Department of Energy Funds Development of Next-Generation PEM Fuel Cell Cathode Materials at pH Matter

Columbus, Ohio, June 8, 2018 — pH Matter announced today that it has been awarded over $1 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for the continued development of its COR-Cat™ high-activity catalyst materials for proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells. A key to the cost and lifetime of PEM fuel cells is the performance of materials in the cathode, particularly the catalyst layer. pH Matter’s new catalyst material retains activity following lifetime durability demonstrations of 30,000 cycles, and is suitable for use in fuel cell applications…

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Turning Sunlight Into Hydrogen

Here’s a tantalizing fact: the Earth gets more energy from just one hour’s worth of sunlight than the entire world uses in one year. That’s something to ponder when you pull up to the pump, or open your latest electric bill. Unfortunately, the technology to store vast quantities of solar energy simply doesn’t exist yet. But nature itself may have shown us the way, or at least one way, to turn that sunlight into useful hydrogen energy, and the inspiration comes from that grass you’re walking on, or that tree…

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Prices Drop on Electric Vehicles – But Is It Enough?

Electric vehicles (EVs) stand at a crossroads. High gas prices have peaked consumer interest, but most car shoppers are impatient with EV battery-charge times and unwilling to pay more than $30,000 for one. In fact, consumers want to spend the same amount for a green car that they would on a traditional vehicle, according to a study by the Global Manufacturing Industry group: 65 percent of Americans said they would not pay more for an electric car. EVs have recently come down in price, but is it enough to gain…

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Odyne Systems, LLC Showcasing Hybrid Power Truck System Selected for Nationwide Deployment by the DOE at ICUEE 2013

Waukesha, WI, August 02, 2013 –(PR.com)– Waukesha based Odyne Systems, LLC, a leading manufacturer of hybrid systems for medium and heavy duty work trucks and winner of the NTEA 2013 Green Award, will be showcasing its advanced hybrid propulsion system in booth 4324 at the ICUEE 2013 show October 1-3 in Louisville, Kentucky. Odyne was recently selected to participate in a $45.4 million U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) award to develop and deploy over 120 plug-in hybrid systems for trucks throughout North America. The program will strongly position Odyne for…

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Department of Energy backs four innovative hydrogen energy projects with more than $7 million in funding

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The U.S. Department of Energy has announced new funding for innovative alternative energy projects in California, Washington and Oregon. The projects in question aim to make advances in hydrogen storage technology. Storage is one of the major issues preventing the large scale adoption and commercialization of hydrogen fuel. For transportation, inefficient storage tanks have delayed the launch of hydrogen-powered vehicles until very recently. Each project has a life of 3 years and aims to make hydrogen storage more affordable and efficient. The DOE will be funneling more than $7 million…

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Department of Energy report bears bad news for alternative energy

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Despite growing support for hydrogen fuel coming from the U.S. Department of Energy, a new report from the agency suggests that the government may be too focused on other alternative energy technologies. The DOE has had a turbulent history with alternative energy. At times, the agency has supported the concept of hydrogen and solar power as a viable substitute for oil. More recently, however, the agency has decried hydrogen as a fuel that is neither efficient nor feasible for commercial use. According to the agency’s first Quadrennial Technology Review report,…

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New alloy produces hydrogen gas when exposed to sunlight, research shows

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Scientists from the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville have discovered a new alloy that produces hydrogen gas when exposed to sunlight. The discovery of the material comes from research funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The research was led by Professor Madhu Menon and his colleague R. Michael Sheetz. The discovery of this new alloy could have profound implications to the world of hydrogen fuel, and may lead to a quicker transition away from oil. Researchers found that an alloy composed on antimony and gallium nitride…

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Department of Energy applauds new hydrogen station in California

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FuelCell Energy Inc., a manufacturer of stationary fuel cells based in Danbury, Connecticut, is getting ready to show off their new power plant this week. The facility is, in fact, falls within the Orange County Sanitation District in Fountain Valley, California. It is part of a new hydrogen fueling station where wastewater will be converted into hydrogen gas, which will then be converted into electricity. The entire project was commissioned by the U.S. Department of Energy, which has gained notoriety in the past for shunning fuel cell technology. The DOE…

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U.S. Department of Energy to fund analysis of fuel cell technology

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Early this year, the federal government made cuts to the research and development of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. The move was inspired by the Department of Energy, whose chairman, Steven Chu, said that fuel cells were not a viable technology. This decision has not had as much of an impact on the fuel cell industry as expected, however, as several private investors took up the cause of hydrogen fuel and funded ambitious projects in an attempt to progress alternative energy. Now, the government seems to be rethinking its earlier…

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New survey shows General Motors leading the charge in fuel cell technology

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General Motors is leading the charge amongst companies investing in hydrogen fuel cell technology. The company currently holds the highest amount of patent points, an esoteric value given to patented concepts depending on their quality and practicality. The results are listed in a recent survey released by JP Patent Publication, a Japanese patenting firm, which covered a period between 1980 and 2011. Throughout that time, GM has remained on top in terms of fuel cell technology development. GM is followed closely by Honda, who has also been a pioneer in…

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ClearEdge Power wins a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy

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ClearEdge Power, a manufacturer of hydrogen fuel cells, is to be awarded an industry and federal grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. The grant, priced at $2.8 million, is for the company’s line of next generation fuel cells that will be put to use in 10 different locations throughout California and Oregon. The new fuel cells, called ClearEdge5, implements a number of technological advances that make it more efficient and affordable. ClearEdge is one of the first fuel cell manufacturers to successfully lower the price of their units without…

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ClearEdge Power wins $2.8 million grant from Department of Energy

Hydrogen Fuel Research

ClearEdge Power, a manufacturer of stationary fuel cell units, has been awarded with a $2.8 million grant from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). The money will help the company introduce their products to the U.S. market much sooner than anticipated. ClearEdge is targeting hotels, grocers, schools and medical centers for their stationary fuel cells, which are capable of producing more than 5-kilowatts of electricity per hour. The grant from PNNL is part of an overarching project from the U.S. Department of Energy. The Department of Energy has been throwing…

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Students compete with homemade hydrogen cars

Students from around the nation have gathered to compete in the sixth annual Maryland Regional Middle School Science Bowl at Kenmoor Middle School in Landover, MD. Teams compete in a number of science themed competitions, including a race for homemade hydrogen fuel cell powered cars. The winning team will be sent to Washington D.C. to compete in the National Middle School Science Bowl hosted by the Department of Energy. Program manager for the Patriots Technology Training Center, Gloria Shivers, says that this event helps encourage students to explore the wonders…

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Successful hydrogen storage in not so far future

The U.S. Department of Energy has been busy experimenting with nanotechnology to make hydrogen safer for storage and transportation. Today, they are reporting that a breakthrough has been achieved. Scientists from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a new nanoparticle material. The material is a composite of magnesium metal particles that are mixed in a matrix of polymethyl methacrylate – a polymer similar to Plexiglas. This new nanomaterial is able to absorb and release hydrogen at a rapid rate without the risk of oxidizing metals used in storing hydrogen.…

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