Leslie Bromberg of MIT’s Plasma Science and Fusion Center and Wai K. Cheng of the Sloan Automotive Laboratory authored a white paper assessing the prospects for methanol as an alternative transportation fuel in the U.S. The pair states that methanol is a safe and viable transportation fuel, although it not as good as ethanol in […]

Researchers at the University of Michigan are taking a step towards more efficient recycling of waste heat into energy by using skutterudites in their new thermoelectric device experiments. The UM press release explains with an offering from Massoud Kaviany, professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, “Today’s state-of-the-art thermoelectric materials are only five percent efficient. […]

A collaborative research team from ETH Zurich, the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI), and Caltech has built a solar reactor to make syngas – a precursor for hydrocarbon fuels (You may need to click the ‘translating’ link for completion.) uses only CO2, water and sunlight. The device is a solar cavity-receiver reactor that can thermochemically split […]

More Fuel From Less Oil

January 19, 2011 | 3 Comments

The UK’s University of Bradford researchers are proposing a method for increasing the yield of the middle distillates, gasoline, jet fuel, and diesel fuel at the refinery by applying catalytic hydrotreating (HDT) to raw crude oil. Current technology uses HDT on the fuels after they’re drawn from the crude by distillation, the process of heating […]

The Tekes Fuel Cell Programme at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is testing fuel cell unit modules from Lappeenranta University of Technology and Aalto University in Finland research. VTT has built a system that uses fuel cells to produce grid electricity from natural gas. The Finland effort differs from the Bloom business in the […]

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