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Materials advances broaden prospects for ceramics in future fuel cells

By April Gocha / March 2, 2018

Researchers at Northwestern University have developed a high-efficiency protonic ceramic fuel cell that operates at mid-range temperatures; and researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison are harnessing the power of computation to identify better materials for solid oxide fuel cells.

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Can hydrogen fuel our future? With this ceramic membrane, maybe

By April Gocha / November 21, 2017

A team of scientists from CoorsTek Membrane Sciences, the University of Oslo, and the Institute of Chemical Technology has developed a promising new ceramic membrane that could reduce the cost and enhance the feasibility of hydrogen generation far enough to bring the technology to the forefront of clean energy solutions.

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Can a panda-shaped solar power plant boost popularity of renewable energy?

By April Gocha / July 11, 2017

In a fresh effort to boost the visibility of its renewable energy efforts, China is turning to one of its most beloved creatures—Panda Green Energy Group Ltd. recently announced that it has connected its latest solar power plant, cutely shaped into the likeness of its namesake, to the electricity grid.

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Alt-E Fund offers individuals the opportunity to support clean energy

By Faye Oney / April 11, 2017

Alt-E Fund, a nonprofit organization, has a goal of generating financial support to fund research in clean energy technologies. It wants to change the way energy research is funded by “harnessing the passion of millions of citizens to vote with their wallet and provide the needed funds to enable crucial research.”

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Ceramic hydrogen separation membrane doubles flow rate, could enable clean energy

By April Gocha / December 13, 2016

Researchers at Forschungszentrum Jülich in Germany have developed a significantly improved stable ceramic hydrogen separation membrane that can enable a hydrogen flow rate that is nearly double that of other separation membranes.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By April Gocha / November 23, 2016

Smashing metallic micro-cubes makes them ultrastrong, glow-in-the-dark dye could fuel liquid-based batteries, and other materials stories that may be of interest for November 23, 2016.

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Battery buzz: Three trends toward safer, cleaner lithium-ion power sources for consumer electronics

By Stephanie Liverani / November 1, 2016

Lithium-ion batteries are necessary for next-generation consumer electronics to compete with market demands for longer battery life and unsurpassed power. And researchers are focusing on making these power sources safer and better for the environment.

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3-D printing, clean energy, and next-gen electronics: Three materials scale-up trends to watch on National Manufacturing Day

By Stephanie Liverani / October 7, 2016

Every first Friday of October, manufacturing companies and organizations join the movement to raise awareness about U.S. manufacturing. From 3-D printing to solar to next-gen electronics, check out some of the materials manufacturing buzz we’ve been following this year.

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Just add water: Does adding moisture to perovskite solar cells boost efficiency?

By Stephanie Liverani / July 29, 2016

Scientists at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology in Japan are delving deeper into what it is about the perovskite fabrication process that enhances effectiveness—and adding water could be the key.

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Solar Roadways brings first-of-its-kind walkable solar panels to Route 66

By Stephanie Liverani / July 15, 2016

Missouri’s Department of Transportation plans to install a test version of Solar Roadways’ solar road tiles in a sidewalk at the Historic Route 66 welcome center in Conway, Mo., to see if the technology is fit for use on regular streets.

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