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 […]

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 […]

Sandia National Laboratories researchers seeking to make hydrogen a less expensive fuel for cars have upgraded a water splitting catalyst nearly as cheap as dirt – molybdenum disulfide. Known as ‘molly’ for short, molly may well replace for platinum, a rare element that has the highest price of all the metals. The Sandia induced changes […]

A University of Wisconsin at Madison research team reports a hydrogen making catalyst containing phosphorus and sulfur – both common elements – and cobalt, a metal that is 1,000 times cheaper than platinum. Like gasoline, natural gas and other petrochemicals, hydrogen could also be used to store energy. Hydrogen could be the ideal fuel: Whether […]

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