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Researchers at the University of Houston, Technical University of Berlin in Germany, and the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have developed a new catalyst for fuel cells five times as efficient as regular platinum.
Date: 05/05/2010
Type: News
Technologies: Energy Conversion
Using nickel as a catalyst rather than platinum could also mean less-expensive fuels cells.
Date: 12/04/2009
Type: News
Technologies: Energy Conversion
Bloom Energy's new fuel cell system can run on a variety of fuels and is said to cut carbon dioxide emissions in half compared to conventional power sources.
Date: 02/25/2010
Type: News
Tags: fuel cell
prototype fuel-cell stacks
Solid-acid fuel cells that can be made from relatively cheap materials may someday replace the turbines used in high-efficiency power plants.
Date: 10/21/2010
Type: Article
Technologies: Energy Conversion
Compressed Air Energy Storage schematic
Venture firms have funded many electrochemical technologies for utility-scale energy storage, but issues with cost, long-term reliability and utility familiarity limit their feasibility. Compressed air energy storage (CAES) may offer a more affordable and reliable alternative.
Date: 03/03/2011
Type: Article
Technologies: Energy Storage
Bloom Energy fuel cells
This project will make eBay the first major tech company to use fuel cells as a primary source of energy for data centers, rather than getting their energy from the national power grid, which is heavily dependent on coal plants.
Date: 06/22/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Buildings, Data Centers
Better technology and high battery costs have revived interest in hydrogen-fuel-cell vehicles.
Date: 10/09/2012
Type: Article
Technologies: Transportation

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