New atlas could benefit wind energy in the future

Researchers develop new wind atlas for the Great Lakes region Researchers from Cornell University and the Technical University of Denmark have compiled the first observational wind atlas of the Great Lakes region in North America. The data was gathered using weather stations, buoys, and information from NASA satellites and provides a high definition look at the wind currents in the region. The atlas may be a major benefit for wind energy n the Great Lakes area, which is becoming more popular, especially in the United States. Atlas will provide energy…

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Researchers develop thin-film catalyst for fuel cells

Research team has developed a new kind of fuel cell catalyst that shows some promise Researchers from Cornell University have developed a thin-film catalyst that can be used in fuel cells. The team has reported that this is the first epitaxial thin-film growth of Bi2Pt2O7 pyrochlore, which means that the catalyst will act as a more effective cathode than more conventional catalysts. Researchers believe that the new catalyst could improve the performance of fuel cells, allowing them top produce more electrical power in an efficient manner. Efforts to develop new…

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Cornell Energy Materials Center researchers develop new particles for fuel cells

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Cornell Energy Materials Center team aims to solve problems with fuel cells with new nanoparticles Fuel cells are becoming popular energy systems, but mostly because they can produce large amounts of electricity. The technology has not won many fans in regards to efficiency or cost. Both of these aspects of fuel cells are largely due to the catalysts they use to operate, which are primarily composed of platinum. Platinum catalysts perform well in fuel cells, but are expensive to produce, thus leading to an overall increase in the price of…

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Standard Hydrogen aims to bring fuel infrastructure to New York

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New company aims to solve chicken-or-egg dilemma A new company devoted to the progression of hydrogen transportation has emerged in Ithaca, New York. The Standard Hydrogen Corp. aims to crack a so called “chicken or egg” dilemma that has plagued hydrogen transportation for years. The dilemma holds that there will be no incentive to establish a hydrogen fuel infrastructure if there is no demand from drivers of hydrogen-powered vehicles. Of course, hydrogen-powered vehicles are not expected to be well received without the infrastructure needed to support them. The problem of…

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Natural gas may be an ideal substitute for fossil-fuels

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Professor suggests that natural gas may be key to mitigating global warming Natural gas is gaining more attention all over the world for its potential to replace coal and oil in terms of fuel. The gas burns cleaner than both coal and oil, but still emits pollutants. This fact has earned natural gas some criticism within the environmentalist and alternative energy communities, but has won the affection of some governments around the world. The debate as to whether natural gas would be a viable replacement for fossil-fuels has become focused…

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Sorghum may be capable of improving the stance of biofuels

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Researchers identify sorghum as a promising source of energy Sorghum, a plant whose various species are used for food around the world, may be the key to the future of biofuels. Researchers at Purdue University have been experimenting with the plant recently, hoping to find a new way to create environmentally friendly fuels. Along with scientists from Cornell University and the University of Illinois, the Purdue team have found that sorghum may be a source of sustainable biofuel without the need of a new infrastructure to support it. Biofuels continues…

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Cornell researchers develop microfluidic fuel cell

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Research into microfluidics have found some pretty interesting answers. Cornell University has taken a keen interest in hydrogen fuel cells recently. Scientists from the university have developed new materials that could be used to make fuel cells more efficient and affordable, but this is only one aspect to the university’s research. Now, researchers led by Professors Hector Abruna and Abraham Stroock have announced that there has been a breakthrough in fuel cell technology thanks to microfluidics. Researchers have constructed a microfluidic fuel cell that is more affordable than conventional models…

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Cornell researchers devise new method to make metal materials for fuel cells and batteries

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Is there a new way to feed hydrogen fuel cell technology? Chemists at Cornell University have developed a new way to make metals that can be used to make catalysts for hydrogen fuel cells and electrodes for lithium-ion batteries. Engineers from the university have created porous metal films using this new method that are 1,000 times more conductive than other metal materials. These metals are comprised of nanostructures that help them catch and utilize chemicals that come their way. Researchers say that this new method has given them higher levels…

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