Sionic Energy, formerly NOHMs, launches to commercialize next-generation silicon-anode Li-ion battery cells

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Most silicon battery designs currently available or under development require expensive materials and complex processes that can significantly increase costs.

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DOE awards $20M to 10 hydrogen production and delivery technologies projects

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The six hydrogen production R&D projects selected aim to produce, deliver, and dispense hydrogen at less than $4 per gallon gasoline equivalent: National Renewable Energy Laboratory of Golden, Colorado will receive $3 million to develop high-efficiency tandem absorbers based on novel semiconductor materials that can produce hydrogen from water using solar energy.

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Xcel Energy wants 1.5M EVs in its service areas by 2030; 30x increase from today

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Xcel services customers in Colorado, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, North and South Dakota, Texas and Wisconsin. Our new, ambitious EV vision builds on this work as we continue to lead the clean energy transition and enhance the customer experience while keeping bills low. A residential smart charging pilot launching later this year that will reward customers in Colorado for conveniently optimizing their charging times to benefit the grid and use more renewable energy.

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DOE awarding more than $50M to 15 projects to advance critical material innovations

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Projects selected under this funding opportunity announcement will reduce both the costs of critical materials and the environmental impacts of production. Eleven projects were selected under this topic to develop early to mid-stage R&D alternative, cost-competitive technologies for upstream extraction and midstream separation and processing of critical materials key to energy technologies. DOE funding: $5,577,738; cost share: $5,925,475; Total costs: $11,503,213.

Neo Performance Materials and Energy Fuels launching US-European rare earth production initiative

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Under an agreement in principle, subject to completion of definitive agreements, Colorado-based Energy Fuels will process natural monazite sands into an RE Carbonate beginning in March or April 2021 and ship a portion of that production to Neo’s rare earth separations facility in Sillamäe, Estonia (Silmet). Neo Performance Materials and Energy Fuels Inc. are launching a new rare earth production initiative spanning European and North American critical material supply chains.

Solid-state battery company Solid Power named “Emerging Cleantech Company of the Year” by CCIA

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has been named “Emerging Cleantech Company of the Year” by the Colorado Cleantech Industries Association ( CCIA ). Solid Power, founded in 2012 based on research conducted at the University of Colorado at Boulder under funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), is developing solid-state rechargeable battery products for government and commercial markets, including aerospace and electric vehicles, where high energy, safe operation and long life are required.

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ARPA-E awarding $33M to 10 projects for natural gas pipeline retrofitting: REPAIR

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REPAIR teams will develop technology that enables gas utilities to update their distribution systems at low cost and continue to reliably service commercial and residential gas delivery needs nationwide. REPAIR teams are developing technologies to address deficiencies while also working toward a 10-to-20-times reduction in cost per mile. University of Colorado, Boulder. Efforts to excavate and replace legacy natural gas distribution pipes are increasingly costly.

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ARPA-E announces $11M for innovations in energy-water processing and agricultural sensing technologies; fourth, fifth OPEN+ cohorts

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The Sensors teams will develop ultra-low-energy distributed sensors to improve production efficiency in agriculture, boosting viability for bioenergy crops and reducing the energy and water requirements for agriculture more broadly. The treated water streams can achieve the most stringent effluent water quality standards in the United States with a new cost-efficient, energy-positive model.

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DOE to award $15.8M to 30 hydrogen and fuel cell technologies projects

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million for 30 new projects aimed at discovery and development of novel, low-cost materials necessary for hydrogen production and storage and for fuel cells onboard light-duty vehicles. Precursor Development for Low-Cost, High-Strength Carbon Fiber. 3 projects will reduce the cost of onboard hydrogen storage tanks necessary for fuel cell vehicles. High-Performance Ultralow-Cost Non-Precious Metal Catalyst System for AEM Electrolyzer.

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DOE awards $25M to improve natural gas operations

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Department of Energy (DOE) selected 16 projects to receive nearly $25 million in federal funding for cost-shared projects to advance natural gas infrastructure technology development. These projects aim to develop tools, methods, and technologies to enhance cost-effectively the safety and efficiency of the US’ natural gas production, gathering, storage, and transmission infrastructure. methane and volatile organic compounds), improve operating efficiency, and reduce operating costs.

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ARPA-E awards $37M for IONICS projects; improving solid-state batteries and fuel cells

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Solid ion conductors made of affordable, easily produced materials could replace today’s mostly liquid electrolytes and expensive fuel cell parts, helping create a next generation of batteries and fuel cells that are low-cost, durable, and more efficient. However, until now, solid ion conductors have been limited by drawbacks such as low ionic conductivity and expensive processing. University of Colorado Boulder. Colorado School of Mines.

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ARPA-E awarding $60M to 23 projects; dry cooling and fusion power

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The projects are funded through ARPA-E’s two newest programs, Advanced Research In Dry cooling (ARID) and Accelerating Low-cost Plasma Heating and Assembly (ALPHA), which both seek to develop low-cost technology solutions. If successful, these new cooling technologies could significantly reduce water usage at thermoelectric plants without sacrificing a plant’s performance or increasing its cooling costs. Colorado State University.

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InvenTek to present Rolled-Ribbon battery cell technology at 24th NREL Industry Growth Forum

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InvenTek Corporation, a developer of technology for low-cost, high-performance, large-format Li-ion batteries, will present at the 24 th NREL Industry Growth Forum (IGF) to be held in Denver, Colorado, on 8-10 November 2011. Inventek 42V module. Click to enlarge. InvenTek is the inventor of the patented Rolled-Ribbon battery cell technology. Inventek produces cells in a spiral-wound disc format that then are stacked in a bipolar-type configuration to produces modules.

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DOE announces $139M in funding for 55 projects to advance innovative vehicle technologies

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Ultra-Low Volume Change Silicon-Dominant Nanocomposite Anodes for Long Calendar Life and Cycle Life. AOI 02: Low Cost Electric Traction Drive Systems Using No Heavy Rare Earth Materials. Low Cost, High-Performance, Heavy Rare Earth-Free 3-In-1 Electric Drive Unit. Low-Cost Rare-Earth Free Electric Drivetrain Enabled by Novel Permanent Magnets, Inverter, Integrated Design and Advanced Thermal Management. Colorado State University.

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University of Tennessee to head $250M advanced composites manufacturing institute; Ford, Honda and Volkswagen members

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IACMI is dedicated to overcoming these barriers by developing low-cost, high-production, energy-efficient manufacturing and recycling processes for composites applications. In the wind energy industry, advances in low-cost composite materials will help manufacturers build longer, lighter and stronger blades to create more energy.

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DOE awards $17M to FY 2014 SBIR Phase II projects; includes Si/graphene anodes, motor windings, exhaust treatments

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By the end of Phase II, Mainstream plans to demonstrate a production-ready prototype that exceeds DOE targets for fuel economy, operating range, and cost. NexTech Materials will use its NO x sensing technology to develop a low-cost device capable of accurately quantifying NO x concentrations in the exhaust stream of diesel passenger cars and heavy duty trucks. Low-Cost, High-Energy Si/Graphene Anodes for Li-Ion Batteries.

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ARPA-E selects 13 projects for $30M in awards to advance natural gas vehicle technologies

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parts, leading to a more reliable, lighter, and cost effective. Colorado State. Colorado State University will develop a vehicle-based natural. eliminate the need for costly high-pressure piston seals that. lower pressure and cost while increasing the performance of. materials for low-pressure gas storage tanks using their computational screening tool. identification of low-cost, high-performance materials that will. while driving down cost.

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DOE announces $11.5M in Phase 1 funding for carbon capture and storage program; ARPA-E FLECCS

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Later in the program, teams that move to Phase 2 will focus on building components, unit operations, and prototype systems to reduce technical risks and costs. The post-combustion outlet gas is more easily separated into water and CO 2 to the pipeline, thereby lowering the electricity costs of grids with high levels of VRE. The team’s system uses a low-energy regeneration solvent to maximize EGR potential by reducing absorber and stripper size and cost.

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ARPA-E awards $16M to 8 projects developing distributed generation systems; solid-oxide fuel-cell/engine hybrids

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The INTEGRATE program seeks to achieve this unprecedented efficiency level at an attractive cost by developing fuel cell and engine hybrid system concepts and enabling technologies. Funded projects are: Colorado School of Mines; High Efficiency, Low Cost & Robust Hybrid SOFC/IC Engine Power Generator – $3,006,864. With this design, the team hopes to achieve robust operation with high efficiency and low capital costs.

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Light-powered nano-bio hybrid organisms consume CO2, create plastics and fuels

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University of Colorado Boulder researchers have developed nanobio-hybrid organisms capable of using airborne carbon dioxide and nitrogen to produce a variety of plastics and fuels, a promising first step toward low-cost carbon sequestration and eco-friendly manufacturing for chemicals. Even if the margins are low and it can't compete with petrochemicals on a pure cost basis, there is still societal benefit to doing this.

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Solid-state battery company Solid Power closes $20M in Series A; Hyundai, Samsung, A123 among investors

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Solid-state batteries are a game changer for EV, electronics, defense, and medical device markets, and Solid Power’s technology is poised to revolutionize the industry with a competitive product paying special attention to safety, performance, and cost. Low-cost battery-pack designs through minimization of safety features; elimination of pack cooling; and greatly simplified cell, module, and pack designs through the elimination of the need for liquid containment.

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

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9 Universities and Labs: Colorado School of Mines; Michigan State University; Michigan Tech University; The Ohio State University; University of Kentucky; University of Michigan; University of Notre Dame; University of Tennessee; Wayne State University. The integrated design, development, and production of highly complex systems, leveraging software, can speed ideas from the lab into commercial production, reduce costs, and shorten production lifecycles.

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ARPA-E awards $33M to 13 intermediate-temp fuel cell projects; converting gaseous hydrocarbons to liquid fuels

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The US Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) is awarding $33 million to 13 new projects aimed at developing transformational fuel cell technologies for low-cost distributed power generation. Current advanced fuel cell research generally focuses on technologies that either operate at high temperatures for grid-scale applications or at low temperatures for vehicle technologies. Colorado School of Mines.

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ARPA-E selects 33 projects for $66M in awards; advanced biocatalysts for gas-to-liquids and lightweight metals

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The other program, Modern Electro/Thermochemical Advancements for Light-metal Systems (METALS, earlier post ), provides $32 million to 18 projects to find cost-effective and energy-efficient manufacturing techniques to process and recycle metals for lightweight vehicles. This program aims to lower the cost of GTL conversion while enabling the use of low-cost, low-carbon, domestically sourced natural gas. Cost ($/kg). University of Colorado.

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US DOE Offers Abound Solar $400M Conditional Commitment for Loan Guarantee

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has offered a conditional commitment to Abound Solar , a manufacturer of low-cost, cadmium telluride, thin-film photovoltaic solar modules, for a $400 million, seven-year loan guarantee to expand its solar module manufacturing capabilities.

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ClearFuels Signs Cooperative Agreement for $7.7M First Round of DOE Biorefinery Funding

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The grant will facilitate the integration of ClearFuels’ synthesis gas technology with Rentech’s Fisher-Tropsch process, with the goal of demonstrating efficient, flexible, low-cost production of certified, drop-in, renewable diesel and jet fuel from clean biomass at Rentech’s Product Demonstration Unit in Commerce City, Colorado. ClearFuels Technology, Inc.,

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Sweetwater Energy signs 2nd cellulosic ethanol deal; 15-year, $100M agreement with Front Range

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a cellulosic sugar producer, announced a 15-year commercial agreement with Windsor, Colorado-based Front Range Energy, to generate cellulosic ethanol at Front Range’s current corn-ethanol facility. The agreement, Sweetwater’s second such ( earlier post ), has a total potential value in excess of $100 million, and requires a minimal capital outlay by Front Range while stabilizing the company’s feedstock costs. Sweetwater Energy, Inc.,

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DOE selects eight integrated biorefinery projects for up to $15M total in funding

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TRI’s work in these systems will promote feedstock flexibility and enable the processing of low-cost feedstock to enhance IBRs’ economic viability. The MIBR will improve IBR sustainability and cost-effectiveness. These products will generate revenue for IBRs and help lower the fuel cost from these facilities. The Department of Energy (DOE) has selected eight projects to negotiate for up to $15 million in total DOE funding to optimize integrated biorefineries.

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ExxonMobil and UW Madison extend research collaboration on conversion of biomass to transportation fuels

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Biofuels have the potential to become a significant option for meeting growing global demand for diesel and jet fuel if low cost and scalable technologies can be developed. Colorado School of Mines and Michigan State. The University of Wisconsin-Madison and ExxonMobil announced a two-year renewal of an agreement to research the fundamental chemistry of converting biomass into transportation fuels.

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DOE to award $35M to 24 projects to support early-stage, innovative technologies and solutions in advanced manufacturing

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AK Steel Corporation’s Research & Innovation Center will conduct alloy design, lab validation, manufacture, and testing of novel low density steels that possess mechanical properties exhibited by currently available advanced high strength steels. These low density steels are expected to generate energy savings by bringing efficiencies in the steel manufacturing and lifetime savings by use of lightweight steel in automotive structural applications. Colorado State University.

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ARPA-E awards $130M to 66 “OPEN 2012” transformational energy technology projects

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ARPA-E’s previously selected projects have already made major progress, by demonstrating a 400 Wh/kg lithium-ion battery; building a wind turbine, inspired by the design of jet engines, that could deliver 300% more power than existing turbines of the same size and cost; and engineering a high power laser drilling system that can penetrate hard rock formations over long distances and is ten times more economical than conventional drilling technologies. Colorado State. Colorado.

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Cellulosic BioButanol Company Cobalt Technologies Signs Agreement With Fluor Corporation

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Cobalt’s continuous butanol production system is based on advancements in microbial strain selection, bioreactor design and process engineering, resulting in a highly productive, capital-efficient, low-cost solution. The company recently demonstrated the conversion of beetle-killed lodgepole pine into a low-carbon, sustainable biofuel and chemical, which is currently being tested in engines by Colorado State University’s Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory.

DOE awards $17M for vehicle technologies; batteries, PEEM, engines, materials, fuel

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A Commercially Scalable Process for Silicon Anode Prelithiation his project will develop a cost- effective and scalable pre- lithiation process. University of Colorado Boulder. In-situ grown Metal Oxide Nano-Array Catalysts for Low Temperature Diesel Oxidation This project will develop cost- competitive, stable and efficient nano-array catalysts for automotive diesel oxidation after-treatment at low temperature. The US Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding $17.6

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Pall Awarded Contract by NREL for Filtration and Separation Processes for Biomass-Based Hydrocarbon Fuels; Part of the National Advanced Biofuels Consortium Initiative

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The company will be an engineering partner on each of six processes for biofuel production being evaluated under the program: fermentation, catalytic conversion, catalytic fast pyrolysis, hydropyrolysis, hydrothermal liquefaction, and a low-cost, one-step syngas-to-distillates process. Catchlight Energy, LLC; Colorado School of Mines; Iowa State University; Los Alamos National Laboratory; RTI International; Tesoro companies, Inc.;

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DOE issues request for information on a Hydrogen Technology Showcase and Training (HyTeST) station

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The HyTeST station will include infrastructure for compression, storage, and dispensing (CSD) of gaseous hydrogen at 700 bar to achieve standardized refueling protocols (SAE J2601 T40), and it will also be used for research, development, and demonstration of gaseous and liquid hydrogen technologies through collaborative projects to enable reliable, low-cost hydrogen fueling station components and systems.

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NREL study suggests cost gap for Western renewables could narrow by 2025

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A new Energy Department study conducted by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) indicates that by 2025 wind and solar power electricity generation could become cost-competitive without federal subsidies, if new renewable energy development occurs in the most productive locations. The cost of generation includes any needed transmission and integration costs.

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DOE to invest up to $7M to support early-stage solar technologies

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Abound currently has about 350 employees in Colorado and 65 MW of manufacturing capacity with plans to expand to 775 MW with a recently announced $400 million federal loan guarantee. is developing a novel flexible solar cell manufacturing process and design, which will dramatically reduce production costs by minimizing the amount of semiconductor material used while also having vast potential to surpass standard device efficiency.

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3 winners of DOE’s “America’s Next Top Energy Innovator” Challenge: hydrogen-assisted lean-burn engines, graphene for Li-air and -sulfur batteries, and titanium process

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IPAT , a startup company based in Nevada, Iowa, is using gas atomization technology developed at Ames Laboratory to make titanium powder with processes that are ten times more efficient than traditional powder-making methods—significantly lowering the cost of the powder to manufacturers. The liquid desiccant design allows for the utilization of solar or waste heat sources, paving the way for net-zero energy retrofits to existing buildings with costs comparable to conventional HVAC.

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Sandia Labs and NREL leading new DOE hydrogen infrastructure project; H2FIRST

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Established by the Energy Department’s Fuel Cell Technologies Office in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the Sandia- and NREL-led Hydrogen Fueling Infrastructure Research and Station Technology (H 2 FIRST) project will draw on existing and emerging core capabilities at the national labs and aim to reduce the cost and time of new fueling station construction and improve the stations’ availability and reliability.

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Amyris processes Ceres sweet sorghum into renewable diesel using soluble and cellulosic sugars

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The DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), at its Colorado pilot-scale biochemical conversion facility, converted the biomass from Ceres’ hybrids into cellulosic sugars, which Amyris subsequently fermented into renewable farnesene. As an energy crop, sweet sorghum is an impressive producer of low-cost, fermentable sugars. Liquid fuel and chemical production from sweet sorghum. Source: Amyris. Click to enlarge. Amyris, Inc.

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DOE NETL selects 12 fossil-fuel power systems projects for funding

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DOE: $750,000 Non-DOE: $187,500 Total: $937,500 (20% cost share). DOE: $749,999 Non-DOE: $187,500 Total: $937,499 (20% cost share). DOE: $696,416 Non-DOE: $174,104 Total: $870,520 (20% cost share). Cost: DOE: $749,058 Non-DOE: $187,264 Total: $936,322 (20% cost share). DOE: $750,000 Non-DOE: $187,500 Total: $937,500 (20% cost share). DOE: $750,000 Non-DOE: $705,000 Total: $1,455,000 (49% cost share). The Regents of the University of Colorado.

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Vertimass licenses ORNL ethanol-to-hydrocarbon conversion technology; overcoming the blend wall with drop-in fuels

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In a 2012 presentation, the inventors said that the direct conversion process delivers a liquid hydrocarbon fuel yield of ~54-55% at 310°C, with ~6-7% ethylene and ~39% water byproducts, making the technology more cost-effective than previous approaches. Preliminary ORNL analysis in collaboration with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado shows the catalytic technology could be retrofitted into existing bio-alcohol refineries at various stages of ethanol purification.

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GE Introduces Upgraded 7FA Gas Turbine for Power Generation; Improved Output and Efficiency

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Each point of efficiency increase translates to major savings in fuel costs for each megawatt of power produced. (As A recent report by the Colorado School of Mines indicated that following recent discoveries, the United States now has 1,800 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, the equivalent of 320 billion barrels of oil—more than Saudi Arabia’s 264 billion barrels. The upgraded Frame 7A gas turbine. Click to enlarge.

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