Researchers discover a new hydrogen fuel production method by recycling greenhouse gases

Chemists identify formic acid as a carrier of hydrogen fuel Chemists from the University of Southern California (USC) have developed a new way to produce hydrogen fuel. The method involves capturing greenhouse gases and using these gases to generate hydrogen without further creating any harmful emissions. Finding ways to produce hydrogen using greenhouse gases has long been an important concept among researchers interested in renewable energy. The new method could have major implications for future implementation of hydrogen fuel cells and how they are used in various sectors as energy…

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Researchers discover a renewable hydrogen fuel production method using seawater

Research team uses seawater to produce hydrogen peroxide Seawater may become a new source for hydrogen fuel, according to a team of Japanese and South Korean researchers. The research team has discovered a way to extract hydrogen peroxide from seawater and believe that this method could be used to make solar fuels in a sustainable fashion. Solar fuels are those generated through the use of solar energy. Hydrogen can be produced using solar power, which makes the hydrogen production process significantly more environmentally friendly than it is currently. Solar energy…

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Team of scientists find a way to make hydrogen fuel cells less expensive and more efficient

New catalyst is capable of improving water electrolysis Scientists from the Skoltech Institute of Science and Technology, the University of Texas at Austin, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, have developed a new catalyst that may be able to improve the performance of hydrogen fuel cells. The catalyst has shown that it can improve the efficiency of water electrolysis, which is the process through which hydrogen is produced. While more work needs to be done, the scientists believe that the catalyst could vastly improve the capabilities of fuel cell systems…

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Danish researchers aim to develop organic hydrogen fuel cell

Improving fuel cell technology is becoming a priority for researchers in Europe Hydrogen fuel cells are becoming more attractive solutions for a variety of sectors, including transportation. These energy systems have become famous for their ability to generate electrical power without also producing harmful emissions. Fuel cells consume hydrogen to produce energy, and this fuel is quite abundant. One of the drawbacks of these energy systems is their high cost, which is due to the fact that they are comprised of expensive materials, such as platinum. New project aims to…

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New catalyst could make hydrogen fuel cells much less expensive

Research team develops a catalyst that does not use platinum A research team from the University of Wisconsin-Madison have developed a new catalyst that is meant to make hydrogen fuel cells more efficient and less expensive. Conventional catalysts are notoriously expensive because they make use of platinum, a material that is resistant to the oxidation that occurs within a fuel cell system. The high cost of this material makes fuel cells somewhat unattractive when they are compared to other renewable energy solutions. New catalyst was developed using phosphorus, sulfur, and…

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Researchers develop new system to help produce hydrogen fuel

Research team designed new water-splitter that will use solar energy to produce hydrogen Researchers from Rice University have developed a new water-splitting system that is intended to produce hydrogen through the use of solar energy. The system involves the channeling of “hot” electrons so that they can be used for a specific purpose before they have a chance to “cool.” The process would unlock a renewable way to produce hydrogen fuel, which may be good news for the fuel cell industry, especially when it comes to clean transportation. Water-splitter is…

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Researchers develop new catalyst for hydrogen fuel cells

New catalyst could reduce the cost of fuel cell energy systems Researchers from the Argonne National Laboratory in the United States have developed a new catalyst for hydrogen fuel cells that may make these energy systems much more efficient and less expensive than they are currently. For years, fuel cells have been gaining popularity, but many have criticized the energy systems because of their high cost. The cost of fuel cells is largely due to their use of platinum, which comprises the catalysts that allow them to produce electrical power.…

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Graphene could lead to less expensive hydrogen fuel cells

Researchers develop new catalyst made up of laser-induced graphene Researchers from Rice University have found a potential replacement for conventional platinum catalysts that are used to power hydrogen fuel cells. Last year, researchers developed a unique form of graphene, which is laser-induced. Now, they have found a way to embed metallic nanoparticles into the material, which will allow it to serve as a catalyst for fuel cells, powering their electrochemical processes. This could make fuel cells less expensive and somewhat more efficient. New catalyst is embedded with metallic nanoparticles The…

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Researchers develop new tool to observe hydrogen fuel cells

Research team designs nanochip that is capable of examining nanocatalysts within fuel cells A team of researchers from UCLA’s California NanoSystems Institute have developed a new tool that will be able to analyze how nanocatalysts foster chemical reactions to produce electrical power. These nanocatalysts are typically used in fuel cells, which consume hydrogen fuel in order to generate energy. Being able to analyze the chemical reactions occurring within a fuel cell could give researchers more insight into how to improve fuel cell technology, thereby making the energy systems less expensive…

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Researchers develop new low-cost catalyst for hydrogen fuel cells

Improving fuel cell catalysts continues to be a subject of interest for the scientific community Fuel cell vehicles are gaining more attention, but not all of it is good. While these vehicles have received praise for their efficiency and environmentally friendly nature, they have also been criticized for being extremely expensive. Hydrogen fuel cells are costly to produce, largely due to the fact that they use platinum in order to operate effectively. The high cost of fuel cells also makes vehicles that use them expensive, which makes them less attractive…

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Researchers find a way to make fuel cells less expensive and more efficient

Research team makes a breakthrough in fuel cell technology, making energy systems less expensive A team of researchers from the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science has found a way to make fuel cells more durable, efficient, and less expensive. The team has devised a nanostructure that is comprised of a compound of three metals. Using this nanostructure, the team believes they can make a fuel cell that is significantly better than conventional models. Doing so could unlock a bright new future for fuel cell technology. Proton…

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Breakthrough could spell a brighter future for hydrogen fuel cells

New observation technique may be a boon for those interested in fuel cell technology Toyota and the Japan Fine Ceramics Center have developed a new observation technique that could unlock a new generation of durable and efficient hydrogen fuel cells. The technique will allow for the real-time observation of fuel cell catalyst degradation and researchers will be able to monitor the behavior of platinum catalysts during the chemical  reactions that occur within a fuel cell stack. These reactions are part of how fuel cells generate electrical power. Better understanding of…

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New technology could make hydrogen fuel production simpler

Researchers develop new photocathode that can produce hydrogen from sunlight A team of researchers from the HZB Institute for Solar Fuels has developed a new photocathode that is capable of producing hydrogen fuel through the consumption of sunlight. Using solar energy to generate hydrogen has become an attractive topic in the science community. Hydrogen fuel is becoming one of the more prominent forms of clean energy, with fuel cells gaining ground as primary energy systems. Conventional hydrogen production is, however, expensive and somewhat inefficient and hazardous to the environment. Using…

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Research team aims to develop better hydrogen fuel storage solutions

Researchers receive funding to developer better hydrogen fuel storage materials Researchers from the University of Michigan have been exploring for efficient materials that could be used to build hydrogen fuel storage solutions. The research team intends to develop what it believes to be a “best-in-class” storage solution that can overcome the problems that conventional hydrogen storage systems face currently. The Department of Energy has awarded the university’s research team a $1.2 million grant that will help in the endeavor. Metal-organic frameworks could make hydrogen storage more efficient The research project…

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DOE awards funding to projects focused on hydrogen fuel storage

Department of Energy provides $4.6 million in funding for promising hydrogen fuel storage projects in the US The U.S. Department of Energy has announced that $4.6 million in funding will be issued to four projects that are meant to develop advanced hydrogen storage materials. These projects may be critical to the future of hydrogen fuel in the future, as modern storage methods are often considered inefficient and expensive. Advanced storing materials may aid in the commercialization of hydrogen fuel and fuel cell technologies, paving the way for a hydrogen economy…

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Researchers find new ways to produce pure water and hydrogen fuel

Research teams begin using bacteria to produce water and hydrogen Researchers from Sintef in Norway have developed a way to produce purified water and hydrogen fuel using bacteria in chemical processes. Of note, researchers from the  have also found a way to potentially mass produce hydrogen using similar bacteria to what is being used by the team from Sintef. Both research teams believe that their discoveries could lead to a greater abundance of clean water and hydrogen in the future. Sintef researchers find a way to produce energy from waste…

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