J. Craig Venter Institute researchers create a fuel cell powered by raw sewage

J. Craig Venter Institute

Researchers from the J. Craig Venter Institute, a non-profit genomics research center based in Maryland, have created a microbial fuel cell that creates electricity by consuming raw sewage. The fuel cell is not the first of its kind, but researchers believe that it is the most efficient model that has been developed. Microbial fuel cells are gaining acclaim in the alternative energy community because of their ability to tackle two problems at once. Many microbial fuel cells can consume waste matter, organic or otherwise, and convert it into electricity. Researchers…

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SEaB Energy creates a powerful fuel cell system that can turn waste into power

Muckbuster

SEaB Energy, a UK-based alternative energy technology startup, has unveiled a new hydrogen fuel cell that could change the world’s perspective of hydrogen energy. The company has built a kind of microbial fuel cell it is calling the Muckbuster. The fuel cell utilizes bacteria that thrive on garbage. The company claims that the fuel cell can turn old food and sewage into both heat and electricity. Such a system could be beneficial for homes and even agricultural ventures in developing parts of the world. The Muckbuster energy system is fully…

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Molten carbonate fuel cells becoming more popular options in the world of industry

Molten carbonate fuel cells

As the issue of energy continues to gain momentum throughout the world, more attention is being drawn to alternative energy. Renewable sources of fuel, such as wind and solar, are emerging as a priority for many countries, especially the U.S. This focus on alternative energy is largely backed by rising prices on fossil-fuels, such as oil, and the potential threat of climate change. With more focus being directed at alternative energy, a new kind of hydrogen fuel cell is stepping into the limelight. “New” is a relative term, of course.…

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University of Central Florida researchers create more efficient and affordable fuel cell

Hydrogen Fuel Research

Hydrogen fuel cells are getting a lot of attention, much of it directed by the auto industry. As more people become aware of these energy systems, they are able to point out faults that could make fuel cells unpopular. Thus far, two specific issues are concerning consumers around the world. The first of which is cost. Fuel cells are notorious for their use of expensive materials. The second issue is efficiency. A large number of fuel cells typically do not generate more electricity than they consume. Researchers from the University…

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ACAL Energy shows off new fuel cell stack design for platinum-free fuel cells

ACAL Energy Flowcath - Hydrogen Fuel Cell

ACAL Energy, a leading manufacturer of fuel cells, has unveiled their latest fuel cell stack design that is claimed to be the gateway to affordable fuel cells. Fuel cells use a stacked design as a way to facilitate efficient energy generated and conserve space. Fuel cell stacks are rated on their potential energy density with most conventional designs falling between 7 and 10 kilowatts of potential. ACAL’s new design is rated at 12 kilowatts, making it one of the most powerful designs currently available. The fuel cell maker has been…

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Researchers develop new molecule to make hydrogen production more efficient

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

    Researchers from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, a lab funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, have found a way to produce hydrogen gas from an unlikely source: Acidic water. As hydrogen energy becomes more popular, production of hydrogen gas is being thrust into the limelight. With more companies and countries adopting alternative energy, current hydrogen production methods may not be able to keep up with the pace of demand. As such, researchers at the Berkeley Lab have been working on ways to make hydrogen production more efficient…

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Brown University researchers use gold atoms to improve hydrogen fuel cells

Renewable Energy Research UK

  In the world of hydrogen energy research and development, nanotechnology has become the primary focus. This technology could have a major impact on how fuel cells work and how expensive they end up being. Hydrogen fuel cells rely on a catalyst that is usually made out of platinum. These catalysts make chemical conversions possible, allowing fuel cells to produce hydrogen gas and then convert that gas into electricity. The adoption of fuel cells has long been held back by the lack of understanding surrounding the metals required for catalysts.…

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Penn State researchers create microbial fuel cell that could bring clean water to impoverished communities around the world

fracking - contaminated water

Researchers from the Pennsylvania State University have created a new fuel cell that could be a great boon for impoverished communities around the world. It is called the microbial reverse electrolysis cell (MRC), and is a kind of microbial fuel cell that generated electricity by consuming hydrogen gas. Penn State researchers believe that their new fuel cell serves a dual purpose of water-treatment and energy generation. As with other hydrogen fuel cells, the MRC creates clean water as a byproduct of energy production, though at much greater quantities than its…

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Gas and oil companies looking to aid automakers in establishing hydrogen fuel infrastructure

Hydrogen Fuel Station

As hydrogen energy continues to establish itself as a major focus for the auto industry, gas utilities companies are taking a new approach to their business operations. With most major automakers developing hydrogen-powered vehicles, gas companies have highlighted the severe lack of an adequate fuel infrastructure. Instead of citing this fact as a detractor to hydrogen fuel, companies are beginning to partner with automakers to help build an infrastructure. Such is the case with Hawaii’s The Gas Company and gas suppliers in Japan. In Hawaii, The Gas Company has joined…

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Department of Energy report details the supply risk associated with rare earth materials

Renewable Energy Report

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Policy has released a new report detailing how the supply of high-demand materials could affect the progress of alternative energy. The report, titled “2012 Critical Materials Strategy,” shows how important rare earth materials are to the clean energy business. These materials are often used in the construction of clean energy systems, such as hydrogen fuel cells. As their name suggests, these materials are rare and ultimately finite, presenting a significant supply risk to nations interested in adopting alternative energy. According to the report,…

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PATH report shows the growing popularity of hydrogen in more than 20 countries around the world

Hydrogen Fuel

A new report from the Partnership for Advancing the Transition to Hydrogen (PATH) shows that fuel cell activity is very active in more than 20 countries around the world. Today, the hydrogen industry is worth roughly $5.6 billion worldwide and fosters some 40,000 jobs. PATH speculates that the industry will grow exponentially within the next ten years are more countries begin to adopt hydrogen as their fuel of choice. PATH’s report is the first to show how several different countries are making use of hydrogen fuel and how the fuel…

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New alloy produces hydrogen gas when exposed to sunlight, research shows

Hydrogen Fuel Research

Scientists from the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville have discovered a new alloy that produces hydrogen gas when exposed to sunlight. The discovery of the material comes from research funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The research was led by Professor Madhu Menon and his colleague R. Michael Sheetz. The discovery of this new alloy could have profound implications to the world of hydrogen fuel, and may lead to a quicker transition away from oil. Researchers found that an alloy composed on antimony and gallium nitride…

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Department of Energy applauds new hydrogen station in California

Hydrogen Fuel Cell

FuelCell Energy Inc., a manufacturer of stationary fuel cells based in Danbury, Connecticut, is getting ready to show off their new power plant this week. The facility is, in fact, falls within the Orange County Sanitation District in Fountain Valley, California. It is part of a new hydrogen fueling station where wastewater will be converted into hydrogen gas, which will then be converted into electricity. The entire project was commissioned by the U.S. Department of Energy, which has gained notoriety in the past for shunning fuel cell technology. The DOE…

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Hydrogen powered commercial ships only make sense…

Hydrogen fuel cells for Commercial Ships

Large commercial seagoing vessels have relied on diesel engines for years. These vessels require a massive amount of fuel and energy to operate, and no other engine has been able to meet these requirements. However, research done by Germanischer Lloyd, a classification society based in Germany who specializes in ships, gas, oil and renewable, suggests that hydrogen fuel cells may be a viable option for large vessels. The group has found that high-temperature fuel cells, in particular, are well suited to such an environment. However, GL suggest that the sudden…

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North America delegates funds to hydrogen fuel cell research

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Funding

More governments around the world are recognizing the promise of hydrogen fuel. As environmental issues become a case for concern among many, the need for breaking the world’s addiction to oil has never been more paramount. While other alternative fuels, such as solar and wind power, have proven to be viable options, none can produce electricity on par with hydrogen fuel cells. Because of this, more nations are investing in fuel cells and incorporating them into one of the most fundamental aspects of their society: Transportation. The government of Manitoba…

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New mineral discovery for platinum substitute looks promising

Renewable Energy Costs to Drop

Scientists have faced their fair share of troubles when trying to make hydrogen power more efficient. As the world continues to search for a solution to its oil addiction, research in fuel cell technology doesn’t seem to be coming fast enough. Hydrogen has proven that it is the most powerful among the alternative fuels, but the cost of producing fuel cells takes them far beyond viability. Now, scientists from the Ecole Polytechnique Federale De Lausanne (EPFL), one of the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology, may have stumbled upon a way…

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