Fuel cells are for some the nirvana of portable or mobile energy production.  But the problem of a catalyst that tears the hydrogen atom into the parts needed to generate electricity still bedevils the progress to widespread commercial marketability. The best catalyst for efficiency is platinum, the rare, expensive, and beautiful silvery metal.  Other ideas […]

This is way too cool to overlook.  Atsushi Takano at Nikkei Monozukuri magazine reported in Tech-On that IHI Corp of Japan has developed a compact gas turbine generator unit.  The gas turbine and generator set is so small it fits in a suitcase. All by itself, running on propane the unit autonomously generates electricity.  IHI […]

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