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February 8, 2016

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February 8, 2016

Dec. 29, 2015 — An international group of scientists has developed ion-exchange synthetic membranes based on amphiphilic compounds that are able to convert the energy of chemical reactions into electrical current. ... read more

Dec. 17, 2015 — Renewable fuels from pyrolysis bio-oil has been created by researchers. Pyrolysis bio-oil is produced by rapidly heating the forest residues in an oxygen-free environment and then rapidly cooling the ... read more

Dec. 17, 2015 — Since hydrogen is both a highly diffusive and highly reactive element, it is difficult to maintain its stability in high-temperature, high-pressure equipment for use in experimentation, which has ... read more

Dec. 16, 2015 — Drivers are seeing more hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles on the road, but refueling stations for those vehicles are still few and far between. This is about to change. One reason is the Hydrogen ... read more

Fuel Economy Improvements in US Climate Commitment on Par With 1970s Gains

Dec. 15, 2015 — To hold up its end of the landmark climate deal signed in Paris last week, the U.S. will need to make cars and trucks of the future far more fuel efficient. New research shows that automakers won’t ... read more

'Hydricity' Concept Uses Solar Energy to Produce Power Round-the-Clock

Dec. 15, 2015 — Researchers are proposing a new 'hydricity' concept aimed at creating a sustainable economy by not only generating electricity with solar energy but also producing and storing hydrogen from ... read more

Dec. 14, 2015 — A detailed account has been provided by researchers of how to control the electron charge of nanoparticles of platinum, an important catalyst in fuel cells, to maximize the efficiency of the ... read more

Dec. 11, 2015 — A pair of socks embedded with miniaturized microbial fuel cells and fueled with urine pumped by the wearer's footsteps has powered a wireless transmitter to send a signal to a PC. This is the ... read more

Dec. 10, 2015 — Researchers have discovered a new approach to the production of fuels. Their new method can be used to produce much cleaner diesel. It can quickly be scaled up for industrial use. In five to 10 ... read more

Plant-Inspired Power Plants

Dec. 8, 2015 — A team of chemical engineers recently identified the two main factors for determining the optimal catalyst for turning atmospheric CO2 into liquid fuel. The results will streamline the search for an ... read more

Minuscule Pillars Double the Efficiency of Solar Cells

Dec. 8, 2015 — Solar cells are generally flat. However, by adding minuscule silicon pillars to the surface, it is possible to more than double the amount of energy produced for each surface. Researchers now show ... read more

Dec. 8, 2015 — Scientists have developed a high performance and cost effective fuel cell. Demand for a practical synthetic approach to the high performance electrocatalyst is rapidly increasing for fuel cell ... read more

Dec. 4, 2015 — Water-splitting cells absorb sunlight and produce fuel. Creating such cells means pairing a material to absorb sunlight and generate electrons with the one that uses those electrons to produce fuel. ... read more

A More Efficient Way of Converting Ethanol to a Better Alternative Fuel

Dec. 3, 2015 — A research team has developed a series of reactions that results in the selective conversion of ethanol to butanol, without producing unwanted ... read more

Next-Generation Fuel Cells Are Ready for Low-Emission Electricity Production

Nov. 25, 2015 — A new-generation, long-life fuel cell system is under development, offering efficiency higher than that of competing technologies. The project will result in new, energy-efficient and commercially ... read more

Nov. 23, 2015 — Bombarding and stretching an important industrial catalyst opens up tiny holes on its surface where atoms can attach and react, greatly increasing its activity as a promoter of chemical reactions, ... read more

Nov. 19, 2015 — The production of energy from natural gas without generating carbon dioxide emissions could fast become a reality, thanks to a novel technology. Researchers have been researching an innovative ... read more

Accidental Discovery Bubbles With Promise for Safer Hydrogen Storage

Nov. 10, 2015 — A surprise discovery may speed the transformation to hydrogen as a major fuel source in the future. Scientists discovered a biopolymer that was capturing and storing hydrogen. They have applied for a ... read more

Nov. 6, 2015 — Scientists have developed a new way of making fuel cell membranes using nanoscale fasteners, paving the way for lower-cost, higher-efficiency and more easily manufactured fuel ... read more

Using Hydrogen to Enhance Lithium Ion Batteries

Nov. 5, 2015 — Scientists have found that lithium ion batteries operate longer and faster when their electrodes are treated with ... read more

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