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  • The Trillion Dollar Market: Fuel in Space from Asteroids

    12/11/2014 11:56:21 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    YouTube ^ | Jun 10, 2014 | Planetary Resources
    Asteroid sourced hydrogen and oxygen will literally and figuratively fuel expansion of the space economy by providing a locally sourced fuel resource that will change how industry operates in space. While existing satellites cannot be refueled directly today, space tugs fueled by asteroids that are currently being developed, will maneuver Geostationary satellites into their assigned orbit. Thus, keeping them operating and generating revenue far beyond their current life expectancy. Water from asteroids can also be used for a plethora of other applications beyond fuels in space. It can be consumed, used as a radiation shield for humans during deep space...
  • Graphene-based Fuel Cell Membrane Could Extract Hydrogen Directly from Air

    12/11/2014 3:24:14 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    IEEE Spectrum ^ | December 2, 2014 | Dexter Johnson
    In research out of the University of Manchester in the UK led by Nobel Laureate Andre Geim, it has been shown that the one-atom-thick materials graphene and hexagonal boron nitride (hBN), once thought to be impermeable, allow protons to pass through them. The result, the Manchester researchers believe, will be more efficient fuel cells and the simplification of the heretofore difficult process of separating hydrogen gas for use as fuel in fuel cells. This latest development alters the understanding of one of the key properties of graphene: that it is impermeable to all gases and liquids. Even an atom as...
  • Graphene's Weak Spot May Help Fuel Cells ("Free" hydrogen from thin air?)

    11/27/2014 12:46:55 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Tech Times ^ | November 26, 2014 | Jim Algar
    A weak spot found in otherwise ultra-strong graphene -- the thinnest, strongest and least permeable material known to science -- could in fact be a boon and could lead to a revolution in fuel cell technology, researchers say. Research at Britain's Manchester University led by Andre Geim -- who shared a Nobel Prize for the discovery of graphene -- has shown that the material is not quite as impermeable as previously though and will, in fact, allow protons to easily pass through it. This quality could be utilized in the future to create graphene membranes that could "sieve" hydrogen gas...
  • Audi Announces It’s ‘Mastered’ Hydrogen, Unveils First Fuel Cell Vehicle

    11/19/2014 2:35:31 PM PST · by ckilmer · 74 replies
    dailycaller ^ | 3:23 PM 11/19/2014 | Giuseppe Macri
    Audi Announces It’s ‘Mastered’ Hydrogen, Unveils First Fuel Cell Vehicle Giuseppe Macri 3:23 PM 11/19/2014 13 13         Audi announced it has mastered hydrogen fuel cell technology at the LA Auto Show Wednesday, where the company unveiled its new sustainable model — the A7 Sportback h-tron quattro.The German auto giant’s new entry into the plug-in hybrid market features a hydrogen fuel cell and twin electric motor drivetrain in the front and rear of the vehicle, which can carry the car some 341 miles between three-minute refuelings. The electric battery alone can carry the car about 31 miles on...
  • Scientists develop a water splitter that runs on an ordinary AAA battery

    08/22/2014 10:51:36 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 95 replies
    Phys.org ^ | 08-22-2014 | Provided by Stanford University
    In 2015, American consumers will finally be able to purchase fuel cell cars from Toyota and other manufacturers. Although touted as zero-emissions vehicles, most of the cars will run on hydrogen made from natural gas, a fossil fuel that contributes to global warming. Now scientists at Stanford University have developed a low-cost, emissions-free device that uses an ordinary AAA battery to produce hydrogen by water electrolysis. The battery sends an electric current through two electrodes that split liquid water into hydrogen and oxygen gas. Unlike other water splitters that use precious-metal catalysts, the electrodes in the Stanford device are made...
  • Will Americans Buy Toyota Motor Corporation's Hydrogen Car?

    04/01/2014 10:59:40 AM PDT · by kingattax · 53 replies
    Motley Fool ^ | March 31, 2014 | John Rosevear
    Hydrogen-powered cars are coming to U.S. dealerships. But will Americans buy them? Toyota (NYSE: TM ) is betting that at least a few Americans will be willing to pay for a car that runs on hydrogen. The company is expected to launch a production version of its FCV Concept vehicle in Japan, the U.S., and Europe next year. The FCV Concept is powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. Essentially, it's an electric car that extracts its energy from compressed hydrogen, instead of a battery. Advocates of fuel-cell-powered cars say they're just as clean as battery-electrics -- their only "exhaust" is...
  • BlackLight Power Announces Generation of Millions of Watts of Power

    Title shortened BlackLight Power, Inc. Announces the Game Changing Achievement of the Generation of Millions of Watts of Power from the Conversion of Water Fuel to a New Form of Hydrogen Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Email More BusinessWire · Jan. 14, 2014 | Last Updated: Jan. 14, 2014 5:01 AM ET BlackLight Power, Inc. (BLP) today announced that it has produced millions of watts of power with its breakthrough Solid Fuel-Catalyst-Induced-Hydrino-Transition (SF-CIHT) patent pending technology in its laboratories. Using a proprietary water-based solid fuel confined by two electrodes of a SF-CIHT cell, and applying a current of 12,000 amps through the...
  • Making crude oil out of thin air?

    01/09/2014 3:15:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Bakken.com ^ | November 22, 2013 | John Bestoloffe
    There is big news coming out of the Middle East that one of the hottest commodities can be made out of the earth’s two most common elements, carbon dioxide and hydrogen. Energy could see a substantial progression of discovery thanks to a group of researchers at Ben-Gurion University (BGU) of the Negev in Israel. The group reports that they have pioneered a process that converts carbon dioxide and hydrogen gas into a renewable alternative for crude oil. The alternative has been dubbed “green feed” crude oil. This innovative idea was made possible by the use of nanomaterials which reduces the...
  • Soybean catalyst for hydrogen evolution

    05/30/2013 7:07:36 PM PDT · by neverdem · 50 replies
    Chemistry World ^ | 30 May 2013 | Helen Potter
    A catalyst made from soybeans could overcome a major barrier to cheap hydrogen fuel by replacing the platinum catalyst used in the electrocatalytic production of hydrogen, claim scientists in the US.For hydrogen to be competitive with petroleum fuels, the US Department of Energy has estimated that its cost must be reduced from $4–5/kg to $2–3/kg. The platinum catalyst used to make hydrogen via water electrolysis is a significant part of the cost, so the search is on for cheaper catalysts that are just as efficient.Now, James Muckerman, Wei-Fu Chen and colleagues at Brookhaven National Laboratory, New York, have produced...
  • Huge hydrogen stores found below Earth's crust

    04/15/2002 6:58:27 PM PDT · by pragmatic_asian · 65 replies · 1,847+ views
    Vancouver Sun ^ | April 15, 2002 | Robert Matthews
    LONDON -- Scientists have discovered vast quantities of hydrogen gas, widely regarded as the most promising alternative to today's dwindling stocks of fossil fuels, lying beneath the Earth's crust. The discovery has stunned energy experts, who believe that it could provide virtually limitless supplies of clean fuel for cars, homes and industry. Governments across the world are urgently seeking ways of switching from conventional energy sources such as coal, gas and nuclear power to cleaner, safer alternatives. Energy specialists estimate that oil production will start to decline within the next 10 to 15 years, as the economically viable reserves start...
  • Toyota Brings Hydrogen Cars To Production

    12/11/2013 3:27:33 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Big Stage from NYSE ^ | December 10, 2013 | Josh Dean
    Twelve years ago, Toyota Motor Corp. (NYSE: TM) began testing a unique — and outlandishly expensive — automobile in California: a car powered by hydrogen fuel cells. This so-called FCHV (fuel cell hybrid vehicle) was an electric car that didn’t need to be plugged in. Its electricity was generated by a stack of fuel cells that ran on compressed gaseous hydrogen, a relatively cheap fuel that gives off no harmful emissions; its only byproduct was water vapor. The FCHV never made it to dealer lots, however. Production of plug-in electric cars proved more viable, partially because the FCHV technology was...
  • VANITY: Does Anyone Remember This Commercial?

    10/31/2013 11:40:38 AM PDT · by Raven6 · 58 replies
    self | 10-31-2013 | Raven6
    Okay folks... I've had this eating at me for a couple of years and am to the point that I am seeking help from my FReinds.Here is the deal... When I was a kid growing up in the late 1960's, there was a television commercial/PSA that was nothing more than a male voiceover and slow motion video of a hydrogen bomb explosion. Other than the voiceover, the only sound was a gong being struck everytime another "blossom" of the explosion would flare.Does anyone else remember this? If so, does anyone with a better memory than mine have any further details...
  • Team develops new water splitting technique that could produce hydrogen fuel

    08/02/2013 2:42:18 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 26 replies
    PhysOrg ^ | 8/1/13
    Team develops new water splitting technique that could produce hydrogen fuel 15 hours ago Enlarge This is an artist's concept of a commercial hydrogen production plant that uses sunlight to split water in order to to produce clean hydrogen fuel. Credit: University of Colorado A University of Colorado Boulder team has developed a radically new technique that uses the power of sunlight to efficiently split water into its components of hydrogen and oxygen, paving the way for the broad use of hydrogen as a clean, green fuel. The CU-Boulder team has devised a solar-thermal system in which sunlight could be...
  • Port of Houston’s test trucks handle like golf carts {Hydrogen Fuel Cells}

    04/16/2013 5:24:53 AM PDT · by thackney · 17 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | April 15, 2013 | Jeannie Kever
    For decades, the image of the 18-wheeler has been that of a smoke-belching behemoth, the grinding gears and hissing brakes synonymous with the power of the diesel engine. But a 20-truck fleet powered by hydrogen fuel cells will begin rolling across the Port of Houston later this year in a test of whether the vehicles can improve air quality and still provide enough heavy lifting to handle cargo. In the largest demonstration project of its kind, the electric fleet will unload containers from ships and deliver them to a Wal-Mart warehouse. “We’re looking at our carbon footprint,” said Aston Hinds,...
  • Hydrogen on demand from silicon nanospheres - just add water

    01/23/2013 10:55:20 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 21 replies
    The Register ^ | 23 January 2013 | Richard Chirgwin
    “Instant energy, just add water” – you might expect the expression under an ACME label in an old Warner Bros cartoon, but not from a University. However, researchers at the University of Buffalo in New York have demonstrated that nano-particles of silicon react with water to produce the non-toxic silicic acid and release hydrogen. The reaction is well known, but the university says using 10nm spheres of silicon works 1,000 times faster than bulk silicon. Published in Nano Letters, the experiment didn’t require external heat or light to release the hydrogen, which was captured by the researchers to power a...
  • British Engineers Produce Amazing 'Petrol From Air' Technology

    10/18/2012 8:36:34 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 56 replies
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | October 18, 2012 | Andrew Hough
    British Engineers Produce Amazing 'Petrol From Air' Technology Revolutionary new technology that produces “petrol from air” is being produced by a British firm, it emerged tonight. Andrew Hough 18 Oct 2012 A small company in the north of England has developed the “air capture” technology to create synthetic petrol using only air and electricity. Experts tonight hailed the astonishing breakthrough as a potential “game-changer” in the battle against climate change and a saviour for the world’s energy crisis. The technology, presented to a London engineering conference this week, removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The “petrol from air” technology involves...
  • Nanosheet catalyst discovered to sustainably split hydrogen from water

    05/14/2012 7:04:30 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 68 replies
    http://phys.org ^ | 10 May 2012 | Provided by Brookhaven National Laboratory
    Hydrogen gas offers one of the most promising sustainable energy alternatives to limited fossil fuels. But traditional methods of producing pure hydrogen face significant challenges in unlocking its full potential, either by releasing harmful carbon dioxide into the atmosphere or requiring rare and expensive chemical elements such as platinum. Now, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory have developed a new electrocatalyst that addresses one of these problems by generating hydrogen gas from water cleanly and with much more affordable materials. The novel form of catalytic nickel-molybdenum-nitride – described in a paper published online May 8,...
  • Secrets of the First Practical Artificial Leaf (limitless energy!)

    05/10/2012 9:02:02 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 32 replies
    ScienceDaily (May 9, 2012) — A detailed description of development of the first practical artificial leaf -- a milestone in the drive for sustainable energy that mimics the process, photosynthesis, that green plants use to convert water and sunlight into energy -- appears in the ACS journal Accounts of Chemical Research. The article notes that unlike earlier devices, which used costly ingredients, the new device is made from inexpensive materials and employs low-cost engineering and manufacturing processes.Daniel G. Nocera points out that the artificial leaf responds to the vision of a famous Italian chemist who, in 1912, predicted that scientists...
  • Moment of Armenian concert balloon explosion caught on camera

    05/07/2012 1:29:25 PM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 15 replies
    youtube ^ | May 4, 2012 | telegraphtv
    More than 140 people were injured when gas-filled balloons exploded at a governing party campaign concert in the Armenian capital.
  • Hydrogen takes a new form

    03/10/2012 10:36:13 PM PST · by U-238 · 19 replies
    Science News ^ | 3/1/2012 | Alexandra Witze
    Squeezing hydrogen at extreme pressures changes it into a mix of honeycombed atoms layered with free-floating molecules — an entirely new state of the element and the first new phase found in decades. If confirmed, the discovery will be only the fourth known phase of hydrogen, the simplest element and one long probed for basic insights into the nature of matter. “I think we have pretty bulletproof evidence that there is a new phase,” says Eugene Gregoryanz of the University of Edinburgh, leader of the team that will report the work in an upcoming Physical Review Letters. Hydrogen’s first three...
  • Doctor Teller’s Strange Loves, from the Hydrogen Bomb to Thorium Energy

    03/07/2012 10:11:54 PM PST · by Kennard · 26 replies
    The Big Picture - ritholtz.com ^ | March 7, 2012 | Barry Ritholtz
    Edward Teller, the father of the hydrogen bomb, had a thing for nuclear bombs. He wanted them bigger, smaller, faster, used in ways that no one had thought of before or since, and always more of them. He suffered no fools, and though he would be more villified than any other American scientist in the 20th century, he always dismissed his critics as lacking in common sense or patriotism. Amid Cold War paranoia and fears of the Soviet nuclear program, the stakes were simply too high: for the free world, building the most powerful weapon in history was a matter...
  • Japan:TEPCO injects nitrogen into pressure vessels (hydrogen accumulating)

    12/02/2011 2:10:03 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    NHK ^ | 12/02/11
    TEPCO injects nitrogen into pressure vessels The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has started injecting nitrogen, an inert gas, into the pressure vessels of the crippled reactors to prevent another hydrogen explosion. In late October, Tokyo Electric Power Company began extracting gases from the containment vessel of the No.2 reactor to remove radioactive substances. During the work, TEPCO found hydrogen accumulating in parts of the reactor at a density of up to 2.9 percent. TEPCO started pumping nitrogen into the pressure vessels of the No.1, 2, 3 reactors on Thursday to lessen the concentration of hydrogen. The...
  • Japan: Tepco Starts To Eject Hydrogen From Fukushima Plant - Kyodo (heading off explosion)

    10/08/2011 6:18:32 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    Fox Business ^ | 10/08/11
    Tepco Starts To Eject Hydrogen From Fukushima Plant - Kyodo Published October 08, 2011 Tokyo Electric Power Co. (9501.T0), operator of the crisis-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, said Saturday it has started to discharge hydrogen with high concentration levels from a pipe connected to a reactor containment vessel at the plant, as a measure to prevent an explosion. The utility said it has injected nitrogen into the pipe for the No. 1 reactor vessel to eject hydrogen found with high density of more than 60%. The hydrogen has been generated by radiation that dissolved water. Tepco said it will make...
  • '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...
  • To focus on hydrogen, Hyundai passes Kia keys to EV market

    09/28/2011 4:38:08 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 8 replies
    cNet ^ | 09/19/11 | Liane Yvkoff
    Electric vehicles may seem like the inevitable evolution of the conventional gas-powered automobile, but not every carmaker agrees. Hyundai will sit out the pure-electric car round, and instead concentrate its efforts on designing the next-generation hydrogen fuel cell vehicle. As part of a decision by the Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group, Hyundai--which owns 51 percent of Kia--will stop all efforts to develop and produce electric vehicles, according to Korean newspaper The Chosun Iblo. The auto manufacturer previously planned to produce the all-electric BlueOn, but it has shelved those plans and instead will focus on developing the Tucson ix Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle....
  • 'Inexhaustible' Source of Hydrogen May Be Unlocked by Salt Water, Engineers Say

    09/28/2011 10:45:23 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 46 replies
    http://www.sciencedaily.com ^ | 19 Sept 2011 | Staff
    A grain of salt or two may be all that microbial electrolysis cells need to produce hydrogen from wastewater or organic byproducts, without adding carbon dioxide to the atmosphere or using grid electricity, according to Penn State engineers. "This system could produce hydrogen anyplace that there is wastewater near sea water," said Bruce E. Logan, Kappe Professor of Environmental Engineering. "It uses no grid electricity and is completely carbon neutral. It is an inexhaustible source of energy." Microbial electrolysis cells that produce hydrogen are the basis of this recent work, but previously, to produce hydrogen, the fuel cells required some...
  • Japan: Hydrogen accumulates in pipes at Fukushima's No. 1 reactor

    09/26/2011 8:01:33 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    Asahi Shimbun ^ | 09/24/11 | HIDENORI TSUBOYA
    Hydrogen accumulates in pipes at Fukushima's No. 1 reactor September 24, 2011 By HIDENORI TSUBOYA / Staff Writer Hydrogen has accumulated to a level higher than previously thought in pipes connected to the No. 1 reactor containment vessel at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, the plant's operator said Sept. 23. But Tokyo Electric Power Co. officials said an explosion was unlikely because nonflammable nitrogen was being pumped in to prevent oxygen from entering the containment vessel and triggering a blast. TEPCO also said the discovery of the hydrogen buildup will not affect the road map toward achieving a...
  • 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...
  • Hybrid Solar System Makes Rooftop Hydrogen

    08/11/2011 11:40:12 AM PDT · by Freeport · 58 replies
    Science Daily ^ | Aug. 10, 2011 | N/A
    While roofs across the world sport photovoltaic solar panels to convert sunlight into electricity, a Duke University engineer believes a novel hybrid system can wring even more useful energy out of the sun's rays. Instead of systems based on standard solar panels, Duke engineer Nico Hotz proposes a hybrid option in which sunlight heats a combination of water and methanol in a maze of glass tubes on a rooftop. After two catalytic reactions, the system produces hydrogen much more efficiently than current technology without significant impurities. The resulting hydrogen can be stored and used on demand in fuel cells. For...
  • Splitting Water for Renewable Energy Simpler Than First Thought? Manganese-Based Catalyst...

    05/18/2011 11:03:16 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 45 replies
    An international team, of scientists, led by a team at Monash University has found the key to the hydrogen economy could come from a very simple mineral, commonly seen as a black stain on rocks. Their findings, developed with the assistance of researchers at UC Davis in the USA and using the facilities at the Australian Synchrotron, was published in the journal Nature Chemistry on May 15, 2011. Professor Leone Spiccia from the School of Chemistry at Monash University said the ultimate goal of researchers in this area is to create a cheap, efficient way to split water, powered by...
  • Say hello to cheaper hydrogen fuel cells

    04/27/2011 12:21:37 PM PDT · by edcoil · 22 replies
    Los Alamos ^ | 4-27-2011 | edcoil
    Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists have developed a way to avoid the use of expensive platinum in hydrogen fuel cells, the environmentally friendly devices that might replace current power sources in everything from personal data devices to automobiles.
  • Energy Breakthrough: One Step Closer to Extracting Hydrogen From Water

    04/20/2011 11:01:03 AM PDT · by Free Vulcan · 25 replies
    OilPrice.com ^ | 4.20.11 | Brian Westenhaus
    A research team at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland has announced they have come upon a new catalyst for electrolysis to split hydrogen out of water. In a serendipitous moment the team led by Xile Hu made this discovery during an electrochemical experiment. Hu said, “It’s a perfect illustration of the famous serendipity principle in fundamental research. Thanks to this unexpected result, we’ve revealed a unique phenomenon.” Being alert has rewards when lightning strikes, thanks to Professor Hu and his group the new hydrogen catalyst has been found. Splitting hydrogen is an energy expensive process. For industrial...
  • A chance discovery may revolutionize hydrogen production

    04/14/2011 3:32:06 PM PDT · by neverdem · 29 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | 14-Apr-2011 | NA
    Contact: Michael Mitchellmichael.mitchell@epfl.ch 41-798-103-107Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne A chance discovery may revolutionize hydrogen production Molybdenum-based catalysts now enable a more cost-effective hydrogen production IMAGE: Using a molybdenum based catalyst, hydrogen bubbles are made cheaply and at room temperature. Click here for more information. Producing hydrogen in a sustainable way is a challenge and production cost is too high. A team led by EPFL Professor Xile Hu has discovered that a molybdenum based catalyst is produced at room temperature, inexpensive and efficient. The results of the research are published online in Chemical Science Thursday the 14th of April. An international...
  • Hydrogen should take priority over biofuel in aviation

    12/01/2010 9:47:10 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 35 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 11/30/2010 | Kerry Reals
    The aviation industry should focus research and development programmes on liquid hydrogen rather than third-generation biofuels in the quest to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, according to World Wildlife Fund director for global energy policy Stephan Singer. Speaking at a roundtable on environmental issues at the European Parliament in Brussels today - part of the Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Europe's (ASD) Aeroweek conference - Singer said liquid hydrogen and algae-derived biofuels should be the focus of investment over other alternative fuels because they are less likely to interfere with land used for food producti
  • Volatile elements locked in moon rock [ hydrogen, chlorine, sulfur ]

    10/25/2010 6:31:15 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    Highlights in Chemical Science ^ | July 21, 2010 | James Urquhart
    Samples of a mineral present on the Moon and on Earth have been found to contain almost the same concentrations of hydrogen, chlorine and sulfur, adding weight to questions over how the Moon formed and evolved. The interior of the Moon was generally believed to be depleted of volatile elements as they were thought to have escaped into space during the Moon's formation... Jeremy Boyce at the California Institute of Technology and colleagues at other US institutions... analysing a mineral called apatite... ubiquitous in trace amounts in lunar rocks... Using secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS), the researchers measured concentrations of...
  • Hydrogen Refueling Point Launched by SunHydro in Connecticut

    10/18/2010 5:15:55 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 16 replies
    IBTimesuk ^ | 10/18/10
    SunHydro, a hydrogen refueling company is launching their first hydrogen station that will be open to the public. The refueling point will be made available starting Friday in Connecticut, USA, in an attempt of the firm to create a chain of hydrogen refueling stations from Maine to Florida.
  • Zero Emissions Fuel Cell Hybrid Taxi Unveiled at London's City Hall

    06/09/2010 3:32:04 AM PDT · by Flavius · 20 replies · 88+ views
    Market Watch ^ | 6/9/10 | Market Watch
    LONDON, Jun 07, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Intelligent Energy, Lotus Engineering, LTI Vehicles and TRW Conekt, with funding from the UK Government's Technology Strategy Board, today unveiled a full performance, zero-emissions Fuel Cell Hybrid London taxi. While the taxi looks and drives like an iconic London black cab, the Fuel Cell Black Cab is powered by an Intelligent Energy hydrogen fuel cell system hybridised with lithium polymer batteries; allowing the vehicle to operate for a full day without the need for refuelling. Capable of achieving a top speed of over 80 mph, it has a range of more than 250...
  • Producing hydrogen from sea water

    05/03/2010 10:50:42 PM PDT · by neverdem · 54 replies · 1,257+ views
    Chemistry World ^ | 28 April 2010 | Mike Brown
    A new catalyst that generates hydrogen from sea water has been developed by scientists in the US. This new metal-oxo complex displays high catalytic activity and stability, whilst being low cost, the researchers say.Hydrogen is very attractive as a clean source of power. Currently, it is produced by natural gas reforming - where steam is reacted with methane in the presence of a nickel catalyst to form hydrogen - but this method produces the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide.Jeffrey Long and colleagues from the University of California, Berkeley, prepared a simple molybdenum-oxo complex that can serve as an electrocatalyst, reducing the energy required to generate hydrogen...
  • Hydrogen fuel-cell cars not yet in starting gate

    02/25/2010 10:35:27 AM PST · by thackney · 32 replies · 399+ views
    Calgary Herald ^ | Feb 25, 2010 | Fiona Anderson
    Hydrogen fuel-cell technology has made significant progress, but it will still be some time before cars fuelled by hydrogen will be affordable, Arturo Elias, president of General Motors of Canada Ltd. told reporters Wednesday. GM -- which was showcasing its fleet of eight hydrogen-fuelled cars the company is using during the Olympics -- has said in the past it hoped to commercialize a fuel-cell vehicle by 2015. "But there are some challenges," Elias said. Those challenges include ensuring the infrastructure for refuelling is in place and lowering costs. Hydrogen-fuelled cars are electric cars that get their power from hydrogen rather...
  • Stray Hydrogen Atoms Become Deadly for Starships Traveling at Light Speed

    02/18/2010 1:34:50 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 60 replies · 1,363+ views
    Popular Science ^ | 2/17/2010 | Jeremy Hsu
    Science fiction writers may have to rethink how their starship crews survive travel near or beyond the speed of light. Even the occasional hydrogen atom floating in the interstellar void would become a lethal radiation beam that would kill human crews in mere seconds and destroy a spacecraft's electronics, New Scientist reports. Just a few stray wisps of hydrogen gas -- fewer than two hydrogen atoms per cubic centimeter on average -- would translate into 7 teraelectron volts for a starship crew traveling at 99.999998 percent of the speed of light. That's as much fun for humans as standing in...
  • Honda Begins Operation of New Solar Hydrogen Station

    01/27/2010 2:46:50 PM PST · by GizmosAndGadgets · 11 replies · 471+ views
    Los Angeles dBusinessNews ^ | January 27, 2010 | BUSINESS WIRE
    TORRANCE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Honda today began operation of a next generation solar hydrogen station prototype at the Los Angeles Center of Honda R&D Americas, Inc., intended for ultimate use as a home refueling appliance capable of an overnight refill of fuel cell electric vehicles. Designed as a single, integrated unit to fit in the user's garage, Honda's next generation Solar Hydrogen Station reduces the size of the system, while producing enough hydrogen (0.5kg) via an 8-hour overnight fill for daily commuting (10,000 miles per year) for a fuel cell electric vehicle. The previous solar hydrogen station system required both an electrolyzer...
  • Whistler unveils new demonstration fleet of 20 hydrogen-fuelled buses

    01/24/2010 5:12:07 PM PST · by thackney · 19 replies · 581+ views
    Calgary Herald ^ | January 22, 2010 | The Province Staff Reporter
    A demonstration fleet of 20 hydrogen buses and a new transit centre for fuelling them was unveiled in Whistler Friday. The $89.5-million project, a joint venture of the Canadian and B.C. governments, Whistler and the Canadian Hydrogen Fuel Cell Association, will act as a showcase for zero-emission transit during and after the 2010 Olympic Games. The buses emit no smog-creating or greenhouse gases from their tailpipes. Also unveiled Friday was B.C. Transit's new Whistler Transit Centre, which has the world's largest hydrogen fuelling station. "British Columbia is a world leader in the development of hydrogen-fuel-cell technology," said Shirley Bond, B.C.'s...
  • UAE to Tender Dh7b Hydrogen Power Plant

    01/20/2010 4:44:02 AM PST · by thackney · 15 replies · 493+ views
    Trading Markets ^ | Jan 19, 2010 | McClatchy-Tribune Information Services
    A contract to build Dh7 billion, 500-megawatt hydrogen power plant will be awarded this year, with construction starting in the fourth quarter of 2011 and completion expected by 2014. The project, which will emit far less greenhouse gases than conventional power plants, announced in January 2008 by Masdar and BP as a joint venture has seen rapid progress since then, as it has completed many milestones that include realignment of schedule with pipeline and CO2 trials, appointment of financial advisors, allotment of land, and completion of front end engineering and design or FEED study. The project will be constructed about...
  • Go Nuclear! Go Green!

    12/13/2009 12:11:57 PM PST · by bunkerhill7 · 30 replies · 795+ views
    U.S. D.O.E. ^ | 12/12/2008 | DOE
    old information but bears repeating: U.S. DEPT. OF ENERGY 12/12/2008 "Energy Efficient and Renewable Energy Fuel Cells Technology Program Hydrogen Production High-Temperature Water Splitting High-temperature water splitting (a "thermochemical" process) is a long-term technology in the early stages of development. How Does It Work?... The high-temperature heat needed can be supplied by next-generation nuclear reactors under development (up to about 1000°C).. High-Temperature Water Splitting Using Nuclear Energy Why Is This Technology Being Considered for the Hydrogen Economy?... Develop next-generation nuclear reactor technology to supply the high temperatures needed for this process.
  • Running; on water? Fuel system experiment comes close Hydrogen injections offer boost in mileage

    12/10/2009 1:05:14 PM PST · by Red Badger · 66 replies · 1,977+ views
    www.istockanalyst.com ^ | 12/10/2009 | By RICK BARRETT
    It might go against the adage "oil and water don't mix," but a University of Wisconsin professor and the City of Beloit's fleet manager are experimenting with technology that allows motor scooters, cars and trucks to use a combination of gasoline and water as fuel. They're testing a system that uses voltage from a vehicle's battery and alternator to split water into hydrogen and oxygen. Those molecules are then burned as supplemental fuel -- reducing the amount of gasoline needed and resulting in a cleaner-running engine. The system has been used to power a Vespa scooter with distilled water. A...
  • Producing hydrogen from urine

    07/04/2009 12:32:32 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 49 replies · 1,549+ views
    Physorg.com ^ | 7/3/09 | Physorg.com
    Chemistry World reports that the catalyst could not only fuel the hydrogen-powered cars of the future, but could also help clean up municipal wastewater. Gerardine Botte of Ohio University uses an electrolytic approach to produce hydrogen from urine - the most abundant waste on Earth - at a fraction of the cost of producing hydrogen from water. Urine's major constituent is urea, which incorporates four hydrogen atoms per molecule - importantly, less tightly bonded than the hydrogen atoms in water molecules.
  • Team Detects High-Speed Hydrogen Atoms Coming From the Moon

    06/20/2009 8:20:28 PM PDT · by neverdem · 31 replies · 1,278+ views
    ScienceNOW Daily News ^ | 19 June 2009 | Phil Berardelli
    Enlarge ImageSurprise! The IBEX spacecraft, preparing to explore deep space (inset), accidentally made an important discovery about the moon.Credit: Southwest Research Institute Scientists probing the outer reaches of our solar system have hit upon an unusual phenomenon much closer to home. Instruments aboard a NASA spacecraft have detected fast-moving hydrogen atoms emanating from the moon. The atoms, which originated as protons from the sun, may help scientists study the lunar surface and other solar system objects in greater detail than believed possible. The moon is continuously being pelted by hazardous radiation. Most of it comes from the solar wind,...
  • Jesse James brings hydrogen land-speed record back to America

    06/18/2009 8:16:39 AM PDT · by pikachu · 61 replies · 1,978+ views
    autoweek.com ^ | 18 June 2009 | MARK VAUGHN
    Six years after he got the idea and bought the streamliner, Jesse James has set the world record for hydrogen-powered speed. Late afternoon on June 16, James flew across the windswept dust of El Mirage dry lake bed in the California desert and tripped the lights at 199.712 mph. That was 14 mph faster than the previous record of 185 mph, set in Germany by BMW in its hydrogen-powered H2H. "This, I honestly believe, is world-changing," James said of the emissions-free race car. "We can't rely on gasoline forever. I'm paying it forward." The whole deal was for the season-ending...
  • BlackLight Power Inc. Announces Second Commercial License.....(NEW POWERFUL ENERGY SOURCE!)

    06/03/2009 4:58:08 PM PDT · by AwesomePossum · 17 replies · 1,173+ views
    Blacklight Power ^ | 1/6/2009 | Ramya Kumaraswamy
    Cranbury, NJ (January 06, 2009)—BlackLight Power (BLP) Inc. today announced its second commercial license agreement with Farmers’ Electric Cooperative, Inc. of New Mexico, (Farmers’ Electric). In a non-exclusive agreement, BLP has licensed Farmers’ Electric to use the BlackLight Process and certain BLP energy technology for the production of thermal or electric power. Farmers’ Electric may produce gross thermal power up to a maximum continuous capacity of 250 MW or convert this thermal power to corresponding electricity.
  • U.S. Government to lease GM hydrogen cars for $84,000/year

    05/10/2009 9:05:12 AM PDT · by catnipman · 19 replies · 1,078+ views
    Parade Magazine ^ | 5/10/09 | Sharon Male and Lamar Graham
    Parade Magazine interview on 5/10/09 with Larry Burns, GM R&D chief: ... What about progress on electric cars and hydrogen-powered vehicles? The Chevrolet Volt—which comes out in 2010—goes 40 miles on a single battery charge. We're also testing 100 hydrogen fuel cell Chevrolet Equinoxes. The beauty about fuel cells is that they can be re-energized in five minutes and go 300 miles, whereas it takes eight hours to recharge a battery that goes 40 miles. Isn't hydrogen an infrastructure problem? No place to fill up? There are 170,000 service stations in the U.S. How many would have to provide hydrogen...