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|Articles - May 2012|
|Monday, April 23, 2012|
By Linda Baker
When hydrogen is used in a fuel cell to generate electricity, the only byproducts are heat and water. Although the absence of greenhouse gas emissions makes hydrogen an attractive alternative fuel, hydrogen gas is bulkier than liquid fuels, so it is difficult to transport or store. Now a team at the University of Oregon has developed a new storage material for hydrogen that differs from many others because it is liquid, which could make it easier to incorporate into the existing transportation infrastructure. “We want to store hydrogen so it flows like gas,” says Shih-Yuan Liu, a professor of materials science. The new material, a boron/nitrogen-based liquid called “BY-methylcyclopentane,” works safely at room temperature and is air- and moisture-stable. Some other liquid-storage materials are explosive. “A pretty big downside,” Liu says. Funded by a $2 million U.S. Department of Energy grant, the team is now working on improving the efficiency and capacity of the material, and Liu says the research has “near-term market potential” for stationary generators and military applications. The long-term goal, he adds, is a hydrogen-based transportation system that would “reduce our carbon footprint and provide independence from foreign oil.”
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Oregon’s new marijuana law is expected to lead to a bevy of new business opportunities for the state. And not just for growers. Law firms, HR consultants, energy efficiency companies and many others are expected to benefit from the decriminalization of pot, according to panelists at an Oregon Business breakfast meeting on Tuesday.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Former Governor John Kitzhaber's resignation in February prompted some soul searching in this state about ethical behavior in industry and government.
Monday, July 13, 2015
BY KIM MOORE
A conversation with Greg Lambert, president of Mid Oregon Personnel Services.
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Fireworks are a booming industry, even if the pyrotechnics have turned July 4th into a day fire marshals, and many residents, love to hate.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Jeff Lang and his wife Rae used to dole out campaign checks like candy. “We were like alcoholics,” Lang says. ”We couldn’t just give a little.”
Friday, July 10, 2015
BY GREGG MORRIS
Rita Hansen aims to scale natural gas vehicle innovation.
Monday, July 06, 2015
Picking a business partner is not much different than choosing a spouse or life partner, and the business break-up can be as heart-wrenching and costly as divorce.
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