Jewish twins may have solved hydrogen conundrum

Two high school students, twin sisters Shilpa and Shweta Iyer may have found an inexpensive material that can be mixed with molybdenum to make an inexpensive catalyst replacing platinum in water electrolysis. The students tested familiar materials from everyday life, and discovered that soybeans made good catalysts when mixed with molybdenum.

They worked with their class in the discovery, under the supervision of James Muckerman, Wei-Fu Chen. Muckerman, Chen, and colleagues at Brookhaven National Laboratory, New York, have successfully produced a catalyst made from molybdenum – an abundant transition metal, around 1500 times cheaper than platinum – and ground soybeans.

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Carbon and nitrogen from the soybean proteins combined with molybdenum to make molybdenum carbide and molybdenum nitride, respectively. ‘Molybdenum carbide itself is active but not stable in acidic solution, while molybdenum nitride is corrosion resistant but not suitable for hydrogen production. Synergy between the two gave a stable composite material,’ explains Muckerman. The cheap and easy to prepare material has excellent long-term durability and it catalyses hydrogen production at efficiencies comparable to a platinum catalyst.

‘Platinum-free catalysts are powerful tools for generating molecular hydrogen as a sustainable fuel source,’ says Henrik Junge, an expert in electrocatalysts for hydrogen production at the Leibniz Institute for Catalysis, Rostock, Germany. He also wonders if other precursors could be used to generate the catalyst. ‘This would avoid discussions about the competitive usage of biomass for food versus chemical feedstocks.’  source

Molybdenum is  mined extensively in the United States. And, as for the soybeans,  I, for one, would be most likely be willing to forgo tofu and soy milk in order to have the cheap, safe, and abundant energy source of the future.

Better living through chemistry, indeed.

It’s not easy being green.

With the latest headlines declaring that the Obama-supported lithium ion battery manufacturing plant furloughing workers, and going the way of Solyndra, we present this Info-graphic from Carinsurance.org, compliments of Peter Kim.

Green Cars Infographic

Breakthrough battery can charge up in seconds

Scientists in the United States have invented a battery that can charge in seconds, promising a revolution in power storage that could also help green cars and renewable energy.

The advance allows lithium-ion batteries, the standard variety used in consumer electronics and cells for electric or hybrid vehicles, both to charge and discharge stored energy more quickly than at present.

This should lead to smaller, lighter batteries for mobile phones and other devices, which can be fully charged when plugged in for a few seconds.

Lithium-ion batteries that can be recharged in a fraction of the time … this is truly a game changer.  Imagine an electric vehicle that can be re-charged in minutes, rather than hours.  This new process effectively removes the greatest obstacle to widespread acceptance of electric vehicles.

Scientists at M.I.T. say that the new batteries could be ready within 2 or 3 years.

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Obama’s Own Words:We Will Bankrupt New Coal Plants!

If the good folks in the coal producing states haven’t voted yet, they definitely need this information.
B-HO’s words, recorded in January, are just now being made known, and it’s truly a shame. This is the type of rhetoric that many of us were already certain of, that he will kill jobs in this country, stifle advances in technology, and make our cost of living soar, at a time when energy costs are a major factor in our current economy.
It truly baffles me, that someone who is running for POTUS, could be so determined to undermine the very foundations of our country, and have mindless automatons not only supporting him, but fainting and crying at the sound of his voice.
Did you know that the U.S. has the largest coal reserve in the world? In fact, the U.S. is known as the Saudi Arabia of coal.
By one estimate, if coal were converted by the GTL processes into liquid fuel, the U.S. would have eight hundred and eleven years of domestic fuel. Here is another view of the energy picture of the U.S.

That B-HO is already on record in his disdain for the limits placed on government by the Constitution, and “bitter and clinging” citizens, he is now on record for being opposed to creating jobs, heating and lighting our homes, while paying homage to the new religion of Gormonism. Making the cost of living, and doing business, a hostage to the silly notion that we mere mortals can alter the climate of this planet, is the epitome of arrogance. As if having to peer into his nostrils, from his constant posing, isn’t enough.
The Earth can take care of itself, it has done so for billions of years. While we should revere our beautiful planet, be thankful for the wonderful resources God has given us, we should also use all those resources God has given us.
ALL OF THEM!

One last thing, many scientists have predicted that the Earth has an expiration date, in approximately two hundred thirty-five million years from now. Staying warm and fed, until the party ends, isn’t an unreasonable approach.

Friday Linkage: WFFOT

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The DNC and RNC Conventions are upon us. So is the college football season. Yeah baby!!

WFFOT: “The chains of habits are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.” Samuel Johnson
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VaTech, D.O.E, Russians, collaborators study rare microorganism that produces hydrogen

An ancient organism from the pit of a collapsed volcano may hold the key to tomorrow’s hydrogen economy. Scientists from across the world have formed a team to unlock the process refined by a billions-year old archaea. The U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute will expedite the research by sequencing the hydrogen-producing organism for comparative genomics.

When members of the Russian Academy of Sciences isolated a rare archaeal microorganism that breaks down cellulose and produces hydrogen, Biswarup Mukhopadhyay, an assistant professor with the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech, saw an opportunity to open a door for development of a cellulose-based high-temperature hydrogen production process. “Hydrogen can be easily converted to electrical and mechanical energy without any production of carbon dioxide,” said Mukhopadhyay, whose lab specializes in very high temperature or hyperthermophilic archaea and in energy production.

Promising research, indeed. VT’s Mukhopadhyay said, “This is just the beginning of an exploration of hitherto unknown processes with potential to advance energy production and having a team will make it more innovative, productive and fun.”

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Another week in the can

Several interesting comments on the Chuck Norris thread (Chuck Norris doesn’t drill for oil, he sticks his finger in the ground and the spinning of the earth on its axis drills the hole) left me wondering whether or not to jump in. I’m still there, pondering.

I’ve followed developments on the alternative energy front for the last couple of years, and posted on quite of few of the more promising ideas.

Until there are cost-effective alternatives, then oil remains the driver. And, as long as substantial domestic supplies remain undeveloped, then importing crude is a necessity. The lead time on new production is 5 to 6 years, so why wait around?

Reducing consumption through conservation and increased efficiency, as well as the natural reduction in consumption that occurs as the pain of higher prices causes behavioral changes, are taking place as we speak, and will continue. The difference between us and our political opponents on the left involves a single word: Liberty. We on the political right insist on preserving the liberty to decide for ourselves just how we, as individuals and as families will deal with the challenges that face us. We don’t care a whit for the cap and trade redistribution hokum that emanates from the “debate is over” crowd, nor do we respond to guilt-inducing labels such as “selfish.” Why should we? We selfishly protect the liberty to choose for ourselves, willingly accepting for better or worse, the consequences of of our own decisions.

I could go on, but then again, why bother? There isn’t a persuadable argument to make. Experience is the only teacher that will change an otherwise unpersuadable mind– e.g. the liberal who gets mugged, yada, yada. And sometimes, even experience fails to enlighten. How else to explain the resurgence of socialism: as if 100 years of failure means nothing.

This is the World Famous Friday Open Thread.

WFFOT: Your thread in times of high gas prices, high food prices, market tumult, and exhausted liberals (they must be exhausted; toting those big brains around all the time).

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cold fusion, quantum physics, foosball

Energy scams have been around as long as I can remember, some promising to deliver a simple increase in fuel economy, others more elaborate and outlandish. And every few years or so, a new inventor will unveil the latest incarnation of the “perpetual motion” machine. They come and go, most failing the smell test long before any real money changes hands.

So, when I read this press release from Blacklight Power, I began to wish I had paid more attention to my Physics professor all those many years ago at Mississippi State. Of course, it was at this same time that I discovered Foosball and draft beer at the Crossroads. All of which goes to explain why I majored in Business instead of Engineering.

Last week, Blacklight Power announced that it had built a prototype reactor capable of generating 50 kilowatts of energy, for the ridiculously low cost of one cent per kilowatt-hour. Cold fusion redux? I don’t know.

Blacklight Power doesn’t claim to violate the laws of physics — instead, it claims to rewrite them:

Randy Booker, a physics professor at the University of North Carolina, and another faculty member have been evaluating the technology since 2005, and have been to the Blacklight Power lab in NJ several times to validate the process.

“They put in energy, and the yield is about 50% more than what they’re putting in. I’ve also validated their scientific methods, and it seems like they’re doing everything right, from the measurements to procedures.” He adds: It’s nothing small or miniscule, it’s very obvious.” What Mills has come up with is a “new, revolutionary theory” that can go beyond quantum physics, Booker concluded.

“Mills” is Dr. Randell Mills, a Harvard MD, who founded Blacklight Power.

Chris Morrison has a nice writeup at Venture Beat, as well as linkage to some of the more technical data as provided by Blacklight Power, which, halfway into the second line, I was thinking about Foosball.

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Super Duper Energy Machine

Last night, I was researching some off-grid energy options.

We are so-o-o-o-o-o-o far away from anything that will provide the necessary kw/hr in the solar and wind arena that I started looking at different gas/diesel generator options.  My little 30 amp generator will run my RV, and I have the house wired to run off the generator in case of emergency, but air-conditioning is out.  Plus, I’ve got to off-load several circuits in order to run the washer, or dryer, or dishwasher, etc.

And pricey.  Whoo-eee!  They are proud of those things.

So, I came across this video of an Aussie inventor and his energy machine. ……..

Breakthrough lithium battery charges to 90% in just 5 minutes

Toshiba announces a groundbreaking alternative to hydrogen fuel cells……

December 13, 2007 Toshiba have stunned the world with their announcement of what’s pretty much the holy grail in Lithium battery technology – the Super Charge ion Battery, which recharges up to 90% of its energy in just five minutes, and has a lifespan of over 10 years. Slow charging has been the key hurdle to public acceptance of battery-electric vehicles as viable distance travelers, so this breakthrough has all sorts of implications for the automotive industry as well as being a very welcome upgrade to a whole host of other portable devices.

The first of Toshiba’s groundbreaking SCiB packs will ship in March 2008 to an industrial systems market that Toshiba forecasts being worth 100 billion Yen by 2015. There’s no mention of when the technology is likely to hit the consumer market, but with such rapid charging ability, ultra-long life and high resistance to rupture and combustion, the SCiB looks like the first of a new generation of battery cells that will allow electric vehicle drivers to top up their cells in nearly the same amount of time a petrol vehicle takes to fill.

To this end, Toshiba is working on a high-performance version of the SCiB targeted at the automotive industry.

Five minute recharge time? It takes that long to fill up my tank with gas. They might just have something here. Certainly bears watching.

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Nuke to the Future

The portable nuclear reactor is the size of a hot tub. It’s shaped like a sake cup, filled with a uranium hydride core and surrounded by a hydrogen atmosphere. Encase it in concrete, truck it to a site, bury it underground, hook it up to a steam turbine and, voila, one would generate enough electricity to power a 25,000-home community for at least five years.

The company Hyperion Power Generation was formed last month to develop the nuclear fission reactor at Los Alamos National Laboratory and take it into the private sector. If all goes according to plan, Hyperion could have a factory in New Mexico by late 2012, and begin producing 4,000 of these reactors.

Hyperion spokesman Deborah Blackwell commented on several practical applications for the “nuclear battery.” “The lab is doing a lot of work on oil shales and oil sands, but there’s no way to get power to those facilities,” Blackwell says. “So, this nuclear battery would be brought in and that would provide the power to run a small city of industrial use.”

Blackwell also envisions that the battery could be used at military bases, as well as in the developing world, where poverty is a product of a lack of electricity and clean drinking water.

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