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NEC, NEC TOKIN and Tohoku University develop spin-Seebeck thermoelectric device w/ 10x better conversion efficiency

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Ken-ichi Uchida of Tohoku University (Keio University at that time). Eiji Saitoh and Associate Prof. Resources.

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Kyushu University research group develops new method for creating highly efficient gold nanoparticle catalysts for fuel cells

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Credit: International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research (I²CNER), Kyushu University. Click to enlarge. —Naotoshi Nakashima.

University of California adopts full open access policy for research papers system-wide

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The Academic Senate of the University of California has passed an Open Access Policy, ensuring that future research articles authored by faculty at all 10 campuses of the UC will be made available to the public at no charge. It follows more than 175 other universities who have adopted similar so-called “green” open access policies.

Tesla Not Disruptive, Future Is Tiny Electric 'Golf Carts': Harvard Scholar

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Friday's the day we use for the stranger and more oddball stories in our lineup, and one of the more unusual we've seen in a while comes from Harvard University. It's an article--actually a handful of articles--covering research by a scholar of "disruption" who argues that Silicon Valley startup carmaker Tesla Motors isn't disruptive.

Single Pt atom catalysts show enhanced catalytic activity for water-splitting; potential to drive down electrolysis cost

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Niancai Cheng, lead author, University of Western Ontario. Xueliang Sun, co-corresponding author, University of Western Ontario.

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New high-activity, low-cost nickel-based catalyst for fuel cells exhibits performance similar to Pt; hydroxide exchange membrane fuel cells

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Researchers at the University of Delaware, with a colleague at the Beijing University of Chemical Technology, have developed a composite catalyst—nickel nanoparticles supported on nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes—that exhibits hydrogen oxidation activity in alkaline electrolyte similar to platinum-group metals. 1 M KOH.

Berkeley Lab team directly probes solid/liquid interface of electrochemical double layer

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—Hubert Gasteiger, a chemistry professor at the Technical University of Munich. —Favaro. Favaro et al. Click to enlarge. Resources.

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University of Alberta Researchers Find That Oil Sands Industry Is Releasing More Pollutants Into Athabasca River System Than Previously Estimated

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New research from a team at the University of Alberta, Canada, finds that Alberta’s oilsands industry is releasing more pollutants into the Athabasca River, its tributaries and its watershed than previously estimated. An open access article on their study was published online in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Cambridge team demonstrates light-driven photoreforming of unprocessed biomass to H2 at room temperature

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The technology was developed in the Christian Doppler Laboratory for Sustainable SynGas Chemistry at the University of Cambridge. Resources.

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NREL reveals thermoelectric potential for tailored semiconducting carbon nanotubes

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The research appears in the journal Nature Energy , and is a collaboration between NREL, Professor Yong-Hyun Kim's group at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, and Professor Barry Zink's group at the University of Denver. Carbon nanotubes, which are organic, are lighter and more flexible. —Andrew Ferguson. Resources.

Avoiding Obstacles Safely at High Speed: An Optimal Control Approach for Driving Heavy Autonomous Ground Vehicles Close to their Dynamic Limits

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The detailed mathematical formulation is complex and will not be discussed in detail in this article. by Paul N. Blumberg, PhD. References. [

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Researchers show mixotrophic fermentation process improves carbon conversion, boosting yields and reducing CO2

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In addition, when enough reductant (i.e., H 2 ) was provided, the fermentation emitted no CO 2. —Jones et al. The s.d. Jones et al. Resources.

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OSU team develops new aqueous lithium-iodine solar flow battery; 20% energy savings over Li-I batteries

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Bottom: prototype under development at The Ohio State University. Photo by Kevin Fitzsimons, courtesy of The Ohio State University.

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Polymer microcapsules with liquid carbonate cores and silicone shells offer a new approach to carbon capture

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Image courtesy of John Vericella, Chris Spadaccini, and Roger Aines, LLNL; James Hardin and Jennifer Lewis, Harvard University; and Nature.)

Failed Local Paper Put Out Of Its Misery - By Creative Greenius!

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I intend to read the Breeze’s few local articles of community interest for free on their highly unattractive website. million sq.

Researchers boost performance of lithium-rich cathode material 30-40% by creating oxygen vacancies

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—Shirley Meng, nanoengineering professor at the University of California San Diego and one of the principal investigators. C-rate and 1.0

Who is winning the green car race? The Green Piece

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As part of a partnership with Renault, Nissan will launch the LEAF in Europe and North America in 2010 before a global release in 2012 (see article ).

ORNL, XALT show nanoscale alumina coating on layered oxide cathode materials substantially improves Li-ion battery performance

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Wood, Claus Daniel, Subhash Dhar, Vishal Mahajan, Myongjai Lee & Fabio Albano (2016) “Modification of Ni-Rich FCG NMC and NCA Cathodes by Atomic Layer Deposition: Preventing Surface Phase Transitions for High-Voltage Lithium-Ion Batteries” Scientific Reports 6, Article number: 26532 doi: 10.1038/srep26532. V and 4.4 V —Mohanty et al.

New highly selective and efficient catalyst for reduction of CO2 to CO

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Researchers at the University of Delaware have developed a highly selective nanoporous silver catalyst capable of electrochemically reducing carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide with 92% efficiency. The carbon monoxide then can be used to produce synthetic fuels and chemicals. The researcher reported their findings in Nature Communications.

U Toronto studies find traffic emissions spread farther than thought; 25% of cars causing 90% of pollution

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Source: University of Toronto. One in three Canadians, and half of all Torontonians, lives within 250 meters of at least one major roadway.

MIT analysis finds current EVs could replace ~90% of personal vehicles now on the road based on driver’s energy consumption

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The work was supported by the New England University Transportation Center at MIT, the MIT Leading Technology and Policy Initiative, the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology, the Charles E. Together, the two datasets encompass millions of trips made by drivers all around the country. —Jessika Trancik. Jeremy J. Resources.

Researchers demonstrate electrochemical synthesis of ammonia from air and water under mild conditions

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Researchers from the University of Strathclyde and the University of St. Scientific Reports 3, Article number: 1145 doi: 10.1038/srep01145. In addition to providing a less carbon-intensive pathway for ammonia, their process could also reduce the pressure on renewable energy storage, they note. million tons) in that year.

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SLAC, Utrecht Univ. team visualize poisoning of FCC catalysts used in gasoline production; seeing changes in pore network materials

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—co-lead researcher Florian Meirer, assistant professor of inorganic chemistry and catalysis at Utrecht University. —Yijin Liu.

UCR team finds adding even small amounts of tin to Si-based anode greatly improves charge capacity and cycling stability

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In this latest work, the UCR team is tackling the conductivity issue. The addition of even minor amounts (as low as 2.2% C rate. Zhong et al. Zhong, C.

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Opinion: China To Continue Expanding Its Influence In The Oil And Gas Sector

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John Manfreda received his MBA at Trinity University. Article Source: [link]. by John Manfreda for Since 2009, China has been taking a much more active role in its pursuit of international oil contracts. In 2009, for the first time, Saudi Arabia exported more of its oil to China than it did to the U.S. China Oil Opinion

First experimentally observed all-boron fullerene shows promise for hydrogen storage

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Researchers from Soochow University in China report that the newly found B 40 —the first experimentally observed all-boron fullerene—when coated with 6 titanium atoms (Ti 6 B 40 ) can store up to 34 hydrogen molecules, corresponding to a maximum gravimetric density of 8.7 wt%. According to their DFT calculations, it takes 0.2-0.4 eV/H

BNL team develops very high capacity ternary metal fluoride cathode material for Li-ion batteries

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Vajo, John Wang & Jason Graetz (2015) “Ternary metal fluorides as high-energy cathodes with low cycling hysteresis” Nature Communications 6, Article number: 6668 doi: 10.1038/ncomms7668. Source: BNL. Click to enlarge. Measurements also indicate that these new materials could yield a cathode that is extremely energy-efficient. Resources.

TU Graz researchers identify singlet oxygen as major cause of deleterious side reactions in Li-air batteries; suggested approach to counter

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Researchers led by a team from Graz University of Technology (TU Graz) in Austria have shown that singlet oxygen ( 1 O 2 ) forms in the cathode of a Li–O 2 battery during discharge and from the onset charge, and that it is responsible for a major fraction of side products that cause fast ageing in the battery. to 3.9 V versus Li/Li +.

Stanford team develops new low-voltage single-catalyst water splitter for hydrogen production

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Researchers at Stanford University have developed a new low-voltage, single-catalyst water splitter that continuously generates hydrogen and oxygen.

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NREL LCA Harmonization Project delivers meta-analyses of lifecycle GHG emissions for energy technologies

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Each article describes the details of the calculations for each step of harmonization. Each article took a slightly different approach, demonstrating the flexibility of the harmonization approach. Also helping with the findings were subcontractors and researchers from the DOE’s Brookhaven National Laboratory. As a relatively young ?eld

Black carbon is a much larger cause of climate change than previously assessed; about twice previous estimates, and 2/3 the effect of CO2

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—co-author Professor Piers Forster from the University of Leeds’s School of Earth and Environment in the United Kingdom. Click to enlarge.

Porous V2O5 cathode material for Li-ion batteries shows excellent low-temperature behavior

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2011, Advance Article doi: 10.1039/C0JM04398B. SEM images of the V 2 O 5 porous spheres with particle size of ~450 nm (a), and ~700 nm (b).

Prius Vs Volt Video, Tesla Reliability, Mercedes On Electric Cars: The Week In Reverse (Video)

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Who answered questions from French university students about renewable energy and the climate--and gave us our longest article ever?

Harvard Faculty Advisory Council: “major periodical subscriptions cannot be sustained”

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Even though scholarly output continues to grow and publishing can be expensive, profit margins of 35% and more suggest that the prices we must pay do not solely result from an increasing supply of new articles. In its memo, the FAC noted that Harvard’s annual cost for journals from these providers now approaches $3.75 million. Brief

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New KOSi method for ultra-deep desulfurization of fuels to ~ 2ppm S

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The method uses Earth-abundant materials (potassium (K), oxygen (O), and silicon (Si)—hence its name, “KOSi”) and operates under mild conditions.

USC researchers outline their proposed anthropogenic chemical carbon cycle; the Methanol Economy

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Journal of the American Chemical Society Article ASAP doi: g/10.1021/ja202642. Anthropogenic chemical carbon cycle. Click to enlarge. Resources.

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Global biofuels production up 17% in 2010 to hit all-time high of 105 billion liters

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The new Vital Signs Online article highlights both the increases in global production of biofuels and the factors behind this growth.

Northwestern team devises new computational design framework for optimized coatings for Li-ion cathodes to prolong cycle life

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Researchers at Northwestern University, with a colleague from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, have developed a new computational design framework that can pinpoint optimal materials with which to coat the cathode in lithium-ion batteries. —Aykol et al. —Christopher Wolverton. Resources. Batteries Materials

New nanoparticle copper compound cathode could enable low-cost, long-life and high-power potassium-ion batteries for grid storage

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Funding for the research was provided by the US Department of Energy and the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. Nature Communications 2, Article number: 550 doi: 10.1038/ncomms1563. A team at Stanford led by Prof. In a paper in Nature Communications , they report that after 40,000 deep discharge cycles at a 17?C

Yissum offering novel high-performance anode for sodium-ion batteries; antimony sulphide nanoparticle-coated graphene

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Yissum , the Research and Development Company of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is offering a novel anode for sodium-ion batteries (Na-ion, NIB) which enables the production of a battery with high capacity, excellent rate capability and good cycle performance. Yissum is the technology transfer company of the University. 1 at 50?mA?g