Researchers convert atmospheric CO2 to carbon nanofibers and nanotubes for use as anodes in Li-ion and Na-ion batteries

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Researchers from George Washington University and Vanderbilt University have demonstrated the conversion of atmospheric CO 2 into carbon nanofibers (CNFs) and carbon nanotubes (CNTs) for use as high-performance anodes in both lithium-ion and sodium-ion batteries. The conversion process builds upon the solar thermal electro-chemical process (STEP) introduced by GWU Professor Stuart Licht and his colleagues in 2009. Batteries Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC

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Chevron invests in Prussian Blue battery tech company Natron Energy; stationary storage for EV charging stations

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Natron Energy , a developer of new battery cell technology based on Prussian Blue analogue electrodes and a sodium-ion electrolyte, has closed a strategic investment by Chevron Technology Ventures (CTV) to support the development of stationary energy storage systems for demand charge management at electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. Prussian blue dye, commonly used in blueprints, stores and releases energy in the form of sodium ions.

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Zytek Shows Electric A-Class Demonstrator with Uprated 55kW E-Drive; Developed in 10 Weeks

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Power is provided by two air-cooled sodium nickel chloride battery packs, integrated under the floor of the vehicle so they don’t compromise luggage space or vehicle stability. Low-volume vehicle build, typically for fleet trials, is conducted at Zytek, while for higher volumes the company supports assembly at the customer’s vehicle manufacturing facility, with the highly integrated design of E-Drive making it suited for integration alongside standard models.

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

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Low Cost Roll-to-Roll Manufacturing of Reusable Sorbents for Energy and Water Industries, $150,000 Qualification of SAS4A/SASSYS-1 for Sodium-Cooled Fast Reactor Authorization and Licensing, $674,484 Advanced Reactor Concepts LLC, Chevy Chase, Md. Quanex Building Products Corporation, Houston, Texas SCP SYS LLC, San Francisco, Calif. Novel chemical looping process for conversion of natural gas to pure hydrogen, $150,000 CanmetENERGY, Ottawa, Canada Glowink Inc.,

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Jervois to acquire SMP nickel & cobalt refinery in Brazil; concentrate from Idaho for refining, cobalt metal back to US

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CBA has also undertaken a scoping study with a leading international engineering firm specializing in base metal refineries, to assess the potential conversion of the facility to nickel sulfate production, for modest capital expenditure.

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200 Years Ago, Faraday Invented the Electric Motor

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He had discovered sodium, potassium, and several compounds and invented the. And if you'd like to build your own Faraday motor, this video will walk you through it: Although a great proof of concept, Faraday's device was not exactly useful, except as a parlor trick.

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Caltech engineers devise new thermochemical cycle for water splitting for H2; recyclable, non-toxic, non-corrosive and at lower temperatures

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The first thing postdoctoral scholar and lead author Bingjun Xu and graduate student Yashodhan Bhawe did was to perform a thermodynamic analysis demonstrating that it is unlikely, if not impossible, to split water with a two-step cycle where there is complete conversion between the oxidized and reduced forms at below 1,000 °C. NaMnO 2 (sodium manganate) at 850 °C; oxidation of MnO in the presence of Na 2 CO 3 by water to produce H 2 , CO 2 , and ?-NaMnO

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Haldor Topsøe ECO-Jet wins award; reducing soot, HC and heavy metal emissions from ships powered by bunker fuel

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The ECO-Jet process also removes other harmful substances from the exhaust of engines using bunker fuel, for instance poisonous hydrocarbons and metals including vanadium, iron, nickel, silicon and sodium. Soot in the exhaust gas from the engine contains further inorganic ash that cannot combust and therefore will accumulate in the filter over time and build up the pressure drop.

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ARPA-E awards $55M to 18 projects in two new programs: TERRA for transportation energy and GENSETS for distributed generation

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Researchers will design and build cutting-edge phenotyping platforms that can rapidly collect visual imagery, hyperspectral imagery and 3-D shape data of test crops multiple times daily. The program will provide $25 million to support 12 project teams to design, build and test improved natural gas-powered generators for residential use. and its team will design and build a generator for CHP systems based on a small, single-cylinder, two-stroke free-piston internal combustion engine.

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ARPA-E Awards $151M to 37 Projects for Transformative Energy Research

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Building Efficiency (3 projects). Eagle Picher, in partnership with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, will develop a new generation of high energy, low cost planar liquid sodium beta batteries for grid scale electrical power storage applications. Seaweed is a potentially sustainable source of biomass for the production of fuels, expanding and building opportunities for bio-butanol as a fuel and fuel extender. BUILDING EFFICIENCY.

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