Hydrogen fuel cells: With a database of 500,000 materials, researchers zero in on best bets

As researchers work toward next-generation electric vehicles, they may be hitting their heads on the ceiling of what lithium ion batteries can deliver. Meanwhile, a team of researchers from the University of Michigan are pushing the performance of a competing electric vehicle technology—hydrogen fuel cells—to new heights.

A hydrogen fuel cell is a zero-harmful-emissions power source that acts like a cross between a battery and a gas tank. It employs hydrogen as the fuel and harnesses the reaction between hydrogen and oxygen to produce electricity. The only “emission” is water.

Boehman and Thompson part of U-M team netting $2 million DOE grant

A team of UMEI faculty affiliates and colleagues at Penn State University received word that their recent proposal to the DOE Vehicle Technologies Office has been selected for negotiation for a financial award.  The proposal, titled “Tailored Bioblendstocks with Low Environmental Impact to Optimize MCCI Engines,” is a comprehensive study to link the growth and development of feedstocks for advanced biofuels from algae, through production of biocrude, upgrading to optimized fuels and combustion in diesel engines.  The acronym “MCCI” refers to mixing controlled compression ignition, which enc