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Futurism: The Hydrogen Economy

Guest future-izing by David Middleton The concept of hydrogen fuel cells (FC) has been very promising for many decades. From an infrastructure standpoint, transitioning from internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles to FC seems far more rational than transitioning to battery/plug-in electric vehicles (EV). There’s just one minor problem… Hydrogen has the distinction of competing with…

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Nano aluminium offers fuel cells on demand – just add water

From New Scientist Hydrogen could provide an alternative to battery power Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty By David Hambling The accidental discovery of a novel aluminium alloy that reacts with water in a highly unusual way may be the first step to reviving the struggling hydrogen economy. It could offer a convenient and portable source of hydrogen for…

Are fuel cells environmentally friendly? Not always!

Fuel crucial for life cycle assessment From the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA) Fuel cells are regarded as the technology of the future for both cars and household heating systems. As a result, they have a key role to play in the switch to renewable energies. But are fuel cells always…