The National Research Council has published its unclassified report that determined the potential benefits of successful development of an inertial confinement fusion-based energy technology justify investment in fusion energy research and development as part of the long-term U.S. energy R&D portfolio.  A pdf file copy is available for download. The report is about the Lawrence […]

Recovery and harvest of heat is the conservationist’s best route to reduce energy consumption.  The amounts of energy that escape use via heat is a stunning number and the heat available from solar and geothermal are huge resources.  When a new technology shows up, even if it’s at the first bright idea stage, we want […]

Renewable alternatives to gasoline like heavy alcohols such as isobutanol are promising candidates that are getting closer to your gas tank. The heavier alcohols have more carbon atoms than ethanol with two and methanol with just one.  They contain more energy than ethanol, but they are also more compatible with the existing gasoline-based infrastructure.  The […]

Researchers have reported a new iron based catalyst. It’s the first iron-based catalyst that converts hydrogen directly to electricity. The development puts chemists and engineers one step closer to widely affordable fuel cells. Chemist R. Morris Bullock, who leads the research at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) begins the explanation, “A […]

First up, biologists at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) have uncovered a mechanism for the production of hydrogen that has not been examined in depth before.  The team has found how green algae accomplish the unusual process of producing hydrogen in the dark. Professor Dr. Thomas Happe, head of the working group Photobiotechnology explains, “Hydrogen could […]

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