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Queensland Scientists Discover Cheap New Catalyst for Making Hydrogen

Posted by Peter, on November 29, 2018

Researchers at the Queensland University of Technology have discovered cheaper and more efficient materials for producing hydrogen for the storage of renewable energy that could replace current water-splitting catalysts.  Continue reading »

CSIRO Membrane Could Create Hydrogen Export Market

Posted by Peter, on May 10, 2017

The CSIRO has developed a thin metal membrane which separates pure hydrogen from ammonia and other chemicals, opening up the possibility of large-scale safe transportation of hydrogen for applications such as fuel cell vehicles.  Continue reading »

Aussie Company Uses Iron Ore to Extract Hydrogen from Natural Gas

Posted by Peter, on August 2, 2016

A Western Australian company, the Hazer Group, is currently scaling-up a patented process, based on “methane cracking”, which it says will halve the cost of hydrogen production.   Continue reading »

Aussie Scientists Announce “Artificial Leaf” Breakthrough

Posted by Peter, on August 20, 2015

Researches at Monash University, led by Professor Doug MacFarlane, have announced they have succeeded in extracting hydrogen and oxygen from water and sunlight at record efficiency in a process which mimics photosynthesis. Such “artificial leaf” technology is considered to be practically efficient if 10% of the solar energy used is captured and used to produce […]  Continue reading »

Aussie Scientists Develop Cheaper Method of Producing Hydrogen

Posted by Peter, on April 9, 2015

Scientists at the University of New South Wales have developed a highly efficient oxygen-producing electrode for splitting water to produce hydrogen. The process has the potential to be scaled up for the industrial production of the clean energy fuel. Hydrogen has great potential for storing electricity and as a fuel but the majority of hydrogen […]  Continue reading »

Aussie Technolgy Succeeding in Germany

Posted by Peter, on November 5, 2014

Innovative Australian renewable energy companies are finding success by moving their operations to countries, such as Germany, which are much more supportive of renewable technology. Germany plans to produce 80% of its energy from renewables by 2050. The German government claims that its program to achieve this, called Energiewende, has already saved billions in fuel […]  Continue reading »

Aussies Develop First Fuel Cell Electric Bicycle

Posted by Peter, on September 11, 2014

University of New South Wales researchers have built a bicycle, called a Hy-Cycle, that can take riders up to 125 kilometres on a single $2 hydrogen canister refill. Hydrogen for the Hy-Cycle is carried in a 2.5-kilogram canister that sits near the pedals. The canister feeds a fuel cell, which  continuously recharges a lithium-ion battery. […]  Continue reading »

Ceramic Fuel Cells Signs Another Euro Deal

Posted by Peter, on March 13, 2013

Australia's Ceramic Fuel Cells Limited (CFCL) has signed a letter of intent for a strategic partnership with Germany's Alliander AG, a distribution grid operator. Ceramic Fuel Cells' BlueGen generators use fuel cell technology to convert natural gas into electricity and heat. As a first step, up to 600 BlueGEN systems are to be installed by […]  Continue reading »

Ceramic Fuel Cells Signs Belgian Distributor

Posted by Peter, on February 21, 2013

Australia's Ceramic Fuel Cells Limited has signed a ditribution agreement with Solar Spirit, a leading Belgian provider of renewable energy systems. Ceramic Fuel Cells, the developer of BlueGen generators which use fuel cell technology to convert natural gas into electricity and heat, announced last year that it was abandoning plans to deploy its locally developed […]  Continue reading »

Aussie Scientists Develop Promising Hydrogen Storage Material

Posted by Peter, on December 8, 2012

Engineers at the University of New South Wales have developed a light weight, nano-engineered material that can store and release hydrogen, overcoming a major hurdle to its use as an alternative fuel source. The engineers have synthesised nanoparticles of sodium borohydride and encased these inside nickel shells. The unique "core-shell" nanostructure has remarkable hydrogen storage […]  Continue reading »

Ceramic Fuel Cells to Focus on Europe

Posted by Peter, on October 31, 2012

Ceramic Fuel Cells is abandoning plans to deploy its locally developed technology in Australia and will focus its efforts on Europe. The company’s BlueGen units turn natural gas into electricity and heat. Each unit generates 1.5 kilowatts of electricity and sufficient heat for domestic hot water use. They are claimed to have the highest electrical […]  Continue reading »

Uni Developing Australian Fuel-cell Truck

Posted by Peter, on November 14, 2011

RMIT researchers, who are developing Australia’s first hydrogen fuel cell truck, have demonstrated a scale model which simulates the performance of a long-haul diesel truck. The model is being tested with various loads to simulate the performance of a full-scale long-haul vehicle, which the researchers believe could be developed within about two years. Professor Aleksandar […]  Continue reading »

Ceramic Fuel Cells Wins UK Accreditation

Posted by Peter, on September 1, 2011

The Australian company, Ceramic Fuel Cells has received accreditation in the UK allowing its BlueGen microgeneration heat and power units to benefit from that country’s feed-in tariffs. BlueGen is the first fuel cell product to be eligible for the UK tariff. This follows the company’s recent success in obtaining a large order for BlueGen units […]  Continue reading »

Ceramic Fuel Cells Wins Orders

Posted by Peter, on July 22, 2011

The Australian company, Ceramic Fuel Cells, has received an order for 200 integrated power and heat generators from the German government. The order is worth €4.9 million ($au74 million) over two years. The company’s BlueGen units turn natural gas into electricity and heat. Each unit generates 1.5 kilowatts of electricity and sufficient heat for domestic […]  Continue reading »

Aussie Discovery to Cut Cost of Fuel Cells

Posted by Peter, on August 3, 2008

Just two days ago, we spoke about the major breakthrough in energy storage by MIT scientists in finding a cheap catalyst for the oxygen-producing electrode in fuel cells. The ramaining problem was the need to use expensive platinum nanoparticles for the second, hydrogen-producing electrode. The small amount of platinum needed for a typical fuel-cell car […]  Continue reading »

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