A new and impressive technology for electric bicycles has been developed by SiGNa. The innovative product runs on water for a distance of about 100 kilometers on a single charge.
This year’s UQ Foundation Research Excellence Award, consisting in $85,000 UQ, was won by Dr Yong Wang, from UQ’s School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering. Dr Wang will dedicate his research to develop powerful photocatalysts that increase the efficiency of hydrogen production.
Adobe Systems is launching a new emission-free fuel cell technology for cars, under the name of “Bloom Box” fuel cells, in San …
The Hawaiian island of Oahu is about to make a huge progress in the alternative energy field compared to the rest of the country, regarding the creation of a new era for energy infrastructure and environmentally-friendly transportation.
A consortium involving three universities has devised an atomically dispersed platinum catalyst that could be of use in future hydrogen production systems. Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos from Tufts University and Manos Mavrikakis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison published their research in today’s Science journal.
…it’s like hydrogen and the Sun are related in a way… the star’s energy comes from burnt hydrogen, on one hand, and on the other, here on Earth, solar cells are the best means of generating hydrogen out of water and have it used as an energy source. There’s an interesting symmetry between the two.
RNCOS, a market analysis company, has evaluated the development of the fuel cell industry and recently published a research report called “Fuel Cell Industry Analysis.” The report says that the global fuel cell industry will sustain its development trend in the near future.
Hydrogen fuel cells are thought to be the best possible solution for our cars to run as clean as they can. Hydrogen, though, can only be stored in pressurized tanks, for the moment, and the mileage you get from a single fill is far from decent, or at least far from what we’ve been used to.
According to the company, the station aims to make it easier for scientists to compare the performance of electrode components in fuel cells, which produce energy from fuels like alcohols, hydrogen and hydrocarbons.
Hyundai plans to become a leader in the field of electric and hybrid vehicles. So far the company has revealed numerous concepts and production vehicles. Among them is the 2007 Hyundai i-Blue, a zero-emissions concept car powered by hydrogen and by the last generation of fuel cell technology that the automaker has.
Fuel cell cars have just begun to show up shyly, and the competition is already high in this field. Toyota, who announced a $50,000 price tag on their first hydrogen fuel cell car, is being beaten by Hyundai, who announced their first fuel cell vehicle three years earlier than Toyota
Hydrogen, the most clean fuel in the universe, has been seen with skepticism by many. Although bad events involving exploded hydrogen tanks are rare, Monroe County’s (NY) hydrogen station on Scottsville Road experienced the explosion of two tanks filled with hydrogen.
Scientists have recently discovered that, among other sources, still water can generate renewable energy. Using an electrolyzer, water is broken into hydrogen and oxygen. In this process, catalysts are needed for oxygen production, most of which are not cheap, nor environment-friendly.
Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAV) are usually the prototypes preceding manned ones, and hence new technologies have to be tested thoroughly before applied to manned, real-life situations. UAVs have been tinkering with fuel cells lately to show that they’re capable to perform flight for an increasing period of time.
Italy seems to be the perfect place for a hydrogen infrastructure to develop in Europe. Acta, an Italian company, has plans to install their new hydrogen refilling stations throughout the country. They use solar power to perform electrolysis on water and extract the hydrogen.
An interesting case of biomimetrics comes from Norway’s Academy of Science and Letters in Oslo, where Signe Kjelstrup designed a fuel cell having the interior structure similar to that of the lungs. This is a case where both the shape and the function were imported from naturally-developed organisms.