Virginia Clean Cities reaches 1,000 vehicle conversions to propane

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Virginia Clean Cities announced that 1,000 vehicles have been successfully converted to run on propane autogas through the Southeast Propane Autogas Development Program (SPADP). In the Commonwealth of Virginia alone, the Program has helped a variety of public and private fleets convert vehicles to autogas, including Groome Transportation, Virginia Premier Health Plan, the city of Newport News, Spotsylvania County and the August, Culpeper and Frederick County Sheriff’s Offices in Virginia.

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

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The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) and Virginia Clean Cities (VCC) at James Madison University (JMU) are requesting proposals from fleets in the southeastern US interested in converting eligible gasoline vehicles to run on propane autogas. Funding to cover the parts and labor for vehicle conversions will be provided under the Southeast Propane Autogas Development Program.


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

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Administered by Virginia Clean Cities at James Madison University, the program will deploy nearly 1,200 propane Autogas vehicles, reducing air pollutants such as carbon monoxide, soot and smog-causing emissions when compared to traditional gasoline vehicles. based Red Top Cab provided the first vehicle for conversion under the program. The program’s first conversion was performed by American Alternative Fuel at Baker Equipment in Richmond, Va.

2019 Keeling Curve Prize winners include Opus 12; conversion of CO2 into fuels and chemicals

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Solar Sister (Great Falls, Virginia) invests in women’s enterprises in off-grid communities in Africa. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) FuelsThe Keeling Curve Prize (KCP) has selected 10 winners for 2019, among them Opus 12 (Berkeley, California) which is developing a device that recycles CO? into cost-competitive chemicals and fuels. Earlier post.). The Opus 12 process—based on the electrochemical reduction of CO 2 —combines CO?,

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Virginia Tech team engineers optimized synthetic enzymatic pathway for high-yield production of H2 directly from biomass

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A team of Virginia Tech researchers and colleagues has demonstrated the complete conversion of glucose and xylose from pretreated plant biomass to H 2 and CO 2 based on an in vitro synthetic enzymatic pathway crafted from more than 10 purified enzymes. Pathway depicting the enzymatic conversion of biomass to hydrogen and CO 2.

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Virginia Governor signs legislation and executive order beginning transition of state vehicles to natural gas, electricity or other alternative fuels

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Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has signed two pieces of legislation that promote the use of natural gas, electric or other alternative-fueled vehicles in the Commonwealth. The Virginia Office of Fleet Management Services oversees approximately 4,000 passenger-type vehicles, used by more than 175 state agencies and institutions. This potential is why, in my administration, Virginia is pursuing an “all fuels approach” to the vehicles it uses in conducting its business.

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Dominion Virginia Power Tests Plug-In Hybrid Cars, Hybrid Bucket Trucks

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Dominion Virginia Power has added two plug-in electric hybrid cars and two hybrid-powered bucket trucks to its fleet as part of its efforts to determine the impact of plug-in vehicles on electricity demand and to find ways to conserve energy and reduce vehicle emissions. Two Toyota Prius hybrids have been converted with the Hymotion L5 Plug-in Conversion Module from A123Systems. A Dominion PHEV Prius and hybrid bucket truck. Click to enlarge.

Sulfur as a promising “soft” oxidant for conversion of methane to ethylene

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A team from Northwestern University and the University of Virginia is proposing the use of sulfur as such a promising “soft” oxidant for selective methane conversion to ethylene over MoS 2 , RuS 2 , TiS 2 , PdS and Pd/ZrO 2 catalysts. A paper on their study appears in the journal Nature Chemistry.for methane to be a viable carbon feedstock, more selective, less capital-intensive conversion processes are needed—a true ‘grand challenge’.

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South Carolina Vehicle Conversion Centers Roll Out First Round of Propane Autogas Vehicles

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Greenville County and Light’N’Up are two of nine conversion centers participating in the project. The conversion centers are trained and certified by Alliance AutoGas, a national network that provides fleets with a turnkey propane Autogas vehicle conversion and fueling solution. The center has performed six vehicle conversions for Pickens County and will convert the county’s 22 other participating vehicles.

Advances in the conversion efficiency of thermoelectric materials

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A collaboration including researchers from Boston College, MIT, the University of Virginia and Clemson University have achieved a peak ZT (thermoelectric figure of merit) of 0.8 The high thermoelectric figure of merit is expected to enable the conversion of 14% of heat waste to electricity. Two separate research collaborations have recently reported advances in the efficiency of thermoelectric materials in converting heat to electricity.

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9 fleets and more than 160 vehicles joining the Southeast Propane Autogas Development Program for vehicle conversions; nearly 1,200 vehicles total

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Virginia Clean Cities announced an additional nine fleets and more than 160 vehicles are joining the Southeast Propane Autogas Development Program for vehicle conversions to propane autogas and the installation of on-site fueling stations. Virginia Premier Health of Richmond, Va.; Propane autogas costs an average of $1-per-gallon less than gasoline, and vehicle conversions and fueling infrastructure are cost-effective for fleets.

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Lillian Light Is No Lightweight - The Environmental Lioness of the South Bay is Fired Up, Ready To Go!

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I’m a bird lover too and a fellow member of the Audubon Society so we had yet another thing in common as we began what turned out to be a lively two hour conversation that went by in a flash. So I took Manhattan Beach, Virginia Hilker took Torrance, Barbara Sattler was Rolling Hills Estates, and Ed Hummell was Rancho Palos Verdes. People like Virginia Hilker, people like Beth Muir, like Ed Hummel.

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GWU research team C2CNT advances to the final round of the Carbon XPRIZE; CO2 to carbon nanotubes

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The C2CNT team uses low-energy, low-cost technology developed in the Licht lab located at GW’s Virginia Science and Technology Campus to transform carbon dioxide into widely useful and highly valued products—carbon nanotubes. The conversion of CO 2 to pure carbon nanotubes provides the most compact and stable form to capture carbon dioxide, and diminish its greenhouse effect to mitigate climate change. Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Materials Nanotech

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EQT launches pilot program to convert Marcellus drilling rigs to LNG

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This program marks the first LNG rig conversion in the Marcellus Shale and will provide a cleaner burning alternative fuel for the region’s drilling operations. EQT’s initial rig conversion is now operating in Northern West Virginia; pending evaluation of the pilot program, the company hopes to convert additional rigs in West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

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DOE awarding more than $50M to 15 projects to advance critical material innovations

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Phinix,LLC; Rare Earth Element Separation Using Gas-Assisted Micro-Flow Extraction with Task-Specific Ionic Liquids Partners: NICHE Industrial Chemicals, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University DOE share:$500,000; Cost share $225,000; Total costs: $725,000. Topic 2, Area of Interest 2: Conversion to Rare Earth Metals (RE-metals).

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 awarding $35M to 11 projects for hydrokinetic turbine development; ARPA-E SHARKS

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University of Virginia. The University of Virginia’s BIRE system aims to generate energy from the river environment through real-time control of pairs of out-of-phase oscillating hydrofoils placed into oncoming flow.

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IIHS study finds drivers fiddling with cellphones up 57% from last survey; contributing factor in > 800 crash deaths in US

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Virginia drivers observed in a 2018 IIHS roadside survey were 57 percent more likely to be manipulating a cellphone than drivers in a 2014 survey. of drivers in Northern Virginia were observed talking on a hand-held cellphone, compared with 4.1% Drivers engaged in cellphone conversations tend to concentrate their gaze toward the center of the roadway, but their attention still may be diverted from driving and make it difficult for them to process at what they are looking.

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UVA researchers devise method for converting retired Li-ion anodes to graphene and GO

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Researchers at the University of Virginia (UVA) have devised a process for converting retired Li-ion battery anodes to graphene and graphene oxide (GO). Yunya Zhang, Ningning Song, Jiajun He, Ruoxi Chen, and Xiaodong Li (2018) “Lithiation-Aided Conversion of End-of-Life Lithium-Ion Battery Anodes to High-Quality Graphene and Graphene Oxide” Nano Letters doi: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.8b04410.

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Vehicle programme proves the power of propane

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The programme is run by Virginia Clean Cities and is supported by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, as well as the [.]. Green cars Latest news American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Clean Cities propane autogas US autogas vehicle conversionsNine fleets and more than 160 vehicles have joined the Southeast Propane Autogas Development Programme that sees vehicles converted to run on propane gas as well as the installation of on-site fuelling stations.

SoCalGas, partners developing technology to make carbon fiber during hydrogen production from methane; reducing the cost of H2 and cutting GHG

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The technology commercialization team includes SoCalGas, C4, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and West Virginia University (WVU). WVU will work closely with the team to carry out laboratory research in developing the catalyst and process for the conversion of natural gas to crystalline carbon and hydrogen, said WVU Statler Chair Engineering Professor John Hu. Southern California Gas Co.

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New sulfonated carbon catalysts for esterification of free fatty acids for biodiesel production at lower costs

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Researchers at Wake Forest University and Virginia Tech report on their development of sulfonated carbon catalysts for the conversion of low-quality fats and oils containing high concentrations of free fatty acids into biodiesel in a paper in the journal Bioresource Technology. In contrast the Wake Forest/Virginia Tech catalyst is a solid and can be separated relatively easily, noted Brian Hanson, a chemist at Virginia Tech who worked on the project.

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DOE announces $16M for 17 Phase 1 projects in ultra-high temperature materials program; ARPA-E ULTIMATE

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University of Virginia. The University of Virginia will develop a novel coating for high-temperature alloys that achieves these goals via a mixture of oxides of rare earth metals with different mass, ionic size, and charge. West Virginia University.

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WVU, NETL partner with Pitt, Shell to develop process to transform stranded natural gas into marketable products

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Researchers at West Virginia University will lead a team that will investigate ways to convert stranded gas resources into value-added liquid products that could reduce the United States’ demand for crude oil by up to 20%. The technologies for shale gas conversion are more cost effective and environmentally benign than those used in commercial processes based on petroleum or other conventional gas-to-liquid technologies.

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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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Battelle team developing new hybrid direct coal-to-liquids process to produce jet fuel; lower costs and GHGs

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The conversion of coal to syncrude is carried out at a relatively low pressure without requiring gaseous hydrogen or a catalyst. Chauhan’s team has successfully tested numerous, novel bio-solvents with bituminous coal from West Virginia and Ohio, as well as a sub-bituminous coal.

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U. Houston-led project looking for new exhaust treatment catalysts for low-temperature lean-burn combustion engines

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The project also includes researchers from the University of Virginia (UVA); Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL); and Southwest Research Institute (SwRI). The challenge is to achieve high NO x conversion with minimal fuel penalty while sustaining long catalyst life.

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US Coast Guard evaluating diesel outboards; final report due June 2018

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Conversion to a single-fuel fleet could improve operational performance, efficiency and resiliency. The RDC is wrapping up the testing on Mercury Marine’s 175HP engine at Coast Guard Training Center Yorktown in Yorktown, Virginia. The US Coast Guard Research and Development Center ( RDC ) is evaluating the use of available diesel outboard engines on its small boats.

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DOE awards $25M to improve natural gas operations

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West Virginia University Research Corporation will develop a Methane Mitigator (M2) system designed to eliminate fugitive natural gas emissions from well site operations and pipeline compressor stations. 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 US.

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DOE awards $7.4M to 4 projects for advanced components for wave and tidal energy systems

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Virginia Tech , in collaboration with Resolute Marine Energy, Energy Harvesting Technology, LLC, THK America, Inc., In combination with unique power electronics, the new PTO will improve energy conversion efficiency and the reliability of ocean wave-energy harvesting. The US Department of Energy (DOE) has selected four projects to receive a total of $7.4

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Coulomb Technologies Sales Channel Closes Two Distribution Agreements for Plug-in Charging

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NovaCharge , an exclusive Southwest authorized channel for the ChargePoint plug-in charging Network from Coulomb Technologies, announced two sales distribution agreements: the first with North Carolina- and Virginia-based Advanced Vehicle Research Center ( AVRC ), the second with North Carolina-based Praxis Technologies. AVRC says that it has now completed more plug-in hybrid conversions than any other organization on the East Coast.

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ARPA-E awards $35M to 12 new projects to support medium-voltage devices for grid, industry and transportation

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These devices will provide highly efficient power conversion (such as from direct to alternating current) in medium voltage applications, including renewables like solar and wind power, as well as transportation. The Ohio State University will develop gallium nitride (GaN) semiconductor materials suitable for high voltage (15-20 kV) power control and conversion. Virginia Tech, 20-kV GaN Switch Technology Demonstrated in High-Efficiency Medium-Voltage Building Block – $3,000,000.

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Sandia researchers demonstrate thermoelectric behavior in a MOF

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Sandia National Laboratories researchers, with colleagues at the University of Virginia, have made the first measurements of thermoelectric behavior by a nanoporous metal-organic framework (MOF), a development that could lead to an entirely new class of materials for such applications as cooling computer chips and cameras and energy harvesting. Patrick Hopkins, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Virginia, and his graduate student Brian M.

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BioMim project seeks to mimic chemistry of brown rot fungus to improve biorefining

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The first is a technology developed by Virginia Tech Professor Barry Goodell that borrows from the processes used by brown rot fungi that are commonly found breaking down woody debris on the forest floor. Exploitation of this kind of chemistry in (industrial) biomass conversion has so far been of limited success, due to a lack of understanding of the reaction process and of the interplay between various enzyme types, metabolites and reaction conditions.

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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 Virginia. Reactive Force Field and coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulations of conversion processes will help identify promising precursors. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. The US Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding $19.4 million to 22 new cost-shared projects to accelerate the research of advanced battery, lightweight materials, engine emission control technologies, and energy efficient mobility systems (EEMS).

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BNL, VT team creates Ru,Rh supramolecular photocatalysts for enhanced hydrogen production via artificial photosynthesis

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These complicated processes must operate synchronously to achieve high energy-conversion efficiency. Now, chemists from the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) and Virginia Tech have designed two supramolecular photocatalysts that incorporate individual components specialized for light absorption, charge separation, or catalysis.

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ARPA-E awards $35M to 16 REFUEL projects for energy-dense carbon-neutral liquid fuels; leveraging ammonia

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Most of the selected REFUEL projects target the production of ammonia or its conversion to hydrogen or electricity, due ammonia’s attractiveness as a hydrogen and energy carrier. The program is focused in two areas: (1) the synthesis of CNLFs using intermittent renewable energy sources and water and air (N 2 and CO 2 ) as the only chemical input streams; and (2) the conversion of CNLFs delivered to the end point to another form of energy (e.g.

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New study finds key trade-off of algae-to-energy systems for transportation: excellent land use efficiency, but with mixed environmental burdens

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A new well-to-wheel life cycle assessment (LCA) by researchers at the University of Virginia of algae’s potential use as a transportation energy source for passenger vehicles suggests that algae-to-energy systems are capable of producing many more VKT (vehicle kilometers traveled) per hectare than terrestrial crops, but in doing so they can create larger environmental burdens on a per-km basis.

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DOE FCTO selects 11 fuel cell incubator projects for up to $10M in awards; exploring alkaline exchange membrane FCs

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Conversely, there are several factors that either limit or have been perceived to limit AMFCs. Virginia Tech. Proceedings from the Alkaline Membrane Fuel Cell Workshop Arlington, Virginia May 8-9, 2011. The US Department of Energy (DOE) Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) has selected 11 projects to receive up to $10 million in funding through the fuel cell technology incubator FOA ( earlier post ) in support of innovations in fuel cell and hydrogen fuel technologies.

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PSA evaluating Aquarius Engines’ free-piston linear generator for range-extender

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A number of groups have recently or are currently investigating the use of free piston engine power generation applications with a focus on automotive, including academic work at West Virginia University (WVU), Sandia National Laboratory (SNL), Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden), and Shanghai Jiaotong University.

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

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The team’s lightweight direct AC- to-AC converter obviates the need for conversion to DC, a wasteful intermediate step, and will operate at temperatures as high as 200 oC. Power Conversion Through Novel Current Source Matrix Converter (MxC). United Technologies Research Center and its project team will develop a SiC-based, single stage, 15 kW direct AC-to-AC power converter that avoids the need for an intermediate conversion to DC or energy storage circuit elements.

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USDA approves conditional commitment for $25M guaranteed loan for new Fiberight biorefinery

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During 2009, Fiberight achieved high yield conversion factors at its Lawrenceville, VA pilot plant due to the evolution of the enzyme catalysts used in strategic partnership with technical partner, Novozymes. In addition to the commercial-scale project in Blairstown, Fiberight will have a smaller-scale but fully integrated plant operating in Lawrenceville, Virginia in 2012.

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Study finds HTL algal biofuels offer 50-70% lifecycle CO2 reduction compared to petroleum fuels; EROI and GHG comparable to or better than other biofuels

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A new life cycle analysis by a team led by researchers at the University of Virginia has concluded that biofuel produced from algae via hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL) can reduce life cycle CO 2 emissions by 50 to 70% compared to petroleum fuels, and also has energy burdens and GHG (greenhouse gas) emission profiles that are comparable to or better than conventional biofuels, cellulosic ethanol and soybean biodiesel.

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