Two University of Illinois (UI) scientists have developed an economical, environmentally friendly and component recycling way of pretreating Miscanthus.  The Miscanthus plant is often pointed to as a leading raw material solution to produce ethanol and escape the corn ethanol controversy as food vs. fuel. The UI team offers some impressive results, saying their data [...]

Stanford University scientists have developed an advanced zinc-air battery with higher catalytic activity and durability.  The new battery design also avoids using the expensive platinum and iridium catalysts.  The two improvements could lead to the development of a low-cost alternative to today’s widely used conventional lithium-ion batteries. The study results, Advanced Zinc-Air Batteries Based on [...]

Today’s technology offers a possibility to use environmental friendly formic acid in a fuel cell.  So far they haven’t worked very well.  But, physicist Florian Nitze working at Umeå University in Sweden on his thesis has developed new catalysts to improve the capacity of formic acid fuel cells. Formic acid is a naturally occurring product [...]

Researchers have developed a new Metal Organic Framework (MOF) that might provide a better and cheaper method for separating the different hexane molecules of gasoline.  The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) measurements help to explain how the MOF works. The new MOF was created in the laboratory of Jeffrey Long, professor of chemistry [...]

General Fusion, the Canadian firm founded in 2002, plans to accomplish a net energy gain from their experimental reactor apparatus this year. With a ‘proof of concept’ now accomplished for the first reactor device the firm hopes to drive a deuterium-deuterium reaction to fusion that will produce as much and a bit more energy than [...]

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