Weekly Fuel
Aug. 8, 2013

Clean hydrogen fuel created with sunlight and water in new method
A new technique for producing hydrogen gas using sunlight and water has been developed by researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder. The method is more efficient and produces more hydrogen than previous water-splitting methods. Hydrogen is an extremely important gas, used in everything from the production of the petrol we use in our cars to the creation of ammonia, which is used to fertilize the food that we eat.More

UCLA researchers make breakthrough in solar energy
Hydrogen Fuel News
Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles, (UCLA) have made a major breakthrough in the field of solar energy. The team has been working on developing a new kind of solar cell that could change the way energy is harnessed from sunlight and open up more efficient options when it comes to tapping into this energy. Researchers have developed a transparent photovoltaic film that may be able to turn nearly any surface into a solar energy collector.More

How bio batteries may change the alternative energy landscape
Hydrogen Fuel News
How many battery-charging devices do you have in your home? If you're like most people, you likely have a tangled mass of cords designed to keep your mobile phones, iPods, e-readers, laptops, tablets, and cameras alive. Where would we be without batteries? Thanks to science, a new type of battery may soon become a reality. The "bio battery" will enable us to have lightweight options available in a multitude of shapes. And they will be toxin-free — removing a large source of hazardous waste.More

Powering the future: Running on hydrogen
CBS News
When it comes to cars, Toyota thinks hydrogen fuel cells are one of the technologies of the future. And the company isn't alone. Offering the promise of a clean ride with long range, it's a technology automakers are racing to perfect, and one they're betting will catch on. "We see fuel cells as the ultimate answer (down the road) to zero-emission vehicles," Toyota spokesman Wade Hoyt told CBSNews.com. "By 2020, we're going to have fuel cells as an important part of our portfolio."More

BMW i3 electric car coming, but BMW believes in fuel cells too
Green Car Reports
All eyes have been on BMW over the as it launched the 2014 i3 electric car, two years after the concept first debuted at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show. So where does BMW go from here? A wider range of electric cars, perhaps? Well, yes — with the BMW i8 sports car and mooted i5 on the way — but fuel cells are still on the German automaker's mind too, according to Motor Authority.More

Bloom Energy to form hydrogen fuel joint venture in Japan
Hydrogen Fuel News
Bloom Energy has announced its intent to form a joint venture with Japan's SoftBank, one of the country's largest telecommunications companies and owner of Sprint. The joint venture will be called Bloom Energy Japan Limited and this subsidiary of both Bloom Energy and SoftBank will be responsible for providing Japanese consumers with fixed-rate power purchase agreements that will last for twenty years or more.More

Danish researchers find way to cut costs of fuel cells
Hydrogen Fuel News
Despite their high cost, fuel cells remain very popular for those interested in renewable energy. As such many organizations have been working to address the cost issues relating to these energy systems. The expensive nature of fuel cells is linked to the materials used to create the catalysts they rely on. Without a catalyst, fuel cells would not be able to operate effectively, and platinum has long been the ideal material to use when developing these catalysts.More

Weird fuzzy compound could be next big fuel cell catalyst
Clean Technica
A team of researchers from Rutgers University is on track to develop nanoscale sheets of tungsten sulfide as a low cost replacement for platinum catalysts in fuel cells, and that could help push the electric vehicle market out of reliance on expensive lithium-ion batteries and into a more affordable format. The research is still in its early stages and meanwhile the nation's EV battery charging network has been skyrocketing.More

Hyundai: Hydrogen 'step-change' looming
Business Car
Hydrogen has long been seen by many as the end-game in terms of vehicle propulsion. The only by-product or emission is water, it can be in plentiful supply and there are no more range anxieties than there would be with a petrol or diesel car because the vehicles are fuelled in a couple of minutes from a pump, just as we do at the moment.More

Hyundai's Chino, CA hydrogen fueling station to become public
Hybrid Cars
The California Energy Commission (CEC) has awarded Hydrogen Frontier a $3 million grant to build a new 100 per cent renewable hydrogen fueling station for fuel cell electric vehicles. The fueling station will be located at Hyundai's hydrogen energy generation and fueling station in Chino, CA.More