GTI quantifies opportunity to produce low-carbon renewable natural gas (RNG) from wood wastes

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GTI has released a site-specific engineering design titled “ Low-Carbon Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) from Wood Wastes ”. The RNG product with very low carbon intensity could be used for carbon emission reductions in the transportation, industrial, commercial, and residential energy sectors.

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Novozymes launches commercial enzyme technology to convert waste oils into biodiesel

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Novozymes has launched Eversa Transform, the first commercially available enzymatic solution (a liquid lipase) to convert both glycerides and free fatty acids (FFA) into biodiesel. waste oils with high FFAs have not been a viable feedstock option.

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Waste gasification company Sierra Energy closes $33M Series A funding; FastOx

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The funding will help Sierra Energy further develop and commercialize its FastOx gasification technology, which converts virtually any waste into clean, renewable energy and fuels without burning. FastOx technology, developed by Sierra Energy and supported by grant funding from the Department of Defense and the California Energy Commission, uses oxygen and steam to heat waste to 4,000°F (2,200°C). Waste is fed into the top of the gasifier vessel through an airlock.

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Lithium Australia produces LFP cathode material and Li-ion batteries from mine waste

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Lithium Australia NL reported that its wholly owned subsidiary VSPC Ltd has successfully produced Li-ion battery cathode material, and Li-ion batteries (LIBs), from tri-lithium phosphate produced directly from mine waste using the SiLeach process. LFP and batteries from waste.

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Alphabet Energy introduces PowerModules for modular thermoelectric waste heat recovery; partnership with Borla for heavy-duty trucks

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The company also announced it will partner with Borla jointly to develop and to commercialize a next-generation-exhaust system incorporating PowerModules, with the goal of delivering significant fuel savings for commercial fleet truck fleets. Thermoelectrics Waste Heat Recovery

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UCSD team offers roadmap of four challenges for solid-state battery commercialization

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In an open-access review paper published in Nature Nanotechnology , researchers at the University of California San Diego offer a research roadmap that includes four challenges that need to be addressed in order to advance all-solid-state batteries to commercialization.

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ORCnext project concludes waste heat recovery efficiency can be boosted by 20-25%

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The four-year projet ORCNext , aimed at developing knowledge and design tools for next generation of Organic Rankine Cycles (ORCs), has concluded that waste heat recovery efficiency can be increased by 20 to 25% through appropriate cycle selection, efficient expanders, appropriate control and less oversizing of the heat exchangers. The Rankine Cycle transfers waste heat to a working fluid at a constant pressure. Current ORCs on the market aimed at a too high a waste energy flow.

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A*STAR team combines fungal culture and acid hydrolyses for cost-effective production of fermentable sugars from palm oil waste

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Researchers from A*STAR in Singapore have developed a fungal culture for use in a cheap and efficient method to transform waste oil palm material into biofuels and environmentally friendly plastics. The industry wants to use these leftover fruit bunches to produce bioethanol and biodegradable plastic, but has stumbled in their efforts to convert the leftovers in a cost-efficient way. In comparison, the commercial enzyme mixture produced 10% less glucose under the same conditions.

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Dearman-led consortium awarded $3.1M to develop waste-heat-recovery system using liquid air engine

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million) in the latest round of IDP10 funding from the UK’s Technology Strategy Board to support the development of a heat-recovery system for urban commercial vehicles. The Dearman project is to deliver a production-feasible waste-heat recovery system for urban commercial vehicles, which offers life-cycle CO 2 savings of up to 40%; fuel savings of 25%, with the potential of up to almost 50%; and potential payback in less than three years.

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ORNL advancing LDH sorbent to recover lithium from geothermal brine wastes

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With a better understanding of the molecular structure and behavior of the material, we can create sorbents with greater throughput that could reduce the size and cost of plant construction, for instance, or develop variants that would work with lower-temperature brines. The work is being conducted with industry partner All American Lithium, which is seeking to refine the technology in preparation for a commercial lithium plant in California.

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QUT, Mercurius Australia partner on pilot plant to convert sugarcane waste to jet and diesel fuel; REACH

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In Australia, QUT researchers and Mercurius Australia are partnering on a pilot plant to prove the economic viability of turning sugarcane waste into either jet and diesel fuel or chemicals that could be used to make plastic soft drink and beer bottles.

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Manchester team greatly broadens thermal window of thermoelectric material using graphene; potential vehicle applications for waste heat recovery

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This increase in operating performance can enable future applications such as thermoelectric generators in vehicles for waste heat recovery and other sectors, the researchers suggested. Furthermore, they are limited in their ability to harvest electricity at high temperatures, such as from solar and industrial waste heat, due to their decomposition and volatilization at elevated temperatures. This low ZT has restricted the commercial application of oxide-based materials.

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£50 million: the fuel sapping cost of van loads

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Green credentials commercial Energy Saving Trust fuel van wasteBusinesses around the UK could save around £50 million each year-simply by taking the unnecessary weight out of the back of their vans.

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Sorption Energy Seeking to Commercialize Waste Heat-Driven Adsorption Heat Pump Technology for Vehicle Air Conditioning

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A spinout from Warwick University (UK), Sorption Energy , is commercializing vehicle air conditioning systems based on waste heat-driven adsorption heat pump technology developed by Professor Robert Critoph and his team at University of Warwick School of Engineering.

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DOE awards Texas A&M AgriLife Research $2.2M to investigate ways to market bio waste from biofuel refineries

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded a $2.2-million grant to researchers at Texas A&M AgriLife Research to investigate potential discoveries for waste products used in lignocellulosic biofuel production, turning them into valuable agents used in producing commercial products such as biodiesel and asphalt binding agents. Utilizing this lignin offers incentives such as improving the efficiencies of a biorefinery, reducing costs and lowering emissions.

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BP and Johnson Matthey license Fischer-Tropsch technology to waste-to-biofuels producer Fulcrum BioEnergy for biojet

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BP and Johnson Matthey (JM) have signed an agreement with Fulcrum BioEnergy to license their Fischer Tropsch (FT) technology to support Fulcrum’s drive to convert municipal solid waste into biojet fuel. The Sierra plant will be the first commercial-scale plant in the US to convert municipal solid waste feedstock, or household garbage that would otherwise be landfilled, into a low-carbon, renewable transportation fuel.

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SITA UK and Cynar to build UKs first commercial plants to convert waste plastic to diesel

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Cynar is a UK company established to commercialize the ThermoFuel technology exclusively licensed to it in the UK and Ireland by its owners, Ozmotech Pty Ltd. The waste plastics to hydrocarbon fuels liquefaction technology is based on pyrolysis and distillation. The objective of the new agreement is to build 10 UK plants dealing with 60,000 tonnes of mixed plastic waste per year and to commission the first plant in London by end 2011.

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Ricardo forms company to commercialize cryogenic split-cycle engine: CryoPower

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Ricardo has created a company—Dolphin N2 Ltd—to commercialize its CryoPower cryogenic split-cycle engine technology ( earlier post , earlier post.) This enables recovery of otherwise wasted exhaust heat to the working gas after the end of compression.

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BETO report identifies biofuel/bioproducts opportunities from wet and gaseous waste: ~22.2B GGE/year

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The US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office has published a report, titled Biofuels and Bioproducts from Wet and Gaseous Waste Streams: Challenges and Opportunities. Also, these waste streams are often located where energy is in highest demand.

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Neste, ReNew ELP and Licella to collaborate in utilization of waste plastic as a raw material for fuels and chemicals

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Neste, the leading producer of renewable diesel, UK-based chemical recycling company ReNew ELP, and Australian technology developer Licella are collaborating in a development project to explore the potential of using mixed waste plastic as a raw material for fuels, chemicals, and new plastics. This will be the first commercial scale plant based on Cat-HTR technology, a catalytic hydro-thermal liquefaction platform developed by Licella over the past ten years.

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Researchers Develop More Efficient Thermocells for Low-Grade Waste Heat Recovery

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Research on utilizing low-grade heat from sources such as industrial waste streams, geothermal activity, and solar heating has focused on using solid-state thermoelectrics and Stirling engines to harvest low-grade waste heat as electrical energy.

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Velocys receives FONSI from USDA for planned Mississippi biorefinery; wood waste to drop-in fuels

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Velocys is pursuing a USDA loan guarantee that could apply up to $200 million of debut as part of the total installed cost of the project. The site will be home to a biorefinery that will use Velocys’ technology to produce low-carbon transportation fuels from the wood wastes of lumber operations and tree plantations. The plant is expected to convert locally-sourced woody biomass waste into enough renewable fuel to meet the demands of running around 40,000 diesel and gasoline trucks.

Heterogeneous Catalyst Reactor Technology Produces High-Quality Biodiesel with No Aqueous Waste Stream; Lower Capital and Operating Costs

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is commercializing a reactor technology based on heterogeneous catalysis for the production of high-quality biodiesel plus a cosmetics/food grade glycerol, with practically no waste streams. It also results in salt waste streams, with ecological and economical penalties.

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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. million tons of potential bio-based waste feedstock. I look forward to seeing this one get commercially developed. Gevo, Inc.

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Opcon to Install Waste Heat Recovery System on Wallenius Ship; Targeting an Initial 4-6% in Fuel Savings

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Basic operation of the Opcon Powerbox ORC waste heat recovery system. Opcon, the Sweden-based energy and environmental technology Group, will install an Opcon Powerbox—an Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) waste heat recovery system—on one of Wallenius’ ships.

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DOE researchers develop energy-efficient, cost-effective process to extract rare earth elements from scrapped magnets

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They have patented and scaled-up the process in lab demonstrations and are working with ORNL’s licensee Momentum Technologies to scale the process further to produce commercial batches of rare earth oxides. We have developed an energy-efficient, cost-effective, environmentally friendly process to recover high-value critical materials. Extracting desirable elements without co-extracting undesirable ones means less waste is created that will need downstream treatment and disposal.

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Enerkem and AkzoNobel to explore development of waste-to-chemicals facilities in Europe

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a waste-to-biofuels and chemicals producer, has signed an agreement with AkzoNobel, a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals, to develop a project partnership to explore the development of waste-to-chemicals facilities in Europe. In this new project partnership, Enerkem will license its technology to convert municipal and other waste feedstocks into chemicals. Enerkem Inc.,

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QUB team converts aluminum foil waste to highly active alumina; biofuel catalyst, other applications

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Researchers at Queen’s University Belfast have developed a novel green route to convert aluminium foil waste into highly active nano-mesoporous alumina (γ-Al 2 O 3 ) (designated as ACFL550). The material shows higher surface area, larger pore volume, and stronger acidity compared to γ-Al 2 O 3 that is produced from the commercial AlCl 3 precursor, AC550. In the UK, around 20,000 tonnes of aluminium foil packaging is wasted each year.

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Waste-to-biofuels company Enerkem files for IPO

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Waste-to-biofuels and chemicals company Enerkem has filed a registration statement on Form. Enerkem’s technology converts municipal solid waste (MSW) and other heterogeneous waste feedstocks, consisting of mixed textiles, plastics, fibers, wood and various other forms of waste, into a pure, chemical-grade synthesis gas, or syngas. F-1 with the US Securities and Exchange Commission and a preliminary prospectus.

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MAHLE developing portfolio of solutions for fuel cell drives in commercial vehicles

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MAHLE is developing a modular fuel cell systems portfolio focused on commercial vehicles, based on its current range of components. New opportunities are opening up for heavy-duty commercial vehicles.

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Oxford Catalysts in $5.9M Fischer-Tropsch Demonstration and Commercialization Agreement; Focus on Biomass- and Waste-to-Liquids Applications

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SGCE) for the demonstration and commercialization of the Group’s Fischer-Tropsch (FT) technology, primarily for Biomass-to-Liquids (BTL) and Waste-to-Liquids (WTL) applications. The recently signed JDA formalizes the commercial relationship between the parties and provides $5.9 Under the terms of the JDA, SGCE will have lead responsibility for commercializing the Group’s FT technology for BTL, WTL and Coal-to-Liquids applications.

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Researchers develop cheaper, greener biofuels processing catalyst using waste metals and bacteria

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Published in an open-access paper in the journal Fuel , their findings point to a cheaper, more environmentally friendly and renewable catalyst for processing that uses common bacteria and the metal palladium, which can be recovered from waste sources such as discarded electronics, catalytic converters, street sweeper dust and processed sewage. Bio-Pd/C resulted in similar catalytic activities as commercial Pd/C.

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Global Bioenergies reports first isobutene production from waste biomass

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These technologies have now matured to commercial scale, with five plants having started operations in the last 24 months. This industry ultimately has the potential to provide fermentation processes with low-cost sugars derived from abundant resources. Global Bioenergies has produced “second-generation” isobutene, in a push to diversify accessible feedstock towards cheaper resources.

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DOE to award up to $51.5M for commercial truck, off-road vehicle, and gaseous fuels research

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million) This topic includes multiple sub-topics, including novel materials for high-density gas storage and transport, advanced waste to energy technologies, and technology integration that focus on lowering the cost of and overcoming technical barriers to the use of medium- and heavy-duty natural gas and hydrogen-fueled vehicles. The US Department of Energy announced up to $51.5

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Enerkem GreenField Alberta Biofuels Awarded Permit to Build Commercial Municipal Waste-to-Biofuels Facility

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Enerkem GreenField Alberta Biofuels (EGAB) has successfully completed the necessary environmental regulatory process and has been granted a permit to commence construction of a commercial facility to produce biofuels and green chemicals from sorted municipal solid waste in Edmonton, Alberta. The City of Edmonton will supply 100,000 tonnes of sorted municipal solid waste per year. The sorted municipal solid waste to be used is the end-waste after recycling and composting.

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UK plant given waste to ethanol grant

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The world’s third largest chemical company INEOS has received an offer of a £7.3million grant towards the construction costs of the first commercial plant that would use its waste-to-ethanol technology. Tags: Biofuels Green cars Latest news INEOS Regional Development Agency UK Department for Energy and Climate Change waste to ethanol waste to ethanol plant

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LanzaTech and Swedish Biofuels partnering with Virgin Atlantic on waste gas-to-ethanol-to-jet fuel process; targeting commercial use by 2014

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Virgin Atlantic announced the development of a low-carbon, synthetic jet fuel kerosene produced from industrial waste gases with half the carbon footprint of the standard fossil fuel alternative in partnership with LanzaTech and Swedish Biofuels. Biofuels towards achieving the technical approval required for using new fuel types in commercial aircraft. A demo flight with the new fuel is planned in 12-18 months, with commercialization targeted for 2014.

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

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

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DOE Bioenergy Technologies Office updates Multi-Year Program Plan; focus on wet wastes

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The latest version of the MYPP presents a merged conversion R&D section; the renaming of the demonstration and market transformation area; and emerging work in wet waste-to-energy feedstocks. BETO says that wet wastes represent an underused feedstock and an emerging pathway to advanced biofuels that has the potential to greatly contribute to BETO’s near-term and long-term advanced biofuel and bioproduct goals.

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NextFuels introduces hydrothermal process to produce biofuels from wet, unprocessed waste; solution for palm plantation residue

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Biofuels company NextFuels introduced its hydrothermal process for economically producing transportation and industrial fuels from wet, unprocessed agricultural waste. to 6 metric tons of agricultural waste is generated for each metric ton of oil. There is no such thing as waste.

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Project LIBERTY cellulosic ethanol plant comes online; corn waste as feedstock

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POET-DSM’s long-anticipated Project LIBERTY , the US’ first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant to use corn waste as a feedstock ( earlier post ), began production today. Once operating at full, commercial-scale, the biorefinery in Emmetsburg, Iowa will produce 25 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol per year. Project LIBERTY is the US’ second commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol biorefinery to come online.

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NSF and DOE Issue Solicitation for Automotive Thermoelectric Waste Heat Recovery Projects; Up to $9M in Total Funding Over 3 Years

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Six key elements of a thermoelectric waste heat recovery module for vehicle applications. Solid state energy conversion concepts that involve thermoelectric devices offer the promise of converting waste exhaust heat to electricity. Automotive thermoelectric waste heat recovery.

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UC Riverside team fabricates nanosilicon anodes for Li-ion batteries from waste glass bottles

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Researchers at the University of California, Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering have used waste glass bottles and a low-cost chemical process to fabricate nanosilicon anodes for high-performance lithium-ion batteries. The UCR Office of Technology Commercialization has filed a patent application for the inventions above.

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