Clean vehicles could become more affordable thanks to new catalyst

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Researchers develop new catalyst that uses no platinum The cost of clean vehicles may be set to plummet in the coming years. Researchers from the University of California have developed a new, inexpensive catalyst that could be used by fuel cell systems. The new catalyst is comprised of carbon nanofibers and cobalt, which is 100 times less expensive than platinum. Eventually, the catalyst could find its way to production fuel cells, which would be used to power future generations of clean vehicles that operate using hydrogen. Costly fuel cells make…

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Researchers develop new catalyst capable of producing hydrogen fuel

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Researchers use inexpensive materials to develop new catalyst Researchers from the University of California, Santa Cruz, have developed a new carbon-based nanocomposite that could serve as a catalyst to produce renewable hydrogen fuel. The research team notes that the new catalyst is inexpensive due to its use of affordable materials. The catalyst works by separating water into its base components of oxygen and hydrogen, making the production process much more environmentally friendly than it has been in the past. Catalyst can efficiently produce hydrogen fuel The new catalyst is the…

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Renewable energy community to be set up in Huntington Beach, California

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New partnership seeks to form an “Advanced Energy Community” Southern California Gas has announced that it will be working with the University of California-Irvine’s Advanced Power & Energy Program. Through this partnership, Southern California Gas will help design what is being called an “Advanced Energy Community.” This community will take form in a neighborhood that is located in Huntington Beach. The initiative is meant to highlight the growing importance of renewable energy and how clean power can be used to provide communities with the electrical power that they need. New…

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New catalyst could help make fuel cells affordable

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Researchers develop new catalyst that uses no platinum Researchers from Sandia National Laboratories and the University of California are working to drive down the cost of hydrogen fuel cells. These researchers have developed a new catalyst that could eventually replace the platinum catalysts that fuel cells typically use. The new catalyst is comprised of a compound that takes the form of a “rippled leaf.” Researchers have shown that the new compound has three times as many catalytic contact points as typical catalysts. Research team developed catalyst using natural processes Researchers…

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HyperSolar extends partnership to continue researching renewable hydrogen fuel production

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Company has extended its partnership with the University of California HyperSolar, a company specializing in renewable hydrogen fuel production, has announced that it will be expanding its research agreement with the University of California. This was the first university that the company teamed with in order to advance renewable hydrogen fuel production technology. This technology leverages the power of clean energy, such as solar power, in order to make hydrogen production carbon-neutral and cost effective. Such technology is expected to make fuel cells more attractive as it will reduce their…

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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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