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Brian Westenhaus

New Energy and Fuel

Contributor since: 29 Sep 2011

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

  • New Breakthrough Will Change How Oil Reserves Are Measured

    Published 01 December 2018 | viewed 16,860 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 40,403 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 78,447 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 18,629 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 26,910 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 16,807 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 29,602 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 44,293 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 41,332 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 13,014 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 19,083 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…

  • Unexpected Phenomenon Observed In Lithium-Ion Batteries

    Published 17 January 2018 | viewed 20,906 times

    Brookhaven National Laboratory scientists have observed an unexpected phenomenon in lithium-ion batteries – the most common type of battery used to power cell phones and…

  • EV Range Set To Triple With New Lithium Battery Breakthrough

    Published 20 December 2017 | viewed 43,633 times

    The University of Waterloo researchers breakthrough involves the use of negative electrodes (the anode) made of lithium metal, a material with the potential to dramatically…

  • A Low-Cost Alternative To Lithium-Ion Batteries

    Published 25 November 2017 | viewed 21,367 times

    Forschungszentrum Juelich researchers with American Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientists have now successfully observed with nano-scale precision how deposits form at the iron electrode during…

  • New Process Makes Ethanol Sustainable

    Published 11 November 2017 | viewed 13,608 times

    Sweden’s University of Borås doctoral student Ramkumar Nair has shown it is possible to produce bioethanol from agricultural and industrial waste in existing plants in…

  • Submerged Turbines Could Replace 10 Nuclear Reactors In Japan

    Published 02 October 2017 | viewed 17,721 times

    Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) researchers have developed turbines to convert the power of ocean waves into clean, renewable energy. Professor Shintake and the…

  • Fuel Cell Breakthrough Lowers Costs And Ups Capacity

    Published 09 September 2017 | viewed 28,537 times

    University of Delaware (UD) scientists have created a new technology that could make fuel cells cheaper and more durable. Hydrogen-powered fuel cells are a green…

  • Is This Country About To Revive Biofuels?

    Published 04 September 2017 | viewed 15,158 times

    Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo researchers found the use of ethanol in vehicles reduces pollution by significantly lowering the number…

  • This Is Why Your Lithium Battery Doesn’t Age Well

    Published 29 April 2017 | viewed 16,748 times

    An Argonne National Laboratory team of researchers has identified one of the major culprits in capacity fade of high-energy lithium-ion batteries. Scientists refer to a…

  • “Grassoline” The Jet Fuel Of The Future?

    Published 08 April 2017 | viewed 20,825 times

    Belgium’s Ghent University researchers have developed a process that turns grass into biofuel. The press release is a little cute with the question, will we…

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