UMass Lowell invention makes vehicles run clean longer
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Nanoparticles composed of nickel and iron have been found to be more effective and efficient than other, more costly materials when used as catalysts in the production of hydrogen fuel through water electrolysis.
A system that stores renewable energy as hydrogen and is safer for home use than lithium-ion batteries is on the horizon for researchers at UNSW Sydney.
Researchers at UNSW Sydney with partners H2Store have received a $3.5 million investment from Providence Asset Group to develop a first-of-its-kind hydrogen storage system that could mean cheaper, safer storage for renewable energy.
Researchers at Colorado School of Mines have shown that protonic ceramic fuel cells can be used reversibly, both to efficiently generate electricity and to store that power in the form of chemical fuel at times of lower demand.
Splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen presents an alternative to fossil fuels, but purified water is a precious resource. A Stanford-led team has now developed a way to harness seawater – Earth’s most abundant source – for chemical energy.
Always good quality when refueling with hydrogen, no impurities that damage the fuel cell: Professor Andreas Schütze and his research team from Saarland University are working with partners to develop a sensor system that constantly monitors the quality and purity of hydrogen directly at the fuel pump.
Hydrogen production based on wind power can already be commercially viable today. Until now, it was generally assumed that this environmentally friendly power-to-gas technology could not be implemented profitably. Economists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), the University of Mannheim and Stanford University have now described, based on the market situations in Germany and Texas, how flexible production facilities could make this technology a key component in the transition of the energy system.
The Baden-Württemberg Minister of the Environment Franz Untersteller and Minister of Economics Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut have asked the Federal Government in a joint letter to financially support the project “HyFab-Baden-Württemberg – Research Facility for Fuel Cells and Hydrogen”.
Bioscience engineers at KU Leuven have created a solar panel that produces hydrogen gas from moisture in the air. After ten years of development, the panel can now produce 250 litres per day – a world record, according to the researchers. Twenty of these solar panels could provide electricity and heat for one family for an entire year.