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Golar and Schlumberger form OneLNG JV; targeting development of low cost gas reserves to LNG

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Golar LNG Limited and Schlumberger have formed OneLNG, a joint venture to develop rapidly low cost gas reserves to LNG. OneLNG will be the exclusive vehicle for all projects that involve the conversion of natural gas to LNG, which require both Schlumberger Production Management services and Golar’s FLNG expertise. Brief

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Harvard team demonstrates new metal-free organic–inorganic aqueous flow battery; potential breakthrough for low-cost grid-scale storage

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The design permits larger amounts of energy to be stored at lower cost than with traditional batteries. Cell schematic. Huskinson et al.

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EPFL team develops low-cost water splitting cell with solar-to-hydrogen efficiency of 12.3%

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By combining a pair of perovskite solar cells and low price electrodes without using rare metals, scientists have obtained a 12.3% Credit: EPFL.

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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New catalysts convert ethanol to butanol with high selectivity; potential low-cost upgrade for ethanol plants

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Researchers at the University of Bristol (UK) have developed a new family of catalysts that enables the conversion of ethanol into n-butanol—a higher alcohol with better characteristics for transportation applications than ethanol—with selectivity of more than 95% at good conversion. —Professor Duncan Wass. Resources.

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

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Under the FOCUS program, projects will develop advanced solar converters that turn sunlight into electricity for immediate use, while also producing heat that can be stored at low cost for later use as well as innovative storage systems that accept both heat and electricity from variable solar sources. Earlier post.). Source: ARPA-E.

RAL proposes new efficient and low-cost process to crack ammonia for hydrogen using sodium amide; transportation applications

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The reverse reaction may have a similarly transformative potential, where the decomposition of ammonia into nitrogen and hydrogen enables the provision of hydrogen for a low-carbon energy economy. Arguably, this focus may have diminished the consideration of reversibility, cost, and practicality of use of these materials. The Haber?Bosch

SPX and Aker Wade partner to develop new low-cost fast chargers for EVs

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The new charge station is designed to be a low-cost, wall-mounted indoor unit aimed initially at vehicle dealerships. It features an ergonomically designed connector handle for easy and safe operation and utilizes high frequency power conversion technology for efficient power delivery. Earlier post.)

Saudi Aramco R&D proposes SuperButol as new low-cost high-octane blend component

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A team from Saudi Aramco Research and Development Center has developed a novel low-cost, high-octane gasoline blend component it calls SuperButol.

LeMond Composites licenses ORNL low-cost carbon fiber manufacturing process; transportation, renewable energy, & infrastructure

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Founded in 2016, LeMond Composites is focused on the manufacture of high-volume, low-cost carbon fiber composites. Earlier post.)

Bio-inspired molybdenum sulfide catalyst offers low-cost and efficient photo-electrochemical water splitting to produce hydrogen

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The DTU researchers created a device to harvest the energy from part of the solar spectrum and used it to power the conversion of single hydrogen ions into hydrogen gas. Image courtesy of Christian D. Damsgaard, Thomas Pedersen and Ole Hansen, Technical University of Denmark. Click to enlarge. —Hou et al. —Søren Dahl. Resources.

Velodyne LiDAR announces new design for miniaturized, low-cost solid-state LiDAR sensors using GaN technology

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Velodyne LiDAR announced a new design for a solid-state LiDAR sensor that can deliver a subsystem cost of less than US$50 when sold in high-volume manufacturing scale. The design consolidates components and results in significant advances in sensor miniaturization, reliability, and cost reduction. —Dr.

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

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Schematic comparing the cost and dispatchability of PV to CSP with thermal storage. Cost per unit of delivered exergy from converter. ?.

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

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LanzaTech has been selected by the Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) to receive a $4-million award to design and plan a demonstration-scale facility using industrial off gases to produce 3 million gallons/year of low-carbon jet and diesel fuels. The LanzaTech award was one of six totaling $12.9 million.

GWU team develops low-cost, high-yield one-pot synthesis of carbon nanofibers from atmospheric CO2

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A team led by Dr. Stuart Licht at The George Washington University in Washington, DC has developed a low-cost, high-yield and scalable process for the electrolytic conversion of atmospheric CO 2 dissolved in molten carbonates into carbon nanofibers (CNFs.) Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Emissions MaterialsResources.

XL Hybrids, Henley Transmission Services partner to certify AAMCO for hybrid conversion installation, servicing

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developer of a low-cost hybrid electric powertrain designed specifically for class 1-3 commercial fleet use ( earlier post ), has signed an agreement with Henley Transmission Services, LLC, the largest franchise holder of AAMCO automotive service centers, to certify AAMCO technicians to install and service XL Hybrids’ hybrid-electric conversions.

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MIT team outlines path to low-cost solar-to-fuels devices; the artificial leaf

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The original demonstration leaf in 2011 had low efficiencies, converting less than 4.7% Source: Winkler et al. 2013 Click to enlarge. volts.

New nickel-gallium catalyst could lead to low-cost, clean production of methanol; small-scale, low-pressure devices

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In their paper, they suggested that this is a first step towards the development of small-scale low-pressure devices for CO 2 reduction to methanol. we report the discovery of a new, non-precious metal catalyst working at low pressure with similar or higher methanol yield than the current Cu/ZnO/Al2O 3 methanol synthesis catalyst.

Johnson Controls to supply Li-ion pack for XL Hybrids aftermarket system; Class 1 to 3 commercial vehicle hybrid electric powertrain

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developer of a low-cost hybrid electric powertrain designed specifically for class 1 to 3 commercial fleet use ( earlier post ), signed a one-year supply agreement with Johnson Controls, Inc. kWh Li-ion packs for use in XL’s aftermarket hybrid conversion system. Batteries Conversions HybridsXL Hybrids, Inc., for 1.8

Symbio targets European taxi market with fuel cell range extender in Nissan e-NV200; 500 km range

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The customized e-NV200 offers taxi drivers a similar total cost of ownership to a hybrid taxi, but with the range of an internal combustion engine.

Ashwoods launch low cost electric motor range

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The axial flux magnet motor made its formal debut at the Engine Expo in Stuttgart this week under its Ashwoods Electric [.]. Green credentials

Waste Management and Renmatix to explore conversion of urban waste to low-cost cellulosic sugar via supercritical hydrolysis

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The strategic investment and alliance aims to expand the feedstock flexibility of Renmatix’s proprietary Plantrose process beyond rural biomass to include materials derived from cost-effective and readily available urban waste material such as that managed by Waste Management. Waste Management, Inc. Earlier post.). Biomass Biorefinery Fuels

MIT Researchers Identify New Low-Cost Water-Splitting Catalyst

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The Ni-B i films can be prepared with precise thickness control and operate at modest overpotential providing an alternative to the Co catalyst for applications in solar energy conversion. MIT Prof. Earlier post.). Materials for the new catalyst are even more abundant and inexpensive than those required for the first. B i ). et al. Resources.

Calysta Energy engineering organisms to convert methane to low-cost liquid hydrocarbons; BioGTL process

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Start-up Calysta Energy plans to use methane as a feedstock for engineered organisms to produce liquid hydrocarbon fuels and high value chemicals that are cost-effective, scalable and reduce environmental impact. Conversion method. Click to enlarge. One of the most surprising outcomes of the project, Ward et al. capsulatus. Pyrolysis.

Independent testing shows 21.2% reduction in fuel consumption with XL Hybrids retrofit system

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XL Hybrids’ hybrid electric powertrain is a low-cost, low-risk, bolt-on, post-transmission parallel hybrid technology designed for Class 1–3 commercial vehicles that integrates seamlessly with the conventional internal combustion engine and transmission. Our focus has always been from day one to be cost-effective.

Novozymes and Sea6Energy collaborating on the conversion of seaweed to sugars for production of fuels and chemicals

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Novozymes will research, develop, and manufacture enzymes for the conversion process, while Sea6 Energy contributes its offshore seaweed cultivation technology. Novozymes’ Indian arm will work closely with Sea6 Energy to develop the conversion technology. —Per Falholt, Executive Vice President and CSO of Novozymes. Biomass Fuel

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CalTech, Berkeley Lab team uses new high-throughput method to identify promising photoanodes for solar fuels

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JCAP is a DOE Energy Innovation Hub focused on developing a cost-effective method of turning sunlight, water, and CO 2 into fuel. Resources.

Agrivida and Syngenta Ventures to collaborate on low-cost sugars from cellulosic biomass for fuels and chemicals

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Agrivida’s plant traits aim to eliminate those enzyme production costs for producers. Poster from 2010 ARPA-E Summit. Click to enlarge.

Iowa State researchers developing low-cost thermochemical process to produce sugars from biomass for bio-fuels and -chemicals; pyrolytic molasses

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Low-cost sugars from biomass are a key enabler for many production pathways for bio-based fuels and chemicals. Brown and Iowa State researchers are presenting present their ideas and findings during tcbiomass2011 , the International Conference on Thermochemical Conversion Science in Chicago. ISU’s Robert C.

Cellulosic sugars company Renmatix raises $14M from Bill Gates, Total

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We want to make low-carbon businesses a profitable growth driver accounting for 20% of our portfolio in 20 years’ time. The patented Plantrose process uses supercritical water to reduce costs in conversion of biomass to cellulosic sugars, the critical intermediary for second-generation biochemicals and biofuels. Brief

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Avantium acquires Liquid Light; electrocatalysis to convert CO2 to chemicals

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Liquid Light has developed proprietary process technology to make major chemicals from low-cost, globally-abundant carbon dioxide. It will extend our capabilities beyond catalytic conversion of biomass. Renewable chemicals company Avantium has acquired the assets of Liquid Light. —Tom van Aken, CEO of Avantium. Brief

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Ford first automaker to use captured CO2 to develop foam and plastic for vehicles

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Novomer is commercializing a proprietary catalyst system that transforms waste CO 2 into high performance, low-cost polymers for a variety of applications, including foam and plastic that are easily recyclable. Low Catalyst Cost. Low Finished Polymer Cost. Among these companies is Novomer. Some 2.4

Stanford’s GCEP awards $10.5M for research on renewable energy; solar cells, batteries, renewable fuels and bioenergy

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The mineral perovskite is a promising, low-cost material for enhancing the efficiency of silicon solar cells. The goal of this project is to develop a hybrid perovskite-silicon solar cell that significantly improves the light-to-energy conversion efficiency of conventional cells. efficiency, low-cost silicon solar cells.

DOE awarding $15M to 3 algae-based biofuel and bioproducts projects

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding up to $15 million for three projects aimed at reducing the production costs of algae-based biofuels and bioproducts through improvements in algal biomass yields. Global Algae Innovations. Global Algae Innovations Inc., Algenol Biotech LLC. MicroBio Engineering, Inc. MicroBio Engineering, Inc.,

Stanford GCEP awards $6.6M to 7 projects; focus on combining energy conversion with carbon-neutral fuel production

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million to seven research teams—six from Stanford and one from Carnegie Mellon University—to advance research on technologies for renewable energy conversion to electricity or fuels and for capturing CO 2 emissions and converting CO 2 to fuels. Stanford’s Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP) is awarding $6.6

GWU team demonstrates one-pot process for optimized synthesis of controlled CNTs from CO2; coupling cement and C2CNT

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This synthesis consumes only CO 2 and electricity, and is constrained only by the cost of electricity. —Ren et al. Licht (2017).

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DOE selects 7 gasification projects for funding; focus on reducing cost of coal conversion

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The projects conducted through this program are geared toward reducing the cost of coal conversion and mitigating the environmental impacts of fossil-fueled power generation. DOE: $650,000 Non DOE: $162,500 Total: $812,500 (20% cost share). DOE: $564,201 Non DOE: $141,148 Total: $705,349 (20% cost share). Description.

Winners of 2012 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge

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in the Small Business category for their groundbreaking work using metathesis catalysis to produce high-performing, green specialty chemicals at advantageous costs from renewable oils. His approach also uses a low-cost feedstock. Bio-polymers Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Catalysts EnzymesShakhashiri, Ph.D.,

NCSU team develops catalyst for thermal hybrid water-splitting and syngas generation with exceptional conversion; H2 gas and liquid fuels

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In contrast, previously reported ferrite materials typically exhibit 20% or lower steam to hydrogen conversion. 2FeO 3-? Image credit: Feng He.

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Conversion of glucose to 5-HMF over solid acid catalyst

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Although fructose can be converted to 5-HMF with high yield via acid-catalyzed dehydration, fructose is costly. With its low cost and wide supply, the conversion of glucose to HMF has attracted the interests of researchers. hours at 180 °C over Zr(H 2 PO 4 ) 2 with ratio of 1:1; glucose conversion was 94.83%.