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2008-04-04 16:57:20

For the first time in aviation history, a manned aircraft has flown powered only by hydrogen fuel cells. The recent first flight of the Fuel Cell Demonstrator Airplane (FCDA) was the work of an engineering team at Boeing Research & Technology Europe (BR&TE) in Madrid, with assistance from industry partners in Austria, France, Germany, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States. "We are proud of our pioneering work during the past five years on the Fuel Cell...

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2008-03-19 15:00:00

Midcourse shift in strategic plan neededA public-private effort to develop technologies for more fuel-efficient automobiles and to investigate the feasibility of hydrogen-based vehicles has made significant progress in most research areas, says a new report from the National Research Council. While several barriers hinder the program from achieving its full objectives, the potential benefits -- reducing dependence on imported oil and minimizing harmful environmental effects -- justify the...

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2008-03-09 00:00:00

The wireless industry is among the latest to consider "going green" to reduce their impact on the environment and potentially cut costs.   Speaking of "green" cell towers, wireless operators are looking to new energy sources such as wind turbines and solar panels to power cell towers. They are also considering how they might obtain backup power for these towers from hydrogen fuel cells, and looking at geothermal cooling for cooling computer equipment.  The movement is in...

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2008-03-04 00:00:00

In an effort to stem pollution and global warming, the Japanese are beginning to use hydrogen fuel cells to power their homes.  Developers say the hydrogen fuel cells, which produce energy from the chemical reaction that occurs when hydrogen and oxygen combine to form water, generate only two-thirds the pollution produced with conventional electricity generation.  "I was a bit worried in the beginning whether it was going to inconvenience my family or I wouldn't be able to take a...

2007-01-23 15:50:00

New design could open door to small-scale fuel cells In a breakthrough that could make fuel cells practical for such small machines as lawnmowers and chainsaws, researchers have developed a new mechanism to efficiently control hydrogen fuel cell power. Many standard fuel cell designs use electronics to control power output, but such designs require complex systems to manage humidity and fuel recovery and recycling systems to achieve acceptable efficiency. The new process controls the hydrogen...

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2006-05-10 17:50:16

WASHINGTON -- Scientists, inventors and entrepreneurs will be able to vie for a grand prize of $10 million, and smaller prizes reaching millions of dollars, under House-passed legislation to encourage research into hydrogen as an alternative fuel. Legislation creating the "H-Prize," modeled after the privately funded Ansari X Prize that resulted last year in the first privately developed manned rocket to reach space twice, passed the House Wednesday on a 416-6 vote. A companion bill is to be...

2006-02-15 03:25:00

TOKYO -- Japan's Mazda Motor Corp. said on Wednesday it will begin leasing a dual-fuel car that can run on both hydrogen and gasoline in the auto industry's latest effort to reduce oil consumption in vehicles. Most major auto makers are developing zero-emission hydrogen-powered fuel cell cars as a potential alternative to today's conventional gasoline and diesel engine cars, but believe they are decades away from mass production due to high development costs and lack of infrastructure. Mazda...

2005-08-30 19:40:00

BERKELEY, California -- Automakers outlined plans on Tuesday to introduce hydrogen-powered cars in California but said they had a long road ahead, despite strong support from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger who dreams of a "hydrogen highway." General Motors Corp, Japan's Honda Motor and Germany's BMW are pursuing competing technologies to introduce new "zero emission" cars that run on fuel cells and do not pollute, said engineering and marketing managers for the three automakers. BMW, however, may...

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2005-06-29 12:30:00

FRANKFURT -- Astronomical costs for delivering hydrogen-powered cars and the network to run them mean clean vehicles are years away from competing against today's polluting rivals, even if oil prices stay at record highs. Proponents of the technology still insist that 5 million to 10 million cars running on hydrogen-fed fuel cells and emitting only water vapour could be on the road within 15 years, with the number ballooning to 350 million by 2050. But the dream will only come true if the...

2005-06-24 14:55:00

What if all the vehicles now on the road in the United States were suddenly powered by hydrogen fuel cells? Stanford researchers say in a June 24 article in the journal Science that such a conversion would improve air quality, health and climate--especially if wind were used to generate the electricity needed to split water and make hydrogen in a pollutionless process. Similarly to how gas is pumped into tanks, hydrogen would be pumped into fuel cells, which rely on chemistry, not...


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