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. Wide-scale utilization of flow batteries is, however, limited by the abundance and cost of these materials, particularly those using redox-active metals and precious-metal electrocatalysts. Cell schematic.

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DOE awards $20M to 10 hydrogen production and delivery technologies projects

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of Danbury, Connecticut will receive $900,000 to develop a novel hybrid system for low-cost, low greenhouse gas hydrogen production. Wiretough Cylinders LLC of Bristol, Virginia will receive $2 million to demonstrate a low cost high pressure hydrogen storage vessel using a steel wire overwrap.

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Argonne and University of Illinois to form Midwest Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Coalition

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The Midwest also has a large nuclear energy component to its electric power grid, and hydrogen production from electrolysis using nuclear electricity at times of low power demand can help to improve the economics of these existing power stations. Coalitions are working toward similar goals in states including California, Connecticut, Ohio and South Carolina.

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DOE selects 28 hydrogen and fuel cell R&D projects for $38M in funding

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Selections for this investment focus on key early-stage technical challenges related to non-precious metal catalysts; fuel cell membranes; reversible fuel cells; and electrolyzers to produce hydrogen, as well as innovative concepts to improve efficiency and lower costs of hydrogen vehicle refueling infrastructure. Selections span three topic areas: Topic 1: Platinum-Free Catalysts to Lower Fuel Cell Costs.

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Li-ion startup Cadenza Innovation raises $5+M in oversubscribed Series A; ex Boston Power team

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Cadenza Innovation is bringing to market a low-cost and high-performance technology platform—cell design and housing—for licensing to lithium-ion battery manufacturers worldwide. Cadenza Innovation is capitalizing on its intellectual property, combined with the massive industry learning curve, advancements in manufacturing and increasingly mature supply chains, to create a very low cost approach for the packaging of lithium-ion chemistries.

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Maxwell Technologies to receive more than $500K in funding for collaborative energy storage programs

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Maxwell will receive more than $300,000 for collaborative R&D programs with Connecticut-based battery manufacturer Yardney Technical Products, Inc., at Calgon’s Columbus, Ohio facility, with a goal of establishing a domestic source of high-performance, low-cost carbon for ultracapacitors. Maxwell Technologies, Inc.,

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

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million for 30 new projects aimed at discovery and development of novel, low-cost materials necessary for hydrogen production and storage and for fuel cells onboard light-duty vehicles. Precursor Development for Low-Cost, High-Strength Carbon Fiber. 3 projects will reduce the cost of onboard hydrogen storage tanks necessary for fuel cell vehicles. University of Connecticut. Precursor Development for Low-Cost, High-Strength Carbon Fiber.

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EERC working with Fuel Cell Energy on $3.5M ARPA-E project for electrochemical cell to convert natural gas to methanol

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an integrated stationary fuel cell manufacturer, to develop a durable, low-cost, and high-performance electrochemical cell to convert natural gas and other methane-rich gas into methanol, a major chemical commodity with worldwide applications in the production of liquid fuels, solvents, resins, and polymers. The combination of these advanced catalysts and advanced manufacturing techniques may reduce overall system-level costs.

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Study shows a much cheaper catalyst can generate hydrogen in a commercial electrolyzer

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Researchers at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University have shown for the first time that a low-cost, non-precious metal cobalt phosphide (CoP) catalyst catalyst can split water and generate hydrogen gas for hours on end in the harsh environment of a commercial device.

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DOE to award $10.2M to 16 solid oxide fuel cell projects

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The applied research projects will address the technical issues facing the cost and reliability of SOFC technology and conduct field testing of an integrated prototype system project intended to validate the solutions to those issues. The prototype SOFC power system will incorporate current technologies and operate under a range of environmental conditions for at least 5,000 hours to assess progress of system durability, performance, and operating cost.

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DOE awards $17M for vehicle technologies; batteries, PEEM, engines, materials, fuel

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A Commercially Scalable Process for Silicon Anode Prelithiation his project will develop a cost- effective and scalable pre- lithiation process. University of Connecticut. In-situ grown Metal Oxide Nano-Array Catalysts for Low Temperature Diesel Oxidation This project will develop cost- competitive, stable and efficient nano-array catalysts for automotive diesel oxidation after-treatment at low temperature. The US Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding $17.6

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DOE to invest $30M to further H2 and fuel cell technology as industry continues strong growth

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Fiscal year 2017 funding will also be targeted at the development of low-cost, high-strength precursors for carbon fibers that can be used in vehicular hydrogen storage vessels. In addition to transportation applications, hydrogen has the potential to decarbonize multiple sectors by enabling renewable, energy storage, and low carbon industrial applications.

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Mattershift scales up CNT membranes; potential for zero-carbon fuels for less than fossil

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In an open-access paper in Science Advances , researchers from Mattershift and colleagues in the labs of Dr. Benny Freeman at The University of Texas at Austin and Dr. Jeffrey McCutcheon at the University of Connecticut confirmed that Mattershift’s large-scale CNT membranes match the characteristics and performance of small prototype CNT membranes previously reported on in the scientific literature.

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DOE selects 7 Solid Oxide Fuel Cell research projects for further development

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has selected 7 projects that will help develop low-cost solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology for central power generation from fossil energy resources for further research. The projects, managed by the Office of Fossil Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), are valued at a total of $4,391,570, with DOE contributing $3,499,250 and the remaining cost provided by the recipients. University of Connecticut.

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DOE to award up to $137M for SuperTruck II, Vehicle Technology Office programs

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One initiative, SuperTruck II ( earlier post ), will award $80 million to four projects to develop and to demonstrate cost-effective technologies that more than double the freight efficiency of Class 8 trucks. The Vehicle Technologies Office Program Wide Selections will aim to reduce the cost and improve the efficiency of plug-in electric, alternative fuel, and conventional vehicles through thirty-five projects addressing 11 areas of interest.

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Platinum on tin-doped indium oxide as promising next-generation catalyst for PEM fuel cells; exceeding DOE 2015 mass activity target

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Researchers at the University of Connecticut report that a new catalyst material using tin (Sn)-doped indium oxide (ITO) nanoparticles (NPs) as a high stability non-carbon support for platinum (Pt) NPs is a very promising candidate as a next-generation catalyst for proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs). For Pt/ITO, In and Sn, though more expensive than C, are relatively low cost materials, especially when compared to Co and Ir.

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DOE to award funding to 10 projects at 9 universities for high-hydrogen-fueled turbine technology development

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This project seeks to develop advanced large eddy simulation (LES) based combustion modeling tools that can be used to design low emissions combustors burning high hydrogen content fuels. University of Connecticut, Storrs, Conn. This project will utilize a novel Solution Precursor Plasma Spray (SPPS) process to deposit low thermal conductivity, high durability yttria partially stabilized zirconia (YSZ) thermal barrier coatings (TBCs).

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Renewable Energy Generation: Change is not a destination, just as hope is not a strategy, a lesson exported from Detroit

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As private companies, automobile manufacturers look for the lowest cost means of getting from A to B and the premiums that they can charge for getting from A to B faster. Power plant capital costs. Their business model dictates that they pursue the lowest-cost power source and charge the highest premiums they can for the product in an open, but federally controlled, market. Even ruling Hawaii out as an outlier, the cost of electricity in Connecticut was 17.79

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Obama Administration launches series of actions to accelerate EV adoption; inc. $4.5B in loan guarantees, pursuing 350 kW fast charge

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During past eight years the number of plug-in electric vehicle models has increased from one to more than 20, battery costs have decreased 70%, and the number of electric vehicle charging stations has increased from less than 500 in 2008 to more than 16,000 today—a 40-fold increase. Connecticut Green Bank. In doing so, governments at all levels can lower their procurement costs, expand technology availability, and increase automotive manufacturers’ demand certainty.

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Perspective: Regional Greenhouse Gas Cap-and-Trade Programs May be the Solution

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These reductions in power plant emissions of sulfur dioxide (SO 2 ) and nitrogen oxides (NO x ) were achieved at a significantly lower cost than originally assumed. Today, this cap-and-trade program is considered one of the most efficient and cost-effective environmental initiatives ever implemented. It covers ten Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states (Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont).

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French Synthetic Biology Company Announces Proof-of-Concept of Process to Produce Isobutene from Sugars; New Pathway for Renewable Hydrocarbons

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This characteristic of the process eliminates two major costs associated with fermentative pathways that produce a liquid product: Inhibition due to accumulation of the product during the reaction, limiting overall yield. Dieter Söll heads a research laboratory at Yale University in New Haven (Connecticut, USA), investigating the biocatalytic and evolutionary basis of protein biosynthesis.

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