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 new thermochemical cycle devised by the team has four main steps: Thermal treatment of a physical mixture of Na 2 CO 3 (sodium carbonate) and Mn 3 O 4 (manganese (II, III) oxide) to produce MnO (manganese (II) oxide), CO, and ?-NaMnO 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 recovery of Mn 3 O 4 by thermally reducing the sodium ion extracted solid produced in step 3 at 850 °C.

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Fraunhofer team develops process to recycle carbon black from car tires

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Waste tires have been used mainly for recovering energy sources; only small proportions of the carbon black contained in these tires are recycled, since mineral ash accounts for around 20% of its content.

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Rio Tinto declares maiden ore reserve at Jadar; major potential source of battery-grade lithium carbonate

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The project under study consists of an underground mine, sustainable industrial processing and waste facilities as well as associated infrastructure. Jadar, one of the largest greenfield lithium projects in development, would be capable of producing approximately 55 thousand tonnes of battery grade lithium carbonate, as well as 160 thousand tonnes of boric acid (B 2 O 3 units) and 255 thousand tonnes of sodium sulfate as by-products per annum.

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CalSEED awards $4.2M to early-stage clean energy innovations

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To help California mitigate its ever-growing wildfires, this year CalSEED has included companies that are innovating in technologies that will build wildfire resiliency into the grid. EV Life, LLC is building the first online platform that gives drivers everything they need to switch from gas to an electric car. Hago Energetics, Inc aims to help farms become more profitable by converting farm waste to high-value products, such as hydrogen and valuable carbons.

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Faraday Institution commits a further $31M to battery research to deliver commercial impact

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The UK’s Faraday Institution announced a £22.6-million (US$31-million) commitment to build on its momentum in four key research challenges: extending battery life; battery modelling; recycling and reuse; and solid-state batteries. Focus was placed on how best to strengthen the UK’s position in electrochemical energy storage research and make UK industry more competitive, building on the foundations of the three years of investigation already performed.

Nouryon, Tata Steel, Port of Amsterdam to study feasibility of largest green H2 cluster in Europe; 100 MW water electrolysis facility

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The three parties consider green hydrogen as vital for reaching climate targets and building a more circular economy—e.g., This partnership builds on our existing initiatives to support the development of a sustainable chemical industry. Green hydrogen is a realistic alternative for fossil-based raw materials and enables new forms of green chemistry, such as using steel mill gas, CO 2 , or waste to make plastics and move to new, circular value chains.

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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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The scenarios are designed based on filtration and management of waste limitations based on SMP Refinery’s existing production capacity and flowsheet of 25,000mtpa and 2,000mtpa of refined nickel and cobalt cathode respectively.

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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. Compared to conventional electricity generation and transmission, CHP captures the otherwise wasted heat and makes it available for useful application. 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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IEA/OECD Report Concludes Nuclear Power Could Provide 24% of Global Electricity by 2050

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The latest reactor designs, now under construction around the world, build on more than 50 years of technology development. Progress in implementing plans for the disposal of high-level radioactive waste will also be essential. The industrial capacities and skilled human resources necessary to build, operate and maintain nuclear plants will also need to be increased over the next few years if nuclear is to expand rapidly. Sodium-cooled fast reactor (SFR).

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Cadillac launches new V-6 family; 3.0L Twin Turbo w/ cylinder deactivation and stop/start for CT6

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An all-new cylinder head design builds on the airflow attributes of the current V-6, supporting a broader power band that ensures excellent low-rpm torque, for strong power at take-off, and excellent airflow at high-rpm, for greater horsepower. That means less exhaust energy—which spins the turbines—is wasted in stored inertial loads. The new 3.0L

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

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Building Efficiency (3 projects). Waste Heat Capture (2 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.

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