Alternative Fuel Vehicles and Technologies
Executive Order 13514, Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance: Comprehensive Federal Fleet Management Handbook. U.S. Department of Energy, Federal Energy Management Program, (June, 2010) , This Comprehensive Federal Fleet Management Handbook [referred to here as “the Handbook”] supplements the Guidance. It will help headquarters and site location Federal fleet managers identify and decide how to meet and exceed the Federal fleet requirements outlined in the Guidance.
Artificial forest for solar water-splitting: First fully integrated artificial photosynthesis nanosystem 05/16/2013
Researchers have created the first fully integrated artificial photosynthesis nanosystem. While "artificial leaf" is the popular term for such a system, the key to this success was an "artificial forest."
New endurance record for small electric unmanned aerial vehicle 05/10/2013
Using liquid hydrogen fuel stored in a new NRL-developed cryogenic fuel storage tank, the flight shatters the previous 26-hour record set by the UAV in 2009.
Recipe for low-cost, biomass-derived catalyst for hydrogen production 04/24/2013
Researchers have described details of a low-cost, stable, effective catalyst that could replace costly platinum in the production of hydrogen. The catalyst, made from renewable soybeans and abundant molybdenum metal, produces hydrogen in an environmentally friendly, cost-effective manner, potentially increasing the use of this clean energy source.
Special E. coli bacteria produce diesel on demand 04/22/2013
It sounds like science fiction but scientists have developed a method to make bacteria produce diesel on demand. While the technology still faces many significant commercialization challenges, the diesel, produced by special strains of E. coli bacteria, is almost identical to conventional diesel fuel and so does not need to be blended with petroleum products as is often required by biodiesels derived from plant oils.
Battery low? Give your mobile some water 04/18/2013
A power source for your mobile phone can now be as close as the nearest tap, stream, or even a puddle, with the world’s first water-activated charging device.
Hydrogen sulfide greatly enhances plant growth: Key ingredient in mass extinctions could boost food, biofuel production 04/17/2013
In low doses, hydrogen sulfide, a substance implicated in several mass extinctions, could greatly enhance plant growth, leading to a sharp increase in global food supplies and plentiful stock for biofuel production, new research shows.
Cheaper natural gas-powered cars on the horizon? 04/16/2013
When it comes to American consumers' vehicular preferences, a chemist says the choice often boils down to simple economics more so than availability, environment or altruism.
Surprising findings on hydrogen production in green algae 04/15/2013
New research fuels hope of efficient hydrogen production with green algae may be possible in the future, despite the prevailing scepticism based on previous research.