Microbe used to improve biofuel production
(Phys.org)—Biofuel production can be an expensive process that requires considerable use of fossil fuels, but a Missouri University of Science and Technology microbiologist's patented process could reduce the cost and the ...
The latest advance in imaging technology helps optimize catalysts for use in onboard fuel processing
The presence of carbon monoxide (CO) impurities in hydrogen gas (H2) can have a detrimental impact on the performance of fuel cells. Recent studies have shown that gold nanoparticles—particles less than ...
Engineering students build UK's first hydrogen powered locomotive
Engineering students and staff at the University of Birmingham have designed and built a prototype hydrogen powered locomotive, the first of its kind to operate in the UK.
Nano-structures to realise hydrogen's energy potential
(Phys.org) -- For the first time, engineers at the University of New South Wales have demonstrated that hydrogen can be released and reabsorbed from a promising storage material, overcoming a major hurdle to its use as an ...
Fuel cell electric vehicles make rapid progress in range, durability
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently completed a seven-year project to demonstrate and evaluate hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) and hydrogen fueling infrastructure in real-world settings.
Plenty of promise from EVs, but they haven't delivered -- yet
California is the nation's electric vehicle capital, hands down.
Homogeneous catalysis: ruthenium phosphine complex hydrogenates carbon dioxide to make methanol
(Phys.org) -- Fossil-based resources are declining and their use releases the greenhouse gas CO2. Both of these problems could be significantly mitigated if we could use CO2 as a carbon source for the production ...
Hydrogen fuel cells provide power when fuel supply is off
Computer simulations reveal how rhodium catalysts structures break ethanol molecules into hydrogen atoms
Hydrogen gas (H2) is an ideal energy carrier for fuel cells, but finding sustainable ways to produce large quantities of hydrogen continues to be a technological challenge. Jia Zhang at the A*STAR Institute ...
Ionic liquid improves speed and efficiency of hydrogen-producing catalyst
(Phys.org) -- The design of a nature-inspired material that can make energy-storing hydrogen gas has gone holistic. Usually, tweaking the design of this particular catalyst -- a work in progress for cheaper, ...
New twist on old chemical process could boost energy efficiency
Chemical reactions on the surface of metal oxides, such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, are important for applications such as solar cells that convert the sun's energy to electricity. Now University of ...
Energy-dense biofuel from cellulose close to being economical
A new Purdue University-developed process for creating biofuels has shown potential to be cost-effective for production scale, opening the door for moving beyond the laboratory setting.
High-speed method to aid search for solar energy storage catalysts
Eons ago, nature solved the problem of converting solar energy to fuels by inventing the process of photosynthesis.
Nanosheet catalyst discovered to sustainably split hydrogen from water
(Phys.org) -- Hydrogen gas offers one of the most promising sustainable energy alternatives to limited fossil fuels. But traditional methods of producing pure hydrogen face significant challenges in unlocking ...