UCR team demonstrates use of earth abundant elements in spin-mediated thermoelectric energy conversion for waste heat recovery

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Mechanical engineers at the University of California, Riverside, have successfully used inexpensive materials to produce thermoelectric devices that transform low-level waste heat into electricity. Materials Thermoelectrics Waste Heat Recovery

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LanzaTech and Sekisui advance conversion of municipal solid waste to ethanol

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Sekisui , a multibillion dollar Japanese diversified chemicals company and LanzaTech report making significant progress on a waste-to-chemicals platform converting municipal solid waste (MSW) to ethanol or other new products.

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Researchers developing free-piston linear generator for exhaust waste heat recovery

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Researchers in China have developed a novel free-piston linear generator (FPLG) to recover exhaust waste heat efficiently from a vehicle engine. reports that the energy conversion efficiency of the FPLG can reach up to 45.82% with an intake pressure of 2.6

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MIT/Stanford team develops battery technology for the conversion of low-grade waste heat to power; TREC

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Researchers at MIT and Stanford University have developed new battery technology for the conversion of low-temperature waste heat into electricity in cases where temperature differences are less than 100 degrees Celsius. This is a clever idea, and low-grade waste heat is everywhere.

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ARPA-E issues RFI on lower-grade waste heat recovery technologies; focus on solid-state systems

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The Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) has issued a request for information ( DE-FOA-0001607 ) on lower-grade waste heat recovery technologies. quadrillion BTU of energy was wasted mainly in the form of heat. Q of waste heat. ARPA-E Waste Heat Recovery

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Penn State researchers develop thermally regenerative ammonia battery (TRAB) for efficient waste heat recovery

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Researchers at Penn State University have demonstrated the efficient conversion of low-grade thermal energy into electrical power using a thermally regenerative ammonia-based battery (TRAB). To “recharge”, the TRAB uses low-grade waste heat from an outside source.

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LanzaTech collaborating with Swayana to convert waste gases from ferroalloy production to ethanol

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South African engineering company Swayana has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with LanzaTech to collaborate on developing projects for the production of ethanol and higher value products from waste gases in the ferroalloy and titania smelting sectors. Biotech Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Emissions Ethanol Fuels Manufacturing

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MIT/Stanford team refines TREC battery for harvesting low-grade waste heat

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In May, researchers at MIT and Stanford University reported the development of new battery technology for the conversion of low-temperature waste heat into electricity in cases where temperature differences are less than 100 ?Celsius. Batteries Waste Heat Recovery

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

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Waste Management, Inc. and Renmatix, a manufacturer of biobased sugar intermediates for global chemical and fuel markets, have entered into a joint development agreement (JDA) to explore the feasibility of converting post-consumer waste into affordable, sufficient-quality sugars for manufacturing biobased materials using Renmatix’ supercritical hydrolysis technology.

Free piston/ORC system for automotive waste heat recovery being tested at University of Brighton

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A prototype automotive waste heat recovery system has been fired up on a recently commissioned test rig at the University of Brighton. The organic Rankine cycle test rig uses a novel linear free piston expander from Libertine ( earlier post ) to overcome the technical and economic barriers to using Rankine cycle technology for automotive waste heat recovery. Engines Vehicle Systems Waste Heat Recovery

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BMW provides an update on waste heat recovery projects; Turbosteamer and the Thermoelectric Generator

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The company says that some of the most promising projects are the Turbosteamer ( earlier post ); the Thermoelectric generator (TEG) ( earlier post ); engine encapsulation; and a waste heat exchanger for oil heating. Thermoelectrics Waste Heat Recovery

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NREL and Ecopetrol in $2.3M CRADA agreement to optimize conversion of waste biomass to ethanol

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The Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) between NREL and Ecopetrol aims to optimize the conversion process for bagasse (the material left over after the sugars are removed from the sugar cane) and to analyze the economic case for commercial production of biofuel from these materials. campus that has conversion capabilities from lab scale to pilot scale, processing up to one ton per day of biomass—everything from corn stover to switchgrass and poplar trees.

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$3M UK project to develop low-carbon aviation fuels from captured CO2 and waste biomass

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Heriot-Watt University in the UK will lead a £2-million (US$3-million) project ( EP/N009924/1 ) to develop low-carbon aviation fuels from captured CO 2 and waste biomass. The project aims to produce low-carbon synthetic aviation jet fuel using renewable energy from waste agricultural and forestry biomass and captured CO 2. Aviation Bio-hydrocarbons Biomass Carbon Capture and Conversion (CCC) Fuels

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Alitalia and Solena to begin study on conversion of municipal solid waste into biojet

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Alitalia and the Solena Group have signed a letter of intent to initiate a study on the feasibility of the construction of a plant capable of converting municipal solid waste in a significant portion of the jet fuel needed by the. which has already seen Solena Group cooperate with British Airways for the conversion of municipal solid waste of the London metropolitan area into jet fuel for aircraft operating at Heathrow.

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ULEMCo delivers first hydrogen dual fuel road sweeper to Aberdeen City Council

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UK-based ULEMCo—a spin-out from Revolve Technologies focused on conversions of diesel vehicles to hydrogen dual fuel operation—has collaborated with Aberdeen City Council (ACC) to deliver the first hydrogen dual fuel road sweeper. Conversions Diesel Hydrogen

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RWE Power/BRAIN expanding work on waste gas CO2 microbial conversion project

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The joint project, which started two years ago, aims at converting CO 2 into biomass or directly into secondary raw materials with the help of micro-organisms bred to explore innovative CO 2 conversion and synthesis pathways. RWE Power intends to go beyond the current project focus as the utility company plans to examine other carbon-rich waste streams—e.g.

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Enerkem receives approval from EPA for municipal-waste-to-cellulosic-ethanol fuel

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Enerkem’s advanced biofuels facility has successfully completed all the necessary steps required by the EPA and is the first municipal-waste-to-cellulosic-ethanol plant to receive approval to sell in the United States. Earlier this year, Enerkem expanded its Edmonton biofuel facility to produce some 13 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol annually following the commissioning of its methanol-to-ethanol conversion unit.

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Siemens introduces new Organic Rankine module for waste heat recovery

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Siemens recently introduced an Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) module for industrial plants or power stations for the conversion of waste heat to electricity. The Siemens system can generate electricity from waste heat of only about 300 ?C.

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

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a subsidiary of Meridian Waste Solutions, Inc.,a 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.,

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Enerkem plant becomes first ISCC-certified plant to convert municipal solid waste into biomethanol

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a waste-to-biofuels and chemicals producer, has obtained certification from the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) system for the biomethanol production of its Enerkem Alberta Biofuels full-scale facility in Edmonton, Canada. Enerkem Inc.,

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Dearman-led consortium awarded $3.1M to develop waste-heat-recovery system using liquid air engine

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The Dearman project is to deliver a production-feasible waste-heat recovery system for urban commercial vehicles, which offers life-cycle CO 2 savings of up to 40%; fuel savings of 25%, with the potential of up to almost 50%; and potential payback in less than three years. Ambient or low grade waste heat is used as an energy source with the cryogen providing both the working fluid and heat sink. Engines Vehicle Systems Waste Heat Recovery

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Simulation study suggests ORC waste heat recovery system could deliver potential 7% improvement in fuel consumption in a PHEV on highway

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Among the different methods for engine waste heat recovery proposed in the literature, Organic Rankine Cycles (ORC) have the highest chance to couple effectiveness and technological readiness for the application to internal combustion engines of both conventional and hybrid vehicles.

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Global Bioenergies and SkyNRG to collaborate on ASTM-certification of bio-isobutene feedstock and conversion for sustainable aviation fuel

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Global Bioenergies’ high-quality SAF can be produced from forestry or agricultural wastes. Global Bioenergies (GBE), the company developing a process converting renewable resources into isobutene via fermentation ( earlier post ), and SkyNRG, world market leader in sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), will collaborate to accelerate the commercialization of Global Bioenergies’ approach to process isobutene into a jet fuel blending component.

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Using magnesium alloy waste for hydrogen storage materials

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Researchers have shown that magnesium industrial wastes of AZ91 alloy and Mg-10 wt.% The conversion process is possible and easily achievable, they noted. Dornheim (2014) Hydrogen storage systems from waste Mg alloys, Journal of Power Sources , Volume 270 Pages 554-563 doi: 10.1016/j.jpowsour.2014.07.129. Gd alloy can be used for the production of hydrogen storage materials. A paper on their work is published in the Journal of Power Sources.

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JBI enters into 10-year agreement for commercially viable conversion of waste plastic to fuel

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has entered into an agreement with Rock-Tenn Company to convert mill by-product waste into fuel using JBI’s Plastic2Oil technology. Under the agreement, JBI has an exclusive ten-year license with a renewal option to build and operate Plastic2Oil (P2O) processors at RockTenn facilities to process RockTenn’s waste plastic at paper mills and Material Recovery Facilities (MRF) and to mine and process plastic from RockTenn’s plastic-filled monofill sites. JBI, Inc.

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ORNL-led team uses carbon material derived from tire waste to convert used cooking oil to biofuel

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The study, done with collaborators Wake Forest University and Georgia Institute of Technology and detailed in Chemistry Select , provides a pathway for inexpensive, environmentally benign and high value-added waste tire-derived products—a step toward large-scale biofuel production, according to ORNL co-author Parans Paranthaman. The patent-pending, waste oil-to-biofuel conversion adds a new approach to waste tire recycling initiatives.

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Waste Management Invests In Terrabon Waste-to-Renewable Gasoline Venture

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Waste Management, Inc. has invested in waste-to-fuel company Terrabon, LLC. Terrabon is the developer of a carboxylic acid fermentation platform licensed from Texas A&M University for the conversion of biomass to fuel intermediates that can then be upgraded into industrial chemicals and renewable gasoline. Waste Management is the leading provider of comprehensive waste management and environmental services in North America.

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HeatReCar project demonstrates technical feasibility of thermoelectric generator for waste heat recovery; economic case more difficult

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A recently completed European project coordinated by Centro Ricerche Fiat (CRF) demonstrated the technical feasibility of a Bi 2 Te 3 -based thermoelectric generator (TEG) for waste heat recovery for application to a diesel light-duty truck (LDT). TE materials have been employed previously in automotive applications but have not achieved reasonable conversion efficiencies. Fuel Efficiency Waste Heat Recovery

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Researchers in Japan propose a more efficient method to reduce radioactive waste; fast reactor system shortens the lifetime of LLFPs

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A team of scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) working in collaboration with Tohoku University, Tokyo City University and the Japan Atomic Energy Agency has proposed a novel, more efficient method to reduce radioactive waste. The disposal issue concerns what to do with radioactive waste after uranium and plutonium have been recovered from spent nuclear fuel using reprocessing methods such as Plutonium Uranium Redox EXtraction (PUREX).

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Advances in the conversion efficiency of thermoelectric materials

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for the materials and possibly good enough for consideration for waste heat recovery in automotive exhaust systems. The high thermoelectric figure of merit is expected to enable the conversion of 14% of heat waste to electricity. Thermoelectrics Waste Heat Recovery

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EMD selects Ioxus 3,000F iCAP ultracapacitors for hybrid conversion system for trucks

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a manufacturer of premium performance ultracapacitor technology ( earlier post ) is providing ultracapacitors to ElectroMotive Design LLC (EMD), an engineering services company and a manufacturer of hybrid electric conversion systems for Class 2 through 8 buses and trucks.

WSU, PNNL researchers convert algal biofuel waste from hydrothermal liquefaction into commodity using anaerobes; sewage sludge next

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Researchers at Washington State University and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have devised a method of converting a waste product generated by the conversion of algae into bio-crude into a usable and valuable commodity. The first step—hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL)—produces waste; approximately 25 to 40 percent of carbon and 80 percent of nutrients from the algae are left behind in wastewater streams.

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Researchers Develop More Efficient Thermocells for Low-Grade Waste Heat Recovery

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Research on utilizing low-grade heat from sources such as industrial waste streams, geothermal activity, and solar heating has focused on using solid-state thermoelectrics and Stirling engines to harvest low-grade waste heat as electrical energy.

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Aemetis acquires license from LanzaTech with California exclusive rights for advanced ethanol from biomass including forest and ag wastes

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has acquired exclusive rights to LanzaTech’s patented technology for the conversion of agricultural waste, forest waste, dairy waste and construction and demolition waste (CDW) to ethanol in California. Aemetis, Inc.

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Major Dutch waste-to-chemicals initiative more than doubles with new partners

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A major Dutch initiative designed to investigate how waste can be used as a raw material to produce chemicals has more than doubled in size since being launched late last year. The aim is to use Enerkem’s technology to manufacture synthesis gas from domestic and other waste and use it as a feedstock for making products such as methanol and ammonia. The primary aim is to use Enerkem’s proven conversion process to turn domestic and other waste into useful products.

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Blue Marble Biomaterials launches first zero-waste chemical biorefinery

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A photobioreactor and algae perform the “water recycling”; the pelletized solid waste material will be used in the gasifier. has launched the first zero-waste chemical biorefinery in the US in Missoula, Montana. The facility will produce 72 tons of fine chemicals a year and only purified water and pellet fuel for wood-boilers as its waste. If we have fixed feedstock [such as the waste spent grain], we have price stability.

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Waste Management makes strategic investment in waste-to-syngas company Agnion

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Waste Management has made a strategic investment in Agnion Energy , Inc. Waste Management joins other investors in Agnion including,Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers, Munich Venture Partners and Wellington Partners. Waste Management wants to maximize the value of the materials it manages. Agnion’s technology complements Waste Management’s advancement of thermo-chemical conversion technology platforms and could enhance our suite of waste processing options.

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Waste Management first In Ottawa with natural gas fueled waste collection vehicles

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Waste Management (WM) is introducing 25 new Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueled trucks to collect waste and recycling in 2012 as a result of being awarded a collection district by the City of Ottawa. Waste Management also plans to convert its current commercial collection fleet to CNG as part of the company’s North American fleet conversion strategy.

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Researchers use CaO catalyst to produce biodiesel/monoglyceride blend; avoiding waste glycerol

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The resulting blend exhibits properties similar to conventional biodiesel, while reducing waste and improving conversion. The generation of glycerol not only represents a notable performance loss in the process, it is also creating an enormous waste problem.

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European consortium begins demonstration project for conversion of woody biomass to chemicals: BIOFOREVER

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BIOFOREVER (BIO-based products from FORestry via Economically Viable European Routes)—a consortium of 14 European companies—has started a demonstration project for the conversion of woody biomass to value-adding chemical building blocks such as butanol, ethanol, and 2,5–furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA) on an industrial scale.

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