New, inexpensive production materials boost promise of hydrogen fuel

Generating electricity is not the only way to turn sunlight into energy we can use on demand. The sun can also drive reactions to create chemical fuels, such as hydrogen, that can in turn power cars, trucks and trains.

The rise of the bionic leaf (for fuel)

We’ve gotten pretty good at turning solar power into electricity, but electricity can be hard to store, making it a challenge for use right when you need it and in the transportation sector.

This UK tower could harvest pollution as fuel

Living in a genuine big city for the first time, I’ve come to appreciate the beauty and significance of a skyline.

Video: These galaxies are fed by funnels of fuel

Computer simulations of galaxies growing over billions of years have revealed a likely scenario for how they feed: a cosmic version of swirly straws.

Hydrogen fuel breakthrough could revolutionize the alternative energy market

A team of Virginia Tech researchers has discovered a way to extract large quantities of hydrogen from any plant, a breakthrough that has the potential to bring a low-cost, environmentally friendly fuel source to the world.

Ford Fusion hybrid gets top fuel efficiency marks

American automaker Ford was recently crowing about its upcoming Fusion Hybrid.

EPA storms ahead on E15 despite threats from DC

For many years, most of the fuel we've been burning in our automobiles has included 10% ethanol to reduce the amount of petroleum consumed in the United States.

Nuclear plants could produce clean hydrogen

Nuclear power plants can produce hydrogen to fuel the 'hydrogen economy', say scientists from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna.

Will hybrids survive the onslaught of more efficient gasoline engines?

People who are shopping for green and efficient cars have a number of choices on the market today.

Fears rise over lost Martian probe

Russian scientists still can't contact the lost Martian probe Phobos-Grunt, state media are reporting - and there's a danger it could fall to Earth with a massively toxic explosion.

New alloy could split water to make fuel

A team of Kentucky scientists has found a way to 'tweak' an inexpensive semiconductor to generate hydrogen from water using sunlight.

MIT persuades algae to make hydrogen fuel

Scientists at MIT, Tel Aviv University and the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory say they've found a way to use algae to make four times as much fuel as before.

Endeavour launch postponed at least a week

The launch of space shuttle Endeavour, originally planned for last Friday, will be delayed at least until following the discovery of problems with a heater on a fuel line.

Sunlight-to-hydrogen system demonstrated

Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have successfully demonstrated a biohybrid photoconversion system that can convert visible light into hydrogen fuel.

Hydrogen cars come closer to reality

A British start-up says it's found a cheap, practical way of storing hydrogen, making it a viable alternative to gasoline in cars.

Reactor transforms sunlight into liquid fuel

CalTech researchers have designed a prototype reactor capable of transforming sunlight into liquid fuel.

System turns greenhouse gases into fuel

A Californian company has filed a patent for a technology which it says allows CO2 and natural gas to be converted directly to gasoline.

Robots could be powered by pee

A team at the Bristol Robotics Lab is looking into the use of urine as the fuel for Microbial Fuel Cells (MFCs), which use bacterial cultures to break down 'food' to create power.

Scientists work to make car fuel from thin air

UK researchers reckon they are on track to take carbon dioxide from the air and turn it into car fuel.