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New "Solar Fuel Cell" Is More Efficient By A Factor Of 10. Clean Power Published on July 22nd, 2015 | by Tina Casey July 22nd, 2015 by Tina Casey Providing a new ray of hope for hydrogen fuel cell fans, researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology have developed a more efficient way to produce the fuel needed to keep fuel cells going — namely, hydrogen.

New "Solar Fuel Cell" Is More Efficient By A Factor Of 10

We’ve been giving hydrogen the stinkeye because it is sourced primarily from fossil natural gas, but the Eindhoven solution works on solar energy and water, and gallium phosphide aka GaP. The Allure Of Hydrogen Hydrogen is a very energy dense fuel and hydrogen fuel cells are emissionless. Auto manufacturers are also starting to dabble in FCEVs, but currently there are a few huge catches.

One solution is to use renewable energy, so if the hydrogen from solar energy and water thing sounds familiar, that’s because the field of solar “water splitting” research has been expanding and progressing in recent years. The artificial leaf that could power the world. As Daniel Nocera gazed down on one of his experiments in what has come to be known as the "holy grail" of energy research, his response was to shrug: "Oh, that can't be right.

The artificial leaf that could power the world

" It was a glass of tap water with a thumb-sized strip of silicon floating in it. When he held the glass up to the light, the strip began to gently bubble. Plant-e Modular. The modular system is the first product that Plant-e introduced to the market (launched in 2014).

Plant-e Modular

One system consists of 100 square meter modules equipped with our technology and plants. Plant-e's modular system is suitable for small to medium scale applications. It can be applied in sizes of (multiples) 100m2 to be used for LED-lighting, power a WiFi-spot or function as a green roof while generating electricity for the building underneath. In the last case the system doesn’t only generate electricity, but adds other advantages such as insulation, water storage and increase of biodiversity. The first two systems worldwide are installed on the Hembrug Grounds in Zaandam, and on the Food Innovation Strip connecting the municipalities of Ede and Wageningen (both in The Netherlands). Artificial Photosynthesis Yields Valuable Chemicals. Tiny semiconductors and bacteria have been combined to create a system that uses sunlight to turn carbon dioxide into valuable chemicals.

Artificial Photosynthesis Yields Valuable Chemicals

Photosynthesis forms the basis of most life on Earth. However, it cannot draw carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere fast enough to match the rate at which we are releasing what was stored over millions of years. This has led to a quest to produce an artificial and more efficient version – ideally one that would turn the carbon into something we can easily use. Recently, there has been a lot of work based around the idea of combining bacteria with manufactured materials. Audi have successfully made diesel fuel from carbon dioxide and water.

German car manufacturer Audi has reportedly invented a carbon-neutral diesel fuel, made solely from water, carbon dioxide and renewable energy sources.

Audi have successfully made diesel fuel from carbon dioxide and water

And the crystal clear 'e-diesel' is already being used to power the Audi A8 owned by the country’s Federal Minister of Education and Research, Johanna Wanka. The creation of the fuel is a huge step forward for sustainable transport, but the fact that it’s being backed by an automotive giant is even more exciting. Audi has now set up a pilot plant in Dresden, Germany, operated by clean tech company Sunfire, which will pump out 160 litres of the synthetic diesel every day in the coming months.

Their base product, which they’re calling 'blue crude' is created using a three-step process. The first step involves harvesting renewable energy from sources such as wind, solar and hydropower. This hydrogen is then mixed with carbon monoxide (CO), which is created from carbon dioxide (CO2) that’s been harvested from the atmosphere. Japan space scientists make wireless energy breakthrough.

Japanese scientists have succeeded in transmitting energy wirelessly, in a key step that could one day make solar power generation in space a possibility, an official said Thursday.

Japan space scientists make wireless energy breakthrough

Researchers used microwaves to deliver 1.8 kilowatts of power—enough to run an electric kettle—through the air with pinpoint accuracy to a receiver 55 metres (170 feet) away. While the distance was not huge, the technology could pave the way for mankind to eventually tap the vast amount of solar energy available in space and use it here on Earth, a spokesman for The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) said. "This was the first time anyone has managed to send a high output of nearly two kilowatts of electric power via microwaves to a small target, using a delicate directivity control device," he said.

JAXA has been working on devising Space Solar Power Systems for years, the spokesman said. Australia Uses the Motion of the Ocean to Generate Zero-Emission Electricity and Desalinate Water Simultaneously. 'Miracle' tech turns water into fuel. The Korean electronics giant is shifting gears again with its troubled mobile operating system, now aiming for affordability as a key characteristic of Tizen smartphones.

'Miracle' tech turns water into fuel

In February 2013, a group of heavy-hitting companies led by Samsung held a glitzy evening event in Barcelona -- complete with freshly shucked oysters and made-to-order crepes -- to mark the debut of the Tizen mobile operating system, co-developed by Samsung and Intel. Telecom executives from Japan's NTT Docomo and France's Orange were on hand to show their support, committing to high-end smartphones that would rival Apple's iOS and Google's Android mobile operating systems. Kiyohito Nagata, managing director of strategic marketing for NTT DoCoMo and then-chairman of the Tizen Association, hailed the event as "the basement of the future success of the Tizen OS and ecosystem.

" Nearly two years later, the glamor -- along with industry interest -- has faded. Evolution-of-renewable-energy-redlogo-compressed-55ad432075034ee5c875d99c8957cf38.jpg (1800×13848) Cool Battery Demonstration - Science - Science Funny Pictures, Funny Videos, Cool Videos. Teens Create A Way To Use Urine As Fuel. Fusion energy milestone reported by California scientists. “You kind of picture yourself climbing halfway up a mountain, but the top of the mountain is hidden in clouds,” Omar Hurricane, the lead author of the Nature paper, said in a teleconference with journalists.

Fusion energy milestone reported by California scientists

“And then someone calls you on your satellite phone and asks you, ‘How long is it going to take you to climb to the top of the mountain?’ You just don’t know.” Hurricane and other scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, home of the multibillion-dollar National Ignition Facility, took pains to calibrate their claims of success. Giant glass orb could replace the solar panel. This is part of a series of articles that looks at entrepreneurs hoping to get their ideas off the ground through crowdfunding.

Giant glass orb could replace the solar panel

At the time of writing, each of these innovations is currently seeking funding. The solar energy industry is still in the process of exploring how to make photovoltaic panels more efficient and less intrusive, and researchers at Stanford have already pushed forward with peel-and-stick solar panels. However, for high power usage the devices must be large and in direct contact with the sun at all times, meaning they need to track its position in the sky using sensors and equipment that are expensive and susceptible to bad weather. Glucose-based battery has 10 times energy of lithium: researchers. Brazilian sugarcane Humans and batteries--and indeed most other things in the natural world, operate on largely similar principals.

Glucose-based battery has 10 times energy of lithium: researchers

Energy is generated somehow, stored, and expended for work. It's only the details that separate these processes, but the gap might shrink with the advent of biobatteries. As ExtremeTech reports, researchers at Virginia Tech have developed a working sugar-powered fuel cell with energy density greater than that of current lithium-ion batteries. Sugar, or more accurately glucose, is an excellent source of energy in biological beings, as it's energy-dense and easy for a plant or animal to process. MIT researchers find messy batteries might be better. As modern technology demands more and more power, lithium-ion batteries have been getting increasingly dense. There hasn’t been a true breakthrough in battery technology recently, so scientists have been working on ways to fit more components inside the same space.

That means very precise work to keep everything neat and tidy. Now a team of researchers from MIT is pointing out some disorder could be a good thing in lithium-ion batteries. One of the issues engineers have had to contend with when layering battery components was that the materials might not hold up and could blend together. Lithium ions are less able to move through such muddled layers of cathode. Researchers Bioengineer Bacteria That Poops Out Gasoline. Chemist Hopes 'Artificial Leaf' Can Power Civilization Using Photosynthesis. Imagine an artificial leaf that mimics photosynthesis, which lets plants harness energy from the sun. But this leaf would have the ability to power your homes and cars with clean energy using only sunlight and water. This is not some far-off idea of the future. It's reality, and the subject of a jury-prize-winning film in the GE Focus Forward Film Competition . Jared P. Teen creates gadget that could charge your cellphone in 20 seconds 

This futuristic gizmo developed by a California teen in her spare time could revolutionize cellphone technology. Esha Khare is being courted by Google and other tech giants after she wowed the world with a device that may soon be able to charge a phone in 20 seconds flat. Fuel Cell Makes Power from Charcoal Fires. The Voto uses a rugged and inexpensive fuel cell to charge a battery, cell phone, or power a light. Credit: Point Source Power. In trying to create a power source for off-grid villagers in Kenya, entrepreneur and scientist Craig Jacobson has picked a seemingly improbable technology–a fuel cell. Fuel cells have been in use for decades, but they are generally more expensive than grid power, even in the developed world. And despite many attempts, portable fuel cells have yet to catch on. In Search of Energy Miracles. More Good News About The 'Scientific Accident That May Change The World'

Graphene supercapacitors | Photo: UCLA That battery life video that had gone viral due to a recent post on UpWorthy (and which we told you about Tuesday) now has an update. We told you that researchers at Ric Kaner's lab at UCLA had found a way to make a non-toxic, highly efficient energy storage medium out of pure carbon using absurdly simple technology. Today, we can report that the same team may well have found a way to make that process scale up to mass-production levels. The recap: Graphene, a very simple carbon polymer, can be used as the basic component of a "supercapacitor" -- an electrical power storage device that charges far more rapidly than chemical batteries. Panasonic trims Ene-Farm fuel cell size and price. (Phys.org)—This month, Panasonic and Tokyo Gas announced the launch of their newest Ene-Farm home fuel cell, a product that residents can use to generate energy right from their homes. This is a smaller, cheaper, and efficient successor to the Ene-Farm products of the past; the new product can operate 20 percent longer than the previous model, for 60,000 hours.

Food versus Fuel: Native Plants Make Better Ethanol. A mix of perennial grasses and herbs might offer the best chance for the U.S. to produce a sustainable biofuel, according to the results of a new study. Breakthrough iron-based superconductors set new performance records. Princeton’s nanomesh nearly triples solar cell efficiency.

There is huge potential in solar power. Scientists design first all-carbon solar cell. Scientists at California's Stanford University have managed to construct the first solar cell made entirely of carbon. If ultimately brought to market, a carbon-based solar cell could offer a potential alternative to the expensive materials currently used in photovoltaic devices.

As Stanford's Professor Zhenan Bao notes, Carbon has the potential to deliver high performance at a low cost. Sweden Wants Your Trash : The Two-Way. Can cobalt nanoparticles replace platinum? Clean, limitless fusion power could arrive sooner than expected. New Fuel Cell Keeps Going After the Hydrogen Runs Out. Small Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Reaches Record Efficiency. A Few Further Details About MIT Cold Fusion Event — [UPDATE. A Big Jump in Battery Capacity. Battery packs can cost more than $10,000, which is one of the biggest reasons electric cars cost more than conventional gas-powered cars. Envia, a startup funded by GM and the U.S. government’s Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy (ARPA-E), says it has built batteries that store more than twice as much energy as the ones in electric cars now. Bill O’Reilly Threatens To Quit If Higher Taxes For Millionaires Are Enacted.

Harvesting 'limitless' hydrogen from self-powered cells. Japanese breakthrough will make wind power cheaper than nuclear. Butanol Biofuel Producing Bacteria Discovered in Animal Poop. Earth's Dirty Secret: Our Magnetic Field Traps Antimatter. New battery design could give electric vehicles a jolt. Lightning in a Bottle: Antimatter Trapped for Nearly 17 Minutes. U.S. scientists develop new clean energy technology. Scientists Discover Wild Solar Energy Effect, Allows Power Without Cells. Scientists Cook Up Artificial Leaf, Quantum Dots for Solar Cells. A brave new world of fossil fuels on demand. Hydrogen Tech Generates Juice from Heat.