New strain of algae produces five times more hydrogen fuel

September 8, 2016 by  
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Scientists have long known that Algae releases hydrogen during photosynthesis – but only minute quantities for small amounts of time. Now a team of scientists at Tel Aviv University has developed a new strain of super algae that emits five times more hydrogen than normal. The development could have huge implications for the shift to clean energy , as automotive giants like Hyundai and Toyota release hydrogen-powered vehicles . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIftwhtMd-Y&feature=youtu.be Iftach Yacoby ‘s team showed that micro-algae actually releases hydrogen during the day. Algae creates hydrogen with the assistance of the enzyme hydrogenase, which is broken down when oxygen is present. The scientists found three effective mechanisms that remove oxygen so hydrogenase can keep producing hydrogen. According to Yacoby, the discovery of the mechanisms “makes it clear that algae have a huge underutilized potential for the production of hydrogen fuel.” Related: Scientists Convert Algae into Crude Oil in Less than One Hour The team didn’t stop there. To make the algae even more efficient, Yacoby and his team genetically altered algae with the goal of making the organism produce more hydrogenase. They were able to engineer a micro-algae that generates 400 percent more of the enzyme than regular algae. What’s next? Yacoby said their goal is to domesticate wild species of micro-algae that could be cultivated to create hydrogen for hydrogen fuel cells in cars. He said someday the energy produced via the algae could even be used to “drive the wheels of industry.” Yacoby told The Jerusalem Post , “Twenty thousand years ago, the agricultural revolution took place. Man ceased being a hunter-gatherer. He domesticated plant species from nature and began to grow his own food. But when it comes to energy, we are still collecting from what nature gives us – so far mainly polluting fossil fuels, whose supplies are dwindling rapidly.” + Iftach Yacoby Lab Via The Jerusalem Post Images via Tel Aviv University and PublicDomainPictures.net

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Startup creates renewable hydrogen energy out of sunlight and water

June 17, 2016 by  
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California startup HyperSolar and University of Iowa researchers have teamed up to make renewable energy in a way that draws inspiration from plants . Using water and sunlight, they are able to make renewable hydrogen energy , which at this point is more reliable than solar panels or cells in terms of how easily it can be stored. At the end of May, HyperSolar announced a ” breakthrough ” in efficiency, and the University of Iowa just renewed a year-long research agreement with the startup. The two have been laboring on technology to create clean hydrogen energy by using a process similar to photosynthesis . Their technology is important because the sustainable method of creating hydrogen power by splitting water molecules is very expensive. HyperSolar’s way of producing hydrogen power could ultimately be far more cost effective. Related: New ‘Artificial Leaf’ technology can produce clean hydrogen fuel To achieve this goal, they’ve created an electrochemical device that’s solar-powered. The device is placed in any type of water , including wastewater or seawater. When sunlight hits the device, it converts the water to hydrogen, and that can be ” stored like a battery .” When that hydrogen is converted back to water, the researchers can harvest power. HyperSolar Lead Scientist Syed Mubeen said they’re planning to scale up, and to do so they’ll find ways to cut more costs and strengthen their process. Ultimately, the energy they produce could be used in hydrogen-powered cars or as a source of clean electricity. Mubeen said in a press release , “Developing clean energy systems is a goal worldwide. Currently, we understand how clean energy systems such as solar cells, wind turbines, et cetera, work at a high level of sophistication. The real challenge going forward is to develop inexpensive clean energy systems that can be cost competitive to fossil fuel systems and be adopted globally and not just in the developed countries… If one could develop these systems at costs competitive to fossil fuel systems, then it would be a home run.” + HyperSolar Images via HyperSolar,  Syed Mubeen and Wikimedia Commons

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Airbus just patented a hypersonic jet that would fly from NYC to London in 1 hour

August 6, 2015 by  
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A new hypersonic jet design from Airbus , which was just approved by the US Patents and Trademark Office, looks to create something of a successor to the now-retired Concorde. But, rather than flying at a measly Mach 2, the proposed rocket-powered Concorde 2.0 would traverse the skies at Mach 4.5. That’s four and a half times the speed of sound, some 3000mph, and could take passengers from NYC to London in just one hour. Read the rest of Airbus just patented a hypersonic jet that would fly from NYC to London in 1 hour

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California to Extend Electric Vehicle Tax Credits to 2024

September 25, 2013 by  
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California’s lawmakers have approved legislation that would extend the state’s tax credits for plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles until 2024. The bill, which is expected to be signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, would extend the state’s $2,500 tax credit that is passed on to buyers. Through the end of 2012, California has already handed out a total $24.8 million in rebates. Read the rest of California to Extend Electric Vehicle Tax Credits to 2024 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: California , california tax credits , electric vehicle , fuel cell vehicle , green car , Honda , hydrogen fuel cells , hydrogen power , plug-in hybrid , tax credits , Toyota        

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Naval Research Laboratory Flies Their Hydrogen-Powered Ion Tiger UAV for Over 48 Hours

May 15, 2013 by  
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A team from the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) have broken their own record after flying their hydrogen fuel cell powered- Ion Tiger UAV for an astonishing 48 hours and 1 minute last month. The UAV , which used liquid hydrogen fuel in its  new, NRL-developed, cryogenic fuel storage tank and delivery system, broke its previous record of 26 hours and 2 minutes which it set in 2009. Read the rest of Naval Research Laboratory Flies Their Hydrogen-Powered Ion Tiger UAV for Over 48 Hours Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: fuel cell , hydrogen , hydrogen fuel cell , hydrogen power , Ion Tiger UAV , liquid hydrogen , Naval Research Laboratory , NRL , UAV        

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BlackLight’s “Hydrino Theory” (Which Produces Electric Energy From The Conversion of Water To Hydrogen) Validated!

September 6, 2012 by  
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BlackLight’s new “Hydrino theory” process , which directly produces electric energy from the conversion of water vapor to a new, more stable form of hydrogen, has received validation from a leading group of energy and industry experts . The group has said that the company’s discovery “represents a fundamental breakthrough in clean energy technology”. Read the rest of BlackLight’s “Hydrino Theory” (Which Produces Electric Energy From The Conversion of Water To Hydrogen) Validated! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , BlackLight Power , clean energy technology , clean power , electric energy from water , Hydrino Theory , hydrogen power , MIT , water vapor

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Luxury MIG 675 Yacht Harvests Hydrogen Fuel from the Water it Floats on

December 14, 2011 by  
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Quimperié’s Luxury MIG 675 is a hydrogen-powered boat that harvests fuel directly from the water beneath it as it zips across the waves. The high-tech 22-foot-long boat has seats for three and it tops out at 70 mph. It’s quite the zippy, zero-emissions ride, and it has a price tag to match – it retails for $329,727. Check out video proof of the boat’s speed after the jump! Read the rest of Luxury MIG 675 Yacht Harvests Hydrogen Fuel from the Water it Floats on Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , “sustainable energy” , alternative transportation , green transportation , hydrogen boat power , hydrogen engine , hydrogen lake power , hydrogen power , hydrogen powered boat , hydrogen river power , hydrogen sea power , low emissions boat , luxury boat , luxury hydrogen powered boat , mig 675 , power boat , renewable energy , speed boat , water powered engine , zero emissions boat

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‘Why don’t you… [re]design Christmas?’ Is a Green Guide Filled with Awesome DIY Gift Ideas!

December 14, 2011 by  
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World’s First Wastewater Hydrogen Fuel Plant Opens Today In Orange County, California

August 17, 2011 by  
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Air Products , one of the leaders in hydrogen fueling technology, have just announced the official opening of the world’s first  fuel cell and hydrogen energy station in Orange County, California. Inaugurated today, the station is unlike any other built before, in that it draws from a nearby wastewater plant to not only sustain itself, but to also power  hydrogen vehicles. Read the rest of World’s First Wastewater Hydrogen Fuel Plant Opens Today In Orange County, California Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: air products , Air quality , alternative fuels , hydrogen fuel cells , hydrogen power , orange county , wastewater , wastewater recycling

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New Photosensitizing Dyes Create More Efficient Solar Panels

January 3, 2011 by  
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Researchers at the University of Buffalo have created a new class of photosensitizing dyes that will give a one-two punch to the efficiency of solar energy systems, making both solar electricity panels and clean-burning hydrogen fuel generators more efficient. The new dye-sensitized solar cells function by turning solar energy directly into an electrical current — they bypass the complex system of conductors needed in most solar panels, making them cheaper to produce. Read the rest of New Photosensitizing Dyes Create More Efficient Solar Panels http://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/ohttp://www.inhabitat.com/wp-admin/options-general.php?page=better_feedptions-general.php?page=better_feed Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: chemical dye , dye sensitized solar panel , dyed solar panel , hydrogen energy generation , hydrogen power , new energy technology , new solar panel , renewable energy technology , solar energy generation , Solar Power , university of buffalo

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