Hyzon Motors to build US’ largest fuel cell MEA line for commercial vehicles in Chicago area

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a supplier of hydrogen fuel cell powered heavy vehicles ( earlier post ), plans to build the largest fuel cell membrane electrode assembly (MEA) production line for commercial vehicles in the United States at its new Hyzon Innovation Center located in Bolingbrook, Illinois, just outside of Chicago. We chose the greater Chicago area due to its top-tier universities, national labs, equipment companies and manufacturers, and a large pool of talent for recruiting a highly-skilled workforce.

U of I at Chicago team to optimize new traffic-powered source of electricity

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The Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department of the University of Illinois at Chicago has entered into an agreement with New Energy Innovations, Inc. The University of Illinois at Chicago Senior Mechanical Engineering and Design Team will be working on optimizing the best mechanical system.

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U Chicago, MIT study suggests ongoing use of fossil fuels absent new carbon taxes

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A paper by a team from the University of Chicago and MIT suggests that technology-driven cost reductions in fossil fuels will lead to the continued use of fossil fuels—oil, gas, and coal—unless governments pass new taxes on carbon emissions.

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U Chicago study proposes market-based approach to fuel economy standards to deal with impacts of fuel price volatility

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A new study by Ryan Kellogg, a professor at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy and author of the study, evaluates the current approach and proposes a novel, market-based alternative: indexing the standard to rise and fall with the price of gasoline.

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Coulomb Technologies and Carbon Day Automotive Unveil Solar Plug-In Station in Chicago

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Carbon Day Automotive and Coulomb Technologies unveiled a solar-powered electric vehicle charging station in the City of Chicago. The Solar Plug-In Station will be used daily by the City of Chicago to fuel the city’s electric vehicles with power from the sun. The Coulomb Charge Point is a universal station that can re charge anything that requires a plug (Segway PT, bike, car, etc.).

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DOE Selects Seven Projects for University Coal Research Program

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The US Department of Energy has selected 7 projects to participate in the University Coal Research (UCR) program. Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Ill. University of California, Merced, Calif. Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pa. University of Missouri, Kansas City, Mo. Clemson University, Clemson, S.C. West Virginia University, Morgantown, W.Va. West Virginia University will collaborate with NexTech Materials, Ltd.,

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NASEM announces provisional committee for new study on life cycle analyses of low-carbon fuels

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Dunn, PhD, Northwestern University. Gurian, PhD, Drexel University. Hill, PhD, University of Minnesota. Madhu Khanna, PhD, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Michalek, PhD, Carnegie Mellon University. Steffen Mueller, PhD, The University of Illinois at Chicago. Scown, PhD, University of California, Berkeley. Shrestha, PhD, University of Idaho. Farzad Taheripour, PhD, Purdue University. Yuan Yao, PhD, Yale University.

Study finds EVs are traveling less than half the US fleet average

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A team from the University of Chicago, University of California, Davis, and UC Berkeley combined billions of hourly electricity meter measurements with address-level EV registration records in California—home to about half of the EVs in the United States. —co-author Fiona Burlig, an assistant professor at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy.

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Most Americans plan action to alleviate climate change

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The first poll, from the University of Chicago Energy. There's nothing like hitting people where they live to goad them into action. After a year of record fires in California and floods in Texas and on the East Coast, more Americans are taking climate change seriously—and significant portions are willing to take financial steps to combat it. global warming greenhouse gas climate change

MacArthur Foundation grant supports Urban Center for Computation and Data

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A new Chicago-based research center using advanced computational methods to understand the rapid growth of cities will receive a $500,000 grant from the John D. Announced in December 2012, UrbanCCD was initially funded by a $600,000-grant from the National Science Foundation and unites researchers from several Chicago institutions, city officials and private enterprise with the Computation Institute (CI), a joint initiative between the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory.

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NSF awarding $81M to 16 sites for new National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI)

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The NNCI sites will provide researchers from academia, government, and companies large and small with access to university user facilities with leading-edge fabrication and characterization tools, instrumentation, and expertise within all disciplines of nanoscale science, engineering and technology. These 16 sites are located in 15 states and involve 27 universities across the nation. San Diego Nanotechnology Infrastructure, University of California, San Diego, PI: Yu-Hwa Lo.

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China-based study concludes using political incentives to fight pollution is costly and inefficient

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—co-author Guojun He, research director at the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago in China (EPIC China) and a professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. —co-author Shaoda Wang, a postdoctoral scholar at EPIC and incoming assistant professor at the University of Chicago.

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EPIC-UCAS Joint Center awards six grants for energy and environmental research in China

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The Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC) and the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS) announced the first research grants from the EPIC-UCAS Joint Center for Energy Policy Research in China. Koichiro Ito (UChicago) and Shuang Zhang (University of Colorado-Boulder) to study the economic and environmental benefits of heating price reform in China.

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UCL, UI researchers devise method to optimize magnesium chromium oxide cathode materials; disordered materials

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University College London and University of Illinois at Chicago researchers report a new, scalable method for making a material that can reversibly store magnesium ions at high-voltage. Collaborators at the University of Illinois at Chicago then compared its magnesium activity with a conventional, ordered magnesium chromium oxide material ~7 nm wide. —Professor Jordi Cabana (University of Illinois at Chicago).

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Study associates arrival of ridehailing with 3% increase in traffic deaths

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The arrival of ridehailing is associated with an increase of approximately 3 percent in the number of motor vehicle fatalities and fatal accidents, according to research from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and Rice University. Hochberg and Hanyi Yi, both of Rice University, in the working paper, The Cost of Convenience: Ridehailing and Traffic Fatalities.

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President Obama announces two new public-private manufacturing innovation institutes; new manufacturing innovation institute competition

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President Obama announced two new manufacturing innovation institutes led by the Department of Defense supported by a $140-million Federal commitment combined with more than $140 million in non-federal resources: (1) a Detroit-area-headquartered consortium of businesses and universities, with a focus on lightweight and modern metals manufacturing; and (2) a Chicago-headquartered consortium of businesses and universities that will concentrate on digital manufacturing and design technologies.

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Consumer Reports survey finds concerns with new mobility options

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The multi-mode survey was fielded by NORC at the University of Chicago using a nationally representative sample. Consumer Reports is publishing survey results that show consumer concerns with new mobility options including ridehailing and ridesharing services.

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Study: Americans working from home are using more power and paying higher bills

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Cicala is a non-resident scholar at the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC) and an assistant professor of economics at Tufts University.

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European power-to-methane company Electrochaea opens California subsidiary

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Laurens Mets at the University of Chicago. Electrochaea GmbH, a European provider of renewable methane technology, has established a California-based US subsidiary, Electrochaea Corporation, to accelerate the commercial roll-out of its technology in North America.

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Chevrolet purchasing and retiring up to $5M in carbon credits to help 11 colleges pay for efficiency projects

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Chevrolet partnered with these colleges for their clean-energy performance: Ball State University; Valencia College; Portland State University; Spelman College; University of Illinois at Chicago; University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point; Boston University; Rochester Institute of Technology; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Grand Valley State University; and Southern Oregon University.

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Study finds automatic monitors significantly improve the quality of pollution data reported in China

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—Michael Greenstone, Director of the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC) and co-author of the study. —Guojun He, research director at EPIC China and a professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Greenstone and He co-authored the study with Ruixue Jia from the University of California San Diego and Tong Liu from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

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Global study shows uneven urbanization among large cities in the last two decades

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Credit: The University of Hong Kong. The largest greening BUAs are Pearl River Delta (PRD), Tokyo, Yangtze River Delta (YRD), Miami, Beijing, Chicago, Seoul, Tianjin, São Paulo, and Osaka. The world has experienced significant urbanization in recent decades.

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Tuning electrode surfaces to optimize solar fuel production

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—co-corresponding author Giulia Galli, University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory. —co-corresponding author Kyoung-Shin Choi, University of Wisconsin-Madison. The work by Choi and Galli was supported by the National Science Foundation and used computational resources of the University of Chicago's Research Computing Center.

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UB study finds link between ambient ozone exposure, artery wall thickness

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Long-term exposure to ambient ozone appears to accelerate arterial conditions that progress into cardiovascular disease and stroke, according to a new University at Buffalo study. Paul, Minnesota; Chicago; and Los Angeles. Wang’s study—which includes researchers from the University of Washington and the University of Wisconsin-Madison— has policy implications for the US, where the Environmental Protection Agency in 2015 lowered the federal health standards for ozone.

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SiNode and JNC partner to form NanoGraf to improve battery energy density by 50%; Si-graphene composit anode materials

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SiNode Systems, a Chicago-based advanced materials company developing silicon-graphene materials for the next generation of lithium-ion batteries ( earlier post ), and JNC Corporation, a Tokyo-based specialty chemical manufacturer, have formed NanoGraf Corporation—a joint venture focused on commercializing asvanced materials for the Lithium-ion battery industry—with a $4.5-million investment.

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NSF awards UIC $1.44M to discover new 2D materials for better batteries

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The University of Illinois at Chicago has received a $1.44-million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to discover new 2D materials that can be used to manufacture better and cheaper batteries. During the four year grant cycle, Salehi-Khojin and Klie will be assisted by researchers at Washington University of St.

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DOE, DOT collaborate to improve public transportation efficiency and effectiveness using data and technology

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The recipients of the cooperative research grants are Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Chattanooga Regional Transportation Authority (CARTA), and Utah State University. The MIT project will conduct field experiments to demonstrate the mobility and energy efficiency impacts in Boston and Chicago. Utah State University will develop a suite of planning and operations tools to enable public transportation transit bus electrification.

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EPIC index finds air pollution reduces global life expectancy by 1.8 years; single greatest threat to human health

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years per person, according to a new pollution index and accompanying report produced by the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC). —Michael Greenstone, the Milton Friedman Professor in Economics and director of the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC). Fossil fuel-driven particulate air pollution cuts global average life expectancy by 1.8

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INRIX: shared bikes and scooters could replace nearly 50% of downtown vehicle trips

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The high proportion of short-distance trips—independent of a city’s density or public transit network—highlights the universal potential for shared scooters and bikes. Micromobility (defined as shared bikes, e-bikes and e-scooters) could deliver substantial benefits to consumers and businesses around the world, including efficient and cost-effective travel, reduced traffic congestion, decreased emissions and a boost to the local economy.

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Researchers create graphene-like structure with transition metal atoms

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An international group of physicists led by the University of Arkansas has created an artificial graphene-like structure with transition metal atoms in place of carbon atoms. Additional members of the group were David Doennig of the University of Munich, Rossitza Pentcheva of the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany, Zhenzhong Yang, Jinan Shi and Lin Gu of the Chinese Academy of Sciences; and John W.

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Eastman Chemical acquires TetraVitae Bioscience assets; bio-based n-butanol and acetone

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located in Chicago, Ill. The basis of the technology is Clostridium Beijerinckii BA 101, a mutant (non-GMO) organism discovered by Professor Hans Blaschek of the University of Illinois which produces solvents (acetone-butanol-ethanol, ABE) at elevated levels. Eastman Renewable Materials, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Eastman Chemical Company, has acquired the assets of TetraVitae Bioscience, Inc.,

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Study estimates ~4M children worldwide develop asthma each year because of NO2 air pollution

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About 4 million children worldwide develop asthma each year because of inhaling nitrogen dioxide (NO 2 ) air pollution, according to an open-access study published in The Lancet Planetary Health by researchers at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute SPH). This study was funded by George Washington University.

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UChicago scientists predict new state of matter; efficient movement of electricity and energy

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Three scientists from the University of Chicago predict that there may be a way to make a material that could conduct both electricity and energy with 100% efficiency—never losing any to heat or friction. Their work, published in Physical Review B, suggests a framework for an entirely new type of matter, which could have very useful technological applications in the real world. Though the prediction is based on theory, efforts are underway to test it experimentally.

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EPIC: state-level renewable electricity mandates increase electricity prices up to 17% over 12 years; cost more expensive than benefit

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—co-author Michael Greenstone, the Milton Friedman Distinguished Service Professor in Economics and director of the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC). Greenstone and his co-author, Ishan Nath from the University of Chicago, compare states with and without RPS policies using the most comprehensive dataset compiled to date.

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Flying first class on a single domestic round trip can contribute more greenhouse gas emissions than a year of driving

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Among these flights were the three most frequently flown routes in the United Sates (New York to Los Angeles, Los Angeles to San Francisco, and Chicago to New York); the shortest flight that is code shared with a major U.S. Michael Sivak is the managing director of Sivak Applied Research and the former director of Sustainable Worldwide Transportation at the University of Michigan. by Michael Sivak.

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NSF awards $20 million to two new testbeds to support cloud computing applications and experiments

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The first of the NSFCloud projects will support the design, deployment and initial operation of “Chameleon,” a large-scale, reconfigurable experimental environment for cloud research, co-located at the University of Chicago and The University of Texas at Austin. —Kate Keahey, a scientist at the Computation Institute at the University of Chicago and principal investigator for Chameleon.

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Northwestern-led consortium to establish new NIST-sponsored center of excellence for advanced materials

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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has selected a consortium led by Northwestern University to establish a new NIST-sponsored center of excellence for advanced materials research. Courtesy Northwestern University. The consortium also plans to work closely with QuesTek Innovations, a small business spin-off of NU; ASM International, a well-known professional society of materials scientists; and Fayetteville State University.

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Study suggests high-mileage light-duty fleets contribute higher emissions and emissions share than expected

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A study by researchers from the University of Denver and the University of Puget Sound indicates that high-mileage light-duty fleets contribute higher emissions and emissions share than expected based on their actual numbers in the fleet. In Chicago, the observed, on-road taxi fleet also had significantly higher emissions and an emissions share that was more than double their fleet representation.

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AQLI: new data reveals little progress globally in reducing air pollution over the last two decades

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Produced by the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC), the AQLI is based on frontier research by EPIC’s director Michael Greenstone that quantified the causal relationship between human exposure to air pollution and reduced life expectancy.

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Titanium Corporation receives patent for improved solvent recovery from oil sands tailings

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Over the five year program to develop this latest patented solution, the company’s Dr. Kevin Moran led a research team which included scientists from the Gas Technology Institute (GTI) in Chicago. Peng of the University of Saskatchewan. Titanium Corporation Inc. has secured what it calls a critical patent for its innovative technology which recovers hydrocarbon diluents (solvents) from oil sands tailings. Earlier post.).

Liquid microscopy technique reveals new problem with lithium-oxygen batteries; lithium peroxide in electrolyte

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Using an in situ liquid transmission electron microscopy technique that can visualize chemical reactions occurring in liquid environments, researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory have discovered a new reason lithium-oxygen batteries—which promise up to five times more energy than the lithium-ion batteries that currently power electric vehicles and cell phones—tend to slow down and die after just a few charge/discharge cycles.

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UI, Argonne develop catalyst for more efficient solar-powered reduction of CO2 to CO for conversion to fuel

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In a new study from the US Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Illinois at Chicago, researchers report devising a new transition metal dichalcogenide (TMDC) nanoarchitecture for catalytic electrochemical reduction of CO 2 to carbon monoxide (CO) in an ionic liquid. Much of the experimental work was performed at the University of Illinois at Chicago, while the computational work was performed at Argonne.

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Navitas Systems becomes an affiliate to DOE Joint Center for Energy Storage Research

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JCESR , located on the nearby campus of DOE’s Argonne National Laboratory outside of Chicago, is a major public-private partnership that combines the research and development capabilities of five national laboratories with four companies, five research universities, as well as a collection of selected affiliate organizations, to develop energy storage technologies that supersede lithium-ion-based technologies for transportation and large-scale energy applications.

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