Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) researchers won an R&D Magazine R&D 100 award this month for their Bioenergy Technologies Office-funded invention of a new class of membranes that could help reduce the price of bio-ethanol, ethanol-gasoline blend fuels, and drop-in fuels from bio-oil processing. The super-hydro-tunable HiPAS membranes act as an energy-efficient alternative to the distillation process by using a superhydrophobic or superhydrophillic surface to separate molecules. Read more in ORNL’s press release.
Energy Department Announces New National Laboratory Collaborations with 38 Small Businesses
At Earth Day Texas 2017 last week (4/21), the U.S. Department of Energy announced the 38 small businesses that will collaborate with national lab researchers through the Small Business Vouchers (SBV) pilot. SBV facilitates access to the DOE national labs for American small businesses, enabling them to tap into the intellectual and technical resources they need to overcome critical technology challenges for their advanced energy products and gain a global competitive advantage. Eight DOE national laboratories will...
New Materials Could Turn Water into the Fuel of the Future
Scientists at the Department of Energy`s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have in just two years nearly doubled the number of materials known to have potential for use in solar fuels. They did so by developing a process that promises to speed the discovery of commercially viable generation of solar fuels that could replace coal, oil, and other fossil fuels. Solar fuels, a dream of clean-energy research, are created using only sunlight,...
New technique could extract endless nuclear power from seawater
Scientists have discovered a new technique that can capture uranium from seawater, helping make nuclear power accessible to countries that lack uranium mines. The ocean has already been known to be a good source of uranium, however efforts to extract the critical ingredient for nuclear fission have produced insufficient quantities. Now researchers at Stanford University say they have developed a new technique that can capture up to three times more, enough to make seawater-based uranium economically viable. &ldq...
Spectro Scientific releases new version of FluidScan Handheld Infrared Oil Analyzer
Spectro Scientific, one of the world’s largest suppliers of oil, fuel, and processed water analysis instrumentation and software, has introduced Version 5 of its FluidScan portable infrared oil analyzer technology. FluidScan oil chemistry analysis enables users to determine when oil is no longer fit for use due to liquid contamination or other degradation. Lubrication abnormalities are a major cause of equipment downtime and failure. FluidScan Version 5 includes a variety of new features that improve...
Completed field studies of PowerCell PowerPac have achieved project goals
In 2016, the leading fuel cell company PowerCell Sweden AB (publ) has together with partners completed three projects in which the fuel cell system PowerCell PowerPac has been tested during field studies. During Q1, the projects will be consolidated and evaluated in the light of the technical development within the company. In Sweden, Telia installed a PowerPac as a back-up power unit for a telecom base station in the Gothenburg region. The test has been conducted through simulated power failures where the fuel...