Researchers develop new device that uses solar energy to produce clean water

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New device leverages the power of solar energy to produce clean drinking water Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a new device that is capable of drawing clean water from air. While the device is still in very early prototype stages, the research team has expressed that it shows great promise. According to researchers, the device makes use of solar energy, which is used to power chemical reactions within the device itself in order to collect water molecules. Early tests show…

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University of California sees success with ambitious power-to-gas project

Engineers use renewable energy to generate hydrogen in new power-to-gas project Engineers from the University of California have announced the successful implementation of the nation’s first power-to-gas hydrogen pipeline injection project. The project is meant to demonstrate how excess electricity can be put to use rather than allowing this energy to go to waste. Power-to-gas operations have begun to attract a great deal of attention because of this. Hydrogen has become a very popular tool for power-to-gas systems as it can serve as an effective method of chemical storage. Storing…

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Researchers find a new way to make hydrogen fuel cells more efficient

Research team taps into solar energy to produce hydrogen fuel A research team from the University of California, Berkley, has found a way to make hydrogen fuel cells more efficient. The team is making use of two materials, one of which is designed to absorb solar energy. The other materials is highly conductive and both materials are likely to improve the performance of fuel cells, particularly when it comes to producing hydrogen fuel. The materials are being used in a new photoelectrochemical cell, which captures sunlight to produce an electrical…

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University of California, Irvine, gets its first hydrogen fuel cell bus

New bus comes to university, powered by hydrogen fuel The University of California, Irvine, has officially launched its first fuel cell bus, which uses hydrogen fuel as a source of energy. The fuel cell that powers the bus was designed by Ballard Power Systems, a leading developer of hydrogen fuel cell technology. The bus is now part of the university’s transit system, called the Anteater Express. The new bus is the fifth of its kind to be put into service in California. Fuel cell vehicles continues to gain prominence in…

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HyperSolar expands hydrogen fuel research agreement with University of California

Two organizations agree to expand existing research agreement through 2015 HyperSolar, a developer of hybrid hydrogen fuel production technology, has announced that it will be expanding its research agreement with the University of California, Santa Barbara. The decision to expand this agreement follows a significant breakthrough that HyperSolar has made with its new technology. Together, the two organizations aim to bolster the existing hydrogen fuel infrastructure, accommodating a growing demand for new fuel. The demand for hydrogen has been on the rise since several automakers announced plans to launch fuel…

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A hydrogen fuel transition may be on the horizon

Study highlights the possibility of a hydrogen transition in transportation The University of California’s Institute of Transportation Studies has released a new study concerning the commercialization of vehicles equipped with hydrogen fuel cells. These vehicles are verging on commercial launch throughout the world. Many automakers have plans to release their fuel cell vehicles to the market next year, while others will be doing so over the next several years. In the past, fuel cell vehicles were met with a general consensus that they would fail in any given market. This…

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HyperSolar extends agreement concerning hydrogen fuel production research

HyperSolar announces the extension of its research agreement with University of California HyperSolar, developers of innovative hydrogen fuel production technology, has announced that it has extended its research agreement with the University of California, Santa Barbara. The agreement will now run through December 31, 2014, and will allow the two organizations to continue working together on promising projects. The agreement between the two parties has birthed an ambitious research project that aims to make advances in hydrogen production powered by solar energy. Hybrid technology may be the solution to the…

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Falling price of photovoltaics has helped solar energy grow

Report highlights the growth of renewable energy due to the falling cost of photovoltaic technology The Frankfurt School-UNEP Collaborating Center for Climate & Sustainable Eenergy Finance has released a new report concerning the falling costs of solar energy and photovoltaic technology. The report was conducted with the aid of the United Nations Environment Program and Bloomberg New Energy Finance. The report suggests that the falling price of photovoltaic technology has been the primary driver behind the increase in renewable energy capacity worldwide in 2013. As this technology has become less…

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HyperSolar files patent for new hydrogen fuel production technology

Company files joint patent with the University of California, Santa Barbara HyperSolar, developers of hybrid technology combining fuel cells and solar power, has announced that it has filed a patent application alongside the University of California, Santa Barbara. The patent outlines a method of manufacturing multi-junction photosynthetic cells. The patent claims that this would lead to low cost and high voltage solar cells that can be used to produce hydrogen fuel. Multi-junction photosynthetic cells could be a boon for the emerging hydrogen infrastructure that is taking root in many parts…

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Geothermal energy breakthrough made in Iceland

Iceland makes major progress on the geothermal power front Geothermal energy typically receives little attention when compared to other forms of clean power, such as wind and solar. This is partly due to how expensive this form of energy still is while other forms of renewable energy continue to become more affordable. Geothermal energy does represent a great deal of potential, however, and could help the world move away from fossil-fuels effectively over the coming years. As countries begin to expand their focus on clean power, promising geothermal projects are…

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HyperSolar discovers new replacement for platinum catalysts

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HyperSolar seeks patent for new technology HyperSolar, a developer of hybrid alternative energy technology, has announced that it has filed a patent application alongside the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). The patent aims to protect a technology that the duo have developed that could significantly reduce the cost of hydrogen fuel cells and fuel production. HyperSolar, with the help of researchers from UCSB, have developed a protective polymer that can be used in the company’s solar-powered fuel cells that improves the longevity, efficiency, and performance of these energy systems.…

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Hydropower may be at risk in California

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Study suggests climate change may have a serious impact on hydropower systems California’s hydropower network may be susceptible to the effects of climate change, according to a report from the University of California, Riverside. Climate change is suspected to be behind the emergence of the weather conditions that are responsible for the severe drought that is taking place in some parts of the U.S. The drought has put restraints on how water can be used in the affected states. If such conditions were to come to California, the state’s ability…

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Solar cells become more affordable through new technology

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Researchers announce new technology for solar cells Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California have announced the development of a new technology that could revolutionize the manufacture of solar cells. Solar cells are variants of the traditional photovoltaic solar panels, capable of collecting more solar energy and producing higher quantities of electricity. Because of their advanced nature, solar cells have been quite expensive in the past. The cost of solar cells has delayed their adoption significantly over the years, a problem…

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Alternative energy could be a boon for high-speed railway system

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New analysis highlights the potential benefits of alternative energy systems in railway system The U.S. State of California is currently invested in the development of a high-speed railway system. The project has been met with varying degrees of support and criticism from consumers and businesses alike. With concerns regarding the viability of the high-speed railways system reaching new highs, researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, and the Arizona State University have produced a new analysis that highlights the benefits of the system. Researchers note that the high-speed railway system…

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Scientists shed light on dehydrogenation

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An understanding of dehydrogenation could pave the way for more efficient storage technologies Scientists from the University of California have gained new insight on the kinectics of hydrogen release, also known as dehydrogenation. Dehydrogenation refers to the release of stored hydrogen molecules. The efficient release of hydrogen is a vital part of the effective storage of hydrogen fuel. For several years, problems with inefficient storage methods have held hydrogen fuel back. Researchers believe that a better understanding of dehydrogenation could unlock new technologies and methodologies to store hydrogen fuel more…

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University of California researchers power fuel cell using ethanol

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Development of new fuel cells gains momentum Efforts to develop new types of fuel cells have been gaining more attention lately as fuel cells themselves become more popular. Though fuel cells have been considered a viable replacement for fossil-fuels, the fact remains that the energy systems are still marred with problems that make them unattractive to both consumers and businesses. These problems have been the focus of research and development endeavors all over the world, as is the case at the Center for Energy Research at the University of California in…

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