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ORNL team devises electrocatalyst for direct conversion of CO2 into ethanol with high selectivity; pushing the combustion reaction in reverse

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The researchers’ initial analysis suggests that the spiky textured surface of the catalysts provides ample reactive sites to facilitate the carbon dioxide-to-ethanol conversion. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Emissions Ethanol

U of I study: synthetic fuels via CO2 conversion and FT not currently economically & environmentally competitive

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The potential WTG CO 2 emission reduction with low carbon grid electricity indicates the potential role electrochemical CO conversion can play in low carbon liquid fuel when the electricity grid is highly renewable or decarbonized. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Diesel Emissions Fuels

European consortium begins demonstration project for conversion of woody biomass to chemicals: BIOFOREVER

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BIOFOREVER (BIO-based products from FORestry via Economically Viable European Routes)—a consortium of 14 European companies—has started a demonstration project for the conversion of woody biomass to value-adding chemical building blocks such as butanol, ethanol, and 2,5–furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA) on an industrial scale.

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

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One way to mitigate high feedstock cost is to maximize conversion into the bioproduct of interest. This maximization, though, is limited because of the production of CO 2 during the conversion of sugar into acetyl-CoA in traditional fermentation processes.

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New 3-step process for conversion of kraft lignin from black liquor into green diesel

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Researchers in Sweden and Spain have devised a three-step process for the conversion of precipitated kraft lignin from black liquor into green diesel. Their paper appears in the journal ChemSusChem. The kraft process converts wood into wood pulp for paper production.

Argonne team finds copper cluster catalyst effective for low-pressure conversion of CO2 to methanol with high activity

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Researchers at Argonne National Laboratory have identified a new material to catalyze the conversion of CO 2 via hydrogenation to methanol (CH 3 OH): size-selected Cu 4 clusters—clusters of four copper atoms each, called tetramers—supported on Al 2 O 3 thin films.

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

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In a paper published in the RSC journal Energy & Environmental Science , the researchers reported that their photoelectrosynthetic cell (GaAs/GaInP 2 /TiO 2 /Ni photoanode connected to a Ni-Mo coated counterelectrode) exhibited a solar-to-hydrogen conversion efficiency (η STH ) of 10.5%

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Groupe Renault acquires PVI, a specialist in the electrification of Light Commercial Vehicles

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Groupe Renault has acquired the French company PVI (Power Vehicle Innovation), which specializes in the conversion of commercial vehicles to electricity or natural gas. We are very pleased to welcome PVI’s team specializing in electric conversions to Groupe Renault.

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New catalytic system for conversion of CO2 to methanol shows much higher activity than others now in use

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CH 3 OH conversion not seen over a Cu-Zn alloy. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Catalysts Fuels Methanol Scanning tunneling microscope image of a cerium-oxide and copper catalyst (CeO x -Cu) used in the transformation of CO 2 and H 2 to methanol (CH 3 OH) and water.

NREL team identifies major metabolic pathway in cyanobacteria for efficient conversion of CO2; better biofuels and bioproducts

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Scientists from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have discovered that a metabolic pathway previously only suggested to be functional in photosynthetic organisms is actually a major pathway and can enable efficient conversion of carbon dioxide to organic compounds. From a basic science point of view, this is a major pathway that has a potentially important function in regulating photosynthetic energy conversion.

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Duke's Garage: Electric Car Conversion Shop

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Duke's Garage is an electric car conversion shop, but my favorite thing they've been doing lately is not a conversion. It's a brand new car

ARPA-E awarding $30M to 12 hybrid solar projects; conversion and storage

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) is awarding $30 million in funding to 12 projects through its Full-Spectrum Optimized Conversion and Utilization of Sunlight (FOCUS) program, which is aimed at developing new hybrid solar energy converters and hybrid energy storage systems that can deliver low-cost, high-efficiency solar energy on demand.

California ARB clears XL Hybrids for hybrid van conversions in California; unit on sale

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has received California Air Resources Board (CARB) Executive Order (EO) #D-731-1 allowing aftermarket conversions of gasoline-powered 2012-2014 model year General Motors 2500 and 3500 vans, Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans into hybrid electric vehicles. XL Hybrids, Inc.

Fiat Chrysler Spends $40 Million On Natural-Gas Parts Truck Conversions

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles recently unveiled a fleet of natural-gas vehicles, but they won't be sold to consumers. That's because they're semi trucks, used to deliver parts to assembly plants from FCA suppliers and component-manufacturing facilities. The company is investing $40 million to convert 179 trucks operating throughout the Detroit area to. Trucks natural gas CNG fleet Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA

DOE awarding up to $80M for supercritical CO2 pilot plant

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The new facility will support the future commercialization of sCO 2 Brayton cycle energy conversion systems by testing and demonstrating the potential energy efficiency and cost benefits of this technology. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Emissions Power Generation

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SOLAR-JET project demonstrates solar-driven thermochemical conversion of CO2 and water to jet fuel

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The solar-to-fuel energy conversion efficiency, defined as the ratio of the calorific value of CO (fuel) produced to the solar radiative energy input through the reactor’s aperture and the energy penalty for using inert gas was 1.73% averaged over the whole cycle.

Use Old Electric-Car Batteries To Electrify Used Vans, Carwatt Suggests (Video)

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Paris Renault plug-in cars Commercial vehicle conversionsIt's a frequent question about electric cars: What happens to the battery packs after they reach the limit of their automotive life?

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New inexpensive catalyst for conversion of CO2 to CO could help with storage of renewable energy

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As such, development of Bi-based cathodes for conversion of CO 2 to CO would represent an important development for the fields of CO 2 electrocatalysis and renewable energy conversion. Used in conjunction with ionic liquids, it effected the electrocatalytic conversion of CO 2 to CO with appreciable current density at overpotentials below 0.2 Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Fuels Power Generation

Electric Car Conversion Books

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Electric car conversion books are the place to start if you want to build an EV, or convert a gas car to electric

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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1967 Volkswagen Beetle 'eBug' electric car first drive

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VW plug-in cars conversionsRichard Hugo, of Carpinteria, California, may be the only Tesla Model S owner in the world who prefers to drive his other car. But it’s not as crazy as it sounds; his second set of wheels is a gorgeous blue 1967 Volkswagen Beetle that he’s converted to electric power. It gets just as many stares and thumbs-up as his Model S, he.

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USDA provides $91M loan guarantee to Cool Planet for biogasoline blendstock plant; biomass pyrolysis and catalytic conversion

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Cool Planet has devised a biomass-to-liquids thermochemical conversion process that simultaneously produces liquid fuels and sequesterable biochar useful as a soil amendment. One of the catalytic conversion processes creates the high-octane gasoline blendstock.

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New ceramic membrane enables first direct conversion of methane to liquids without CO2 emissions

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Nonoxidative methane dehydroaromatization (MDA: 6CH 4 ↔ C 6 H 6 + 9H 2 ) using shape-selective Mo/zeolite catalysts is a key technology for exploitation of stranded natural gas reserves by direct conversion into transportable liquids.

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Ford names Lightning Hybrids, XL Hybrids, Motiv Power its first eQVM upfitters

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The Ford QVM program includes more than 200 companies dedicated to modifying the automaker’s broad commercial vehicle lineup for customer applications in a number of industries, including motorhome, school bus, mobility, emergency services, conversion van, police and limousine. Conversions Electric (Battery) Hybrids Hydraulic Hybrid

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Audi in new e-fuels project: synthetic diesel from water, air-captured CO2 and green electricity; “Blue Crude”

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2014 Chevrolet Cruze: Gasoline, Diesel, Now Natural Gas (Bi-Fuel Conversion)

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The 2014 Chevrolet Cruze is already available with gasoline and diesel engines, and soon it will add compressed natural gas (CNG) to its resume--albeit as an aftermarket conversion. IMPCO will offer a bi-fuel conversion for the 1.4-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged Cruze engine. Talk about covering your bases.

Bath team develops simpler to prepare and effective catalyst for conversion of CO and CO2 to longer chain hydrocarbons

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Researchers at the University of Bath (UK) have developed a new carbon nanotube (CNT)-based iron catalyst for the simplified conversion of CO and CO 2 to longer chain hydrocarbons. The well-known Fischer-Tropsch process for the conversion of carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide has been explored by researchers around the world. To date, methods have typically required the use of one catalyst to create the carbon support for the conversion process.

Researchers suggest approach for boosting Li-S performance; conversion of Li2S to sulfur without polysulfides

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We demonstrate that the direct conversion of Li 2 S to sulfur occurs if a high overvoltage is applied, while formation of polysulfides only occurs as a back-reaction of the Li 2 S with solution based sulfur species.

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

New $30M ARPA-E program to develop new solar conversion and storage technologies; targeting higher solar penetration in mix

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The primary goal of this funding opportunity ( DE-FOA-0000949 ) is to provide disruptive new solar conversion and storage technology options to enable a much higher penetration of solar energy generation into the US energy mix. Novel approaches to high T solar conversion.

PHEV conversion company Echo Automotive completes $3M financing, joins CALSTART

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a developer of technologies enabling the conversion of existing fleet vehicles into plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, completed a $3-million financing with United Fleet Financing, LLC, through a private placement offering and mezzanine financing. The EchoDrive conversion system comprises a 30 kW traction motor; modular Li-ion battery pack built with 2.2 The terms of this note include conversion features at $0.55 Echo Automotive, Inc.,

Omnitek develops diesel-to-natural gas engine conversion kits for Mercedes OM904/OM906

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Diesel to natural gas conversion system. Omnitek’s proprietary diesel-to-natural gas engine conversion kit is used for bus and truck applications, as well as stationary applications. The conversion steps entail: Disassembling original engine. Conversion in progress.

Taiwan’s ITRI introduces cellulosic bio-butanol production technology; pathway with highest carbon conversion yield

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ButyFix uses a three-step process: (1) the hydrolysis of cellulose and hemicellulose to release sugars; (2) fermentation of the sugars to produce butyrate; and (3) the chemical conversion of butyrate via esterification and hydrogenation to butanol.

DOE awards LanzaTech $4M for low-carbon jet & diesel demo plant; 3M gpy; Audi evaluating fuel properties

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Aviation Bio-hydrocarbons Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Diesel Fuels Vehicle ManufacturersLanzaTech has been selected by the Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) to receive a $4-million award to design and plan a demonstration-scale facility using industrial off gases to produce 3 million gallons/year of low-carbon jet and diesel fuels. The LanzaTech award was one of six totaling $12.9 million. Earlier post.).

Double catalyst for the direct conversion of syngas to lower olefins

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The first step in such a process would involve the conversion of these materials into syngas through either gasification or steam reforming. An alternative method is the conversion of synthesis gas in two process steps.

Electric-Car Conversions: Do They Really Stand A Chance?

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One of the first experiences many of today's electric car drivers had with EVs may well have been with a home-built conversion. With comparatively few factory-built electric cars available until quite recently, conversions and low-volume production models were the only ways into electric vehicle ownership. But with electric cars now filtering onto

EPA opens door to consider Carbon Capture and Utilization as part of new Clean Power Plan; algae industry locks on

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Algae Algal Fuels Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Climate Change RegulationsEPA’s newly released voluminous final Clean Power Plan rule ( earlier post ) has established the first national standards to limit CO 2 emissions from fossil-fuel-fired power plants (Electric Generating Units, EGUs), with a target of a 32% reduction against a 2005 baseline by 2030. The plan calls for each US state to establish a plan to meet the targeted reductions.

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MIT researchers devise simple catalytic system for fixation and conversion of CO2

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reacts with triethylsilane in acetonitrile under an atmosphere of CO 2 to produce formate (69% isolated yield) together with silylated molybdate (quantitative conversion to [MoO 3 (OSiEt 3 )] ? , Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Catalysts Researchers at MIT have devised a simple, soluble metal oxide system to capture and transform CO 2 into useful organic compounds.

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