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  • Goodbye, Prius? Japanese carmakers drop battery electric-car development

    02/04/2013 10:41:56 AM PST · by jazusamo · 57 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 4, 2013 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Japan is backtracking on battery electric-car development, as even Nissan’s vice chairman, the so-called “father of the Prius,” announced plans to copy Toyota and pursue fuel-cell cars that convert hydrogen to electricity. “Because of its shortcomings — driving range, cost and recharging time — the electric vehicle is not a viable replacement for most conventional cars,” said Nissan’s vice chairman, Takeshi Uchiyamada,..
  • Connecticut's fuel cell industry braces for potential change

    07/02/2012 3:30:25 PM PDT · by matt04 · 5 replies
    Before the clean energy world knew about fuel cells, United Technologies knew about them. UTC pioneered the modern fuel cell for NASA beginning with the Apollo space program in the 1960s through the end of the shuttle program last year. But UTC's love affair with fuel cells could be about to end. In the last several weeks UTC's CEO and CFO have made statements indicating that the sale of its storied fuel cell unit, UTC Power, is under consideration to raise capital for its purchase of Goodrich. While UTC has declined to comment further on the subject, the situation has...
  • Microfluidic fuel cell powers forward

    04/10/2012 6:21:19 PM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies
    Chemistry world ^ | 10 April 2012 | Andy Extance
    Researchers at Cornell University in the US have challenged prevailing fuel cell wisdom by throwing out three standard characteristics of today's mainstream systems to drive down their cost. Héctor Abruńa and Abraham Stroock's team changed the fuel and oxidant chemicals used and the cell design that keeps them apart, getting power densities above 0.25 W/cm2. 'What we attain is extraordinary for a device that simple,' Abruńa  tells Chemistry World.  'Fuel cells for automotive applications are typically around 1-2W/cm2. It's not that far off.'   The microfluidic fuel cell doesn't need an expensive Nafion membrane to keep the fuel and oxidant separate © Cornell...
  • Solar Fuels Take Two Steps Forward

    10/03/2011 8:55:35 PM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 29 September 2011 | Robert F. Service
    Enlarge Image Artificial leaf. A new device absorbs sunlight (blue) and sends that energy to catalysts that split water (green) and generate hydrogen gas (black). Credit: S. Y. Reece et al./Science Two independent research teams report today in Science that they've taken key strides toward harnessing the energy in sunlight to synthesize chemical fuels. If the new work can be improved, scientists could utilize Earth's most abundant source of renewable energy to power everything from industrial plants to cars and trucks without generating additional greenhouse gases. Today, humans consume an average of 15 trillion watts of power, 85% of...
  • 'Artificial leaf' makes fuel from sunlight (w/ video)

    09/30/2011 6:34:40 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 25 replies
    http://www.physorg.com ^ | Sep 30, 2011 | by David L. Chandler
    Researchers led by MIT professor Daniel Nocera have produced something they’re calling an “artificial leaf”: Like living leaves, the device can turn the energy of sunlight directly into a chemical fuel that can be stored and used later as an energy source. The artificial leaf — a silicon solar cell with different catalytic materials bonded onto its two sides — needs no external wires or control circuits to operate. Simply placed in a container of water and exposed to sunlight, it quickly begins to generate streams of bubbles: oxygen bubbles from one side and hydrogen bubbles from the other. If...
  • Breakthrough in hydrogen fuel cells: Chemists develop way to safely store, extract hydrogen

    08/30/2011 6:38:50 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 26 replies
    http://www.physorg.com ^ | Aug 29, 2011 | Staff
    A team of USC scientists has developed a robust, efficient method of using hydrogen as a fuel source. Hydrogen makes a great fuel because of it can easily be converted to electricity hydrogen is that, because it is a gas, it can only be stored in high pressure or cryogenic tanks. In a vehicle with a tank full of hydrogen, "if you got into a wreck, you'd have a problem," said Travis Williams, assistant professor of chemistry at the USC Dornsife College. A possible solution is to store hydrogen in a safe chemical form. Earlier this year, Williams and his...
  • Hydrogen Fuel Cells Drive Big Hauling Truck

    08/07/2011 5:57:06 AM PDT · by KevinDavis · 16 replies
    Earth Techling ^ | 08/04/11 | Kristy Hessman
    What is said to be the world’s first zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell class 8 truck rolled through roads in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach recently. Vision Industries delivered the truck to Total Transportation Services, a national trucking company, at the end of July to be tested in California ports. The truck will do short-haul routes typical of the other trucks currently operating in the ports in the coming six months.
  • Nanotube 'fuse' generates power

    03/11/2010 4:16:52 PM PST · by neverdem · 8 replies · 505+ views
    Chemistry World ^ | 10 March 2010 | Jon Cartwright
    Carbon nanotubes are wrapped in TNA © Nature Materials A fundamentally new type of power generation may be on the horizon thanks to researchers in the US and Korea who have created a nanotube 'fuse' that harnesses the energy from chemical reactions. The device converts chemical energy into electrical energy, yet is so small compared with traditional batteries that it opens the door to applications such as floating sensors or new fuel cells. Carbon nanotubes are known to have unusually high thermal conductivity because of a streamlined way in which packets of heat energy, known as phonons, can travel through...
  • Bloom Box: Secret App May Be Key to Tiny Energy Plant (home fuel cells)

    02/24/2010 11:54:13 AM PST · by Ben Mugged · 108 replies · 2,467+ views
    National Geographic News ^ | 24 Feb, 2010 | Ker Than
    Set to be unveiled today, the much anticipated Bloom Box—a residential "power plant" about the size of a mini-fridge—could provide cheap, environmentally friendly electricity to U.S. households within ten years, according to Bloom Energy, the company behind the fuel cell based invention. But what, besides its hype, makes the Bloom Box special? Could it really revolutionize how we power our homes? And do Bloom Energy patents point to a secret killer app? In an interview with CBS TV's 60 Minutes Sunday night, K.R. Sridhar, CEO of Bloom Energy, said that, for one thing, the Bloom Box fuel cell system is...
  • The Bloom boomlet and what follows

    02/23/2010 7:40:06 AM PST · by dangerdoc · 10 replies · 340+ views
    smart planet ^ | 2/22/2010 | Dana Blankenhorn
    As our Larry Dignan notes, last night’s 60 Minutes featured a piece launching the latest over-hyped energy breakthrough — the Bloom Box. While inventor K.R. Sridhar was still being coy with CBS, the device appears to be a fuel cell, composed mainly of a ceramic and custom inks (probably containing zirconium), that can produce electricity from any hydrocarbon feedstock at high efficiency. (The picture is by Thomas Hawk, from Flickr. The man on the left is legendary Silicon Valley venture capitalist John Doerr.) The official launch is not until Wednesday, but this has not slowed the speculation, or the skepticism....
  • Is the "Magic" Alternative Energy Bloom Box for Real? ( Developer is EX-NASA...)

    02/22/2010 8:17:57 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 40 replies · 1,301+ views
    Daily Tech ^ | February 22, 2010 10:00 AM | Jason Mick (Blog)
    Fuel cell box powered by secretive tech, many questions remainIt's a shiny box with a whole lot of mystery that's receiving a whole lot of attention this week.  The "Bloom Box" a roughly cubic structure has already been embraced by eBay, Google, Staples, FedEx, and Walmart, which extol its savings.  But is the new box the solution to all of mankind energy problems or a snake oil remedy for the world's fossil fuel habit? In an exclusive interview on the CBS television program 60 Minutes, company K.R. Sridhar, CEO of Bloom Energy, gave the public a tantalizing first peak at the secret alternative energy...
  • The Bloom Box: An Energy Breakthrough? (Fuel Cells Redux w/o platinum)

    02/21/2010 6:32:56 PM PST · by Titus-Maximus · 52 replies · 2,068+ views
    KTVA ^ | 2/21/09 | 60 Minutes Staff
    CBS) For the past year and a half, several large California corporations have been secretly testing the "Bloom Box," a potentially revolutionary fuel-cell system. Confirming this for the first time, several of the companies report this system is a more efficient, clean, and cost effective way to get electricity than off the power grid. Lesley Stahl and "60 Minutes" cameras get the first look inside the secretive California company, just days before the Bloom Energy official launch, scheduled for next Wednesday (Feb. 24). Stahl's report will be broadcast this Sunday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. ET/PT. John Donahoe, CEO of...
  • A metal oxide alternative to carbon as catalyst support in low-temperature fuel cells

    01/22/2010 5:28:40 AM PST · by dangerdoc · 12 replies · 355+ views
    Pragma Industries ^ | 1/22/10 | Dr. Catherine Lepiller
    Following the general trend observed in the low-temperature fuel cell research to replace Pt/C catalysts by less costly and more durable compounds, as already exemplified in Pragma’s September Science Note, promising new results point to titanium dioxide. Current polymer electrolyte fuel cells use platinum and platinum-based alloys supported on nanoporous carbon as electrodes. However, during the duty cycles of repeated start-ups and shut-downs, the fuel cell undergoes high potentials that lead to carbon and Pt degradation processes. In order to maximize catalyst utilization in the electrodes, Pt nanoparticles have been downsized to 2-3 nm. Thermodynamic size effects make them less...
  • Who Needs the Grid? A new fuel-cell technology promises to revolutionize access to...

    12/09/2009 7:39:05 PM PST · by neverdem · 16 replies · 988+ views
    The Atlantic ^ | December 2009 | Lane Wallace
    In the boardroom at Bloom Energy, a single picture hangs on the wall: a satellite image of the world at night. Clusters of bright lights mark the industrial centers, and thin white lines trace connecting passageways such as the U.S. Interstate System and the Trans-Siberian Railroad. In between, huge swaths lie in shadow. Standing almost reverently before the image, K. R. Sridhar, the CEO of Bloom, points to the dark areas—places where electricity isn’t accessible or reliable. “This is my motivation for everything,” he says. To improve the lot of the more than 2 billion people living in those dark...
  • State gives two companies tax breaks in Stark County

    12/09/2009 4:14:15 AM PST · by Gun142 · 3 replies · 400+ views
    Canton Repository ^ | Dec 08, 2009 | G. Patrick Kelley
    CANTON — Two area companies — one already here and another being lured with incentives — received tax breaks from the state Department of Development on Monday. Job Creation Tax credits were approved for Medline Industries and Rolls-Royce Fuel Cell Systems by the state Tax Credit Authority. If it locates here, Medline would receive a 40 percent, 5-year tax credit for the creation of $873,600 in payroll. As part of the tax-credit agreement, Medline has to maintain operations in Canton for at least eight years. Rolls-Royce will receive a 60 percent, 10-year tax credit for creating $3.74 million in additional...
  • Study: Bacteria can make salt water drinkable

    08/25/2009 6:20:44 PM PDT · by decimon · 9 replies · 865+ views
    Discovery News ^ | Aug 25, 2009 | Eric Bland
    Bacteria can be used to turn dirty salt water into electricity and drinkable water, according to new research from scientists at Penn State University and Tsinghua University. The research presents a new spin on microbial fuel cells, which have been used in the past to produce electricity or store it as hydrogen or methane gas.
  • Obama Administration Sparks Battery Gold Rush

    05/25/2009 8:15:27 PM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 16 replies · 734+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 05-25-09 | WILLIAM M. BULKELEY
    Companies, States Vie for $2.4 Billion in Funding Aimed at Turning U.S. Into Top Maker of Fuel Cells for Electric Cars The Obama administration has set off a gold rush to power new environmentally friendly cars. In one of the government's biggest efforts at shaping industrial policy, the Energy Department has been soliciting applications for $2.4 billion in funding aimed at turning the U.S. into a battery-manufacturing powerhouse. At the deadline last week, the department said it had received 165 applications. Companies vying for the federal money include General Motors Corp., Dow Chemical Co., Johnson Controls Inc. and A123 Systems,...
  • Cheaper fuel cell catalyst - Researchers scrimp on platinum but not quality

    05/15/2009 1:59:45 AM PDT · by neverdem · 14 replies · 697+ views
    Science News ^ | May 14th, 2009 | Laura Sanders
    Unlike blinged-out rap stars dripping with platinum chains, fuel cell designers try to scrimp on the precious metal. Researchers have now come up with a new way to make do with less platinum and get even better performance from fuel cells. The finding, which appears online May 14 in Science, may provide a much-needed price chop for clean, efficient fuel cell technology. Fuel cells generate energy through chemical reactions between hydrogen and oxygen, emitting only water as waste. But the high cost of the materials needed to make these reactions happen — in particular, platinum — has prevented fuel cell...
  • Fuel-cell technology inches toward reality

    12/02/2008 5:30:58 AM PST · by thackney · 52 replies · 1,362+ views
    AP via Houston Chronicle ^ | Dec. 1, 2008, 10:18PM | DIRK LAMMERS
    Laptop, cell phone and iPod owners, tired of having their devices run out of charge after a few hours, have been patiently waiting for the next portable power source to arrive. Tiny fuel cells, powered by combustible liquids or gasses, have long been touted as the eventual solution. Potentially, they could power a laptop for days between refills. But fuel cells have perennially remained a year or two away from reaching the market as companies have worked on making them small, cheap and long-lasting while making sure they don’t overheat. The U.S. government removed a key roadblock this year when...
  • Fuel Cell Vehicles 15 Years and $200B Away

    08/05/2008 5:53:24 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 23 replies · 103+ views
    earth2tech.com ^ | 07/18/2008 | Craig Rubens
    In 2003 President Bush announced a $1.2 billion initiative to make fuel cells commercially viable over a 16-year period. Five years later, a new report issued by the National Research Council says that fuel cells are still at least 15 years away from being commercially feasible. The release says that despite “impressive progress toward commercialization,” some $200 billion is needed over the next decade and half — $55 billion from the government and $145 billion from the private sector. The report says that in the short term, fuel efficiency and biofuel research would be a more cost-effective way to reduce...
  • Small steps toward big energy gains

    08/04/2008 8:37:07 AM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies · 231+ views
    Science News ^ | July 31st, 2008 | Davide Castelvecchi
    New studies with different fuel cell catalysts show promising results As the automotive industry is betting that hydrogen can become the fuel of the future, technology is taking steps to bring that hope closer to reality. Three papers being published by the journal Science promise to fill some of the most significant gaps in what could someday be an environmentally friendly cycle of hydrogen production and consumption. --snip-- Platinum is also commonly used on the consumption side, in the fuel cells that turn hydrogen back into water and produce electric currents. In Science‘s August 1 issue, researchers at Monash University...
  • Finally, a breakthrough on how to harness solar power

    08/01/2008 7:52:39 PM PDT · by neverdem · 45 replies · 320+ views
    NEWKERALA.COM ^ | Aug 1, 2008 | NA
    Washington, Aug 1 : Researchers at the MIT have found a new way to store solar power, a major breakthrough in the search to use the sun and serve the Earth's energy needs in a clean and sustainable way. Every hour, the sun pours down enough radiation to serve the Earth's energy needs for a year. The trouble is to store that energy cheaply and use it whenever needed. Daniel Nocera and Matthew Kanan of the Massachussets Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a process that will use the sun's energy to split water into hydrogen and oxygen gases. Later,...
  • SHIFT: Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are a fraud (!?!)

    08/01/2008 12:29:29 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 66 replies · 1,479+ views
    dvice.com ^ | 7/31/2008 | By Charlie White
    Who wouldn’t like the idea of a fuel cell car running on clean, pure hydrogen, the universe’s most plentiful element? Its byproduct is sparkling, drinkable water, with none of that pesky pollution spewing out the tailpipe. And then if there's any energy left over when you're done driving, why, you could use that car's fuel cell to power your house! We can get rid of gasoline! And fuel cells, hey, they use those in spacecraft, don't they? This is some modern stuff, and at first glance, hydrogen appears to be a viable solution to all our energy problems. Well,...
  • MIT boffins unlock secret of cheap hydrogen

    08/01/2008 6:34:26 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 80 replies · 273+ views
    www.businessgreen.com ^ | 01 Aug 08 | Staff
    It has long been the Holy Grail of environmental scientists, but researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are confident they have found an inexpensive way of producing hydrogen from water, paving the way for the widespread adoption of zero carbon fuel cells capable of powering buildings and cars. The technique is similar to the way photosynthesis works in plants and is based on a new catalyst that can split water at room temperature to create hydrogen and oxygen. The catalyst consists of cobalt metal, phosphate and an electrode that is placed into water. When electricity runs through the...
  • Nisshinbo creates platinum-free carbon catalyst for fuel cells.

    07/16/2008 10:17:07 AM PDT · by DGHoodini · 34 replies · 222+ views
    Monday, July 14, 2008 ^ | Monday, July 14, 2008 | ?
    Nisshinbo Industries Inc. (TSE:3105) has worked with the Tokyo Institute of Technology to develop the technology to use carbon instead of expensive platinum as the electrode catalyst for fuel cells. The company hopes to have a practical version of the new catalyst ready in fiscal 2009, and will start by commercializing a product for the electrodes of residential fuel cells. Later, it will develop and commercialize a version for automotive fuel cells.
  • Can Hydrogen Cars Reduce America's Oil Dependence?

    07/15/2008 5:26:14 PM PDT · by K-oneTexas · 58 replies · 114+ views
    Foundation for the Defense of Democracies ^ | July 8, 2008 | Daveed Gartenstein-Ross
    Can Hydrogen Cars Reduce America's Oil Dependence? By Daveed Gartenstein-Ross July 8, 2008 In early June, Honda introduced its latest hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicle, the FCX Clarity, to great fanfare. The Clarity’s predecessor was the FCX, which became the first U.S. government-approved fuel cell vehicle in 2002. The Clarity offers a number of advances over the FCX, including a 30% increase in range. The vehicle’s reception is reflected in such publications as Consumer Affairs, which noted that the car seems attractive at a time of high oil prices and ecological awareness: “Here is a vehicle that doesn’t require oil to...
  • The Start Of The Hydrogen Age?

    07/10/2008 5:14:09 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 87 replies · 173+ views
    Sky News ^ | 07/09/08 | Darren Little, Midlands correspondent
    A British company is claiming the hydrogen age could be a little closer after it unveiled a major innovation. The new hydrogen refuelling cell in action It has created a home filling station which would solve one of the biggest problems surrounding hydrogen powered cars It claims to have dramatically cut the cost of creating hydrogen and has developed a device the size of a fridge freezer which can fit in your garage and create its own supply of hydrogen. At the moment there are only three hydrogen filling stations in Britain and the cost of fully equiping the country...
  • Fuel-Cell Experiment Misses the Bus

    06/27/2008 7:47:18 AM PDT · by ZGuy · 19 replies · 85+ views
    Edmuds Auto Observer ^ | 2/28/08 | Bill Visnic
    Some cost and durability figures for operating hydrogen fuel-cell powered buses have leaked out, and from them it appears the best thing that can be said is it’s a good thing it’s a demonstration program. To fulfill a California Air Resources Board requirement that operators of large bus fleets participate in a Zero-Emission Bus demonstration program, in 2005 the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority purchased three buses powered by early versions of fuel cells developed by Ballard Power Systems Inc. of Vancouver, Canada. Green Car Journal reports a memo directed to the Santa Clara VTA’s board of directors indicated operating...
  • Inside the Solar-Hydrogen House: No More Power Bills--Ever

    06/21/2008 3:28:11 AM PDT · by Wonder Warthog · 73 replies · 187+ views
    Scientific American ^ | June 19, 2008 | David Biello
    EAST AMWELL, N.J.—Mike Strizki has not paid an electric, oil or gas bill—nor has he spent a nickel to fill up his Mercury Sable—in nearly two years. Instead, the 51-year-old civil engineer makes all the fuel he needs using a system he built in the capacious garage of his home, which employs photovoltaic (PV) panels to turn sunlight into electricity that is harnessed in turn to extract hydrogen from tap water. Although the device cost $500,000 to construct, and it is unlikely it will ever pay off financially (even with today's skyrocketing oil and gas prices), the civil engineer says...
  • New York Power Authority Selects UTC Power to Supply Fuel Cells for World Trade Center Site

    06/13/2008 7:05:10 PM PDT · by #1CTYankee · 7 replies · 87+ views
    http://www.examiner.com ^ | 06/11/08 | Peg Hashem
    UTC Power, a United Technologies Corp. company, announced that the New York Power Authority (NYPA) selected the company to supply 12 fuel cells totaling 4.8 megawatts of power for the Freedom Tower and three other new towers under construction at the World Trade Center site in lower Manhattan. Delivery of the PureCell (R) Model 400 fuel cell systems will begin in January of 2009. The systems will together constitute one of the largest fuel cell installations in the world. The Freedom Tower will be owned by the Port Authority of New York, and Towers 2, 3 and 4 will be...
  • UTC Power to supply fuel cells for Freedom Tower

    06/12/2008 4:41:17 PM PDT · by BloodOrFreedom · 6 replies · 66+ views
    ENR.com ^ | June 11, 2008 | Associated Press
    SOUTH WINDSOR, Conn. (AP) - A skyscraper planned for the site of the World Trade Center will use an alternative energy source to supply some of the power at the massive complex. UTC Power, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., will supply 12 fuel cells totaling 4.8 megawatts for the Freedom Tower and three other buildings at the lower Manhattan site. It's among the largest fuel cell installations in the world, according to UTC Power and the New York Power Authority. The amount of megawatts is equivalent to the power used by up to 4,800 homes, said Michael Saltzman, spokesman...
  • Sharp boosts methanol fuel cell power density

    05/18/2008 2:03:31 PM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies · 63+ views
    theinquirer.net ^ | 16 May 2008 | Sylvie Barak
    SHARP HAS unveiled a high density, 0.3Wcc direct methanol fuel cell (DMFC), which boasts the highest level of power density yet achieved. The diminutive cell volume, whose tiny frame measures 50 x 30 mm, has a longer lifespan than commonly used lithium ion batteries and is well matched for notebooks, mobile equipment and even electronic dictionaries. Sharp showed off the device at the 15th Fuel Cell Symposium in Tokyo. At 0.3Wcc the cell's power density is about seven times more than Sharp’s previous attempt. Fuel cells use energy produced by the chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen, and are claimed...
  • Global Warming question

    01/04/2008 7:32:13 AM PST · by chuckles · 25 replies · 336+ views
    vanity | 01/04/2008 | chuckles
    I have a question for people smarter than me. I was watching a comercial on TV and the guy was bragging that the fuel cell car put out water vapor for exhaust. I thought water vapor was THE WORST green house gas on the planet. I definately want to find an alternative to oil, and see the advantage of using hydrogen, but what if we end up with an atmosphere of a steamy jungle?
  • Fuel cells (for submarines) plumb new depths

    12/06/2007 7:32:50 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies · 188+ views
    BusinessGreen ^ | 06 Dec 2007 | James Murray
    Fuel cells plumb new depths Spanish plan fuel cell powered submarine James Murray, BusinessGreen, 06 Dec 2007 They have already been used in space and now low-carbon fuel cells are set to break another barrier after UTC Power announced it has inked a deal to provide a new 300KW fuel cell for use in the Spanish Navy's S-80 submarine. The company said the deal with Spanish shipbuilder Navantia represented one of the largest deals in its history and would see it develop a new proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell for the submarine. "One of the places that fuel cells...
  • Ford to Turn Paint Solvent ... Into Green Energy With Ultra-Clean Power Plant From FuelCell Energy

    08/30/2007 6:28:55 AM PDT · by eraser2005 · 30 replies · 545+ views
    Prime Newswire & Yahoo News ^ | 8/30/2007 | Prime Newswire
    DANBURY, Conn., Aug. 30, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- FuelCell Energy, Inc. (NasdaqGM:FCEL - News), a leading manufacturer of ultra-clean power plants using a variety of fuels for commercial, industrial and utility customers, today announced that Ford Motor Co. (NYSE:F - News) will purchase a DFC300MA(tm) fuel cell for its Oakville, Ontario, facility to reduce paint solvent emanating from automotive painting operations by turning fumes from those compounds into 300 kilowatts (kW) of green electricity. The Direct FuelCell(r) (DFC(r)) unit can transform into fuel the Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) that emanate from enamel base paints and clear coat finishes used in...
  • EU Project Developing Fuel-Cell Powered Inter-city Aircraft

    06/01/2007 11:33:51 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 10 replies · 596+ views
    www.greencarcongress.com ^ | 01 June 2007 | Staff
    Jihlavan Airplanes Rapid 200. Jihlavan is one of the project partners. A European research project, led by Turin Polytechnic University, is designing a fuel-cell powered, manned inter-city aircraft. The Environmentally Friendly Inter City Aircraft powered by Fuel Cells (ENFICA-FC) project is receiving €2.9 million (US$3.9 million) in funding from the European Union as part of the aeronautics and space priority of the Sixth Framework Programme (FP6). The fuel cell system will be installed in selected aircraft, which will be flight and performance tested as a proof-of-concept for future applicability in other inter-city aircraft. The results of the project will be...
  • UCLA Design Organic Structures Suited for Gaseous Storage Lowest Reported Density of Any Crystal

    04/13/2007 1:19:08 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 5 replies · 633+ views
    www.greencarcongress.com ^ | 4/13/2007 | Staff
    The crystal structure of COF-108. Synthesized only from light elements (H,B,C,O) COF-108 is the lowest-density crystal ever produced (0.17 g/cm3). Chemists at UCLA have designed new organic structures for the storage of voluminous amounts of gases for use in alternative energy technologies. The research, published in the journal Science, demonstrates how the design principles of reticular chemistry have been used to create three-dimensional covalent organic frameworks, which are entirely constructed from strong covalent bonds and have high thermal stability, high surface areas and extremely low densities. Reticular chemistry deals with linking molecular building blocks by strong bonds into predetermined structures...
  • Boeing Prepares Fuel Cell Demonstrator Airplane for Testing

    04/05/2007 7:21:05 AM PDT · by Uncledave · 12 replies · 538+ views
    Boeing Prepares Fuel Cell Demonstrator Airplane for Testing Madrid, Spain [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] In an effort to develop environmentally progressive technologies for aerospace applications, Boeing researchers are preparing to conduct experimental flight tests later this year of a manned airplane powered only by a fuel cell and lightweight batteries. Europe, managing director The systems integration phase of the Fuel Cell Demonstrator Airplane research project, under way since 2003 at Boeing Research and Technology, Europe (BR&TE), was recently completed. With a wing span of 16.3 meters (53.5 feet), the airplane will be able to cruise at approximately 100 kilometers per hour (62 miles...
  • New Crystalline Solids Can Reversibly Increase Their Volume More Than 3x;

    04/03/2007 10:44:31 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 36 replies · 1,050+ views
    www.greencarcongress.com ^ | 04-02-2007 | Staff
    Possible Impact for Hydrogen Storage tructure of chromium (III) diphenyl dicarboxylate, one of the new crystalline solids, in its crude form following synthesis (middle), with all traces of solvent removed (on the left), and after absorption of solvent and increase in volume (on the right). Source: G. Férey, CNRS 2007 A team of scientists from France, UK and the European Synhrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) have recently discovered an unprecedented giant and reversible swelling of nanoporous crystalline solids with exceptional properties: huge flexibility and profound selectivity. The team from Institut Lavoisier at Université de Versailles developed metal-organic three-dimensional structures with cages...
  • Researchers Develop Longer-Lasting, Biodegradable Bio Fuel Cell Powered by Sugar

    03/28/2007 9:39:11 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 30 replies · 329+ views
    www.greencarcongress.com ^ | 3/27/2007 | Staff
    Researchers at Saint Louis University have developed a biodegradable bio fuel cell that runs on virtually any sugar source and has the potential to operate three to four times longer on a single fill than conventional lithium ion batteries. They described their findings at the 233rd national meeting of the American Chemical Society. Dr. Shelley Minter, an electrochemist at Saint Louis University, has been working on bio fuel cells for a number of years using a variety of different fuels, from alcohol to soybean oil. At the 229th national meeting of the ACS in 2005, she reported on fructose-based bioanodes...
  • FuelCell Energy Shares Surge on Deal

    03/27/2007 11:17:02 AM PDT · by thackney · 11 replies · 371+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | March 27, 2007 | Associated Press
    NEW YORK — Shares of FuelCell Energy Inc. surged Tuesday after the company announced a lucrative deal to supply fuel cell power products to Connecticut. The Connecticut Clean Energy Fund selected Danbury, Conn.-based FuelCell for six power projects that would total about 68 megawatts, the company said Tuesday. The deal would be valued at $200 million if all the projects are approved, FuelCell said. RBC Capital Markets analyst Stuart Bush had expected FuelCell to win just 10 megawatts' worth of projects. The company's dominance in the state's contract decision "bodes well for continued FuelCell traction in the marketplace" versus Connecticut-based...
  • His energy bill is $0.00

    03/16/2007 1:05:12 PM PDT · by amchugh · 47 replies · 1,814+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | March 15, 2007 | Jared Flesher
    EAST AMWELL, N.J. - Mike Strizki lives in the nation's first solar-hydrogen house. The technology this civil engineer has been able to string together – solar panels, a hydrogen fuel cell, storage tanks, and a piece of equipment called an electrolyzer – provides electricity to his home year-round, even on the cloudiest of winter days. Mr. Strizki's monthly utility bill is zero – he's off the power grid – and his system creates no carbon-dioxide emissions. Neither does the fuel-cell car parked in his garage, which runs off the hydrogen his system creates.
  • Improvements in Conductive Polymer Boost Fuel Cell Performance

    03/09/2007 9:44:41 AM PST · by Red Badger · 12 replies · 404+ views
    greencarcongress.com ^ | 03/09/2007 | Staff
    Exceed DOE Conductivity Targets for Automotive Applications Stack with Bac2 Electrophen plates. Bac2 Conductive Composites, a UK-based start-up fuel-cell materials company, has announced substantial conductivity improvements for its patented ElectroPhen conductive polymer. Independent tests have shown that the latest version of the thermoset material, which uses a new curing agent, demonstrates an improvement in in-plane electrical conductivity to nearly 500 siemens per centimeter. The material now exceeds the US Department of Energy conductivity target of 200 siemens per centimeter for such materials used to make bipolar plates for fuel cell applications. The target primarily relates to fuel cells for use...
  • House OKs Dept. of Energy's finally offering competitive prizes. Senate stalls

    12/17/2006 8:54:13 AM PST · by Shuttle Shucker · 18 replies · 586+ views
    MSNBC.com ^ | May 10th, 2006 | Alan Boyle
    WASHINGTON - Scientists, inventors and entrepreneurs will be able to vie for millions of dollars in prizes, including a grand prize potentially worth $50 million, under House-passed legislation to encourage research into hydrogen as an alternative fuel. Legislation creating the “H Prize,” modeled after the privately funded Ansari X Prize that resulted last year in the first privately developed manned rocket to reach space twice, passed the House Wednesday on a 416-6 vote. A companion bill is to be introduced in the Senate this week.
  • Researchers Identify New Catalyst Material for PEM Fuel Cells; Most Active Yet

    01/26/2007 11:05:59 AM PST · by Red Badger · 11 replies · 550+ views
    www.greencarcongress.com/ ^ | 01/25/2007 | Staff
    The green dots in this Low Energy Electron Diffraction pattern for a single crystal of Pt3Ni(111) reveal a tightly packed arrangement of surface atoms that wards off platinum-grabbing hydroxide ions and boosts catalytic performance. Researchers with the US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) have identified a new variation of a familiar platinum-nickel alloy that is the most active oxygen-reducing catalyst ever reported. The team found a Pt3Ni(111) material that is 10-fold more active for the oxygen-reduction reaction (ORR) than the corresponding Pt(111) surface and 90-fold more active than the current state-of-the-art...
  • Hydrogen fuel cell research gets a boost

    01/25/2007 11:38:58 AM PST · by nypokerface · 9 replies · 541+ views
    UPI ^ | 01/25/07
    BERKELEY, Calif., Jan. 25 (UPI) -- U.S. scientists say they've brought development of hydrogen fuel cells for vehicles closer by identifying a new variation of a platinum-nickel alloy. Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the Argonne National Laboratory say the variation is the most active oxygen-reducing catalyst ever reported. The slow rate of oxygen-reduction catalysis on the cathode -- a fuel cell's positively charged electrode -- has been a primary factor hindering development of polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells for use in vehicles powered by hydrogen. "The existing limitations facing (such) fuel cell technology...
  • Ford's plug-in hybrid takes fuel cell approach

    01/23/2007 8:54:27 AM PST · by thackney · 97 replies · 1,291+ views
    AP via Houston Chronicle ^ | Jan. 22, 2007 | KEN THOMAS
    Big hurdles include the cost: millions per car ---- WASHINGTON - Ford Motor Co. is joining the list of automakers working on a plug-in hybrid — with a twist. It combines the convenience of plugging in your car with a zero-emissions hydrogen fuel cell. Ford today is to display what it calls the world's first drivable fuel cell hybrid electric vehicle with plug-in capability. Called the Flexible Series Hybrid Edge, it represents the latest offering from automakers hoping to stake a claim to the next generation of highly efficient alternative automobiles. Gerhard Schmidt, Ford's vice president of research and advanced...
  • Direct Hydrogen Binding to Metal Atoms in MOFs Could Lead to Boost in Storage Capacity

    01/02/2007 10:15:43 AM PST · by Red Badger · 27 replies · 1,025+ views
    www.greencarcongress.com ^ | 01/01/2007 | Jeffrey Long
    A simplified rendering of the structure of the MOF with 6.9 wt % hydrogen uptake. Details in paper referenced at end of article at site. Chemical and Engineering News highlights three papers published in its sister publication, the Journal of the American Chemical Society, that report the first definitive evidence for hydrogen binding to open metal coordination sites in nanoporous metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). Developing hydrogen storage systems of sufficient density for vehicles is proving to be a difficult problem. Direct binding, however, allows the hydrogen molecules to pack together more closely and may provide a major boost in storage capacity...
  • Biowaste to fuels, cars that plug in, lithium-ion batteries that don't explode...

    12/29/2006 9:56:09 AM PST · by Red Badger · 34 replies · 772+ views
    MIT Technology Review ^ | 12/28/2006 | By Kevin Bullis
    Biowaste to ethanol could soon power cars. Converting a vehicle to run primarily on ethanol costs just a couple of hundred dollars. But ethanol won't make much of a dent in gas use as long as the source of ethanol in the United States remains corn grain, which requires a lot of energy and land in order to grow. A much better alternative is cellulosic materials such as wood chips and switchgrass, which are both cheap to grow and require fewer natural resources. (See "Biomass: Hope and Hype.") In an effort to reduce the processing costs of these materials, researchers...
  • HyPower Fuel Moves to Power Vehicle Only with Hydrogen from On-Board Electrolysis Unit

    12/13/2006 7:15:26 AM PST · by Red Badger · 32 replies · 1,143+ views
    www.greencarcongress.com ^ | 12/12/2006 | Staff
    HyPower Fuel has equipped a Volkswagen GTi with an H2 Reactor (H2R) hydrogen system that it claims can produce sufficient hydrogen on-board, on-demand to power the vehicle using only water. Company management is quick to point out that these are preliminary laboratory results using prototype H2R units and will require considerable improvements before any practical transportation application can become a reality. The company plans to host a number of live demonstrations in early 2007 with independent experts in attendance to monitor and verify resulting data. HyPower believes that its H2 Reactor’s electrolysis process is the most efficient to date. Currently...