Insitu announces successful flight of hydrogen-powered UAV ScanEagle

hydrogen powered UAV ScanEagle

Unmanned hydrogen powered flight Insitu Inc., a manufacturer of unmanned aircraft based in the U.S., has announced that its hydrogen-powered unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) ScanEagle has successfully completed its first flight. The ScanEagle is the result of collaboration between Insitu, the Naval Research Laboratory and United Technologies, owners of UTC Power, a manufacturer of hydrogen fuel cells. The successful flight marks one of the first times hydrogen has been used to power a UAV. At present, Insitu one of the few U.S. companies that have successfully tested hydrogen fuel with…

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Kell process could be the key to affordable and efficient hydrogen fuel cells

Hydrogen Fuel Cell

Hydrogen fuel cell research uncovers a new lower cost method Hydrogen fuel cells may be popular, but not because they are renowned for their affordability. Fuel cells are expensive energy systems. This is because they make use of costly materials, the chief of which is platinum. Platinum is used to make the catalyst of fuel cells – a component that powers chemical conversions and produces electricity. Platinum is classified as a rare-earth metal which makes it one of the most expensive materials available on the planet. This expense has hampered the…

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University of Delaware researchers experiment with concentrated sunlight to make hydrogen gas

University of Delaware hydrogen fuel research

Hydrogen fuel cell research in the U.S. Researchers from the University of Delaware, led by Professor Erik Koepf, have been working on ways to make hydrogen fuel cells more environmentally sound. Fuel cells are often considered clean energy machines because a great deal of attention has been drawn to the fact that the systems themselves produce no harmful emissions. Fuel cells are not stand alone energy systems, however, and they require a source of electricity in order to operate. This electricity is usually provided by burning natural gas, a process…

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Genport SRL to build headquarters at Purdue Research Park in Indiana

Alternative energy - Purdue Research Park

New U.S headquarters for hybrid fuel cell technology research firm Genport SRL, an Italian manufacturer of electric generators and lithium-ion batteries, has announced that it will be seeking to establish a headquarters in North America. The company is spending $2 million to build this headquarters at the Purdue Research Park in West Lafayette, Indiana. The facility will not be devoted to serve the company’s establish pedigree. Instead, Genport researchers will be experimenting with new hybrid fuel cell technologies that could have serious implications for alternative energy in the U.S. In terms…

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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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Cornell researchers devise new method to make metal materials for fuel cells and batteries

Cornell University research in hydrogen fuel cell

Is there a new way to feed hydrogen fuel cell technology? Chemists at Cornell University have developed a new way to make metals that can be used to make catalysts for hydrogen fuel cells and electrodes for lithium-ion batteries. Engineers from the university have created porous metal films using this new method that are 1,000 times more conductive than other metal materials. These metals are comprised of nanostructures that help them catch and utilize chemicals that come their way. Researchers say that this new method has given them higher levels…

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Air Liquide to supply fuel for hydrogen-powered bus in Birmingham, Alabama

Birmingham Alabama Hydrogen bus

Air Liquide, a producer of industrial gases, such as hydrogen and natural gas, has announced that it will be supplying fuel for a hydrogen-powered bus in Birmingham, Alabama. The company has reached an agreement with the Center for Transportation and the Environment and will begin bolstering the city’s hydrogen fuel infrastructure this week. The hydrogen-powered bus will be part of a demonstration of hydrogen energy put on by the agency. The bus will be open to the public and will operate alongside other vehicles working for the Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit…

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SSE and Wheelabrator Technologies team to build waste-to-energy power plant in the UK

Biofuel research

SSE, a British electric utility company, has announced a partnership with Wheelabrator Technologies, a waste management firm based in the United Kingdom. Together, the two companies will be building a waste-to-energy power plant worth $476 million. The plant will take root in West Yorkshire, UK, and will begin operating in early 2015, according to Wheelabrator. Both companies claim that the project will have a profound impact on the local economy and will generate hundred of throughout its construction period. The facility will collect waste from the nearby Barnsley, Doncaster and…

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Hyundai to attend All-Energy 2012 with the help of ITM Power fuel station

All Energy 2012

Japanese automaker Hyundai has announced that it will be participating in the All-Energy 2012 renewable energy exhibition in the United Kingdom. During the event, Hyundai will show off its hydrogen-powered SUV at the “Ride and Drive” demonstration area. Those attending the event will be able to take the SUV for a test drive to get an idea of how well hydrogen-powered vehicles perform. The automaker is able to attend the event thanks to a hydrogen fuel station provided by ITM Power. ITM Power, a manufacturer of hydrogen fuel cells, has…

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SFC Energy successfully delivers direct methanol fuel cells to the Army Operational Test Command in Texas

Hydrogen Fuel Used by Military

SFC Energy, a manufacturer of mobile hydrogen fuel cells, has announced the successful delivery of 50 lightweight fuel cells to the U.S. Army Operational Test Command in Texas. The fuel cells are from SFC’s FC 100 line of products. These are a variant of hydrogen fuel cells, using methane instead of the more common hydrogen gas. Known as direct methanol fuel cells (DMFCs), SFC Energy believes that these models will be ideal for military operations where the need for mobile power sources is high. The Operational Test Command will experiment…

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Apple unveils more information regarding hydrogen energy project in Maiden, North Carolina

Apple North Carolina

Last month, Apple announced plans to break ground on two massive alternative energy projects in North Carolina at some point this year. These projects concerns hydrogen and solar energy and are meant to power one of the technology company’s data centers in Maiden, North Carolina. Apple had been disinclined to share information regarding its use of hydrogen fuel cells in the past, but has now released new information concerning their incorporation of the energy systems. The company will be working with the North Carolina Utilities Commission to make both projects…

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A*STAR researchers create new pressure sensors using nanotechnology


Researchers from the A*STAR Institute of Microelectronics have constructed new pressure sensors using nanotechnology. Pressure sensors are widely used throughout the world of medicine and mechanics. Such sensors can often be found in vehicles and are used to note changes in fuel pressure. The new sensors developed at A*STAR are comprised of nanowires, which researchers claim have superior electrical and mechanical properties compared to conventional components usually found in sensory devices. The A*STAR sensors can detect even the slightest changes in pressure. As such, these devices are likely to be…

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Butterfly wings may hold the key to hydrogen fuel cell efficiency

Hydrogen Fuel Cell

Researchers from the Shanghai Jiaotong University in China have been working on a way to boost hydrogen fuel production. Their efforts were spurred by the growing demand for hydrogen gas, which has been driven by the increasing popularity of fuel cells. The auto industry has been a champion of fuel cells and hydrogen energy for the past several years and most major car makers will be releasing hydrogen-powered cars in 2013 and 2015. As these vehicles become commonplace, the need for hydrogen fuel is expected to reach critical mass. Researchers…

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Furukawa Battery commercializes its salt-water powered magnesium fuel cells

Salt Water Fuel Cells

Furukawa Battery, a Japanese developer of alternative energy power systems, has begun commercializing its new magnesium fuel cell technologies. The magnesium fuel cell differs from its conventional counterparts in that it does not use platinum to power chemical conversions. Instead, the fuel cell uses salt water as an electrolyte, enabling Furukawa to keep costs of manufacturing the energy system relatively low. The company believes that these energy systems could be used in every house in Japan to meet a family’s energy needs. Using magnesium as an electrolyte, Furukawa Battery has…

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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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Tropical S.A. seeking investments to help expand its fuel cells business

Hydrogenics Hydrogen Propulsion Technology News

Tropical S.A., a manufacturer of hydrogen fuel cells, has announced its first round of investments this week. The company is seeking investments from the private sector in the hopes of bolstering business. Tropical specializes in making fuel cells for industrial purposes. These stationary fuel cells are garnering a great deal of acclaim in the world of industry for their ability to produce large amounts of energy at low cost, with the exception of the initial purchase, of course. The funds raised during the round of investments will go toward helping…

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