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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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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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Bombardier (now Alstom) to convert AGC hybrid trains to full battery power

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Bombardier Transportation (now part of Alstom) introduced a variety of green innovations to reduce CO 2 emissions and pollution in the railway sector. To help France meet its sustainability targets, Bombardier will now convert AGC hybrid trains to full battery power.

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

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At the recent 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, the US joined a dozen other countries in signing onto new agreements to curtail shipping emissions, and zero-emissions solutions for freight rail transport will be part of that commitment.

ARPA-E awards $30M to 21 projects advance new class of high-performance power converters

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CIRCUITS project teams will accelerate the development and deployment of a new class of efficient, lightweight, and reliable power converters, based on wide-bandgap (WBG) semiconductors. CIRCUITS projects will establish the building blocks of this class of power converter by advancing higher efficiency designs that exhibit enhanced reliability and superior total cost of ownership. SiC-Based Wireless Power Transformation for Data Centers & Medium-Voltage Applications.

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Kopernikus Project P2X integrated container-scale test facility produces first fuels from air-captured CO2 and green power

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World’s first integrated Power-to-Liquid (PtL) test facility to synthesize fuels from the air-captured carbon dioxide. Moreover, a few important transport sectors, such as air or heavy-duty traffic, will continue to need liquid fuels in the future, as they have a high energy density. —Professor Roland Dittmeyer, KIT, coordinator of the “Hydrocarbons and Long-chain Alcohols” research cluster of the Power-to-X (P2X) Kopernikus project.

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Amazon invests in electrofuels company Infinium

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The proceeds will be used to advance the development of commercial scale applications to decarbonize the transportation sector. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Fuels Hydrogen Hydrogen Production Power-to-Gas

Gevo awarded patent for process to upgrade or convert ethanol and bio-based alcohols to drop-in hydrocarbon fuels

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11,078,433 titled “ Conversion of Mixtures of C 2 -C 8 Olefins to Jet Fuel and/or Diesel Fuel in High Yield from Bio-Based Alcohols.”. C 2 -C 8 ) to transportations fuels including diesel and/or jet fuel. There is a lot of overlap in the production technology used for the conversion of ethanol or isobutanol to hydrocarbons, so it shouldn’t surprise anyone that we would broaden our scope.

Universal Hydrogen, magniX, Plug Power, and AeroTEC set up hydrogen aviation center at Moses Lake, Washington

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Universal Hydrogen, magniX, Plug Power and AeroTEC have established a Hydrogen Aviation Test and Service Center at Grant County International Airport in Moses Lake, Washington. The center will focus on the test flight and certification of Universal Hydrogen’s retrofit conversion of a Dash-8 regional turboprop aircraft, scheduled for entry into commercial service in 2025.

Consortium moves ahead with HESC pilot for conversion of Australian coal to LH2 for transport to Japan

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The Hydrogen Energy Supply Chain ( HESC ) project will convert brown coal from the AGL Loy Yang mine into hydrogen at an adjacent site and then transport the gas by road in high pressure tube trailers to a liquefaction terminal at the Port of Hastings. A liquefaction plant at the Port of Hastings will convert the hydrogen gas into liquefied hydrogen (LH2). The liquefied hydrogen (LH2) will then be shipped to Japan for use predominantly in the transport industry.

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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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Experts view on future transportation fuels

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Multiple step-change reductions in the environmental/climate footprint of combustion-based transportation systems, while maintaining the fitness for purpose and convenience for the end user, are achievable. The authors identified a number of challenges for new fuels for a low-carbon transportation sector: Fuels tailored to engines with cycle and system advances that increase overall conversion of chemical energy to useful work. 2018) “Future transportation fuels.”

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Oxford Team Outlines Progress and Potential in CO2 Capture and Conversion to Synthetic Transportation Fuels

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In an open-access paper published in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A , researchers from the University of Oxford, led by Dr. Peter Edwards, provide an overview of progress in the area of the conversion of carbon dioxide to synthetic transportation fuels (Carbon Capture and Conversion, CCC), its potential, and barriers to future progress. Major reductions in emissions from the transportation sector will necessitate a change in vehicle fuels.

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AMPLY Power & Logan Bus announce 2-year demo project of charging-as-a service for fleets; 5 electric school buses

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Pioneering methods to accelerate electric fleet adoption, AMPLY Power will demonstrate and document its Charging-as-a-Service approach for an all-electric school bus fleet in New York City. Bus Conversions Electric (Battery) Fleets Infrastructure Mobility services

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Li-S Energy, Janus Electric to collaborate on Li-S and/or Li-metal cells for swappable prime mover packs

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Janus Electric has developed a system to convert diesel powered prime mover fleets to electric power, including on-road applications and specialist vehicles for primary industries such as mining. Janus can convert all prime mover makes and models to electric power.

Study suggests that decarbonizing US transport sector by converting waste CO2 to fuels would require economical air-capture of CO2

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Kreutz used two examples of CCTF systems in his analysis: biodiesel from microalgae and Sandia National Laboratory’s S2P process (an effort to utilize concentrated solar energy to convert waste CO 2 into synthetic fuels, earlier post ). pre- and post- decarbonization of the electric power sector—to which he referred as pre-CCS and post-CCS, respectively (although decarbonization was not necessarily via CCS—carbon capture and storage).) the power sector, Kreutz notes.)

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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. The renewable production of reduced carbon compounds is especially attractive, as liquid fuels can directly address energy needs associated with transportation, which account for nearly 30% of the US energy demand. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Fuels Power Generation

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Tesla Model Y converted into green hydrogen car to show “Hyper Hybrid” innovations


German Federal Research Minister Anja Karliczek recently unveiled an example of a “hyper hybrid” vehicle powered by synthetic methanol, which is based on “green hydrogen” technologies.

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 Customers of the Company include transportation, power, and consumer markets. 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.

Swedish eMethanol startup launches crowd-funding campaign, developing commercial-scale plant

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Liquid Wind, in partnership with its consortium of experts, Consortium, will convert waste CO 2 and renewable electricity into eMethanol, a carbon-neutral fuel. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Fuels Methanol Power-to-Gas Power-to-Liquids

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Northwestern/Princeton study explores air quality impacts of aggressive conversion to EVs

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Researchers from Northwestern University and Princeton University have explored the impact on US air quality from an aggressive conversion of internal combustion vehicles to battery-powered electric vehicles (EVs). In a paper published in the journal Atmospheric Environment , they report on the findings from a suite of scenarios designed to quantify the effect of both the magnitude of EV market penetration and the source of electricity generation used to power them.

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Researchers convert atmospheric CO2 to carbon nanofibers and nanotubes for use as anodes in Li-ion and Na-ion batteries

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Researchers from George Washington University and Vanderbilt University have demonstrated the conversion of atmospheric CO 2 into carbon nanofibers (CNFs) and carbon nanotubes (CNTs) for use as high-performance anodes in both lithium-ion and sodium-ion batteries. The conversion process builds upon the solar thermal electro-chemical process (STEP) introduced by GWU Professor Stuart Licht and his colleagues in 2009. Batteries Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC

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Gulf Oil adds LNG-powered trucks to its transportation fleet

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Gulf Oil LP, a national branded supplier of motor fuels throughout the United States and its territories, has deployed 34 transport trucks that run on liquefied natural gas (LNG). In addition, Gulf will soon be supplying and distributing LNG to customers in the transportation sector and other interested bulk users. We intend to convert more of our fleet and to supply and distribute LNG to our customers.

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

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The process has also the potential to produce any other type of fuel for transport applications, such as diesel, gasoline or pure hydrogen in a more sustainable way. SOLAR-JET ( S olar chemical reactor demonstration and O ptimization for L ong-term A vailability of R enewable JET fuel) uses sunlight in a concentrated solar reactor to convert CO 2 and water to syngas (a mixture of hydrogen and CO), which is then processed in a Fischer-Tropsch reactor to aviation kerosene.

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New plasma synthesis process for one-step conversion of CO2 and methane into higher value fuel and chemicals

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Instead of using H 2 , direct conversion of CO 2 with CH 4 (dry reforming of methane, DRM) to liquid fuels and chemicals (e.g. It is almost impossible to directly convert two stable and inert molecules (CO 2 and CH 4 ) into liquid fuels or chemicals in a one-step catalytic process bypassing the production of syngas. … The DBD reactor was connected to an AC high voltage power supply with a maximum peak voltage of 30 kV and a variable frequency of 7-12 kHz.

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

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Researchers at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) are proposing that it is possible to design an efficient graphene-cathode-based thermionic energy converter (TIC)—a device for converting heat to electricity leveraging the phenomenon of thermionic emission, or the release of electrons from a hot body—operating at around 900 K (626 °C) or lower, as compared with a conventional metal-based cathode TIC operating at about 1500 K (1227 °C).

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BioBoost project targets conversion of biomass into intermediate energy carriers for subsequent conversion into fuels, chemicals, power and heat

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Six research institutions and seven industrial partners from Europe will participate in the new BioBoost project, aimed at converting residual biomass into energy carriers for the production of high-quality and engine-compatible fuels and chemicals as well as for the generation of electricity and heat. The catalytic pyrolysis reduces oxygenates in the oil to 13% enabling power and refinery applications. The resulting biosyncrude can be transported economically for further upgrading.

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New $20M XPRIZE tackles conversion of CO2 into products

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Teams are challenged to develop breakthrough technologies that convert the most CO 2 into one or more products with the highest net value. Co-sponsored by NRG and COSIA (Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance), the 4-½ year competition will include two tracks, with the new technologies tested at either a coal power plant or a natural gas facility.

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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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The US Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) is awarding $33 million to 13 new projects aimed at developing transformational fuel cell technologies for low-cost distributed power generation. Redox Power Systems. Low-Temperature Solid Oxide Fuel Cells Redox Power Systems will develop a fuel cell with a mid-temperature operating target of 400 °C while maintaining high power density and enabling faster cycling. ARPA-E Fuel Cells Fuels Power Generation

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PNNL solar thermochemical reaction system can reduce fuel consumption in natural gas power plants by about 20%; future potential for transportation fuels

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PNNL’s thermochemical conversion device is installed in front of a concentrating solar power dish. A new concentrating solar power system developed by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) can reduce the fuel consumption of a modified natural-gas combined-cycle (NGCC) power plant by about 20%. The power plant then combusts the more energy dense syngas to produce electricity. The system is adaptable to a large range of natural gas power plant sizes.

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

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The event is being hosted by the Metropolitan Energy Center/Kansas City Regional Clean Cities in conjunction with Veolia/Kansas City Transportation Group and Alliance AutoGas. 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. It is powered by a 25.5

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UCLA team uses engineered microbe and electricity to convert CO2 to higher alcohols

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An integrated electromicrobial process to convert CO 2 to higher alcohols. Electricity powered the electrochemical CO 2 reduction on the cathode to produce formate, which is converted to isobutanol and 3MB by the engineered R. Researchers at UCLA have demonstrated a method for converting carbon dioxide into higher alcohols using electricity. Formate is highly soluble and is readily converted to CO 2 and NADH in the cells, providing a safe replacement for H 2.

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NREL supports propane-to-electricity shuttle bus conversion at Zion National Park

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NREL is evaluating the drive-cycle characteristics of a fleet of propane-powered shuttle buses operating at Zion National Park. As the propane-powered fleet ages and associated maintenance costs rise, NPS is working with NREL to use this drive-cycle information to optimize the conversion of 14 of its propane buses to run on electricity. The National Park Service (NPS) originally deployed the propane buses in 2000 to reduce congestion along the park’s main traffic corridor.

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EIB awards €17M to QEV to advance zero emissions transport in developing countries

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E-mobility and R&D specialist QEV Technologies will receive €17 million from the European Investment Bank (EIB) for a variety of low-carbon transportation projects. The funding will boost the company’s development of electric powertrains for small urban transport vehicles, electric racing technologies, fast charging systems, and electric vehicles (EVs). To achieve the same annual benefit as one Jeepney converted to electric power, it would be necessary to plant 300 trees each year.

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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. A 2006 Princeton study (Larson et al. ), however, concluded that at the scale of most paper mills, black liquor gasification for power production may be more economical than liquid fuel synthesis, which would benefit from a larger scale.

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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. The carbon-optimized conversion technology developed under this project can be integrated with multiple CO 2 sources, such as corn grain ethanol refining (near-term) and direct air capture (mid-long term).

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Better Place Launches Switchable-Battery Electric Taxi Project in Tokyo; Converted Crossovers with A123 Systems Packs

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Better Place worked on the design, engineering and conversion of the Nissan gasoline-powered, crossover utility vehicles, turning them into electric taxis with switchable batteries. Since our initial announcement of this project, we’ve heard from cities around the world interested in converting their taxi fleets as a concrete way to fight CO 2 emissions and urban pollution. Tags: Conversions Electric (Battery) Fleets Smart charging

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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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ABC Companies partners with Lightning eMotors to launch first electric repowered motorcoach

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ABC Companies, a leading provider to the motorcoach, transit and specialty passenger transportation market in the United States and Canada, will soon be the first to offer a motorcoach-diesel-to-electric-repower program for North American operators. Bus Conversions Electric (Battery

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Ideal Power and EnerDel partner on mobile hybrid power systems

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Ideal Power Inc., a developer of a novel indirect power conversion technology ( earlier post ), and EnerDel, Inc., Ideal Power Inc. has developed a novel, patented power conversion technology called Power Packet Switching Architecture (PPSA). It also provides buck/boost voltage conversion, bi-directional power transfer, and multiport applications with any combination of independently-controlled AC and DC power ports.

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Perspective: Drive Star Conversion Program Could Cut US Oil Use in Half by 2020

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In the key area of transportation, we submit our Drive Star proposal. For $100 million in one year, we’ll demonstrate how to rapidly reduce use of oil in transportation with safe, warrantied retrofits of tens of millions gas-guzzlers. We now have a sprinkling of promising companies working to get funded to convert gas-guzzlers. That helped us become the world’s greatest industrial power. When they’re mass-produced, conversions will cost under $10-$15,000.

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bp plans UK’s largest hydrogen project; 1GW of blue hydrogen

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With large-scale, low-cost production of clean hydrogen, H2Teesside could support the conversion of surrounding industries to use hydrogen in place of natural gas, playing an important role in decarbonizing a cluster of industries in Teesside. renewable power.

Researchers ID structure of key intermediate in enzyme converting methane to methanol; potential for synthetic fuels

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MMO catalyzes the O 2 -dependent conversion of methane to methanol in methanotrophic bacteria, thereby preventing the emission into the atmosphere of approximately one billion tons of this potent greenhouse gas annually. Q is one of the most powerful oxidizing intermediates occurring in nature. However, it is difficult to transport, especially outside of the US. Converting methane to liquid methanol makes it easy to transport and a good alternative to petroleum for energy.

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