Top Energy Stories of 2008: #2 The Year of Scientific Breakthroughs

December 16 2008 / by joelg / In association with Future Blogger.net
Category: Environment   Year: 2008   Rating: 2

By Joel Greenberg

In the blur of announcements from solar companies, oil company TV commercials, and news pundits, science sometimes get lost in the conversation.  But it's science that will bring us to a workable energy future and this year has seen some significant breakthroughs.  MIT's Daniel Nocera announced the development of a low cost catalyst that helps in the electrolysis of water into oxygen & hydrogen.  The development of Metal Organic Frameworks (MOFs) for solid hydrogen storage continued to evolve; Nanotechnology continues to bring promising experimental results across many energy related fields including, catalysts for fuel cells; conversion of waste heat into electricity; a new theory explaining molecular movement in polymers; and more.

Which of these scientific breakthroughs might change the commercial viability of cleaner hydrocarbons, bioenergy, renewables and advanced energy storage systems?

Scientific breakthroughs

 

Continue Reading other Top 10 Energy Stories from 2008


#1  Story of the Year: Electrification of the Passenger Car

#2   The Year of Scientific Breakthroughs

#3   The Obama Election

#4   From $147 to $50: The Price of Oil

#5   The Dying Gasp of Corn Ethanol

#6   The Clean Coal Lobby Breaks Through the Clutter...and Gets a Response

#7   Geeks Go Green

#8   The Rise of Local Initiatives

#9   Infrastructure Gains Attention

#10 Emerging Energy Missionaries & Visionaries

 

 

Image Credits:
- University of Oregon Guenza Team;
- MOF
-4 and MOF-5 from Omar Yaghi Laboratory
- Scott Warren and Uli Wiesner, Cornell University and National Science Foundation.


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