DOE awards $27.5M to 16 water infrastructure projects

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million to 16 water infrastructure projects. Modern technology has the potential to reduce energy use in aging water infrastructure, particularly in wastewater treatment, which demands up to 2% of domestic electricity use each year. These projects, operating in 13 states, have the potential to reduce carbon emissions and water-treatment costs while improving water quality and equity of distribution nationwide. Market Background Sustainability Water

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Colorado River Basin Study projects major imbalances in water supply and demand

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A newly released study—authorized by Congress and jointly funded and prepared by the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation and the seven Colorado River Basin states— projects water supply and demand imbalances throughout the Colorado River Basin and adjacent areas over the next 50 years. One acre-foot of water is approximately the amount of water used by a single household in a year. Colorado River Basin Water Supply & Demand Study.

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Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 Fuel Cell Vehicle debuts at AUSA meeting

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The Chevrolet Colorado ZH2, the extreme off-road-capable fuel-cell-powered electric vehicle from General Motors, made its debut at the fall meeting of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA). Standing more than 6½ feet tall and more than seven feet wide, the Colorado ZH2 was built on a stretched midsize pickup chassis. The US Army will test the Colorado ZH2 in extreme field conditions next year to determine the viability of hydrogen-powered vehicles on military missions.

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BP awards Colorado State University $5M to research technology for oil recovery from watered-out wells

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Colorado State University has obtained a 5-year, $5-million grant from BP to study mechanisms involved with technology for oil recovery from “watered-out” wells. The term watered-out refers to a well that has begun producing large amounts of water—often occurring with waterflooding for enhanced oil recovery—thereby making oil production unprofitable. Upward of 70% of the petroleum can remain in the rock formations of many watered-out wells.

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Study Concludes Colorado River Reservoirs Could Bottom Out from Warming, Water Management Business-as-Usual

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Colorado River Basin including major dams. Inset (a) shows water demand and losses and supply. All reservoirs along the Colorado River might dry up by mid-century as the West warms, according to a new study led by researchers at the University of Colorado, Boulder. The study’s coauthors looked at the effects of a range of reductions in Colorado River stream flow on future reservoir levels and at the implications of different management strategies.

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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 US Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) announced $11 million in funding for 7 projects in the fourth and fifth cohorts of the agency’s OPEN+ program: Energy-Water Technologies and Sensors for Bioenergy and Agriculture. Energy-Water cohort teams will develop new, energy-efficient processing technologies for industrial (particularly oil and gas) and municipal wastewater. Energy-Water Technologies cohort. ARPA-E Sensors Water

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Satellite study shows drought-stricken Colorado River Basin states depleting their groundwater

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A new satellite study finds more than 75% of the water loss in the drought-stricken Colorado River Basin since late 2004 came from underground resources. The extent of groundwater loss may pose a greater threat to the water supply of the western United States than previously thought. The Colorado River Basin (black outline) supplies water to about 40 million people in seven states. This is a lot of water to lose.

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GM and US Army to demonstrate extreme off-road hydrogen fuel cell Chevrolet Colorado

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Engineering Center (TARDEC) are modifying a Chevrolet Colorado midsize pickup truck to run on a commercial hydrogen fuel cell propulsion system and will expose the truck to the extremes of daily military use for 12 months. What’s more, fuel cells generate water as a by-product, something extremely valuable in austere environments. General Motors and the US Army Tank Automotive Research, Development &.

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GM and US Army TARDEC to reveal Chevy Colorado-based fuel cell vehicle

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General Motors and the US Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) will reveal a Chevrolet Colorado-based fuel cell electric vehicle in October at the fall meeting of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) in Washington, D.C.

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Researchers use IPCC AR5 models to forecast 10% drop in Colorado River flow in next few decades

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In a new study in Nature Climate Change , climate modelers at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory predict a 10% drop in the Colorado River’s flow in the next few decades, enough to disrupt longtime water-sharing agreements between farms and cities across the American Southwest, from Denver to Los Angeles to Tucson, and through California’s Imperial Valley. It may not sound like a phenomenally large amount except the water and the river is already over-allocated.

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US DOI report highlights impacts of climate change on Western water resources

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The US Department of the Interior released a report that assesses climate change risks and how these risks could impact water operations, hydropower, flood control, and fish and wildlife in the western United States. The report, which responds to requirements under the SECURE Water Act of 2009, details several increased risks to western United States water resources during the 21 st century. SECURE Water Act Report. Climate Change Climate Change Adaptation Water

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

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A University of Colorado Boulder team has developed a new solar-thermal water-splitting (STWS) system for the efficient production of hydrogen. STWS cycles have long been recognized as a desirable means of generating hydrogen gas (H 2 ) from water and sunlight, the team notes. Splitting water with sunlight is the Holy Grail of a sustainable hydrogen economy. —Alan Weimer, also the executive director of the Colorado Center for Biorefining and Biofuels (C2B2).

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Water Levels Dropping in Some of the Worlds Major Rivers

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Rivers in some of the world’s most populous regions are losing water, according to a comprehensive study of global stream flows. suggests that the reduced flows in many cases are associated with climate change, and could potentially threaten future supplies of food and water. The distribution of the world’s fresh water, already an important topic, will occupy front and center stage for years to come in developing adaptation strategies to a changing climate.

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NREL researchers capture excess photon energy to produce solar fuels; higher efficiency water-splitting for H2

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The advancement could significantly boost the production of hydrogen from sunlight by using the cell to split water at a higher efficiency and lower cost than current photoelectrochemical approaches. All are from NREL; Crisp also is affiliated with the Colorado School of Mines, and Pach and Marshall are affiliated with the University of Colorado, Boulder.

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Study Finds Regional Variations in Irrigation Practices Can Push Corn Ethanol Water Requirements 3x Higher Than Earlier Estimates; Need to Account for Regional Specifics in Mandates

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The foreground bar height indicates the EWe of each state, with the portion of ground and surface water indicated by color. Researchers at the University of Minnesota have estimated state-level field-to-pump water requirements of corn ethanol production across the US. Their results find that corn ethanol’s water requirements can range from 5 to 2,138 L per liter of ethanol depending on regional irrigation practices. The time left for improving water consumption is limited.

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Study Finds Stratospheric Water Vapor Is An Important Driver of Decadal Global Surface Climate Change

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Decadal warming rates arising from (i) greenhouse gases and aerosols alone (black); (ii) that obtained including the stratospheric water decline after 2000 (red); and (iii) including both the stratospheric water vapor decline after 2000 and the increase in the 1980s and 1990s (cyan). These findings show that stratospheric water vapor represents an important driver of decadal global surface climate change. Stratospheric water vapor and radiative processes.

Manhattan Beach, The South Bay’s Greenest City

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

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Using Ozone-Generated Bubbles to Remove Oil Sheen and Contaminants from Water

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In laboratory experiments reported online this week in the journal Chemosphere , Hong demonstrated that pressure-assisted ozonation and sand filtration effectively removes oil droplets dispersed in water, indicating it could be used to prevent oil sheen from wastewater discharged into coastal waters. Water from mining of oil sands and oil shale. Water and contaminated soil would be mixed into slurry, and then treated with the new method.

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Northern India Rapidly Depleting its Groundwater Due to Excessive Irrigation; Major Water Crisis Looms If Trend Continues

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Northern India, probably the most heavily irrigated region in the world, is rapidly depleting its groundwater, according to a new study by researchers from the National Geophysical Research Institute, Hyderabad (CSIR), India; the University of Colorado, Boulder; and the US National Center for Atmospheric Research. If sustained, the trend will lead to a major water crisis in the region, the researchers conclude in a paper to be published in the AGU journal Geophysical Research Letters. (A)

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DOE Selects Laboratory-led Projects for up to $11M to Support Development of Advanced Water Power Technologies

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has selected national laboratory-led projects for up to $11 million this year, as well as future years, subject to annual appropriations, under DOE’s competitive laboratory solicitation for the development of Advanced Water Power Technologies. Applications are being accepted through 4 September for topic areas related to improving energy efficiency including advanced water power technology development.

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Researchers Predict Permafrost Thaw Will Intensify Climate Change More Quickly Than Previously Thought; Melting of Greenland Icesheet Could Drive More Water Than Previously Thought to North American Northeast

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A separate study led by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), which is being published 29 May in Geophysical Research Letters , concluded that the melting of the Greenland ice sheet this century may drive more water than previously thought toward the already threatened coastlines of New York, Boston, Halifax, and other cities in the northeastern United States and Canada. This would reduce the accumulation of deep, dense water.

Environmental Charter High School Gets Solar; Greenius Goes EcoMedia

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Through the EcoAd grant program, advertiser Pacific Coast Termite provided a grant to support the addition of the greenhouse to the ECHS Science Center, including installation of a 3kW rooftop solar energy system on the greenhouse as well as the installation of a solar-powered water pump that will be used to supply irrigation for plants inside the greenhouse. Aquaculture (fish farming) and hydroponics (growing plants in water) becomes aquaponics when combined.

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Superstars of AB 811 Rock Palm Desert @ EcoMotion Conference

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Another great model is being set outside of California’s borders by Boulder County, Colorado. Ann Livingston, Boulder Colorado's Sustainability Coordinator.

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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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Starfire Energy closes major funding round; green ammonia and hydrogen solutions

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Starfire Energy, a Colorado-based developer of modular chemical plants for the carbon-free production of ammonia and hydrogen, has closed a major funding round. Starfire Energy’s Rapid Ramp NH 3 ammonia synthesis technology produces zero carbon ammonia using only renewable energy, air, and water as inputs.

DOE and Army TARDEC partner to advance hydrogen and fuel cell technologies

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The workshop was immediately followed by an evaluation of a military fuel cell-powered vehicle (Chevrolet Colorado ZH2) developed by General Motors and sponsored by Army TARDEC. This vehicle’s concept marries fuel cell technology and its advantages of on-board water production, exportable electric power, and near silent operation with extreme off-road capability. TARDEC and General Motors tested the Chevrolet Colorado ZH2 at Fort Carson, Colorado, 27-30 June 2017.

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

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Partners: American Lithium Corporation, DuPont Water Solutions. University of Wyoming; Generation of Rare Earth Metals from Rare Earth Oxides by Using Microwave Plasma Partners: Colorado School of Mines, Ames Laboratory, Eutectix, Rare Element Resources DOE share: $500,000; Cost share: $125,500; Total costs: $625,500.

Dept of Interior approves plan for largest solar project in US; 690 MW Gemini Solar with 380 MW battery system

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The Department of the Interior (Department) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) have approved a proposal to construct and operate the largest solar project in United States history. US Secretary of the Interior David L.

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CU-Boulder technique finds major class of fracking chemicals no more toxic than common household substances; “fingerprinting”

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The surfactant chemicals found in samples of fracking fluid collected in five states were no more toxic than substances commonly found in homes, according to a first-of-its-kind analysis by researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder. EO28), were identified in hydraulic fracturing flowback and produced water using a new application of the Kendrick mass defect and liquid chromatography/ quadrupole-time-of-flight mass spectrometry.

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

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Advanced Water Splitting Materials. 19 projects will leverage the HydroGEN Consortium to accelerate the development of advanced water-splitting materials for hydrogen production, with an initial focus on advanced electrolytic, photoelectrochemical, and solar thermochemical pathways. Advanced Water Splitting Materials. High Efficiency PEM Water Electrolysis Enabled by Advanced Catalysts, Membranes and Processes. University of Colorado Boulder.

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CSU team reports tandem process for converting furaldehydes into oxygenated diesel and linear alkane fuels

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Researchers at Colorado State University report using a tandem process to upgrade biomass furaldehydes into oxygenated diesel and high-quality C 10–12 linear alkane fuels. In the second, tandem metal–acid catalysis step, in water, the furoin intermediates are converted into oxygenated biodiesel by hydrogenation, etherification or esterification; or into premium alkane jet fuels by hydrodeoxygenation.

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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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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. Colorado State University. Colorado State University will develop a thermal energy storage system combined with partner ION Clean Energy’s flexible advanced solvent carbon capture technology. The US Department of Energy announced $11.5

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Chevrolet introduces second-generation Duramax 4-cylinder diesels; global engine

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Applications include powering the Colorado pickup truck and Trailblazer SUV for the Thailand and Southeast Asian markets. has several new parts, including a new water-cooled variable-geometry turbocharger; a new high-pressure common-rail fuel delivery system; a new Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) system; a new intake manifold; a new cylinder head; a new cylinder block; a new balancer shaft unit; and a new Engine Control Module (ECM). Water-cooled turbo.

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US BLM issues draft PEIS for oil shale and oil sands; significantly scales back public land available for commercial leasing

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The US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has published the Notice of Availability (NOA) of the Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) and Possible Land Use Amendments for Allocation of Oil Shale and Tar Sands Resources on Lands Administered by the BLM in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. The majority of US oil shale (and the world’s largest oil shale deposit) is found in the Green River Formation in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming. Water-wet vs. oil-wet.

Ionic Liquids for Conversion of Biomass to Sugars or HMF Without Additional Catalysts

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Researchers at Colorado State University have shown that under relatively mild conditions (?140 140 °C, 1 atm) and in the absence of added acid catalysts typically employed in biomass conversion, cellulose dissolved in certain ionic liquids (ILs) can convert into water-soluble reducing sugars in high total reducing sugar yield (up to 97%), or directly into the biomass platform chemical 5-hydroxymethyl furfural (HMF) in high conversion (up to 89%) when CrCl 2 is added.

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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. When illuminated by light, these QDs drive the renewable production of different biofuels and chemicals using carbon-dioxide (CO 2 ), water, and nitrogen (from air) as substrates.

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DOE awards $18M to six projects for algae-based biofuels; targeting <$5/gge

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The projects selected include: Producing Algae and Co-Products for Energy (PACE), Colorado School of Mines. Colorado School of Mines, in collaboration with Los Alamos National Laboratory, Reliance Industries Ltd., and others, will receive up to $9 million to enhance overall algal biofuels sustainability by maximizing carbon dioxide, nutrient, and water recovery and recycling, as well as bio-power co-generation.

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US DOI finalizes plan for oil shale and oil sands research, demonstration and development

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Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar last week announced the Department of the Interior’s final plan for encouraging research, development and demonstration (RD&D) of oil shale and oil sands resources on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. The Record of Decision (ROD) and plan amendments make some 700,000 acres in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming available for potential oil shale leasing and about 130,000 acres available for potential oil sands leasing in Utah.

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

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water management and treatment for power plant and CO 2 storage operations. The Regents of the University of Colorado. MFIX DEM Enhancement for Industry-Relevant Flows The Regents of the University of Colorado will partner with Particulate Solid Research and National Renewable Energy Laboratory to improve the performance of MFIX-DEM code to enable a transformative shift for industrial use by using a profiling methodology to identify numerical and algorithmic bottlenecks.

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University of Nebraska-Lincoln leading $13.5M effort to improve sorghum for biofuel

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Funded by the US Department of Energy, this five-year grant takes a comprehensive approach to better understand how plants and microbes interact, and to learn which sorghum germplasm grows better with less water and nitrogen. You also don’t want to use a ton of water or fertilizer to keep the system productive. The research should lead to strategies to increase plant biomass as well as more water use- and nutrient-efficient sorghum crop systems.

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

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University of Colorado, Boulder. The University of Colorado Boulder will lead a multi-institutional team to develop a data-driven framework of physical testing and modeling to enable the gas industry to better evaluate products to rehabilitate cast iron and steel natural gas pipes and enhance their performance and longevity.

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PRIME Coalition invests in three startups: electrochemical reduction of CO2, lightweight materials; Li extraction

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They are: Opus 12 is developing reactors for the electrochemical reduction of CO 2 to create cost-competitive chemicals and fuels using only water and electricity as additional inputs. CTO Philip Taynton developed Mallinda’s core technology at University of Colorado Boulder and paired up with CEO Chris Kaffer to bring it to market.

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Student winners in solar and hydrogen fuel cell car races

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Sixty-five teams from 24 Colorado schools participated in the Junior Solar Sprint and Hydrogen Fuel Cell car competitions hosted by the YS Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The student teams raced solar or hydrogen fuel cell powered vehicles they designed and built themselves.

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