Michigan Technological University researchers create mathematical model to make cut down on research and development time of fuel cells

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Research

Math model may shed some light on the future of hydrogen fuel Research and development is a significant part of the progress of technology. Adequate R&D is vital in ensuring that technology is both marketable and useful to a commercial market. Unfortunately, this process is time consuming – in some cases taking years to produce a viable product. In the case of hydrogen fuel cells, research and development has been a stumbling block for decades. Researchers from the Michigan Technological University believe they have solved the problems of lengthy R&D,…

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

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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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Fuji Electric and Ballard Power take root in Germany to produce hydrogen energy

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Germany’s hydrogen fuel cell market is expanding and a new company has thrown its hat into the ring. Fuji Electric Company, one of Japan’s largest energy companies, has made landfall in Hamburg, Germany. The company has long been an advocate for fuel cells and hydrogen energy. Indeed, many of the fuel cells used in Japan’s outrageously successful Ene-Farm project come from Fuji Electric. These same fuel cells have found their way to Daimler, makers of Mercedes-Benz, as part of the company’s entry into the German market. Fuji Electric is not…

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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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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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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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