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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Roskill: concerns over water consumption exposes lithium brine producers to ESG risk

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One environmental concern of the downstream sector is that of water consumption at lithium brine facilities, which operate in some of the driest areas on the planet. These operations take large volumes of water and brine for their process and to run their operations.

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Argonne releases updated WATER computer model to help bioenergy developers conserve water

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The model , called Water Analysis Tool for Energy Resources or WATER, has users from more than 35 US states. This map depicts water availability by county; areas shown in orange are under higher levels of water stress. It provides an in-depth analysis of water consumption used in the development of bioenergy, allowing industry leaders to make better informed decisions about what types of feedstock are most appropriate for use in water-limited areas.

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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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Lawrence Livermore publishes state-by-state energy/water Sankey diagrams

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For the first time, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has published state-by-state energy and water Sankey diagrams in one location so that analysts and policymakers can find all the information they need in one place. These diagrams depict energy use and water flow during the year 2010, the latest year for which comprehensive data is available. General location of energy and water categories. Energy and water generally “flows” from left to right.

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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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Water Scarcity Concerns Drive Semiconductor Industry to Adopt New Technologies

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And chip fabs need a lot of water to operate. By some estimates , a large chip fab can use up to 10 million gallons of water a day, which is equivalent to the water consumption of roughly 300,000 households. Some manufacturers still only recycle 40 percent of the water they use.”

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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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ArcelorMittal makes US$5M investment in H2Pro to support novel new water-splitting technology E-TAC

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H2Pro is developing a new way of producing hydrogen from water. Similar to electrolysis, its technology, E-TAC (Electrochemical – Thermally Activated Chemical)—developed at Technion, Israel Institute of Technology—uses electricity to split water into hydrogen and oxygen.

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Israeli team develops decoupled PEC water-splitting system for centralized production of H2

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Researchers in Israel have designed a separate-cell photoelectrochemical (PEC) water-splitting system with decoupled hydrogen and oxygen cells for centralized hydrogen production. Photoelectrochemical Water Splitting Cell Architectures. (A)

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2021 Jeep Gladiator available with 3rd generation 3.0L EcoDiesel

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As suggested in 2018, ( earlier post ) the 2021 Jeep Gladiator is now available with the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V-6 engine. of torque, with engine stop-start (ESS) technology standard, is available on Gladiator Sport, Overland and Rubicon models.

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Researchers review risk to water resources from unconventional shale gas development in US

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A team from Duke University, Stanford University, Dartmouth College and Ohio State University has published in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology an overview and synopsis of recent investigations (as of January 2014) into one set of possible environmental impacts from unconventional shale gas development: the potential risks to water resources. They identified four potential modes of water resource degradation: (1) shallow aquifers contaminated by fugitive natural gas (i.e.,

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New version of Argonne lifecycle model for water footprint of biofuels now includes cellulosic feedstocks

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of the online tool Water Assessment for Transportation Energy Resources ( WATER ) this week. This latest version of WATER allows, for the first time, biofuels manufacturers to analyze water consumption associated with use of cellulosic feedstocks such as residue left from lumber production and other wood-based resources. WATER adopts a water footprint methodology, and contains extensive climate, land use, water resource, and process water data.

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ANL: life-cycle water consumption of fuel cell vehicles can be cut in half compared to that of conventional ICE vehicles

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The life-cycle water consumption of fuel cell electric vehicles using hydrogen produced from natural gas with steam methane reforming is almost 50% less than the life-cycle water consumption of conventional internal combustion engine vehicles using gasoline, according to a study by researchers at Argonne National Laboratory (ANL). If the hydrogen is produced from solar power and water, the life-cycle water consumption is almost 60% less.

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U Oregon team advances effectiveness of catalytic water dissociation in bipolar membranes

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Researchers at the University of Oregon have advanced the effectiveness of the catalytic water dissociation reaction in bipolar membranes. The technology behind bipolar membranes, which are layered ion-exchange polymers sandwiching a water dissociation catalyst layer, emerged in the 1950s.

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Starlink Maritime is now available for ocean-going vessels.

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According to the website, “Starlink Maritime allows you to connect from the most remote waters across the world, just like you would in the office or at home.” ” The post Starlink Maritime is now available for ocean-going vessels.

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New $30M ARPA-E program to produce renewable liquid fuels from renewable energy, air and water

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The US Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) announced up to $30 million in funding for a new program for technologies that use renewable energy to convert air and water into cost-competitive liquid fuels. ( ARPA-E’s Renewable Energy to Fuels through Utilization of Energy-dense Liquids (REFUEL) program seeks to develop technologies that use renewable energy to convert air and water into Carbon Neutral Liquid Fuels (CNLF).

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thyssenkrupp’s water electrolysis technology qualified as primary control reserve in Germany; hydrogen production for the electricity market

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thyssenkrupp’s proprietary water electrolysis technology for the production of. conducted the necessary tests jointly in an existing water electrolysis plant operating as part of the Carbon2Chem project ( earlier post ) in Duisburg. In order to bring the fluctuating availability of electricity from renewable sources into line with electricity demand, solutions are needed for the storage and subsequent use of surplus energy.

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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. This first prototype achieved 70% of the performance that is obtained when an equivalent device is filled with water.

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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. Skimmers don’t work in rough waters or with thin layers of oil. The OHM sponge consistently absorbed up to 30 times its weight in oil, leaving the water behind.

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Tesla diagnostic software now available for purchase in the US

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Diagnostic software is now available as a paid service in US for anybody willing to pay the price. Green noted that Tesla’s diagnostic software was not acc to US owners until now, but it was already available to owners in Europe.

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Study finds Colorado River Basin’s worst known megadrought was 1,800 years ago

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It reveals a greater range of natural hydroclimatic variability in the Colorado River than previously recognized, highlighting a need for water managers to adjust expectations and prepare for even more intense drought. Climate Change Market Background Power Generation Water

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Mercedes-Benz S 560 e PHEV now available for ordering

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With a water-cooled on-board charger with a capacity of 7.4 The third generation of the plug-in hybrid from Mercedes-Benz is due to be launched. Earlier post.) The new S 560 e (combined fuel consumption: 2.6-2.5 l/100 km, combined CO 2 emissions: 59-57 g/km, combined electrical consumption: 20.2-20.0 kWh/100 km) can be ordered from today.

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Study finds perennial biofuel crops’ water consumption similar to corn

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Evapotranspiration (ET) refers to the sum total of water lost while the plant is growing, either from evaporation through the plant stem itself (a process called “transpiration”), or from water evaporated off of the plant’s leaves or the ground. This knowledge gap exists for perennial vegetation in general in mesic environments, and has important implications for how landscape water balances will respond to climate change.

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Rolls-Royce and Robert Allan present world’s first LNG-powered shallow-water push boat

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Rolls-Royce and Canadian vessel designers Robert Allan have developed the world’s first shallow-water push boat powered by LNG natural gas engines. In addition, gas, where available, offers lower running costs.

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Study Finds Water Use for Switchgrass Ethanol Production Approximately the Same as for Gasoline

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In the US, producing one gallon of ethanol from switchgrass consumes approximately the same net amount of water as does producing a gallon of gasoline from conventional crude or oil sands oil, according to a study by Argonne National Laboratory researchers presented at the 238 th national meeting of the American Chemical Society last week. The production of both bio and petroleum feedstocks and fuels requires substantial water input. The energy industry is a major consumer of water.

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New ORNL tool to assess global freshwater stress suggests that population growth could be a bigger factor in water availability than increasing temperatures

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Our tool provides a simple method to integrate disparate climate and population data sources and develop preliminary per capita water availability projections at a global scale. At that time, it was unusual to integrate population, climate and water data into one model. Although just a first step, the toolkit, which has been made freely available, may be further developed for more involved analysis. None paint a promising picture for freshwater availability.

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US DOI report highlights impacts of climate change on Western water resources

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The US Department of the Interior released a report that assesses climate change risks and how these risks could impact water operations, hydropower, flood control, and fish and wildlife in the western United States. The report, which responds to requirements under the SECURE Water Act of 2009, details several increased risks to western United States water resources during the 21 st century. SECURE Water Act Report. Climate Change Climate Change Adaptation Water

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UC Davis ITS researchers take a detailed look at water consumption and withdrawal requirements for ethanol

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Water consumption intensity of ethanol from corn grain and crop residue and the avoided/displaced water use credits assigned to coproducts: DGS and electricity. While a number of studies have tired to assess the water consumption required for ethanol production, the results differ by orders of magnitude, with estimates ranging from 1.1 A recent GAO report suggests the water intensity of gasoline from large oil shale deposits in the western United States could range from 0.29

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Changes in Climate and Water Availability Adding Stress and Costs to Global Electricity Sector

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More than 90% of global electric utilities that report climate change activity to the Carbon Disclosure Project recognized they are at risk from changes in climate and water availability, which are already adding stress to the sector.

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CPT launching water-cooled electric supercharger for commercial diesel engines

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At the 17 th Supercharging conference this week in Dresden, Controlled Power Technologies (CPT) will launch what it says is the first water-cooled electric supercharger developed for “quasi-continuous” boosting of commercial diesel engines, including those developed for off highway applications. Because it is water-cooled it has a high level of thermal stability. Cobra electric supercharger. Click to enlarge.

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EPA draft assessment finds no widespread, systemic impacts to drinking water resources from fracking

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a draft assessment on the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing activities on drinking water resources in the United States. The assessment, done at the request of Congress, found that hydraulic fracturing activities in the US are carried out in a way that have not led to widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources. The stages of the hydraulic fracturing water cycle. Water acquisition.

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US/China team develops robust, stable Ni/Fe OER catalyst for water-splitting at low overpotentials

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A team from the University of Houston and Hunan Normal University in China has developed an active and durable oxygen evolution reaction (OER) catalyst for water splitting that meets commercial crtieria for current densities at low overpotentials. The researchers said that their discovery sets the stage for large-scale hydrogen production by water splitting using excess electrical power whenever and wherever available.

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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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Allison Transmission announces global availability of 9-speed transmission, expanded electrification portfolio at IAA CV

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Additional features include a higher energy Li-ion battery for extended engine off range; a smaller, lighter dual inverter with water ethylene glycol cooling for more efficient operation; and Increased Power Accessory II to improve fuel economy by using the hybrid system to power accessory components like air conditioning, air compressors and power steering.

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UH team develops new, highly efficient and durable OER catalyst for water splitting

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Researchers at the University of Houston have developed a catalyst—composed of easily available, low-cost materials and operating far more efficiently than previous catalyst—that can split water into hydrogen and oxygen. The robust oxygen-evolving electrocatalyst consists of ferrous metaphosphate on self-supported conductive nickel foam that is commercially available in large scale. But those are expensive and not readily available.

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Researcher urges more effort on assessment of land and water impacts of oil sands production; reference point for other unconventional fuels

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Bitumen production from the Canadian oil sands provides a point of reference that could be used to observe and better manage the land and water impacts of a rapid transition to unconventional fuels, suggests Dr. Sarah Jordaan of the Energy Technology Innovation Policy Research Group, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University. The two types of bitumen production—surface mining and thermal in situ production—have different land and water impacts.

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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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Rice team demonstrates plasmonic hot-electron solar water-splitting technology; simpler, cheaper and efficient

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Researchers at Rice have demonstrated an efficient new way to use solar energy for water splitting. a) Plasmonic photocathode for solar water splitting, consisting of plasmonic nanoparticles in direct contact with water, p-NiO x as an electron blocking layer, and aluminum as the electrode material. (b) Here the hot electron is directly injected into water molecules to drive the hydrogen evolution reaction.

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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. Clean diesel projects at ports, employing readily available technology, will make immediate emissions reductions and provide health benefits.

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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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Integrated solar-driven system for electrochemical energy storage and water electrolysis for H2 production

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A team from UCLA and colleagues from Tarbiat Modares University and Shahed University in Iran have devised an integrated solar-powered system for both electrochemical energy storage and water electrolysis. The Ni-Co-Fe LDH exhibited excellent electrochemical properties both as an active electrode material in supercapacitors, and as a catalyst in the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) for water splitting.

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