The VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd is developing a new-generation, long-life fuel cell system offering efficiency higher than that of competing technologies. Working with Convion Ltd and Elcogen Ltd in the INNO-SOFC project, the effort is planned to result in new, energy-efficient and commercially viable fuel cells. The Finns look like they mean […]






A team led by Concordia University engineering professor Muthukumaran Packirisamy describe their new invention as a power cell that harnesses electrical energy from the photosynthesis and respiration of blue-green algae. The study paper has been published in the journal Technology. Packirisamy explains, “Both photosynthesis and respiration, which take place in plant’s cells, involve electron transfer […]






Researchers at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) in Potsdam and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) are demonstrating a process called ‘methane cracking’. This reaction occurs at high temperatures (750°C and above) and does not release any harmful emissions. The two institutions have been researching an innovative technique to extract hydrogen from methane […]






Scientists from the Department of Technical Electrochemistry and the Research Neutron Source FRM II at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have come a step closer to identifying the causes of lithium ion battery aging in their latest experiments. Lithium ion battery aging significantly reduces their potential storage capacity. To date, very little is known […]






Researchers from Empa and ETH Zurich have discovered an alternative to the lithium ion battery chemistry with the “fool’s gold battery”. They believe the prime potential lies in giant storage batteries that could be built at low cost and used for stationary storage in buildings or next to power plants. Maybe not for electric vehicles […]






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