ARPA-E announces $12M for five projects in nuclear materials science; first OPEN+ cohort

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The agency decided to create the OPEN+ cohorts—drawing from the large and impressive OPEN 2018 applicant pool—to focus on particular topics in energy where ARPA-E sees significant opportunities to innovate and create new communities. ARPA-E plans to announce a total of nine OPEN+ cohorts throughout late 2018 and early 2019. Accelerated Materials Design for Molten Salt Technologies Using Innovative High-Throughput Methods, University of Wisconsin-Madison, $1,861,820.

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Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center broadening focus to advanced biofuels

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The US Department of Energy launched three Bioenergy Research Centers just over ten years ago ( earlier post ).

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Researchers develop high-strength nanotwinned aluminum alloy

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Zhang (2018) “High-Strength Nanotwinned Al Alloys with 9R Phase” Adv. 2018, 1704629 doi: 10.1002/adma.201704629.

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Tin-based nanoplates as promising anode materials for high-capacity Li-ion batteries

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Researchers from the Harbin Institute of Technology, with colleagues from the Beijing University of Technology and the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, have synthesized tin chalcogenide (SnSe 0.5

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2019 Honda Insight first drive mpg review: 55 mpg from hybrid sedan

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During our drive around Minneapolis, its exurbs, and into Wisconsin, we wanted to put to the test Honda's claims that its 1.5-liter inline-4 and 96-kw electric motor combination could return an EPA-rated 52 mpg combined (48 mpg Last week, we drove the new 2019 Honda Insight sedan and found Honda's newest compact hybrid roomy and comfortable.

Researchers engineer yeast to tolerate ionic liquid used in biomass pretreatment for biofuel production

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Now, researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and several Department of Energy laboratories have identified two changes to a single gene in S. Sato (2018) “Natural Variation in the Multidrug Efflux Pump SGE1 Underlies Ionic Liquid Tolerance in Yeast” Genetics doi: 10.1534/genetics.118.301161. Ionic liquids—neutral salts that attain a liquid state at temperatures mostly below 100 ?C—are

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New Argonne-developed tool helps car buyers compare electric-drive and traditional vehicles

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States currently covered by the new tool are Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, Wisconsin. Consumers in seven US Midwest states seeking information about plug-in electric and hybrid vehicles now have access to a new-vehicle purchase guidance tool created by Argonne National Laboratory. The tool was created as a part of an innovative clean-vehicle program recently launched in the Midwest.

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USDA awards $3M biorefinery grant to support conversion of lignin into renewable alternative for ABS Resin

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To address this challenge, a team comprising Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the University of Tennessee’s Center for Renewable Carbon, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, the Natural Resource Research Institute, Long Trail Sustainability, and Attis’ research and development unit, American Science and Technology Corporation, presented the US Department of Agriculture with a pathway based on Attis’ technology to allow biorefineries to compete with petroleum.

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LightMAT awards $2.25M in Round Two funding for lightweight materials technologies

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A Wisconsin company, Eck Industries, will partner with PNNL to lower costs and address mechanical property issues in aluminum castings. Five US-based organizations are receiving $2.25 million in technical assistance from Department of Energy national laboratories to further develop lightweight materials technologies and more efficient vehicles.

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DOE awarding $40M in FY 2018 to 4 DOE Bioenergy Research Centers; plans for 5 years of funding

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Initial funding for the four centers will total $40 million for FY 2018, with plans for a total of five years of funding. The original program consisted of three centers, including those mentioned above led by the University of Wisconsin-Madison in partnership with Michigan State University, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

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NASA awarding $6 million to 3-year ULI project to develop approach to electric aircraft fueled by liquid hydrogen

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University of Wisconsin, Madison. Ansell, (2019) “ A Review of Distributed Electric Propulsion Concepts for Air Vehicle Technology ,” 2018 AIAA/IEEE Electric Aircraft Technologies Symposium (EATS), Cincinnati, OH, 2018, pp.

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Perspective: Regional Greenhouse Gas Cap-and-Trade Programs May be the Solution

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percent per year over the next four years so that in 2018 there is a ten percent reduction from the baseline. states (Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin) and one Canadian province (Manitoba). By 2018 the ten RGGI states will have reduced their power sector carbon emissions by ten percent, created thousands of homegrown clean energy jobs, and driven billions of dollars of public and private investment into the clean energy technologies of the future.

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