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ORNL team devises electrocatalyst for direct conversion of CO2 into ethanol with high selectivity; pushing the combustion reaction in reverse

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Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Emissions EthanolTheir finding was serendipitous. —Adam Rondinone, lead author. Click to enlarge.

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U of I study: synthetic fuels via CO2 conversion and FT not currently economically & environmentally competitive

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Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Diesel Emissions Fuelspaper detailing the study is published in the ACS journal Energy & Fuels. Li et al.

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European consortium begins demonstration project for conversion of woody biomass to chemicals: BIOFOREVER

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BIOFOREVER (BIO-based products from FORestry via Economically Viable European Routes)—a consortium of 14 European companies—has started a demonstration project for the conversion of woody biomass to value-adding chemical building blocks such as butanol, ethanol, and 2,5–furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA) on an industrial scale.

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

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One way to mitigate high feedstock cost is to maximize conversion into the bioproduct of interest. —Jones et al. The s.d. Jones et al.

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US Navy demos recovery of CO2 and production of H2 from seawater, with conversion to liquid fuel; “Fuel from Seawater”

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Bio-hydrocarbons Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Fuels Hydrogen Production —Dr. Heather Willauer, NRL research chemist.

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Groupe Renault acquires PVI, a specialist in the electrification of Light Commercial Vehicles

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We are very pleased to welcome PVI’s team specializing in electric conversions to Groupe Renault. Conversions Electric (Battery) Fleets

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New 3-step process for conversion of kraft lignin from black liquor into green diesel

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Researchers in Sweden and Spain have devised a three-step process for the conversion of precipitated kraft lignin from black liquor into green diesel. Their paper appears in the journal ChemSusChem. The kraft process converts wood into wood pulp for paper production. tons of black liquor dry solids. Vakkilainnen, from. Globally over 1.3

Argonne team finds copper cluster catalyst effective for low-pressure conversion of CO2 to methanol with high activity

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These CO 2 conversion catalysts work by binding to carbon dioxide molecules, orienting them in a way that is ideal for chemical reactions.

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JCAP team reports first complete “artificial leaf”; >10% solar-to-hydrogen conversion efficiency

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JCAP is a US Department of Energy (DOE) Energy Innovation Hub established at Caltech and its partnering institutions in 2010. Click to enlarge.

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NREL team identifies major metabolic pathway in cyanobacteria for efficient conversion of CO2; better biofuels and bioproducts

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Scientists from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have discovered that a metabolic pathway previously only suggested to be functional in photosynthetic organisms is actually a major pathway and can enable efficient conversion of carbon dioxide to organic compounds. It was a big surprise. —Jianping Yu. —Jianping Yu.

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New catalytic system for conversion of CO2 to methanol shows much higher activity than others now in use

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CH 3 OH conversion not seen over a Cu-Zn alloy. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Catalysts Fuels Methanol Source: BNL. Resources.

California ARB clears XL Hybrids for hybrid van conversions in California; unit on sale

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has received California Air Resources Board (CARB) Executive Order (EO) #D-731-1 allowing aftermarket conversions of gasoline-powered 2012-2014 model year General Motors 2500 and 3500 vans, Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans into hybrid electric vehicles. XL Hybrids, Inc. ERG has facilities in Sacramento, Oakland, Redding and Ontario.

ARPA-E awarding $30M to 12 hybrid solar projects; conversion and storage

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Solar-Concentrating Photovoltaic Mirrors Arizona State University will develop a curved mirror made of solar cells to collect both direct and diffuse sunlight for conversion to electricity and heat. This unique stack design would enable low-cost solar energy conversion systems that can flexibly dispatch electricity when most needed.

Fiat Chrysler Spends $40 Million On Natural-Gas Parts Truck Conversions

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles recently unveiled a fleet of natural-gas vehicles, but they won't be sold to consumers. That's because they're semi trucks, used to deliver parts to assembly plants from FCA suppliers and component-manufacturing facilities. The company is investing $40 million to convert 179 trucks operating throughout the Detroit area to.

DOE awarding up to $80M for supercritical CO2 pilot plant

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Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Emissions Power GenerationDrawing of sCO 2 plant. Click to enlarge. Higher plant efficiency.

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Use Old Electric-Car Batteries To Electrify Used Vans, Carwatt Suggests (Video)

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Paris Renault plug-in cars Commercial vehicle conversionsBut what if that second life were in another vehicle?

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SOLAR-JET project demonstrates solar-driven thermochemical conversion of CO2 and water to jet fuel

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Aviation Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Fuels Solar Solar fuels SOLAR-JET concentrated thermochemical reactor. Click to enlarge. Resources.

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New inexpensive catalyst for conversion of CO2 to CO could help with storage of renewable energy

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As such, development of Bi-based cathodes for conversion of CO 2 to CO would represent an important development for the fields of CO 2 electrocatalysis and renewable energy conversion. DiMeglio and Joel Rosenthal (2013) Selective Conversion of CO2 to CO with High Efficiency Using an Inexpensive Bismuth-Based Electrocatalyst.

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Electric car conversion books are the place to start if you want to build an EV, or convert a gas car to electric

1967 Volkswagen Beetle 'eBug' electric car first drive

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VW plug-in cars conversionsRichard Hugo, of Carpinteria, California, may be the only Tesla Model S owner in the world who prefers to drive his other car. But it’s not as crazy as it sounds; his second set of wheels is a gorgeous blue 1967 Volkswagen Beetle that he’s converted to electric power.

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NREL enzyme enables conversion of biomass to sugar up to 14x faster than current alternatives; changing the economics of conversion

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The enzyme called CelA, a cellulase from the bacterium Caldicellulosiruptor bescii , could thus could change the economics of biofuel conversion.

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New ceramic membrane enables first direct conversion of methane to liquids without CO2 emissions

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Kjølseth (2016) “Direct conversion of methane to aromatics in a catalytic co-ionic membrane reactor” Science doi: 10.1126/science.aag0274.

USDA provides $91M loan guarantee to Cool Planet for biogasoline blendstock plant; biomass pyrolysis and catalytic conversion

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One of the catalytic conversion processes creates the high-octane gasoline blendstock. Source: Cool Planet. Click to enlarge. Earlier post.).

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Researchers suggest approach for boosting Li-S performance; conversion of Li2S to sulfur without polysulfides

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Reaction I corresponds to the direct conversion of Li 2 S to S 8 , following by the dissolution of S 8 in the electrolyte (reaction II).

Audi in new e-fuels project: synthetic diesel from water, air-captured CO2 and green electricity; “Blue Crude”

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Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Fuel Cells Fuels Power Generation liquid process for the production of synthetic fuel. Source: sunfire.

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2014 Chevrolet Cruze: Gasoline, Diesel, Now Natural Gas (Bi-Fuel Conversion)

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The 2014 Chevrolet Cruze is already available with gasoline and diesel engines, and soon it will add compressed natural gas (CNG) to its resume--albeit as an aftermarket conversion. IMPCO will offer a bi-fuel conversion for the 1.4-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged Cruze engine. Talk about covering your bases.

Bath team develops simpler to prepare and effective catalyst for conversion of CO and CO2 to longer chain hydrocarbons

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Researchers at the University of Bath (UK) have developed a new carbon nanotube (CNT)-based iron catalyst for the simplified conversion of CO and CO 2 to longer chain hydrocarbons. The well-known Fischer-Tropsch process for the conversion of carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide has been explored by researchers around the world. Justin P.

Duke's Garage: Electric Car Conversion Shop

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Duke's Garage is an electric car conversion shop, but my favorite thing they've been doing lately is not a conversion. It's a brand new car

EPA updates rules to ease commercialization of alternative fuel conversion systems

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has updated rules making it easier for manufacturers to sell fuel conversion systems—i.e., The updated final rule covers alternative fuel conversion of light-duty vehicles and heavy-duty highway vehicles and engines. Conversions FuelsOverview of Program Elements. Demonstration.

New $30M ARPA-E program to develop new solar conversion and storage technologies; targeting higher solar penetration in mix

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Novel approaches to high T solar conversion. Schematic comparing the cost and dispatchability of PV to CSP with thermal storage. Source: ARPA-E.

DOE awards LanzaTech $4M for low-carbon jet & diesel demo plant; 3M gpy; Audi evaluating fuel properties

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Aviation Bio-hydrocarbons Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Diesel Fuels Vehicle ManufacturersThe LanzaTech award was one of six totaling $12.9 million. Earlier post.). The LanzaTech facility will recycle industrial waste gases from steel manufacturing to produce a low cost ethanol intermediate: “Lanzanol.” Earlier post.). Earlier post.).

PHEV conversion company Echo Automotive completes $3M financing, joins CALSTART

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Echo Automotive, Inc., a developer of technologies enabling the conversion of existing fleet vehicles into plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, completed a $3-million financing with United Fleet Financing, LLC, through a private placement offering and mezzanine financing. —Dan Kennedy, Echo’s CEO. Brief

Omnitek develops diesel-to-natural gas engine conversion kits for Mercedes OM904/OM906

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Diesel to natural gas conversion system. The conversion steps entail: Disassembling original engine. Conversion in progress.

Taiwan’s ITRI introduces cellulosic bio-butanol production technology; pathway with highest carbon conversion yield

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ITRI has shown it can achieve a butyrate yield of 0.70 g/g-sugar, which is 94% of carbon conversion yield. total sugar yield. Source: Tong 2013.

Double catalyst for the direct conversion of syngas to lower olefins

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The first step in such a process would involve the conversion of these materials into syngas through either gasification or steam reforming.

Electric-Car Conversions: Do They Really Stand A Chance?

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One of the first experiences many of today's electric car drivers had with EVs may well have been with a home-built conversion. With comparatively few factory-built electric cars available until quite recently, conversions and low-volume production models were the only ways into electric vehicle ownership.

EPA opens door to consider Carbon Capture and Utilization as part of new Clean Power Plan; algae industry locks on

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Algae Algal Fuels Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Climate Change RegulationsThe plan calls for each US state to establish a plan to meet the targeted reductions. The actual text of the CPP rule is, however, more reserved. carbon capture and storage, CCS—are emerging and may offer the opportunity to offset the cost of CO 2 capture.

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MIT researchers devise simple catalytic system for fixation and conversion of CO2

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reacts with triethylsilane in acetonitrile under an atmosphere of CO 2 to produce formate (69% isolated yield) together with silylated molybdate (quantitative conversion to [MoO 3 (OSiEt 3 )] ? , 50% isolated yield) after 22 hours at 85 °C. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Catalysts Resources.

Researchers develop co-catalyst system for lower cost conversion of CO2 to CO; syngas for synfuels

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high overpotentials are needed to convert CO 2 because the first step in CO 2 conversion is the formation of a “CO 2 ? applied potential of 1.5V—i.e.,

TU Bergakademie Freiberg launches OTTO-R project with VW Group, Shell, OMV as partners; P2X for green gasoline

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Bio-hydrocarbons Biogasoline Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Fuels Power Generation Power-to-Gas Power-to-LiquidsThe new OTTO-R synthesis process is based on the Syngas-To-Fuel-Process (STF) developed by Chemieanlagenbau Chemnitz GmbH (CAC) at the Institute for Energy Process Engineering and Chemical Engineering (IEC). million.

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