Johns Hopkins team plates Pt on cobalt to create low-cost, highly efficient fuel cell catalysts

Green Car Congress

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University, with colleagues at Purdue and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), have plated a one nanometer thick coating of platinum on a core of cobalt to create a cost-effective and highly efficient fuel cell catalyst.

2018 26

Berkeley Lab working with Alphabet Energy to develop a low-cost thermoelectric system

Green Car Congress

With a $2-million grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC), Berkeley Lab is partnering with Alphabet Energy to create a cost-effective thermoelectric waste heat recovery system to reduce both energy use in the industrial sector and electricity-related carbon emissions. However, most current thermoelectric materials are limited by several factors, including high cost, low efficiency, and the inability to operate reliably at temperatures above 400 degrees Celsius.

Trending Sources

Golar and Schlumberger form OneLNG JV; targeting development of low cost gas reserves to LNG

Green Car Congress

Golar LNG Limited and Schlumberger have formed OneLNG, a joint venture to develop rapidly low cost gas reserves to LNG. The combination of Schlumberger’s reservoir knowledge, wellbore technologies and production management capabilities, with Golar’s low cost FLNG (Floating LNG) solution, will offer gas resource owners a faster and lower cost development thereby increasing the net present value of the resources.

2016 31

Harvard team demonstrates new metal-free organic–inorganic aqueous flow battery; potential breakthrough for low-cost grid-scale storage

Green Car Congress

In a paper in Nature , they suggest that the use of such redox-active organic molecules instead of redox-active metals represents a new and promising direction for realizing massive electrical energy storage at greatly reduced cost. Cell schematic.

Wind 28

GWU team demonstrates highly scalable, low-cost process for making carbon nanotube wools directly from CO2

Green Car Congress

Researchers at George Washington University led by Dr. Stuart Licht have demonstrated the first facile high-yield, low-energy synthesis of macroscopic length carbon nanotubes (CNTs)—carbon nanotube wool—from CO 2 using molten carbonate electrolysis ( earlier post ).

Swiss team develops effective and low-cost solar water-splitting device; 14.2% solar-to-hydrogen efficiency

Green Car Congress

The method, which surpasses previous efforts in terms of stability, performance, lifespan and cost efficiency, is published in the Journal of The Electrochemical Society.

New Na-ion battery combining intercalation and conversion could be promising low-cost energy storage system

Green Car Congress

Scheme of the new full sodium-ion battery, which combines an intercalation cathode and a conversion anode. This battery system combines an intercalation cathode and a conversion anode, resulting in high capacity, high rate capability, thermal stability, and much improved cycle life. (In For the anode, they selected carbon-modified iron oxide (C-Fe 3 O 4 ) conversion material. 1 when used in a lithium cell and undergoes a conversion reaction (Fe 3 O 4 + 8Li + + 8e ? ?

USDA awards $3M biorefinery grant to support conversion of lignin into renewable alternative for ABS Resin

Green Car Congress

a $3-million grant to support the commercialization of its patented and patent-pending lignin conversion and refining technologies. Lignocellulose, or lignin, is ubiquitous in biomass, and yet it is highly-resistant to the chemical, biological, and other processes historically used for the conversion and refining of biomass into renewable products. The USDA has awarded a consortium including Attis Innovations, Inc., a subsidiary of Meridian Waste Solutions, Inc.,a

2018 16

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

Green Car Congress

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. As a result, the cost was significantly reduced.

2016 28

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

Green Car Congress

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.

Solar 35

EPFL team develops low-cost catalyst for splitting CO2

Green Car Congress

EPFL scientists have developed an Earth-abundant and low-cost catalytic system for splitting CO 2 into CO and oxygen—an important step towards achieving the conversion of renewable energy into hydrocarbon fuels. Using only Earth-abundant materials to catalyze both reactions, this design keeps the cost of the system low. This is the first time that such a bi-functional and low-cost catalyst is demonstrated.

RAL proposes new efficient and low-cost process to crack ammonia for hydrogen using sodium amide; transportation applications

Green Car Congress

The reverse reaction may have a similarly transformative potential, where the decomposition of ammonia into nitrogen and hydrogen enables the provision of hydrogen for a low-carbon energy economy. Arguably, this focus may have diminished the consideration of reversibility, cost, and practicality of use of these materials. The material costs, however, are very significantly less, the team observed.

SPX and Aker Wade partner to develop new low-cost fast chargers for EVs

Green Car Congress

The new charge station is designed to be a low-cost, wall-mounted indoor unit aimed initially at vehicle dealerships. It features an ergonomically designed connector handle for easy and safe operation and utilizes high frequency power conversion technology for efficient power delivery.

Velodyne introduces new low-cost fixed-laser solid-state LiDAR for autonomous driving and ADAS applications

Green Car Congress

Velodyne LiDAR announced its new fixed-laser, solid-state Velarray LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) sensor, a cost-effective yet high-performance and rugged automotive product in a small form factor.

Saudi Aramco R&D proposes SuperButol as new low-cost high-octane blend component

Green Car Congress

A team from Saudi Aramco Research and Development Center has developed a novel low-cost, high-octane gasoline blend component it calls SuperButol. In addition, the process helps to optimize refinery operations by valorizing low-value products.

Bio-inspired molybdenum sulfide catalyst offers low-cost and efficient photo-electrochemical water splitting to produce hydrogen

Green Car Congress

The DTU researchers created a device to harvest the energy from part of the solar spectrum and used it to power the conversion of single hydrogen ions into hydrogen gas. The optimized photo-electrochemical water splitting device uses light absorbers made of silicon arranged in closely packed pillars, dotted with tiny clusters of the new molybdenum sulfide catalyst. Image courtesy of Christian D. Damsgaard, Thomas Pedersen and Ole Hansen, Technical University of Denmark. Click to enlarge.

LeMond Composites licenses ORNL low-cost carbon fiber manufacturing process; transportation, renewable energy, & infrastructure

Green Car Congress

LeMond Composites, founded by three-time Tour de France champion Greg LeMond, has licensed a low-cost, high-volume carbon fiber manufacturing process developed at the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).

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

Green Car Congress

Schematic comparing the cost and dispatchability of PV to CSP with thermal storage. The “PV+Storage” box includes the high cost of electrical storage for PV. Although CSP can integrate inexpensive thermal energy storage, the cost of CSP solar energy capture is high.

2013 26

GWU team develops low-cost, high-yield one-pot synthesis of carbon nanofibers from atmospheric CO2

Green Car Congress

A team led by Dr. Stuart Licht at The George Washington University in Washington, DC has developed a low-cost, high-yield and scalable process for the electrolytic conversion of atmospheric CO 2 dissolved in molten carbonates into carbon nanofibers (CNFs.) The conversion of CO 2 → CCNF + O 2 can be driven by efficient solar, as well as conventional, energy at inexpensive steel or nickel electrodes. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Emissions Materials

Velodyne LiDAR announces new design for miniaturized, low-cost solid-state LiDAR sensors using GaN technology

Green Car Congress

Velodyne LiDAR announced a new design for a solid-state LiDAR sensor that can deliver a subsystem cost of less than US$50 when sold in high-volume manufacturing scale. Our new design approach creates a true solid-state LiDAR sensor, while significantly raising the bar as to what can be expected from LiDAR sensors as far as cost, size, and reliability. The design consolidates components and results in significant advances in sensor miniaturization, reliability, and cost reduction.

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

Green Car Congress

LanzaTech 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 facility will recycle industrial waste gases from steel manufacturing to produce a low cost ethanol intermediate: “Lanzanol.”

2016 21

XL Hybrids, Henley Transmission Services partner to certify AAMCO for hybrid conversion installation, servicing

Green Car Congress

developer of a low-cost hybrid electric powertrain designed specifically for class 1-3 commercial fleet use ( earlier post ), has signed an agreement with Henley Transmission Services, LLC, the largest franchise holder of AAMCO automotive service centers, to certify AAMCO technicians to install and service XL Hybrids’ hybrid-electric conversions. XL Hybrids, Inc.,

2012 13

MIT team outlines path to low-cost solar-to-fuels devices; the artificial leaf

Green Car Congress

The original demonstration leaf in 2011 had low efficiencies, converting less than 4.7% Because a single Si junction has insufficient potential to drive water splitting, it cannot be used for direct solar-to-fuels conversion.

New nickel-gallium catalyst could lead to low-cost, clean production of methanol; small-scale, low-pressure devices

Green Car Congress

In their paper, they suggested that this is a first step towards the development of small-scale low-pressure devices for CO 2 reduction to methanol. If hydrogen production is to be distributed and produced in small-scale devices, it would be attractive if the subsequent conversion of H 2 into a liquid fuel could also be performed in simpler, low-pressure decentralized units. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Catalysts Methanol

Ashwoods launch low cost electric motor range

Green Cars News

Hybrid conversions firm, Ashwood Automotive has gone into production with a new electric motor which it claims provides one of the lowest cost per kilowatt in the industry today.

Waste Management and Renmatix to explore conversion of urban waste to low-cost cellulosic sugar via supercritical hydrolysis

Green Car Congress

The strategic investment and alliance aims to expand the feedstock flexibility of Renmatix’s proprietary Plantrose process beyond rural biomass to include materials derived from cost-effective and readily available urban waste material such as that managed by Waste Management. One of the core cost advantages of Renmatix’s water-based process is its feedstock flexibility. Waste Management, Inc.

Johnson Controls to supply Li-ion pack for XL Hybrids aftermarket system; Class 1 to 3 commercial vehicle hybrid electric powertrain

Green Car Congress

developer of a low-cost hybrid electric powertrain designed specifically for class 1 to 3 commercial fleet use ( earlier post ), signed a one-year supply agreement with Johnson Controls, Inc. kWh Li-ion packs for use in XL’s aftermarket hybrid conversion system. Batteries Conversions HybridsXL Hybrids, Inc.,

2012 29

MIT Researchers Identify New Low-Cost Water-Splitting Catalyst

Green Car Congress

The Ni-B i films can be prepared with precise thickness control and operate at modest overpotential providing an alternative to the Co catalyst for applications in solar energy conversion. MIT Prof. Daniel Nocera and his associates have found another formulation, based on inexpensive and widely available materials, that can efficiently catalyze the splitting of water molecules using electricity.

Calysta Energy engineering organisms to convert methane to low-cost liquid hydrocarbons; BioGTL process

Green Car Congress

Start-up Calysta Energy plans to use methane as a feedstock for engineered organisms to produce liquid hydrocarbon fuels and high value chemicals that are cost-effective, scalable and reduce environmental impact. Calysta says that in contrast to current algae- and sugar-based methods, a methane-based biofuel platform is expected to produce fuel at less than half the cost of other biological methods, allowing direct competition with petroleum-based fuels. Conversion method.

Novozymes and Sea6Energy collaborating on the conversion of seaweed to sugars for production of fuels and chemicals

Green Car Congress

Novozymes will research, develop, and manufacture enzymes for the conversion process, while Sea6 Energy contributes its offshore seaweed cultivation technology. Focusing first on the geographical constraints of shallow calm seas, required by conventional seaweed farming, Sea6 Energy utilizes proprietary structures for creation of a low-cost seaweed farms on the ocean surface. Novozymes’ Indian arm will work closely with Sea6 Energy to develop the conversion technology.

Independent testing shows 21.2% reduction in fuel consumption with XL Hybrids retrofit system

Green Car Congress

XL Hybrids’ hybrid electric powertrain is a low-cost, low-risk, bolt-on, post-transmission parallel hybrid technology designed for Class 1–3 commercial vehicles that integrates seamlessly with the conventional internal combustion engine and transmission. already developed for an OEM and sold worldwide, to reduce XLH’s engineering costs. Our focus has always been from day one to be cost-effective. Conversions HybridsThe XL Hybrids system in place.

2012 25

Agrivida and Syngenta Ventures to collaborate on low-cost sugars from cellulosic biomass for fuels and chemicals

Green Car Congress

and Syngenta Ventures will collaborate to develop advanced crop technology that will provide low-cost sugars from cellulosic biomass for a variety of industrial applications including biofuels and biochemicals without requiring external enzymes for biomass hydrolysis.

Symbio targets European taxi market with fuel cell range extender in Nissan e-NV200; 500 km range

Green Car Congress

The customized e-NV200 offers taxi drivers a similar total cost of ownership to a hybrid taxi, but with the range of an internal combustion engine. It can be recharged from a low-cost power supply, and refueled with hydrogen in three minutes (3.8

Iowa State researchers developing low-cost thermochemical process to produce sugars from biomass for bio-fuels and -chemicals; pyrolytic molasses

Green Car Congress

Low-cost sugars from biomass are a key enabler for many production pathways for bio-based fuels and chemicals. Brown and Iowa State researchers are presenting present their ideas and findings during tcbiomass2011 , the International Conference on Thermochemical Conversion Science in Chicago. Iowa State University (ISU) researchers have developed technologies to efficiently produce, recover and separate sugars from the fast pyrolysis of biomass.

Cellulosic sugars company Renmatix raises $14M from Bill Gates, Total

Green Car Congress

We want to make low-carbon businesses a profitable growth driver accounting for 20% of our portfolio in 20 years’ time. The patented Plantrose process uses supercritical water to reduce costs in conversion of biomass to cellulosic sugars, the critical intermediary for second-generation biochemicals and biofuels. Cellulosic sugars company Renmatix has raised $14 million.

CalTech, Berkeley Lab team uses new high-throughput method to identify promising photoanodes for solar fuels

Green Car Congress

To create practical solar fuels, scientists have been trying to develop low-cost and efficient materials—photoanodes—that are capable of splitting water using visible light as an energy source. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Fuels Solar fuels

Avantium acquires Liquid Light; electrocatalysis to convert CO2 to chemicals

Green Car Congress

Liquid Light has developed proprietary process technology to make major chemicals from low-cost, globally-abundant carbon dioxide. 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.

CO2 34

Ford first automaker to use captured CO2 to develop foam and plastic for vehicles

Green Car Congress

Novomer is commercializing a proprietary catalyst system that transforms waste CO 2 into high performance, low-cost polymers for a variety of applications, including foam and plastic that are easily recyclable. Low Catalyst Cost. The catalyst system does not use precious metals and requires simple organic chemistry which keeps its synthesis costs low. Low Finished Polymer Cost.

Stanford’s GCEP awards $10.5M for research on renewable energy; solar cells, batteries, renewable fuels and bioenergy

Green Car Congress

The mineral perovskite is a promising, low-cost material for enhancing the efficiency of silicon solar cells. The goal of this project is to develop a hybrid perovskite-silicon solar cell that significantly improves the light-to-energy conversion efficiency of conventional cells. efficiency, low-cost silicon solar cells. Maximizing solar-to-fuel conversion efficiency in photo-electrochemical cells.

ExxonMobil and UW Madison extend research collaboration on conversion of biomass to transportation fuels

Green Car Congress

UW-Madison has long been known for its expertise in biomass conversion. Spangler professor of chemical and biological engineering at UW-Madison, is working closely with ExxonMobil’s scientists to build a stronger understanding of the basic chemical transformations that occur during biomass conversion into diesel and jet fuels.