Keyword: Alternative fuels

Articles: Energy
NASA-developed fire protection, implantable stimulators, and more.
Briefs: Energy
A folded plastic bladder could store and pump the fuel.
Briefs: Energy
This technology can be used for large production volumes such as fuel-cell-powered vehicles.
NASA Spinoff: Materials
A NASA-developed technology for testing heat shields transforms garbage into reusable chemicals.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
Potential applications include lightweight building materials and growing cells for biomedical purposes.
Briefs: Transportation
One of the final hurdles to hydrogen power is securing a safe method for detecting hydrogen leaks.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Recent advances could make it feasible to deploy networks of methane sensors to detect this greenhouse gas at large facilities.
Briefs: Energy
A new electrocatalyst efficiently converts carbon dioxide into ethanol.
Briefs: Energy
Biofuels can achieve cost parity with petroleum fuels.
Briefs: Energy
Membranes that remove salt from water help split sea water into fuel.
Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition

As an integral part of onshore and offshore drilling, mud pumps circulate drilling fluids to facilitate drilling oil and natural gas wells. Mud pumps stabilize pressure and support the well during...

Briefs: Energy
A new design enables artificial photosynthesis to generate fuel that can power homes and vehicles.
Briefs: Energy
This method of producing clean syngas could be used to develop a sustainable liquid fuel alternative to gasoline.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
This fast, flexible tool allows researchers to quickly compare and prioritize strategies for converting biomass to fuels and products.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
This approach is a cost-effective way to convert carbon dioxide gas into methane.
Briefs: Test & Measurement

Accurately detecting, locating, and quantifying leaks of methane — the main component of natural gas and a major fuel source worldwide — is critically important for both environmental...

NASA Spinoff: Electronics & Computers

Methane is everywhere on Earth. It’s the main ingredient in the natural gas that powers heating, cooking, and electricity. It’s also a potent greenhouse gas. The presence of methane is also interesting...

Briefs: Energy

Methanol is a key feedstock for the production of chemicals, some of which are used to make products such as plastics, plywood, and paints. Methanol also can fuel vehicles or be reformed to...

Briefs: Materials

Increase in bioethanol production throughout the US has led to an increase in the process coproduct — distiller’s grains with solubles (DGS). DGS can be used to feed...

Briefs: Energy
Measurement Method for Radioactive Methane

Anew method for measuring radioactive methane is an optical one based on spectroscopy. Previously, radioactive methane has been measured with accelerator mass spectrometry involving expensive machines. Optical measuring could be a cheaper and more agile method.

Articles: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

This column presents technologies that have applications in commercial areas, possibly creating the products of tomorrow. To learn more about each technology, see the contact information provided for that...

Briefs: Test & Measurement
Ionization-Based Multidirectional Flow Sensor

One significant area of research in fuel cell technology includes systems in which a fuel cell is combined with another power generation device (a turbine, for example) to create a hybrid system that combines the advantages of the two standalone systems, resulting in a high fuel-to-electricity...

Briefs: Semiconductors & ICs

The detection and localization of gas releases, such as methane from leaking natural gas pipelines or nitrogen oxides from failing electrical equipment, require high sensitivity to the target gas and insensitivity...

Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
Configuration Enables RFID Tags to Work as Sensors

The detection and localization of gas releases, such as methane from leaking natural gas pipelines or nitrogen oxides from failing electrical equipment, require high sensitivity to the target gas and insensitivity to non-target gases. Infrared (IR) absorption spectroscopy gives highly specific...

Briefs: Electronics & Computers

Capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) and converting it to useful chemicals such as methanol could reduce both pollution and U.S. dependence on petroleum products. Catalysts are used to bring...

Briefs: Aerospace
Carbon Dioxide Collection and Pressurization Technology

Mars is the ultimate destination for NASA's human exploration program. In Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) is a key technology required to enable such missions. The goals of using resources available at the exploration site are to reduce launch and delivered mass, reduce risk and cost,...

Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems

NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) has created the Cryo-Fluid Capacitor (CFC) that capitalizes on the energy storage capacity of liquefied gases, and the relative simplicity of high-pressure gas bottles while...

Facility Focus: Energy

This year, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) marks 75 years as a research institution. Located in Oak Ridge, TN, ORNL is the largest US Department of Energy science and energy laboratory, conducting basic and...