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New Energy and Fuel

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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

  • The Next Stage In Perovskite Solar Development

    Published 16 June 2018 | viewed 11,729 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…

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    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…

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    Published 21 March 2018 | viewed 30,477 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…

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    Published 18 February 2018 | viewed 10,342 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 13,599 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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    Published 17 January 2018 | viewed 18,136 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 37,669 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 18,907 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 10,900 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 13,769 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 14,494 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 11,616 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…

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    Published 29 April 2017 | viewed 14,086 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 17,384 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…

  • New Technology Could Replace Lithium-Ion Batteries

    Published 26 February 2017 | viewed 15,921 times

    University of Southern California (USC) scientists have developed an alteration to the lithium-sulfur battery that could make it more than competitive with the lithium-ion battery.…

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    Published 03 November 2015 | viewed 8,526 times

    University of Cambridge scientists have developed a working laboratory demonstrator of a lithium-oxygen battery which has very high energy density, is more than 90% efficient,…

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    Published 29 October 2015 | viewed 5,970 times

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    Published 13 August 2015 | viewed 7,669 times

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers are using advances in magnet technology to propose a new design for a practical compact tokamak fusion reactor. It’s…

  • Andrea Rossi Vindicated? Cold Fusion Takes Another Step Towards Credibility

    Published 12 February 2015 | viewed 147,897 times

    Professor Alexander Parkhomov of Lomonosov Moscow State University has published a paper describing his successful replication of Andrea Rossi’s E-Cat LENR or cold fusion device.…

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