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Fossil Fuels News
January 29, 2020

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New Study Looks to Biological Enzymes as Source of Hydrogen Fuel

Research has chemists one step closer to recreating nature's most efficient machinery for generating hydrogen gas. This new development may help clear the path for the hydrogen fuel industry to move ... read more

'Artificial Leaf' Successfully Produces Clean Gas

A widely-used gas that is currently produced from fossil fuels can instead be made by an 'artificial leaf' that uses only sunlight, carbon dioxide and water, and which could eventually be used to ... read more

New Route to Carbon-Neutral Fuels from Carbon Dioxide

A new way to convert carbon dioxide into the building block for sustainable liquid fuels was very efficient in tests and did not have the reaction that destroys the conventional ... read more

Fracking Prompts Global Spike in Atmospheric Methane, Study Suggests

As methane concentrations increase in the Earth's atmosphere, chemical fingerprints point to a probable source: shale oil and gas, according to new ... read more
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Big Trucks, Little Emissions

Researchers reveal a new integrated, cost-efficient way of converting ethanol for fuel blends that can reduce greenhouse gas ... read more

New Study Analyzes Viability of Sustainable Fuels

New technology to convert ethanol into fuels suitable for aviation, shipping and other heavy-duty applications can be price-competitive with conventional fuels while retaining the sustainability ... read more

Storing Energy in Hydrogen 20 Times More Effective Using Platinum-Nickel Catalyst

Catalysts accelerate chemical reactions, but the widely used metal platinum is scarce and expensive. Researchers have now developed an alternative with a 20x higher activity: a catalyst with hollow ... read more

Climate Impact of Hydropower Varies Widely

Hydropower is broadly considered to be much more environmentally friendly than electricity generated from fossil fuels, and in many cases this is true. However, a new study reveals that the climate ... read more

Aviation Emissions' Impacts on Air Quality Larger Than on Climate, Study Finds

New research has quantified the climate and air quality impacts of aviation, broken down by emission type, altitude and location. The team found that growth in aviation causes twice as much damage to ... read more

Tethered Chem Combos Could Revolutionize Artificial Photosynthesis

Scientists have doubled the efficiency of a chemical combo that captures light and splits water molecules so the building blocks can be used to produce hydrogen fuel. Their approach provides a ... read more

Where to Install Renewable Energy in US to Achieve Greatest Benefits

A new study shows that to achieve the biggest improvements in public health and the greatest benefits from renewable energy, wind turbines should be installed in the Upper Midwest and solar power ... read more

Study Casts Doubt on Carbon Capture

Current approaches to carbon capture can increase air pollution and are not efficient at reducing carbon in the atmosphere, according to new ... read more

Lead Isotopes a New Tool for Tracking Coal Ash

Scientists have developed a forensic tracer that uses lead isotopes to detect and measure coal fly ash in dust, soil and sediments. Tests show the new tracer can distinguish between the isotopic ... read more

Replacing Coal With Gas or Renewables Saves Billions of Gallons of Water

The transition from coal to natural gas in the US electricity sector is reducing the industry's water use, research finds. For every megawatt of electricity produced using natural gas instead of ... read more

Magneto-Inertial Fusion Experiment Nears Completion

The Plasma Liner Experiment will soon test the potential for a novel plasma fusion concept, while offering insights into the physics of colliding plasma ... read more

China Is on Track to Meet Its Emissions Goals for 2020

Polluting emissions from Chinese thermal power plants declined significantly between 2014 and 2017, according to new research. The study analyzed data from 2014, when China introduced the ambitious ... read more

Affordable, Less Intensive Methane Detection Protocol

A new testing protocol that uses existing, affordable water chemistry tests can help scientists and regulators detect sites showing evidence of new methane gas leaks caused by oil and gas drilling, ... read more

Cost-Effective Fuel Cell Technology

Researchers have identified ammonia as a source for engineering fuel cells that can provide a cheap and powerful source for fueling cars, trucks and buses with a reduced carbon ... read more

Innovative Valve Train Saves 20% Fuel

Scientists have developed an innovative, electrohydraulically actuated valve train for internal combustion engines, that enables completely free adjustment of stroke and timing, while at the same ... read more

Natural Gas Storage Research Could Combat Global Warming

To help combat global warming, a team is working on a new porous polymer that can store natural gas more effectively than anything currently being ... read more

Scientists Create Artificial Catalysts Inspired by Living Enzymes

Researchers have made a significant advance in the development of artificial catalysts for making cleaner chemicals and fuels at an industrial ... read more

Clearing Up the 'Dark Side' of Artificial Leaves

While artificial leaves hold promise as a way to take carbon dioxide -- a potent greenhouse gas -- out of the atmosphere, there is a 'dark side to artificial leaves that has gone overlooked for ... read more

3D Printed Rocket Fuel Comparison

Scientists in Australia are using 3D printing to create fuels for rockets, and using tailor-made rocket motors they've built to test the ... read more

A Catalyst for Sustainable Methanol

Scientists have developed a new catalyst that converts CO2 and hydrogen into methanol. Offering realistic market potential, the technology paves the way for the sustainable production of fuels and ... read more

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