Anglo American: South Africa to be a major force in the hydrogen economy

South Africa - fuel cells

Anglo American, a global mining and energy company based in the UK, believes that South Africa may soon become the leading power in hydrogen energy. Hydrogen has been gaining momentum in recent years due to its efficiency and power. The energy is, at worst, on par with oil and, at best, the most capable alternative energy available. Despite the energy’s pedigree, however, the adoption of hydrogen fuel has been sluggish. This is largely due to the cost of fuel cells, as most conventional fuel cells utilize platinum and other expensive…

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AFC Energy finishes commission for AkzoNobel, brings fuel cells to Europe

German Alternative Energy

AFC Energy, a fuel cell technology company, has completed a commission for AkzoNobel, a Dutch pain company, that will bring a hydrogen fuel system to the company’s factory in Germany. AkzoNobel is the latest European company to adopt hydrogen fuel as an alternative to oil in an attempt to lessen its impact on the environment. The completion of AFC’s commission marks the first time the company has sold its Beta model fuel cells to an industrial company in Europe. AFC Energy will be fitting their Beta fuel cells with electrodes…

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New fuel cell uses bacteria, wastewater and salt water to form a self-sustaining fuel system

Hydrogen Research

Researchers from the Pennsylvania State University have found a way to produce hydrogen from wastewater without having to rely on grid electricity. The discovery revolves around salt water and accounts for an “inexhaustible” source of hydrogen fuel, according to researchers. Using a microbial fuel cell packed with a certain kind of bacteria, researchers have been able to produce hydrogen through electrolysis using nothing more than wastewater and salt water. The process is entirely carbon-neutral, making it one of the cleanest forms of energy production known to man. Microbial fuel cells…

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Stanford University researchers create hybrid fuel cell

Stanford University - Solar Energy Research

Singular alternative fueling methods, such as solar or wind power, are well established. Many of the technologies used for such methods have advanced to a point where further development is, more or less, counter-intuitive. Solar energy is already one of the more efficient forms of alternative fuel, and continuing to improve upon its faculties requires a level of technology not yet available. However, the world is still in need of more efficient alternative fuels. To meet demand, focus has shifted from singular fueling methods to hybrid systems, specifically solar hydrogen…

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Researchers at the University of Illinois create the world’s smallest fuel cell

Nano Technology ls

Size matters, according to researchers at the University of Illinois, and as far as hydrogen fuel cells are concerned, smaller is better. University scientists have been working on shrinking fuel cells, hoping that a diminutive size will make them both more cost effective and, if enough are used together, more powerful. The effort relies heavily on nano-technology. For the first time, researchers have been able to develop a small hydrogen fuel cell that uses bacteria as an energy source. The tiny fuel cell is the first of its kind in…

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