Mattershift scales up CNT membranes; potential for zero-carbon fuels for less than fossil

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Startup Mattershift says it has achieved a breakthrough in making carbon nanotube (CNT) membranes at large scale. Achieving large scale production of carbon nanotube membranes is a breakthrough in the membrane field. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Fuels Nanotech Solar fuels

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Polymer microcapsules with liquid carbonate cores and silicone shells offer a new approach to carbon capture

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The approach, described in a paper in the journal Nature Communications , could be an important advance in carbon capture and sequestration (CCS). They have significant performance advantages over the carbon-absorbing materials used in current CCS technology.

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Enter BMW — with Carbon Fiber

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BMW MegaCity Urban Electric Car To Be Built of Carbon Fiber. First, the raw feedstock to make carbon fibers–just call it a “polacrylonitrile-based precursor&# –is made in Japan by a joint venture between SGL and Mitsubishi Rayon and flown to the U.S. The actual carbon fibers themselves are fabricated at Moses Lake, after which they’re flown to Germany, where they’re processed into lightweight fabrics in Wackersdorf. 2009 BMW Concept ActiveE.

Greenius To Corporate Carbon Producers: You’ll Pay & You’ll Like It

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Last month your Creative Greenius weighed into the issue of carbon cap and trade on the TerraPass Footprint website. I offered my take on an article entitled: “ Hacks and Handout-Seekers Hate Obama’s Climate Plan “ If you’re not familiar with TerraPass Footprint this is a great opportunity to check them out. Everyone, without exception will pay a carbon tax in one form or another. We’re already ten years past the point for trading carbon credits.

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UWO team discovers new conductive phase during carbon-coating process of lithium iron phosphate; potential to improve performance

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Researchers at The University of Western Ontario (UWO) have discovered a new conductive phase during the carbon-coating process of lithium iron phosphate (LFP) cathode material that can improve the electrochemical performance of lithium-ion batteries.

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USC researchers outline their proposed anthropogenic chemical carbon cycle; the Methanol Economy

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Anthropogenic chemical carbon cycle. Under their scheme, carbon dioxide is captured by absorption technologies from any natural or industrial source, from human activities, or even from the air itself. It is based on the chemical anthropogenic carbon cycle.

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UNIST/Stanford team develops new Li-ion anode with silicon-nanolayer-embedded graphite/carbon; 1,043?Wh/l full LiCoO2 cell

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Researchers affiliated with Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), South Korea, and Stanford University have demonstrated the feasibility of a next-generation hybrid anode for high-capacity Li-on batteries using silicon-nanolayer-embedded graphite/carbon.

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Purdue team uses pollen grains as basis for carbon architectures for Li-ion anodes

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A team at Purdue University has used pollens as the basis for carbon architectures for anodes in energy storage devices. Hard carbon materials of various morphologies are commonly prepared by direct pyrolysis or hydrothermal decomposition of biomass.

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NREL reveals thermoelectric potential for tailored semiconducting carbon nanotubes

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A finely tuned carbon nanotube thin film has the potential to act as a thermoelectric power generator that captures and uses waste heat, according to researchers at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The research could help guide the manufacture of thermoelectric devices based on either single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) films or composites containing these nanotubes. Carbon nanotubes, which are organic, are lighter and more flexible.

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Black carbon is a much larger cause of climate change than previously assessed; about twice previous estimates, and 2/3 the effect of CO2

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Schematic overview of the primary black-carbon emission sources and the processes that control. the distribution of black carbon in the atmosphere and determine its role in the climate system. Black carbon aerosol plays a unique and important role in Earth’s climate system.

I’ve Done The Math – Now I’m Doing Something About It

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Bill McKibben’s “Do The Math” article in 2012′s Rolling Stone magazine taught us that we cannot burn any more than 565 gigatons of carbon if we want to stay at 2° or lower.

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Activated Carbon with High Gravimetric Hydrogen Storage

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Researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences have developed a type of activated carbon with a high surface area of up to 3,190 m 2 g -1 and a gravimetric hydrogen uptake capacity of 7.08 wt % at 77 K and 20 Bar—one of the largest for porous carbon materials.

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Researchers synthesize new 2D carbon-sulfur MAX-phase-derived material for Li-S battery electrode

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Drexel researchers, along with colleagues at Aix-Marseille University in France, have synthesized two-dimensional carbon/sulfur (C/S) nanolaminate materials. The paper was selected as a VIP article and will be featured on the journal cover. acetylene carbon black and 10 wt.%

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Researchers say policies to curb short-lived climate pollutants could yield major health benefits; methane and black carbon

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A commitment to reducing global emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) such as methane and black carbon could slow global warming while boosting public health and agricultural yields, aligning the Paris Climate Agreement with global sustainable development goals, according to new analysis by an international research panel published in the journal Science. Methane and black carbon (soot) are the second- and third-most powerful climate-warming agents after carbon dioxide.

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Earth continues to warm fast; is climate change lost in political turmoil?

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As a pair of articles in The Washington Post last week highlighted, climate change proceeds apace regardless of the daily news cycle. and the world ramp up the pace of reducing carbon-dioxide emissions from all sources, the effects of a warming planet will continue. Politics global warming climate change carbon dioxide Donald TrumpMother Nature doesn't pay attention to politics.

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PANI-coated sulfur-carbon nanotube composite shows long cycle life for high-capacity Li-S batteries

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Researchers from Hanyang University in Korea and the University of Maryland have developed a sulfur-carbon nanotube (S/SWNT) composite coated with polyaniline (PANI) polymer as polysulfide block to achieve high sulfur utilization, high Coulombic efficiency, and long cycle life in Li-Sulfur batteries.

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Carbon Fiber In Cars: More Energy To Make, Lower Lifetime Emissions

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While its light weight helps raise fuel economy in vehicles, carbon fiber has its critics. Recently, BMW defended the carbon footprint of carbon fiber in a recent WardsAuto article. An often-long supply chain has led some to question the material''s environmental benefit. MORE: 2014 BMW i3: First Drive Of BMW''s Radical New Electric Car The German

Carbon-coated nano-silicon paper electrodes outperform graphite anodes by more than 2 times

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binderless) carbon-coated Si nanofiber (C-SiNF) electrodes produce a capacity of 802 mAh g ?1 Free-standing materials grown using chemical vapor deposition, such as carbon nanotubes or silicon nanowires, can only be produced in very small quantities (micrograms).

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Could Renewable Bamboo Be As Strong As Carbon Fiber For Lightweight Cars?

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Carbon fiber now appears poised to enter the mainstream of automotive materials, but a less high-tech material could be waiting in the wings as well. Bamboo could be the next carbon fiber, according to a new article on BBC Autos (only visible in U.S., apparently). Surfboard manufacturer Gary Young uses bamboo in his boards already, and he told the

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More details on low carbon vehicle funding

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Yesterday we told you how three projects aimed at addressing fundamental research questions in the development of low carbon vehicles have received a huge financial boost from the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) (see article). Green cars Latest news Brunel Loughborough low carbon cars low carbon vehicles UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Warwick

Stanford engineers build first computer based on carbon nanotube technology; “imperfections-immune design”

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With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), a team of Stanford University engineers has for the first time built a tiny computer with 178 transistors made from carbon nanotubes, a semiconductor material that may replace silicon in computer chips.

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Researchers improve the performance of sodium-ion batteries by using tailored carbon anodes with hierarchical porosity

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Researchers at Justus Liebig University, Giessen, Germany, have improved the performance of sodium-ion batteries ( earlier post ) by using tailor-made carbon materials with hierarchical porosity for the anode instead of common carbon-based anode materials.

U. Alberta team developing new high power and energy lithium-carbon battery system using induced fluorination; dual storage mechanism

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The highest energy density for Li-CNT-F batteries, 4,113 Wh kg carbon ?1 Researchers at the University of Alberta are developing , and, via their spin-out AdvEn Solutions working to commercialize, a new high power- and -energy density battery system: lithium-carbon-fluorine (Li-C-F).

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Study provides new evidence for carbon nanotube-induced carcinogenesis

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A new study by researchers at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and West Virginia University found that chronic exposure to single-walled carbon nanotubes causes malignant transformation of human lung epithelial cells. The authors say that the study, published in the ACS journal Nano Letters , provides new evidence for carbon nanotube-induced carcinogenesis. Nano Letters Article ASAP doi: /10.1021/nl201121.

GWU team demonstrates one-pot process for optimized synthesis of controlled CNTs from CO2; coupling cement and C2CNT

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Researchers at George Washington University led by Dr. Stuart Licht ( earlier post ) have developed a new process that transforms CO 2 into a controlled selection of nanotubes (CNTs) via molten electrolysis; they call the process C2CNT (CO2 into carbon nanotubes).

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Catalytic Hydrogenation of Carbon Dioxide to Formic Acid

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Researchers at the University of Tokyo have developed a new catalyst for the catalytic hydrogenation of carbon dioxide to formic acid with the best reported performance to date. Formic acid is an important chemical product as well as a major player in synthetic chemistry as an acid, a reductant, and a carbon source. Hydrogenation of carbon dioxide has been widely investigated using transition-metal complexes, especially with rhodium, ruthenium, and iridium catalysts.

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MIT team synthesizes all carbon nanofiber electrodes for high-energy rechargeable Li-air batteries

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The carbon nanofiber electrodes are substantially more porous than other carbon electrodes, and can therefore more efficiently store the solid oxidized lithium (Li 2 O 2 ) that fills the pores as the battery discharges. Advance Article doi: 10.1039/C1EE01496J.

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Improving the Charge-Discharge Capacity and Cycleability of Carbon Electrodes for Li-ion Batteries

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GMP40 (60:40 weight ratio of mixed mesophase pitch carbon and phenolic resin) produced the best results. However, carbon remains the predominant commercial anode material solution at this point. The core material is mesophase pitch carbon, which is highly crystalline.

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Dude! What Part of Fires, Flood, Drought & Record Temps Didn’t You Understand?

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carbon producers climate change environment Environmental Politics fossil fuels Sustainability extreme weather floods global warming Hell and High Water Jackass Joe Romm record temperatures Ryan Dunn wildfiresYou Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet.

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Perspective: The UN Approval Process for Carbon Offsets

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Since 2005, when major greenhouse-gas emitters among the Kyoto signatories were issued caps on their emissions and permitted to buy credits to meet those caps, there has been more than $300 billion worth of carbon transactions. According to the market-analysis firm Point Carbon, if a cap-and-trade system is instituted in the United States, the demand for carbon credits could explode into a $2 to $3 trillion market. The approval process for carbon offsets has two goals.

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RPI researchers develop safe, long-cycling Li-metal rechargeable battery electrode; demonstrate Li-carbon battery

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The RPI team also demonstrated the use of the PGN material as a high-capacity anode, and demonstrated a full-cell configuration with a PGN anode and a lithium-metal/PGN cathode, thus creating a Li-carbon rechargeable battery. Since exclusively carbon based materials are used for the electrode construction, the only active source of lithium in the full-cell is the lithium metal that is entrapped within the pores of the PGN cathode.

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Study Questions Lifecycle Emissions Benefits of Using CO2 for Enhanced Oil Recovery as a Method for Carbon Sequestration

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million the US Department of Energy recently awarded to carbon capture and storage research projects, $5.9 However, a new study by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University assessing the overall life cycle emissions associated with CO 2 -EOR sequestration under a number of different scenarios has concluded that “ without displacement of a carbon intensive energy source, CO 2 -EOR systems will result in net carbon emissions. Article ASAP doi: 10.1021/es902006h.

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Federal Judge rules California Low Carbon Fuel Standard violates Commerce Clause of US Constitution

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O’Neill, Eastern District of California, ruled on Thursday that the State of California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) program is in violation of the Commerce Clause of the US Constitution and issued an injunction prohibiting its enforcement. The LCFS intends to reduce, on a full-fuel lifecycle basis, the carbon intensity (CI) of transportation fuels (measured in gCO 2 e/MJ) used in California by an average of 10% by the year 2020. Federal District Judge Lawrence J.

Michael Jackson Comes Back From Dead to Blast L.A. Times Climate Change Coverage

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And even Bubbles the chimp has more journalistic integrity than Times reporter Jim Tankersley who wrote the ‘Climate Battle Shifts to Senate ‘ article.

Carbon Nanofiber Film with Sn/SnOx as Higher Performance Li-ion Anode Material

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A team at Tsinghua University in China has developed a film of porous carbon nanofibers containing Sn/SnO x nanoparticles in the pores for use as an anode material in Li-ion batteries. A paper on the work is in press in the journal Carbon. Carbon Article in Press doi: 10.1016/j.carbon.2010.08.046.

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China team develops efficient multifunctional catalyst for conversion of CO2 to gasoline-range hydrocarbons

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Jian Wei, Qingjie Ge, Ruwei Yao, Zhiyong Wen, Chuanyan Fang, Lisheng Guo, Hengyong Xu & Jian Sun (2017) “Directly converting CO 2 into a gasoline fuel” Nature Communications 8, Article number: 15174 doi: 10.1038/ncomms15174. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Catalysts Fuels

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Spatially explicit life cycle assessment of 5 sun-to-wheels pathways finds photovoltaic electricity and BEVs offer land-efficient and low-carbon transportation

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This article presents life cycle assessments of five different sun-to-wheels conversion pathways for every county in the contiguous U.S:

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Failed Local Paper Put Out Of Its Misery - By Creative Greenius!

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I intend to read the Breeze’s few local articles of community interest for free on their highly unattractive website. You’ll be helping to cut your carbon footprint and you’ll be doing the South Bay community a good turn.

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Stanford team demonstrates hollow carbon nanofiber-encapsulated sulfur cathode for high-capacity Li-S batteries

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Schematic of design and fabrication process of hollow carbon nanofibers/sulfur composite structure. To tackle the polysulfide problem, researchers at Stanford University led by Dr. Yi Cui have developed a hollow carbon nanofiber-encapsulated sulfur cathode for effective trapping of polysulfides. The researchers fabricated the hollow carbon nanofiber arrays using anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) templates through thermal carbonization of polystyrene.

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Dude! What Part of Fires, Flood, Drought & Record Temps Didn’t You Understand?

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It’s only going to get wilder and wackier from here – or as a recent article on the subject put it: Epic floods, massive wildfires, drought and the deadliest tornado season in 60 years are ravaging the United States, with scientists warning that climate change will bring even more extreme weather. You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet. That’s What Happens When YOU’RE the Jackass driving 140 Miles An Hour Totally Toasted.

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