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

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

New waste-to-hydrogen plant in Tokyo to convert wastewater sludge into H2 for vehicles and power generation

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announced the completion of a facility in Tokyo that will convert sewage sludge into renewable hydrogen fuel for fuel cell mobility and power generation. A new facility in Tokyo that will convert sewage sludge into renewable hydrogen gas for fuel-cell vehicles is nearing completion.

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Port of Corpus Christi, Howard announce to convert Javelina refinery services facility to blue hydrogen production

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The Port of Corpus Christi Authority (Port of Corpus Christi) and Howard Midstream Energy Partners, LLC (Howard/HEP) have executed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) stating their intention to convert Howard’s Javelina refinery services facility into the region’s first blue hydrogen production facility. Academics from the University of Texas at Austin have mapped the geology of the Texas Gulf Coast and have determined this region is suited for injection and storage of pressurized CO 2.

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

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CIRCUITS project teams will accelerate the development and deployment of a new class of efficient, lightweight, and reliable power converters, based on wide-bandgap (WBG) semiconductors. CIRCUITS projects will establish the building blocks of this class of power converter by advancing higher efficiency designs that exhibit enhanced reliability and superior total cost of ownership. Eaton Corporation. Marquette University. Northeastern University.

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Hydrogenics to supply 1MW electrolyzer to project converting CO2 to methanol; Power-to-Gas

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Hydrogenics Corporation will supply a 1MW electrolyzer and provide engineering expertise to a consortium of companies working on the European project MefCO2 (methanol fuel from CO 2 ) in Germany. The hydrogen and captured carbon dioxide will then be catalytically converted into methanol, with a daily yield of approximately one ton of methanol using approximately 1.4

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Cellulosic BioButanol Company Cobalt Technologies Signs Agreement With Fluor Corporation

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Cobalt Technologies has signed an agreement with Fluor Corporation for engineering consulting services as Cobalt gears up to commercialize its cellulosic biobutanol production technology. Cobalt’s technology converts cellulosic biomass, such as forest waste and mill residues, into n-butanol through a process of biomass emulsification, conditioning and continuous fermentation.

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

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NEC Corporation, NEC TOKIN Corporation and TOHOKU UNIVERSITY have jointly created a thermoelectric (TE) device using the spin Seebeck effect (SSE) with conversion efficiency 10 times higher than a test module that was produced based on a multi-layered SSE technology published by the Tohoku University group in 2015. Ken-ichi Uchida of Tohoku University (Keio University at that time).

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Energy Conversion Devices files Chapter 11, seeks sale of businesses; Ovonic Battery Company sold to BASF Corporation

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OBC), to BASF Corporation for the gross purchase price of $58 million in cash before transaction fees, minority participations, and working capital and other adjustments. million in outstanding 3% Convertible Senior Notes due 2013. Ovonyx holds the patents in, and is pursuing the commercialization of, phase-change random access memory (PCM or PRAM), also known as Ovonic Universal Memory (OUM). 51-year-old Energy Conversion Devices, Inc.

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DLR team develops demonstrator of free-piston linear generator as range extender for EVs; technology transfer to Universal Motor Corp.

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The free-piston linear generator works in a similar manner to a conventional combustion engine, but instead of converting the linear movement of the piston into the rotational movement of the crankshaft, it generates electricity directly. The linear generator converts the kinetic energy of the piston into electricity and this in turn powers the electric motor. 35 kW free-piston linear generator module. Click to enlarge.

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DOE awarding $71M to 20 RD&D projects to cut GHG emissions, expand EV infrastructure; $5M to Achates for opposed-piston 2-stroke hybrid

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Tennessee Technological University. Eaton Corporation. North Carolina State University. Ultra-low Cost, All-SiC Modular Power Converters for DC Fast Charging Equipment Connected Directly to Medium Voltage Distribution System. Eaton Corporation. Marquette University. University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. University of Wisconsin- Madison.

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BMW to pilot second-generation hydrogen fuel cell drives in small series from 2022

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The BMW Group has been working with Toyota Motor Corporation on fuel cell drive systems since 2013. The electrical converter, which is located below the fuel cell, adjusts its voltage level to that of the electrical drive and the power buffer battery.

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Mote begins engineering work on biomass-to-hydrogen plant with carbon capture

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Start-up Mote is establishing its first facility to convert wood waste into hydrogen fuel while capturing, utilizing, and sequestering CO 2 emissions resulting from its process. Mote is joined by Fluor Corporation and SunGas Renewables, Inc. Earlier this year, Mote was selected for the inaugural class of Rice University’s Clean Energy Accelerator.

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DOE announces $139M in funding for 55 projects to advance innovative vehicle technologies

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The Research Foundation for The SUNY Stony Brook University. University of Delaware. University of Maryland. Enovix Corporation. Marquette University. Exelon Corporation. Slashing Platinum Group Metals Content in Catalytic Converters: An Atoms-to-Autos Approach. Washington State University. Colorado State University. Regents of University of Minnesota. Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corporation (Wabtec Corporation).

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ARPA-E awarding ~$14.4M to four projects for production of hydrogen and carbon products from methane

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The methane cohort awards: Rice University. Converting Hydrocarbons to Recyclable Materials for Metal Replacement with Positive Hydrogen Output, $3,300,000. Rice University will develop recyclable, lightweight materials that could be used to replace metals in automotive applications. Nanocomp Technologies will develop an industrially scalable method to convert natural gas to a high-value carbon material, Miralon, while also producing hydrogen.

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MOL joins “Wind Hunter Project” for combination of sails and fuel cells on ships

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MOL) has joined a wide-ranging corporate-academic partnership in a zero-emission initiative called the “Wind Hunter Project,” seeking new applications for hydrogen fuel and wind power. Graduate School of Frontier Sciences of The University of Tokyo; West Japan Fluid Engineering Laboratory Co.,

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Mainline testing of UK’s first hydrogen train HydroFLEX gets green light

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Porterbrook and the University of Birmingham’s Center for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE) announced that the UK’s first hydrogen train—HydroFLEX ( earlier post )— will be tested on the mainline railway following a successful proof-of-concept. The same funding competition has enabled for Porterbrook to pair up with Eminox to create a catalyst converter for diesel trains, extending the green credentials of the rail leasing company.

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SoCalGas introduces STARS solar hydrogen generation system at California Air Resources Board Symposium

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SoCalGas) introduced an innovative new solar-powered hydrogen generation system during the California Air Resources Board Technology Expo and Symposium at the University of California, Riverside. The project is a partnership between SoCalGas, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and the STARS Corporation. The generation system uses sunlight to convert natural gas and water into hydrogen and capture the carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) to prevent carbon emissions.

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Biogasoline company Terrabon files for Chapter 7 liquidation

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reported that it had exceeded its target yield threshold of 70 gallons of biogasoline per dry ton of garbage received from the cafeteria dumpsters and paper shredders at Texas A&M University. In a short statement issued on Friday, the company said that it could not obtain additional corporate funding to finish developing and engineering its first commercial-scale plant. The MixAlco technology converts biomass to bio-gasoline.

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European power-to-methane company Electrochaea opens California subsidiary

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Electrochaea GmbH, a European provider of renewable methane technology, has established a California-based US subsidiary, Electrochaea Corporation, to accelerate the commercial roll-out of its technology in North America. Laurens Mets at the University of Chicago.

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DOE awards $25M to improve natural gas operations

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The University of Oklahoma (Norman, OK) plans to develop, build, and validate a low-cost, field-installable, remotely-controlled natural gas compressor retrofit kit. University of New Mexico aims to develop advanced gas sensors (mixed potential electrochemical [MPE]) coupled with advanced computation (artificial neural networks). Stanford University aims to develop a process-intensified catalyst for photochemical conversion of methane to methanol. The US.

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DOE to award up to $13M to four advanced biofuels projects

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The selected research projects will help maximize the amount of renewable carbon and hydrogen that can be converted to fuels from biomass and improve the separation processes in bio-oil production to remove non-fuel components—further lowering production costs. This technology will help reduce the corrosivity of bio-oil and improve the efficiency of converting hydrogen and biomass to biofuels. University of Oklahoma (up to $4 million).

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US Hybrid awarded contract to deliver plug-in fuel cell shuttle bus to Hawaii County Mass Transit Agency

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California-based US Hybrid Corporation has been awarded a contract by the Hawaii Center for Advanced Transportation Technologies (HCATT) for the design, integration and delivery of its H 2 Ride Fuel Cell Plug-In Shuttle Bus for operation by the County of Hawaii Mass Transit Agency’s (MTA) HELE-ON Big Island bus service. The Hawaii Natural Energy Institute is an organized research unit of the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) of the University of Hawaii at M?noa

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Progress toward commercializing the GTI IH2 thermochemical process for drop-in hydrocarbon fuels

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IH 2 is a new thermochemical process that employs a catalyzed fluidized bed hydropyrolysis step followed by an integrated hydroconversion step to directly convert biomass into high-quality, fungible hydrocarbon fuels. CRI has exclusive sub-licensing rights to the process and is working with multiple customers wishing to build several demonstration units that can convert between 40 and 200 tons of biomass a day. Automated, continuous IH 2 pilot plant, 50 kg/day biomass feed.

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HEET to conduct first Boeing-COMAC Technology Center aviation biofuel research project focused on waste cooking oil

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HEET, a company with experience developing alternative energy technologies, will focus on ways to convert discarded cooking oil into a component of sustainable aviation biofuel at the Boeing-COMAC Aviation Energy Conservation and Emissions Reductions Technology Center. Finding more efficient ways to convert “gutter oil” into jet fuel could increase regional biofuel supplies and improve biofuel’s affordability, enhancing the potential for commercial use.

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NEDO selects IHI and Toshiba as co-researchers for ocean energy power generator

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Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) has selected IHI Corporation and Toshiba Corporation as co-researchers in a project to develop and to demonstrate an underwater floating-type turbine system for ocean energy power generation. In Japan, an island nation, success in converting the massive power of the ocean current will create a large-scale, stable power source.

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

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The Global Climate and Energy Project (GCEP) at Stanford University has awarded $10.5 The goal is to create an efficient, stable photo-electrochemical cell capable of converting sunlight into hydrogen and other renewable fuels at elevated temperatures of 500°C to 700°C. Researchers will use computational analysis and experimental techniques to develop new catalysts that convert carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide into renewable fuels and chemicals.

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Two solar power/EV charging projects at California campuses

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The Center for Environmental Research and Technology at the University of California, Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering, has received a $2-million award for a two-year project to build solar arrays, advanced battery storage, vehicle charging stations, an electric trolley, and a grid management system to provide clean energy to clean vehicles efficiently. Separately, AECOM Technology Corporation and REC Solar unveiled a 1.16

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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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AK Steel Corporation. AK Steel Corporation’s Research & Innovation Center will conduct alloy design, lab validation, manufacture, and testing of novel low density steels that possess mechanical properties exhibited by currently available advanced high strength steels. Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. The University of Illinois will conduct research to develop a composite plastic heat exchanger for a low temperature gas streams common in industry.

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LanzaTech and PNNL to develop drop-in jet fuels

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New Zealand-based LanzaTech will work with the US Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) on converting some of LanzaTech’s products to drop-in jet fuels. LanzaTech uses proprietary bacteria to convert industrial waste gases or syngas from gasification into fuels and chemicals via a fermentation pathway; one product is 2,3-Butanediol (2,3-BD).

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Waste-to-biofuels company Enerkem raises C$280M, its largest financing round

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The technology converts non-recyclable, non-compostable municipal solid waste into methanol, ethanol and other widely-used chemicals. BlackRock is a global leading investment management corporation, managing close to six trillion dollars in assets on behalf of investors worldwide. This industrial group, affiliated with Peking University, primarily invests in bio-energy, bio-environmental protection, bio-medicine, bio-agriculture, bio-service, bio-manufacturing, and bio-intelligence.

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ASTM approves 7th annex to D7566 sustainable jet fuel specification: HC-HEFA

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The standard provides that HC-HEFA-SPK fuel, the development of which was led by IHI Corporation, may be blended at up to 10% by volume with conventional jet fuel. In FY2017, IHI Group began, in partnership with Kobe University, the NEDO supported R&D project “Development of Production Technologies for Bio jet fuels / Pilot scale test on once through production process” to produce algae-based biofuel, using the hyper-growth Botryococcus braunii.

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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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BREAKERS projects include: Drexel University, Ultra-Efficient Intelligent MVDC Hybrid Circuit Breaker – $4,413,913. Drexel University aims to design a significantly more efficient, fast, low-cost, compact, and reliable circuit breaker for medium-voltage direct-current (MVDC) power system. Eaton Corporation, DC Wide Bandgap Static Circuit Breaker – $3,760,000. Eaton Corporation, Ultra-Efficient Intelligent MVDC Hybrid Circuit Breaker – $4,413,913.

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Visteon’s Silicon Valley Technical Center to lead development of AI for autonomous vehicles

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Visteon Corporation’s new technical center in Silicon Valley will lead the company’s development of artificial intelligence for autonomous vehicles. The center is located close to the West Coast offices of various automakers and tech companies, as well as Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley—two of the leading universities for artificial intelligence and deep learning in the US.

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DOE announces more than $65M in public and private funding to commercialize promising energy technologies

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Northern Illinois University (DeKalb, Illinois). Northrup Grumman Corporation (Elkton, Maryland). Microsoft Corporation (Redmond, Washington). Eaton Corporation (Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin). High-Power Oak Ridge Converter (ORC) for Extreme Fast Charging (XFC) Applications, $750,000. Power Converters and Components for Resilient MVDC Microgrids, $299,754.

NAMII awarding $9M to 15 additive manufacturing projects

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Porter Machinery Company; Honeywell Aerospace; Montana Tech of The University of Montana; and TechSolve, Inc.). University of Pittsburgh (Acutec Precision Machining Inc.; McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh (ExOne and Magnesium Elektron Powders). This project will develop AM methods to convert magnesium and iron-based alloys into biomedical devices, such as bone plates, tracheal stents, and scaffolds.

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ARPA-E selects 33 projects for $66M in awards; advanced biocatalysts for gas-to-liquids and lightweight metals

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One program, Reducing Emissions using Methanotrophic Organisms for Transportation Energy (REMOTE, earlier post ), provides $34 million to 15 projects to find advanced biocatalyst technologies that can convert natural gas to liquid fuel for transportation. REMOTE is to develop transformational biological technologies to convert gas to liquids (GTL) for transportation fuels. Northwestern University. Pennsylvania State University. University of Michigan.

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DOE funding to support scale up of AFEX biomass pretreatment process

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million in US Department of Energy (DOE) funding to scale up the AFEX (ammonia fiber expansion) biomass pretreatment process developed by Bruce Dale, professor of chemical engineering and materials science at Michigan State University (MSU) from lab bench scale to a 100-fold larger working prototype. Sugars can then be easily extracted and converted into fuels and chemicals, replacing oil and natural gas. The Michigan Biotechnology Institute (MBI) will use $4.3

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Government comes to realize that Hydrogen is not the answer to home boiler replacement conundrum

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In SMR, which is responsible for approximately three quarters of all hydrogen production globally, heat and pressure are used to convert the methane in natural gas to hydrogen and carbon dioxide.

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Cummins and Peterbilt to team up on SuperTruck II

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BTE quantifies the fraction of the fuel’s chemical energy that is converted into useful work by the engine system. Other key suppliers, labs and universities making critical contributions toward the project goals include Great Dane, Exa Corporation, Meritor, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Purdue University.

ARPA-E awards $130M to 66 “OPEN 2012” transformational energy technology projects

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The projects are based in 24 states, with approximately 47% of the projects led by universities; 29% by small businesses; 15% by large businesses; 7.5% Methane Converter to Electricity and Fuel. Bio2Electric will develop a small-scale reactor that converts natural. convert natural gas into transportable liquids in one step. areas to convert otherwise wasted gas into usable chemicals that. University. University. University of. University of.

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Biomethane Pickup Debuts in Flint, Michigan

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Kettering University, officials from Swedish Biogas International, Flint Mayor Dayne Walling and others unveiled Flint's first biomethane fuel truck. Students, working with faculty members at Kettering, converted a 2500HD Chevy Silverado to run on a dual-fuel system. The project is a collaboration of Swedish Biogas International (SBI), Kettering University, and the city of Flint, with support from the C.S.

EPoSil: electroactive polymers for generating electricity from wave power

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A German consortium involving four companies and and two universities is developing dielectric elastomers (electroactive polymers) for the conversion of mechanical energy—in this case wave power—into electrical power. This is an essential part of the electroactive polymer that converts mechanical energy into electrical power. The Technical University of Darmstadt is developing a method for testing the electroactive polymers.

DOE awards $22M to support next generation electric machines for manufacturing

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WBG components—which control or convert electrical energy into usable power—operate at higher temperatures, voltages, and frequencies than silicon-based technologies. Eaton Corporation will develop and test an integrated 15 kilovolt (kV) SiC variable-speed drive and high-speed megawatt motor for gas compression applications. Clemson University will develop a pre-commercial megawatt class variable speed drive based on new motor power converter technologies.

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