Fuels of the future; metal fuel

The European Space Agency (ESA) is using microgravity conditions to experiment with "one of the most promising fuels of the future," metal fuels, the agency says in a statement. Space conditions are just right for helping the ESA team to refine the processes needed to efficiently burn solid fuels such as iron powder.


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Scientists develop new material for longer-lasting fuel cells

Transmission Electron Micrograph of graphene decorated with platinum nanoparticles. The dark spots are the platinum nanoparticles and the grey sheet they lie on is the graphene support material. Credit: Patrick Cullen / Gyen Ming Angel

New research suggests that graphene—made in a specific way- could be used to make more durable hydrogen fuel cells for cars. In the study, published in the journal Nanoscale, scientists produced graphene via a special, scalable technique and used it to develop hydrogen fuel cell catalysts.

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Is green hydrogen the future of energy storage?

The United States and China are in a race to the top of the energy storage game. Last year, the energy storage industry exploded in China, with Wood Mackenzie projecting that the country was poised to completely take over the sector, as its “cumulative energy storage capacity is projected to skyrocket from 489 megawatts (MW) or 843 megawatt-hours (MWh) in 2017 to 12.5 gigawatts (GW) or 32.1GWh in 2024,” a significant increase ”in the installed base of 25 times.” 

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