Corn could be the answer to inexpensive hydrogen fuel

Research team develops new hydrogen fuel production method using corn husks and stalk Discarded corn husks and stalks may be a valuable source of hydrogen fuel. A team of researchers from Virginia Polytechnic Institute have discovered a way to harvest hydrogen from corn husks and stalks. The research team notes that this process is an inexpensive way to produce hydrogen. The team also suggests that the process does not take up much time, making it a viable alternative to more conventional hydrogen production methods. Hydrogen production process is based on…

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Researchers find new way to produce hydrogen fuel

Team of researchers discover a new way to generate hydrogen from water and sunlight A team of researchers from the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore have developed a new way to produce hydrogen from water. The team has made significant progress toward a goal that scientists throughout the world have been trying to achieve for several years. According to the research team, they are close to creating a standalone hydrogen production system that is capable of generate large amounts of hydrogen without also being expensive. Hydrogen production continues to be…

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Researchers devise new method of producing hydrogen fuel

Scottish researchers discover a new way to produce hydrogen from water Researchers from the Glasgow University in Scotland have devised a new way to produce hydrogen fuel from water. The method could serve as a major breakthrough in chemical energy storage, allowing hydrogen to serve as an efficient storage medium for solar and wind power. The research team claims that their method of hydrogen production is as much as thirty times faster than other, more conventional methods of production. It may also be less expensive than modern production methods. New…

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Study highlights the potential of using solar power to generate hydrogen fuel

Solar energy and hydrogen are becoming more closely mingled A new study from the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis aims to shed some light on the issue of photoelectrochemical hydrogen production. This process involves the use of solar energy to produce hydrogen, which can be used by fuel cells to generate electrical power. Current hydrogen production methods are energy intensive, consuming a significant amount of fossil-fuels that produce harmful emissions. By using solar power, the hydrogen production process can be make more environmentally friendly and efficient. The problem is, however,…

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Researchers improve natural hydrogen fuel production method

French researchers find a way to speed up natural production process A team of researchers from the University of Claude Bernard Lyon 1 in France has found a way to speed up the production of hydrogen fuel through a natural process that occurs deep below the earth’s surface. The team has published a study concerning their findings and the study suggests that their approach to hydrogen production could significantly reduce the costs associated with this type of fuel. The findings could also make it easier to expand the use of…

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Artificial photosynthesis makes progress in the UK

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Researchers set sights on artificial photosynthesis Artificial photosynthesis has been a topic of extreme interest within the field of science for several years. It is often considered one of the “holy grails” of various scientific focuses, and could have serious implications concerning the way the world uses energy. Artificial photosynthesis has particularly strong prospects in the realm of hydrogen fuel, as this process can effectively be used to efficiently produce hydrogen gas in high quantities. Recently, scientists with the United Kingdom’s University of East Anglia have been working on this…

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Search continues to improve hydrogen power for vehicles

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The search is on to improve hydrogen for use in FCV or fuel-celled vehicles, with three materials that could make storage and usage affordable, safe, and cost effective. The National Science Foundation CAREER Award has launched new research into making hydrogen easy and safe for use. The major problem with hydrogen at the present time is to make it safe and efficient, which up until now have been huge hurdles to overcome with this green energy source. Current methods of storage are said to be cumbersome. The most common storage…

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HySA Systems develops South Africa’s first native fuel cell

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HySA Systems makes fuel cell using native components HySA Systems, a hydrogen fuel research group in South Africa, has successfully built the first fuel cell that is comprised entirely of components from South Africa. This is a major accomplishment for the country, which has been working to establish its own fuel cell industry. South Africa is home to the majority of the world’s platinum supply, thus is an ideal location for a fuel cell industry. Availability of materials means that fuel cells and their components can be produced affordably, thus…

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Caltech researchers experiment with new hydrogen production method

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  Low temperature hydrogen production a focus for Caltech Fuel cell technology is advancing at a rapid pace. The research and development of fuel cell technology has received a great deal of financial support in the past few years, which has powered progress and allowed fuel cells to become more efficient and viable energy systems. There are still challenges that must be overcome, however, many of which exist in the hydrogen production space. Production has become a focus for researchers from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), who have found…

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Cornell researchers develop microfluidic fuel cell

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Research into microfluidics have found some pretty interesting answers. Cornell University has taken a keen interest in hydrogen fuel cells recently. Scientists from the university have developed new materials that could be used to make fuel cells more efficient and affordable, but this is only one aspect to the university’s research. Now, researchers led by Professors Hector Abruna and Abraham Stroock have announced that there has been a breakthrough in fuel cell technology thanks to microfluidics. Researchers have constructed a microfluidic fuel cell that is more affordable than conventional models…

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

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

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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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Cornell researchers focus on surface defects of fuel cell catalysts to solve the problems of hydrogen energy

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Researchers around the world are working on ways to make hydrogen fuel cells a more viable alternative for companies looking to adopt alternative energy. Most of their efforts have been focused on how to improve the catalysts used within fuel cells to generate hydrogen gas. Professor Peng Chen of Cornell University believes that researchers are focusing on the wrong aspects of catalysts and are, therefore, missing solutions that are abundantly clear. Professor Chen believes that researchers should focus on the simple defects seen in current catalysts and resolve these issues…

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Germany to launch new energy storage system and hybrid wind-hydrogen energy system

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Germany’s role in a future run by alternative energy is becoming more tangible. The national government has announced two new initiatives that are focused on energy storage technology. One of the initiatives calls upon the aid of Canadian-based hydrogen fuel cell manufacturer Ballard. The other seeks to combine wind-and-hydrogen-generated electricity into a powerful hybrid energy system. While other developed nations have been slow to adopt alternative energy, Germany has shown aggression in making sustainability a priority that may be only rivaled by the tenacity of China. Ballard will be supplying…

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MIT researchers develop new catalyst that is far more powerful than contemporary models.

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Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have discovered a new highly efficient catalyst that can split oxygen atoms from water molecules, leaving hydrogen behind. The catalyst, which is made up of cobalt, iron and oxygen, is being called the most effective catalyst ever discovered by MIT researchers. It can be used in hydrogen fuel cells and can also be used to make hydrogen storage more efficient. Researchers will begin testing the catalyst excessively in the coming months. The catalyst may mark the beginning of a new era for alternative…

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New fuel cell uses bacteria, wastewater and salt water to form a self-sustaining fuel system

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Researchers from the Pennsylvania State University have found a way to produce hydrogen from wastewater without having to rely on grid electricity. The discovery revolves around salt water and accounts for an “inexhaustible” source of hydrogen fuel, according to researchers. Using a microbial fuel cell packed with a certain kind of bacteria, researchers have been able to produce hydrogen through electrolysis using nothing more than wastewater and salt water. The process is entirely carbon-neutral, making it one of the cleanest forms of energy production known to man. Microbial fuel cells…

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