Alternative Fuels

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Issue Archive: Medical
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Briefs: Energy
Scientists have been trying for years to create biofuels and other bioproducts more cheaply.
Briefs: Green Design & Manufacturing
The design could someday enable a fully decarbonized power grid.
Briefs: Energy
A highly sensitive system for detecting the production of hydrogen gas can foster the development of hydrogen as an alternative to fossil fuels.
Briefs: Energy
Hydrogen has emerged as an important carrier to store energy generated by renewable resources, as a substitute for fossil fuels used for transportation, in the production of ammonia, and for other industrial applications.
5 Ws: Energy

A fully automated net positive submarine fleet, powered entirely on hydrogen, could help cleanse the oceans of toxic pollution. Developed by London-based startup Oceanways, the submarine was named among the...

Facility Focus: Energy
Established in 1961, PPPL's primary mission is research into and development of fusion as an energy source.
Special Reports: Power
Engine Technology - March 2022

From diesel to electric to hydrogen, SAE's Truck & Off-Highway Engineering magazine reports on the latest advances in commercial vehicle engines. Stay up to date with this compendium of recent articles...

Briefs: Energy
A new catalyst and microchannel reactors improve efficiency and cost of the process.
Blog: Energy
Are we really ready for hydrogen fuel cell trucks? An industry expert from Toyota talks about how hydrogen power is already being used in Los Angeles.
Blog: Energy
For hydrogen-powered engines to reach a mainstream adoption, there are questions about infrastructure and regulation that must be answered.
INSIDER: Electronics & Computers

A newly completed solar microgrid system near Greensburg, Indiana, in Decatur County, is expected to generate enough emissions-free clean energy to offset nearly 4000...


The aging energy grid is being pushed to the breaking point. Power outages from extreme weather alone cost anywhere from $2 billion to $77 billion per year. And some isolated communities still rely...

Briefs: Energy
The optical-based sensor detects the presence of hydrogen without electronics, making the process much safer.
Articles: Materials
NASA-developed fire protection, implantable stimulators, and more.
Briefs: Materials
The windows reduce the need for air conditioning and simultaneously generate electricity.
Briefs: Energy
An already ubiquitous material in outdoor photovoltaic modules could be repurposed for indoor devices with low-capacity batteries.
INSIDER: Electronics & Computers

The demand for clean energy has never been higher, and it has created a global race to develop new technologies as alternatives to fossil fuels. Fuel cells are among the promising green energy...

Briefs: Energy
This fuel cell could power a variety of transportation modes such as unmanned underwater vehicles, drones, and eventually electric aircraft.
Briefs: Energy
The rechargeable batteries could be a safer and more environmentally friendly alternative to lithium-ion batteries.
Q&A: Energy
Dr. Burak Ozpineci is developing a system that charges electric vehicles while driving.
Briefs: Energy
Biofuels can achieve cost parity with petroleum fuels.
INSIDER: Photonics/Optics

The pursuit of fusion as a safe, carbon-free, always-on energy source has intensified in recent years, with a number of organizations pursuing aggressive...

Application Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
See why Mohawk Innovative Technology, Inc. is excited for the potential of additive manufacturing.
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
A new design enables artificial photosynthesis to generate fuel that can power homes and vehicles.
Facility Focus: Robotics, Automation & Control
Rensselaer Engineering focuses on solving the “grand challenges” facing humanity.
Briefs: Energy
This fast, flexible tool allows researchers to quickly compare and prioritize strategies for converting biomass to fuels and products.
Blog: Energy
A team at Northwestern University is developing a material so porous that if you were able to unfold a gram of it, you could go farther than a football field.
Briefs: Transportation
Fuse devices enable circuit safety in high-power applications, such as motion control and alternative energy generation, in addition to electric vehicles.