2019 Keeling Curve Prize winners include Opus 12; conversion of CO2 into fuels and chemicals

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into cost-competitive chemicals and fuels. It’s a capital-light solution that takes advantage of technology that has been commercialized for decades. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) FuelsThe Keeling Curve Prize (KCP) has selected 10 winners for 2019, among them Opus 12 (Berkeley, California) which is developing a device that recycles CO? Earlier post.). The Opus 12 process—based on the electrochemical reduction of CO 2 —combines CO?,

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Researchers develop co-catalyst system for lower cost conversion of CO2 to CO; syngas for synfuels

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A team from the University of Illinois and startup Dioxide Materials has developed an electrocatalytic system for the reduction of CO 2 to CO—a key component of artificial photosynthesis and thus an enabler for the conversion of CO 2 to synthetic fuels—at overpotentials below 0.2

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Georgia Tech team develops conversion-type iron-fluoride Li battery cathode with solid polymer electrolyte

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Researchers at Georgia Tech have developed a promising new conversion-type cathode and electrolyte system that replaces expensive metals and traditional liquid electrolyte with lower cost transition metal fluorides and a solid polymer electrolyte.

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Berkeley Lab copper catalyst yields high-efficiency CO2-to-fuels conversion

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While propanol is a very effective fuel, it is currently too costly to manufacture to be used for that purpose. What we know is that this unique structure provides a beneficial chemical environment for CO2 conversion to multicarbon products,” he said.

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Columbia University engineers make breakthrough in understanding electroreduction of CO2 for conversion to electrofuels

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Recent research in electrocatalytic CO 2 conversion points the way to using CO 2 as a feedstock and renewable electricity as an energy supply for the synthesis of different types of fuel and value-added chemicals such as ethylene, ethanol, and propane. Knowing the exact structure of the activated CO 2 is essential because its structure dictates both the end product of the reaction and its energy cost. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Climate Change Emissions Solar fuels

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DOE awarding >$24M to 77 projects through Technology Commercialization Fund

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced more than $24 million in funding for 77 projects supported by the Office of Technology Transitions (OTT) Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF). The new TCF selections will expand DOE’s efforts to catalyze the commercial impact of the Department’s portfolio of research, development, demonstration, and deployment activities. Development of low-cost magnetocaloric materials, $150,000 General Engineering and Research, L.L.C.,

2019 85

ROUSH CleanTech expands commercialization of propane transit shuttle buses with new conversion partner

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Using their existing sales and service channel, GAS, the largest commercial alternative fuel conversion company in the country, has partnered to provide installations for ROUSH CleanTech propane autogas fueling systems in the transit, paratransit and commercial ground transportation markets.

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Zunum Aero selects Safran turbine for hybrid electric commercial aircraft

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Boeing- and JetBlue-backed Zunum Aero has selected Safran Helicopter Engines as the turbine provider for its hybrid electric commercial aircraft, which will be available in the early 2020s.

2018 111

DOE selects 7 gasification projects for funding; focus on reducing cost of coal conversion

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The projects conducted through this program are geared toward reducing the cost of coal conversion and mitigating the environmental impacts of fossil-fueled power generation. The funded research projects fall under two subtopic areas: development of gasification technologies applicable to in situ bio-gasification of coal to methane; and the development of low cost advanced air separation technologies that can produce oxygen for use in coal gasification processes.

2015 75

EPA updates rules to ease commercialization of alternative fuel conversion systems

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has updated rules making it easier for manufacturers to sell fuel conversion systems—i.e., The updated final rule covers alternative fuel conversion of light-duty vehicles and heavy-duty highway vehicles and engines. While properly engineered conversion systems can reduce or at least not increase emissions, poorly designed systems can lead to much more pollution. Conversions Fuels

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

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

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Researchers use multifunctional co-solvent pair to uncover molecular principles of biomass breakdown for conversion to transportation fuels

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Plant cell walls resist chemical or biological degradation, making the breakdown of lignocellulosic biomass into renewable chemical precursors for conversion into chemicals and transportation fuels challenging and costly.

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US Navy demos recovery of CO2 and production of H2 from seawater, with conversion to liquid fuel; “Fuel from Seawater”

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Researchers at the US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Materials Science and Technology Division have demonstrated novel NRL technologies developed for the recovery of CO 2 and hydrogen from seawater and their subsequent conversion to liquid fuels.

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XL Hybrids introduces the first hybrid electric upfit for Ford F-250 pickups and chassis for commercial fleets

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Our solution roadmap continues to be focused on delivering the most seamless, cost-effective fleet electrification solutions for OEM vehicles that our customers ask for. Conversions Fleets Hybrids

2017 92

Anellotech Bio-TCat hits commercially-targeted yields during 6 months of continuous operations

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Anellotech ’s Bio-TCat technology has achieved commercially-targeted yields in its TCat-8 pilot unit in Silsbee, Texas during six months of continuous process operations.

2019 97

Continental, Knorr-Bremse partner on highly automated driving in commercial vehicles; platooning first

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Continental and Knorr-Bremse AG have entered into a partnership to develop a complete system solution for highly automated driving (HAD) in commercial vehicles, initially focused on automated convoy driving (platooning). This best-in-class performance is combined with cost efficiency.

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NREL enzyme enables conversion of biomass to sugar up to 14x faster than current alternatives; changing the economics of conversion

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Scientists at the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have developed an enzyme that can enable the conversion of biomass to sugars up to 14 times faster and more cheaply than competing catalysts in enzyme cocktails today.

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MTSU group seeking to commercialize new wheel motor plug-in hybrid retrofit kit

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Perry said Lou Svendsen, university counsel with the Tennessee Board of Regents, will join him in approaching companies that have both US and worldwide fleets of vehicles, especially those “ interested in green technology, reducing carbon footprint and savings in fuel costs. ”.

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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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Bi 0.73 ) achieved 95% methane conversion at 1065°C in a 1.1-meter bubble column and produced pure hydrogen without CO 2 or other by-products. Under these conditions, the equilibrium conversion is 98%. When the temperature was reduced to 1040 °C, the CH 4 conversion decreased to 86%.

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

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The production costs for most chemicals via microbial fermentation are currently high compared to oil-derived products primarily because of operating costs associated with feedstock and feedstock processing.

2016 109

AMPLY Power: Top 25 US cities could save avg. 37% on fuel costs by switching to electric vehicles and buses; up to 60% with managed charging

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A white paper by AMPLY Power, a company providing fleet charging as a service, finds that 25 of America’s largest metropolitan areas could save an average of 37% on fuel costs by electrifying their bus and light-duty vehicle fleets. San Francisco, conversely, has extreme time-variable rates.

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Lightning Systems receives California ARB Executive Order for the Transit Bus Repower powertrain

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Lightning Systems, a developer of zero-emission powertrains for commercial fleets, has received an Executive Order from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for the Lightning Electric Transit Bus Repower, with HVIP approval expected within the next several weeks.

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XL Hybrids enters installation and distribution partnership with Leggett & Platt Commercial Vehicle Products; expands hybrid drive system to Ford E-series vans

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Leggett & Platt CVP will incorporate XL Hybrids’ hybrid powertrain directly into its existing ship-thru process, thus providing a one-stop shopping experience for commercial fleets. For a business like us, it’s all about getting scale and volume, getting over early stage commercialization.

2013 125

JCAP team reports first complete “artificial leaf”; >10% solar-to-hydrogen conversion efficiency

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Such systems have been demonstrated at commercial, laboratory and research scales, the team said. Thus, a lower-cost “artificial leaf” technology could offer significant advantages as an alternative. μL s -1 and a solar-to-hydrogen conversion efficiency of 8.6%

2015 119

US researchers demo separation-free, IL-based process for conversion of biomass to advanced biofuel

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Lower cost and higher efficiency biomass deconstruction remains a critical hurdle towards large-scale deployment of affordable lignocellulosic biofuels. Conversion efficiency improved with scale, demonstrating the feasibility of integrating all biomass conversion unit operations within the biorefinery. With further intensification and optimization, this process is a promising new approach towards commercial production of low-cost and low-impact lignocellulosic biofuels.

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Georgia Tech team develops highly efficient multi-phase catalyst for SOFCs and other energy storage and conversion systems

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The catalyst is also readily applicable to other energy storage and conversion systems, including metal-air batteries, supercapacitors, electrolyzers, dye-sensitized solar cells, and photocatalysis. That could, in turn, reduce overall material costs.

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Panda Power finances conversion of retired coal plant to natural gas; one of largest power conversion projects in US

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Panda Power Funds has financed the 1,124 megawatt Panda “Hummel Station” power plant—one of the largest coal-to-natural gas power conversion projects in the United States. The Panda Hummel generating station will be fueled with Marcellus Shale gas, which is expected to provide the project with a significant operating cost advantage. The 829 megawatt “Liberty” power plant, located in Towanda, Pennsylvania, is expected to enter commercial operations in the first quarter of 2016.

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USDA awards $3M biorefinery grant to support conversion of lignin into renewable alternative for ABS Resin

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a $3-million grant to support the commercialization of its patented and patent-pending lignin conversion and refining technologies. Lignocellulose, or lignin, is ubiquitous in biomass, and yet it is highly-resistant to the chemical, biological, and other processes historically used for the conversion and refining of biomass into renewable products. The USDA has awarded a consortium including Attis Innovations, Inc., a subsidiary of Meridian Waste Solutions, Inc.,a

2018 60

DOE announces $110M for carbon capture, utilization, and storage projects

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The US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Fossil Energy (FE) has announced approximately $110 million in federal funding for cost-shared research and development (R&D) projects under three funding opportunity announcements (FOAs). DOE’s program has deployed various large-scale CCUS pilot and demonstration projects; DOE said that it is imperative to build upon these learnings to test, mature, and prove CCUS technologies at the commercial scale.

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CA Energy Commission awarding Wrightspeed $5.789M grant for retrofit range-extended electric powertrain for medium-duty commercial vehicles

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The CEC grant funds are to accelerate manufacturing of Wrightspeed’s Route retrofit powertrain for the medium-duty commercial fleet market ( earlier post ). Wrightspeed made its first conversion kit for the Isuzu NPR. Conversions Fleets Hybrids Plug-ins

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LeMond Composites licenses ORNL low-cost carbon fiber manufacturing process; transportation, renewable energy, & infrastructure

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LeMond Composites, founded by three-time Tour de France champion Greg LeMond, has licensed a low-cost, high-volume carbon fiber manufacturing process developed at the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).

Occidental Petroleum and Chevron invest in direct air carbon capture and synthetic fuels company Carbon Engineering

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These investments will accelerate the commercialization of CE’s proven Direct Air Capture (DAC) technology that removes CO 2 directly from the air and subsequently synthesizes it into clean transportation fuels. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Fuels

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Echo Automotive to extend plug-in hybrid conversion system to GM 2500 and 3500 vans

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a developer of technologies enabling the cost-effective aftermarket addition of plug-in hybrid capability to new or existing vehicles ( earlier post ), plans to extend its EchoDrive plug-in hybrid system to GM 2500 and 3500 vans, including the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana, model years 2010-2014.

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US hybrid conversion company raises $2 million

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XL Hybrids , a startup that offers a hybrid conversion system for large fleet vehicles such as vans or Lincoln Town Cars, has raised $2 million in new funding and signed an agreement with Ashwoods Automotive in the UK, the producers of the retrofit kit. He says that the company’s pilot vehicles have been demonstrating a 10 to 15 percent savings in fuel costs, and that the first commercially-retrofitted cars — they’ll mainly be Lincoln Town Cars — will save owners 20 to 30 percent a year.

Perspective: Drive Star Conversion Program Could Cut US Oil Use in Half by 2020

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If terrorists had poisoned 40% of our wetlands and 25% of our fisheries, we wouldn’t ask, ‘How much will it cost to fight back?’ And it will cost much less than you think.”. We know we eventually need to kick our addiction to costly, dangerous fossil fuels. The missing piece we dream President Obama will follow up with is an emergency-response roadmap to a world where increasingly scarce and costly oil is used only when needed. And no one asked what it would cost.

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Study shows bamboo ethanol in China technically and economically feasible, cost-competitive with gasoline

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Now, researchers at Imperial College London have shown that bioethanol production from bamboo in China is both technically and economically feasible, as well as cost-competitive with gasoline.

2013 147

Cobalt Technologies demonstrates capability of biocatalyst conversion of biomass sugars to n-butanol; confirms 40-60% cost reduction compared to petroleum-derived n-butanol

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Partnering with the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Cobalt completed multiple fermentation campaigns in a 9,000 liter fermenter, exceeding the target yield and other performance metrics for a commercial-scale facility. Ultimately, we’re showing performance is achievable at commercial scale across our technology platform. Tests resulted in high sugar conversion and high yields of butanol.

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

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The research is part of a broad effort to identify scalable and commercially viable solutions to help meet increasing global energy demand with a renewable resource. UW-Madison has long been known for its expertise in biomass conversion. 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.

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PHEV powertrain company ALTe in new commercial vehicle JV in China with Henan Benma; target 10K units/year

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ALTe Powertrain Technologies (ALTe), developer of a range-extended plug-in electric hybrid vehicle (PHEV) powertrain for light commercial fleet vehicle applications ( earlier post ), will establish a new commercial vehicle manufacturing Joint Venture with the Henan Benma Company (Benma) in the Henan province of China. The JV with Henan Benma will produce a select portfolio of commercial vehicles powered exclusively by powertrain systems engineered by ALTe.

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

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

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Lux Research: cost of electrofuels remains far from viable

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Production costs per barrel of oil equivalent. The cost of electrofuels—fuels produced by catalyst-based systems for light capture, water electrolysis, and catalytic conversion of carbon dioxide and hydrogen to liquid fuels—remains far away from viable, according to a new analysis by Lux Research. Source: Lux Research. Click to enlarge.

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XL acquires Quantum Fuel’s electrification division, appoints Kazarinoff as CEO

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XL, a growing provider of vehicle electrification solutions for commercial and municipal fleets, made two significant announcements designed to capitalize on the company’s current momentum and position the business for rapid, sustainable growth in 2020 and beyond. Demand for sustainable commercial transportation has never been greater, and XL is well positioned to drive the industry’s transition to electrified fleet vehicles. Conversions Hybrids Plug-ins

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DOE Awarding $4.4M to Six Projects for Carbon Capture and Conversion

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Total value of the projects, including cost sharing, is approximately US$5.9 This integrated capture and conversion process will be used to produce a number of different chemicals that could replace petroleum-derived products. Researchers hope to achieve a commercially feasible CO 2 reforming process that will produce useful commodities using the entire solar spectrum. Tags: Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Emissions

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