HCATT Sponsors Waste-to-Energy Demo

Joanna Schroeder

A waste-to-energy demonstration has kicked off on the campus of the Hawaii Air National Guard (HIANG). Sponsored by the High Technology Development Corporation’s (HTDC) Hawaii Center for Advanced Transportation Technologies (HCATT) the $6.8 million project showcases the efficacy of converting 10 tons of waste per day to electricity to generate a net 200 to 300 kW of baseload power using …

bioenergy, biojet fuel, Hydrogen, Waste-to-Energy

Researchers Release Hydrogen from Tough Biomass

John Davis

Researchers from Georgia Tech have figured out how to release hydrogen from even the toughest sources of biomass. This article from Chemistry World says Yulin Deng and his team at the university developed a low-temperature electrolytic technology that can crack even molecules like lignin and cellulose, eliminating the need to use fossil fuels to release clean-burning hydrogen. The process takes …

biomass, Hydrogen

IU Researchers Create Hydrogen Biofuels

Joanna Schroeder

Indiana University researchers have developed a highly efficient biomaterial that catalyzes the formation of hydrogen by splitting H2O and creating hydrogen and oxygen. The resulting fuel can be used to power vehicles that essentially run on water. According to the research team, a modified enzyme gains strength from being protected within the protein shell — or “capsid” — of a …

advance biofuels, Hydrogen, Research

USDA Funds 544 REAP Projects

Joanna Schroeder

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded 544 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects more than $6.7 million as part of the Rural Energy for America Program (REAP). USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack made the announcement at the Snake River Brewing Company, in Jackson, Wyoming. The company received a $13,810 REAP grant to install a solar panel to generate energy …

biofuels, biomass, energy efficiency, Geothermal, Hydrogen, Renewable Energy, Solar, USDA, Wind

Air Products Debuts Solar-Powered Fueling Station

Joanna Schroeder

Air Products has inaugurated India’s first solar-powered renewable fueling station in an event this week that included chief guest Shri Piyush Goyal, Union Minister for Power, Coal, and New and Renewable Energy, along with Shri Upendra Tripathy, Secretary, Minister of New and Renewable Energy. With the addition of this SmartFuel station, Air Products now has three hydrogen fueling stations operating in …

Alternative Vehicles, Clean Energy, Hydrogen, Solar

Va Tech Scientists Turning Corn Husks into Hydrogen

John Davis

Scientists at Virginia Tech have found a way to get hydrogen from corn husks. This article from Yahoo says the husks and stalks are not only a plentiful feedstock for the potential car fuel, but they’re cheap, too. “We have demonstrated the most important step toward a hydrogen economy — producing distributed and affordable green hydrogen from local biomass resources,” …

Agribusiness, corn, Hydrogen

EIA Reports Renewable Energy Sees Gain

Joanna Schroeder

Net electrical generation from non-hydro renewable energy sources increased by 10.9 percent over the previous year (2013), according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) latest “Electric Power Monthly“. The solar contribution to net electrical generation more than doubled (102.8%) while wind grew by 8.3 percent, biomass by 5.7 percent, and geothermal by 5.4 percent. Comparatively speaking, nuclear power and …

Geothermal, Hydrogen, Natural Gas, Renewable Energy, Solar, Wind

MagneGas Deploys Hog Manure to Hydrogen System

Joanna Schroeder

MagneGas Corporation has completed construction of its Venturi sterilization system at a major hog farm in technology. The company has developed a patented technology that converts liquid waste into hydrogen-based fuel. Venturi will process hog manure into a low-oder fertilizer that can be safely used on crops. In addition, MagneGas fuel will be produced as a byproduct that can be …

Alternative energy, Hydrogen, Waste-to-Energy

Hydrogen Fueling Arrives in Sacramento, CA

Joanna Schroeder

The Ramos Oil Company located in West Sacramento, California is now offering drivers the ability to fuel their hydrogen powered vehicles. The new hydrogen station is equipped with state-of-the-art technology developed by Linde North America. To mark completion of its retail hydrogen fueling station, Ramos held a ribbon cutting ceremony at the site and hosted representatives of Linde and local …

Alternative Vehicles, Hydrogen

Cali Can Broaden Hydrogen Fueling Network

Joanna Schroeder

Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have published a study that found a number of existing gas stations in California can safely store and dispense hydrogen. This, the researchers suggest, a broader network of hydrogen fueling stations may be within reach. The report examined 70 commercial gasoline stations throughout California and sought to determine which, if any, could integrate hydrogen fuel, …

Alternative energy, Hydrogen