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.
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,...
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...
NREL Scientist Maria Ghirardi Named AAAS Fellow
Maria Ghirardi, a scientist at the Energy Department`s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). AAAS cited Ghirardi for "distinguished contributions to our understanding of photobiological hydrogen production in photosynthetic organisms." At NREL, Ghirardi is involved in both basic and applied research, primarily in the area of biohydrogen and photosynthesis. She has extensive experience working with organisms that...
Analysis of Connected and Automated Vehicle Technologies Highlights Uncertainty in Potential Effects on Fuel Use, Miles Traveled
A joint study from the U.S. Department of Energy`s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Argonne National Laboratory, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory revealed the potential effects of connected and automated vehicle (CAV) technologies on fuel use and efficiency, vehicle miles traveled, and consumer costs. The analysis focused on a range of light-duty CAV technologies in conventional powertrain vehicles-from partial automation with some connectivity to full automation with maximum connectivity, with and...