USABC awards $4.8M to Zenlabs Energy to develop low-cost, fast-charge EV batteries

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in Fremont, California for development of low-cost, fast-charge (LC/FC) battery technology for electric vehicles (EVs). The contract award, which includes a 50% cost share, funds a 30-month project that began last month.

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MAN Engines releases first IMO Tier III engines for workboats; low-cost, SCR-only solution

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The key to cost savings and greater system simplicity was the manufacturer’s decision to avoid a complex exhaust gas recirculation system and heavy, bulky components like diesel particulate filters and oxidation catalytic converters.

2019 97

Gevo develops process for low-cost renewable isoprene; building block for rubber and rubber products

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has developed a proprietary catalytic process that transforms low-cost commercially available, or even waste by-product, renewable alcohols into renewable isoprene that would be expected to compete head-to-head on price with natural and petroleum-based chemical equivalents while reducing CO 2 emissions. Renewable, low-carbon, low-cost isoprene has been pursued by a lot of companies over the years without commercial success. Gevo, Inc.

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WSU team develops highly-efficient, low-cost nickel-iron nanofoam for OER for water splitting

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However, the scarce resource and prohibitive cost of these precious metals hurdle their further commercial applications. Among them, Ni-based catalysts have been demonstrated to be competent candidates with low overpotential and superior stability under alkaline conditions.

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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).

TM4 receiving $3.7M to develop low-cost wheel motors

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million in funding from Sustainable Development Technology Canada’s (SDTC) SD Tech Fund, through the ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative, to develop low-cost wheel motors for electric and hybrid vehicles. The objective of this project is to design an in-wheel motor electric drive system with one of the highest power densities in the world, and at the lowest possible cost. CO150-HVF auxiliary inverter for commercial vehicles.

EPFL team develops low-cost water splitting cell with solar-to-hydrogen efficiency of 12.3%

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A team led by Dr. Michael Grätzel at EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) in Switzerland has developed a highly efficient and low-cost water-splitting cell combining an advanced perovskite tandem solar cell and a bi-functional Earth-abundant catalyst.

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Columbia team develops simple, low-cost, scaleable membraneless electrolyzer fabricated with 3D printing for H2 production

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Electrolyzers, which use electricity and water to produce hydrogen and oxygen, are well-established commercially available technologies, but the cost of producing H 2 by water electrolysis is currently too expensive. as well as the cost of assembling the electrolyzer.

2016 95

HyperSolar reaches 1.25 V for water-splitting with its self-contained low-cost photoelectrochemical nanosystem

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volts (V) of water-splitting voltage with its novel low-cost electrolysis technology. V or more is generally needed because of the low reaction kinetics. This lowers the system cost of what is essentially an electrolysis process. HyperSolar, Inc.

2014 111

Saudi Aramco R&D proposes SuperButol as new low-cost high-octane blend component

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A team from Saudi Aramco Research and Development Center has developed a novel low-cost, high-octane gasoline blend component it calls SuperButol. In addition, the process helps to optimize refinery operations by valorizing low-value products.

2017 85

Harvard team demonstrates new metal-free organic–inorganic aqueous flow battery; potential breakthrough for low-cost grid-scale storage

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In a paper in Nature , they suggest that the use of such redox-active organic molecules instead of redox-active metals represents a new and promising direction for realizing massive electrical energy storage at greatly reduced cost. Commercialization. Cell schematic.

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Velodyne introduces new low-cost fixed-laser solid-state LiDAR for autonomous driving and ADAS applications

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Velodyne LiDAR announced its new fixed-laser, solid-state Velarray LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) sensor, a cost-effective yet high-performance and rugged automotive product in a small form factor. —Mike Jellen, President & Chief Commercial Officer, Velodyne LiDAR.

2017 78

DGIST, PNNL team develops efficient, low-cost anode material for water electrolysis

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Korea’s DGIST (Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology), with colleagues at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), have developed a low-cost, highly efficient and ultra-durable core-shell nanostructured electrocatalyst that exhibits an improved oxygen evolution activity and stability compared to that of the commercial noble metal electrodes. A commercial Pt/C cathode-assisted, core–shell Co@NC–anode water electrolyzer delivers 10 mA cm ?2

2018 60

Swiss team develops effective and low-cost solar water-splitting device; 14.2% solar-to-hydrogen efficiency

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The method, which surpasses previous efforts in terms of stability, performance, lifespan and cost efficiency, is published in the Journal of The Electrochemical Society.

2016 85

NovCoat consortium develops novel low-cost conductive coatings for PEM fuel cells

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The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI), a UK-based technology innovation center, Intelligent Energy and coatings supplier Haydale have been collaborating to develop novel, conductive coatings for proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell bipolar plates with the goal of further cost reductions. These coatings were applied using roll-to-roll techniques to pre-coat low cost stainless steel foils, and post-coat after part fabrication.

2017 60

Stanford team reports new low-cost, non-precious metal catalyst for water splitting with performance close to platinum

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Researchers at Stanford University, with colleagues at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and other institutions, have developed a nickel-based electrocatalyst for low-cost water-splitting for hydrogen production with performance close to that of much more expensive commercial platinum electrocatalysts.

2014 120

Berkeley Lab working with Alphabet Energy to develop a low-cost thermoelectric system

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With a $2-million grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC), Berkeley Lab is partnering with Alphabet Energy to create a cost-effective thermoelectric waste heat recovery system to reduce both energy use in the industrial sector and electricity-related carbon emissions. However, most current thermoelectric materials are limited by several factors, including high cost, low efficiency, and the inability to operate reliably at temperatures above 400 degrees Celsius.

2017 60

Hydrexia and HyGear partner on low-cost hydrogen distribution in Europe; solid state storage and delivery

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The agreement between the two companies allows for development and supply of a complete hydrogen generation, storage and distribution system with a lower cost product for customers. Hydrexia is entering the European market in partnership with HyGear with the intention of becoming a distributor of the lowest cost hydrogen in Europe. According to Hydrexia, its systems are about half the capital cost ($/kg-H 2 ) of compressed hydrogen storage.

2015 75

Argonne researchers make vanadium into a useful low-cost catalyst for hydrogenation

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it remains unclear from this previous study whether the hydrogenation activity of these catalysts arose mainly from the low coordination of V(III) and/or from the redox-active ligand of the CatPOP support. This strategy afforded conceivably the first example of well-defined, low-coordinate organovanadium(III) catalysts on SiO 2 with remarkable activity for liquid- and gas-phase hydrogenation of alkenes and alkynes under mild conditions.

2017 60

SwRI, UTSA researchers show biochar is low-cost, effective method to treat fracking water

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Once the water is used, the flowback, or wastewater, must be treated to remove hazardous chemicals before it is stored, reused or disposed, which can be a costly endeavor. Currently, biochar is used commercially to improve soil quality by helping soils retain nutrients and water.

2014 88

MIT team outlines path to low-cost solar-to-fuels devices; the artificial leaf

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The new work outlines a research program to improve the efficiency of these systems, and could quickly lead to the production of a practical, inexpensive and commercially viable prototype. The original demonstration leaf in 2011 had low efficiencies, converting less than 4.7%

2013 101

Georgia Tech team develops simple, low-cost process for oxide nanowires; superior separators for Li-ion batteries

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The process could significantly lower the cost of producing the one-dimensional (1D) nanostructures, enabling a broad range of uses in lightweight structural composites, advanced sensors, electronic devices—and thermally-stable and strong battery membranes able to withstand temperatures of more than 1,000 ˚C. This technique could open the door for a range of synthesis opportunities to produce low-cost 1D nanomaterials in large quantities.

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Novel bi-metallic palladium-tungsten nano-alloy an efficient low-cost fuel cell catalyst; simple microwave synthesis

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In a paper in the journal Nature Communications , they reported that despite a very low percentage of noble metal (?palladium:tungsten=1:8), Considering the cost, it would be 40 times lower.

2014 98

Xtrac designs new low-cost single-speed gearbox and differential for electric van

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UK driveline technology specialist Xtrac has designed a new, low-cost and efficient transmission for the StreetScooter GmbH electric vehicle business based in Aachen. The single-speed gearbox and differential, developed for front-wheel drive vehicles, is making its debut this week in a prototype urban delivery van at the IAA Commercial Vehicle exhibition in Hannover. It was a challenging brief as StreetScooter aims to build a low cost vehicle in relatively low volumes.

New ORNL non-precious metal catalyst shows promise as low-cost component for low-temperature exhaust aftertreatment

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Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have developed a ternary mixed oxide catalyst composed of copper oxide, cobalt oxide, and ceria (dubbed “CCC”) that outperforms synthesized and commercial platinum group metal (PGM) catalysts for CO oxidation in simulated exhaust streams while showing no signs of inhibition—i.e., Next, researchers will determine scalability of this approach and perform cost-benefit analyses.

2015 75

MIT Researchers Identify New Low-Cost Water-Splitting Catalyst

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The original discovery has already led to the creation of a company, called Sun Catalytix, that aims to commercialize the system in the next two years. MIT Prof. Daniel Nocera and his associates have found another formulation, based on inexpensive and widely available materials, that can efficiently catalyze the splitting of water molecules using electricity.

New catalysts convert ethanol to butanol with high selectivity; potential low-cost upgrade for ethanol plants

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While butanol has emerged as a potential sustainable liquid fuel replacement for gasoline, development of biosynthetic pathways for its synthesis are challenged by very low conversion and modest selectivity, they noted. There’s a long way to go before they are commercialized, but we are reporting a fundamental advance in that direction. The new catalysts could reduce the costs of converting ethanol factories to production of butanol.

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Sandia team boosts hydrogen production activity by molybdenum disulfide four-fold; low-cost catalyst for solar-driven water splitting

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A team led by researchers from Sandia National Laboratories has shown that molybdenum disulfide (MoS 2 ), exfoliated with lithiation intercalation to change its physical structure, performs as well as the best state-of-the-art catalysts for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) but at a significantly lower cost. Nevertheless, because of the scarcity and cost of Pt, a more abundant alternative is needed for cost-effective implementation.

2015 75

Calysta Energy engineering organisms to convert methane to low-cost liquid hydrocarbons; BioGTL process

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Start-up Calysta Energy plans to use methane as a feedstock for engineered organisms to produce liquid hydrocarbon fuels and high value chemicals that are cost-effective, scalable and reduce environmental impact. Calysta says that in contrast to current algae- and sugar-based methods, a methane-based biofuel platform is expected to produce fuel at less than half the cost of other biological methods, allowing direct competition with petroleum-based fuels.

MIT engineers develop process that can treat produced water from gas wells at relatively low cost

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A new desalination process developed by engineers at MIT could treat produced water—deep water, often heavily laden with salts and minerals—from natural gas wells at relatively low cost. However, because all the water must be heated to the boiling point, while the condensing surfaces must be kept cold, such a process is energy-intensive and therefore costly. Narayan says he expects the first commercial plants could be in operation within about two years.

2013 76

Low-cost N-doped interlayer derived from loofah sponge enables high-performance Li-S, Li-Se and LiI2 batteries

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Researchers from Griffith University in Australia and Peking University in China have synthesized low-cost, hierarchically porous, and nitrogen-doped loofah sponge carbon (N-LSC) derived from the loofah sponge via a simple calcining process and applied it as a multifunctional blocking layer for Li–S, Li–Se, and Li–I 2 batteries. The LS biomass material is widely used as food and cleaning tools because of its soft but resilient fibers and low cost in China and Southeast Asia.

2016 60

DARPA program integrates non-mechanical optical scanning tech on microchip; new class of low-cost, miniature LIDAR could support autonomous vehicle apps

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These accomplishments could open the door to a new class of miniaturized, extremely low-cost, robust laser-scanning technologies for LIDAR and other uses. These large, slow opto-mechanical systems are both temperature- and impact-sensitive and often cost tens of thousands of dollars each—all factors that limit widespread adoption of current technologies for military and commercial use.

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Valeo to offer new low-cost solid-state LiDAR; co-developed with LeddarTech; mass production in 2018

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Tier 1 supplier Valeo is adding a new low-cost solid-state LiDAR, developed together with LeddarTech , a specialist in advanced detection and ranging solutions, to its portfolio for driving and parking assistance. As its field-of-view is easy to adapt, the new sensor can enable various functions from Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) to Right Turn Assist (for commercial vehicles) and can contribute to automated driving functions such as Traffic Jam Assist or Automated Parking.

2016 60

New nanoparticle copper compound cathode could enable low-cost, long-life and high-power potassium-ion batteries for grid storage

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Stationary energy storage systems that can operate for many cycles, at high power, with high round-trip energy efficiency, and at low cost are required. Cost is a greater concern. We decided we needed to develop a new chemistry if we were going to make low-cost batteries and battery electrodes for the power grid. He said the process should easily be scaled up to commercial levels of production. A team at Stanford led by Prof.

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HyBoost demonstrator debuts at LCV2011; 50% by swept volume downsizing with low-cost electrification

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The HyBoost project vehicle was revealed for the first time today at the Cenex Low Carbon Vehicle 2011 event hosted at Rockingham, UK, demonstrating a combination of high-impact, low-cost electrical systems which offer the prospect of radical engine downsizing using electric supercharger and energy capture and storage technologies within an otherwise conventional gasoline powertrain architecture. HyBoost demonstrator. Click to enlarge.

Use of a Low-Cost Electric Supercharger Could Significantly Reduce Smoke from Turbocharged Diesel Engines

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Controlled Power Technologies (CPT) is a UK startup working with switched reluctance motor technology to deliver cost-effective CO 2 -reducing solutions for vehicles. Its low inertia compressor accelerates from idle to a maximum of 70,000 rpm in less than 350 milliseconds.

2009 90

New high-activity, low-cost nickel-based catalyst for fuel cells exhibits performance similar to Pt; hydroxide exchange membrane fuel cells

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Owing to its high activity and low cost, the catalyst shows significant potential for use in low-cost, high-performance fuel cells, the team suggested. Pt is the most active catalyst for both HOR and ORR; the high price of the metal (~$50 g −1 ) has hindered fuel cell commercialization. The HOR catalyzed by Pt is very fast in acidic conditions so that a very low loading of the Pt catalyst could be used relative to the cathode side in PEMFCs.

2016 60

Edeniq and Global Bio-chem enter into joint development agreement to produce low cost cellulosic sugars from corn stover in China

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The JDA follows a letter of intent signed in July, with the goal of developing the lowest cost process for converting corn stover to cellulosic sugars for use in the production of bio-based chemical products. This partnership will allow us to further develop and commercialize our technology platform utilizing the millions of metric tons per year of corn stover available in the Jilin Province, while significantly reducing the production costs of corn stover-based sugar.

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GE-NRG Energy-ConocoPhillips JV invests in Glori Energy; low-cost enhancement to waterflooding EOR via microbial stimulation

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This is the key to our ability to extract substantial crude oil from wells at low cost. Oil is among the strategic interests of Energy Technology Ventures, which helps companies develop and commercialize their next-generation energy technologies.

2011 76

Construction starts on “Flybus” demonstrator; low-cost flywheel energy storage hybrid projects 20% savings in fuel consumption

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Construction has begun on the first “Flybus” prototype vehicle, designed to demonstrate the viability of a cost-effective alternative to battery-hybrid buses by using flywheel energy storage. Part-funded by the UK’s Technology Strategy Board as part of its Low-Carbon Vehicles initiative, the Flybus consortium brings together bus maker Optare, engineering consultancy Ricardo and traction drive technology specialist Torotrak.

2010 81

Tobacco Plant-derived Enzyme Cocktail for Efficient and Low-Cost Hydrolysis of Biomass for Cellulosic Ethanol Production

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One of the barriers to cost-effective production of cellulosic ethanol is inadequate technology to efficiently and economically release fermentable sugars from cellulosic biomass. Companies such as Novozymes have worked for years to reduce the cost and improve the efficiency of their enzymes for this type of application. The new crude-extract enzyme cocktails yielded more (up to 3,625%) glucose from filter paper, pine wood or citrus peel than commercial cocktails.

2010 78

Low cost supercharger slashes diesel emissions

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Smoke emissions produced by turbocharged diesel engines under heavy load conditions - such as when accelerating from low engine speeds and other similar transient manoeuvres - can be all but eliminated by a relatively simple and low cost electric supercharger says automotive CO2 reduction specialist, Controlled Power Technologies (CPT).

EPA Awards TDA Research, Inc. $225,000 for Development Process to Produce Low-Cost Biodiesel from Waste Feedstocks

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TDA) a $225,000 Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant to develop a process aimed at producing biodiesel from low-cost waste feedstocks. After completion of their EPA Phase I SBIR contract, TDA determined that it can produce biodiesel from waste grease at a cost that is competitive with conventional diesel. Under the Phase II contract, TDA has identified a new process to solve technical problems involving cost and supply.

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