Alternative Fuels

Find the latest technologies and applications being used in alternative fuels that impact design engineering in the commercial and government, aviation, and automotive sectors.

Issue Archive: Energy
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Briefs: Power
The invention consists of several NTAC layers arranged in a radially concentric series separated by a vacuum gap space.
Briefs: Power
NASA’s System-Wide Safety (SWS) project is developing innovative data solutions to assure safe, rapid, and repeatable access to a transformed National Airspace System.
Briefs: Design
Manufacturing on Mars with 3D Printing
High-Martian content materials would be useful in making coatings to protect equipment from rust or radiation damage.
Blog: Green Design & Manufacturing
Scientists say that such oil-rich duckweed could easily be harvested to produce biofuels or other bioproducts.
Articles: Energy
Research and development work continue to deliver cleaner, more efficient, and more diverse ways of generating the energy we need to power modern society.
Articles: Energy
Betterfrost’s solution defrosts and defogs electric vehicles’ windshields with 20 times less power than current technology and extends the range of an EV by 38 km on an average commute in winter.
Blog: Electronics & Computers
Engineers have created new high-power electronic devices that are more energy efficient than their predecessors.
Briefs: Energy
The biofilm has the potential to revolutionize the world of wearable electronics, powering everything from personal medical sensors to personal electronics.
Application Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
A new, highly sensitive system for detecting the production of hydrogen gas may play an important role in the quest to develop hydrogen as an environmentally friendly and economical alternative to fossil fuels.
Briefs: Design
An experimental plant-based jet fuel could increase engine performance and efficiency, while dispensing with aromatics, the pollution-causing compounds found in conventional fuels.
Articles: Energy
A solar thermal device mimics photosynthesis to convert carbon dioxide emissions into a clean energy resource.
Briefs: Power
Have we found a better alternative to lithium-ion batteries?
Briefs: Electronics & Computers
Additional applications include defogging/defrosting, wearable devices, industrial heat systems, sensors, thermochromic displays, and microfluidic chips.
Briefs: Energy
Scientists have been trying for years to create biofuels and other bioproducts more cheaply.
Briefs: Energy
The design could someday enable a fully decarbonized power grid.
Briefs: Power
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.
Articles: Propulsion
Aviation is emerging aggressively from the pandemic to turn setbacks into comebacks.
Articles: Green Design & Manufacturing
Electric aircraft hold tremendous potential to improve emission, noise, and operating economics across a range of different applications in support of the goal of achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
5 Ws: Sensors/Data Acquisition

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: Energy
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: Propulsion
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: Sensors/Data Acquisition
The optical-based sensor detects the presence of hydrogen without electronics, making the process much safer.