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April 29, 2017

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April 29, 2017

Apr. 12, 2017 — Microbial fuel cells exploit the metabolism of bacteria in order to generate electricity. A new type of biofilm could soon make this relatively young technology considerably more effective, more ... read more

Researchers Offer Novel Method for Calculating the Benefits of Renewable Energy

Apr. 4, 2017 — A novel system for assessing the potential of renewable energy resources has now been developed by researchers. This method can help to assess the future exploitable technical potential of wind and ... read more

Will Grass Become the New Gasoline?

Mar. 31, 2017 — A new process that turns grass into biofuel has been developed by scientists. Although it might sound revolutionary, there’s still a lot to do before this becomes reality, however. Right now the ... read more

Mar. 28, 2017 — In order for a fuel cell to work, it needs an oxidizing agent. Scientists have now found a way to explain why oxygen does not always enter fuel cells effectively, rendering them ... read more

Mar. 22, 2017 — Researchers have developed the next step in microbial fuel cells (MFCs) with the first micro-scale self-sustaining cell, which generated power for 13 straight days through symbiotic interactions of ... read more

Hydrogen on Demand

Mar. 13, 2017 — Using solar energy, researchers have developed a new method for safely and efficiently producing hydrogen in a centralized manner, miles away from the solar farm. It could greatly reduce the cost of ... read more

New Research Urges a Rethink on Global Energy Subsidies

Mar. 13, 2017 — The hidden toll that subsidies for electricity, fossil fuels, and transport have on social welfare, economic growth and technological innovation needs to be exposed through better ... read more

Scientists Harness Solar Power to Produce Clean Hydrogen from Biomass

Mar. 13, 2017 — A team of scientists has developed a way of using solar power to generate a fuel that is both sustainable and relatively cheap to produce. It's using natural light to generate hydrogen from ... read more

Mar. 9, 2017 — On Earth, liquid flows downhill thanks to gravity. Creating an effective liquid fuel tank involves little more than putting a hole at the bottom of a container. That won't work in space, though. ... read more

Mar. 6, 2017 — Combining computational with experimental approaches, researchers identify 12 new materials with potential use in solar fuels ... read more

Liquid Hydrogen May Be Way Forward for Sustainable Air Travel

Feb. 23, 2017 — With sustainable solutions in mind, a new study looks at the energy efficiency of current modes of ... read more

Feb. 17, 2017 — A complex with a proton pathway and stabilized by outer coordination sphere interactions is reversible for hydrogen production/oxidation at room temperature and pressure, researchers have ... read more

Feb. 16, 2017 — When is an internal combustion engine not an internal combustion engine? When it's been transformed into a modular reforming reactor that could make hydrogen available to power fuel cells ... read more

Feb. 6, 2017 — Significant progress in developing microbial fuel cells has been made by scientists, which rely on bacteria to generate an electrical current, that are cheaper and more ... read more

Feb. 1, 2017 — Dust released by an active coal mine in Svalbard, Norway, reduced the spectral reflectance of nearby snow and ice by up to 84 percent, according to new ... read more

The Recent Slowdown in Global Carbon Dioxide Emissions Masks the Challenges Ahead

Jan. 30, 2017 — Many performance indicators of global and national energy systems suggest that global temperatures could still be kept below 2°C. However, future trajectories will soon diverge from 2°C pathways if ... read more

Jan. 26, 2017 — The separation of uranium, a key part of the nuclear fuel cycle, could potentially be done more safely and efficiently through a new technique developed by chemistry researchers at Oregon State ... read more

Jan. 24, 2017 — Using a natural catalyst from bacteria for inspiration, researchers have now reported the fastest synthetic catalysts to date for hydrogen production-- producing 45 million hydrogen molecules per ... read more

Jan. 23, 2017 — Scientists have discovered a new material that absorbs visible light to generate electricity. This material might be useful for splitting water to produce a combustible fuel, ... read more

Harnessing the Energy of Fireworks for Fuel

Jan. 18, 2017 — The world relies heavily on gasoline and other hydrocarbons to power its cars and trucks. In search of an alternative fuel type, some researchers are turning to the stuff of fireworks and explosives: ... read more

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