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Alternative Energy / Fuel Cells

The Cube – New Breakthrough Set to Alter the Energy Landscape Forever

Aug 15, 2013 at 17:18 | Charles Kennedy

Redox Power Systems has signed a partnership deal with researchers at the University of Maryland in order to develop and bring to commercial market a new distributed electricity generation…

Replacing Platinum to Build Cheaper Fuel Cells

Aug 09, 2013 at 17:36 | Futurity

A new type of polymer membrane could replace expensive platinum in alkaline batteries and fuel cells.“We have tried to break this paradigm of tradeoffs in materials (by improving)…

The Grid Gets a Very Big Lithium Ion Battery

Jun 05, 2013 at 16:38 | Brian Westenhaus

A very large new Lithium-ion battery was unveiled Saturday in Oregon to help make the Northwest’s and the nation’s electric system more efficient, officials said at a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

A Follow up on the Hydrogen Fuel Cell Breakthrough

Apr 24, 2013 at 15:48 | Barry Stevens

As a matter of clarification, the technology under discussion generates hydrogen from water. It is not a fuel cell. For this reason, the title “Hydrogen Production Breakthrough” better reflects the…

Breakthrough Microbattery Charges 1,000 Times Faster than Competing Technology

Apr 17, 2013 at 16:52 | Brian Westenhaus

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UI) have announced their new Microbatteries that out-power even the best supercapacitors and could drive new applications in radio communications and…

How Long Should a Lithium Ion Battery Survive in an EV?

Apr 11, 2013 at 16:34 | Brian Westenhaus

Mikael G. Cugnet, Ph.D. spoke on the question that worries millions of owners and potential owners of electric and hybrid vehicles (EVs) using lithium-ion batteries: How long before the…

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Breakthrough?

Apr 08, 2013 at 17:30 | Barry Stevens

Monday, April 9, 2013, I will be attending a private demonstration of a hydrogen fuel cell using catalytic carbon for producing hydrogen-for-fuel. This is the world’s first scalable Hydrogen-On-Demand process…

Was Senator Matsunaga Right About Hydrogen After All?

Apr 05, 2013 at 17:54 | Barry Stevens

For those unaware, former U.S. Senator from Hawaii and visionary Spark Masayuki Matsunaga spent 28 years in Congress and passed away on April 15, 1990. Spark was instrumental in passing…

Suzuki Starts Production of Hydrogen Cell Car Battery

Feb 22, 2013 at 16:45 | Jen Alic

It was only a year ago that Suzuki Motor Corporation (7269:JP) started a joint venture to develop hydrogen fuel-cell systems for vehicles, and now it’s starting production. In…

Lithium Ion Batteries Causing Big Problems for Aviation Industry

Jan 25, 2013 at 16:58 | Brian Westenhaus

No Boeing 787 Dreamliners have crashed or burned to the ground, but lithium ion technology is back in the news with a vengeance.  The lithium ion batteries that are used…

Should we be Concerned about EV Batteries?

Jan 21, 2013 at 16:25 | Barry Stevens

With all the problems with Boeing’s Dreamliner 787 lithium-ion batteries, it’s fair to question the performance and safety of EVs Li-ion batteries.  For the uninformed, regulators around the world joined…

New Charging Algorithm can Extend Battery Life for Electric Vehicles

Jan 07, 2013 at 16:51 | Futurity

A new charging algorithm could extend battery life for the first all-electric, battery-powered locomotive in the US.Batteries for Norfolk Southern Railway No. 999, just like automotive batteries, are…

Increasing the Efficiency of Platinum Use in Fuel Cells

Nov 02, 2012 at 18:58 | Brian Westenhaus

Fuel cells are, for some, the nirvana of portable or mobile energy production.  But the problem of a catalyst that tears the hydrogen atom into the parts needed to generate…

Revolutionary Improvement Increases Lithium Ion Battery Capacity by 300%

Oct 30, 2012 at 18:43 | Brian Westenhaus

California Lithium Battery (CLB), a finalist in Department of Energy’s 2012 Start Up America’s Next Top Energy Innovator challenge, has announced the record-setting performance of its new lithium…

New Fuel Cell Catalyst Offers Very Cheap Alternative to Platinum

Oct 23, 2012 at 17:36 | Futurity

A new, inexpensive catalyst for hydrogen fuel cells could put platinum out of business, say researchers who’ve developed an alternative out of cobalt, graphene, and cobalt-oxide.Brown University chemist…

Why Electric Cars Don’t have a Future

Sep 14, 2012 at 16:40 | Dave Cohen

A controversy has broken out over what it costs General Motors (GM) to produce a Chevy Volt. A Reuters reporter got things going when he claimed that GM is…

Plug In or Get Lost: Forcing a Shift to Alternative Cars

Sep 01, 2012 at 08:43 | Jen Alic

A new ruling requires US automakers to more than double average fuel economy by 2025 in a move that will push up prices for cars but more than offset the…

New Microbial Fuel Cell can Produce Electricity from Waste Water

Aug 15, 2012 at 17:26 | Brian Westenhaus

Wastewater, more commonly thought of as sewage or gray water is estimated to use 3% of the electrical energy consumed in the United States and other developed countries.Engineers…

Promising Discoveries made in Fuel Cell Research

Jun 20, 2012 at 17:37 | Brian Westenhaus

Ballard Power Systems, a Vancouver British Columbia, Canada based fuel cell manufacturer is flirting with becoming profitable.  The enthusiasm surrounding fuel cells has been the roller coaster ride of the…

New Battery to Revolutionise the EV Market

Mar 01, 2012 at 17:29 | Charles Kennedy

The biggest obstacles to mass production of electric vehicles and their popularity amongst the public are the cost, the range and their safety in collisions. All these obstacles are heavily…

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