It’s the kind of cross-cultural technical advancement that a utopian world could only dream of. Last weekend, French train-building company Alstom delivered its first two hydrogen-powered trains to Germany—the first of their kind but the first of many more Alstom is already contracted to build.
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South Australia's always been on the front foot when it comes to renewable energy -- even Tesla's given it the thumbs-up. On Friday, the state government revealed its "Hydrogen Roadmap", which "sets out clear pathways to capitalise on South Australia’s competitive advantages" and will "accelerate the State’s transition to a clean, safe and sustainable producer, consumer and exporter of hydrogen".
Lots of people went wild last month at the news that scientists had suddenly discovered some sort of physics holy grail: Metallic hydrogen, hydrogen that turned into a metal. Gizmodo didn't buy the hype. Well, according to ScienceAlert, that metal hydrogen sample has now disappeared.
The world is slowly, but inevitably, moving away from petrol and diesel as the motive power source for cars and trucks. Some vehicle manufacturers are adopting hybrid drivetrains as a stopgap, but even longtime fossil fuel burners like Volkswagen are investing in clean tech like battery energy storage. As well as being a leader in hybrid tech, Toyota is throwing its considerable weight behind hydrogen fuel cells -- and the first three cars using the tech have just been delivered to Australian shores.
North Korea has announced that it had successfully detonated a “miniaturised” hydrogen bomb, which is set to trigger global repercussions. Though the claims are as yet unconfirmed, a blast -- earlier believed to have been a 5.1 magnitude earthquake -- was registered near the North Korean city of Sungjibaegam late yesterday.
In an effort to help spread the adoption and further the development of the hydrogen fuel cell technology the company developed for its FCV concept vehicle -- now known as the Mirai -- Toyota has announced that it's making approximately 5680 fuel cell patents available for royalty-free use.
Hydrogen is one of the most promising fuels of the future, but right now it's expensive to produce in bulk. Enter the work of a team of Stanford researchers who believe they can make it as cheap as fossil fuels -- using just some water and sunlight.
Scientists working on the Antihydrogen Laser Physics Apparatus (ALPHA) near Geneva, Switzerland did something no other scientists have done. They stored atoms of antihydrogen for 1000 seconds (~16 minutes) which is 10,000 times longer than they've ever done before. By trapping and observing antimatter for that long, scientists can better understand the properties of it.
The car manufacturers have it wrong - we don't need hybrids or electric cars. We need cars that run on discarded junk food containers - like the DAlH2Orean remote-controlled car! Two Spanish engineers from the Polytechnic Institute of Catalonia figured out a way to power the little car with soda can tabs.
Some rare good news: TEPCO reports their efforts to prevent another hydrogen explosion at Fukushima by pumping reactor No. 1 full of nitrogen is a success. How long this measure will hold off another dangerous buildup is unclear.
The volatile mix of seawater and melting fuel rods is producing hydrogen and oxygen gas - the stuff that blew the lids off Fukushima twice last month. To avert another disastrous hydrogen explosion, workers are blowing intert nitorgen gas inside.