Alabama Project Testing Potential for Combining CO2 Storage with Enhanced Methane Recovery

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Field testing the potential for combining geologic carbon dioxide storage with enhanced methane recovery is underway at a site in Alabama by a US Department of Energy (DOE) team of regional partners. Southern Company, El Paso Exploration & Production, the Geological Survey of Alabama, and the University of Alabama are all participating in the field test, known as the Black Warrior CO 2 Storage Project.

Alabama Injection Project Aimed at Enhanced Oil Recovery, Testing Important Geologic CO2 Storage

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Carbon dioxide injection—an important part of carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology—is underway as part of a pilot study of CO 2 enhanced oil recovery (EOR) in the Citronelle Field of Mobile County, Alabama. A project team led by the University of Alabama at Birmingham is conducting the injection. When the 5-month injection is completed, incremental oil recovery is anticipated to be 60% greater than that of conventional secondary oil recovery by water flood.


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NSF announces $55M toward national research priorities; intersection of food, energy and water systems

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) has made 11 awards totaling $55 million aimed at building research capacity to develop new innovations at the intersection of food, energy and water systems and to address fundamental questions about the brain. Research at the nexus of food, energy and water. Studies will focus on identifying the presence, extent and timing of harmful algal blooms as they relate to water quality.

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Auburn University leads $2M DOE Co-Optima project to evaluate renewable butyl acetate as diesel fuel additive

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Joining as collaborators in the research are Cornell University, the University of Alabama, Virginia Tech and corporate partners Microvi Biotech Inc. Engineering researchers at Cornell University and the University of Alabama will test diesel fuel blended with BA produced by Auburn researchers. We will develop comprehensive process models to rigorously calculate chemical, energy and water consumption in the scaled-up process.

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BP selects Technip for the Thunder Horse South Expansion project in the ultra-deep Gulf of Mexico

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At a water depth of approximately 1,900 meters (6,234 feet), the current field development is located in Mississippi Canyon Blocks 778 and 822, in the ultra-deepwater Gulf of Mexico environment. The infield flowlines will be welded at the Group’s spoolbase in Mobile, Alabama. BP Exploration & Production Inc.

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DOI: latest Gulf of Mexico oil & gas lease sales garner $872M in high bids

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Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced that the latest oil and gas lease sales for federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico garnered $872,143,771 million in high bids on 329 tracts covering 1,707,358 acres. million acres on the US Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) offshore Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. The sale encompassed 134 whole or partial unleased blocks covering approximately 465,200 acres 125 miles south of eastern Alabama and western Florida.

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DOE awards $97M to 33 bioenergy research and development projects

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University of Alabama. The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced more than $97 million in funding for 33 projects that will support high-impact technology research and development to accelerate the bioeconomy. These projects will improve the performance and lower the cost and risk of technologies that can be used to produce biofuels, biopower, and bioproducts from biomass and waste resources.

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Technip to lay the world’s deepest gas pipeline, for Shell in the Gulf of Mexico

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This field is located in the Walker Ridge area in the US Gulf of Mexico (GOM), at a water depth of approximately 2,900 meters (9,500 feet). The flowlines and risers will be welded at Technip’s spoolbase in Mobile, Alabama. Shell Offshore Inc. has awarded Technip an engineering, procurement and installation contract for the development of subsea infrastructure for the Stones field.

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8 Toyota manufacturing facilities recognized by US EPA for reduction in energy intensity

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Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Alabama (Huntsville); Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada (Cambridge and Woodstock, Ont.); Hot water boiler linkage (Toyota Motor Mfg. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized eight Toyota manufacturing sites in North America for achieving a 10% reduction in energy intensity through its ENERGY STAR Challenge For Industry program. Collectively, these eight sites have reduced energy intensity by nearly 24% from baseline.

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New membrane technology for Post-Combustion Carbon Capture begins pilot-scale test

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In addition, the membrane system does not use hazardous chemicals, so there are no emissions or disposal issues; it uses less water than other capture technologies; and the membrane has no moving parts. The NCCC, operated by Southern Company Services, includes a post-combustion carbon-capture facility that allows testing and integration of advanced CO 2 -capture technologies using flue gas from Alabama Power’s Gaston power plant Unit 5—an 880 megawatt pulverized coal unit.

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New family of hydrophobic ionic liquid rocket propellants could replace hydrazine-based fuels

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from the University of Alabama noted in a 2014 paper that: Currently, the basic design strategy to make hypergolic ILs is to incorporate reactivity in the cation and/or anion through the incorporation of chemical bonds known to induce a hypergolic reaction with common oxidizers, such as the N−C≡N bond (e.g., The China team, led by Qinghua Zhang from the China Academy of Engineering Physics, developed a new bridged anion that interacts more weakly with water.

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Vitruivan crowd-sourcing funding for novel biofuel from sewage treatment bio-solids

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The technology has received a California Energy Commission (CEC) grant to develop the process for production of EEB (also called E-xtra by Vitruvian) from WWTP (waste water treatment plant) biosolids and a National Science Foundation (NSF) SBIR Phase 1 grant to characterize EEB as a fuel additive/oxygenate for both gasoline and diesel. Data collected with colleagues at the University of Alabama have shown 70-90% conversion of feedstock to SCFAs (short chain fatty acids).

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BOEM announces proposed Central Gulf of Mexico oil and gas lease sale; nearly 38 million acres available

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The sale will include all available unleased areas in the Central Planning Area offshore Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. The blocks are located from three to about 230 miles offshore, in water depths ranging from nine to more than 11,115 feet (three to 3,400 meters) in the Central Gulf of Mexico, a region that BOEM estimates contains close to 31 billion barrels of oil and 134 trillion cubic feet of natural gas that are currently undiscovered and technically recoverable.

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DOE Awards Up to $6.9M to Nine Projects for Shale Gas and Coalbed Methane Production

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NETL’s goals for these projects are to improve management of water resources, water usage, and water disposal, and to support science that will aid the regulatory and permitting processes required for shale gas development. A specific objective is to accelerate the development and demonstration of technologies that will aid independent producers in dealing with use and treatment of water related to natural gas and oil production.

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EPA Awards $56M in Recovery Funding to 10 States to Clean Up Underground Petroleum Leaks

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The greatest potential hazard from a leaking underground storage tank is that the petroleum or other hazardous substances seep into the soil and contaminate groundwater, the source of drinking water for nearly one-third of all Americans. Alabama: $4M. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the distribution of about $56 million to 10 states under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) to assess and clean up underground storage tank petroleum leaks.

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Orbital ATK and ECAPS partner on high performance green propulsion system; bringing LMP-103S to market

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LMP-103S—a blend of ammonium dinitramide (ADN), water, methanol and ammonia—offers a specific impulse 6% higher and a propellant density 24% higher than hydrazine-based systems—resulting in a 30% increase in density-specific impulse. Orbital ATK signed an agreement with leading European green propulsion technology firm ECAPS to develop, demonstrate and market a high performance green propulsion (HPGP) system.

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Successful demonstration of advanced hyperbaric centrifuge technology for recovering fine coal particles from waste slurries

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coal-cleaning plant in Alabama successfully reduced moisture from ultrafine coal waste. The test builds on an eight-year cooperative effort between the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy’s (FE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) and the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) to use the patented process to effectively remove water from very fine coal slurries (a mixture of waste coal fines and water).

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New Mercedes-Benz GLE features 48V active suspension system

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The 48-volt on-board power supply serves not only high power consumers such as the water pump and air-conditioning compressor, but also the Integrated Starter Generator (ISG), which also supplies energy to the battery by means of highly efficient energy recuperation. The GLE is produced in Tuscaloosa (Alabama/USA). The new Mercedes-Benz GLE features a number of significant innovations, including the 48V active suspension system E-ACTIVE BODY CONTROL—a world first.

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Amyris processes Ceres sweet sorghum into renewable diesel using soluble and cellulosic sugars

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The pilot-scale project use both free (soluble) sugars and biomass (cellulosic) sugars from Ceres’ sweet sorghum hybrids grown in Alabama, Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana and Tennessee. The plants require substantially less fertilizer than sugarcane, and can be grown in drier areas since they utilize water more efficiently. Liquid fuel and chemical production from sweet sorghum. Source: Amyris. Click to enlarge. Amyris, Inc.

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Oil and gas lease sale in Central Gulf of Mexico draws more than $1.7B in high bids for more than 2.4M acres; Shell, Statoil, BP top high bidders

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Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that the Central Gulf of Mexico oil and gas lease sale attracted $1,704,500,995 in high bids for tracts on the US outer continental shelf offshore Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. Lease terms for sales included escalating rental rates to encourage faster exploration and development of leases as well as shorter lease terms for shallower water in order to encourage timely development.

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DOE awards nearly $55M to advance fuel efficient vehicle technologies in support of EV Everywhere and SuperTruck

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The project will develop novel binders and active materials to enable a low-cost, water-based, electrodeposited lithium ion battery (LIB) electrode coating system and manufacturing process. The University of Alabama.

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Obama Administration launches series of actions to accelerate EV adoption; inc. $4.5B in loan guarantees, pursuing 350 kW fast charge

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Southern Company: Alabama Power. Eugene Water & Electric Board. Southern Company: Alabama Power. Southern Company and its electric-generating traditional operating companies—Alabama Power, Georgia Power, Gulf Power, and Mississippi Power—have been and will continue to be leaders in the advancement and promotion of the electric transportation market.

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DOE to Award Up to $16.5M to RD Initiatives for Renewable Hydrocarbon Transportation Fuels Via Pyrolysis and Sustainable Bioenergy Feedstock Production

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million for three projects that support research focused on designing landscapes that produce bioenergy feedstock while protecting air, soil, water, and wildlife resources and enhancing ecosystem services. million, Sustainable Bioenergy Feedstock Production projects will help to design, model, and implement sustainable biomass production systems across different regions of the country, looking at a variety of feedstocks and critical factors like soil erosion and water quality.

2010 200

Controlled Burn of Deepwater Horizon Oil Slick Scheduled for Today

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As of 10:40 am 27 April, an irregular sheen of oil on the Gulf waters had spread to 100 miles by 45 miles at its extremes. Part of a coordinated response combining tactics deployed above water, below water, dozens of miles offshore, as well as closer to coastal areas, today’s controlled burn is intended to remove oil from the open water in an effort to protect shoreline and marine and other wildlife. The extent of the sheen as of 27 April. Click to enlarge.

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Obama Administration Announces $8.33B in Loan Guarantees for New Nuclear Power Reactors in Georgia; First New US Nuclear Power Plant Project in Nearly 3 Decades

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The AP1000 is a 1,117 to 1,154 MWe pressurized water reactor (PWR) nuclear power plant that is an extension of the older AP600 design. (It It is considered a Generation III Advanced Light Water Reactor.) and Alabama Power’s Plant Farley nuclear facility near Dothan, Ala. President Obama announced that the Department of Energy has offered conditional commitments for a total of $8.33

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NRC report concludes hydraulic fracturing poses low risk for causing earthquakes, but risks are higher for wastewater injection wells; CCS impact undetermined

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Schematic diagram of a shale gas well following hydraulic fracture treatment, with the relative depths of local water wells shown for scale. Hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) extracts natural gas by injecting a mixture of water, sand, and chemicals in short bursts at high pressure into deep underground wells. Geothermal energy harnesses natural heat from within the Earth by capturing steam or hot water from underground.

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US Mapping Project Highlights Potential for Mineral Carbonation for CO2 Sequestration

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A map accompanying the report shows that most such rocks are found in and around coastal mountain ranges, with the greatest concentrations in California, Oregon and Washington, and along the Appalachians from New England to Alabama. But scientists are experimenting with ways to speed the reaction up by dissolving carbon dioxide in water and injecting it into the rock, as well as capturing heat generated by the reaction to accelerate the process.

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ORNL Research Project Seeks to Boost Combustion Engine Efficiency To 50-60% By Reducing Combustion Irreversibility; RAPTR

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ORNL is working with a number of university partners (Texas A&M University, University of Wisconsin, Illinois Institute of Technology, University of Alabama, University of Michigan, Dearborn) on the project, as well as Delphi on the catalyst side, a not-for-profit R&D institution, and an unnamed OEM. One of the issues concerning the potential use of ethanol as a fuel is the energy required to remove the water (i.e., The RAPTR experimental device.

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DOE ARPA-E awards $156M to projects to 60 projects to accelerate innovation in clean energy technologies

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that produces large quantities of sugar and requires less water. University of Alabama. type Hexaferrite The University of Alabama led team will demonstrate. heating and water purification. develop processes that use water and recycled CO2 as the. The Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) has selected 60 research projects for up to a combined $156 million in funding from the Fiscal Year 2011 budget.

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US DOT Awards $100M in Recovery Act Funds to 43 Transit Projects to Reduce Energy Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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Montgomery Area Transit System, Alabama: $2,675,000. Solar Thermal System: A solar thermal system on the building roof will provide hot water for the operations building and the maintenance building. The US Department of Transportation (DOT) is awarding $100 million in Economic Recovery Act funding to 43 transit agencies for projects to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions from both vehicles and facilities.

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