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Gallons per mile would help car shoppers make better decisions
Posting a vehicle's fuel efficiency in (2008-06-19)

Getting old? Slowing down? Blame inefficient mitochondria
Mitochondria are the cell's equivalent of power stations. A power station burns fuel to build up steam pressure and uses that pressure to drive a turbine linked to a dynamo. This in turn generates electricity. In mitochondria, the fuel is oxidised and builds up a pressure of hydrogen ions (protons). These force through molecular turbines and enable the cell to generate ATP, an energy unit that can be used throughout the cell. (2005-12-02)

Researchers find better way to 'herd' electrons in solar fuel devices
Researchers at the University of British Columbia and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have discovered a new way to optimize electron transfer in semi-conductors used in solar fuel solutions. (2016-06-20)

Rating the performance of residential fuel cells
NIST researchers have launched a new effort to collect data on how well residential fuel cells work under a variety of different conditions. They are studying how changing electrical and heating demands, outside temperatures, humidity and power systems affect the efficiency of fuel cells made by different manufacturers. (2003-09-26)

NRL's Ion Tiger sets 26-hour flight endurance record
The Naval Research Laboratory's Ion Tiger, a hydrogen-powered fuel cell unmanned air vehicle, has flown 26 hours and 1 minute carrying a 5-pound payload, setting another unofficial flight endurance record for a fuel-cell powered flight. (2009-11-30)

The role of European policy for improving power plant fuel efficiency
A new study published in the Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists investigates the impact of the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS), the largest international cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gas emissions in the world, on power plant fuel efficiency. (2020-05-08)

A fifth of car fuel-efficiency savings are eroded by increased driving
Around a fifth of the energy-saving benefits of fuel-efficient cars are eroded because people end up driving them more, according to a study into British motoring habits over the last 40 years. (2016-02-09)

Hybrids on the high seas
As hybrid electric cars become more commonplace on America's highways, the Navy is working to bring hybrid electric ships to the high seas. The Office of Naval Research is developing innovative propulsion systems based on new fuel-cell technology for efficient generation of electrical power--and greater design flexibility--for future ships. (2004-03-05)

U of C chemists discover recipe to design a better type of fuel cell
University of Calgary chemists Jeff Hurd and George Shimizu have taken the science behind a specific type of fuel cell towards a higher level of design. They have discovered a new material that allows a PEM fuel cell, known as a polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell, to work at a higher temperature. This discovery is extremely important in terms of increasing the efficiency and decreasing the cost of PEM fuel cells. (2009-10-18)

Fuel cell celebrates one year
The University of Alaska Fairbanks and Fuel Cell Technologies of Kingston, Ontario, have announced that the five-kilowatt solid oxide fuel cell installed in Fairbanks has successfully passed the one-year field operational mark. (2004-09-28)

Heat and electricity generator that reduces contaminant emissions
The Ikerlan Centre for Technological Research is part of the team which is to work on, from this December onwards, the Flame Sofc Europeo project, the object of which is to design and develop a household electrical appliance based on a fuel cell that produces electricity and heat in a way that the dwelling can be self-sufficient and reduce the emission of contaminant elements. (2005-10-11)

Scientists create new hydrogen fuel cell safety app
Engineers and scientists have developed an app that focuses on hydrogen safety. The Hydrogen Tools app comes at a time when the use of fuel cells is growing -- as back-up energy sources in buildings, in vehicles, and in warehouses, where they are often used to power forklifts. (2013-09-19)

Georgia Tech chemical discovery could revolutionize polymer fuel cells
Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have pinpointed a chemical that could allow polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cells to operate at a much higher temperature without moisture, potentially meaning that polymer fuel cells could be made much more cheaply than ever before and finally run at temperatures high enough to make them practical for use in cars and small electronics. (2005-08-24)

Findings could improve fuel cell efficiency
A new type of membrane based on tiny iron particles appears to address one of the major limitations exhibited by current power-generating fuel cell technology. (2008-03-19)

Electricity from straw
Researchers have developed the first-ever biogas plant to run purely on waste instead of edible raw materials -- transforming waste into valuable material. The plant generates 30 percent more biogas than its predecessors. A fuel cell efficiently converts the gas into electricity. (2009-02-03)

Better catalysts for green energy
A new study, just published in Nature Materials, provides a detailed account of how to control the electron charge of nanoparticles of platinum, an important catalyst in fuel cells, to maximize the efficiency of the process. The study is the result of an intense international collaboration involving SISSA and CNR-IOM of Trieste, the University of Barcelona, ELETTRA Sincrotrone Trieste, Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg in Germany and Univerzita Karlova of Prague. (2015-12-14)

MIT develops initial step toward carbon sequestration
MIT researchers have developed designs for a new kind of coal-burning power plant, called a pressurized oxy-fuel combustion system, whose carbon-dioxide emissions are concentrated and pressurized so that they can be injected into deep geological formations. This system is a way to reduce the energy penalty that all carbon-capture systems for power plants have compared to regular fossil-fuel plants, and could thus be an enabling technology to help make carbon capture and sequestration systems practical and affordable. (2009-09-21)

New fuel cell drives around hydrogen economy roadblocks
As gasoline prices climb ever higher, the possibility of a hydrogen economy gleams more brightly. But two Northwestern University engineers argue the importance of getting more out of the fuel we are already using. They have developed a new solid oxide fuel cell that converts a liquid transportation fuel into hydrogen which is then used by the fuel cell to produce energy. The cells could lead to cost-effective, clean and efficient electrical-power sources. (2005-03-31)

2006 Manitoba fuel efficiency frenzy
The Manitoba Motor Dealers Association (MMDA) and Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) are pleased to announce the launch of a joint pilot project that encourages the marketing of fuel-efficient vehicles and other fuel-saving initiatives to Manitobans. (2006-03-24)

New concept of fuel cell for efficiency and environment
The Center for Nanoparticle Research at the Institute for Basic Science has succeeded in proposing a new method to enhance fuel cell efficiency with the simultaneous removal of toxic heavy metal ions. (2015-01-05)

Ammonia for fuel cells
Researchers at the University of Delaware have identified ammonia as a source for engineering fuel cells that can provide a cheap and powerful source for fueling cars, trucks and buses with a reduced carbon footprint. (2019-08-20)

Synthetic polymers enable cheap, efficient, durable alkaline fuel cells
A new cost-effective polymer membrane can decrease the cost of alkaline batteries and fuel cells by allowing the replacement of expensive platinum catalysts without sacrificing important aspects of performance, according to Penn State researchers. (2013-08-07)

Solar fuels working well under pressure
Computer analysis aids the formulation of methanol-based renewable fuels that can operate under compression ignition conditions. (2018-08-12)

NTU's solar car wins Solar Grand Prize at the inaugural Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2010
NTU's Nanyang Venture III took home the Solar Grand Prize and was ranked 14th out of 29 entries in the Prototype category based upon measurement units of kilometer per liter of fuel at the Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2010. (2010-07-14)

New approach removes sulfur from military-grade fuel; Syngas powers the process
Researchers at PNNL have developed a compact and rugged microchannel distillation unit to create a light fraction of JP-8, the standard military fuel. (2006-03-29)

Artificial leaf goes more efficient for hydrogen generation
A new study, affiliated with Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology has introduced a new artificial leaf that generates hydrogen, using the power of the Sun to mimic underwater photosynthesis. (2017-01-04)

Aircraft fuel consumption can be reduced by 15 percent
Two aircraft engine concepts, geared turbofan and open rotor, can enable a significant reduction to aircraft fuel consumption. With open rotor, the potential reduction is 15 percent. These are the findings of Linda Larsson at Chalmers University of Technology, who has analyzed and evaluated the two concepts. (2014-05-27)

Turbocharging the switch to efficient engines
Predicting capricious pre-ignition combustion events could enable automakers to build powerful yet more efficient engines. (2019-03-28)

Case Western Reserve University wins grant to improve lifetime performance of ceramic fuel cells
Researchers at Case Western Reserve University received an $800,000 Department of Energy grant to study how to make one type of fuel cell -- solid oxide fuel cells -- last longer. The fuel cells suffer losses of efficiency and output as they age. (2014-09-02)

Splice project to put a (polymer) spring into vehicle fuel efficiency
Researchers at WMG at the University of Warwick have won research funding worth £250,000 from Innovate UK for a project that will put a (polymer) spring into vehicle fuel efficiency. (2016-12-13)

Researchers find cost-effective method for hydrogen fuel production process
U of A researchers have identified an inexpensive way to boost the efficiency of a process used to create hydrogen, a clean, renewable fuel. (2019-03-19)

Delaware State U. scientists refine hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle power plants
Under study at Delaware State U. is a promising hydrogen-storage material -- the complex hydride LiBH4. It requires high temperatures to release hydrogen. Dr. Andrew Goudy is seeking ways to destabilize this material so that it will release hydrogen at a practical temperature. (2009-07-24)

WSU researchers develop fuel cells for increased airplane efficiency
Washington State University researchers have developed the first fuel cell that can directly convert fuels, such as jet fuel or gasoline, to electricity, providing a dramatically more energy-efficient way to create electric power for planes or cars. (2014-06-16)

Carnegie Mellon researcher leads team working to create methanol fuel cell
Carnegie Mellon's Prashant Kumta and his group are developing nanostructural catalyst compositions using novel chemistry methods that exhibit excellent catalyticactivity compared to conventional standards catalysts. (2006-02-18)

Solid oxide fuel cells getting closer to the market
The Danish company Topsoe Fuel Cell A/S and Risoe DTU have received a grant of 54.5 million DKK from the Danish Energy Agency's Programme for Energy Technology Development and Demonstration. This will ensure that the current efforts within solid oxide fuel cells will be continued, leading to prototypes in 2012 which meet market demands for efficiency, lifetime and price. (2010-07-01)

Harvesting clean hydrogen fuel through artificial photosynthesis
A new, stable artificial photosynthesis device doubles the efficiency of harnessing sunlight to break apart both fresh and salt water, generating hydrogen that can then be used in fuel cells. (2018-05-03)

Lithuanian researchers: Wastewater treatment plants could generate electricity
Researchers of Kaunas University of Technology (KTU), Lithuania are working on improving the efficiency of microbial fuel cells (MFC) by using modified graphite felt. Primary results show that the new MFC can generate 20 percent higher voltage than usual cells. (2018-02-12)

Improved fuel structure reduces explosive qualities
The dangers of explosive fuel could soon be reduced with the development of a new material that is comprised of extremely long polymer chains that can reduce fuel misting and consequential explosiveness. (2015-10-01)

Simple device which uses electrical field could boost gas efficiency
A simple device which attaches to a vehicles fuel line near the fuel injector and creates an electrical field could boost gas efficiency as much as 20 percent. (2008-09-25)

The 'Batman' in hydrogen fuel cells
In a study published in Nature on Jan. 31, researchers at the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) report advances in the development of hydrogen fuel cells that could increase its application in vehicles, especially in extreme temperatures like cold winters. (2019-01-30)

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