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Argonne LCA study finds many alternative fuels consume more water than petroleum and natural gas fuels

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They found that many alternative fuels consume larger quantities of water on a per km basis than traditional petroleum and natural gas pathways.

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Stanford team sets record for solar-to-hydrogen efficiency of solar water splitting: >30%

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However, the thermodynamic minimum voltage required to electrolyse water is only 1.23 V at 300 K, with practical operating voltages in the range of 1.5–1.9 V.

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Texas: From Shale Boom to Water Revolution

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At the same time, the new technology uses no chemicals, rendering it quite possibly the ‘greenest’ water processing technology in operation today.

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Detailed snapshots of photosynthesis at room temperature using SLAC’s X-ray laser show water-splitting reaction

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Zeroing in on water-splitting. The complex uses the energy from light to form pure oxygen from two water molecules. Resources. I.

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DOE releases report on water-energy nexus

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Present day water and energy systems are tightly intertwined. Water is used in all phases of energy production and electricity generation.

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

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Audi’s latest e-fuels project is participation in a a pilot plant project in Dresden that produces diesel fuel from water, CO 2 and green electricity.

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Electric Surfboard: Lampuga Shows Electricity Works In Water Too

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DON''T MISS: Electric Boats: As In Cars, Battery Power Offers Advantages On The Water Who said water and electricity don''t mix?

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BMW: Water Injection Can Boost Power And Cut Fuel Consumption

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Electric cars and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles may get a lot of attention, but every carmaker is still searching for ways to improve the fuel efficiency of internal-combustion engines. At its Innovation Days 2015 event in Miramas, France, BMW showed off one of several new technologies it's working on to reduce fuel consumption in its future.

The Game-Changing Water Revolution: Interview with Stanley Weiner

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Globally, water demand is threatening to dangerously outpace supply, while in the US, dry states such as Texas and California are suffering from shortages and the future forebodes more suffering. For the North American shale boom, the lack of water is suffocating. How we can turn toilet water into tap water.

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Future BMW M4 To Use Water Injection For Power, Efficiency At Same Time

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BMW recently demonstrated water injection on a small hatchback, but its first planned production use of the feature will be on quite a different type of car. At the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, the carmaker unveiled the M4 GTS concept--a hardcore version of its current M4 sports coupe.

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Salt water powered sports car revealed

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Meet the Quant e-Sportlimousine – a salt water powered sports car which has recently been accepted as street-legal in Germany. Latest News

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Fisker Factory, BMW M4 Water Injection, Electric-Car Charging In Roads: Today's Car News

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Today, Fisker signs a lease for its new California assembly plant, a new version of the BMW M4 debuts with efficiency-boosting water injection, and England plans to experiment with wireless electric-car charging infrastructure built into roads. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Today in Car News

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Electric Boats: As In Cars, Battery Power Offers Advantages On The Water

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The world now has something around half a million plug-in electric cars on the roads, and electric propulsion is slowly spreading into other types of transportation. One of them is electric boats, which have been around for more than a century but are now seeing renewed interest. Just as with automobiles at the turn of the last century

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GE and Berkeley Lab developing water-based high energy density flow battery for EVs

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Conceptual design of a water-based flow battery GE scientists are researching as part of ARPA-E’s RANGE program. Click to enlarge. Resources. C.

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Benthic sets new water depth drilling record of 2,776 meters

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Benthic, a global geosciences company, broke its own water depth record using the Portable Remotely Operated Drill unit 3 (PROD3) seabed drill.

GWU team uses one-pot process to co-generate H2 and solid carbon from water and CO2; solar fuels

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One-pot electrolytic process produces H 2 and solid carbon from water and CO 2. Li et al. Click to enlarge. Data source: Li et al. Resources.

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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GM recycles 2M Flint water bottles into fleece for homeless, car parts and air filters

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General Motors is adding 2 million water bottles from Flint, Michigan residents into its Do Your Part water bottle recycling initiative.

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SwRI, UTSA researchers show biochar is low-cost, effective method to treat fracking water

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Researchers at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) and The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) have determined that biochar, a substance produced from plant matter, is a safe, effective and inexpensive method to treat flowback water following hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. —Maoqi Feng, SwRI. —Zhigang Feng, USTA. Brief

New version of Argonne lifecycle model for water footprint of biofuels now includes cellulosic feedstocks

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WATER adopts a water footprint methodology, and contains extensive climate, land use, water resource, and process water data.

Study finds perennial biofuel crops’ water consumption similar to corn

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Evapotranspiration (ET) refers to the sum total of water lost while the plant is growing, either from evaporation through the plant stem itself (a process called “transpiration”), or from water evaporated off of the plant’s leaves or the ground. —Hamilton et al. —Hamilton et al. —Stephen Hamilton. Biomass Fuels

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Nestlé Waters North America adds 155 new medium-duty propane autogas trucks to delivery fleet

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Nestlé Waters North America is adding more than 150 medium-duty beverage delivery trucks fueled by propane autogas. The Nestlé Waters North America propane trucks are used to deliver product to its customers across the country including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., million pounds. Milwaukee and Fort Lauderdale. Brief

Rice team demonstrates plasmonic hot-electron solar water-splitting technology; simpler, cheaper and efficient

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Researchers at Rice have demonstrated an efficient new way to use solar energy for water splitting. Credit: ACS, Robatjazi et al. Resources.

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Transocean sets world water-depth drilling record in 10,385 feet of water off India

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announced that the ultra-deepwater drillship Dhirubhai Deepwater KG1 has set a new world record for the deepest water depth by an offshore drilling rig of 10,385 feet (3,165 meters) of water while working for ONGC off the East coast of India. Transocean Ltd. Brief

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New efficient electrolysis process for direct hydrogen production from biomass; 16.7% of energy required for water electrolysis

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paper on their work is published in the RSC journal Energy and Environmental Science. Heavy interest in POMs began in the 1990s. Resources. Brief

CEA LITEN develops high-temperature electrolyzer for more efficient hydrogen production from water

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The system delivers hydrogen from steam at 150 °C and electricity with power consumption of 3.9 CEA LITEN electrolyzer prototype. Click to enlarge.

Researchers demonstrate water splitting to generate hydrogen using ultra-small Si nanoparticles

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Conventional means of splitting water to produce hydrogen include electrolysis, thermolysis, photocatalysis, and combinations of those.

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Berkeley team develops host-guest nanowires for efficient water splitting and solar energy storage

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An example of such a method is the production of hydrogen by photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting. —Resasco et al. Click to enlarge.

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Ford targeting 30% reduction in water used per vehicle by 2015

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Ford plans to cut the amount of water used to make each vehicle 30% globally by 2015, compared with the amount of water used per vehicle in 2009. If Ford meets the 30% goal, the amount of water used to make a vehicle will have dropped from 9.5 m 3 (2,510 gallons US) in 2000 to approximately 3.5 m 3 (925 gallons US) in 2015.

BNL Researchers develop low-cost, efficient, non-noble metal electrocatalyst to produce hydrogen from water

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Platinum is the gold standard for electrocatalysis, combining low overpotential with high activity for the chemical reactions in water-splitting.

MIT modeling study finds 52% of projected global population in 2050 will live in water-stressed areas

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billion people in 2050 will live in water-stressed areas. The researchers also expect about 1 billion more people to be living in areas where water demand exceeds surface-water supply. large portion of these regions already face water stress—most notably India, Northern Africa and the Middle East. Resources. Gao, A.

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

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Therefore researchers have been seeking a simpler way for synthesis of ammonia from nitrogen separated from air.It is well known that some higher plants can synthesize ammonia or its derivatives directly from air and water at room temperature. Researchers from the University of Strathclyde and the University of St. million tons) in that year.

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HZB, 3M team explores water management in PFIA membranes for fuel cells; better performance at higher temps and low humidity

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Researchers at Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin (HZB) teamed up with 3M to explore the water management in PFIA membranes. Credit: Heike Cords/HZB.

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

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Science published the latest developments in Michael Grätzel''s laboratory at EPFL in the field of hydrogen production from water. Credit: EPFL.

ARPA-E to award $60M to 2 programs: enhancing biomass yield and dry-cooling for thermoelectric power

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The US electric power industry has relied primarily on water cooling technologies to remove low grade heat from thermoelectric power plants.

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Nielsen global survey finds concerns about climate change slipping behind concerns over other environmental issues; air and water pollution top worries, pesticide use #3

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Portugal and Mexico were also the world’s most concerned countries about water shortages and air and water pollution. Source: Nielsen.

EPFL/Technion team develops “champion” nanostructures for efficient solar water-splitting to produce hydrogen

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Fe 2 O 3 (hematite) electrodes that achieve the highest photocurrent of any metal oxide photoanode for photoelectrochemical water-splitting under 100?mW?cm

Swiss team develops effective and low-cost solar water-splitting device; 14.2% solar-to-hydrogen efficiency

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As the V OC of the presented c-Si cells is only ∼600 mV, four cells need to be connected in series to achieve stable water splitting performance.

Electric cars could sound like running water

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The Japanese government could soon introduce legislation requiring electric and hybrid cars to make a minimum noise level.

US DOI report highlights impacts of climate change on Western water resources

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SECURE Water Act Report. Climate Change Climate Change Adaptation WaterSource: DOI. Click to enlarge. Source: DOI. Click to enlarge.