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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 Tech Transforms Greenhouse Gases into Industrial Resources

    Published 03 January 2024 | viewed 4,200 times

    Ruhr-University Bochum researchers are constantly pushing the limits of technology by breaking new ground in CO2 conversion. The goal is to turn the harmful greenhouse…

  • Cold Spray Tantalum Coating Boosts Fusion Reactor Performance

    Published 31 December 2023 | viewed 8,800 times

    University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers have used a spray coating technology to produce a new workhorse material that can withstand the harsh conditions inside a fusion…

  • Next-Gen Solar Cells: Smaller, Cheaper, More Efficient

    Published 28 December 2023 | viewed 66,894 times

    University of Ottawa engineers, together with national and international partners, have achieved a world first by manufacturing the first back-contact micrometric photovoltaic cells. The cells,…

  • Next-Gen Hydrogen Visualization Could Accelerate Clean Energy Progress

    Published 27 December 2023 | viewed 2,329 times

    Using conventional X-rays and lasers to detect the atomic state of hydrogen is quite challenging, given its small size. A Tohoku University group of researchers…

  • Schottky Junction Electrode Revolutionizes Seawater Electrolysis

    Published 24 December 2023 | viewed 8,051 times

    Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology researchers have now designed an electrode with Schottky Junction formed at the interface of metallic Ni-W5N4 and semiconducting NiFeOOH.…

  • Sodium-Ion: A Game-Changer in the Global Battery Market

    Published 20 December 2023 | viewed 8,505 times

    Researchers from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden have shown that the sodium-ion battery has an equivalent climate impact as their lithium-ion competitors – without…

  • Smart Roof Tiles Offer Big Energy Savings

    Published 19 December 2023 | viewed 2,728 times

    University of California – Santa Barbara researchers presented an adaptive tile, which when deployed in arrays on roofs, can lower heating bills in winter and…

  • New Catalyst and Solar Process Produces Low Cost Hydrogen

    Published 14 December 2023 | viewed 2,681 times

    A study developed jointly by Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) and the spin-off BeDimensional has identified a solution based on ruthenium particles and a solar-powered…

  • A Breakthrough In Tiny Batteries?

    Published 13 December 2023 | viewed 3,550 times

    University of Freiburg researchers have developed a monolithically integrated photo battery using organic materials that is capable of powering miniature devices. The photo battery achieves an unprecedented high…

  • Chinese Scientists Present Solar Powered Water Harvesting Technology

    Published 12 December 2023 | viewed 3,821 times

    Researchers from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China developed a promising new solar-powered atmospheric water harvesting technology that could help provide enough drinking water for people to survive…

  • New Supercrystals Set World Record for Solar Hydrogen Production

    Published 07 December 2023 | viewed 9,443 times

    Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München researchers have developed new high-performance nanostructures, a material that holds a new world record for green hydrogen production with sunlight. When Emiliano Cortés…

  • MIT Scientists Develop New Process To Convert CO2 into Fuel

    Published 06 December 2023 | viewed 10,852 times

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers developed an efficient process that can convert carbon dioxide into formate. Formate is a nonflammable liquid or solid material that can…

  • New Technology May Reduce Battery Fires

    Published 05 December 2023 | viewed 1,399 times

    University of Maryland researchers studying how lithium batteries fail have developed a new technology that could enable next-generation electric vehicles (EVs) and other devices that…

  • A Tech Breakthrough That Counters Critical Issues for Lithium-Sulfur Batteries

    Published 29 November 2023 | viewed 5,945 times

    Tokyo University of Science researchers have developed a graphene separator embedded with platinum-doped gold nanoclusters for lithium-sulfur batteries. Lithium-sulfur batteries face issues like the formation…

  • Saving The Energy Lost In Organic Solar Cells

    Published 28 November 2023 | viewed 1,120 times

    A Technical University of Munich (TUM) research group has shown that certain organic dyes can help build virtual highways for energy in organic solar cells.…

  • Why Nuclear Power Expansion Predictions Failed

    Published 26 November 2023 | viewed 4,080 times

    A University of Reading team of researchers looked back at a model that predicted nuclear power would expand dramatically in order to assess the efficacy…

  • Hydrogen Set to Compete with Fossil Fuels

    Published 23 November 2023 | viewed 21,337 times

    University of Houston energy researchers suggest hydrogen fuel can potentially be a cost-competitive and environmentally friendly alternative to gasoline and diesel, and that supplying hydrogen…

  • New Tungsten Oxide Coating Boosts Hydrogen Fuel Cell Life

    Published 22 November 2023 | viewed 1,296 times

    Pohang University of Science & Technology engineers enhance hydrogen fuel cell durability via tungsten oxide coating that functions as a shield. The research has received…

  • Breakthrough Research Unveils True Cause of Battery Degradation

    Published 17 November 2023 | viewed 5,512 times

    Pacific Northwest National Laboratory researchers have upended what’s known about how rechargeable batteries function. Rechargeable battery performance could be improved by a new understanding of…

  • Innovative Glass Coating Harnesses Cosmic Cold for Climate Control

    Published 16 November 2023 | viewed 2,560 times

    University of Maryland researchers’ new technology is a microporous glass coating that can lower the temperature of the materials beneath it by 3.5 degrees Celsius…

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