The Department of Energy, Office of Science has announced the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) discovered a new metal oxide that allows oxygen ions to move through the material quickly and easily at lower temperatures. The new metal oxide’s atomic structure includes highly ordered arrays of missing oxygen atoms. This structure allows oxygen ions to […]

Last night Al Fin posted about Marshall Savage whose idea is utilizing solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) placed within rocks at strategic locations. This approach would produce oil, gas, and electricity using an ‘in situ process’, without significant mining or rock removal. The idea is a brilliant connection of existing technologies harnessed in a different […]

A team at Stanford University is proposing using solid oxide fuel cells as the basis for a method for electricity production from oil shale with in situ carbon capture called “electricity production with in situ carbon capture” (EPICC) as a means to provide transportation services from oil shale with greatly reduced CO2 emissions. If such […]

A group of researchers led by Shriram Ramanathan at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences are increasingly optimistic about the commercial viability of making fuel cells practical and affordable.  From advances in nanostructured devices, lower operating temperatures, and the use of an abundant fuel source and cheaper materials commercial viability of the technology […]

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