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


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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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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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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Ballard Power report echoes the importance of fuel cells first lauded by the U.S. Department of Defense

US Hydrogen Fuel Cells

Ballard Power Systems, a hydrogen and fuel cell technology company, has released a new report showing that the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DoD) expectations for hydrogen are not only accurate, but promising as well. The report shows that the progress of fuel cell technology over the past decade has made hydrogen a more attractive alternative energy for government agencies. The federal government has been torn on the issue of alternative energy, unsure of which energy to support. The report may help shed some light on the issue, as it corroborates…

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New hydrogen storage method could make the fuel more attractive for commercial use

Stationary Fuel Cells - Commercialization

Hydrogen fuel is one of the most promising sustainable fuels currently available. The fuel has been gaining favor amongst companies, consumers and governments in recent years thanks to its efficiency and performance. There are glaring drawbacks to the fuel, however, that have kept it away from commercial incorporation. These problems are encompassed in fuel cells and storage methods. A team of scientists from the University of Southern California have developed a new method of storing hydrogen that can make it more accommodating for commercial use. Because hydrogen gas is the…

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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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The future generation gearing up for the next evolution in alternative fuel

Florida Solar Energy Center Hydrogen Sprint

As environmental issues continue to be a subject of debate and controversy, the future of alternative energy may lie in the hands of the next generation. Students at the Island Coast High School in Cape Coral, Florida, are being taught about the importance of water to the environment. While on the surface the lesson seems to be common sense, students are experimenting with a way to replenish the world’s water supply by using hydrogen fuel cells. Students are building their own miniature hydrogen powered vehicles to see how hydrogen fuel…

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Hydrogen Hawaii

Hawaii - solar energy

There are two types of vehicles that make use of hydrogen as a fuel. First are those that use hydrogen in an internal-combustion engine. The other uses a hydrogen fuel cell. Both have had their challenges in the past and still struggle for commercial acceptance today. Fuel cell vehicles are becoming favored, however, as they are more efficient than their counterparts. Recently, BMW showcased their latest entry in hydrogen powered vehicles with a concept model that used liquid in a combustion engine. The car performed much the way any BMW…

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Company comes up with a plan to combat lack of hydrogen refueling stations

Hydrogen Fuel Station

The European Union has had plans in place for some time to reduce the number of vehicles powered by oil on city streets. They have been ramping up their efforts, spurred forth by recent advances in hydrogen fuel cell technology, making alternative fuels a more viable options for commercial consumption. Along with the EU’s reinvigorated enthusiasm, the demand for green vehicles is soaring to new heights. Battery powered cars, championed by the Nissan Leaf, lead the charge, but fuel cell vehicles are not far behind.One of the primary drawbacks of…

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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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Ant and bee venom might be the answer to storage

Hydrogen Fuel Cells

Hydrogen fuel cells are being used for more than just cars and buses. Researchers at the Oxford University in England have been developing a new fuel cell unit that can fit in a pocket. The fuel cell would be used to charge mobile devices as well as laptops and phones. While other companies have successfully manufactured portable fuel cells, researchers are developing a new hydrogen production method using formic acid. Formic acid is common in nature. It is most present in the venom of ants and bees, but is used…

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