Researchers discover a way to improve hydrogen fuel cells

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Research team to use new catalyst to power hydrogen fuel cells Researchers from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have found a way to accelerate the hydrogen fuel production process, making fuel cells more efficient and attractive renewable energy solutions. The research team has begun making use of a new catalyst that they claim can speed up the hydrogen generation process 1,000 times. Using the catalyst could allow fuel cell vehicles to fuel much more quickly, which may make them somewhat more attractive to consumers. New catalyst is comprised on nickel…

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PNNL clean technology projects receiving funding from the federal government

DOE provides funding to help commercialize clean technology projects The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has received support from the U.S. Department of Energy to help commercialize new technologies. The Department of Energy has awarded PNNL with $4.4 million as part of its Technology Commercialization Fund. The fund is being overseen by the Office of Technology Transition. The funding will help PNNL bring some of its projects closer to commercialization. These projects are focused on clean technology and renewable energy. PNNL researchers aim to use solar energy to convert natural…

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New fluid may be a boon for enhanced geothermal power systems

A new nontoxic liquid may tap into unreachable geothermal areas. According to a paper recently published in Green Chemistry, a new reservoir stimulation fluid features a polymer that can not only expand the volume of the fluid and create minuscule cracks in deep underground rocks, which increases geothermal power production and may be beneficial to enhanced geothermal systems, but it is environmentally friendly, too. More homes in America could be powered by the Earth’s natural underground renewable energy source. This would be made possible with enhanced geothermal systems, which are…

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New hydrogen fuel training program launched in the US

Training program aims to equip first responders with the tools they need to handle emergency situations The United States Department of Energy’s Fuel Cell Technologies Office has announced the launch of a new safety training resource program that is available online. The new program is designed for emergency responders that may have to deal with incidents involving hydrogen fuel in the future. The program has been developed by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the California Fuel Cell Partnership. The two organizations have extensive experience with hydrogen fuel and fuel…

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PNNL begins working on a new hydrogen fuel production system

PNNL receives funding for ambitious new project The U.S. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is now developing a new hydrogen production system. The system is meant to generate hydrogen fuel through the consumption of biomass. The endeavor is being funded by the Department of Energy, which has awarded the laboratory with a $2.2 million grant. The federal agency decided to fund this project as part of its ongoing endeavor to improve hydrogen production systems and help establish a working hydrogen infrastructure in the U.S. Hydrogen production continues to attract attention…

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DOE awards funding to innovative hydrogen fuel projects

Agency provides $20 million in funding to ambitious research and development projects The U.S. Department of Energy is showing more support for hydrogen fuel by awarding $20 million in funding to ten research and development projects focused on hydrogen production and deployment. The federal agency has been growing more fond of hydrogen and fuel cell technology in recent years, investing money in the development of a hydrogen infrastructure and seeking ways to reduce the costs of fuel cell energy systems. The agency had once considered fuel cells to be an…

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Study sparks new hope for hydrogen fuel cells

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory releases study concerning breakthrough in fuel cell catalyst technology The U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has released a new study concerning a nature-inspired catalyst that may provide a better insight into hydrogen fuel cells. These energy systems have become a major interest for the Department of Energy recently and the federal agency has been investing aggressively in finding ways to make fuel cells less expensive and more efficient. The key to this puzzle may lie in the catalysts that fuel cells use to…

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Hydrogen fuel safety app developed by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

App highlights safe handling of hydrogen fuel Researchers from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in the U.S. have developed a new mobile application called Hydrogen Tools. The application is designed to bring safety to the forefront when it comes to the use of fuel cell technology. Hydrogen fuel cells are becoming more popular and are seeing use in a variety of industries. While fuel cells are typically considered to be safe, an understanding of how these energy systems can be effectively used is often needed to avoid any potential accidents….

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Nuvera to develop hydrogen fuel cells for TRU systems

Nuvera chosen by DOE for hydrogen fuel initiative Nuvera Fuel Cells, a developer of hydrogen fuel cells, has announced a new partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Thermo King, a developer of temperature control systems for transportation. Nuvera has been chosen to participate in a research initiative that aims to determine the value of using hydrogen fuel cells for transport refrigeration units (TRUs). The company will work alongside Plug Power, another developer of fuel cell technologies, for the same purpose. Fuel cells could lead…

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Fuel cells could benefit from new iron-based catalyst

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Fuel cells may see new era of progress with catalyst research Hydrogen fuel cells have been growing in popularity for years. Recently, these energy systems have garnered a great deal of attention and acclaim for their ability to produce large amounts of electrical power in an efficient, carbon-neutral manner. Throughout the long history of fuel cells, the technology has been criticized for its high cost. This is because the components necessary for fuel cells to function are composed of expensive materials, thus making production a costly effort. The catalysts used…

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PNNL researchers create iron catalyst for fuel cells

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Scientists draw inspiration from nature to create new catalyst Scientists from the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have taken a page from nature itself in an attempt to develop a more efficient catalyst for hydrogen fuel cells. These scientists have developed a new catalyst with an iron center and molecular chains comprised of nitrogen atoms that are designed to extract the electrons from hydrogen molecules. The catalyst makes no use of platinum, which may lead to the production of more affordable hydrogen fuel cells in the future….

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CO2 capture through the use of methane hydrates

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Capturing emissions continues to draw the interest of Department of Energy Capturing and storing carbon dioxide has become a popular concept in the world of science. Researchers from around the world have been working to find a way to effectively and efficiently remove the threat of CO2 emissions. A team of researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) first published the findings of their carbon capture and storage study in December 2011. The Department of Energy is now digging up the results of this research…

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Efficient hydrogen fuel production may be unlocked by new catalyst

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Team of researchers aims to improve hydrogen fuel production Researchers from the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have been experimenting with a new kind of catalyst that can be used to produce hydrogen fuel. Lead by chemist John Roberts of the PNNL Center for Molecular Electrocatalysis, researchers believe that the catalyst can be made to produce hydrogen gas at a more rapid pace than any other catalyst currently available. This is accomplished through the use of an acidic ionic liquid. PNNL team develops catalyst based off protein…

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Small-scale solid oxide fuel cell could be a popular option for homeowners in the U.S.

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Residential fuel cells generating buzz in residential sector As alternative energy continues to grow in popularity, hydrogen fuel cells are beginning to generate buzz for their uses in the residential sector. Fuel cells capable of powering homes are already available, but their expensive nature has made them uncommon with homeowners. Despite their apparent scarcity, fuel cells are capable of meeting the energy demands of households of varying sizes at relatively low cost after their initial installation. Solid oxide fuel cells, in particular, have been identified as viable energy systems for…

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Using e-coli, researchers are able to generate ethanol from seaweed

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Researchers from the Bio Architecture Lab and the University of Washington have discovered a new way to generate biofuel from seaweed. As the issue of alternative energy gains more attention, scientists are looking for ways to generate electricity sustainably. Biofuel is gaining more attention from the science community especially that generated from seaweed. Scientists have targeted seaweed because it draws nutrients from water and requires no fertilizers or pesticides. Scientists have genetically modified a strain of e-coli bacteria, enabling it to consume the sugars found in seaweed and produce ethanol….

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Researchers develop new fuel cell catalyst, stumble upon chemical that is more efficient than hydrogen

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Researchers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory at the Washington State University have developed a new catalyst to be used with fuel cells. The potential of fuel cells has long been stifled by their high expense. This is due to the large amount of platinum used in every fuel cell system. Scientists have been seeking an alternative to the platinum catalysts, but few projects have been successful. Scientists at Pacific Northwest may have found a solution. Made from zinc oxide and zirconium oxide, the new catalyst is meant for fuel…

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