GWU team demonstrates highly scalable, low-cost process for making carbon nanotube wools directly from CO2

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Marcus Johnson, Jiawen Ren, Matthew Lefler, Gad Licht, Juan Vicini, Xinye Liu, Stuart Licht (2017) “Carbon nanotube wools made directly from CO2 by molten electrolysis: Value driven pathways to carbon dioxide greenhouse gas mitigation,” Materials Today Energy , Volume 5, Pages 230-236 doi: 10.1016/j.mtener.2017.07.003.

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New phase of globalization could undermine efforts to reduce CO2 emissions

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Jing Meng, Zhifu Mi, Dabo Guan, Jiashuo Li, Shu Tao, Yuan Li, Kuishuang Feng, Junfeng Liu, Zhu Liu, Xuejun Wang, Qiang Zhang, and Steven J Davis (2018) “The rise of South-South trade and its effect on global CO2 emissions” Nature Communications doi: 10.1038/s41467-018-04337-y.

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EEA: no improvements on average CO2 emissions from new cars registered in 2017 in Europe

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Efforts to improve the fuel efficiency of new cars sold in the European Union (EU) stalled in 2017 compared to 2016, according to provisional data published today by the European Environment Agency (EEA).

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Volkswagen to tackle air conditioning emissions with CO2

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When it comes to vehicle emissions, carbon dioxide (CO2) is generally the problem that carmakers are looking to solve: attempting to reduce the amount of CO2 emitted from their exhaust pipes. However, now CO2 could actually be the solution rather than the problem.

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SOLETAIR project produces first 200 liters of synthetic fuel from solar power and atmospheric CO2

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The SOLETAIR project ( earlier post ) has produced its first 200 liters of synthetic fuel from solar energy and the air’s carbon dioxide via Fischer-Tropsch synthesis.

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Making 10% of fleets electric could cut CO2 by 5%

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Just how much money and CO2 companies could save by electrifying part of their fleet has been outlined in a new study. Latest news British Gas CO2

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Study finds renewable diesel blends deliver fuel consumption and CO2 benefits in Euro 5 engines

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Researchers from Istituto Motori - CNR in Italy and Eni report in a paper in the journal Fuel that blends of hydrocracked fossil oil (HCK) and Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) as diesel fuels deliver fuel consumption (FC) and CO 2 savings based on the NEDC cycle. The researchers said that, given the strong similarity in combustion system design between Euro 5 and Euro 6 engines, the estimated trends can be considered valid also for Euro 6 vehicles equipped with the same class of engines.

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European Commission proposes 15% reduction in CO2 for new heavy-duty trucks by 2025, indicative target of 30% by 2030

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In the third set of measures designed to implement the “Europe on the Move” goals of modernizing the transport system, the European Commission is proposing a 15% reduction in new heavy-duty truck CO 2 emissions by 2025 from 2019 levels. For 2030, the Commission proposed an indicative reduction target of at least 30%. The Commission also put forward a comprehensive action plan for battery production.

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Researchers develop efficient single-atom Ni catalyst for conversion of CO2 to CO

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One reason is that it performs HER very well, and brings down the CO2 reduction selectivity dramatically. An international research team has developed a new single-atom electrocatalyst that efficiently converts CO 2 to carbon monoxide (CO). Their findings were published in the RSC journal Energy & Environmental Science.

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IIASA: removing fossil fuel subsidies will not reduce CO2 emissions as much as hoped

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Removing fossil fuel subsidies would have only a small effect on CO 2 emissions and renewable energy use, according to a new study led by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and published in the journal Nature.

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Researchers measure actual CO2 emissions from fossil fuel use and compare to reported levels

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Researchers have measured CO 2 emissions from fossil fuel use in California and compared them to reported emissions. This is the first time fossil fuel emissions have been independently checked for such a large area. The team of researchers, led by researchers from Imperial College London (ICL), developed a technique to estimate CO 2 emissions from fossil fuels using atmospheric measurements, then tested the technique over three months in California.

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DOE awarding up to $80M for supercritical CO2 pilot plant

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding up to $80 million for a six-year project to design, build, and operate a 10-MWe (megawatts electrical) supercritical carbon dioxide (sCO 2 ) pilot plant test facility in San Antonio, TX.

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Artificial Photosynthesis Might Make Fuel From CO2 & Sunlight, One Day

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Fuel emissions CO2 alternative energy renewable energy methanolElectric cars may have made great strides recently, but thousands of researchers are still searching for a sustainable liquid fuel. Such a fuel wouldn't require drivers who are used to pumping gas to alter their habits, and it would sidestep the issues of battery weight and charging times. What if there was a sustainable fuel that could do all of.

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EPFL team develops low-cost catalyst for splitting CO2

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The system was able to selectively convert CO2 to CO with an efficiency of 13.4% EPFL scientists have developed an Earth-abundant and low-cost catalytic system for splitting CO 2 into CO and oxygen—an important step towards achieving the conversion of renewable energy into hydrocarbon fuels. A solar-driven system set up using this catalyst was able to split CO 2 with an efficiency of 13.4%. A paper on the work appears in the journal Nature Energy.

T&E concludes that diesel cars emit more CO2 on a full lifecycle basis than gasoline cars

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A new analysis by the NGO Transport & Environment (T&E) concludes that diesel cars emit more CO 2 than equivalent cars on a full lifecycle basis—i.e., accounting for the emissions generated during production of the vehicle and the fuel.

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Soletair demo plant produces renewable hydrocarbon fuel from CO2 captured from the air

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VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) are beginning testing of the Soletair demo plant, which uses air-captured carbon dioxide to produce renewable fuels and chemicals. The pilot plant is coupled to LUT’s solar power plant in Lappeenranta.

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Fraunhofer, KIT study finds CO2 mitigation potential of higher-range PHEVs greater than expected

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EIA: US energy-related CO2 dropped 2.7% in 2015; of end-use sectors, only transportation increased

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Transportation-related CO2 emissions increased by 38 million metric tons (MMmt) (2.1%) in 2015. According to a report from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), US energy-related CO 2 emissions decreased by 146 million metric tons (MMmt) in 2015 to 5,259 MMmt, down 2.7%

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Researchers show mixotrophic fermentation process improves carbon conversion, boosting yields and reducing CO2

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Syngas-enhanced mixotrophy (case IV): hexose and CO:CO2:H 2 are fed to the microorganism.

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Technical brief: transportation overtaking electricity generation as the largest source of US CO2 emissions

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A technical brief by Dr. John DeCicco at the University of Michigan Energy Institute shows that transportation is overtaking electricity generation as the largest source of US CO 2.

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New photocatalyst for the hydrogenation of CO2 to methanol with high selectivity at atmospheric pressure

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Researchers from Soochow University in China and the University of Toronto have developed a new photocatalyst for the hydrogenation of CO 2 to methanol with 50% selectivity under simulated solar irradiation. A paper on their work appears in the journal Joule. The solar methanol production of the defect-laden indium oxide, In 2 O 3-x (OH) y , with a rod-like nanocrystal superstructure, can be stabilized at a rate of 0.06 mmol g cat -1 h -1 at atmospheric pressure.

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KAIST research team proposes micro modular nuclear reactor cooled by supercritical CO2

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By actively adopting the supercritical CO2 power system, the team simplified the power conversion system and developed a new nuclear power system that can passively remove the decay heat in the case of reactor shutdown to avoid another Fukushima-type accident.

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Hydro starts aluminum production at HAL4e pilot plant; highest energy efficiency, smallest CO2 footprint

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Hydro has started producing the first aluminium metal at its technology pilot in Karmøy, marking the start of verifying at an industrial scale the HAL4e aluminium technology.

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Renewable-methanol fueled Geely cars in fleet testing in Iceland; 70% reduction in WTW CO2 compared to gasoline

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The average in-use emissions were calculated as 46 g CO2 per kilometer, accounting for the consumption of both fuels. CRI has joined 42 other stakeholders from across the EEA region to launch CO2 Value Europe, a new European association dedicated to promoting CO2 utilization. For the last 18 months, a fleet of 6 methanol-fueled versions of the Geely Emgrand 7 cars have been in Iceland.

Study finds CO2 emissions trading more effective path to automotive CO2 reduction in Europe than tailpipe standards

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USC team develops highly efficient catalyst system for converting CO2 to methanol; 79% yield from CO2 captured from air

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S. Korean researchers develop new catalytic pathway for direct conversion of CO2 to liquid hydrocarbon fuels

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GWU research team C2CNT advances to the final round of the Carbon XPRIZE; CO2 to carbon nanotubes

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Stuart Licht, a chemistry professor at the George Washington University, and his team of researchers are among the finalists announced today in the $20-million Carbon XPRIZE competition.

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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.

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UT Arlington researchers use polyaniline to split CO2 into alcohols

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Researchers at The University of Texas at Arlington have been the first to demonstrate that polyaniline (PANI), a member of the organic conducting polymer family, is a promising photocathode material for the conversion of carbon dioxide into alcohol fuels without the need for a co-catalyst.

ICAO agrees to market-based measure to address aviation CO2

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The UN International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has agreed to recommend adoption of a final Resolution text on a new global market-based measure (GMBM) to control CO 2 emissions from international aviation. ICAO’s Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) is designed to complement the basket of mitigation measures the air transport community is already pursuing to reduce CO 2 emissions from international aviation.

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JATO: new car CO2 emissions rise for the first time in a decade in Europe; diesel down, gasoline up, SUVs up

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Average CO 2 emissions generated by new cars in Europe increased during 2017—the first rise in 10 years— according to a new analysis by JATO Dynamics. Covering 23 European markets, the study found that average CO 2 emissions increased by 0.3 g/km in 2017, finishing at 118.1

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All-time low for company car CO2

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CO2 emissions from new company cars achieved an all-time low last month. Latest news ALD Automotive CO2Vehicle leasing company ALD Automotive says that the average level of carbon dioxide emitted by new company cars purchased in the first half of 2012 dropped from 138g/km to 127g/km, following their lowest ever point in June (123g/km). Keith Allen, UK managing director [.].

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Berkeley Lab solar-to-fuel system for CO2 to ethanol and ethylene; light-powered production of fuel via artificial photosynthesis

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This is a big step forward in the design of devices for efficient CO2 reduction and testing of new materials, and it provides a clear framework for the future advancement of fully integrated solar-driven CO 2 -reduction devices.

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Renault becomes European low CO2 market leader

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Renault has become the European leader for low CO2 emission vehicles and the first carmaker to ducked 115g/km CO2 for average emission level for its passenger cars, based on the full year sales data for 2013.

Ford slashes CO2 emissions by a third

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Ford has cut CO2 emissions by more than a third (37 per cent) per vehicle across its global operations between 2000 and 2012, the carmaker has revealed, as it releases its 14th annual Sustainability Report.

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EIA: US energy-related CO2 emissions down 1.7% in 2016; carbon intensity of economy down 3.1%; transportation emissions up

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decline in energy-related CO2, according to the latest report from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). Since the late 1990s, the transportation sector has produced the most CO2 emissions. of the 34 MMmt net increase in transportation-sector CO2 emissions in 2016—totaling 19 MMmt—an increase of 1.8% US energy-related CO 2 emissions decreased by 89 million metric tons (MMmt), from 5,259 MMmt in 2015 to 5,170 MMmt in 2016.

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IEA finds CO2 emissions flat for third straight year even as global economy grew in 2016

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Global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions were flat for a third straight year in 2016 even as the global economy grew, according to the International Energy Agency. The data signal a continuing decoupling of emissions and economic activity.

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UC Santa Barbara team develops catalytic molten metals for direct conversion of methane to hydrogen without forming CO2

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Researchers at the University of California Santa Barbara have developed catalytic molten metals to pyrolize methane to release hydrogen and to form solid carbon. The insoluble carbon floats to the surface of the melt, where it can be removed and stored or incorporated into composite materials.

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EIA: energy-related CO2 emissions from natural gas surpass coal as fuel use patterns change

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Energy-associated CO 2 emissions from natural gas are expected to surpass those from coal for the first time since 1972, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA).

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