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Fuels and Energy Storage
Non-toxic thermal fluid makes solar energy more efficient
Renewable Energy : 20 April, 2015
Thermal fluid specialist Global Heat Transfer has launched its first non toxic heat transfer fluid for solar applications, Globaltherm Omnipure. The new, high performance, thermal fluid also boasts low flammability, making solar applications safer, while also reducing insurance and maintenance costs.
 
Cobalt-oxide mesoporous nanospheres key to longer life auto batteries
Batteries and Fuel Cells : 11 March, 2015
Lithium-ion batteries power our phones, laptops, and many other portable electronic devices. But there are limitations inherent in current lithium-ion technology that prevent them from being used more widely in electric vehicles and other high-power applications.
 
Thermo-tolerant yeast can provide more climate-smart ethanol
Biofuels : 21 October, 2014
With a simple mutation, yeast can grow in higher than normal temperatures. Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology demonstrate findings which may result in ethanol being more effectively manufactured for vehicle fuel, as well as increase the possibility of using residual waste as a raw material.
 
Functional materials for supercapacitors "becoming a $5bn market by 2025"
Supercapacitors : 10 August, 2014
IDTechEx Research’s brand new report, Functional Materials for Supercapacitors/Ultracapacitors/EDLC 2015-2025, forecasts that the functional materials for supercapacitors market will reach $5 billion before 2025.
 
Parasitic conduction heralds advance in solid-state lithium batteries
Batteries and Fuel Cells : 29 May, 2014
A team of researchers at Tohoku University in Japan has created a new type of lithium ion conductor for future batteries that could be the basis for a whole new generation of solid-state batteries. It uses rock salt Lithium Borohydride (LiBH4), a well-known agent in organic chemistry laboratories that has been considered for batteries before, but up to now has only worked at high temperatures or pressures.
 
Sol - gel synthesis of photoactive zirconia-titania from metal salts used for photodegradation
Catalysts : 14 May, 2014
Photoactive metal oxide systems capable of reducing non-biodegradable pollutants are highly needed heterogeneous catalysts for environmental purification. Most of the currently available heterogeneous catalysts are obtained from complicated synthetic routes using expensive and perhaps hazardous precursors. This study reports a novel sol–gel method to synthesize pure TiO2 and ZrO2–TiO2 samples using titanium oxychloride as TiO2 precursor and zirconyl nitrate hydrate as a ZrO2 source in the presence of the surfactant. The ratio of Zr-to-Ti was controlled between 0.75 and 3.2 to evaluate the effect of the amount of ZrO2 in the composites.
 
Good news for green chemistry in new EU industrial policy
Biofuels : 27 January, 2014
Society is facing a huge challenge in replacing old energy sources with new ones. For the first time, access to bio-based raw materials is highlighted as a priority issue for industrial development in European Commission’s new communication. Since the high import duty on bio-ethanol is one of the biggest barriers to growth of bio-based chemistry in Europe, SEKAB seeks to play its part in the transition to a future with a reduced demand for fossil fuels and raw materials.
 
Supercapacitors - graphene active electrodes well ahead of today’s lithium-ion batteries
Batteries and Fuel Cells : 17 January, 2014
An IDTechEx report gives a general overview on supercapacitors and tabulates chemistries and activities by company, with pie charts of technology adoption by number of manufacturers and forecasts. It explains where supercapacitors are already replacing lithium-ion batteries and why.
 
Inverse sigma transformation - a cut-and-paste method for making custom microporous materials
Catalysts : 26 November, 2012
Researchers at KU Leuven, Ghent University and the University of Antwerp have discovered a way - Inverse sigma transformation - to make new zeolites quickly.
 
New measurement technique helps catalytic converters with lower ignition temperatures
Catalysts : 05 November, 2012
What is the required operating temperature that an efficient automotive catalytic converter requires? Tiny metal particles require a minimum temperature, which, thanks to a new measuring technique, the Vienna University of Technology can now clarify. It should then be possible to build catalytic converters which take effect in cars as soon as possible after start-up.
 
Liquid air as future renewable could relieve pressure on scarce materials
Renewable Energy : 19 October, 2012
British scientists and firms are examining the feasibility of using normal air to store energy by cooling it to -190C, turning it into a liquid. When the liquid air is later warmed, it rapidly expands into a gas, creating high pressure that can drive the piston engine of a car, or generate electricity in a turbine.
 
ABB reacts to rare-earth prices by shifting focus to medium speed windpower drive systems
Renewable Energy : 19 October, 2012
Fuelled by high rare earth metal prices and market volatility, turbine drive systems comprising a two-stage gearbox and medium-speed permanent-magnet generator (PMG) are now enjoying increasing interest across the wind industry, for both onshore and offshore.
 
BASF receives French Pierre Potier Award for metal organic frameworks (MOFs)
Catalysts : 14 September, 2012
BASF research scientists developed a process by which aluminum MOFs can be manufactured solvent-free on an industrial scale for the very first time.
 
International experts discuss hydrogen as a future fuel at Faraday Discussion
Hydrogen as an Energy Vector : 20 April, 2011
International experts on storing hydrogen - widely billed as one of the greenest and most promising fuels of the future - were at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory during April 2011 for the 151st prestigious Faraday Discussion of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
 
World
Aircraft Fuels : 23 January, 2010
Powered by fuel made from natural gas, a Qatar Airways Airbus A340-600 aircraft using Rolls-Royce Trent 556 engines Qatar has made an historic journey from London Gatwick to Doha. The new gas to liquids fuel offers diversity of supply and better local air quality at busy airports.
 
Chemical process developed to use cotton gin residue
Biofuels : 17 December, 2004
Virginia Tech researchers are working on technologies that could create a new industry from a problem in the state's cotton-growing region.
 
Green car sets speed record
Biofuels : 15 November, 2004
When the non-profit organisation Id
 
Taking the next step toward growing our own fuel
Biofuels : 31 October, 2004
Developing a petroleum-free fuel from corn byproducts is one of the goals of a newly named research theme at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
 
Increased water vapor in stratosphere possibly caused by tropical biomass burning
Biofuels : 20 February, 2002
The doubling of the moisture content in the stratosphere over the last 50 years was caused, at least in part, by tropical biomass burning, a Yale researcher has concluded from examining satellite weather data.
 
 
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