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GTI quantifies opportunity to produce low-carbon renewable natural gas (RNG) from wood wastes

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GTI has released a site-specific engineering design titled “ Low-Carbon Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) from Wood Wastes ”. Open burning of agricultural wastes and devastating forest fires in California severely degrade air quality in the state.

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Lithium Australia produces LFP cathode material and Li-ion batteries from mine waste

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Lithium Australia NL reported that its wholly owned subsidiary VSPC Ltd has successfully produced Li-ion battery cathode material, and Li-ion batteries (LIBs), from tri-lithium phosphate produced directly from mine waste using the SiLeach process. LFP and batteries from waste.

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Waste gasification company Sierra Energy closes $33M Series A funding; FastOx

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The funding will help Sierra Energy further develop and commercialize its FastOx gasification technology, which converts virtually any waste into clean, renewable energy and fuels without burning. FastOx technology, developed by Sierra Energy and supported by grant funding from the Department of Defense and the California Energy Commission, uses oxygen and steam to heat waste to 4,000°F (2,200°C). Waste is fed into the top of the gasifier vessel through an airlock.

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Alphabet Energy introduces PowerModules for modular thermoelectric waste heat recovery; partnership with Borla for heavy-duty trucks

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The company also announced it will partner with Borla jointly to develop and to commercialize a next-generation-exhaust system incorporating PowerModules, with the goal of delivering significant fuel savings for commercial fleet truck fleets. Thermoelectrics Waste Heat Recovery

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Porous material polymerizes carbon dioxide at natural gas wellheads; less costly and energy-intensive approach

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Particles of nitrogen-containing porous carbon polymerize CO 2 from natural gas under pressure at a wellhead. When the pressure is released, the carbon dioxide spontaneously depolymerizes and frees the sorbent material to collect more. That’s a terrible waste of energy.

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Dearman-led consortium awarded $3.1M to develop waste-heat-recovery system using liquid air engine

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million) in the latest round of IDP10 funding from the UK’s Technology Strategy Board to support the development of a heat-recovery system for urban commercial vehicles. The tenth competition under the Low Carbon Vehicles Innovation Platform’s integrated delivery program (IDP), IDP10 is targeting the building of an integrated low-carbon-vehicle innovation chain, from the science base, through collaborative R&D to fleet-level demonstration.

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Climeworks launches world’s first commercial plant to capture CO2 from air; potential for CO2-neutral fuels

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Switzerland-based Climeworks, a spin-off from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH), recently launched the world’s first commercial plant that captures atmospheric CO 2 for supply and sale to a customer. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Emissions Fuels

2017 95

ORNL advancing LDH sorbent to recover lithium from geothermal brine wastes

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By some estimates, as much as 15,000 metric tons per year of lithium carbonate could be recovered from a single geothermal power plant in the Salton Sea area of California—one of the most mineral-rich brine sources in the United States. The work is being conducted with industry partner All American Lithium, which is seeking to refine the technology in preparation for a commercial lithium plant in California.

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DOE awards Texas A&M AgriLife Research $2.2M to investigate ways to market bio waste from biofuel refineries

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded a $2.2-million grant to researchers at Texas A&M AgriLife Research to investigate potential discoveries for waste products used in lignocellulosic biofuel production, turning them into valuable agents used in producing commercial products such as biodiesel and asphalt binding agents. Utilizing this lignin offers incentives such as improving the efficiencies of a biorefinery, reducing costs and lowering emissions.

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BP and Johnson Matthey license Fischer-Tropsch technology to waste-to-biofuels producer Fulcrum BioEnergy for biojet

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BP and Johnson Matthey (JM) have signed an agreement with Fulcrum BioEnergy to license their Fischer Tropsch (FT) technology to support Fulcrum’s drive to convert municipal solid waste into biojet fuel. The Sierra plant will be the first commercial-scale plant in the US to convert municipal solid waste feedstock, or household garbage that would otherwise be landfilled, into a low-carbon, renewable transportation fuel.

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Sorption Energy Seeking to Commercialize Waste Heat-Driven Adsorption Heat Pump Technology for Vehicle Air Conditioning

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A spinout from Warwick University (UK), Sorption Energy , is commercializing vehicle air conditioning systems based on waste heat-driven adsorption heat pump technology developed by Professor Robert Critoph and his team at University of Warwick School of Engineering.

2010 96

SITA UK and Cynar to build UKs first commercial plants to convert waste plastic to diesel

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Cynar is a UK company established to commercialize the ThermoFuel technology exclusively licensed to it in the UK and Ireland by its owners, Ozmotech Pty Ltd. The waste plastics to hydrocarbon fuels liquefaction technology is based on pyrolysis and distillation. The objective of the new agreement is to build 10 UK plants dealing with 60,000 tonnes of mixed plastic waste per year and to commission the first plant in London by end 2011.

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BETO report identifies biofuel/bioproducts opportunities from wet and gaseous waste: ~22.2B GGE/year

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The US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office has published a report, titled Biofuels and Bioproducts from Wet and Gaseous Waste Streams: Challenges and Opportunities. Also, these waste streams are often located where energy is in highest demand.

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New sulfonated carbon catalysts for esterification of free fatty acids for biodiesel production at lower costs

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Researchers at Wake Forest University and Virginia Tech report on their development of sulfonated carbon catalysts for the conversion of low-quality fats and oils containing high concentrations of free fatty acids into biodiesel in a paper in the journal Bioresource Technology. The new technology could reduce costs by up to 15% for a small-scale biodiesel production facility. Inexpensive feedstocks, such as waste grease and oil, has high FFA content.

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Mayor of London announces £70M+ green fund to finance low carbon waste and recycling infrastructure

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The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, announced an innovative fund totalling at least £70 million (US$114 million) which will finance low carbon waste and recycling infrastructure. Addressing an audience of senior financiers at the London Stock Exchange, the Mayor announced that Foresight Group, a leading sustainable asset manager, will manage the waste and recycling fund on behalf of and as part of the London Green Fund.

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Velocys receives FONSI from USDA for planned Mississippi biorefinery; wood waste to drop-in fuels

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Velocys is pursuing a USDA loan guarantee that could apply up to $200 million of debut as part of the total installed cost of the project. The site will be home to a biorefinery that will use Velocys’ technology to produce low-carbon transportation fuels from the wood wastes of lumber operations and tree plantations. Velocys technology is in use at ENVIA, the world’s first commercial smaller scale gas-to-liquids plant.

Researchers Develop More Efficient Thermocells for Low-Grade Waste Heat Recovery

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Research on utilizing low-grade heat from sources such as industrial waste streams, geothermal activity, and solar heating has focused on using solid-state thermoelectrics and Stirling engines to harvest low-grade waste heat as electrical energy.

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Gevo develops process for low-cost renewable isoprene; building block for rubber and rubber products

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has developed a proprietary catalytic process that transforms low-cost commercially available, or even waste by-product, renewable alcohols into renewable isoprene that would be expected to compete head-to-head on price with natural and petroleum-based chemical equivalents while reducing CO 2 emissions. million tons of potential bio-based waste feedstock. I look forward to seeing this one get commercially developed. Gevo, Inc.

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Opcon to Install Waste Heat Recovery System on Wallenius Ship; Targeting an Initial 4-6% in Fuel Savings

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Basic operation of the Opcon Powerbox ORC waste heat recovery system. Opcon, the Sweden-based energy and environmental technology Group, will install an Opcon Powerbox—an Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) waste heat recovery system—on one of Wallenius’ ships.

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MAHLE developing portfolio of solutions for fuel cell drives in commercial vehicles

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MAHLE is developing a modular fuel cell systems portfolio focused on commercial vehicles, based on its current range of components. New opportunities are opening up for heavy-duty commercial vehicles.

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Researchers develop cheaper, greener biofuels processing catalyst using waste metals and bacteria

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Published in an open-access paper in the journal Fuel , their findings point to a cheaper, more environmentally friendly and renewable catalyst for processing that uses common bacteria and the metal palladium, which can be recovered from waste sources such as discarded electronics, catalytic converters, street sweeper dust and processed sewage. The oil can flow through the palladium-decorated bacteria masses as it does through the carbon particles.

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LanzaTech and Swedish Biofuels partnering with Virgin Atlantic on waste gas-to-ethanol-to-jet fuel process; targeting commercial use by 2014

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Virgin Atlantic announced the development of a low-carbon, synthetic jet fuel kerosene produced from industrial waste gases with half the carbon footprint of the standard fossil fuel alternative in partnership with LanzaTech and Swedish Biofuels. Biofuels towards achieving the technical approval required for using new fuel types in commercial aircraft. A demo flight with the new fuel is planned in 12-18 months, with commercialization targeted for 2014.

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Toyota and partners launch low-carbon hydrogen supply-chain project in Japan

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In Japan, Aichi Prefecture, Chita City, Toyota City, Chubu Electric Power, Toho Gas, Toyota Motor Corporation, and Toyota Industries have launched the Chita City and Toyota City Renewable Energy-use Low-carbon Hydrogen Project.

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DOE awards LanzaTech $4M for low-carbon jet & diesel demo plant; 3M gpy; Audi evaluating fuel properties

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LanzaTech has been selected by the Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) to receive a $4-million award to design and plan a demonstration-scale facility using industrial off gases to produce 3 million gallons/year of low-carbon jet and diesel fuels. The LanzaTech facility will recycle industrial waste gases from steel manufacturing to produce a low cost ethanol intermediate: “Lanzanol.”

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UC Riverside team fabricates nanosilicon anodes for Li-ion batteries from waste glass bottles

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Researchers at the University of California, Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering have used waste glass bottles and a low-cost chemical process to fabricate nanosilicon anodes for high-performance lithium-ion batteries. Carbon-coated glass derived-silicon (gSi@C) electrodes demonstrated excellent electrochemical performance with a capacity of ~1420 mAh g -1 at C/2 rate after 400 cycles.

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DOE to award up to $36M for design and testing of advanced carbon capture technologies for coal-fired power generation

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) will award up to $36 million ( DE-FOA-0001791 ) to continue the development of carbon capture technologies to either the engineering scale or to a commercial design, with an eye to reducing fossil fuel power plant emissions. intended for commercial operation. Engineering design is to cover both the carbon capture process and balance of plant. Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Coal Power Generation

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INEOS Bio Begins Advanced Waste-to-Ethanol Plant Feasibility Study

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The INEOS Bio waste-to-ethanol process, originally developed by BRI. INEOS Bio, a subsidiary of INEOS, the world’s third-largest chemicals company, has started a feasibility study for a plant in the UK to convert locally generated biodegradable household and commercial wastes into carbon neutral road transport fuel and clean electricity, using the INEOS Bio technology process. The challenge now, in the current economic environment, is to commercialize in Europe.

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NREL develops novel method to produce renewable acrylonitrile; carbon fibers from renewable biomass

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Acrylonitrile, a petroleum-derived commodity chemical, is one of the most widely used monomers in the chemical industry with many commercial applications. Yet none have been able to compete with the traditional process in terms of cost and yield.

Gevo to deploy Shockwave process to lower the carbon intensity of its ethanol, isobutanol

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Shockwave’s Thermodynamic Corn Fractionation Process is a front-end corn fractionation platform that uses high velocity air and pressure changes to fractionate solid materials, providing an novel, low-cost approach to separating the corn kernel into the various fractions including a higher-starch feed for fermentation as well as germ and fiber. After successful pilot and demonstration-scale testing, Shockwave announced in June 2018 the commercial release of its corn fractionation platform.

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EU NELLI project delivers new generation solid-oxide fuel cell; efficient and lower cost

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Key challenges such as high costs, production at scale and capital investment have hampered widespread deployment of SOFCs. The design was patented during the project and is now commercially available from UK company Flexitallic.

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$4M ARPA-E award to Lanzatech to improve design of bioreactors for waste-gas-to-fuels fermentation technology

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LanzaTech, a producer of low-carbon fuels and chemicals from waste gases, was awarded a $4-million grant by the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) as one of the 15 REMOTE projects ( earlier post ) receiving a combined $34 million to find advanced biocatalyst technologies that can convert natural gas to liquid fuel for transportation. Methane has a global warming potential 21 times as high as carbon dioxide (CO 2 ).

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United Airlines begins commercial-scale use of renewable jet fuel; 15M gallons over 3-year period

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United Airlines has become the first US airline to begin use of commercial-scale volumes of sustainable aviation biofuel for regularly scheduled flights, beginning with the departure of United Flight 708 from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

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IACMI, DuPont and Purdue partner on automotive carbon-fiber composites

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and Purdue University, has launched the first project selected with a dual focus on decreasing the cost of manufacture and increasing design flexibility for automotive composites. Multiple factors, including cost and design constraints, present barriers to the adoption of composites in high volume automotive applications. High cycle time for production of continuous carbon fiber thermoplastic composites increases costs.

Report finds says “negative emissions technologies” need to play a large role in mitigating climate change

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To achieve goals for climate and economic growth, “negative emissions technologies” (NETs) that remove and sequester carbon dioxide from the air will need to play a significant role in mitigating climate change, according to a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Most climate mitigation efforts are intended to decrease the rate at which people add carbon from fossil fuel reservoirs to the atmosphere.

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Stanford team devises new bio-inspired strategy for using CO2 to produce multi-carbon compounds such as plastics and fuels

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Researchers at Stanford University have devised a new strategy for using CO 2 in the synthesis of multi-carbon compounds. Although the concept of using CO 2 as a feedstock for renewable multi-carbon compounds and synthetic fuels is attractive, practical implementation has been hampered by the difficulty of forming carboncarbon (C–C) bonds efficiently. The bottleneck has been figuring out a commercially viable way to produce FDCA sustainably.

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Berkeley Lab working with Alphabet Energy to develop a low-cost thermoelectric system

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With a $2-million grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC), Berkeley Lab is partnering with Alphabet Energy to create a cost-effective thermoelectric waste heat recovery system to reduce both energy use in the industrial sector and electricity-related carbon emissions. However, most current thermoelectric materials are limited by several factors, including high cost, low efficiency, and the inability to operate reliably at temperatures above 400 degrees Celsius.

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Start-up commercializing NC State technology for drop-in biofuels; full commercial production targeted for 2016

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Red Wolf, formed in 2010, is in the process of raising $3 million through an equity offering to commercialize the thermal-chemical catalytic process. This reaction step results in a saturated, straight chained hydrocarbon with one less carbon than the reacted FFA (i.e.

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Roland Berger study outlines integrated vehicle and fuels roadmap for further abating transport GHG emissions 2030+ at lowest societal cost

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A new study by consultancy Roland Berger defines an integrated roadmap for European road transport decarbonization to 2030 and beyond; the current regulatory framework for vehicle emissions, carbon intensity of fuels and use of renewable fuels covers only up to 2020/2021.

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Eindhoven University of Technology to make biofuels from its own wood waste; cyclic oxygenate CyclOx and ethanol

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Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) are developing a small-scale demonstration reactor that will process 40 tons of wood waste per year from the university into replacements for diesel fuel and gasoline. Rings with 6 carbon atoms (e.g.,

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HEET to conduct first Boeing-COMAC Technology Center aviation biofuel research project focused on waste cooking oil

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The technology center created by Boeing and Commercial Aircraft Corp. The project aims to identify contaminants in waste cooking oil, which often is described in China as “gutter oil,” and processes that may treat and clean it for use as jet fuel. Finding more efficient ways to convert “gutter oil” into jet fuel could increase regional biofuel supplies and improve biofuel’s affordability, enhancing the potential for commercial use.

2012 76

PowerDriver simulations predict thermoelectric exhaust waste heat recovery output of 300W, -2.5% in fuel consumption; prototyping begins

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The European Union-funded PowerDriver project—a two-year, €3-million (US$4-million) research project initiated in February 2012 to turn exhaust gas waste heat into electricity using thermoelectric generator (TGEN) technology—has completed simulation work on on a potential automotive application. These have a potentially low cost base but need further development to achieve the performance and thermal stability required for the application.

2013 74

UK study finds Bio-SNG could offer 90% reduction in lifecycle CO2; lower cost of carbon abatement than electrical solutions for transport applications

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Cost of carbon abated for transport applications. Bio-SNG (Synthetic Natural Gas) delivered via the gas grid offers CO 2 lifecycle savings of up to 90% compared with fossil fuel alternatives, and offer sa more cost-effective solution than electricity for carbon abatement in transport applications, according to a new feasibility study published by National Grid (UK), the North East Process Industry Cluster ( NEPIC ) and Centrica. Carbon savings.

2010 74

MIT researchers advancing development of supercritical water upgrading of heavy crude; lower cost, energy use and CO2

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Supercritical water upgrading (SCWU) of heavy oils has been of interest for years in industry and academia; SCWU reduces sulfur content and decreases average molecular weight or crude without rejecting carbon as coke products.

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