Researchers develop innovative direct carbon fuel cell

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New fuel cell system can produce electricity using coal, biomass, and organic waste Scientists from the Idaho National Laboratory have developed a new fuel cell that is capable of generating electricity through the consumption of solid carbon sources, such as coal and biomass. The research team notes that the direct carbon fuel cell, as it is called, is capable of operating at low temperatures. It is also capable of reaching higher power density than its predecessors. Researchers believe that the fuel cell could lead to better carbon capture solutions in…

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AFC Energy aims to increase the life of hydrogen fuel cells

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Partnership is working to improve fuel cells while reducing their cost AFC Energy, a leading developer of hydrogen fuel cells, believes that its partnership with De Nora, a manufacturer of electrolyzers and other such technologies, will help drive down the cost of hydrogen power. In October of last year, AFC Energy suggested that the electricity generated from its fuel cells could eventually reach less than 10 cents per kilowatt-hour. Moreover, AFC Energy is poised to increase the lifetime of its fuel cells through the use of improved electrodes. New electrode…

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Researchers develop new algae-powered fuel cell system

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New system is five times more efficient than other plant-based solutions Researchers from Cambridge University have developed a new fuel cell that is powered by algae. According to the research team, the fuel cell is five times more efficient than similar plant-based systems that are currently in use. This particular fuel cell does not use hydrogen to generate electrical power, but it does leverage the energy provided by the sun. Algae-powered fuel cells are quickly becoming popular due to their efficiency and use of renewable energy. New system uses algae…

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Company aims to bring hydrogen fuel cells to electric vehicles

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myFC is developing a fuel cell extender for electric vehicles Sweden’s myFC has announced that it will be accelerating its development of a new fuel cell range extender for electric vehicles. The company has been working to develop such a product for some time. The fuel cell system is meant to extend how long battery electric vehicles can operate before they need to recharge. The fuel cell would generate electricity through the consumption of hydrogen fuel and provide this electricity to the vehicle’s battery system. Company plans to showcase prototype…

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Ballard joins the global Hydrogen Council

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Ballard will be joining internationally-recognized advisory group Ballard Power Systems, a leading developer of fuel cell technology, has announced that it has been officially invited to join the Hydrogen Council. The organization is an internationally-recognized advisory group. The Hydrogen Council is meant to provide long-term insight on the capabilities of fuel cells and how they can be used in the future. The organization was officially launched earlier this year at the World Economic Forum 2017 in Switzerland. Organization aims to promote the use of fuel cells and hydrogen-based technologies As…

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FuelCell Energy to develop reversible fuel cells

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Reversible fuel cells to be developed through new project with ARPA-E support FuelCell Energy, a leading developer of hydrogen fuel cells, has announced that it has been awarded a promising new contract from the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). The agency is a division of the United States Department of Energy that is focused on the renewable energy field as well as the application of various types of technologies. The contract awarded to FuelCell Energy is valued at $3 million. New fuel cells can produce hydrogen and generate electricity The…

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Chevrolet unveils new vehicle equipped with a hydrogen fuel cell

Chevrolet begins showing off its new Colorado ZH2 Automaker Chevrolet has unveiled its new Colorado ZH2, which is an experimental vehicle equipped with a hydrogen fuel cell system. The vehicle was designed for use by the United States military and is meant to determine the usefulness of fuel cells. The vehicle is quieter and more efficient than its conventional counterparts. The fuel cell system can also be used to generate electricity for purposes beyond transportation, making it ideal for use in various scenarios. Army set to test hydrogen fuel cell…

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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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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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DOE awards Ford with $6 million to help improve fuel cell technology

Ford to work on improving fuel cell technology in the coming years The United States Department of Energy has awarded automaker Ford with $6 million in funding in order to support research into hydrogen fuel cell technology. Ford has held a longstanding interest in fuel cells, but has been slow to embrace these energy systems due to their expensive nature and the lack of a comprehensive hydrogen fuel infrastructure. The automaker currently has many projects concerning fuel cells underway and the Department of Energy is eager to show more support…

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Researchers team to improve hydrogen fuel cells

Researchers will work to develop new technology that will make fuel cells more capable At a time when hydrogen fuel cells are beginning to establish a foothold in transportation, researchers from the Vanderbilt University, Nissan North America, and the Georgia Institute of Technology have come together to make fuel cells more capable. The researchers hope to improve fuel cell technology, making these energy systems more efficient, less expensive, and more powerful. This endeavor is part of a larger $13 million program from the Department of Energy that is focused on…

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Nissan moves forward with plans for solid oxide fuel cell system

Automaker moves new fuel cell system into prototype vehicle Nissan is moving forward with its innovative solid oxide fuel cell technology. The Japanese automaker recently revealed this new technology and has now incorporated into a new prototype vehicle. The company has modified and existing e-NV200 van so that it can run on electrical power. This power will be produced by the solid oxide fuel cell. The fuel cell consumes bio-ethanol in order to produce power and the system removes the need to store hydrogen under high pressures. Vehicle will be…

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DOE issues $14 million in funding to improve fuel cell technology

DOE issues more funding to support the advancement of clean technology The U.S. Department of Energy has announced more funding for the advancement of hydrogen fuel cell technology. The federal agency is providing $14 million in funding for projects that focus on improving fuel cells. These projects are meant to accelerate innovation in fuel cell technology in order to make these energy systems more viable. While fuel cells have managed to acquire strong support in the auto industry, these energy systems have yet to find a place in other sectors…

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Ballard and Synergy sign agreement to bring more hydrogen fuel cells to China

Hydrogen fuel cells are gaining more momentum in China Ballard Power Systems, a leading developer of hydrogen fuel cells, has announced that it has signed an agreement with China’s Guangdong Nation Synergy Hydrogen Power Technology (Synergy). The agreement will allow Synergy to manufacture and sell Ballard’s FCgen-H2PM fuel cell system in China. The system operates as a backup power provider and could become quite popular in China, where the need for such solutions is growing at a rapid pace. Synergy will have the right to manufacture and sell Ballard products…

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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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GM partners with the Navy to develop new fuel cell technology

GM will be developing fuel cells for underwater drones Automaker General Motors has teamed with the United States Navy to develop new hydrogen fuel cells that will be used to power underwater drones. The Office of Naval Research believes that fuel cells hold a great deal of promise. These energy systems generate electricity without producing harmful emissions, making them ideal for naval use. Fuel cells have also become quite popular in various sectors of the transportation space. They are being used to power a new generation of clean vehicles. Fuel…

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