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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New catalyst shows promise in making hydrogen fuel more affordable

Researchers have developed a new, inexpensive catalyst for hydrogen fuel cells Researchers from the University of Delaware have found a new way to produce inexpensive hydrogen fuel. The discovery could lead to less expensive fuel cells, as well, which may make these energy systems more attractive to consumers and businesses alike. Fuel cells are notoriously expensive because they are made using platinum. The high cost of fuel cells has made them somewhat unattractive when compared to other forms of renewable energy, such as solar power. Research team uses copper and…

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Researchers develop new catalyst for hydrogen fuel cells

Research team creates cobalt fuel cell catalyst A team of researchers from the Argonne National Laboratory have discovered a new way to produce hydrogen gas from water. The team suggests that this new hydrogen production method may be much less expensive than more conventional production methods. Reducing the cost of hydrogen fuel production has become a major priority for those interested in renewable energy. Current production methods are somewhat expensive and notoriously inefficient, making fuel cells quite unpopular in a wide range of industries. Cobalt may be an appropriate alternative…

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Hydrogen fuel cells may get cheaper thanks to new catalyst process

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Hydrogen fuel cells receive criticism due to cost Recently, the U.S. discovered that it was home to a massive amount of natural gas, which is contained in shale deposits founds throughout the country. With an abundant source of natural gas, hydrogen fuel cells are likely to find powerful traction in the country, especially in regards to transportation. Fuel cells have become a major focus of the auto industry in recent years, with most major automakers planning to commercialize hydrogen-powered vehicles by 2015. There is, of course, the issue of cost…

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Record breaking fuel cell catalyst shipments reported by Tanaka Kikinzohu Kogyo

Alternative Energy News - ene.field

Demand for fuel cells drives demand for catalysts As fuel cells become more popular, the demand for their vital components grows. Fuel cells generate electricity through a chemical process, which requires a catalyst in order to occur. The vast majority of fuel cell catalysts are made of platinum, a material that has made the energy systems excessively expensive. Though scientists around the world have been working to replace platinum as a necessary component for fuel cells, the majority of those in production still require a significant amount of platinum, which…

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

Hydrogen Research

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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Researchers find enzyme that produces hydrogen faster than conventional fuel cells

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Researchers from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Washington have discovered an enzyme that can produce hydrogen more quickly than fuel cells. The enzyme is found in Soze microbes. Scientists first found the enzyme while experimenting with Soze microbes and began experimenting with how it could be used to produce useable hydrogen gas. Unfortunately, the natural enzyme was difficult to harvest from its host microbe and proved too fragile to survive for prolonged periods of time, leading researchers to develop a synthetic variant. According to Morris Bullock, leader of the…

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Hyundai unveils their entry into the race for fuel cell supremacy

Hyundai's Blue2

Korean carmaker Hyundai has joined the ranks of manufacturers launching hydrogen powered vehicles ahead of schedule. The company unveiled their new Blue2 hydrogen fuel cell concept car at the Soul Motor Show. While Hyundai insists that the model is strictly a concept of what their hydrogen vehicles will be in the future, the actual car itself is surprisingly practical and geared toward commercialization. It should come as no surprise, then, that Hyundai plans to launch their concept into the commercial market in 2014. The Blue2 is designed specifically to give…

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Panasonic opens new research and development office in Germany, hopes to expand the use of hydrogen fuel cells

Hydrogen Fuel Cell

Panasonic, the famed electronics company, is taking the next step in their effort to expand hydrogen fuel. The company has announced that it will be launching a new research and development office in Germany. The office will focus on developing fuel cells to be used in residential areas throughout Europe. The initiative will draw together some of the more alternative-fuel-minded utility companies in Europe in the effort of expanding hydrogen acceptance. Fuel cells are becoming a staple for the transportation industries future, but Panasonic believes that the technology can have…

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Stanford University researchers create hybrid fuel cell

Stanford University - Solar Energy Research

Singular alternative fueling methods, such as solar or wind power, are well established. Many of the technologies used for such methods have advanced to a point where further development is, more or less, counter-intuitive. Solar energy is already one of the more efficient forms of alternative fuel, and continuing to improve upon its faculties requires a level of technology not yet available. However, the world is still in need of more efficient alternative fuels. To meet demand, focus has shifted from singular fueling methods to hybrid systems, specifically solar hydrogen…

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New nanowire theory for fuel cells may be the ticket

Hydrogen fuel cells have long promised to usher in a new era of energy independence for the world. One of the main reasons they have not achieved that lofty goal, however, is due to their lack of durability. The catalysts used in the fuel cells are quite expensive, but fall short where endurance is concerned. The catalysts are made out of platinum, which does not lend itself well to the chemical reactions occurring within the cells. Over time, they fall prey to oxidation and become useless. It is widely believed…

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Major advancement in hydrogen fuel production

There have been many promising advances in technology for hydrogen fuel cells recently, moving hydrogen power ever closer to being implemented on a commercial level. The promise of a truly clean energy has been around for decades and no one has yet been able to deliver. Some would argue that the standard for clean energy is far too high, making it impossible for such energy solutions to be a reality. Hydrogen fuel cells are now showing that they can make good on that promise as they begin to become more…

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