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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

  • Is This The Answer To The Lithium Shortage?

    Published 18 February 2018 | viewed 9,320 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 10,843 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 17,043 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 35,753 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 17,750 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 9,382 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 12,601 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 12,119 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 10,474 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 13,731 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 16,212 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 15,540 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 8,262 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,…

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

    Published 12 February 2015 | viewed 80,312 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 5,043 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…

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

    Published 17 September 2014 | viewed 9,104 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 6,226 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 14,231 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 9,301 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 15,144 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…

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