University of Oregon chemists have developed a boron-nitrogen-based liquid-phase storage material for hydrogen that works safely at room temperature and is both air- and moisture-stable—an accomplishment that offers a possible route through current storage and transportation obstacles.
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has signed option agreements with three companies that will lead to products designed to increase the storage capacity of batteries used to power portable devices and electric vehicles, reduce the cost of fuel cells used to generate electricity from hydrogen, and detect pests hidden behind walls in buildings.
According to the team who made the discovery, a new compound made from cobalt, iron and oxygen with other metals can split oxygen atoms from water at a rate at least an order of magnitude higher than the compound currently considered the gold standard.
Imagine your car running on an abundant, environmentally friendly fuel generated from the surrounding atmosphere. Sounds like science fiction, but University of Texas at Dallas researchers recently published a paper detailing a breakthrough in understanding how such a fuel—in this case, hydrogen—can be stored in metals.
A new study from researchers at Japan’s RIKEN institute has shed first-ever light on a class of heterometallic molecular structures whose unique features, supplied by the use of both transition and rare-earth metals, may point the way to breakthroughs in lightweight fuel cell technology.
A grain of salt or two may be all that microbial electrolysis cells need to produce hydrogen from wastewater or organic byproducts, without adding carbon dioxide to the atmosphere or using grid electricity, according to Penn State engineers.
Hydrogen has long been considered a promising alternative to fossil fuels for powering cars, trucks, and even homes. But one major obstacle has been finding lightweight, robust, and inexpensive ways of storing the gas. New research by a team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and several other institutions analyzes the performance of a class of materials considered a promising candidate for such storage.
With a nod to biology, scientists at NIST have a new approach to the problem of safely storing hydrogen in future fuel-cell-powered cars. Their idea: molecular scale "veins" of iron permeating grains of magnesium like a network of capillaries. The iron veins may transform magnesium from a promising candidate for hydrogen storage into a real-world winner.
A team of University of Southern California scientists has developed an efficient method of using hydrogen as a fuel source. The method involves a catalyst system that releases enough hydrogen from its storage in ammonia borane to make it usable as a fuel source.
The editors of R&D Magazine have opened the nominations for the 2012 R&D 100 Awards competition, which will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the awards. If your organization introduced a new product this year, or is planning to, you can begin the entry process now.
A new synthetic material designed to help speed a reaction involved in the hydrogen gas production pipeline works 10 times faster than the natural protein used to design it, report scientists at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
Often located deep in the ocean, far from any source of light, hydrothermal vents are home to variety of strange creatures. Researchers recently reported finding mussels there that have their own on-board “fuel cells” in the form of symbiotic bacteria that use hydrogen as an energy source.
Tiny metallic particles produced by Univ. of Adelaide chemistry researchers are bringing new hope for the production of cheap, efficient, and clean hydrogen energy. The researchers are now exploring how the metal nanoparticles act as highly efficient catalysts in using solar radiation to split water into hydrogen and oxygen.
The process of splitting water into pure oxygen and clean-burning hydrogen fuel has long been the Holy Grail for clean-energy advocates as a method of large-scale energy storage, but the idea faces technical challenges. Stanford researchers may have solved one of the most important ones.
A nanoscale grapevine with hydrogen grapes could someday provide your car's preferred vintage of fuel. Rice Univ. researchers have determined that a lattice of calcium-decorated carbyne has the potential to store hydrogen at levels that easily exceed Department of Energy (DOE) goals for use as a "green" alternative fuel for vehicles.
It doesn’t look like a leaf, but the photosynthesis imitator being developed by teams at MIT would do much the same thing. Right now, it consists of a glass container full of water, with a catalyst-equipped solar cell inside on a divider between two sections. When exposed to the sun, the electrified catalysts produce two streams of bubbles — hydrogen on one side, oxygen on the other. When recombined these two elements create electricity; MIT is still working on the hydrogen side.
Aldrich Materials Science, a strategic technology initiative of Sigma-Aldrich Corp., today announced it has signed an agreement to collaborate on the scale-up and commercialization of next-generation boron hydride hydrogen-storage materials with Ilika, a UK-based advanced cleantech materials discovery company.
Many kinds of algae and cyanobacteria are capable of using energy from sunlight to split water molecules and release hydrogen, which holds promise as a clean and carbon-free fuel for the future. One reason this approach hasn’t yet been harnessed for fuel production is that under ordinary circumstances, hydrogen production takes a back seat to the production of compounds that the organisms use to support their own growth. However, a team of researchers have found a way to use bioengineered proteins to flip this preference, allowing more hydrogen to be produced.
An international team of scientists, led by a team at Monash Univ., has found the key to the hydrogen economy could come from a very simple mineral, commonly seen as a black stain on rocks.
A report commissioned by the U.S. Department of Energy has concluded that a Univ. of Colorado Boulder method of producing hydrogen fuel from sunlight is the only approach among eight competing technologies that is projected to meet future cost targets set by the federal agency.
A new hydrogen research initiative based in Japan will leverage Department of Energy (DOE)-funded hydrogen research at Sandia National Laboratories' California site and will likely become the first research effort to be rolled into a broader laboratory research umbrella aimed at increasing the laboratories’ hydrogen partnerships domestically and abroad.
Researchers in Denmark and at Stanford’s National Accelerator Lab have created a device to harvest the energy from part of the solar spectrum and have it to power the conversion of single hydrogen ions into hydrogen gas. They were able to do so without the use of expensive platinum catalysts, instead finding a way to use molybdenum sulfide in conjunction with a chemical solar cell.
Purdue Univ. researchers have collaborated with scientists at General Atomics to create safe and efficient pellets to power hydrogen fuel cells that can run an array of portable electronic devices.
Researchers have revealed a new single-stage method for recharging the hydrogen storage compound ammonia borane. The breakthrough makes hydrogen a more attractive fuel for vehicles and other transportation modes.
The production of inexpensive hydrogen for automotive or jet fuel may be possible by mimicking photosynthesis, according to a Penn State materials chemist, but a number of problems need to be solved first.