By growing layers of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide on a semiconductor surface, researchers from the ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Â°cole polytechnique fÃƒÆ’©dÃƒÆ’©rale de Lausanne (EPFL) have managed to create solar cells that can ultimately extract hydrogen from water under the direct action of sunlight, just like leaves do their natural photosynthesis.
A new aluminum alloy could soon clean out water and at the same time generate electricity for afflicted areas. Purdue University researchers Jerry Woodall and Go Choi have been working on the alloy of aluminum, gallium, indium and tin that could split polluted or salt water into hydrogen and oxygen and then reunite them to generate electricity and pure water.
We now get to witness the world’s first remote-controlled car running on soda cans, roughly speaking, brought to us by Aleix Lovet and Xavier Saluena from the Catalonia Polytechnic Institute.
There have been many researchers seeking the perfect catalyst for dissociating water into hydrogen and oxygen. Xile Hu and his team from the EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) in Switzerland have recently tinkered with a cheap catalyst made from molybdenum.
The California Energy Commission (CEC) is betting its money on the hydrogen trend and by all appearances, it won’t be a waste: codes, standards and tests to make it possible for hydrogen to be commercialized as retail fuel. But most important of all, it will build three more hydrogen refueling stations.
Maybe the next time you visit London you’ll wonder what has changed and what has remained the same in the old city. Next you’ll find yourself taking a cab and finding the answer: it will still be the same black cab, only based on hydrogen fuel cells.
Going green is a direction every major car maker has to approach at some point. It’s just that for Hyundai it’s more of a “going blue” trend than it is green: its new hydrogen fuel concept vehicle presented on this week’s Seoul auto show is called ÃƒÂ¢€Ã…â€œBlue2ÃƒÂ¢€ and it reads “Blue Squared.”
Fuel cells can have a hope of improvement due to a discovery by TU Delft researchers in Holland. They added minuscule titanium dioxide crystals to solid electrolytes to make them more conductive. Unlike liquid electrolytes, solid ones have the advantage of being more stable and easier to be contained. Electrolytes are also used mainly in batteries, between their two electrodes.
MIT professor Daniel Nocera, the inventor of a type of electrolysis that mimics the plants photosynthesis, and Ratan Tata, the CEO of the Indian Tata group, have signed a funding agreement allowing the Tata group to commercialize Nocera’s invention which produces power from water.
Can you believe that generating hydrogen from urine is the dream of a lifetime for some? A newly-invented catalyst can help electrolyze the urine and extract the hydrogen from it much more efficiently than from water.
A new type of container for hydrogen gas has been developed by a team of Lawrence Berkeley Lab researchers. The inventors say it can store much more hydrogen than older versions, like pressurized tanks or those storing the gas inside some kinds of metallic molecular chains.
If everything goes well, we’ll see Suzuki Motors’ hydrogen fuel cell scooter on our roads soon. The company has recently announced that the Burgman has passed vital approval and European certifications.
SiGNa Chemistry Inc has created a kind of a battery that can be recharged with water. At first sight, there’s something fishy with their mobile-H2 in the sense that it only needs water to operate and that’s all. Ok, let’s see some in-depth details of it.
VTT, the Technical Research Centre of Finland began testing a large-scale prototype of a solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) that, according to the organization, will provide cheap and efficient grid power from biogas and natural gas. Using a single 10 kW planar SOFC stack, the system is capable of generating clean energy for a typical apartment block throughout an entire year.
A team of researchers at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have recently set up a new laboratory (the first in Asia) that will be used to convert water into hydrogen fuel. As the scientists said, the development of this technology may reduce the cost of using solar power to the same price as using conventional energy sources.
Inspired by a cold-war ultra secret Russian invention, the Ekranoplan, Jaron Dickson, an Australian designer has designed a hydrogen-powered boat that can hover above the water at astonishing speeds by using the so-called “wing-in-ground-effect.”