DOE awards $38 million to support fuel cell and hydrogen projects

DOE hydrogen project funding - American Money

More than 25 projects across the United States will receive funding. The US Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced that it has awarded $38 million in funds to support both new hydrogen projects as well as projects related to fuel cell technologies. In total, 28 projects in America will receive funding support. The funding specifically supports early-stage research and development. The DOE funding announcement was made by US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, while he was in Golden, Colorado touring the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory. This particular…

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New research finds that reeds could help make cheaper high-performance fuel cells

High-performance fuel cells - Reeds by lake at sunset

The elements in these plants could lead to fuel cell efficiency and reduce costs at the same time. The search for new clean sources of energy and high-performance fuel cells is nothing new, especially not for researchers from the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, Québec, who may have just had a breakthrough with elements from reeds. These tall plants that grow in wetlands could aid in the production of a cheaper catalyst for more efficient fuel cells. Powerful fuel cells are needed to convert energy from hydrogen into electricity…

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Clean vehicles could become more affordable thanks to new catalyst

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Researchers develop new catalyst that uses no platinum The cost of clean vehicles may be set to plummet in the coming years. Researchers from the University of California have developed a new, inexpensive catalyst that could be used by fuel cell systems. The new catalyst is comprised of carbon nanofibers and cobalt, which is 100 times less expensive than platinum. Eventually, the catalyst could find its way to production fuel cells, which would be used to power future generations of clean vehicles that operate using hydrogen. Costly fuel cells make…

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New catalyst could help make fuel cells affordable

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Researchers develop new catalyst that uses no platinum Researchers from Sandia National Laboratories and the University of California are working to drive down the cost of hydrogen fuel cells. These researchers have developed a new catalyst that could eventually replace the platinum catalysts that fuel cells typically use. The new catalyst is comprised of a compound that takes the form of a “rippled leaf.” Researchers have shown that the new compound has three times as many catalytic contact points as typical catalysts. Research team developed catalyst using natural processes Researchers…

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Researchers develop new catalyst for hydrogen fuel cells

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Research team has developed a new method to produce inexpensive catalysts Researchers from the University of New South Wales have developed a new way to make hydrogen fuel cells more affordable. The researchers have developed a method of creating fuel cell catalysts, comprised of iron, nickel, and copper. These catalysts are free of the expensive materials they are usually made of. The researchers believe that the new catalysts could lead to more efficient hydrogen fuel production and help make fuel cell systems more attractive. New catalyst will be less costly…

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New catalyst could lead to mass production for fuel cell vehicles

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Researchers develop nanoalloy that can be used for fuel cell catalysts Researchers from the Chalmers University of Technology and the Technical University of Denmark have found that it is possible to develop a highly effective fuel cell catalyst without using platinum. These catalysts make use of a newly created nanoalloy. This nanoalloy has been developed using a new production technique. According to researchers, the new catalysts are perfectly suited for mass production, which may be a major boon for fuel cell vehicles in the coming years. Fuel cell vehicles could…

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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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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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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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DOE offers more funding for the advancement of fuel cell technology

Federal agency provides funding to support research and development in fuel cell technology The U.S. Department of Energy has announced more funding for the advancement of fuel cell technology. The federal agency is investing more than $13 million into the fuel cell sector. The funding is meant to ensure the advancement of new fuel cell systems, making them more efficient  and durable while also increasing their performance. The funding will also be used to research and implement new hydrogen storage solutions. Such  solutions are becoming more vital as the popularity…

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Scientists develop a new microbial fuel cell that requires no external energy source

New fuel cell system is the first of its kind A team of scientists from the Iowa State University have, for the first time, developed a microbial fuel cell that is not reliant on external power to operate. The new fuel cell is the first of its kind and could have major implications for the fuel cell industry as a whole in the future. The energy system currently exists in a proof-of-concept stage, but has shown significant promise in its ability to generate electricity. Microbial fuel cells could be viable…

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Nissan developing new solid oxide fuel cell system for vehicles

New fuel cell system will make use of bio-ethanol rather than hydrogen Japanese automaker Nissan has announced that it is researching and developing a solid oxide fuel cell system that will be used to power vehicles. The system is being designed to run on bio-ethanol, which will be used to generate electrical power. The new system is meant to serve as an alternative to hydrogen fuel cells, which have been growing in popularity throughout the transportation space for some time. The system will be complimented by what is called an…

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MIT researchers develop new fuel cell catalysts that are less expensive and more efficient

New catalysts could be a major boon for hydrogen fuel cells Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), have created new catalysts that could serve as a major boon for fuel cells. These catalysts are said to be less expensive and more efficient than their conventional counterparts, which may be good news for fuel cells, as the catalysts would finally make these energy systems more affordable. Developing inexpensive catalysts has been a priority for researchers focused on fuel cells for some time. Catalysts are comprised of metal carbides rather…

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New fuel cell membrane could lead to breakthrough for clean vehicles

Researchers develop a new membrane for fuel cells that is inspired by cacti Scientists from South Korea and Australia have developed a new fuel cell membrane whose design is inspired by a type of cactus. The scientists from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization in Australia and South Korea’s Hayang University believe that the new membrane will lead to better clean vehicles in the future. The membrane may lead to better efficiency and performance for fuel cell vehicles, which are beginning to grow in popularity throughout the world. Fuel…

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Low-cost urine-powered fuel cell could power electronic devices

Cell phones of the future could be pee-powered. Using renewable sources such as solar and wind to power the batteries of electronic devices isn’t anything new, but some scientists are taking their green energy research beyond conventional renewable resources and are looking into using less common types of clean sources of power like urine. Recently, a team of researchers from the University of Bath in England announced in a newly published study that they have developed a cheap urine-powered fuel cell that is able to run mobile phones and other…

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Fuel cells could keep devices charged for a whole week

Intelligent Energy is making hydrogen fuel cell systems for smartphones The days of short battery life for mobile devices may soon come to an end. Intelligent Energy, a leading developer of hydrogen fuel cells, has been working on a new fuel cell system that can be used to power smartphones. The company has reportedly succeeded in the effort, but it has not yet revealed that name of the product. The fuel cell system is designed to power mobile devices for more than a week. Prototype smartphone shows off the capability…

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