Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) researchers have engineered a strain of bacteria that enables a ‘one-pot’ method for producing advanced biofuels from a slurry of pre-treated plant material. LBNL’s achievement is a critical step in making biofuels a viable competitor to fossil fuels by streamlining the production process. The achievement is a critical step in […]






Ames Laboratory researchers in a collaboration of National Laboratory researchers want to create energy conversion technologies designed to mine the carbon out of waste processes. The new concept was born of the Big Ideas Summit, held by the Department of Energy and its National Laboratories in 2015. The effort, being co-led by Ames Laboratory and […]






The U.S. Department of Energy SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and University of Toronto scientists have developed a new type of catalyst that’s three times better than the previous record holder at splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen. The research published in the journal Science, outlines a potential way to make a future generation of water-splitting […]






Researchers at Griffith University’s Queensland Micro and Nanotechnology Centre in Australia have successfully managed to use carbon to produce hydrogen from water. Professor Xiangdong Yao and his team now have carbon as a replacement for the much more costly element platinum. Professor Yao said, “Hydrogen production through an electrochemical process is at the heart of […]






Ruhr-Universitaet-Bochum researchers have boosted the efficiency of water electrolysis. They applied a layer of copper atoms to a conventional platinum electrode. Thus, reaction intermediates could desorb a bit more easily from the catalyst surface. The modified system generated twice the amount of hydrogen than a platinum electrode without a copper layer. The team from the […]






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