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2012-07-18 06:23:23

SOUTH WINDSOR, Conn., July 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- UTC Power, a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX) company, today announced that Pyeongtaek Energy Service, a wholly owned subsidiary of SK E&S, has purchased 14 PureCell Model 400 fuel cell systems. This project will be completed in two phases and aims to be fully operational by the end of 2013. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120228/NE60332LOGO) The first phase of this project consists of seven PureCell systems being...

2012-07-12 13:18:46

Material wastes energy, Case Western Reserve University researcher suggests Fuel cells are inefficient because the catalyst most commonly used to convert chemical energy to electricity is made of the wrong material, a researcher at Case Western Reserve University argues. Rather than continue the futile effort to tweak that material - platinum - to make it work better, Chemistry Professor Alfred Anderson urges his colleagues to start anew. "Using platinum is like putting a resistor in...

2012-07-11 05:49:26

Some of the planet´s tiniest inhabitants may help address two of society´s biggest environmental challenges:  how to deal with the vast quantities of organic waste produced and where to find clean, renewable energy. According to César Torres and Sudeep Popat, researchers at Arizona State University´s Biodesign Institute, certain kinds of bacteria are adept at converting waste into useful energy.  These microorganisms are presently being applied to the...

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2012-07-02 22:24:19

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online We´ve heard about batteries that keep going and going, but scientists have taken the next step and created an energy source that keeps going even after its fuel is gone. This ℠zombie´ fuel cell, which is a fraction of the size of a standard AA battery, converts hydrogen to electricity, but also has the ability to store electrical chemical energy. The stored energy can then be tapped into after the cell´s hydrogen...

2012-07-02 06:21:48

SOUTH WINDSOR, Conn., July 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- UTC Power, a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) company, today announced that CBS Studios will install six PureCell® stationary fuel cell systems at two production locations in California. Three units will be installed at CBS Studio Center, a production facility with 18 sound stages and office space in Studio City, Calif. Three others will be installed at CBS Television City in Los Angeles, Calif., housing eight sound stages and office...

2012-06-29 11:38:17

Breakthrough could reduce costs for the consumer University of Minnesota engineering researchers are leading an international team that has made a major breakthrough in developing a catalyst used during chemical reactions in the production of gasoline, plastics, biofuels, pharmaceuticals, and other chemicals. The discovery could lead to major efficiencies and cost-savings in these multibillion-dollar industries. The research is to be published in the June 29, 2012 issue of the leading...

2012-06-26 06:21:39

SOUTH WINDSOR, Conn., June 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- UTC Power, a United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX) company, today announced that Saint Francis Care has installed PureCell stationary fuel cell systems at two of its campuses in Hartford to provide clean, reliable power to its facilities. The PureCell system is an on-site combined cooling, heating and power generation system that lowers energy costs, increases operational reliability and contributes to a cleaner environment. Saint Francis...

2012-06-22 12:05:07

New catalyst dramatically cheaper without sacrificing performance Engineers at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) have identified a catalyst that provides the same level of efficiency in microbial fuel cells (MFCs) as the currently used platinum catalyst, but at 5% of the cost. Since more than 60% of the investment in making microbial fuel cells is the cost of platinum, the discovery may lead to much more affordable energy conversion and storage devices. The material —...

EBay To Build Nation's Largest Alternative Energy Fuel Cell Data Center
2012-06-22 10:07:00

EBay announced on Thursday that it plans to build a large renewable data center in Utah that will be powered by alternative energy fuel cells. Once completed, the six-Megawatt facility in South Jordan, Utah, will be the country´s largest non-utility fuel cell installation powered by renewable energy. The new facility expands the company´s existing Utah data center, and is expected to be operational some time in 2013. “We believe the future of commerce can be...

2012-06-18 10:45:38

Ongoing saga of building a better fuel cell catalyst goes holistic The design of a nature-inspired material that can make energy-storing hydrogen gas has gone holistic. Usually, tweaking the design of this particular catalyst -- a work in progress for cheaper, better fuel cells -- results in either faster or more energy efficient production but not both. Now, researchers have found a condition that creates hydrogen faster without a loss in efficiency. And, holistically, it requires the...