Researchers at the University of Twente have developed a simple new catalyst that improves the quality of bio oil. The bio oil they have in mind comes from wood chips or plant residues, which seldom has the same quality and energy content as fossil sourced crude oil. The new catalyst upgrades the bio oil closer [...]

Rutgers researchers have developed a technology using carbon nanotubes in place of platinum to produce hydrogen. The technology could overcome platinum’s major cost barrier to making clean-burning hydrogen fuel. The new technology is a novel catalyst that performs almost as well as cost-prohibitive platinum for so-called electrolysis reactions, which use electric currents to split water [...]

Oregon State University (OSU) researchers found SAR11, the oceans’ most abundant organism, has ability to create methane, or natural gas.  The oxygen-rich surface waters of the world’s major oceans are supersaturated with methane – a powerful greenhouse gas that is roughly 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide. So far little is known about the [...]

Princeton University researchers have devised a more efficient method for harnessing sunlight to convert carbon dioxide into an alternative fuel precursor known as formic acid. The researchers in the laboratory of Andrew Bocarsly, a Princeton professor of chemistry, collaborated with start-up company Liquid Light Inc. of Monmouth Junction, N.J. The transformation from carbon dioxide and [...]

Empa researchers have developed a photoelectrochemical cell made of cheap raw materials that recreates a moth’s eye to drastically increase its light collecting efficiency. World wide researchers are investigating solar cells using sunlight and water that imitate plant photosynthesis to create synthetic fuels such as hydrogen. The Empa cell is made of cheap raw materials [...]

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