New halogen conversion-intercalation chemistry enables high-energy density aqueous Li-ion battery

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A team of researchers led by a group from the University of Maryland has. developed a halogen conversion–intercalation chemistry in graphite that produces composite electrodes with a capacity of 243 mAh g -1 (for the total weight of the electrode) at an average potential of 4.2 Proposed conversion–intercalation chemistry. Schematic of the conversion–intercalation mechanism occurring in the LBC-G composite during its oxidation in WiBS aqueous-gel electrolyte.

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New modified iron trifluoride intercalation-conversion cathode could triple energy density

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A collaboration led by scientists at the University of Maryland (UMD), the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory, and the US Army Research Lab have developed and studied a new cathode material—a modified and engineered form of iron trifluoride (FeF 3 )—that could triple the energy density of lithium-ion battery electrodes. Iron fluoride, an intercalation-conversion cathode for lithium-ion batteries, promises a high theoretical energy density of 1922?Wh?kg

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DOE awards $97M to 33 bioenergy research and development projects

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Scale-Up of the Primary Conversion Reactor to Generate a Lignin-Derived Cyclohexane Jet Fuel. Microchannel Reactor for Ethanol to n-Butene Conversion. Conversion of 2,3-Butanediol to Biojet Fuel: Scale-up and Technoeconomic Analysis of Energy-Efficient Separations and Fermentative Diol Production. Decontamination of Non-recyclable MSW and Preprocessing for Conversion to Diesel. University of Maryland - College Park.

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U. of Minnesota researchers demonstrate new method for direct conversion of heat to electricity

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Researchers at the University of Minnesota have demonstrated a new method for the direct conversion of heat to electricity using a multiferroic alloy, Ni 45 Co 5 Mn 40 Sn 10 , which they had discovered earlier (Srivastava 2010). During this phase transformation the alloy undergoes changes in its magnetic properties that are exploited in the energy conversion device. 2011), The Direct Conversion of Heat to Electricity Using Multiferroic Alloys.

Clean Cities Autogas Vehicle Conversion Program Rolls Out First of 1,189 LPG Cars in Virginia

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based Red Top Cab provided the first vehicle for conversion under the program. The founding partners of Alliance AutoGas—a national propane Autogas vehicle conversion and fueling network—are closely involved with the program. The program’s first conversion was performed by American Alternative Fuel at Baker Equipment in Richmond, Va.

Researchers Demonstrate Quantum-Coupled Thermal to Electric Conversion With Efficiency as High as 40% of Carnot Limit, With Calculated Potential of Up to 90%

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Researchers from MIT, with colleagues from IISc in Bangalore, India and HiPi Consulting in Maryland have experimentally demonstrated the conversion of heat to electricity using thermal diodes with efficiency as high as 40% of the Carnot Limit. A key to the improved throughput was reducing the separation between the hot surface and the conversion device. Next, we examine thermal to electric conversion with a lossy dielectric (aluminum oxide) hot-side surface layer.

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First XL Hybrids XLP plug-in hybrid upfits to be installed on Ford F-150 pickups

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They join previously-announced fleets San Diego Gas & Electric Company— which recently signed a memorandum of understanding to purchase 110 units—Liberty Utilities, Hawaiian Electric Company, Montgomery County Maryland and the City of Newton, Mass., Conversions Hybrids Plug-insXL Hybrids’s XLP plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) upfit solution ( earlier post ) will roll out on Ford F-150 pickup trucks beginning fourth quarter 2017.

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UMD IBBR awarded DOE grant to investigate how to protect biofuel crop poplar trees from disease

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The University of Maryland (UMD) Institute for Bioscience and Biotechnology Research (IBBR) has been award ed a $1.1million US Department of Energy (DOE) grant to elucidate the mechanism of rust pathogenesis in poplar in an effort to engineer durable resistance for this important, second-generation biofuel crop. Initial seed funding was also provided by the University Maryland Strategic Partnership: MPowering the State.

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DOE launches wave energy competition

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) opened the registration period for the new Wave Energy Prize competition that aims to double the state-of-the-art performance of wave energy conversion (WEC) devices over the next two years. Participate in two rounds of WEC testing, including the final round at the US Navy’s Maneuvering and Seakeeping Basin in Carderock, Maryland, the nation’s premier wave testing facility.

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DOE awarding $33M for carbon-neutral hybrid electric aviation

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REEACH projects seek to create innovative, cost-effective, and high-performance energy storage and power generation sub-systems for electric aircraft, with a focus on fuel-to-electric power conversion technologies. This engine will deliver power more efficiently, with greater than 10% absolute increase in the fuel to electricity conversion efficiency and at comparable weight to current state-of-the-art gas turbines. University of Maryland.

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

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Funding to cover the parts and labor for vehicle conversions will be provided under the Southeast Propane Autogas Development Program. Fleets in the following states are welcome to submit proposals: Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Tennessee, Mississippi and Washington DC. The Program utilizes the PRINS VSI propane autogas bi-fuel conversion system and certified technicians to perform all installations.

USPTO awards patent to UMD team for process to make gasoline through fermentation; electrofuels

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The inventors are Professor Richard Kohn and Faculty Research Associate Dr. Seon-Woo Kim from the University of Maryland (UMD). Plants convert sunlight and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to plant biomass, including corn grain that is currently used to make ethanol, but the efficiency of energy conversion is much lower than what can be obtained with the microorganisms.

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EPA awarding $4.2M for clean diesel projects in six ports

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The grant recipients are the Port of Seattle, the Port of Hueneme, the Port of Tacoma, the Maryland Port Administration, the Virginia Port Authority, and the Port of Los Angeles. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will award $4.2 million in grant funding for clean diesel projects at six US ports. EPA is also hosting the “Advancing Sustainable Ports” summit to mark the kickoff of a new initiative to recognize ports that take action to improve environmental performance.

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AE Biofuels acquires biotechnology company Zymetis

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a Maryland-based industrial biotechnology company that develops products for the renewable chemicals and advanced fuels industries. The genome of the Z-microbe has been fully sequenced by researchers at the University of Maryland. Steve Hutcheson, founder of Zymetis and professor at the University of Maryland. AE Biofuels, Inc. earlier post ) has completed the acquisition of Zymetis, Inc.,

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Conversions are mostly for the Prius, with a few for the Ford Escape/Mercury Mariner hybrid SUVs. At that point, we expect the aftermarket companies prices to have come down sufficiently so that their conversions will be attractive to owners of hundreds of thousands of hybrids already on the road. The nonprofit CalCars does conversions to demonstrate new designs and provide a platform for different batteries; we dont sell conversions.

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Genovation Cars completes Phase I of G2 EV development; Tata Technologies prime contractor

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a Maryland designer and custom builder of electric automobiles, has completed Phase I of development of its G2 electric car model. The G2 model that Tata Technologies is developing will incorporate Genovation’s research and development that went into its G1 model, an electric conversion of a Ford Focus. The conversion included the installation of an electric motor, battery string, controller, instrumentation and generator; using off the shelf items. Genovation Inc.,

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Air Force tests all plug-in vehicle fleet in California; part of large DoD V2G project

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The Air Force plans to expand the V2G demonstration next to Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, and Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey. AFV2Gdemo and can follow the conversation on Twitter and Facebook with the same hashtag. A fleet of plug-in electric vehicles sits ready to roll at Los Angeles Air Force Base in El Segundo, California. (US US Air Force photo by Sarah Corrice/RELEASED.) Click to enlarge.

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Researchers develop non-flammable fluorinated electrolyte for Li-metal anodes with aggressive cathode chemistries; toward a 500 Wh/kg goal

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Researchers at the University of Maryland (UMD), the US Army Research Laboratory (ARL), and Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) have developed a non-flammable fluorinated electrolyte that supports the most aggressive and high-voltage cathodes in a Li-metal battery. Chunsheng Wang, professor in the University of Maryland’s Clark School’s Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, collaborated with Kang Xu at ARL and Khalil Amine at ANL on these new electrolyte materials.

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DOE awarding $19.4M to 22 advanced vehicle technologies projects; Mercedes-Benz, GM Li-S battery projects

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University of Maryland: College Park. University of Maryland: College Park. University of Maryland: College Park. Reactive Force Field and coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulations of conversion processes will help identify promising precursors. The US Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding $19.4

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Aemetis wins $6M biodiesel supply contract with India Government oil companies

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Headquartered in Cupertino, California, Aemetis is an advanced renewable fuels and biochemicals company focused on the acquisition, development and commercialization of innovative technologies that replace traditional petroleum-based products by the conversion of second-generation ethanol and biodiesel plants into advanced biorefineries. Aemetis, Inc.

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Navy tests 100-percent CHCJ advanced biofuel in EA-18G

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The US Navy has completed flight testing of a 100% advanced biofuel in the EA-18G “Green Growler” at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland. The catalytic hydrothermal conversion-to-jet (CHCJ) process 100% alternative fuel performed as expected during a ground test 30 August at NAWCAD’s Aircraft Test and Evaluation Facility (ATEF), followed by the first test flight 1 September, said Rick Kamin, energy and fuels lead for Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR).

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ABS provides first approval in principle for floating Rankine cycle renewable energy plant

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Unlike wind, tidal or solar power the advanced design for this Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) system can deliver constant output 24 hours a day. Developed by OTEC International (OTI) LLC of Baltimore, Maryland, the approach converts liquid ammonia into gas in a heat exchanger using warm ocean surface water.

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SUPERVALU unveils new natural gas powered truck fleet and fill station

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distribution center and currently serves approximately 500 grocery stores in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, West Virginia, Washington, D.C. The conversion to natural gas will reduce the fleet’s annual oil consumption by more than 1 million gallons and result in 1,300 fewer tons of greenhouse gas emissions. SUPERVALU INC. has purchased 35 Class 8 Volvo trucks that operate on compressed natural gas (CNG). The fleet, which operates out of SUPERVALU’s Mechanicsville, Va.,

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DOE awards $25M to improve natural gas operations

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Modular System for Direct Conversion of Methane into Methanol via Photocatalysis. Stanford University aims to develop a process-intensified catalyst for photochemical conversion of methane to methanol. The project, operated in a modular system under cyclical operations, will design and demonstrate a multifunctional catalyst for single-step conversion of the light components of natural gas. nanotubes) and CNF with high conversion efficiency, selectivity and stability.

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DOE selects eight integrated biorefinery projects for up to $15M total in funding

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Baltimore, Maryland)—Thermochemical Recovery International (TRI) will study and improve feedstock and residual solids handling systems targeted to commercial pyrolysis and gasification reactors. The experimentally validated simulation toolkit will be generalized to aid in optimizing and de-risking biomass conversion processes that use these common feed handling and reactor feeding units.

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Researchers propose 2nd law of thermodynamics-based process to select and develop microorganisms for optimal biofuel production

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Researchers at the University of Maryland are proposing a new process to isolate and to direct the evolution of microorganisms that convert cellulosic biomass or gaseous CO 2 and H 2 to biofuels such as ethanol, 1-butanol, butane, or hexane (among others). Consolidated processing has been proposed as an efficient approach for the conversion of plant fiber directly into the fuel using a single microbial culture that digests the fiber and excretes the desired fuel as an end product.

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DOE awards $100M in 2nd funding round for 32 Energy Frontier Research Centers

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Light-Material Interactions in Energy Conversion (LMI). Tailor the morphology, complex dielectric structure, and electronic properties of matter so as to sculpt the flow of sunlight and heat, enabling light conversion to electrical energy with unprecedented efficiency. Transform the design and synthesis of materials for solar energy conversion and solid state lighting using high throughput computation and data mining. University of Maryland, College Park.

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Aemetis expands license agreement with Chevron Lummus Global for renewable jet and diesel fuel technology

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an advanced fuels and renewable chemical company, signed an expanded, global license agreement with Chevron Lummus Global (CLG) for the production of renewable jet and diesel fuel by the conversion of existing biofuels and petroleum refineries. Aemetis operates a research and development laboratory at the Maryland Biotech Center, and holds five granted patents and nine pending patents on its Z-microbe and related technology for the production of renewable fuels and chemicals.

Researchers visualize lithiation of magnetite electrode in real time; hunting for new Li-ion electrode materials

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A team of scientists from the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Maryland, College Park, has developed an electron microscopy technique to visualize—in real time and at high resolution—lithiation pathways in electrode materials. c) The speeds of the intercalation and conversion reactions as functions of time.

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ARPA-E announces $98M in funding for 40 OPEN projects; two opposed-piston engines projects receive $10M total

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Developments from the project may be useful for other energy conversion technologies, such as ammonia production and high-temperature direct liquid fuel cells. Kampachi Farms will develop a new, highly efficient process for the conversion of marine macroalgae seaweeds into a variety of bioproducts, including biofuels. University of Maryland. The University of Maryland will further develop its “super wood” approach to replace steel in the automotive industry.

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DOE to award $35M to 24 projects to support early-stage, innovative technologies and solutions in advanced manufacturing

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The team will apply atomic layer deposition technology to fabricate and modify the catalyst at the atomic level, with the goal of more than doubling catalyst lifetime, improving selectivity and conversion efficiency at reduced costs. University of Maryland. Pyroelectric materials can generate a voltage when heated or cooled, and conversion of waste heat to usable energy will have broad impact in industry.

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New protonic ceramic fuel cell addresses power density and stability issues

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Like other fuel cells, they enable direct electrochemical conversion of chemical fuels to electricity at high efficiency and with zero emissions. The research, funded in part by the US Department of Energy through the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy and by the National Science Foundation, included members of Haile’s lab team at Northwestern as well as scientists from the University of Maryland and the California Institute of Technology.

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Consolidated bioprocessing company Aemetis licenses plant oil hydroprocessing technology from Chevron Lummus Global for renewable jet and diesel

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a Maryland-based industrial biotechnology company developing products for the renewable chemicals and advanced fuels industries. This technology is ideally suited for the conversion of existing biofuels production facilities by utilizing the rail siding, feedstock unloading, raw material storage tanks, power generation units, Clean In Place system, neat fuel storage tanks and loadout equipment. Outline of the Biofuels ISOCONVERSION process. Source: ARA. Click to enlarge.

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Study casting doubt on GHG benefits of corn stover ethanol draws sharp criticism by other researchers; Liska responds

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They took another extreme position by ignoring the carbon savings associated with coproduct electricity in the conversion facility. … César Izaurralde from The Great Lakes Bioenergy Center, University of Maryland and Texas A&M; William P. Parton from Colorado State University; and Xuesong Zhang from the Joint Global Change Research Institute, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and University of Maryland.

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MIT study suggests carbon tax could help reduce US deficit, lower other taxes, reduce emissions

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Conversely, cutting income taxes would benefit wealthy households because they pay more in taxes. Former Republican Congressmen Sherwood Boehlert from New York and Wayne Gilchrest from Maryland joined Congressional Democrats Henry Waxman (Calif.)

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New high-performance cathode materials for low-temperature solid oxide fuel cells

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The power density of a commercialized low-temperature SOFC system developed by researchers at the University of Maryland and Redox Power is also more than 2W cm -2 , earlier post.). The demand for clean and sustainable energy has stimulated great interest in fuel cells, which allows direct conversion of chemical fuels to electricity. Peak power densities of cells with LnBa 0.5 Sr 0.5 Co 1.5 Fe 0.5 GDC (Ln = Pr and Nd) cathode. Credit: Choi et al. Click to enlarge.

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ARPA-E awarding $60M to 23 projects; dry cooling and fusion power

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ARPA-E’s ARID program will fund transformative new power plant cooling technologies that enable high thermal-to-electric energy conversion efficiency with zero net water dissipation to the atmosphere. University of Maryland. The University of Maryland (UMD) and its partners will utilize a novel microemulsion liquid absorbent, recently invented by researchers at UMD, for use in absorption cooling systems for power plants. University of Maryland.

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Local Motors debuts first self-driving vehicle using IBM Watson Internet of Things for Automotive

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Passengers will be able to interact conversationally with Olli while traveling from point A to point B, discussing topics about how the vehicle works, where they are going, and why Olli is making specific driving decisions. As part of Olli’s debut, Local Motors officially opened its new National Harbor facility in Maryland today to serve as a public place where co-creation can flourish and vehicle technologies can rapidly advance.

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NIST Awards $123M in 12 Recovery Act Grants for New Research Facilities; Univ. of Ky CAER to Expand Capacitor and Battery Manufacturing Research with its $11.8M Award

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This facility will house energy research efforts including, but not limited to, studies of high efficiency combustion engines, biomass gasification kinetics, biochemical-enzymatic conversion of biomass, and carbon dioxide capture from sources including power plants and combustion engines; $10.3 million to the University of Maryland (College Park, Md.)

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DOE selects 7 Solid Oxide Fuel Cell research projects for further development

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The projects will develop solutions to current technical challenges consistent with the aggressive cost, reliability and endurance goals of the Solid State Energy Conversion Alliance (SECA). University of Maryland. The US Department of Energy (DOE) has selected 7 projects that will help develop low-cost solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology for central power generation from fossil energy resources for further research.

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DOE to award $11M to 20 new Clean Cities projects for alt fuel cars and trucks

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other fleets; create vehicle conversion inspection criteria; and train and. the District of Columbia, Maryland and northern Virginia will develop. alternative fuel vehicle conversions, equipment safety, and fueling.

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DOE to award more than $55M to 31 projects for plug-in and efficient vehicle technologies; Delphi receives $10M to further GDCI

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University of Maryland. This project will develop new catalysts to demonstrate a minimum of 90% conversion efficiency of engine produced NO x during portions of the FTP test near 150 °C. The US Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding more than $55 million to 31 new projects to accelerate research and development of vehicle technologies that will improve fuel efficiency and reduce costs under a program-wide funding opportunity announced in January. (DE-FOA-0000991,

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DOE Awards $377 Million in Funding for 46 Energy Frontier Research Centers

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Examples of areas of research focus include, but are not limited to: the direct conversion of solar energy to electricity and chemical fuels; understanding how biological feedstocks are converted into portable fuels; a new generation of radiation-tolerant materials and chemical separation processes for fission applications; energy storage systems; energy utilization and transmission; and science-based geological carbon sequestration. Solar Energy Conversion in Complex Materials (SECCM).

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