Hydrogen: where is low-carbon fuel most useful for decarbonisation?

Hydrogen is feted as the key to a dynamic green economy. But is it the best choice for decarbonisation in all cases?

Valeska Ting, Professor of Smart Nanomaterials, University of Bristol • conversation
Nov. 9, 2020 ~17 min

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The future of nuclear: power stations could make hydrogen, heat homes and decarbonise industry

Don't count nuclear energy out – it may be our best hope of reaching net-zero emissions within the time we have left.

Michael Rushton, Senior Lecturer in Nuclear Energy, Bangor University • conversation
Nov. 4, 2020 ~7 min

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Hydrogen isn't the key to Britain's green recovery – here's why

Energy efficiency and electrification should lead the effort to decarbonise society, not hydrogen.

Tom Baxter, Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering, University of Aberdeen • conversation
July 22, 2020 ~8 min

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New fuel cells double the voltage

New liquid-fueled fuel cells outdo the voltage of conventional hydrogen fuel cells. Researchers call it a "game changer."

Brandie Jefferson-WUSTL • futurity
June 25, 2020 ~5 min

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‘Artificial leaf’ splits water to make sustainable power

"What we have is an integrated module that turns sunlight into electricity that drives an electrochemical reaction. It utilizes water and sunlight to get chemical fuels."

Mike Williams-Rice • futurity
May 5, 2020 ~5 min

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Hydrogen-breathing aliens? Study suggests new approach to finding extraterrestrial life

New research expands the pool of habitable worlds to include super-Earths with hydrogen-rich atmospheres.

David Rothery, Professor of Planetary Geosciences, The Open University • conversation
May 4, 2020 ~8 min

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Platinum is great at splitting water for a surprise reason

Understanding why platinum is the best catalyst for splitting water could lead to cheaper ways to make hydrogen fuel.

Kevin Stacey-Brown • futurity
Jan. 2, 2020 ~4 min

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Exoplanets with magma oceans ‘eat’ their own skies

Why there are so few exoplanets larger than Neptune has puzzled scientists, but new research offers a possible answer.

Louise Lerner-Chicago • futurity
Dec. 27, 2019 ~4 min

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Telescope closes in on signal from end of ‘cosmic dark age’

Researchers are closer than ever to detecting a signal from a time when the first stars in the universe emerged from the "cosmic dark ages."

Kevin Stacey-Brown • futurity
Nov. 26, 2019 ~5 min

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Why sodium-ion batteries don’t last as long

Hydrogen seems to be the culprit behind the short lifespans of sodium-ion batteries, a potential replacement for costly lithium-ion batteries.

Shelly Leachman-UCSB • futurity
Aug. 5, 2019 ~4 min

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