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Brian Westenhaus

Brian is the editor of the popular energy technology site New Energy and Fuel. The site’s mission is to inform, stimulate, amuse and abuse the news and views across the emerging field of energy and fuels in our future. You will find the most exciting and useful news, guides and tips for making and saving money in energy and fuel, just how things work or not, where you might want to invest or get involved in a brainstorming session with other readers.

Latest articles from Brian

  • Solar Cell Breakthrough Could Challenge Silicon Dominance

    Published 27 September 2022 | viewed 9,866 times

    Rice University engineers have shown the manufacture of high-efficiency solar cells with layers of 2D and 3D perovskites may be simplified by solvents that allow…

  • A New Design For Faster Hydrogen Storage

    Published 25 September 2022 | viewed 5,625 times

    University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and Queensland University of Technology (QUT) researchers have announced a new design for solid-state hydrogen storage that could significantly reduce…

  • MIT Engineers Design New Low-Cost Battery For Energy Storage

    Published 24 September 2022 | viewed 24,782 times

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineers have designed a battery made from inexpensive, abundant materials, that could provide low-cost backup storage for renewable energy sources. Less…

  • Organic Solar Cell Breakthrough Improves Performance And Stability

    Published 20 September 2022 | viewed 7,070 times

    Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST) scientists use a water treatment for morphology control in the fabrication of active layer thin films, improving the…

  • New Energy Harvesting Tech Could Bring Power To Remote Regions

    Published 19 September 2022 | viewed 3,058 times

    DGIST (Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology in Korea) researchers developed a piezoelectric polymer/ceramic composite fiber with a cross-sectional form that is uniformly controlled…

  • Carbon Recycling Breakthrough Converts 100% Of CO2 Into Ethylene

    Published 17 September 2022 | viewed 66,053 times

    The University of Illinois Chicago researchers new system uses electrolysis to transform captured carbon dioxide gas into high purity ethylene, with other carbon-based fuels and…

  • Scientists Report Major Progress On Tokamak Fusion Effort

    Published 13 September 2022 | viewed 5,236 times

    Korea Superconducting Tokamak Advanced Research, or KSTAR, scientists have succeeded in sustaining a plasma gas at 100 million kelvin for up to 20 seconds without…

  • Understanding Quantum Matter In Superconductors

    Published 12 September 2022 | viewed 2,546 times

    SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory researchers discovered that nickel oxide superconductors contain a phase of quantum matter, known as charge density waves, that’s common in other…

  • Magnetic Breakthrough Could Help Save Electricity

    Published 09 September 2022 | viewed 25,715 times

    Scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames National Laboratory and Oak Ridge National Laboratory conducted an in-depth investigation of the Kagome layered topological material…

  • New Breakthrough Will Change How Oil Reserves Are Measured

    Published 01 December 2018 | viewed 18,167 times

    A Massachusetts Institute of Technology team of researchers has taken the first three-dimensional images of kerogen’s internal structure, with a level of detail more than 50…

  • Coal To Liquid Fuel Could Become Much Cheaper

    Published 27 October 2018 | viewed 46,519 times

    Eindhoven University of Technology researchers have developed iron-based catalysts that substantially reduce operating costs and open the door to capturing the large amounts of CO2…

  • New Breakthrough Could Slash Solar Prices To New Lows

    Published 06 October 2018 | viewed 79,635 times

    Professor Yabing Qi and his team from OIST in collaboration with Professor Shengzhong Liu from Shaanxi Normal University, China, developed the cells using the materials…

  • Bioscience Breakthrough Turns Plant Waste Into Gasoline

    Published 29 September 2018 | viewed 19,673 times

    KU Leuven, Belgium bioscience engineers have developed a roadmap, so to speak, for industrial cellulose gasoline. The bioscience engineers already knew how to make gasoline…

  • New Breakthrough Could Lead To Safer Energy Storage

    Published 22 September 2018 | viewed 27,998 times

    Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science engineers have observed how carbon dioxide is activated at the electrode-electrolyte interface. Using surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy the…

  • The Next Stage In Perovskite Solar Development

    Published 16 June 2018 | viewed 19,925 times

    A Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) research team has proposed a perovskite material that serves as a potential active material for highly…

  • Biofuel Breakthrough Uses Algae To Create Hydrogen

    Published 13 May 2018 | viewed 34,016 times

    A research group from the University of Turku, Finland, has discovered an efficient way for transforming solar energy into the chemical energy of biohydrogen through…

  • This Discovery Is Changing Solar Energy Forever

    Published 26 April 2018 | viewed 46,031 times

    Rice University scientists have discovered a novel phenomenon of light-induced lattice expansion in perovskite materials. The lattice expansion cures bulk and interface defects, which leads…

  • Scientists Are One Step Closer To Nuclear Fusion

    Published 21 March 2018 | viewed 43,675 times

    Colorado State University scientists, using a compact but powerful laser to heat arrays of ordered nanowires, have demonstrated micro-scale nuclear fusion in the lab. They…

  • Is This The Answer To The Lithium Shortage?

    Published 18 February 2018 | viewed 14,034 times

    University of Texas at Austin and Monash University researchers have recently discovered a new, efficient way to extract lithium and other metals and minerals from…

  • New Breakthrough Boosts Solar Fuel Efficiency

    Published 21 January 2018 | viewed 20,775 times

    University of Twente researchers have made significant efficiency improvements to the technology used to generate solar fuels. This involves the direct conversion of energy from sunlight…

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