Scientists study halving hydrogen

Like a hungry diner ripping open a dinner roll, a fuel cell catalyst that converts hydrogen into electricity must tear open a hydrogen molecule. Now researchers have captured a view of such a catalyst holding onto the two halves of its hydrogen feast. The view confirms previous hypotheses and provides insight into how to make the catalyst work better for alternative energy uses.

How did life arise? Fuel cells may have answers

How life arose from the toxic and inhospitable environment of our planet billions of years ago remains a deep mystery. Researchers have simulated the conditions of an early Earth in test tubes, even fashioning some of life's basic ingredients. But how those ingredients assembled into living cells, and how life was first able to generate energy, remain unknown.

These fuel cells help deliver mail

One reason range extended electric vehicles such as the Chevy Volt are relatively popular is they make use of an internal generator to help let you drive further. The challenge is these extenders are usually gasoline powered, using fossil fuels for their energy source. What if they could be hydrogen fuel cell extenders instead though?

Navy wants fuel cells for front lines

Fuel cells are not a renewable energy source, of course, although they can be tied to renewable energy. But even using fossil fuels their ability to produce electricity through an electrochemical process – instead of combustion – can make them flexible, relatively clean and efficient energy producers.

Powering seaports may be up next for hydrogen fuel cells

Providing auxiliary hydrogen power to docked or anchored ships may soon be added to the list of ways in which hydrogen fuel cells can provide efficient, emissions-free energy.

Forest biomass could power fuel cells

Energy researchers at Humboldt State University, in California’s North Coast redwood country, describe their county as an "energy island."

Rising demand is giving biogas a big lift

Those Bloom Energy fuel cells that eBay said it will use to power its new data center in Utah? They'll run on natural gas. Likewise most Bloom Boxes going in these days.

Danish EV with fuel cells has 500 mile driving range

Often when we talk about range extending technologies in electric vehicles, it is based upon the assumption that a gasoline powered engine will be behind helping to go longer distances.

More efficient hydrogen fuel cells created

A team from the University of Central Florida reckons it's found a way to make hydrogen fuel cells much cheaper to build - and more efficient.

US Army once again turns to clean energy

Last Fourth of July weekend, the U.S. Army‘s Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) in Warren, Michigan experienced a power outage that halted operations of its laboratories.

Biogas powers fuel cells

Fuel cell technology has been steadily making the transition from research and development to commercialization over the past year. 

Cyborg cockroaches power tiny fuel cells

Case Western Reserve University scientists say they've taken a big step towards the creation of insect cyborgs by discovering how an insect’s internal chemicals can be converted to electricity.

Apple patents promise fuel cell-powered laptops

Apple appears to be looking at the possibility of powering notebooks using hydrogen fuel cells - potentially giving them a battery life of weeks.

Fuel cell rethink - what's the true cost?

How can scientists and manufacturers make fuel cells and fuel cell technology a viable and affordable alternative to fossil fuels? 

Team finds 'inexhaustible' source of energy

A couple of grains of salt could be all that's needed to help bacteria produce hydrogen from wastewater or organic byproducts.

Hydrogen fuel cells powered by sewage

Southern California drivers who are on the transportation cutting edge - tooling around in hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicles - will soon have a new option for filling up. 

Fuel cells, hydrogen storage get DOE bump

Four fuel cell and hydrogen storage research and development projects are getting a $7 million boost from the Obama administration.

First hydrogen hybrid ferry to dock in NYC

First there was the Hornblower Hybrid, a revolutionary vessel that began plying the waters of San Francisco Bay in 2008 using a combination of solar, wind and diesel power. 

Methane-powered laptops on the way

No, it's not a breakaway movement from Steampunk - it's serious science. A group of materials scientists have developed a new type of fuel cell that they say could soon lead to methane-powered laptops.

Toyota aims to slash price of hydrogen cars

Toyota reckons it can get the retail price of a hydrogen-fueled car below the $50,000 mark, and could launch as soon as 2015.