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DOE to support possible siting of NuScale-designed small modular reactor at Idaho National Lab

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced that an agreement has been reached to support possible siting of an innovative small modular reactor (SMR) project within DOE’s Idaho National Laboratory (INL) site. The SMR design for the CFPP is being provided by NuScale Power. Brief

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Live in Idaho and Want an Electric Car? You're In For a Long Wait

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According to the Idaho Business Review, Idaho could be that state, with both the 2012 Chevrolet Volt and 2012 Nissan Leaf unavailable at present. If California is the undisputed capital of electric cars in North America, which state is its antithesis?

Live in Idaho and Want an Electric Car? You're In For a Long Wait

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According to the Idaho Business Review, Idaho could be that state, with both the 2012 Chevrolet Volt and 2012 Nissan Leaf unavailable at present. If California is the undisputed capital of electric cars in North America, which state is its antithesis?

Could Solar Roads Meet Our Power Needs? Crowdfunding Project Begins

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Idaho-based Solar Roadways aims to do just that, and is crowdfunding a project to manufacture its interlocking solar panels on a wider

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DOE Study: Focus Charging Around Homes, Workplaces, ‘Hot Spots’

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That’s one potentially surprising conclusion resulting from a new analysis of charging habits, released by the Idaho National Laboratory this week. Public charging infrastructure isn’t actually needed everywhere to accomplish wider electric-vehicle adoption. The results from the U.S. Department of Energy lab are based around the.

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11 states assessing fees on EV owners in lieu of traditional fuel taxes

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Idaho is the only state that has a fee for conventional hybrid electric vehicles (without a plug). Source: DOE EERE. Click to enlarge. Brief

DOE awards $18M to 5 projects to accelerate development of plug-in electric vehicles & use of other alternative fuels

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million to accelerate PEV adoption by developing electric highway corridors along I-15, I-80, I-70, and I-84 in Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming. Odyne Systems, LLC will receive $2.9 Blue Bird Body Company will receive $4.9 Blossman Services will receive $2 million to develop a 4.3L PacifiCorp will receive $3.9

NuScale Power submits industry-first certification application for small modular reactor to NRC

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The first commercial 12-module NuScale power plant is planned to be built on the site of the Idaho National Laboratory.

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OriginOil in CRADA with Idaho National Lab for algae processing standards

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the developer of a technology to extract oil from algae, announced the funding of a new research agreement with the Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory (INL). OriginOil, Inc., primary effort will be to integrate algae with terrestrial biomass sources to achieve large-scale biofuels production. —Deborah T. Brief

Wireless charging bench testing complete, proving interoperability and validating SAE TIR J2954

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Idaho National Lab and TDK has provided invaluable bench data to validate SAE J2954 Wireless Power Transfer. Earlier post.) Click to enlarge.

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Idaho National Laboratory Co-Sponsors Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Conference

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The Idaho National Laboratory co-sponsored a conference in Seattle just weeks ago titled, "Beyond Oil: The Sustainable Communities Initiative." The focus of the conference was to discuss the future of electric vehicles and their related infrastructure. 

Solar-powered prototype could be the road of the future

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Idaho-based Solar Roadways came up with [.]. Green credentials Federal Highways Idaho renewable road solar power Solar Roadways

US DOE Offers $2B Conditional Loan Guarantee for Front End Nuclear Facility in Idaho

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The $2-billion loan guarantee will support AREVA’s Eagle Rock Enrichment Facility near Idaho Falls, Idaho, which will supply uranium enrichment services for the US nuclear power industry. The Idaho Falls facility will use advanced centrifuge technology instead of the more energy-intensive gaseous diffusion process. billion.

SAE J2954 Wireless Charging on track to make decision for WPT 2 (7.7kW) in January; planned commercialization in 2020

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The current timing plan projects a commercial rollout of Wireless Power Transfer infrastructure by 2020. 85%-95%).

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Idaho National Lab Nominates Supercritical/Solid Catalyst for Biodiesel Production for R&D 100 Awards

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Idaho National Laboratory has nominated its supercritical/solid catalyst for biodiesel production from waste fats, oils and greases for the R&D 100 Awards. scaled SSC in a successful demonstration of the technology at a pilot plant in American Falls, Idaho. INL has won 41 R&D 100 Awards since 1986. BioFuelBox, Inc. MicroSight.

OriginOil and Idaho National Lab to develop direct conversion of algae into renewable crude oil for existing oil refineries

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the developer of a technology to extract oil from algae, plans to co-develop an integrated system with the US Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory (INL) for direct conversion of raw algae into a renewable crude oil that can be used by existing petroleum refineries. OriginOil, Inc., —Riggs Eckelberry, OriginOil CEO. Brief

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Exide Technologies, SRNL and University of Idaho to Collaborate to Advance Lead-Acid Battery Chemistry

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Exide Technologies entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the US Department of Energy’s Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) and the University of Idaho to develop and commercialize improvements on lead-acid battery technology for applications including hybrid electric vehicles and renewable energy storage.

Update: SAE J2954 wireless charging validation to 11kW, Recommended Practice to enable autonomous vehicle parking and charging in 2017

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Earlier post.). All of this with a specification to charge with high efficiencies over an air gap of 250mm (10 inches). —Jesse Schneider.

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$50M Battery500 consortium targeting battery pack with specific energy of 500 Wh/kg

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Idaho National Laboratory. The team in this 5-year project hopes to reach these goals by focusing on lithium-metal batteries, which use lithium instead of graphite for the battery’s anode. The team will pair lithium with two different materials for the cathode. SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. Stanford University. Batteries

PNNL managing new Lightweight Materials National Lab Consortium

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To date, the LightMAT network includes Ames Laboratory; Argonne National Laboratory; Idaho National Laboratory; Los Alamos National Laboratory; Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; National Renewable Energy Laboratory; Oak Ridge National Laboratory; Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; and Sandia National Laboratories. Brief

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2016 Billion Ton Report shows US could sustainably produce at least 1B tons biomass by 2040 for bioeconomy

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The report uses scientific modeling systems to project biomass resource availability under specified economic and sustainability constraints.

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WiTricity collaborating with Nissan on wireless charging for EVs

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In December 2016, bench testing for the J2954 taskforce at Idaho National Laboratory demonstrated interoperability between the so-called Double D (DD) and Circular Topologies between 3.7 to 7.7 kW with efficiencies exceeding 85-90% under aligned conditions. Earlier post.). Earlier post.) Earlier post.).

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US vehicle miles travelled up 3% in first 9 months of 2016 to 2.4 trillion miles

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US driving topped 2.4 trillion miles in the first nine months of 2016, an increase of 3.0% billion miles were driven in September 2016 alone—a 2.4%

US and Belgium sign nuclear energy R&D collaboration agreement

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The United States Department of Energy (DOE) and Belgium’s Studiecentrum voor Kernenergie/Centre d’Etude de l’Energie Nucléaire (SCK•CEN) (also known as the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) concerning cooperation in nuclear energy research and development. Brief

Upcoming workshop for SAE J2954 wireless power transfer status and testing in California

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TDK and Idaho National Laboratory will provide the view from labs. The workshop is the day before the SAE 2017 Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Technologies Symposium , also in San Diego. Toyota, Nissan and GM will provide technology application examples, while Lear, Witricity and Qualcomm will discuss their particular technologies.

INL releases results of testing of Evatran Plugless 3.3 kW Level 2 wireless charging system

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System efficiency at 100mm gap for 3.3kW output plotted against primary coil position relative to secondary coil (mm). Source: INL. Click to enlarge.

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SAE International approves TIR J2954 for PH/EV wireless charging; targeting finalized standard by 2018

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TIR J2954 WPT compatible systems have been built by automakers and suppliers and are currently under test with a cross-industry team with the US Department of Energy, Idaho and Argonne National Labs. Earlier post.) The document will be available from the SAE website on 31 May. with the same charging ability. Jesse Schneider.

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WiTricity announces Tunable Matching Network technology; optimization of power transfer between ground and vehicle

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The WiTricity TMN technology was recently tested by Idaho National Laboratory (INL), with funding from the US Department of Energy, to support validation of the SAE Technical Information Report (TIR) J2954. Earlier post.). SAE International, through its J2954 Committee, is at the forefront of defining standards for wireless charging.

Argonne rolls out updated version of AFLEET alternative fuels and advanced vehicles analysis tool

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The US Department of Energy (DOE’s) Argonne National Laboratory is releasing an updated version of its AFLEET tool to reflect the latest advances in alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies and updated emissions data. The 2016 AFLEET Tool and user guide are available online. AFLEET is an important resource for this effort.

General Atomics launches bid for DOE small modular reactor program with EM2

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Idaho National Laboratory offers capabilities to test the new EM 2 fuel system. Each module would produce about 240 MWe of power at 850 °C.

Obama Administration announces actions to sustain and advance nuclear energy in US

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As an initiating step, Idaho National Lab will serve as the GAIN integrator for Office of Nuclear Energy capabilities. In 2014, nuclear power generated about 60% of carbon-free electricity in the United States, and continues to play a major role in efforts to reduce carbon emissions from the power sector. Nuclear Policy

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Western Hydrogen produces first hydrogen from Molten Salt Gasification pilot plant

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Molten Salt Gasification Process. Click to enlarge. CO + H 2 ) at similar pressures. Advantages of combining MSG with FT include heat integration (i.e.

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ANSI convening EV codes and standards workshop

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The workshop will consider current and future US domestic, regional, and international standards, codes, conformity assessment activities, and education and training initiatives. The input from the workshop will go into a report to be prepared afterwards. Brief

INL cuts fuel consumption by 20 per cent

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Idaho International Laboratory (INL) is celebrating some remarkable fuel consumption figures having reduced its fuel use by 20.2 Tags: Green cars Latest news cutting fuel use fuel consumption Idaho National Laboratory per cent during the first nine months of Fiscal Year 2009. Its fleet cars and pick-up trucks are also being modernised.

Wireless charging J2954 testing to 11 kW in 2017 for LD, HD starting up to 250 kW; autonomous charging and infrastructure proposal for California

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In addition, eight OEMs have light-duty vehicle testing planned to begin in third quarter for WPT 1-3 which is scheduled to be completed in 2018.

PHEVLERs are the Zero CO2 Clean Green Machines of the Future

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by Professor Andrew Alfonso Frank, CTO Efficient Drivetrains Inc. and UC-Davis Emeritus and Bruce R. Thomas. Abstract. The Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle with Long Electric Range (PHEVLER - pronounced “fevler”) is a new category emerging in the electric vehicle marketplace. About the authors. Dr. Andrew A. Dr. Bruce R. He has a Ph.D. and Andrew A.

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ZeaChem signs contract to develop advanced drop-in biofuels beyond cellulosic ethanol

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The USDA AFRI Regional CAP is led by the University of Washington and includes GreenWood Resources, Oregon State University, Washington State University, the University of California, Davis, University of Idaho, and the Agricultural Center for Excellence. Zeachem uses an acetogen to ferment biomass-derived sugars to acetic acid.

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Updated energy life-cycle assessment of soybean biodiesel finds fossil energy ratio of 5.54; significant improvement from earlier studies

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2009), and Sheehan et al. 1998). Pradhan et al. 2011) Click to enlarge. using 2006 agricultural data. This marks a major improvement over the FER of 3.2

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NanoSteel and AK Steel deliver next-gen advanced high-strength steel to GM

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NanoSteel has conducted on-going research and development at the company’s R&D laboratory in Idaho Falls to build upon that foundational technology.

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ORNL assessment finds >65 GW of untapped hydropower in US rivers and streams

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The greatest hydropower potential was found in western US states, including Alaska, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.