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.”
A system that converts the energy of sunlight directly into hydrogen has been discovered at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Scientists there have managed to design what they call a “biohybrid photoconversion system,” which consists in the interaction of plant proteins responsible with photosynthesis and a synthetic polymer they created.
They used titanium dioxide (TiO2) whose lattice structure had been modified by changing its ordered pattern. They did that by hydrogenating the TiO2 crystals and found out that the disordered titanium dioxide they obtained was black, hence the idea that it absorbs light much better than the white one.
A team of British researchers are refining a hydrogen-based petrol substitute due for road-testing next year and available at the pumps in three years. Being composed of hydrogen, the petrol substitute generates zero CO2 emissions and, as the team claims, could be used in all kinds of vehicles.
The meeting of the most important gas, oil and car companies in Japan took place yesterday, on January 13. During the meeting, the issue of the infrastructure requested to drive hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles has been discussed.
A large scale partnership called H2I (Hawaii Hydrogen Initiative) is coming together as combined efforts are being made for the fueling infrastructure that will support the future face of the Hawaiian transportation system. Hydrogen fuel is the word of the day, as Hawaii expects thousands of fuel-cell vehicles to hit the market starting with 2015.
The improvements to Hyundai’s third-gen hydrogen fuel cell vehicle have finished. A test will be prepared this year with a mass display planned for 2015. Fuel cells are considered one of the most effective ways of producing an electric vehicle.
A Liquidmetal patent for an internal component of a fuel cell has been granted to Apple. Initially, the experts believed that the patent was for an iPhone antenna or for a new iPad enclosure, but it seems that they were wrong.