed a new flow battery Researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have developed a flow battery that can operate for a decade. The new battery could be a major breakthrough in energy storage and the use of clean power. With an extensive lifespan, the battery could have a major impact on the residential sector, where renewable energy is becoming much more popular. The battery could also be used for other purposes, such as storing electricity for industrial purposes or…

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Sunflare develops flexible solar panels

Solar Panels - Residential Solar Energy

Flexible solar panels can, potentially, be installed on any surface Sunflare, a company based in California, has developed a new, flexible solar panel that it believes will become a major asset for those interested in solar energy. Following years or research and development, the company has produced a copper indium gallium selenide solar panel. The new solar panel can be installed on virtually any surface due to its flexibility, which may make it quite attractive to homeowners and businesses interested in becoming more environmentally friendly. Cost of solar energy continues…

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Air Liquide launches new app to help consumers find hydrogen fuel stations

New app will allow consumers to find hydrogen fuel stations in their area As fuel cell vehicles begin to gain more momentum, demand for access to hydrogen fuel stations is growing among consumers. To help those interested in fuel cell vehicles find hydrogen stations, Air Liquide has launched a new mobile application. The app is meant to help drivers find the locations of hydrogen fuel stations, which will give them a chance to fuel vehicles equipped with hydrogen fuel cells. Demand for hydrogen is on the rise Throughout the world,…

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National laboratory seeks to improve hydrogen fuel cells

Hydrogen fuel cells could get a boost in performance and efficiency through new research efforts Hydrogen fuel cells may be gaining popularity, but they still face many challenges that will slow their widespread adoption. Among these challenges is their high cost. Fuel cells make use of precious metals, which makes them notoriously expensive. Another challenge lies in the lack of a hydrogen infrastructure and the energy-intensive hydrogen production process. The U.S. Department of Energy is looking to resolve these issues and has tasked the Los Alamos National Laboratory to improve…

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Hydrogen fuel cells are gaining strength in the US

Many companies are beginning to embrace hydrogen fuel cells Several large organizations in the United States are leading the way in the transition toward renewable energy. Hydrogen fuel cells have caught the attention of these organizations, which hope to use these energy systems for a variety of purposes. Notably, many fuel cells are being used to power materials handling vehicles, such as forklifts. These fuel cell forklifts are becoming increasingly common, replacing older forklifts that are powered using lead-acid batteries. Fuel cells generate clean electricity without producing emissions Fuel cells…

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New solar energy system aims to make homes more efficient

SunCulture Solar introduces new solar energy system equipped with a battery solution and its own mobile app A four-year-old startup called SunCulture Solar has designed a new solar panel that is unlike anything that has been seen before. The solar panel incorporates battery technology as well as smart sensors and software that allow it to link to a computer network and smartphone application. Called SolPads, the new energy system is capable of communicating with its users and can be installed in a relatively small area, such as a balcony. SolarPads…

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Scientists develop promising new solar energy device

New solar device could be the future of urban power Indian scientists have developed a new solar device that is capable of generating electricity. The team from the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) calls the new device a “solar tree.” This device is claimed to be more efficient at generating electricity than conventional solar energy systems. The new device is comprised of several metal “branches,” which are connected to a large central pole. The branches are affixed with solar panels and these panels can be moved to face…

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NASA invests to further embrace fuel cell technology

Infinity has acquired funding from NASA for further fuel cell research Infinity Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Inc., a company focused on fuel cell technology, is set to receive funding from NASA’s Glenn Research Center. The funding will help the company continue its research and development on new fuel cell technology, which could have possible applications in space. New fuel cells developed by Infinity could be used as part of NASA’s Space Launch Systems vehicle, building upon a longstanding trend of NASA using fuel cell technology for propulsion and energy purposes….

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New material could help improve electric vehicles in the future

Chemists develop new material that combines qualities of batteries and supercapacitors Chemists from Northwestern University have developed a powerful new material that could have major benefits for electric vehicles. Currently, electric vehicles rely heavily on a complicated system of batteries and supercapacitors that allow them to operate and increases the energy they have access to, allowing them to operate for longer periods of time. The new material developed by chemists combines the quality of supercapacitors and batteries. As such, the material can be used to replace the complex systems used…

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CSIR scientists develop new solar tree

Solar tree will help save space but not sacrifice anything in terms of energy production A group of scientists from the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in India have developed a new solar energy system that will help save space on expansive photovoltaic fields. Solar power has become quite popular in India, but solar farms require a great deal of space in order to be considered viable. Small solar farms do not typically produce enough electricity to be considered valuable die to the limited space they have access…

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Research team uses new nanomaterial to improve fuel cells

Washington State University team aims to lower the cost of fuel cells Researchers from the Washington State University have developed a new nanomaterial that may be able to reduce the cost and improve the performance of fuel cells. The nanomaterial is meant to lower the need for precious materials, such as platinum and palladium. These materials are often used in fuel cells, which has made these energy systems somewhat more expensive than other renewable energy solutions. Researchers throughout the world have worked to lower the cost of fuel cells in…

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National laboratory to work with small companies to support fuel cell technology

Los Alamos National Laboratory to provide technical support to fuel cell companies The Los Alamos National Laboratory will be providing technical support for companies developing fuel cell technology. These companies have been awarded this support from the Department of Energy’s Small Business Voucher pilot program. The program is currently in its second phase, through which small businesses focused on clean technology are paired with national laboratories. These laboratories will provide these companies with new insight into clean technology, leveraging their extensive experience and expertise in this field. Program pairs small…

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Range anxiety is proving to be a problem for electric vehicles

Lacking efficiency is slowing the adoption of clean vehicles Electric vehicles are gaining momentum throughout the world, but these environmentally friendly cars still face one major challenge. “Range anxiety” may be preventing consumers from purchasing electric vehicles. A new study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Santa Fe Institute highlights the issues associated with the efficiency of electric vehicles. The capability of batteries has created some skepticism among consumers, many of whom would opt to purchase more conventional vehicles rather than those equipped with battery systems. Study shows…

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Apple wins patent for new fuel cell system

Apple may be developing a fuel cell system for mobile devices Technology giant Apple has been awarded its second patent for a fuel cell system. The patent was awarded by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Apple has been working to develop a new fuel cell system that can be used to charge mobile devices. Fuel cells have long been used for industrial purposes, but these energy systems can generate electricity for a multitude of purposes. Apple believes that a fuel cell system could be quite useful as a…

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Elon Musk outlines the next master plan for Tesla Motors

Tesla has launched a new master plan in order to propel clean transportation Elon Musk, one of the co-founders of Tesla Motors, has announced the second part of the automaker’s ambitious “master plan.” The initial master plan was introduced 10 years ago. This plan involved developing clean vehicles at various price ranges. It also sought to incorporate solar energy into Tesla’s ever expanding presence in the clean transportation space. Now, the new plan aims to take these endeavors to take the first master plan to a new level. Musk has…

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FCHEA launches new resources concerning hydrogen fuel cells

FCHEA provides new resources that aim to offer insight into the fuel cell industry The Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA) has released new resources to highlight the impact that fuel cell technology is having on the energy landscape throughout the world. Hydrogen fuel cells have become quite popular in many sectors. For many years, these energy systems have been used in industrial spaces, but they are beginning to see used in other areas, especially in transportation. The Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association is comprised of many organizations…

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