Photocatalytic optical fibers convert water into hydrogen

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Researchers at the University of Southampton have transformed optical fibers into photocatalytic microreactors that convert water into hydrogen fuel using solar energy.

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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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Hyundai Motor and Kia collaborate with Next Hydrogen to develop advanced alkaline water electrolysis system

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Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Corporation have signed a memorandum of understanding with Canada-based Next Hydrogen Corporation, a specialist in water electrolysis technology and a subsidiary of Next Hydrogen Solutions Inc., Under the agreement, the companies will jointly develop an alkaline water electrolysis system and its related stack for the purpose of generating green hydrogen economically and exploring new business opportunities and technological applications.

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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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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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Building materials recycler switches fleet to Neste renewable diesel

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Our environmental track record and continual efforts to help our customers build more sustainable communities played a major role in our decision to use renewable diesel in our fleet.

2020 284

Raven SR & Hyzon Motors to build up to 100 waste-to-hydrogen hubs

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a global supplier of hydrogen fuel cell-powered commercial vehicles, announced a joint venture to build up to 100 hydrogen hubs across the United States and globally. As a non-combustion process, there is no ash, no slag, build up, or hotspots in the equipment.

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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. Water electrolysis produces green hydrogen that can be stored for hours, days or months, converted back into electricity or used as a clean, CO 2 -free starting material in the mobility sector or for the production of sustainable chemicals.

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Ford targeting 30% reduction in water used per vehicle by 2015

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Ford plans to cut the amount of water used to make each vehicle 30% globally by 2015, compared with the amount of water used per vehicle in 2009. If Ford meets the 30% goal, the amount of water used to make a vehicle will have dropped from 9.5 Ford is also developing year-over-year efficiency targets as part of its annual environmental business planning process and has established a cross-functional team spanning several divisions to review water usage more holistically.

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Argonne team combines two protein complexes to make hydrogen fuel from water

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Researchers from the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have combined two membrane-bound protein complexes to perform a complete conversion of water molecules to hydrogen and oxygen. Sunlight-driven production of hydrogen from water provides a sustainable approach to achieve a clean, renewable alternative fuel to fossil fuels. Poluektov (2018) “Z-scheme solar water splitting via self-assembly of photosystem I-catalyst hybrids in thylakoid membranes” Chem.

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Tesla submits its application to build batteries at Giga Berlin

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Tesla has officially submitted amended application documents to build electric vehicle battery cells at its German production plant, Giga Berlin. Tesla also outlined a r eduction in planned water consumption at the plant.

Novel microsphere photocatalysts show good performance for water splitting and water cleaning

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Researchers at the National University of Singapore and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) in Singapore have produced novel microsphere catalysts that can improve water quality in daylight and also generate hydrogen as a green energy source. The novel multielement Au/La-SrTiO 3 microspheres were synthesized by a solvothermal method using monodisperse gold and La-SrTiO 3 nanocrystals as building blocks.

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Berkeley Lab nanoscale imaging study yields key insights into photo-electrochemical water splitting

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In the quest to realize artificial photosynthesis to convert sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide into fuel—just as plants do—researchers need to not only identify materials to efficiently perform photoelectrochemical water splitting, but also to understand why a certain material may or may not work. Schematic principle of photoconductive atomic force microscopy on polycrystalline bismuth vanadate thin films for solar water splitting.

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CF Industries to build green ammonia plant in Louisiana

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The company will install an electrolysis system at Donaldsonville to generate carbon-free hydrogen from water that will then be supplied to an existing plant to produce green ammonia. CF Industries’ Board of Directors has approved a green ammonia project at the company’s flagship Donaldsonville Nitrogen Complex to produce approximately 20,000 tons per year of green ammonia.

CATL to build new $280M, 80 tpy LFP cathode materials plant in China

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China-based battery maker CATL (Contemporary Amperex Technology Co Ltd) and its subsidiary Shenzhen Dynanonic signed an agreement with Jiang’an county government (located in south-west China’s Sichuan province) to build a lithium iron phosphate (LFP) cathode materials plant with a production capacity of 80 tpy. The use of LFP in other applications, such as stationary ESS and water transportation, is forecast to increase as well.

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HYBRIT JV planning to begin building demo plant for fossil-free steel in 2023

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We want to build the plant in Norrbotten. The byproduct of using fossil-free electricity and hydrogen in steelmaking, instead of coke and coal, will be water instead of carbon dioxide.

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Audi building 160,000 m2 photovoltaic system for Gy?r, Hungary plant

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Together with E.ON, Audi is building a solar energy park on the roofs of the two logistics centers of its plant in Gy?r This will create Europe’s largest photovoltaic system installed on a building at the Audi Hungaria plant in Gy?r. We are also installing new technologies at all our plants to reduce our water consumption, avoid air pollution and improve recycling.

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

Researchers split water by altering photosynthetic machinery in plants; semi-artificial photosynthesis

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They used natural sunlight to convert water into hydrogen and oxygen using a mixture of biological components and manmade technologies. A new paper, published in Nature Energy , outlines how the researchers at the Reisner Laboratory in Cambridge developed their platform to achieve unassisted solar-driven water-splitting. Here, we report a bias-free semi-artificial tandem platform that wires photosystem II to hydrogenase for overall water splitting.

2018 190

US and Masdar to Strengthen Cooperation on Carbon Capture and Sequestration, Water and Biofuels, and Buildings

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The agreement, signed at DOE by US Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman and Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, CEO of Masdar, builds on ties between the United States and the United Arab Emirates to establish a framework for cooperation in three key areas: carbon capture and sequestration; water and bio-fuels; and building technology.

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UMD-led study: road salts and other human sources are threatening world’s freshwater supplies

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Kaushal and his team named these cascading effects of introduced salts Freshwater Salinization Syndrome, and it can poison drinking water and cause negative effects on human health, agriculture, infrastructure, wildlife and the stability of ecosystems.

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SpaceX rolls Starship launch tower section, giant water tank to orbital pad

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A few days of delays aside, the latest transport simultaneously rolled a massive 12m (40 ft) wide water tank and another prefabricated section of SpaceX’s skyscraper-sized orbital launch tower to a nascent orbital launch site adjacent to two well-worn suborbital pads.

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Tesla Giga Berlin’s battery plant to consume far less water than expected: report

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According to the revised application, Tesla Giga Berlin’s water consumption will be far less than anticipated. . Tesla has already started accepting graffiti art submissions, hinting that it is just putting the finishing touches on Giga Berlin’s Phase 1 building.

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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. In contrast to past work, the new architecture does not utilize a Schottky junction—the commonly used building block to collect hot carriers. 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)

2015 229

Manhattan Beach, The South Bay’s Greenest City

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The Creative Greenius says you can now expect a bold United States policy on cutting greenhouse gas emissions, a rapid shift away from carbon-based fuels to renewables and a science-based approach to water policy and other critical resources. The drought is causing the city to push water conservation and discuss possible penalties. There’s no good news anywhere on the water horizon. California State reservoir water levels are also falling dramatically.

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Novel microbial biosensor platforms for early detection and treatment of oil leakage and produced waters

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Plus if we are able to develop this system on a larger scale, the same unit would be able to treat the waste and to remediate the soil and water that has been contaminated. In previous research, Gude studied the use of microorganisms in wastewater treatment, and he has recently turned his focus to building biosensors from similar species.

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HZB, 3M team explores water management in PFIA membranes for fuel cells; better performance at higher temps and low humidity

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These additional acidic sites on each hydrophilic side chain provide additional protons for the proton transport and allow for the formation of larger water channels. The water management in the PFIA membrane is of interest, since it is crucial for the performance of the fuel cell: in order to function it needs to be humid but never wet. Researchers at Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin (HZB) teamed up with 3M to explore the water management in PFIA membranes.

2017 163

New robust triple-layer bifunctional catalyst for water splitting with earth-abundant materials

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A new robust and highly active bifunctional catalyst developed by Rice University and the University of Houston splits water into hydrogen and oxygen without the need for expensive metals such as platinum. The work, the team suggests, provides a facile strategy for fabricating highly efficient electrocatalysts from earth-abundant materials for overall water splitting. The lower you can get it, the closer you come to making it as efficient as possible for water splitting.

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NSF announces $55M toward national research priorities; intersection of food, energy and water systems

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) has made 11 awards totaling $55 million aimed at building research capacity to develop new innovations at the intersection of food, energy and water systems and to address fundamental questions about the brain. RII Track-2 builds national research strength by initiating collaborations across institutions in two or more EPSCoR jurisdictions. Research at the nexus of food, energy and water.

2016 150

INEOS to build new hand sanitizer plant in UK in 10 days to make 1M bottles per month; to replicate in Germany

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INEOS, a leading chemcial manufacturer, announced it will build a UK factory to produce 1 million bottles of hand sanitizer per month within 10 days and will replicate this in Germany. Its products purify the public drinking water.

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CU-Boulder team develops more efficient isothermal solar-thermal water splitting technique for H2 production

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A University of Colorado Boulder team has developed a new solar-thermal water-splitting (STWS) system for the efficient production of hydrogen. STWS cycles have long been recognized as a desirable means of generating hydrogen gas (H 2 ) from water and sunlight, the team notes. Splitting water with sunlight is the Holy Grail of a sustainable hydrogen economy. Weimer (2013) Efficient Generation of H2 by Splitting Water with an Isothermal Redox Cycle.

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Geely invests in Carbon Recycling Intl.; vehicles fueled by methanol from CO2, water and renewable energy

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This investment will build on our existing methanol technology, facilitating even more valuable solutions and helping to propel this part of our business in China. Geely’s CRI investment and work with renewable methanol is similar to the approach Audi is taking with its own e-fuels projects—producing very low carbon liquid or gaseous fuels using only renewable energy, water and CO 2. Zhejiang Geely Holding Group (Geely Group) will invest a total of US$45.5

2015 210

Schlumberger launches industry-first multiclient wide-azimuth deepwater seismic survey in Mexican waters, Gulf of Mexico

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Building on our experience in the US Gulf of Mexico, we are focused on collaborating with customers to understand and prioritize the hydrocarbon potential in the Mexican waters of the Gulf. Schlumberger expanded its Gulf of Mexico multiclient wide-azimuth seismic data portfolio by launching a new survey in the Campeche Basin.

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TNO joins H2-Share project to build and demo 27t hydrogen fuel cell truck and mobile refueler

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The project aims to build and demonstrate a 27-ton rigid hydrogen fuel cell truck along with a mobile refueler. Associated partners are Deutsche Post DHL Group (Germany) & DHL International BV (The Netherlands), Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management (The Netherlands), BREYTNER BV (The Netherlands), CURE (The Netherlands) and Colruyt Group (Belgium).

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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

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Ford cuts global water use 8.5% per vehicle from 2011 to 2012; total usage down 62% since 2000

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Ford has reduced the average amount of water used to make each of its vehicles by 8.5% Since 2000, Ford has reduced the amount of water used around the world from 64 million cubic meters to 24 million cubic meters—a reduction of about 10.6 Ford aims to use an average of 1,056 gallons of water to make each vehicle globally—consistent with its overall goal of a 30% reduction in the amount of water used per vehicle between 2009 and 2015.

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GE and Berkeley Lab developing water-based high energy density flow battery for EVs

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Conceptual design of a water-based flow battery GE scientists are researching as part of ARPA-E’s RANGE program. Researchers from GE and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) are developing a water-based flow battery targeted at EVs. The system uses water-based solutions of inorganic chemicals that are capable of transferring more than one electron, providing high-energy density.

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CO2-Based Process Reduces Water Use in Oil Sands Tailings

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Canadian Natural Resources (CNRL), an independent crude oil and natural gas producer, is applying a technique at its Horizon oil sands plant that uses CO 2 to change the water chemistry of the tailings, resulting in accelerated settling and greatly reduced water use. Using CO 2 , tailings silt separates much faster “and we are able to get that water back into the system, so we are recycling almost all our water,” Laut said. Edmonton Journal.

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. SCWU uses water rather than natural gas as the source of the hydrogen molecules needed for the key chemical reactions in the refining process.

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KLM, SkyNRG and SHV Energy announce project to build European plant for sustainable aviation fuel: DSL-1

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The facility will run on sustainable hydrogen, which is produced using water and wind energy. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has committed itself for a 10-year period to the development and purchase of 75,000 tonnes of sustainable aviation fuel a year. KLM is the first airline in the world to invest in sustainable aviation fuel on this scale. SkyNRG, global market leader for sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), will develop Europe’s first dedicated plant for the production of SAF in Delfzijl.

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Dürr building smart and resource-efficient paint shop at San Luis Potosí in Mexico for BMW Group; Industry 4.0

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Dürr is building a paint shop in Mexico for the BMW Group that meets the requirements for connected Industry 4.0 San Luis Potosí will build the BMW brand’s best-selling model series, the BMW 3 Series Sedan. Responsible use of water resources is a particular sustainability goal in San Luis Potosí. The facility will have the lowest water consumption per vehicle produced in the production network. The water needed for the painting process is reconditioned and recycled.

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AECOM awarded contract to build Faraday Future’s $1B N American EV manufacturing plant

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Structural glass, a water feature and dark sky-compliant outdoor lighting fixtures will welcome visitors and thousands of production workers by connecting the plant with the landscape. The current demolition work includes the digging of water retention pools to store water for compaction and use in the building’s cooling towers.

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