WVU opens new research facility to extract valuable rare earth elements from acid mine drainage

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West Virginia University (WVU) researchers are opening a new facility to capture rare earth elements (REEs) from acid mine drainage (AMD) from coal mining. Chris Vass, a WVU graduate student and Summersville, West Virginia, native is the operator of the new facility.

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GE Durathon batteries successfully power underground mining scoop

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In trials, GE’s sodium metal halide Durathon batteries ( earlier post ) have successfully powered GE Mining’s Scoop, an underground vehicle that transports mining materials, at Coal River Energy, LLC in Alum Creek, West Virginia.

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DOE to Award $25M to Two Consortia for US-China Clean Energy Research with Combined Funding of $100M; Focus on EVs and Carbon Capture and Sequestration

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) will award two consortia—one led by the University of Michigan and one led by the West Virginia University—a total of $25 million over the next five years under the US-China Clean Energy Research Center (CERC). The University of Michigan’s award will advance technologies for clean vehicles, while West Virginia University will use its funding to focus on the next generation of coal technologies, including carbon capture and storage.

Researchers find Nissan LEAF creates less CO2 than Toyota Prius hybrid in west US and Texas, but more in N. Midwest

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Regionally specific lifecycle CO 2 emissions per mile traveled for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and battery electric vehicles (BEVs) in the US can vary widely based on grid emission factors (i.e., Electric (Battery) Emissions Hybrids Lifecycle analysis Policy

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Lux: VW “actually in a strong position to innovate their way out of this mess”

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Volkswagen has also invested in next-generation batteries, including lithium-sulfur and solid-state. It’s striking, Lux said, that the US EPA, with its $8-billion budget and workforce of 15,000 staff, couldn’t catch VW, but a small team of researchers from West Virginia University could. Batteries Diesel Electric (Battery) Emissions Engines Plug-ins Regulations

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PSA evaluating Aquarius Engines’ free-piston linear generator for range-extender

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Electric (Battery) Engines Power GenerationPSA Groupe is evaluating a free-piston engine linear-generator under development by Israel-based start-up Aquarius Engines for use as a range-extender in its electric vehicles.

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President Obama Announces 48 Projects to Receive $2.4B in Grants for Next-Generation of Batteries and Electric Vehicles; To be Combined with $2.4B in Industry Cost-Share

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President Obama announced 48 new advanced battery and electric drive projects that will receive $2.4 These projects, selected through a highly competitive process by the Department of Energy (DOE), are intended to accelerate the development of US manufacturing capacity for batteries and electric drive components as well as the deployment of electric drive vehicles. Production of manganese oxide cathode / graphite lithium-ion batteries for hybrid and electric vehicles.

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WVU NAFTC partners with Tesla Motors for professional development and electric drive vehicle first responder safety training

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The NAFTC, a program of West Virginia University, has produced the Electric Drive Vehicle First Responder Safety Training, a curriculum developed under the NAFTC’s Advanced Electric Drive Vehicle Education Program, funded by the US Department of Energy. The First Responder Safety Training consists of four modules titled Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Battery Electric Vehicles and Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles.

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CMU study finds controlled EV charging can reduce generation cost, but at greater health and environmental costs depending upon the generation mix

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Although electric vehicles have lower tailpipe emissions than gasoline powered vehicles, the changes in emissions associated with vehicle electrification on a life cycle basis will depend on the emissions associated with the operations of the power plants used to charge the battery.

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SAE publishes standards for first responders to hybrid, EV accidents; FEMA awards $1M to NAFTC for first responder training

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Separately, the US Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded a new grant for nearly $1 million to the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) at West Virginia University for a program to educate the nation’s first responders on the best ways to handle accidents involving alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles. The NAFTC, a program of West Virginia University, was founded in 1992.

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Libertine LPE free piston technology targeting power generation, waste-heat recovery and range-extended EV applications; feasibility study with PETRONAS

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Electric (Battery) Engines UK startup Libertine LPE has developed a free piston linear power generator technology that it says overcomes the key challenges faced by earlier free piston engine schemes of motion control, emissions and power conversion efficiency.

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Maxwell supplying ultracaps to ABB for hybrid version of Philadelphia rail energy recuperation system

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When used with batteries, ESS can also provide emergency power and generate revenues by participating in the local energy markets. ABB installed a battery-based ENVILINE braking energy recuperation system in a substation of SEPTA in 2012 and has now incorporated Maxwell ultracapacitors in a new hybrid configuration to increase energy recovery efficiency and extend battery life. Maxwell Technologies, Inc.

DOE to award up to $137M for SuperTruck II, Vehicle Technology Office programs

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Through the other initiative, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Vehicle Technologies Office Program Wide Funding Opportunity Announcement ( earlier post )selections, 35 new projects will receive $57 million to develop and deploy a wide array of cutting-edge vehicle technologies, including advanced batteries and electric drive systems, to reduce carbon emissions and petroleum consumption in passenger cars and light trucks. West Virginia University Research Corporation.

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DOE awarding $6M to 11 projects to accelerate alternative fuel vehicle market growth

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West Virginia University Research Corporation. Behavior Electric (Battery) Fuels Plug-ins The US Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding $6 million to 11 projects aimed at improving potential buyers’ experiences with alternative fuel and plug-in electric vehicles, supporting training, and integrating alternative fuels into emergency planning.

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WVU Center develops electric drive and alternative fuel vehicle smart phone app and training program for first responders

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The West Virginia University (WVU)-based National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium ( NAFTC ) has created a suite of modern technology products that put knowledge about specific electric drive and alternative fuel vehicles at the fingertips of first responders.

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NREL Study Finds UPS First-Generation Hybrid Vans Deliver Almost 29% Greater Fuel Economy

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kWh lithium-ion battery pack. UPS van fuel economy comparison. Source: Lammert 2009. Click to enlarge. UPS’ first-generation diesel hybrid delivery vans improved the on-road fuel economy by 28.9%

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EcoCAR Teams Roll Out Architectures; Plug-in Li-ion Packs and Renewable Energy Common Attributes

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The 17 designs range from systems using on-board hydrogen fuel cells to full battery-electric vehicles. All of the designs use lithium-ion battery technology. Eight of the EcoCAR teams, including Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Mississippi State University, North Carolina State University, Ohio State University, Pennsylvania State University, University of Wisconsin, University of Victoria and Virginia Tech chose to design Extended Range Electric Vehicles.

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Ohio State University Takes Top Spot at 2009 EcoCAR Competition with EREV Design

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Almost half of the EcoCAR teams chose to design EREVs, including Ohio State, University of Wisconsin, Virginia Tech, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Mississippi State University, North Carolina State University, Penn State and University of Victoria. Two of the teams, University of Waterloo and Missouri University of Science and Technology, designed a Fuel Cell Plug-in Hybrid Vehicle which uses an onboard hydrogen fuel cell to either propel the vehicle or recharge a battery pack.

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