Solar energy can be used to produce clean water

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Research team can convert seawater into drinking water using sunlight Researchers from Rice University have developed a new way to desalinate seawater using the power of solar energy. The new method could potentially be used to provide communities throughout the world with potable water. The conventional method of extracting drinkable liquid from seawater involves distillation, which is an energy intensive and somewhat inefficient process. By using solar energy to produce potable water, researchers believe this method could eventually be replaced. New system is comprised of commercially viable materials The new…

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Electric vehicles could come to dominate the transportation market sooner than expected

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Clean vehicles are gaining ground very quickly Electric vehicles may take over the transportation space sooner than expected. In the United States, transportation has traditionally accounted for the majority of emissions produced within the country, surpassing the energy sector despite the country’s massive consumption of electrical power. According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), however, this is no longer the case. The EIA has reported that in 2016, the energy sector surpassed transportation in terms of emissions production, highlighting the rising impact of clean vehicles in the sector. Transportation emissions…

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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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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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Scientists make energy storage breakthrough

Rice University scientists make molybdenum disulfide discovery. A research team from Rice University has managed to transform the two dimensional form of molybdenum disulfide into a nanoporous film that can be used for energy storage or can catalyze hydrogen production. Developing flexible films of the material could be cost-effective for fuel cells. Molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) is a semiconductor that is made up of a layer of sulfur atoms that are situated between two layers of molybdenum, a brittle transition metal. From above, the material looks like graphene, but when turned…

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Rice University makes a breakthrough in hydrogen fuel production

Team of researchers finds a way to produce hydrogen using a molybdenum film A team of researchers from Rice University may have found an effective way to store and produce hydrogen fuel. The team has developed a nanoporous film that is comprised of molybdenum, which can effectively produce hydrogen or be used as a storage solution. This could be a significant breakthrough for the hydrogen space, as efficient storage and production methods have been in high demand for some time. More research will have to be done with the new…

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Researchers develop new catalyst for hydrogen fuel cells

New catalyst comprised of graphene quantum dots has been created Researchers at Rice University have developed a new catalyst that can be used in fuel cells. The new catalyst is comprised of graphene quantum dots that are meant to attach themselves to graphene material. The dots have shown that they can outperform platinum when it comes to facilitating some of the chemical processes found in fuel cells. This alternative catalyst could go a long way in improving the attractiveness of hydrogen fuel cells, especially when it comes to cost. Fuel…

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Nanotechnology aids in hydrogen sulfide detection

Scientists have created nanoreporters that collect data from gas and oil still in the ground. Rice University scientists have developed a nanoscale detector, a type of nanotechnology that enables them to check crude oil and natural gas wells for the existence of hydrogen sulfide (H2S) within the wells and then report on what is found. Nanoreporters can tell the difference between “sour” and “sweet” oil. According to James Tour, the lead chemist of the Rice labs research project and Rice University professor, Hydrogen sulfide naturally exists within crude oil and…

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Solar steam technology revealed by Rice University

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Rice University scientists unveil solar steam Scientists from the Rice University in Houston, Texas, have revealed a new technology that could be a major boon to solar energy. The technology is capable of converting solar energy directly into steam, a method that scientists refer to as “solar steam.” The method comes from Rice University’s Laboratory for Nanophotonics and is considered so powerful that it can even create steam from near-freezing water. Such technology could have profound implications for sanitation and water purification efforts around the world. Technology boasts of high…

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Lithium-ion batteries from Rice University can be painted on nearly any surface

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Scientists find a way to paint lithium-ion batteries Researchers from the Rice University in Texas have developed a new kind of lithium-ion battery that can be affixed to nearly any surface. Lithium-ion batteries are a popular energy system throughout the world, being used to power various electronic devices as well as vehicles. The batteries themselves are nothing new, having been around for decades. Rice researchers claim that their version of the famous batteries is something the world has never seen before. New approach could revolutionize the development of batteries Rice…

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Researchers make a single nanowire energy system, could change the future of alternative energy

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As alternative fuel continues to garner more and more focus around the world, scientists are hard at work trying to solve some of the inherent problems of sustainable technology. Hydrogen fuel cells, one of the most powerful and efficient forms of alternative energy, are notorious for their vast expense. Solar panels have been hampered by bouts with inefficiency, as their energy supply is cut off when not facing the sun. These problems have kept sustainable fuel from becoming mainstream, but researchers at Rice University are looking for solutions. Nanotechnology may…

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