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Ghent researchers develop new process to convert grass to drop-in hydrocarbon decane

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From here, lactic acid was converted into caproic acid (C 6 H 12 O 2 ) (also called hexanoic acid—a carboxylic acid normally produced from hexane). Caproic acid was further converted into decane (C 10 H 22 ) (an alkane hydrocarbon) via Kolbe electrolysis (a decarboxylative dimerization of carboxylic acids). The results indicate that the overall conversion can be highly efficient, though.

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Avantium acquires Liquid Light; electrocatalysis to convert CO2 to chemicals

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It will extend our capabilities beyond catalytic conversion of biomass. Spun out from Princeton University in 2008, Liquid Light has invested more than US$35 million on low-energy electrochemistry technologies to convert CO 2 to major chemicals. Renewable chemicals company Avantium has acquired the assets of Liquid Light. Liquid Light has developed proprietary process technology to make major chemicals from low-cost, globally-abundant carbon dioxide.

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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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ORNL researchers developed a catalyst made of copper nanoparticles (seen as spheres) embedded in carbon nanospikes that can convert carbon dioxide into ethanol. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Emissions Ethanol

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

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In their paper, the team investigated an integrated system that converts CO 2 released from fossil fuel-burning power plants to synthetic diesel fuel via a combination of the electrochemical reduction of CO 2 to CO and the FT process, which uses CO and H 2 from electrolysis) as feedstocks.

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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.

NEC, NEC TOKIN and Tohoku University develop spin-Seebeck thermoelectric device w/ 10x better conversion efficiency

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Thermoelectric conversion technology that converts energy abandoned as waste heat back to electric power is strongly anticipated to be used for saving energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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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. The kraft process converts wood into wood pulp for paper production. Their paper appears in the journal ChemSusChem.

SUTD team proposes low-temperature thermionic converter with graphene cathode; about 45% efficiency

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Thermionic energy converters are heat engines that convert heat directly to electricity at very high temperatures. A basic thermionic converter consists of two electrodes separated by a vacuum or a vapor. 2008) “ Energy Transport and Conversion in Electron Emission Processes ”.

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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. Schematics of technology areas addressed by FOCUS a) Hybrid solar converter.

New fast hydrothermal process converts 65% of wet algae feedstock sample to biocrude in one minute

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Phillip Savage at the University of Michigan has found that with appropriate parameters, hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL) can convert 65% of wet algae (a Nannochloropsis species) into biocrude in one minute. Biocrude from Nannochloropsis. Credit: Savage Lab. Click to enlarge.

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

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The company is investing $40 million to convert 179 trucks operating throughout the Detroit area to. 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. Trucks natural gas CNG fleet Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA

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

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Scientists at the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory, with colleagues from the University of Seville (Spain) and Universidad Central de Venezuela, have discovered a new, highly active catalytic system for converting carbon dioxide to methanol.

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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Hydrogenics to supply 1MW electrolyzer to project converting CO2 to methanol; Power-to-Gas

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The hydrogen and captured carbon dioxide will then be catalytically converted into methanol, with a daily yield of approximately one ton of methanol using approximately 1.4 Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Emissions Hydrogen Methanol Power-to-Gas Hydrogenics Corporation will supply a 1MW electrolyzer and provide engineering expertise to a consortium of companies working on the European project MefCO2 (methanol fuel from CO 2 ) in Germany.

1967 Volkswagen Beetle 'eBug' electric car first drive

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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. 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. It gets just as many stares and thumbs-up as his Model S, he.

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Convert Your Car To A Plug-in Hybrid? All You Need Is $3,000

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Not everyone can afford a new hybrid, plug-in hybrid or electric car, but those who still wish to drive such a vehicle can still take the conversion route. Electric car conversions have been around for many years, and many people have converted their regular hybrids to plug-ins too, but a team at Middle Tennessee State University has developed an

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.

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

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carbon monoxide evolving catalyst (Bi-CMEC) that can be used in conjunction with ionic liquids to convert CO 2 to carbon monoxide (CO) using electricity. 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. DiMeglio and Joel Rosenthal (2013) Selective Conversion of CO2 to CO with High Efficiency Using an Inexpensive Bismuth-Based Electrocatalyst.

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

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Nearly 80% of that can be converted into synthetic diesel. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Fuel Cells Fuels Power Generation

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ARPA-E awards $33M to 13 intermediate-temp fuel cell projects; converting gaseous hydrocarbons to liquid fuels

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ARPA-E’s new REBELS projects focus on low-cost Intermediate-Temperature Fuel Cells (ITFCs) emphasizing three technical approaches: the production of efficient, reliable ITFCs; the integration of ITFCs and electricity storage at the device level; and the use of ITFCs to convert methane or other gaseous hydrocarbons into liquid fuels using excess energy.

Converting A Car To Electric? How About A ’39 Pontiac Silver Streak?

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have sought to convert gasoline cars to electric power. Over the years, we’ve seen everything from classic British sportscars through to SUVs and pickup trucks converted to run on electric power, with conversion budgets running from a few hundred to tens of For as long as electric cars have existed, enterprising individuals around the U.S.

Quantum launches new line of converted plug-in hybrid F-150 pickup trucks for fleets

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has launched a new line of hybrid vehicles—converted plug-in hybrid versions of the Ford F-150 pickup, the highest volume selling vehicle in the US. The conversions are based on the F-150 4 X 4 Extended Cab with 145” W.B. 290–420 VDC DC/DC converter.

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.

Alliance AutoGas launches 5300-mile, 12-city Coast-to-Coast Clean Air Ride with converted F-150

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The converted F-150 will travel across the country from Kansas City to Seattle, WA, and back through the US, stopping along the way, to complete its journey in Jacksonville, FL, on 18 May, followed by a Homecoming event in Asheville, NC, on 23 May. Alliance’s new Engineered Conversion System, installed on a Bi-Fuel 2016 3.5-liter Ford F-150 V6, was converted to propane autogas almost 30 minutes faster than the predicted 2 hour window at the recent Work Truck Show in Indianapolis.

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

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Researchers at the University of Bristol (UK) have developed a new family of catalysts that enables the conversion of ethanol into n-butanol—a higher alcohol with better characteristics for transportation applications than ethanol—with selectivity of more than 95% at good conversion. The new catalysts could reduce the costs of converting ethanol factories to production of butanol.

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. a) Hybrid solar converter (award Categories 1A and 1B).

BMW i3 Lease Deals, Tesla Convertible, Compressed-Air Hybrid: Today's Car News

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From a heavily updated Toyota Yaris to lease deals on the BMW i3 electric car, today seems to be small-car day--although a convertible conversion of the big luxury Tesla Model S offsets all of that. Plus, we dig into what makes a new French compressed-air hybrid concept car work. All this and more on Green Car Reports. Want to build yourself a BMW

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. However, the processes used to create the catalysts needed to convert carbon dioxide have been energy-intensive and therefore costly.

Eni converting Venice Refinery to biorefinery based on Ecofining technology

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Eni plans to convert its Venice (Italy) Refinery into a biorefinery producing innovative and high quality biofuels. The project involves an estimated investment of approximately €100 million (US$130 million), and is the first in the world to convert a conventional refinery into bio-refinery. The Ecofining process uses catalytic hydroprocessing technology to convert vegetable oils to a renewable diesel fuel.

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

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Now, an international team of researchers in Europe is suggesting a possible approach to convert Li 2 S into sulfur without the detectible formation of polysulfides.

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

Edeniq and Global Bio-chem to develop and commercialize technology to convert corn stover to industrial sugars for fuels

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a cellulosic sugar producer ( earlier post ), has signed a letter of intent with China-based Global Bio-chem Technology Group Company Limited to develop and to commercialize processes to convert corn stover to industrial sugars for use in the production of chemicals, fuels, and other bio-based products. Edeniq, Inc.,

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

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Both Lanzanol and cellulosic ethanol will then be converted to jet fuel via the Alcohol-to-Jet" (ATJ) process developed by LanzaTech and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). During the second stage of the process, the ethanol is run through a PNNL-developed catalyst that converts ethanol to jet fuel by removing the oxygen and combining hydrocarbons—a process known as dehydration-oligomerization.

Virginia Clean Cities requests proposals from Southeastern fleets interested in converting to propane Autogas

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The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) and Virginia Clean Cities (VCC) at James Madison University (JMU) are requesting proposals from fleets in the southeastern US interested in converting eligible gasoline vehicles to run on propane autogas. Funding to cover the parts and labor for vehicle conversions will be provided under the Southeast Propane Autogas Development Program.

Nesscap completes US$1M convertible note financing

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has completed a non-brokered private placement of a US $1,000,000 Convertible Note with I2BF Energy. The Note has a maturity date of 1 April 2015; the conversion price is CAD 0.10 Ultracapacitor company Nesscap Energy Inc. The proceeds will be used for working capital. The offering constituted the second tranche of the bridge financing previously announced on 8 April 2014. per common share; the interest rate is 10% per year.

China researchers devise process to convert biomass to gasoline via one-step DME synthesis: DTG

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Researchers from the Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology have proposed a new process for the conversion of biomass to gasoline via a one-step DME synthesis (DTG: Dimethyl ether to gasoline). This mixture is converted to gasoline over a ZSM-5 catalyst.

New ceramic hollow fiber substrate for catalytic converters cuts fuel consumption, size and manufacturing costs

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A new ceramic hollow fiber substrate for catalytic converters designed by Dr. Benjamin Kingsbury and colleagues at Imperial College London could cut the size and precious metal loading of the devices in automobiles while reducing fuel consumption and and manufacturing costs.

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

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Diesel to natural gas conversion system. Omnitek has developed a kit that can be used to convert the globally popular Mercedes diesel engines OM904 and OM906 into natural gas engines. The conversion steps entail: Disassembling original engine. Conversion in progress.