Mercedes-Benz Actros wins more than 90% of 1000 fuel-consumption comparison tests in Europe in the Fuel Duel

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The “Fuel Duel” fuel-consumption comparison test of Mercedes-Benz Trucks takes place in 22 countries in Europe, with 90 Actros trucks are on the road—predominantly tractor units of models 1842 LS and 1845 LS with Euro VI emission control technology. The first fuel-consumption comparison test got under way in the Netherlands about two and half years ago. Mercedes-Benz Actros trucks have won more than 90% of 1000 Fuel Duels in Europe.

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New version of Argonne lifecycle model for water footprint of biofuels now includes cellulosic feedstocks

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of the online tool Water Assessment for Transportation Energy Resources ( WATER ) this week. WATER adopts a water footprint methodology, and contains extensive climate, land use, water resource, and process water data. Water footprint accounting.

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Proton OnSite awarded contract for~$1.8M, lead role in DOE Advanced Water Splitting Benchmarking Project

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million to participate in the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Advanced Water Splitting Benchmarking Project. Proton will work with DOE National Laboratories and lead a team to ensure that all experimental results across the water splitting research community are properly vetted, standards are set for comparison, and roadmaps are developed including research priorities and capability needs.

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Single Pt atom catalysts show enhanced catalytic activity for water-splitting; potential to drive down electrolysis cost

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In an open-access paper published in Nature Communications , the researchers reported that the single Pt atom catalysts exhibit significantly enhanced catalytic activity (up to 37 times) and high stability in comparison to the state-of-the-art commercial platinum/carbon (Pt/C) catalysts.

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HZB, 3M team explores water management in PFIA membranes for fuel cells; better performance at higher temps and low humidity

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These additional acidic sites on each hydrophilic side chain provide additional protons for the proton transport and allow for the formation of larger water channels. Researchers at Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin (HZB) teamed up with 3M to explore the water management in PFIA membranes.

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Researcher urges more effort on assessment of land and water impacts of oil sands production; reference point for other unconventional fuels

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Bitumen production from the Canadian oil sands provides a point of reference that could be used to observe and better manage the land and water impacts of a rapid transition to unconventional fuels, suggests Dr. Sarah Jordaan of the Energy Technology Innovation Policy Research Group, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University. The two types of bitumen production—surface mining and thermal in situ production—have different land and water impacts.

New Audi paintshop at Ingolstadt; heating energy & water per car down by 20%, CO2 by 30%, VOCs by 90%; bell-bell

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Heating energy and water consumption per car are reduced by 20%. This comparison helps to prevent possible production flaws in the electronic quality process, with support from an electronic quality inspection.

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Geely invests in Carbon Recycling Intl.; vehicles fueled by methanol from CO2, water and renewable energy

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Geely’s CRI investment and work with renewable methanol is similar to the approach Audi is taking with its own e-fuels projects—producing very low carbon liquid or gaseous fuels using only renewable energy, water and CO 2. Its first commercial-scale production plant obtains carbon dioxide from gas emissions from a geothermal power plant and hydrogen via electrolysis of water using renewable sources of energy from the Icelandic power grid (from hydro, geothermal and wind sources).

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Cavitation Technologies Announces Results of Water-Diesel Emulsion Initial Testing

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CTI) new HydroFuel water-diesel blend indicates that using 10-20% water-in-oil emulsion (diesel) allows the reduction of fuel consumption by up to 12% and reduces the emission of NO x by 40%, and that of sulfur dioxide and hydrogen sulfide by 50%. A recent trial at the CTI testing facility showed 17,269 BTU/lb with 10% water in #2 Diesel and 16,698 BTU/lb using a 15% water blend. Initial testing of Cavitation Technologies, Inc.

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SRI developing process for co-gasification of methane and coal to produce liquid transportation fuels; negligible water consumption, no CO2

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Researchers from SRI International (SRI) are developing a methane-and-coal-to-liquids process that consumes negligible amounts of water and does not generate carbon dioxide. Lifecycle GHG comparison. Water consumption less than 235 kg/barrel. Top: Conventional F-T process.

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Lifecycle Study Finds Algae as Bioenergy Feedstock Has Higher Environmental Impacts than Conventional Crops in Energy Use, GHG Emissions, and Water Use; The Importance of Using Waste Streams

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Terrestrial bioenergy feedstock crops such as switchgrass, canola and corn have lower environmental lifecycle impacts than algae in energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, and water regardless of cultivation location, according to a new lifecycle assessment by researchers at the University of Virginia.

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Thordon Bearings Retrofitting Ocean-Going Vessels With Seawater-Lubricated Propeller Shaft Bearings To Reduce Stern-Tube Oil Pollution; Annual Leaks Estimated at About 2x Exxon Valdez Spill

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By comparison, the Exxon Valdez oil tanker discharged 41.6 To promote early formation of a hydrodynamic film between the shaft and bearing, the lower (loaded) portion of the bearing is smooth, while the upper half of the bearing incorporates grooves for flow of the water lubricant/coolant. Thordon Water Quality Package. The Thordon Water Quality Package is designed to supply seawater to the stern tube bearings for lubrication and cooling at a minimum flow rate of 0.15

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NUS-led research team develops cost-effective technique for mass production of high-quality graphene; 50x less solvent

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Preparation of ultra-high concentration graphene in water. b) New non-dispersion strategy for graphene production in water. Pretreated graphite is exfoliated by high-rate shearing and subsequently flocculated in alkaline water, producing graphene slurry on a large scale (100?g),

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Germany now has 7,407 public charging points; 14,531 filling stations

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A survey by Germany’s BDEW (Bundesverband der Energie- und Wasserwirtschaft), an association of energy and water companies, found that the number of public charge points in the country has grown to 7,407 as of the end of 2016. As a comparison, Germany had 14,531 filling stations (with multiple pumps, or “filling points”) active in 2016, down from a peak 46,091 in 1970.

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Lawrence Livermore team shows carbon nanotube porins are fastest known proton conductors; potential application for PEM fuel cells

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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers have shown that 0.8-nm-diameter carbon nanotube porins, which promote the formation of one-dimensional water wires, can support proton transport rates exceeding those of bulk water by an order of magnitude.

2016 84

USGS finds US aquifers being drawn down at accelerating rate

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Groundwater Depletion in the United States (1900-2008) comprehensively evaluates long-term cumulative depletion volumes in 40 separate aquifers (distinct underground water storage areas) in the United States, bringing together reliable information from previous references and from new analyses. From 1900 to 2008, US aquifers decreased by more than twice the volume of water found in Lake Erie. For comparison, 9.2 It provides drinking water in both rural and urban communities.

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Study finds that environmental impact of corn-ethanol E85 is 23% to 33% higher than that of gasoline; environmental problem-shifting

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eutrophication; ET = ecological toxicity; FEC = fossil energy consumption; WU = water use; LO = land occupation; “The rest” includes acidification; smog formation; ozone layer depletion; and human health effects. Environmental impacts of gasoline and E85.

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Panasonic and Tokyo Gas introduce home fuel cell unit for condominiums

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The product is the first commercialized fuel cell system in which the fuel cell unit, hot water unit and backup heat source unit can all be stored in the pipe shaft of the condominium. A pipe shaft is a space to store water and gas pipes that runs vertically through condominium floors. In comparison to detached houses, condominiums have more restrictions on the conditions for installations. Water tank capacity. Hot water unit. Hot water heater (standard type).

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Sulfonated graphene as catalyst for dehydration of xylose to furfural

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A team from the Biotechnology Research Institute, National Research Council Canada, reports on the use of graphene, graphene oxide, sulfonated graphene, and sulfonated graphene oxide (SGO) for the dehydration of xylose to furfural in water in a paper published in the journal Carbon. In particular, SGO was proven to be a rapid and water-tolerant solid acid catalyst even at very low catalyst loadings down to 0.5 Luong (2011) Carbocatalytic Dehydration of Xylose to Furfural in Water.

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TU Berlin team develops multifunctional catalyst for ORR and OER for fuel cells or rechargeable metal-air batteries

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A team from Technische Universität Berlin now reports developing cobalt-manganese-based (CoMn 2 O 4 and MnCo 2 O 4 ) spinel microspheres as highly efficient multifunctional catalysts that unify the electrochemical OER with oxidant-driven and photocatalytic water oxidation as well as the ORR. The as-prepared spinels display excellent performances in electrochemical OER for the cubic MnCo 2 O 4 phase in comparison to the tetragonal CoMn 2 O 4 material in an alkaline medium.

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UCLA/LLNL study concludes most climate models overestimate increase in global precipitation due to climate change

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Specifically, the team looked at 25 models and found they underestimate the increase in absorption of sunlight by water vapor as the atmosphere becomes moister, and therefore overestimate increases in global precipitation. This comparison with observations allowed us to see quite clearly that most models underestimate the increased absorption of sunlight as water vapor increases.

Studies find oil sands-derived crude oil no more corrosive in pipelines than other crudes

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Guide G205 is a step toward the creation of an industry-wide standard test to measure the corrosivity of different crude oils under pipeline conditions, since it describes test methods that enable a direct comparison of the corrosivity of crude oils from various sources. In the absence of water, the crude oil is noncorrosive. Both scientific research and industrial experience have found that bitumen-derived crude oil (i.e.,

“WaterBone” design wins grand prize in ARPA-E LITECAR Challenge

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The proposed design—which makes innovations in the structural layout, use of multi-materials, and the 3D printing manufacturing process—has the outer shape (envelope) of a water droplet with an embedded trabecular (graded porous) bone-like structure (spaceframe).

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U. Mich study: natural-gas-based ICE, BEV and FCV all show promise for environmental benefits relative to conventional ICE

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In addition to ensuring the same energy source, the analysis was conducted such that the same functional unit and system boundary are assumed for all of the three mobility options, to facilitate a direct comparison of their respective environmental footprints. water depletion potential (WDP).

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Siemens integrates EV motor and inverter in single housing; common cooling and SKiN

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A key feature of the integrated drive unit was therefore the creation of a special cooling water system around the motor and inverter. The water flow system is designed in such a way that a kind of water screen is created between the inverter electronics and the motor.

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JCAP researchers propose protocol for standardized evaluation of OER catalysts for solar-fuel systems

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Electro-catalytic water splitting to produce hydrogen and oxygen is a key element of solar-fuels devices; identifying efficient catalysts for the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) is critical to their realization.

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U Glasgow chemists develop new electrolyzer architecture for H2 production 30X faster than current electrolyzers at equivalent platinum loading

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The method uses a recyclable redox mediator (silicotungstic acid) that enables the coupling of low-pressure production of oxygen via water oxidation to a separate, catalytic hydrogen production step outside an electrolyzer that requires no post-electrolysis energy input.

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Consortium proposes large-scale industrial cultivation of marine microalgae (ICCM) as solution to global energy, food, and climate issues

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However, almost all studies conducted on BECCS so far have focused on terrestrial sources of bioenergy and have concluded that this approach can have many negative consequences for land, nutrient, and water use as well as biodiversity and food production.

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Primus Green Energy produces 100-octane gasoline at commercial demonstration gas-to-liquids plant; improvement to STG+ technology

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A series of catalytic fixed-bed reactors convert the syngas into gasoline and water via methanol and dimethyl ether intermediates. Primus Green Energy Inc.,

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PNNL study finds algal oil could replace 17% of US petroleum oil imports

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The study also found that shows that water use for algae cultivation is much less if algae are grown in the US regions that have the sunniest and most humid climates: the Gulf Coast, the Southeastern Seaboard and the Great Lakes. The paper is published in the journal Water Resources Research. Wigmosta and his co-authors provide the first in-depth assessment of America’s algal biofuel potential given available land and water. gallons of water per mile driven.

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Global Bioenergy Partnership publishes report on 24 sustainability indicators for bioenergy: electricity, heat and transport

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Outlines the approach for collecting and analyzing the data needed to evaluate the indicator and for making relevant comparisons to other energy options or agricultural systems. Water use and efficiency. Water quality.

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Study of 7 years of production data supports billion-ton biofuels feedstock estimate

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In the future, the researchers would like to do side-by-side comparisons of different species across multiple environments to better understand their yield potential.

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Mitsubishi Chemical and Engineering partner to produce and sell zeolite membranes for ethanol dehydration; new process

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It is expected to increase production about by 15%, by dehydrating high water content ethanol, which is generated in the recycling step of the PSA process. MCC successfully developed its unique CHA -type zeolite membranes, which have superior resistance to water and acid.

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BNL, VT team creates Ru,Rh supramolecular photocatalysts for enhanced hydrogen production via artificial photosynthesis

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This first example of a heptametallic Ru,Rh photocatalyst produces over 300 turnovers of H 2 upon photolysis of a solution of acetonitrile, water, triflic acid, and N,N-dimethylaniline as an electron donor.

2017 78

Renewable plastic precursor could reduce cost of cellulosic ethanol by >$2/gallon

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The DHP is then hydrated to 2-HY-THP and 2-HY-THP dimers in yields up to 100 % in the aqueous phase (20 wt % DHP in water) without a catalyst at temperatures from 343 to 403 K (70 to 130 ˚C). Comparison of costs and MSPs for the DHH pathway with the direct hydrogenolysis pathway.

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UK team produces hydrogen from fescue grass via photocatalytic reforming

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Hydrogen evolution from photocatalytic reforming of grass and comparison with photocatalytic reforming of cellulose and photocatalytic water-splitting.

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Atomic cobalt on nitrogen-doped graphene catalyst shows promise to replace platinum for hydrogen production

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Electrochemical reduction of water through the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) is a clean and sustainable approach to generate molecular hydrogen (H 2 ), which has been proposed as a future energy carrier.

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Renault unveils electric ZOE e-Sport Concept; 0-100 km/h in 3.2 seconds

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By comparison, rules laid down by motorsport’s governing body the FIA, limit Formula E single-seaters to 270 bhp. As in Formula E, an air-and-water cooling system with a front-mounted radiator is used to make sure that the battery and control systems operate at the ideal temperature.

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Renault previews new production-bound EV motor and dual-fuel gasoline/LPG engine

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Only the Power Electronic Controller continues to be cooled by water, adapted to its specific needs. The gains achieved in terms of fuel consumption in comparison with an LPG engine of the previous generation are around 20%.

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A closer look at the basics of Volkswagen Group’s important new 2.0L diesel MDB engine

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The outlet is located in the bottom plate with connection to the cylinder block, which takes the return of the water. TDI had already used indirect water-cooled charge air cooling were used. Comparison of the new charge air intercooling system (right) with its predecessor (left).

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