Posts Tagged ‘INL’

New Efficiency Mark In Hydrogen Production

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

A team of scientists at Idaho National Labratory reached a milestone in hydrogen production through high temperature electrolysis (HTE) and produced hydrogen at a rate of 5.6 cubic meters per hour.

HTE is a system of producing hydrogen using a technology that was originally developed for solid oxide fuel cells and is a vast improvement of efficiency over using a conventional electric current through water.  Combining this with a clean power source, HTE could produce hydrogen at 45-55% efficiency.  Perhaps hydrogen powered cars are not far off in the distant future.

via Idaho National Laboratory

Solar Panel Works At Night

Monday, October 6th, 2008

Researchers at Idaho National Laboratory partnered with Microcontinuum Inc. and Patrick Pinhero of the University of Missouri, are developing a new way to collect solar energy using nanotechnology that could cost pennies a yard, be imprinted on flexible materials and still collect energy at night.

The technology uses a special manufacturing process to stamp tiny square spirals, or “nanoantennas”, of conduction metal onto a sheet of plastic and the team estimates individual nanoantennas can absorb close to 80 percent of the available energy in comparison to current read more »