A research team at the University of Washington and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has made important progress in converting methane gas to methanol. The process would make natural gas more useful as a liquid fuel and as a source for making other chemicals. The team uses methane, the primary component of [...]

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Basic Energy Science Catalysis Science Program is supporting solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) development.  The SOFCs use an electrochemical process to produce electricity by oxidizing a fuel. As the name implies, SOFCs use a ceramic electrolyte, a material known as yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ). But the material has three significant drawbacks: [...]

Oxidizing fuels is problematic because combustion is so inefficient at producing usable energy. For example, when gasoline is used to power a vehicle, at least 80 percent of the energy produced is wasted as heat.  That’s reversed with vehicles that run on electricity.  Better than 80 percent of the energy supplied to the vehicle is [...]

The Chinese Ministry of Land and Resources (MLR) has announced that natural gas hydrate samples had been discovered in northwestern China’s Qinghai province, the first land-based find of this kind in China.  This adds to the North American land based known locations. The discovery was made at an altitude of 4,062 meters above sea level [...]

18 months ago Ever Cat was the subject of a post that examined the technology and the people behind what seemed to be a breakthrough method to get to diesel from bio oils and fats. The breakthrough seemed to deliver the possibility of making biodiesel in mere seconds from start to finish, reducing costs by [...]

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