Methanol fuel cells shown to provide higher efficiency than pure hydrogen

(Natural News) A new analysis shows that methanol fuel cells are more efficient at producing electricity than hydrogen fuel cells. Fuel cells use hydrogen – the most abundant element in the universe – to produce clean and efficient electricity to power cars, trucks, buses and ships, as well as even homes and businesses. Hydrogen is considered…

New, low-cost battery technology could drive boom in household solar energy

(Natural News) A new “plug and play” energy storage system could help meet the boom in demand for safe, renewable and secure solar energy storage in American homes. Engineers at Gridtential Energy, Inc. and Electric Applications Incorporated (EAI), with support from the Consortium for Battery Innovation (CBI), developed the Silicon Joule, new batteries using an…

UK to build first hydrogen fueled homes by April

(Natural News) The U.K.’s first homes where appliances will be fueled exclusively by hydrogen instead of fossil fuel are due to be opened by April. Authorities are hoping that the building will provide the public with “a glimpse into the potential home of the future.” The two semi-detached houses, which are being built in the town of Gateshead…

Bladeless turbines could help bring wind power to your home

(Natural News) A Spanish green energy company is pioneering the development of bladeless turbines that can harness energy from wind without the sweeping white blades that have become synonymous with wind power. The bladeless turbines are the work of Madrid-based startup Vortex Bladeless. Thanks to its innovative design, the company recently won the approval of…

Immense hydrocarbon cycle discovered in the world’s oceans

(Natural News) In a new study, researchers discovered a whole new cycle of natural hydrocarbon production and recycling in the world’s oceans. This discovery can help scientists better understand how the ocean’s microbes will respond to hydrocarbons present in spilled petroleum. The study was conducted by researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution…

America’s first 3D-printed neighborhood to be built in California

(Natural News) California’s Coachella Valley will soon be home to the first American neighborhood comprised entirely of 3D-printed houses. The $15 million project, a collaboration between real estate group Palari and construction technology company Mighty Buildings, will transform a five-acre parcel of land in Rancho Mirage into a planned community of 15 3D-printed, eco-friendly homes….

“Wearable microgrid” uses energy from the human body to power small gadgets

(Natural News) Engineers at the University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego) have developed a “wearable microgrid” that’s able to utilize energy from the human body to power small electronic devices. In a paper published on March 9 in the journal Nature Communications, the researchers said that they drew inspiration from community microgrids. “We’re applying the…