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Researchers Modify Oilseed To Lower Viscosity For Use As Biodiesel Fuel

Researchers Modify Oilseed To Lower Viscosity For Use As Biodiesel Fuel

Heading into another U.S. presidential election year, getting more biofuels into the U.S. gasoline supply continues to pose both political and logistical hurdles. But researchers, regulators, and entrepeneurs increasingly see promise in synthetic diesel created from a variety of non-fossil fuel... read more

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2015 Tesla Model S P85D - 'Chiseled by man and nature'  [photo: George Parrott]

Tesla Not Disruptive, Future Is Tiny Electric 'Golf Carts': Harvard Scholar

Friday's the day we use for the stranger and more oddball stories in our lineup, and one of the more unusual we've seen in a while comes from Harvard University. It's an... read more May 29, 2015 by 


 
Faradion prototype electric bicycle powered by sodium-ion battery pack

Faradion Electric Bike: Prototype Powered By Sodium-Ion Batteries

Lithium-ion battery cells are currently dominant in electric cars and energy storage, but researchers are constantly looking to improve on them. The need to increase the... read more May 24, 2015 by 


 
Big square baler harvesting wheat straw for production of cellulosic ethanol

Biofuels: Don't Assume They're All Carbon-Neutral, New Study Warns

To many, biofuels seem like the ultimate compromise between lower carbon emissions and practicality. It's easy to see the appeal of fuels billed as cleaner replacements for... read more May 13, 2015 by 


 
A123 Systems lithium-ion battery cells

Is The Elusive 'Ideal' Electric-Car Battery Hiding In Plain Sight?

Andy Thomson is at the white-knuckled, breath-sucking end of his electric car’s range. His battery is almost flatlining. It’s minus 26 Celsius outside on the... read more May 12, 2015 by 


 
NASA battery-powered airplane 'Greased Lightning'

New Battery And Energy Research And Technology: What We're Reading

Modern electric cars have been on sale for over four years, and in that time they've proven that battery power works in the real world. Now, they're being joined by the first... read more May 10, 2015 by 


 
Hybrid supercapacitor developed by UCLA

Hybrid Supercapacitor Gives Energy Density Of Lead-Acid Batteries (Video)

The need to increase electric-car ranges and decrease charging times has led to huge amounts of research into improved battery chemistries. But why stop at the stuff that... read more April 23, 2015 by 


 
Prototype aluminum-ion battery cell developed at Stanford University, Apr 2015

Aluminum-Ion Battery Cell Is Durable, Fast-Charging, Bendable: Stanford Inventors (Video)

Researchers at Stanford University demonstrated a new type of aluminum-ion battery cell last week that is flexible enough to be bent without damaging it. The chemistry team... read more April 8, 2015 by 


 
Battery symbol

Patent Fight Erupts Over Next-Generation Electric-Car Battery Chemistry

Electric cars may still make up just a tiny percentage of the vehicles on world roads, but the batteries that power them are already a big business. As with most industries... read more April 6, 2015 by 


 
Dyson DC31

Dyson Invests In Solid-State Battery Startup Sakti3 To Bring Cells To Market

Advanced battery technology startup Sakti3 has received a further round of investment capital to help bring its solid-state cells to market. A new investor, British... read more March 17, 2015 by 


 
BYD e6 electric taxi in service in Shenzhen, China

Chinese Car Buyers May Be More Open To Electric Cars Than Americans: Study

Despite aggressive government promotion, Chinese consumers didn't warm up to electric cars until recently. Sales lagged until picking up late last year, although they've... read more March 3, 2015 by 


 
2004-2009 Toyota Prius battery pack, second generation

Nickel-Metal-Hydride Batteries For Electric Cars? Energy Density Can Rise 10-Fold: Researchers

The division is pretty clear: nickel-metal-hydride batteries are for use only in hybrids--at least those from Toyota, which has used more of the batteries than any other... read more March 2, 2015 by 


 
2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

Hyundai Plans Hybrids, Electric Cars & More: 5 Questions With Green R&D Head Ki-Sang Lee

The Hyundai Motor Group, encompassing both the Hyundai and Kia brands, is known as one of the most aggressive competitors in the global auto business. And the company has big... read more January 20, 2015 by 


 
Graphene paper. Image: Lisa Aliosio

Graphene May Double Solar Cell Power, Harvest Hydrogen From Air

As tough global emissions standards put more pressure on carmakers to produce larger numbers of zero-emission vehicles, the race is on to improve systems of electricity... read more December 30, 2014 by 


 
Fast Charging 2011 Nissan Leaf

Electric Cars Can Stabilize Utility Grid Via V2G, Study Shows

Using plug-in electric cars as temporary energy storage and supply sources can stabilize the grid, a new study has found. A fleet of electric vehicles represents a large... read more December 9, 2014 by 


 
Toyota Fuel Cell Sedan at Aspen Ideas Festival  [photo: Riccardo Savi]

DoE Offers $1 Million Prize For Advances In Small-Scale Hydrogen Fueling For Homes

As automakers get more serious about hydrogen fuel-cell cars, the biggest impediment to adoption will be a chicken-and-egg situation: low numbers of cars offered in limited... read more November 17, 2014 by 


 

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