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HaaS company Hydra Energy delivers first converted hydrogen-diesel co-combustion heavy-duty truck; up to 40% hydrogen

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Hydra Energy, the Hydrogen-as-a-Service (HaaS) provider for commercial fleets looking to reduce emissions and costs with limited risk and no up-front investment ( earlier post ), has delivered its first hydrogen-converted, heavy-duty truck to paying fleet customer Lodgewood Enterprises.

New electrocatalyst converts CO2 into ethanol, acetone, and n-butanol with high efficiency

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The electrocatalytic conversion of CO 2 using renewable energy could establish a climate-neutral, artificial carbon cycle. Excess energy produced by photovoltaics and wind energy could be stored through the electrocatalytic production of fuels from CO 2.

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Three-part catalyst study advances conversion of CO2 to ethanol

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An international collaboration of scientists has taken a significant step toward the realization of a nearly “green” zero-net-carbon technology that can efficiently convert CO 2 and hydrogen into ethanol. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Catalysts Ethanol Fuels

PNNL team develops new low-cost method to convert captured CO2 to methane

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Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have developed a new method to convert captured CO 2 into methane, the primary component of natural gas. Different methods for converting CO 2 into methane have long been known. In addition to geologic production, methane can be produced from renewable or recycled CO 2 sources, and can be used as fuel itself or as an H 2 energy carrier.

UCLA team proposes non-photosynthetic biological conversion of CO2

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A team at UCLA is introducing a biological yet non-photosynthetic CO 2 reduction mechanism that has the potential to yield environmental and economic benefits via CO 2 -derived high-value products. If these are achieved, carbon yield and productivity can be greatly accelerated (e.g.,

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MIT researchers boost efficiency of carbon capture and conversion systems

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Researchers at MIT have developed a method that could significantly boost the performance of carbon capture and conversion systems that use catalytic surfaces to enhance the rates of carbon-sequestering electrochemical reactions. The research was supported by the Italian energy firm Eni S.p.A

Brown team develops new catalyst for highly efficient conversion of CO2 into C2+ products

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The electrochemical CO 2 reduction reaction (CO 2 RR), driven by renewable energy, is a promising strategy to reduce CO 2 accumulation. By converting CO 2 into products of higher value, a closed-loop carbon economy begins to emerge.

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Photocatalytic optical fibers convert water into hydrogen

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Researchers at the University of Southampton have transformed optical fibers into photocatalytic microreactors that convert water into hydrogen fuel using solar energy. Catalysts Hydrogen Hydrogen Production Solar Solar fuels

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Successful demonstration of FlexMethanol conversion of wind power to methanol

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In Germany, BSE Engineering and the Institute for Renewable Energy Systems at Stralsund University of Applied Sciences (IRES) have demonstrated the conversion of wind power into renewable methanol. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Market Background Methanol Power-to-Liquids

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ETH Zurich catalyst can convert polypropylene directly into motor oil with high selectivity

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As an indication of the industrial interest in this field, Neste and and Ravago recently announced plans to set up a joint venture to focus on chemical recycling of mixed waste plastic using a thermochemical liquefaction technology from Alterra Energy.

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Transform Materials plasma process converts abundant natural gas into high-value hydrogen and acetylene

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Transform Materials has developed a novel and sustainable microwave plasma reactor process to convert natural gas into high-value hydrogen and acetylene, thereby opening up a new pathway for green chemical manufacturing. Oxidation of methane also introduces impurities in the product stream.

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Phillips 66 to convert Alliance Refinery to terminal facility

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Phillips 66 plans to convert its Alliance Refinery in Belle Chasse, La., The conversion is expected to take place in 2022. Other products include petrochemical feedstocks, home heating oil and anode-grade petroleum coke. The majority of its refined products are distributed to customers in the eastern United States through major common-carrier pipeline systems and by barge. Phillips 66 is a diversified energy manufacturing and logistics company.

Stable boron-copper catalyst for CO2 conversion; stabilization with zinc

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A new boron-copper catalyst for the conversion of carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) into chemicals or fuels has been developed by researchers at Ruhr-Universität Bochum and the University of Duisburg-Essen. CO 2 can be converted into larger carbon compounds that can be used as base chemicals for industry or as fuels. Researchers are pursuing the idea of converting CO 2 electrochemically with the help of renewable energies.

EU project HyFlexFuel converted sewage sludge and other biomasses into kerosene by hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL); SAF

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The production of HTL fuels from three different feedstock classes shows the flexibility of the process. For the future, it will be important to commercialize advanced biofuel conversion technologies, which utilize a broader and more sustainable feedstock base.

Researchers develop wave-energy-driven CO2 reduction system for production of carbon-based liquid fuels

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Schematic of the ocean-wave-driven electrochemical CO 2 RR system for liquid fuel production. This type of TENG is more cost-effective compared to conventional EMG-based wave energy converters. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Fuels Power-to-Liquids Wave and Tidal

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Startup licenses ORNL technology for converting organic waste to hydrogen

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Electro-Active Technologies has exclusively licensed two biorefinery technologies invented and patented by the startup’s co-founders while working at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The technologies work as a system that converts organic waste into renewable hydrogen gas for use as a biofuel. There are usually thousands of microbes that are required to convert a complex organic mixture from biomass into electrons. Hydrogen Production

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NNL and DNV partner to explore large-scale nuclear production of hydrogen for UK gas network

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The UK’s National Nuclear Laboratory (NNL) and DNV are partnering to explore the potential of nuclear-derived hydrogen to support the conversion of UK gas networks to hydrogen. Converting national and regional natural gas networks to hydrogen could be a powerful decarbonization solution by distributing the gas to millions of individual users across the country, where it can be burnt without releasing carbon dioxide. Hydrogen Hydrogen Production Market Background Nuclear

PBF considering $550M investment to convert idled refinery unit to renewable diesel production

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Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and PBF Chalmette Refinery Manager Steven Krynski announced that the company is studying the possible conversion of an idled refinery unit into a renewable diesel production complex. The refinery’s parent company, PBF Energy, would make a $550-million capital investment to retrofit a hydrocracker unit—out of operation since 2010—with new technology to accommodate renewable diesel production.

Chevrolet Performance previews eCrate package in converted 1977 K5 Blazer EV

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At SEMA360, Chevrolet will showcase a 1977 K5 Blazer converted to all-electric propulsion. Our vision is to offer a comprehensive line of Connect and Cruise systems from Chevrolet Performance—delivering a solution for every customer ranging from LSX V-8s to eCrate conversions.

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Albemarle to expand lithium production capabilities with $230M acquisition of Guangxi Tianyuan New Energy Materials

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Albemarle Corporation’s subsidiary, Albemarle Lithium UK Limited, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire all of the outstanding equity of Guangxi Tianyuan New Energy Materials Co., Tianyuan"), a lithium converter located in Guangxi, China.

Lufthansa, ETH Zürich, Climeworks & Synhelion to cooperate on Sustainable Aviation Fuels; CO2 capture & solar thermochemical conversion

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The researchers and engineers at ETH Zurich have developed innovative processes that make it possible to extract CO 2 from the atmosphere and, together with water and with the help of concentrated sunlight, convert it into a synthesis gas that can be used to produce jet fuel.

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C2CNT process converts flue gas from natural gas power plant into carbon nanotubes

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On 26 July, the first flue gas from the natural gas power plant, the Shepard Energy Center in Calgary, Canada, was directly transformed by the C2CNT process ( earlier post ) into carbon nanotubes. new developments of the transformation are reported including use of a nickel super-alloy electrode, critical thermal balance of the process, demonstration of the secondary pure, hot oxygen product, and alkali control of the carbon nanotube structure. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC

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Researchers tailor catalyst microenvironments to enhance CO2 electroreduction to multicarbon products

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However, to be commercially viable, the process needs to be improved to yield a higher amount of desirable carbon-rich products. Although we know copper is the best catalyst for this reaction, it doesn’t give high selectivity to the desired products.

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NSF awards $2M to Rice U collaboration to explore direct conversion of CO2 into fuels

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Rice University engineer Haotian Wang has been awarded a four-year, $2-million collaborative grant by the Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation program of the National Science Foundation (NSF) to explore how waste carbon dioxide can be converted directly into pure liquid fuels using CO 2 capture, polymer engineering, DFT simulation and solid electrolyte reactor technologies. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Fuels Market Background

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Stanford team develops efficient electrochemical cells for CO2 conversion

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Scientists at Stanford University have developed electrochemical cells that convert carbon monoxide (CO) derived from CO 2 into commercially viable compounds more effectively and efficiently than existing technologies. Their open-access research, published in the journal Joule , provides a new strategy for capturing CO 2 and converting it into chemical feedstocks. Electrolysis must convert CO into products at a high rate with a low overall energy demand in order to be viable.

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Hydra Energy partners with Chemtrade to provide commercial truck fleets with green hydrogen below the cost of diesel

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Continuing to speed up the adoption of hydrogen in long-haul transportation, Hydra Energy —the first Hydrogen-as-a-Service provider for commercial fleets—announced a strategic partnership with Chemtrade. In exchange for long-term, discounted fuel contracts with fleets, Hydra installs hydrogen-diesel co-combustion conversion kits into existing semi-trucks and provides the fueling infrastructure for green hydrogen sourced from chemical producers such as Chemtrade.

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Ricardo to develop high-voltage DC-DC converter for EVs for LS Automotive Technologies

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Ricardo won a contract with LS Automotive Technologies to develop a high voltage DC-DC converter to power the low voltage network in electric vehicles. DC-DC converters take energy from the direct current high voltage battery which powers the propulsion of the electric vehicle and convert it for use by the low-voltage direct current which powers vehicle lights, fans, pumps, wipers, and electronic control units.

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ReactWell licenses ORNL catalyst for direct conversion of CO2 to ethanol

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ReactWell , LLC, has licensed a novel waste-to-fuel technology from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory to improve energy conversion methods for cleaner, more efficient oil and gas, chemical and bioenergy production. ReactWell will bring ORNL’s electrochemical process, which converts carbon dioxide directly into ethanol ( earlier post ), into the company’s existing conversion solution known as the ReactWell process. of Energy.

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Study finds copper catalysts work better at converting CO2 to renewable fuel when they gain and lose oxygen atoms

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Scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and Caltech have found that copper that was once bound with oxygen is better at converting carbon dioxide into renewable fuels than copper that was never bound to oxygen. JCAP is a DOE Energy Innovation Hub.

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Researchers use cascade reactions in nanozymes to convert CO2 to ethanol and propanol

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An international research team has now copied this principle, and used nanoparticles to convert carbon dioxide into ethanol and propanol. For example, a single enzyme can produce a complex product from a relatively simple starting material. Intermediate products form at the silver core then react in the copper layer to form more complex molecules, which ultimately leave the particle. 2 -products and vii) desorption and diffusion of C ?2

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New ORNL novel composite catalyst for cost-effective ethanol-to-jet-fuel conversion

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The well-established, cost-competitive ethanol market provides an opportunity to shift the composition of jet fuel and other fuel products away from petroleum. Two more steps—oligomerization and hydrotreating—convert these intermediates into the liquid hydrocarbons used as fuels.

New MOF material captures and converts NO2

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The NO 2 can then be easily converted into nitric acid, a multi-billion dollar industry with uses including agricultural fertilizer for crops; rocket propellant and nylon. The highly efficient mechanism in this new MOF was characterized by researchers using neutron scattering and synchrotron X-ray diffraction at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Berkeley National Laboratory, respectively.

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Converting glycerol from biodiesel production into bio-gasoline

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A team at the University of Idaho has demonstrated that glycerol, a byproduct from biodiesel production, could be used as a substrate for producing drop-in gasoline-range biofuel. In a paper published in the ACS journal Energy & Fuels , Guanqun Luo and Armando G. McDonald describe their study of converting methanol (MTG) and a mixture of methanol and glycerol (MGTG) into gasoline-range hydrocarbons using a bench-top, fixed-bed microreactor.

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Stanford GCEP awards $6.6M to 7 projects; focus on combining energy conversion with carbon-neutral fuel production

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Stanford’s Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP) is awarding $6.6 million to seven research teams—six from Stanford and one from Carnegie Mellon University—to advance research on technologies for renewable energy conversion to electricity or fuels and for capturing CO 2 emissions and converting CO 2 to fuels. Energy-efficient electrocatalysts for renewable fuels and chemicals.

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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. The test provides a proof-of-concept for an NRL-developed process to extract CO 2 and produce hydrogen gas from seawater, subsequently catalytically converting the CO 2 and H 2 into fuel by a gas-to-liquids process.

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Researchers propose testing standards for particulate photocatalysts in solar fuel production

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Utilization of renewable solar energy is crucial for addressing the global energy and environmental concerns and achieving sustainable development. Efficiency accreditation and testing protocols for particulate photocatalysts toward solar fuel production.

27 teams advancing in $20M NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE; converting CO2 to products

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XPRIZE announced the 27 teams representing six countries advancing in the $20-million NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE, a global competition to develop technologies that convert the most carbon dioxide emissions from natural gas and power plant facilities into products with the highest net value. The semi-finalist teams propose converting CO 2 into products as varied as enhanced concrete, fuels, toothpaste, nanotubes, fish food and fertilizer. Innovator Energy (United States).

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TotalEnergies, Sunfire and Fraunhofer give the go-ahead for green methanol in Leuna

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e-CO 2 Met is the first pilot project for TotalEnergies to convert CO 2 with renewable electric energy to methanol. Whilst this methanol can be considered itself an e-fuel, it can importantly be used as a platform in a further upgrading to products including sustainable aviation fuels.

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Rice team awarded $3.3M ARPA-E OPEN+ grant to convert methane into carbon nanotubes and hydrogen

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Rice University researchers have won a $3.3-million Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) OPEEN+ grant to develop a method to convert natural gas into carbon nanotubes for materials that can replace metals in large-scale applications. The goal is to save energy and stem carbon dioxide emissions from metal manufacturing while concurrently generating clean hydrogen and fixing fossil-sourced carbon in solid materials.

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Swedish Energy Agency awards climate-neutral methanol project €30M; Project AIR

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Project AIR —an industrial concept to produce methanol from a large variety of recovered end-of-life streams and hydrogen from electrolysis—has been awarded approximately €30 million by the Swedish Energy Agency, and is now applying for EU Innovation Fund to realize the project. Project AIR will demonstrate a highly innovate, integrated process concept for low-carbon, renewable and circular methanol production within the European energy-intensive chemical sector.

New system for more efficient CO2 electrolysis to hydrocarbon products

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A team of researchers from Canada and the US has developed a system that quickly and efficiently converts carbon dioxide into simple chemicals via CO 2 electrolysis. amperes per square centimeter at 45% cathodic energy efficiency. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Emissions Fuels

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DOE awards $35M to 15 projects in ARPA-E ECOSynBio program to reduce carbon footprint of biofuel production

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding $35 million to 15 research projects through ARPA-E’s “Energy and Carbon Optimized Synthesis for the Bioeconomy” (ECOSynBio) program to decarbonize biorefining processes used across the energy, transportation, and agriculture sectors. Many biofuels, including ethanol, biodiesel and other products derived from organic material (biomass), are almost exclusively produced via fermentation. National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

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Rice, C-Crete team optimizes conversion of tire waste into graphene for stronger concrete

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Rice University scientists and their colleagues at C-Crete Technologies have optimized a process to convert waste from rubber tires into graphene that can, in turn, be used to strengthen concrete. wt % of graphene sufficed to give both products a strength gain of at least 30%.

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