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May 20, 2019

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New Material Could Unlock Potential for Hydrogen Powered Vehicle Revolution

An international team of researchers has discovered a new material made from manganese hydride that would be used to make molecular sieves within fuel tanks - which store the hydrogen and work ... read more
Hydrogen is a critical component in the manufacture of thousands of common products from plastic to fertilizers, but producing pure hydrogen is expensive and energy ... read more

Engineers Develop Fast Method to Convert Algae to Biocrude

A team of chemical engineers have developed a new kind of jet mixer for creating biomass from algae that extracts the lipids from the watery plants with much less energy than the older extraction ... read more

Climate Rewind: Scientists Turn Carbon Dioxide Back Into Coal

Scientists have harnessed liquid metals to turn carbon dioxide back into solid coal, in research that offers an alternative pathway for safely and permanently removing the greenhouse gas from our ... read more
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Minimizing Fuel Explosions and Fires from Accidents and Terrorist Acts With Polymers

When an act of terrorism or a vehicle or industrial accident ignites fuel, the resulting fire or explosion can be devastating. Today, scientists will describe how lengthy but microscopic chains of ... read more

Although we're still a long way from commercial airplanes powered by a combination of fossil fuel and batteries, a recent feasibility study explored fuel/battery configurations and the energy ... read more

Plant Scraps Are the Key Ingredient in Cheap, Sustainable Jet Fuel

Scientists have developed a process for converting plant waste from agriculture and timber harvesting into high-density aviation fuel. Their research may help reduce CO2 emissions from airplanes and ... read more

Cost-Effective Method for Hydrogen Fuel Production Process

Researchers have identified an inexpensive way to boost the efficiency of a process used to create hydrogen, a clean, renewable ... read more

Bright Skies for Plant-Based Jet Fuels

With an estimated daily fuel demand of more than 5 million barrels per day, the global aviation sector is incredibly energy-intensive and almost entirely reliant on petroleum-based fuels. However, a ... read more

Autonomous Vehicles Could Be an Environmental Boon or Disaster, Depending on Public Policy

Widespread use of autonomous vehicles (AVs) could either massively increase or drastically cut greenhouse gas emissions depending, in large part, on public policy, according to new ... read more

Zero-Emission Diesel Combustion Using a Non-Equilibrium-Plasma-Assisted MnO<sub>2</sub> Filter

Engineers have used ozone from an atmospheric-pressure non-equilibrium plasma together with the desulfurization catalyst MnO2 to almost completely eliminate NOx and SOx from diesel exhaust gas at a ... read more

Shifting Away from Coal Is Key to Cutting Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The United States could fulfill its greenhouse gas emission pledge under the Paris Climate Agreement by virtually eliminating coal as an energy source by 2024, according to new ... read more

How Power-to-Gas Technology Can Be Green and Profitable

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 ... read more

High-Powered Fuel Cell Boosts Electric-Powered Submersibles, Drones

Engineers have developed a high-powered fuel cell that operates at double the voltage of today's commercial fuel cells. It could power underwater vehicles, drones and eventually electric ... read more

'Goldilocks' Thinking to Cut Cost of Fuel Cells in Electric Vehicles

Electric vehicles running on fuel cells tout zero emissions and higher efficiency, but expensive platinum is holding them back from entering a larger market. A new method increases fuel cell ... read more

The Global Impact of Coal Power

With data and modelling from almost 8,000 coal power plants, researchers present the most comprehensive global picture to date of climate and human health impacts from coal power ... read more

Developed Self-Controlling 'Smart' Fuel Cell Electrode Material

A research team has electrode material for a new form of high-performance solid oxide fuel ... read more

Millions of Tons of Plastic Waste Could Be Turned Into Clean Fuels, Other Products

A new chemical conversion process could transform the world's polyolefin waste, a form of plastic, into useful products, such as clean fuels and other items. The conversion process incorporates ... read more

New Catalysts for Better Fuel Cells

Researchers have fabricated nano-sized catalysts that could improve the performance and production of clean energy fuel ... read more

Droughts Boost Emissions as Hydropower Dries Up

Recent droughts caused increases in emissions of carbon dioxide and harmful air pollutants from power generation in several western states as fossil fuels came online to replace hampered ... read more

A Lung-Inspired Design Turns Water Into Fuel

Scientists have designed an electrocatalytic mechanism that works like a mammalian lung to convert water into fuel. Their research could help existing clean energy technologies run more ... read more

Professor Models System Using Baking Soda Filled Capsules to Capture CO2 Emissions

Coal and natural gas represent the majority of the US energy supply. Even with pollution controls, burning these fossil fuels for energy releases a tremendous amount of carbon dioxide into the ... read more

Low-Cost Catalyst Boosts Hydrogen Production from Water

A future powered by carbon-free fuel depends on our ability to harness and store energy from renewable but intermittent sources, such as solar and wind. Now, a new catalyst gives a boost to a number ... read more

Paving the Way for More Efficient Hydrogen Cars

For hydrogen cars to become mainstream, scientists need to develop more efficient hydrogen-storage systems. Now, researchers have used metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) to set a new record for hydrogen ... read more

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