LanzaTech, Northwestern, ORNL engineer microbe to convert industrial waste gases to acetone or isopropanol

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A team of scientists from LanzaTech, Northwestern University and the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have engineered a microbe to convert molecules of industrial waste gases, such as carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide, into acetone and isopropanol (IPA).

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Twelve and LanzaTech successfully convert CO2 to ethanol

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Twelve and LanzaTech are eliminating fossil fuels from ethanol production by converting CO 2 to CO through Twelve’s carbon transformation technology (a new class of CO 2 -reducing catalysts and a novel device that splits CO 2 with just water and renewable electricity as inputs), and subsequently using LanzaTech’s small Continuous Stirred Tank Reactor (CSTR) to convert CO to ethanol. Biotech Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Ethanol Fuels

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Scottish Enterprise project converting train to hydrogen power

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Scottish Enterprise, Transport Scotland and the Hydrogen Accelerator, based at the University of St Andrews, have appointed Arcola Energy and a consortium of industry leaders in hydrogen fuel cell integration, rail engineering and functional safety to deliver Scotland’s first hydrogen powered train.

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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

SARI researchers propose novel method to enhance electrocatalytic conversion of CO2

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The electrochemical conversion of CO 2 into carbon-based fuels and valuable feedstocks by renewable electricity is an attractive strategy for carbon neutrality. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Catalysts Market BackgroundA research team led by Profs.

Oxford team directly converts CO2 to jet fuel using iron-based catalysts

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Researchers at the University of Oxford have developed a method to convert CO 2 directly into aviation fuel using a novel, inexpensive iron-based catalyst. The conversion reaction also produces light olefins—ethylene, propylene, and butenes—totalling a yield of 8.7%.

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Researchers show economic, environmental and grid-resilience benefits of converting diesel trains to battery-electric

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Dramatic improvements in battery technology, coupled with the existing electric drivetrain in predominantly diesel-electric freight trains in the US, pave the way for a rapid conversion to battery-electric freight rail and with substantial cost savings.

DoD to prototype commercial hybrid conversion kits for tactical vehicles; XL Fleet and Volta Power

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The US Army’s Project Manager Transportation Systems (PM TS), part of Program Executive Office for Combat Support & Combat Service Support (PEO CS&CSS), has partnered with the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) to prototype a hybrid conversion kit for tactical vehicles.

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Wärtsilä and Eidesvik Offshore to partner on converting ship to ammonia-fueled engine

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The technology group Wärtsilä and Norwegian ship owner Eidesvik Offshore ASA have signed a cooperation agreement aimed at converting an offshore supply vessel (OSV) to operate with an ammonia-fueled combustion engine with required fuel supply and safety system. The conversion will allow the vessel to operate with a 70% ammonia blend. Both Wärtsilä and Eidesvik have stated their commitment to supporting the industry’s efforts to decarbonize its operations.

Multicomponent catalytic system efficiently converts carbon dioxide to methanol

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Inspired by naturally occurring processes, a team of Boston College chemists used a multi-catalyst system to convert carbon dioxide to methanol at the lowest temperatures reported with high activity and selectivity.

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Johnson Matthey launches HyCOgen; converting CO2 and green hydrogen into sustainable aviation fuel

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Johnson Matthey has launched HyCOgen, a technologyt designed to play a pivotal role in enabling the conversion of captured carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) and green hydrogen into sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). HyCOgen, Johnson Matthey’s Reverse Water Gas Shift technology, is a catalyzed process to convert green hydrogen and CO 2 into carbon monoxide (CO), which is combined with additional hydrogen to form synthesis gas (syngas), a crucial building block in the manufacture of fuels and chemicals.

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. Earlier this year, PNNL researchers revealed that using EEMPA in power plants could slash the price of carbon capture to 19% lower than standard industry costs—the lowest documented price of carbon capture. Different methods for converting CO 2 into methane have long been known.

AirCapture, OCOchem and partners win $2.93M DOE grant for direct air capture of CO2 and conversion to formic acid

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Carbon dioxide capture company AirCapture and carbon dioxide conversion company OCOchem, along with other partners, have won a $2.93-million grant from the US Department of Energy to design and engineer an integrated carbon dioxide capture and conversion plant co-located at Nutrien’s Kennewick Fertilizer Operations plant in Kennewick, Wash. We are converting common industrial waste streams into product streams —Todd Brix.

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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PCC SE and Landsvirkjun to convert silicon metal plant CO2 emissions to methanol

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Catching and utilizing the emitted renewable carbon to produce green methanol would improve the carbon footprint of ships and industry utilizing such fuel and on top improve the carbon footprint of PCC’s silicon metal plant beyond carbon neutrality.

New process uses localized surface plasmons for room-temperature conversion of CO2 to CO

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The chemical process employed by the scientists also could reduce costs and energy requirements for producing liquid hydrocarbons and other chemicals used by industry. The conversion normally requires significant amounts of energy in the form of high heat—a temperature of at least 700 ?C,

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Blue Biofuels achieves full conversion (99%+) of cellulosic material to sugars on repeatable basis

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reports that it has achieved full conversion ( 99% + ) of king grass cellulosic material to water soluble sugars on a repeatable basis. This conversion occurs with a reaction time of less than one minute. Blue Biofuels, Inc.

Wrightspeed and Matthews Specialty Vehicles partner to repower and convert buses and trucks into high-performance EVs; order for 30 MDS vehicles

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Wrightspeed and Matthews Specialty Vehicles are teaming up to develop, convert, and deliver battery-powered and range-extended electric buses, trucks, and specialty vehicles with industry-leading performance, efficiency, and total cost of ownership.

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

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By converting CO 2 into products of higher value, a closed-loop carbon economy begins to emerge. Among the metals studied, copper is the only metal known for its intrinsic ability to convert CO 2 into hydrocarbons and alcohols via electrochemical CO 2 RR.

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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.

Researchers develop titanium and copper heterostructured photocatalyst for conversion of CO2 into CH4

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Scientists at Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology, Korea, have developed a novel heterostructured photocatalyst using titanium and copper, two abundant and relatively inexpensive metals, for the conversion of CO 2 into CH 4. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Fuels

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

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Thanks to the expertise of several project partners, HyFlexFuel proved that HTL biocrudes can be successfully upgraded to drop-in fuels in an industrially-relevant environment, achieving hundreds of hours of continuous operations.

Novozymes launches Fiberex platform for conversion of corn fiber to ethanol

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Novozymes launched Fiberex, a comprehensive platform based on novel enzymes and yeast strains to convert corn fiber into ethanol. The technology converts a low-value by-product into high-value, low-carbon fuel while also enabling the production of significantly more corn oil.

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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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AVZ signs binding SC6 offtake agreement with major Chinese lithium converter Yibin Tianyi, supplier to CATL

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Australia-based AVZ Minerals Limited has secured a strategic, long-term offtake partner agreement with Yibin Tianyi Lithium Industry Co., We are very pleased to conclude our discussions with Yibin Tianyi and to sign another binding offtake agreement for SC6 to a Chinese converter.

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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The generated pure oxygen product, while less valuable than the carbon nanotubes is useful in a variety of industrial processes including oxyfuel combustion and glass production. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC 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. In a related new study in the Journal of CO 2 Utilization (Wang et al. )

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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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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.

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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.

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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. Despite the highly reactive nature of the pollutant, MFM-520 proved capable of being fully regenerated multiple times by degassing or by treatment with water in air—a process that also converts the nitrogen dioxide into nitric acid.

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Startup licenses ORNL technology for converting organic waste to hydrogen

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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. This is also considerable in context of how much energy and effort is put into the food industry. The company is creating prototypes for modular waste conversion systems that customers can place onsite.

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First conversion of a slow-speed marine diesel engine to operate on ethane as a fuel

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ABS has confirmed the successful conversion of a slow-speed marine diesel engine to operate on ethane as a fuel. Navigator Gas, in partnership with Charterer Borealis, engine manufacturer MAN Energy Solutions, cargo system and fuel gas supply system supplier TGE and ABS, completed the successful conversion of the Navigator Aurora ’s main engine from LNG fueling to ethane fueling, while berthed alongside at Frederikshavn in Denmark. Conversions Fuels Ports and Marine

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ArcelorMittal and LanzaTech break ground on €150M project to convert blast furnace carbon emissions to ethanol

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Leading steel and mining company ArcelorMittal has begun construction of new premises at its site in Ghent, Belgium, to house a new installation which will convert carbon-containing gas from its blast furnaces into bioethanol. The technology in the gas conversion process, which utilizes microbes that feed on carbon monoxide to produce bioethanol, was developed by LanzaTech, with whom ArcelorMittal has entered a long-term partnership.

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ETH Zürich, Total team develops new catalyst to convert CO2 and H2 directly to methanol efficiently

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Scientists at ETH Zürich and oil and gas company Total have developed a new catalyst that efficiently converts CO 2 and hydrogen directly into methanol. The global economy still relies on the fossil carbon sources of petroleum, natural gas and coal, not just to produce fuel, but also as a raw material used by the chemical industry to manufacture plastics and countless other chemical compounds. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Catalysts Emissions Methanol

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NREL refines method to convert lignin to nylon precursor

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A new study from the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) demonstrates the conversion of lignin-derived compounds to adipic acid, an important industrial dicarboxylic acid produced for its use as a precursor to nylon, plasticizers, lubricants, polyesters, and other popular products and chemicals. Muconic acid can then be separated from the biological culture and catalytically converted into adipic acid.

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Chart Industries invests $25M for 5% stake in Transform Materials; strategic commercial hydrogen MOU

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Chart Industries Inc., a leading global manufacturer of liquefaction and cryogenic equipment serving multiple applications in the clean energy and industrial gas end markets, including hydrogen, has invested $25 million in Transform Materials for 5% of its equity.

Berkeley Lab copper catalyst yields high-efficiency CO2-to-fuels conversion

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Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have developed a new electrocatalyst that can directly convert carbon dioxide into multicarbon fuels and alcohols using record-low inputs of energy. Schematic of a new catalyst made of copper nanoparticles that converts carbon dioxide to multicarbon products (ethylene, ethanol, and propanol). Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Catalysts Climate Change Fuels

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Venchurs CNG aggressively prices 6.2L CNG conversions

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Venchurs Vehicle Systems, a Qualified Vehicle Modifier of CNG conversions for Ford Motor Company, will offer 6.2L F-250 and F-350 CNG conversions (bi-fuel and dedicated) with a 23.5GGE system utilizing the new 3M tank, all priced at $8,350. The company says this is the industry leading price point for such as system. We believe that our new price point will help move the industry forward, increasing the speed of adoption by fleet customers and retail customers alike.

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MAN Diesel & Turbo to convert 3 more coastal container ships to LNG

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Wessels Reederei signed a letter of intent with MAN Diesel & Turbo regarding the conversion of three of its fleet to dual-fuel gas operation. The retrofit enables dual-fuel operation and is the first such conversion of its type. MAN Diesel & Turbo reports that the dual-fuel conversion has enabled the Wes Amelie to reduce its SO x emissions by >99%, NO x by approximately 90%, and CO 2 by up to 20%. TOTE ro-ro conversion in the US. Conversions LNG Ports and Marine

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MIT researchers develop oxygen permeable membrane that converts CO2 to CO

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MIT researchers have developed a new system that could potentially be used for converting power plant emissions of carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide, and thence into useful fuels for cars, trucks, and planes, as well as into chemical feedstocks for a wide variety of products. Syngas is a widely used industrial fuel and feedstock. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC

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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 Methanol production from green hydrogen represents a very promising way to decarbonize parts of the traditional fuel industry as well as chemical sector. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Emissions Hydrogen Methanol Power-to-Gas

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New photocatalyst for selective conversion of fatty acids to diesel- and jet-range molecules

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Industrial low-value fatty acid mixtures—e.g., A substantial amount of fatty acids are produced as low-value by-products in fat and oil processing and the pulp industry.

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