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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 Technology Could Replace Lithium-Ion Batteries

    Published 26 February 2017 | viewed 18,189 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.…

  • The Race To Develop The Ultimate Battery

    Published 03 November 2015 | viewed 9,949 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,…

  • This Breakthrough Could Lead To More NatGas Vehicles On The Road

    Published 29 October 2015 | viewed 6,726 times

     University of California at Berkeley chemists have developed an innovative new storage material for methane that could lessen the complexity of filling up with natural…

  • Could This Innovation Signal A Breakthrough In Fusion Energy

    Published 13 August 2015 | viewed 8,776 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 158,266 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.…

  • Nanophotonic Material Beams Excess Heat Into Space

    Published 04 December 2014 | viewed 5,882 times

    Stanford University engineers have invented a material designed to help cool buildings. The material reflects incoming sunlight, and it sends the heat from inside the…

  • Breakthrough In Wood To Gasoline Research

    Published 29 November 2014 | viewed 7,571 times

    Researchers at the Netherland’s KU Leuven’s Centre for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis have successfully converted sawdust into building blocks for gasoline. With the invention of…

  • New Solar Material: The “Blackhole Of Sunlight”

    Published 30 October 2014 | viewed 7,907 times

    A multidisciplinary engineering team at University of California San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering (UCSD) has developed a new nanoparticle-based material designed to absorb and…

  • Cleaning Up The Fracking Process

    Published 22 October 2014 | viewed 11,167 times

    Researchers at MIT and in Saudi Arabia say they have found an economical solution to cleaning out the biggest pollutant from hydraulic fracturing oil and…

  • True Cause Of Fracking Leaks Found – Industry Breathes A Sigh Of Relief

    Published 17 September 2014 | viewed 11,896 times

    An Ohio State University led study has pinpointed the likely source of most natural gas contamination in drinking-water wells associated with hydraulic fracturing as the…

  • Buildings Can Save More Than 50% of Electrical Energy Use

    Published 04 June 2014 | viewed 7,070 times

    A Pacific Northwest National Laboratory team found commercial buildings could cut their heating and cooling electricity use by an average of 57% with advanced energy-efficiency…

  • Photonics Breakthrough Taking Solar Power to a whole New Level

    Published 09 April 2014 | viewed 15,230 times

    Researchers at the University at Buffalo are developing a technology of slowing and absorbing certain wavelengths of light offering new possibilities in solar power, thermal…

  • BP Predicts an Energy Self-Sufficient Future by 2035

    Published 13 February 2014 | viewed 11,075 times

    BP begins its new forecast for the energy future with the statement:We project that by 2035 the US will be energy self-sufficient while maintaining its…

  • Creating Liquid Fuel from Old Plastic Bags

    Published 10 February 2014 | viewed 19,581 times

    Researchers have developed a low-temperature process converting plastic waste into liquid fuel as a way to re-use discarded plastic bags and other products.  The most…

  • A New Affordable Fuel Cell Design

    Published 06 February 2014 | viewed 14,744 times

    The United Kingdom’s Birmingham City University in a partnership with UK motorsport entrepreneur and manufacturer Spencer Ashley and the DYPDC center for automotive research in…

  • Microscopic Wind Turbines Offer Renewable Energy on the Go

    Published 23 January 2014 | viewed 9,057 times

    A University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) research associate and electrical engineering professor have designed a micro-wind turbine that generates electrical energy.  Their target looks…

  • U.S. Desire for Short Term Profit could Lead to Nuclear Power Implosion

    Published 13 January 2014 | viewed 29,093 times

    An American Physical Society group chaired by Roy Schwitters reports that if U.S. nuclear plants continue to shut down instead of extending operations the nation…

  • Andrea Rossi’s Official ECAT Website Ready to Accept Orders for 1MW Unit

    Published 02 December 2013 | viewed 36,200 times

    Andrea Rossi, founder, leader, and technology driver at Leonardo Corporation has opened the ECAT LENR device’s web site where pre-orders can be made.  For those…

  • Virus-Built Nanowires Help Boost Battery Performance

    Published 22 November 2013 | viewed 5,291 times

    Leave it to the wizards at MIT for amazing innovation.  MIT researchers have found a way to boost lithium-air battery performance, with the help of…

  • Recycling Rare Earth Elements from Wastewater

    Published 31 October 2013 | viewed 12,330 times

    Scientists are reporting development of a new method to recycle rare earth elements from wastewater.  Many of today’s technologies, from hybrid car batteries to flat-screen…

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