Audi plans to cut water consumption in production in half by 2035

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Audi has included the economical and efficient use of water as a key aspect of its Mission:Zero environmental program. The company plans to keep its own water consumption to a minimum and stop using drinking water in vehicle production in the future.

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Study finds direct seawater splitting has substantial drawbacks to conventional water splitting, offers almost no advantage

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A study by a team of researchers from Technische Universität Berlin (TUB) and Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft has found that direct seawater splitting for hydrogen production has substantial drawbacks compared to conventional water splitting and offers almost no advantage.

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Texas: From Shale Boom to Water Revolution

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Now the slick but dry state is becoming famous for water: that precious element that both resolves the drought problem and also makes it possible to pump more oil out of the ground. Not only does Texas have the Permian Basin and the Eagle Ford shale, but it also has the Gulf of Mexico and its massive oil deposits and endless gallons of seawater that are now economically treatable thanks to next generation water processing technology. A Water Revolution Takes Root.

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thyssenkrupp offering large-scale water electrolysis

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thyssenkrupp recently introduced industrial-scale water electrolysis for large projects. By splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen, this technology delivers “green” hydrogen, a clean, CO 2 -free energy carrier. The only inputs needed are water and renewable electricity from wind, hydro power or photovoltaics. The advanced water electrolysis features a well-proven cell design paired with an especially large active cell area of 2.7

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$4M from EPA available for clean diesel projects at ports

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EPA is announcing the availability of $4 million in grant funding to establish clean diesel projects aimed at reducing emissions from marine and inland water ports. This grant competition is available under the Diesel Emission Reduction Act (DERA) Program and is the first competition to focus on solely reducing emissions at ports. DERA funds are used to clean up the legacy fleet of diesel engines that were produced before more recent environmental standards.

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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. The water revolution is here, according to Stanley Weiner, CEO of STW Resources -a Texas-based company that has the exclusive North American license for Dutch-developed next-generation Salttech desalination technology.

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3 Duke Energy subsidiaries plead guilty to 9 criminal violations of Clean Water Act; $102M settlement

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Three subsidiaries of North Carolina-based Duke Energy Corporation, the largest utility in the United States, pleaded guilty to nine criminal violations of the Clean Water Act at several of its North Carolina facilities and agreed to pay a $68-million criminal fine and spend $34-million on environmental projects and land conservation to benefit rivers and wetlands in North Carolina and Virginia.

2015 192

Oleophobic hydrophobic magnetic sponge selectively soaks up oil, sparing water and wildlife

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A Northwestern Engineering-led team has developed a highly porous smart sponge that selectively soaks up oil in water. With an ability to absorb more than 30 times its weight in oil, the sponge could be used to clean up oil spills inexpensively and efficiently without harming marine life.

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US-China Clean Energy Research Center issues $12.5M solicitation to address the energy-water nexus; $50M effort in all

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million Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) ( DE-FOA-0001285 ) for a new technical track under the US-China Clean Energy Research Center ( CERC ) that addresses water-related aspects of energy production and use. The solicitation calls for the formation of a US-based consortium to work with Chinese counterparts to bolster collaborative efforts to help ensure energy, water, and environmental security and combat climate change. The US Department of Energy (DOE) issued a $12.5

2015 185

Toyota and DIFFER partner on direct solar production of hydrogen from humid air, rather than water

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The Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research ( DIFFER ) is partnering with Toyota Motor Europe (TME) to develop a device that absorbs water vapor, and splits it into hydrogen and oxygen directly using solar energy. When hydrogen is combined with oxygen in a fuel cell, the energy is released in the form of electricity, with clean water as the only emission.

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Hydro-Québec will support the clean hydrogen sector in Québec

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In addition to having access to Québec’s vast water resources to generate green, renewable power at competitive prices, Hydro-Québec has everything it needs to support the development of green hydrogen.

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DOE awarding $35M to 11 projects for hydrokinetic turbine development; ARPA-E SHARKS

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The control system will be able to prioritize maintaining the lowest cost of energy, increasing component life and maximum available energy. The bottom, sides, and surface of rivers and tidal channels confine water flow, which significantly alters the operation of river and tidal turbines.

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DOE’s $10M Advanced Water Splitting Materials Consortium accelerating development of green hydrogen production

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The Energy Department (DOE) recently announced $10 million, subject to appropriations, to support the launch of the HydroGEN Advanced Water Splitting Materials Consortium ( HydroGEN ). As part of the EMN, the HydroGEN consortium will provide industry and academia the expertise and capabilities to more quickly develop, characterize, and deploy high-performance, low-cost advanced water-splitting materials for lower cost hydrogen production.

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Japan team reports pathway to green ammonia: photocatalytic conversion of nitrogen with water

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Researchers in Japan report that a commercially available TiO 2 with a large number of surface oxygen vacancies, when photo-irradiated by UV light in pure water with nitrogen—successfully produces ammonia (NH 3 ). This is, however, lower than that of natural photosynthesis (0.1%) and artificial photosynthesis such as overall water splitting and H 2 O 2 production (0.2%).

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Researchers produce hydrogen from water and charcoal mix at room temperature using laser pulses

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Researchers at Wakayama University in Japan have produced a mixture of hydrogen and carbon monoxide gas by irradiating a mixture of carbon powder and distilled water with intense nanosecond laser pulses at room temperature. Photographs of a bottled mixture of Bincho-tan powder and water (a) before, (b) during, and (c) after irradiation. this contribution, we report the optically induced activity of a well-known material, carbon powder, to generate hydrogen from water.

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MIT researchers advancing development of supercritical water upgrading of heavy crude; lower cost, energy use and CO2

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Findings by MIT researchers could help advance the commercialization of supercritical water technology for the desulfurization and upgrading of high-sulfur crude oil into high-value, cleaner fuels such as gasoline without using hydrogen—a major change in refining technology that would reduce costs, energy use, and CO 2 emissions. Increasingly, however, crude oil tends to be heavier, and higher in sulfur, than the lightweight, clean, and easily refined crudes produced in the past.

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Green Deals: Use RYOBI’s 1800PSI electric pressure washer to clean your home at $106, more

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Originally retailing for $149, but fetching $130 or so lately, today’s deal is the best price that we’ve tracked in nearly a year and is the best available. It features 1800PSI and can output up to 1.2-gallons per minute of water, which is plenty to tackle even the worst stains.

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Big Science tools for clean transportation: neutron scattering at ORNL

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This begins an occasional series on “big science” tools hosted at US national laboratories that are being applied to support the development of technology innovations for clean transportation. HFIR has 13 instruments currently available to users; SNS currently has 16, with 25 planned. ORNL neutron scattering instruments currently available. The adsorbed water allows detection by neutrons. Images of Li-air cathode produced by neutron-computed tomography.

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Argonne Oleo Sponge for cleaning oil spills successful in real-world conditions off California coast

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The Oleo Sponge, a patent-pending technology to clean oil spills invented at the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, performed successfully in an experiment conducted off the coast of Southern California. The result is Oleo Sponge, which, prior to this latest test in open water, had already been vetted in the laboratory and at Ohmsett, a large-scale seawater tank used by companies and government agencies to evaluate technologies for oil spill response.

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Report Finds Water Stress Rapidly Becoming Key Strategic Risk to Commerce; Impending Water/Energy Collision

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Water consumption or withdrawals per unit of energy produced, by energy type, in the United States. Among the increasing challenges is that while the sourcing, processing, and delivery of clean water is becoming more energy-intensive, the extraction and refining of fossil fuels and their substitutes is trending towards increasing water requirements per unit of fuel produced as energy companies work with progressively lower grade resources. Sectoral Water Risks.

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Rochester researchers demonstrate robust photogeneration of hydrogen in water using semiconductor nanocrystals and a nickel catalyst

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Researchers at the University of Rochester (New York) have developed a robust and highly active system for solar hydrogen generation in water using semiconductor nanocrystals (NCs) and a nickel catalyst. Molecular hydrogen (H 2 ) is a clean-burning fuel that can be produced from protons (H + ) in the reductive half-reaction of artificial photosynthesis systems. The nanocrystals were capped with DHLA (dihydrolipoic acid) to make them water-soluble.

2012 196

5 Tips for First-Time Luxury EV Owners

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The majority of new EVs available fall into this category. There’s a host of homemade recipes for de-icing – from vodka to half a potato – but be wary of using vinegar and water. Photos from Clean Fleet Report archives or manufacturers. Help for Stepping into a New World.

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UK government launches new clean air strategy; ending sales of conventional diesel and gasoline LDVs by 2040

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UK Environment Secretary Michael Gove published a new Clean Air Strategy to cut air pollution backed up through new primary legislation. To legislate to ensure only the cleanest domestic fuels will be available for sale, preventing 8,000 tonnes of harmful particulate matter from entering the atmosphere each year. This is why today we are launching this clean air strategy, backed up with new primary legislation.

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New Water Oxidation Catalyst Could Boost Potential for Solar Production of Hydrogen

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Chemists from Emory University and the Paris Institute of Molecular Chemistry have developed a stable and fast homogeneous water oxidation catalyst (WOC), considered a crucial component for generating hydrogen using only water and sunlight, that is easily prepared from readily available salts and oxides of earth abundant elements. A viable abiological water splitting system—i.e., Developing a viable water oxidation catalyst (WOC) has proven particularly challenging.

2010 210

Gen 2 Audi A5 Sportback available as bivalent g-tron; Audi e-gas, natural gas or gasoline

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In a new departure, the A5 Sportback is also available as a bivalent g-tron, which customers can run on either Audi e-gas ( earlier post ), natural gas or gasoline. miles) available. In the first step, renewably generated electricity is used to split water into hydrogen and oxygen. The new Audi A5 Sportback g-tron is not only remarkably economical to run, it is also exceptionally clean.

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Siemens water purification unit generates enough methane to power its own operations; Singapore scaling up to larger pilot facility

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A new biological water purification facility developed by Siemens generates enough methane gas to power its own operations. Now, the city state is building a much larger pilot facility—one that will process 300 times more effluent than its predecessor, or about as much sewage water as is produced by around 1,000 people. A typical urban biological water purification facility accommodates water from 10,000 to 100,000 residents.

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DOE selects 33 clean energy businesses for nearly $6.7M in support under Small Business Vouchers pilot

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) selected 33 small businesses to work directly with DOE national labs to accelerate the commercialization of new clean energy technologies. For Round 1, the small businesses and laboratories will collaborate on advancing a number of clean energy technologies, including water, wind, bioenergy, solar, buildings, vehicles, fuel cells, geothermal technologies, and advanced manufacturing. Water Power.

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Flash Drive: 2023 Toyota Sequoia

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Completely redesigned, the Sequoia is available in five trims—SR5, Limited, Platinum, TRD Pro and Capstone. Clean Fleet Report was invited to Toyota’s U.S. Toyota gave us time on an off-road course with some up-and-down sections, a water feature and an open dirt track.

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Flash Drive: 2023 Cadillac Lyriq

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The 2023 Lyric Debut Edition is only available as rear wheel drive (RWD), with all-wheel drive (AWD) coming at the end of the year for the 2024 model. Cadillac has designed the aerodynamics so a rear wiper is not needed, allowing water to naturally flow off the tinted rear glass.

GE and Clean Energy Fuels Partner to expand LNG refueling infrastructure in US for trucks; new MicroLNG plants

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GE and Clean Energy Fuels are collaborating to expand the infrastructure for natural gas transportation in the United States. The agreement supports Clean Energy’s efforts in developing “America’s Natural Gas Highway,” ( earlier post )—a fueling network spanning the contiguous US that will enable trucks to operate on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) coast to coast and border to border. GE’s MicroLNG plant can liquefy natural gas at any point along a gas distribution network.

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Flash Drive: 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning

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A home usually uses 2.6kW daily, so up to three days of emergency power is available–or more if not all appliances are used, giving the electric utility time to restore power. Clean Fleet Report will have a complete review of the all-new 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning in the coming months.

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Feature: Going Green on Car Care, Repair and Insurance

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We’ll start with the greenest car available, the electric vehicle (EV). Just be careful to conserve your water consumption because if you leave your hose running and spray water for hours on end, you’ll waste so much water that you’ll have a net loss on your going green efforts.

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First Ride: 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning

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Ford’s all-in on electrification and Clean Fleet Report had a chance this past week to experience the company’s commitment first hand—from the passenger seat. Clean Fleet Report recently had the opportunity to get high-performance rides in the F-150 Lightning.

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Ignite Energy Resources and TRUenergy Plan Direct Coal-to-Liquids and Coal Drying Demo Project for Supercritical Water Technology

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Ignite Energy Resources supercritical water process diagram. Ignite Energy Resources (IER), developer of a supercritical water technology, and TRUenergy have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop a commercial demonstration plant that will apply IER’s direct coal-to-oil and upgraded dry coal process to the brown coal at TRUenergy’s Yallourn mine in Australia. Source: IER. Click to enlarge.

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News: 2023 Fisker Ocean Introduced

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Available in seven exterior colors, the sleek front and rear ends have the narrowest of narrow LED lighting treatments, mere slits for most of the design. Make sure to opt-in to the Clean Fleet Report newsletter (top right of page) to be notified of all new stories and vehicle reviews.

US DOE Awards $300 Million in Clean Cities Grants to Support Alternative Fuels, Vehicles, and Infrastructure Development

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Geographical distribution of Clean Cities Recovery Act awards. The US Department of Energy (DOE) has selected 25 cost-share projects under the Clean Cities program that will be funded with nearly $300 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Like the Recovery Act-funded projects, the annual Clean Cities projects include grants for vehicles, infrastructure, and education. Puget Sound Clean Air Agency’s Puget Sound Clean Cities Petroleum Reduction Project.

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Obama Announces Steps to Boost Biofuels, Clean Coal; RFS2, BCAP, BIWG and Carbon Capture and Storage Task Force

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So today I’m announcing a Carbon Capture and Storage Task Force that will be charged with the goal of figuring out how we can deploy affordable clean coal technology on a widespread scale within 10 years. Since the cellulosic standard is lower than the EISA level, EPA will make cellulosic credits available to obligated parties for end-of-year compliance, should they need them, at a price of %1.56

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Texas Clean Energy Project signs long-term CO2 offtake agreement with Whiting Petroleum for enhanced oil recovery; 90% CO2 capture from IGCC coal polygen plant

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Summit Power Group, LLC and Blue Strategies, LLC have signed a 15-year CO 2 offtake agreement with Whiting Petroleum Corporation for some of the CO 2 that will be captured by Summit’s Texas Clean Energy Project ( TCEP ), a coal gasification with carbon capture polygen project being developed in Penwell, Texas, outside Odessa. In oil fields such as Whiting’s, the injected CO 2 mixes with the oil that is left behind in the primary oil-well production and the secondary water-injection stage.

2011 170

Idaho National Lab and Bloom Energy produce hydrogen at record-setting efficiencies

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With nearly 500 hours of full-load operation completed at the laboratory, Bloom’s high-temperature electrolyzer is producing hydrogen more efficiently than other commercially available electrolyzers, including PEM and alkaline. Running at high temperatures and high availability, the pilot results reveal the Bloom Electrolyzer is producing hydrogen at 37.7 Bloom Energy announced the initial results of its ongoing demonstration with Idaho National Laboratory (INL).

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Nuvera and DD DANNAR partner to develop mobile fuel cell power for diverse industries

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Use of Nuvera E-Series Fuel Cell Engines on DANNAR's mobile platform is intended to extend the operational range of the DANNAR MPS and introduce clean, safe, and efficient options for remote power for off-road and heavy equipment applications. Full and semi-autonomous options also available.

The View From Here Today

Creative Greenius

What we’re not breathing is clean air, because the smoke from the La Canada-Flintridge fire, about 38 miles from here, is still making air quality hazardous and people in the L.A. Meanwhile our long term drought, now its its third year with no end in sight, means less available water to fight the fires with. In 2001 she terminated our grass lawns and replaced them with drought tolerant plants because of her concerns for water use.

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Lillian Light Is No Lightweight - The Environmental Lioness of the South Bay is Fired Up, Ready To Go!

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We covered: global warming, nuclear power, clean air, smart growth, globalization and the environment. I agree, but I can see where you could get in political hot water with that. In April of 2003 on Earth Day again, we presented “Saving Spaceship Earth&# sponsoring conference topics on Dangerous Nuclear Policies, Clean and Affordable Power, and a panel discussion on “Keeping our Communities Healthy and Sustainable.&# That was a very good event.

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Rio Tinto completes acquisition of Rincon lithium project for $825M

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Rincon uses a resin to adsorb the lithium and then uses clean water to wash off the lithium in desorption. Adsorption and desorption are conducted with raw brine and water at ambient temperature—significantly reducing energy consumption.