New Year’s Resolution: Commercialize Free Energy Technology

On January 3, 2012, in Blog, by David Niebauer

by David Niebauer In the tradition of starting off the New Year with a resolution, I have decided to go large this year.  I predict that 2012 will be the year that low energy nuclear reaction technology (LENR), also known as “cold fusion,” breaks out of the lab and into the commercial market. I hereby […]

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Storing Wind Energy as Hydrogen

On August 15, 2011, in Blog, by David Anthony

By David Anthony and Ken Brown Wind turbines capture the energy contained in wind.  The turbine rotates a shaft which powers an electric generator.  The electricity that flows from the generator can go to the wind farm’s grid connection to be consumed immediately or go to storage.  We have previously discussed the advantages of storage.  […]

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Shell uses Hydrogen Pipeline for Fuel Cell Cars from Toyota, Honda and Mercedes

On May 17, 2011, in Blog, by John Addison

Shell Opens Third Hydrogen Station in Southern California Shell announced the opening of a new demonstration hydrogen station in Torrance, California, the first in the US to have hydrogen delivered to the site directly from an existing underground pipeline. Excess hydrogen is typically available on the hydrogen pipelines used by oil refiners. Hydrogen is used […]

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H2O to H2 w/o C

On October 26, 2009, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi Although much of the ink these days about innovative vehicles relates to plug-in hybrids, work continues to explore the potential for hydrogen-based fuel cells to play a key role in the transportation sector — particularly in light of the recent decision by Congress to reauthorize funding for hydrogen autos. Admittedly, as […]

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Piss-Powered Cars Move Closer to Reality

On July 13, 2009, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi Although I pride myself a little bit on some of the titles for my posts (I was a headline writer for my high school newspaper), even I couldn’t make this one up. Credit must be given where credit is due: earlier this month, Fast Company hosted a research note by Ariel […]

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Blogroll Review: P-Power, B-Buy, C-Can

On July 10, 2009, in Blog, by Frank Ling

P-Power Pee power. Scientists may have found a way to extract hydrogen from urea, one of the main major components in ordinary pee. That compounds is way for the body to get rid of toxic ammonia that comes out at the end of various metabolic processes. In many rural areas, urea would be the ideal […]

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Hydrogen: The Fuel of the Future. Will It Always Be Thus?

On November 17, 2008, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi For years, the utopian vision for powering humankind’s energy requirements has been based on hydrogen, produced by decomposing ever-abundant water (H2O), via renewable sources of power (e.g., sunlight). When hydrogen is used in fuel cells to produce electricity on-demand, the only by-products of the chemical reaction are water vapor and pure […]

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Hydrogen Heaven

On June 12, 2008, in Blog, by Cristina Foung

by Cristina Foung My favorite green product of the week: the Honda FCX Clarity Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle What is it?The Honda FCX Clarity is a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle. It takes hydrogen and oxygen to generate the electricity needed to power the vehicle. It has a range of about 270 miles and a top […]

General Motors Looks Beyond Oil

On April 17, 2008, in Blog, by John Addison

By John Addison. “One of the most serious business issues currently facing General Motors is our product’s near total dependence on petroleum as a source of energy. To address this issue, we have been implementing a strategy to displace petroleum through energy diversity and efficiency,” explained Dr. Larry Burns, Vice-President of Research and Development for […]

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Heavy-Duty Vehicle Trends for 2008

On February 8, 2008, in Blog, by John Addison

By John Addison (2/8/08). Most oil consumption and greenhouse gas emissions from transportation are not from passenger vehicles; they are from the heavy-duty vehicles, ships, and planes that move all our goods, serve public transit, and provide the infrastructure that keeps cities running. Heavy-duty operators have often been years ahead of passenger vehicle owners in […]

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Riding on Sunlight

On September 21, 2007, in Blog, by John Addison

By John Addison (9/20/07). Electric light rail is a popular way to whisk millions through cities with speed, ease, and minimal emissions. Per passenger mile, source-to-wheels emissions are far less than people trying to navigate busy cities in their cars. Even if there is a coal power plant supplying the electricity, the efficiency of moving […]

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PG&E’s Clean Fleet and Visionary Future

On August 21, 2007, in Blog, by John Addison

By John Addison (8/21/07). Years ago, you only had one choice for your telephone service – AT&T. Now you have a variety of choices from landline, wireless, cable, and Internet providers. Years ago, gasoline was your only fuel choice. Now you have a number of fuel and electric choices. In the future, your favorite provider […]

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Hydrogen Energy

On July 30, 2007, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. StuebiWhenever someone mentions “hydrogen” to me, I immediately think of fuel cells. So, when someone mentioned to me in passing the other day something about BP (NYSE: BP) and hydrogen in Southern California, I was really confused: I didn’t think that BP was doing much with fuel cells these days. Now I […]

Fuel Cell 2007 Conference Highlights

On June 19, 2007, in Blog, by John Addison

By John Addison (6/19/07). Several hundred engineers, researchers, and managers shared fuel cell technology, trends, and market success at the Fuel Cell 2007 Conference. In some areas, fuel cells generate millions in revenues from commercial deployment; in other areas, fuel cells are early in research and development. A number of commercial products involve hydrogen PEM […]

Micro Fuel Cell Killer – What’s Next?

On June 14, 2007, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

About 4 or 5 years ago micro fuel cells were quite a hot topic in cleantech. They were going to power our laptops, cell phones, PDAs, blackberries, hand held multimedia devices, etc. The story ran like this: The digital age and increasing customer demand for more power hungry features like bandwidth, multimedia, et al on […]

Honda’s FCX: Out-Priusing the Prius

On May 21, 2007, in Blog, by Richard T. Stuebi

by Richard T. Stuebi While the Toyota Prius is the current “must-have” of the “green” community, Honda (NYSE: HMC) is aiming to trump Toyota (NYSE: TM) in the eco-friendly car derby. Recently, Honda announced that it will commercially-unveil a fuel cell vehicle aimed for U.S. drivers, the FCX — not 10 years from now, not […]

California Hydrogen Highway Spans 800 Miles

On April 24, 2007, in Blog, by John Addison

By John Addison (4/23/07) The California Hydrogen Highway Network now extends from Chula Vista, near the Mexican border, to Arcata, near the Oregon border. You are invited to a virtual tour weaving over 1,000 miles as we visit some of the more interesting stations. The City of Chula Vista pioneered its hydrogen station almost four […]

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Big Utilities vs. Big Oil

On April 18, 2007, in Blog, by John Addison

By John Addison (4/17/07) Question: What could be more American than healthy competition? Answer: Healthy competition that reduces our dependency on foreign oil. By 2010 you may be filling your “tank” by plugging-in to your electric and natural gas utility. Today fleets turn to utilities to power everything from light electric vehicles to heavy natural […]

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Actress Q’orianka Kilcher Now Drives a Zero-Emission Honda FCX

On March 8, 2007, in Blog, by John Addison

By John Addison. Q’orianka Kilcher was acclaimed for her starring role as Pocahontas in the 2005 film The New World. The National Board of Review awarded her Best Breakthrough Performance by an Actress. Ms. Kilcher was recognized as the Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture by the American Latino Media Arts Awards. Q’orianka Kilcher is […]