Fuel cell vehicles may benefit from new catalyst from University of Delaware

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Engineers develop new catalyst that could improve fuel cell systems for vehicles Engineers from the University of Delaware have developed new technology that could make fuel cells more affordable and durable. The engineers believe that the new technology could help accelerate the commercialization of fuel cell vehicles. These vehicles have been slowly gaining popularity for several years. Automakers have struggled to attain commercialization, however, due to the relatively high costs associated with fuel cell technology. Catalyst makes use of tungsten carbide instead of platinum The engineering team has developed a…

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Cost of offshore wind energy projects set to fall over the next 10 years

Study shows that wind energy is becoming more affordable The University of Delaware has released a new study that highlights the cost of developing offshore wind energy projects. The study suggests that the cost of this projects will drop substantially over the next decade, making it easier for such projects to take form. Offshore wind projects are becoming more popular in the United States because of their potential to produce large quantities of electrical power. These projects take advantage of the strong wind currents that can be found at sea,…

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Researchers develop new catalyst that could make hydrogen fuel cells less expensive

Traditional catalysts may be replaced by less expensive versions comprised of low cost materials Researchers from the University of Delaware have been working with those from the Beijing University of Chemical Technology to release a report replacing traditional catalysts in hydrogen fuel cells in order to make these energy systems less expensive. The two organizations believe that catalysts can be made from less expensive materials, such as nickel, without sacrificing performance. Inexpensive catalysts could have a major impact on the cost of fuel cells, making them more attractive to those…

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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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Offshore wind energy may hold some promise in New York

State could benefit from offshore wind energy, according to new report The University of Delaware’s Special Initiative on Offshore Wind has released a new report concerning the New York’s interests in offshore wind energy. The report outlines key steps that should be taken in order to reduce the cost of wind power and make it a more effective way for the state to produce the energy it needs. Taking these steps could make offshore wind energy viable within the next decade and could supply a significant portion of the state’s…

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Can Renewable Energy Power the World?

Clean energy had once been considered a fantastical idea that would never become a reality. Today, there are more renewable energy systems producing electrical power for the world than there has ever been, and these energy systems are becoming more plentiful with every passing year. In a world dependant on fossil-fuels, however, the potential of renewable energy is skewed, with some not knowing whether or not clean power is actually worth supporting. Solar, wind, hydrogen fuel, and other sources of clean energy have the potential to satisfy the entire world’s…

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German-US collaboration makes breakthrough in fuel cells

Fuel cells could soon be free from the constraints of platinum A German-US collaboration has made a major breakthrough in the field of fuel cell technology this week. The collaboration is comprised of OH-Energy Germany, the University of Delaware, Fraunhofer ICT, and Leibniz Institute for Polymer Research. Together, these organizations have been experimenting with fuel cell technology, hoping to find a way for these energy systems to produce electrical power without having to rely on platinum. Platinum is a common component in hydrogen fuel cells and is part of the…

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Hydrogen fuel buses coming to University of Delaware

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University of Delaware seeks to expand hydrogen fuel cell program Students at the University of Delaware will soon benefit from two new buses from Ebus that will be introduced to the school’s expanding hydrogen fuel cell program. The university has been home for promising fuel cell research, especially in the realm of transportation. The school already boasts of two hydrogen-powered buses in its fleet, but is eager to expand this number in order to collect more data on how hydrogen fuel could be used in public transportation. Two additional buses…

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Hydrogen fuel produced through new hybrid technology system

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Hybrid technology could hold the key to efficient hydrogen fuel production Hybrid technology, in the realm of alternative energy, refers to the combination of two or more forms of clean energy technology. This combination of technologies has become a very popular field of research in the alternative energy space because it has the potential to drastically reduce the cost of renewable power systems and make them truly carbon neutral. Hydrogen fuel has been subjected to extensive research and development in terms of hybrid technology because of the high cost of…

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Alternative energy may be wholly viable for the US by 2030

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Report highlights the capabilities of comprehensive alternative energy systems There have been many reports over the years suggesting that alternative energy systems could meet 100% of the energy needs of a full-scale energy grid. Many of these reports suggest that it is feasible to run the world on existing alternative energy technology currently, but other claim that this is not possible for several decades. A new study from the University of Delaware and the Delaware Technical College suggests that the U.S. itself could be meet 99.9% of its energy needs…

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Bloom Energy breaks ground at new production facility in Delaware

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Bloom moves into new facility after years of abandonment Bloom Energy, a leading manufacturer of hydrogen fuel cells based in the U.S., has broken ground at a new power facility in Newark, Delaware. The facility was once a Chrysler assembly plant, but was closed down due to troubles with the economy. The facility had long been abandoned until Bloom Energy began showing interest in establishing a new power facility. The company will be installing new hydrogen fuel cells at the facility and it will serve as a valuable link in…

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University of Delaware researchers experiment with concentrated sunlight to make hydrogen gas

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Hydrogen fuel cell research in the U.S. Researchers from the University of Delaware, led by Professor Erik Koepf, have been working on ways to make hydrogen fuel cells more environmentally sound. Fuel cells are often considered clean energy machines because a great deal of attention has been drawn to the fact that the systems themselves produce no harmful emissions. Fuel cells are not stand alone energy systems, however, and they require a source of electricity in order to operate. This electricity is usually provided by burning natural gas, a process…

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University of Delaware taps Professor Yushan Yan to help commercialize hydrogen fuel cells

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One of the most prominent hydrogen fuel cell researchers in the world is heading to the University of Delaware. Yushan Yan, a well known researcher that has unlocked some of the daunting secrets holding hydrogen back has been hired by the university to teach engineering. In preparation for Yan’s arrival next summer, the university has built a new $1.9 million, 6,500 square foot laboratory and office space where Yan will be conducting the majority of his research in the coming years. Yan has been working to make fuel cells ready…

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