UT Arlington researchers use polyaniline to split CO2 into alcohols

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Researchers at The University of Texas at Arlington have been the first to demonstrate that polyaniline (PANI), a member of the organic conducting polymer family, is a promising photocathode material for the conversion of carbon dioxide into alcohol fuels without the need for a co-catalyst. This opens up a new field of research into new applications for inexpensive, readily available organic semiconducting polymers within solar fuel cells.

Environmental Charter High School Gets Solar; Greenius Goes EcoMedia

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Alison Diaz (with scissors) along with ECHS staff and supporters about to cut the ribbon in front of Environmental Charter High School's new solar-powered greenhouse.

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UTA researchers demonstrate one-step solar process to convert CO2 and H2O directly into renewable liquid hydrocarbon fuels

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Researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington have demonstrated a new solar process for the one-step, gas-phase conversion of CO 2 and H 2 O to C 5+ liquid hydrocarbons and O 2 by operating the photocatalytic reaction at elevated temperatures and pressures.

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University of Texas researchers develop new solar photoelectrosynthetic process to convert CO2 to methanol

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Researchers from The University of Texas at Arlington are developing a new process for photoelectrosynthesis of methanol—the conversion of carbon dioxide to methanol using sunlight and hybrid CuO–Cu 2 O semiconductor nanorod arrays. Solar photoelectrosynthesis of methanol was driven on hybrid CuO–Cu 2 O semiconductor nanorod arrays for the first time at potentials 800 mV below the thermodynamic threshold value and at Faradaic efficiencies up to 95%.

GM makes its largest green energy purchase to date; 50 MW wind deal

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General Motors has made its largest renewable energy procurement to date, purchasing enough wind power to equal the electricity needs of 16 of its US facilities, including business offices in Fort Worth and Austin, Texas, a major assembly and stamping complex in Arlington, Texas, and 13 parts warehouses east of the Mississippi River. GM Arlington Assembly, which is already 50% powered by renewable energy, will have all of its electricity needs met with green power.

DOE awarding >$24M to 77 projects through Technology Commercialization Fund

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Austin, Texas First Solar Inc., Flexible perovskite-perovskite PV for mobile power applications, $745,500 Swift Solar, Redwood City, Calif. Significant Cost Reduction Potential for Wave Energy Conversion Devices with Variable Geometry Modules, $102,089 Solar Automated Permit Software for Distributed PV and Battery Storage, $695,000 California Solar + Storage Association (CALSSA), Sacramento, Calif. Solar Energy Industries Association, Washington, D.C.

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DOE awards $1M to project on cost-competitive hydrogen fuel

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in Arlington, Virginia—will identify cost-effective and efficient materials and processes to produce hydrogen from renewable energy sources. The US Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding $1 million to a project to analyze and evaluate potential cost-competitive pathways for producing and transporting hydrogen fuel. The project selected—led by Strategic Analysis , Inc.

US Army and Air Force planning to develop 1GW of renewable energy on installations by 2025

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As the technology develops, she said, renewable energy steps will include the installation of solar paneling on military base buildings and vehicle garages, and dual-usage of the panels as land buffers. New sources of clean energy will vary among installations, he said, and will include solar, wind, biomass and geothermal developments. The Army will host the Army-Air Force Energy Forum 12 July in Arlington, Va.

DOE FCTO selects 11 fuel cell incubator projects for up to $10M in awards; exploring alkaline exchange membrane FCs

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Develop a novel photocatalyst particle-based slurry reactor with the potential for low-cost renewable hydrogen production via solar water splitting. Proceedings from the Alkaline Membrane Fuel Cell Workshop Arlington, Virginia May 8-9, 2011.

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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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The new ARPA-E selections focus on accelerating innovations in clean technology while increasing US competitiveness in rare earth alternatives and breakthroughs in biofuels, thermal storage, grid controls, and solar power electronics. Solar ADEPT: Solar Agile Delivery of Electrical Power Technology ($14.7 Arlington). Concentrating Solar Power/Nuclear: Novel Tuning of Critical. solar and nuclear applications that will improve thermal. Abengoa Solar Inc.

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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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Laredo Bus Facility Solar Canopies: Provide shade structures with integrated, grid tied photovoltaic cells to be erected on the bus storage lot at the Laredo Bus Maintenance Facility. Combined with AC Transit’s already-installed solar capacity, this solar installation will produce the renewable electricity equivalent to what will be required to produce 180 kg/day of green hydrogen. PV Solar Implementation at facilities: Install PV solar in a variety of facilities.

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