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 […]

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) scientists have discovered that Cyanothece 51142, a type of bacteria also called blue-green algae, draws on a second source of energy, using sunlight and water directly to make hydrogen. Researchers already knew that 51142 makes hydrogen by drawing upon sugars that it has stored during growth. Finding that the organism […]

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has explained the mechanism behind a technology that converts bio-based ethanol into hydrocarbon blend-stocks for use as fossil fuel alternatives. ORNL’s Chaitanya Narula said, “Our method of direct conversion of ethanol offers a pathway to produce suitable hydrocarbon blend-stock that may be blended at a refinery to yield fuels such […]

University of California at Berkeley chemists have developed an innovative new storage material for methane that could lessen the complexity of filling up with natural gas, and extend the range of such vehicles. The material is a flexible metal organic framework that expands when methane is pumped in. The UC Berkeley chemists and colleagues at […]

Rice University researchers report cobalt atoms on nitrogen-doped graphene are a robust solid-state catalyst for hydrogen production. The discovery may be an effective replacement for more expensive platinum-activated catalysts in fuel cells and other energy applications. The Rice lab of chemist James Tour and colleagues at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the University of Texas […]

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