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  • Russia Developing New Fuel-Cell Air Independent Propulsion System for Submarines

    12/12/2015 3:03:37 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 12 December 2015
    The Rubin Design Bureau and Krylov State Research Center will start developing a prototype submarine air-independent propulsion (AIP) plant and an associated floating test bench, Igor Landgraf, deputy director/chief designer of Krylov’s affiliate TsNII SET said. According to Landgraf, the Russian Industry and Trade Ministry is considering Rubin and Krylov’s proposal for the Development of an AIP Plant Prototype and an Associated Floating Test Bench development work. The proposal had resulted from a resolution by the September 12, 2015 governmental meeting chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin. The proposal was approved by the Russian Navy’s leading research institute. The...
  • Toyota Mirai Fuel Cell Car Record 312 miles = Longest Driving Range of ANY Zero Emission Vehicle

    06/30/2015 3:29:17 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 59 replies
    businesswire ^ | June 30, 2015 02:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
    Its Official! Toyota Mirai Goes the Distance Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Sets Record 312 miles = Longest Driving Range of ANY Zero Emission Vehicle on the Market Toyota announced at the Aspen Ideas Festival that the new Toyota Mirai will offer an EPA-estimated 67 miles per gallon equivalent city/highway/combined, and an EPA-estimated driving range rating of 312 miles on a single fill of hydrogen the longest driving range of any zero emissions vehicle on the market. (Photo: Business Wire) Toyota announced at the Aspen Ideas Festival that the new Toyota Mirai will offer an EPA-estimated 67 miles per...
  • Gas price plunge threatens fuel-cell and electric cars

    12/25/2014 12:23:13 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 73 replies ^ | 12/25/14 | David R. Baker
    ehicles, as did concern about global warming. But now gasoline prices have plunged to their lowest level since the Great Recession, averaging $2.50 nationwide for a gallon of regular. If gas prices stay low granted, a very big if one of the most powerful arguments for alternative fuel cars will be wiped out. You have an early-adopter group thats much more interested in these vehicles as a way of doing something 'green, and the cost of fuel is not going to be a big factor for them, said John ODell, a senior editor at the auto information...
  • 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 Nissans 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 Nissans 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. Hctor Abrua and Abraham Stroock's team changed the fuel and oxidant chemicals used and the cell design that keeps them apart, getting power densities above 0.25W/cm2. 'What we attain is extraordinary for a device that simple,' Abrua tellsChemistry 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 ^ | Sep 30, 2011 | by David L. Chandler
    Researchers led by MIT professor Daniel Nocera have produced something theyre 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 ^ | 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 worlds 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 Boxa residential "power plant" about the size of a mini-fridgecould 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 nights 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 anexclusive interviewon the CBS television program60 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 Pragmas 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,...