HaaS company Hydra Energy delivers first converted hydrogen-diesel co-combustion heavy-duty truck; up to 40% hydrogen

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Hydra Energy, the Hydrogen-as-a-Service (HaaS) provider for commercial fleets looking to reduce emissions and costs with limited risk and no up-front investment ( earlier post ), has delivered its first hydrogen-converted, heavy-duty truck to paying fleet customer Lodgewood Enterprises.

Bakken Energy to purchase synfuels plant and convert to blue hydrogen production as part of $2B hydrogen hub project

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Energy infrastructure developer Bakken Energy (Bakken) has reached agreement with Basin Electric Power Cooperative (Basin Electric) on key terms and conditions to purchase the assets of the Dakota Gasification Company (Dakota Gas), a subsidiary of Basin Electric, and the owner of the Great Plains Synfuels Plant. Located near Beulah, North Dakota, the Synfuels Plant will be transformed into the largest and lowest-cost, blue hydrogen production facility in the United States.

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Rock Tech Lithium to build Europe’s first lithium converter in Germany

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Rock Tech Lithium intends to build Europe’s first lithium converter—a production plant for battery-grade lithium hydroxide—in Guben, Brandenburg, Germany. The company intends to locate all production steps of lithium refining in one overall plant at the Guben site.

Photocatalytic optical fibers convert water into hydrogen

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Researchers at the University of Southampton have transformed optical fibers into photocatalytic microreactors that convert water into hydrogen fuel using solar energy. Catalysts Hydrogen Hydrogen Production Solar Solar fuels

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PNNL team develops new low-cost method to convert captured CO2 to methane

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Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have developed a new method to convert captured CO 2 into methane, the primary component of natural gas. Different methods for converting CO 2 into methane have long been known. In addition to geologic production, methane can be produced from renewable or recycled CO 2 sources, and can be used as fuel itself or as an H 2 energy carrier.

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. Methane (CH 4 ) is in abundance at the Port of Corpus Christi due to direct connections to the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford Shale production fields.

Louisiana Governor and Air Products announce US$4.5B blue hydrogen clean energy complex in Eastern Louisiana

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Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and Air Products Chairman, President, and CEO Seifi Ghasemi announced a $4.5-billion clean energy complex to be built in Louisiana that will make the state a leader in the US clean energy transition.

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

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and its shareholder and technical partner Japan Blue Energy Co. announced the completion of a facility in Tokyo that will convert sewage sludge into renewable hydrogen fuel for fuel cell mobility and power generation. This project is a collaboration of Japan Blue Energy Co.,

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Transform Materials plasma process converts abundant natural gas into high-value hydrogen and acetylene

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Transform Materials has developed a novel and sustainable microwave plasma reactor process to convert natural gas into high-value hydrogen and acetylene, thereby opening up a new pathway for green chemical manufacturing. Oxidation of methane also introduces impurities in the product stream.

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Haldor Topsoe to deliver blue ammonia technology for Air Products’ $4.5B blue hydrogen energy complex in Louisiana

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Haldor Topsoe will deliver its blue ammonia technology for Air Products’ recently announced $4.5-billion clean energy complex in Louisiana. Air Products will build, own and operate the megaproject, which will produce more than 750 million standard cubic feet per day (MMSCFD) of blue hydrogen in Ascension Parish, Louisiana. Blue” products are produced utilizing hydrocarbons as a feedstock, with the carbon dioxide in the production process captured for permanent sequestration.

AW-Energy entering green hydrogen market with wave energy device

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AW-Energy Oy is entering the commercial hydrogen market by introducing a combined WaveRoller and HydrogenHub process for the production of green hydrogen. In AW-Energy’s concept, wave energy complements solar power production to enable large-scale green hydrogen.

Global Clean Energy buys Bakersfield refinery for $40M, converting to produce renewable diesel

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Global Clean Energy Holdings, Inc., As an existing oil refinery, the refinery already has a significant portion of the necessary equipment in place for the production of renewable diesel. through a subsidiary, has purchased Alon Bakersfield Properties, Inc.,

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EU project HyFlexFuel converted sewage sludge and other biomasses into kerosene by hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL); SAF

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The production of HTL fuels from three different feedstock classes shows the flexibility of the process. Sustainability: The HTL technology has the potential to produce fuels with a low carbon footprint over the entire life cycle, without competing with food and feed production.

PBF considering $550M investment to convert idled refinery unit to renewable diesel production

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Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and PBF Chalmette Refinery Manager Steven Krynski announced that the company is studying the possible conversion of an idled refinery unit into a renewable diesel production complex. The refinery’s parent company, PBF Energy, would make a $550-million capital investment to retrofit a hydrocracker unit—out of operation since 2010—with new technology to accommodate renewable diesel production.

Researchers convert spent asphalt to mesoporous carbon anode material for Li/Na/K-ion batteries

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Asphalt is also used for roofs, coatings, floor tilings, soundproofing, waterproofing, and other building-construction elements and in a number of industrial products, such as batteries.

Oxford team directly converts CO2 to jet fuel using iron-based catalysts

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Researchers at the University of Oxford have developed a method to convert CO 2 directly into aviation fuel using a novel, inexpensive iron-based catalyst. Jet fuel can then be obtained from the products after industrially recognized treatments such as distillation or hydro-isomerization.

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Startup licenses ORNL technology for converting organic waste to hydrogen

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Electro-Active Technologies has exclusively licensed two biorefinery technologies invented and patented by the startup’s co-founders while working at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The technologies work as a system that converts organic waste into renewable hydrogen gas for use as a biofuel. There are usually thousands of microbes that are required to convert a complex organic mixture from biomass into electrons. Hydrogen Production

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Albemarle to expand lithium production capabilities with $230M acquisition of Guangxi Tianyuan New Energy Materials

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Albemarle Corporation’s subsidiary, Albemarle Lithium UK Limited, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire all of the outstanding equity of Guangxi Tianyuan New Energy Materials Co., Tianyuan"), a lithium converter located in Guangxi, China.

Ricardo to develop high-voltage DC-DC converter for EVs for LS Automotive Technologies

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Ricardo won a contract with LS Automotive Technologies to develop a high voltage DC-DC converter to power the low voltage network in electric vehicles. DC-DC converters take energy from the direct current high voltage battery which powers the propulsion of the electric vehicle and convert it for use by the low-voltage direct current which powers vehicle lights, fans, pumps, wipers, and electronic control units.

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Japan team evaluates battery-assisted low-cost hydrogen production from solar energy

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Researchers from Japan’s NIMS (National Institute for Materials Science), the University of Tokyo and Hiroshima University have jointly conducted a techno-economic analysis for hydrogen production from photovoltaic power generation (PV) utilizing a battery-assisted electrolyzer. This approximately converts to US$1.92 For comparison, the US DOE’s 2020 target for the levelized cost of hydrogen (production only) is $2.30/kg. Hydrogen Hydrogen Production Solar

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New MOF material captures and converts NO2

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The NO 2 can then be easily converted into nitric acid, a multi-billion dollar industry with uses including agricultural fertilizer for crops; rocket propellant and nylon. The highly efficient mechanism in this new MOF was characterized by researchers using neutron scattering and synchrotron X-ray diffraction at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Berkeley National Laboratory, respectively.

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Bloom Energy and Idaho National Laboratory to test use of nuclear generation to power solid-oxide electrolyzer for H2 production

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Bloom Energy announced an agreement with Idaho National Laboratory (INL) to test the use of nuclear energy to produce clean hydrogen through Bloom Energy’s solid-oxide, high-temperature electrolyzer. First announced in July 2020, Bloom Energy’s electrolyzer converts water (or steam) into hydrogen and oxygen. —Venkat Venkataraman, EVP and chief technology officer, Bloom Energy. Hydrogen Hydrogen Production Nuclear Power Generation

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Converting glycerol from biodiesel production into bio-gasoline

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A team at the University of Idaho has demonstrated that glycerol, a byproduct from biodiesel production, could be used as a substrate for producing drop-in gasoline-range biofuel. In a paper published in the ACS journal Energy & Fuels , Guanqun Luo and Armando G. McDonald describe their study of converting methanol (MTG) and a mixture of methanol and glycerol (MGTG) into gasoline-range hydrocarbons using a bench-top, fixed-bed microreactor.

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HydroWing, Tocardo partner on production of hydrogen from tidal power

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HydroWing, in partnership with Tocardo, introduced the THyPSO (Tidal Hydrogen production, Storage and Offtake), a concept that creates green hydrogen from the sea, contributing to the wider global decarbonization of energy systems.

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GM to invest nearly $800M to convert CAMI into Canada’s 1st large-scale commercial EV plant; EV600 first

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The investment will enable GM to convert CAMI into Canada’s first large-scale electric delivery vehicles manufacturing plant. It aims to help B2B customers reduce cost of ownership, improve productivity and safety, and improve their carbon footprints and sustainability efforts.

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Rice team awarded $3.3M ARPA-E OPEN+ grant to convert methane into carbon nanotubes and hydrogen

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Rice University researchers have won a $3.3-million Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) OPEEN+ grant to develop a method to convert natural gas into carbon nanotubes for materials that can replace metals in large-scale applications. The goal is to save energy and stem carbon dioxide emissions from metal manufacturing while concurrently generating clean hydrogen and fixing fossil-sourced carbon in solid materials.

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Researchers develop wave-energy-driven CO2 reduction system for production of carbon-based liquid fuels

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Schematic of the ocean-wave-driven electrochemical CO 2 RR system for liquid fuel production. This type of TENG is more cost-effective compared to conventional EMG-based wave energy converters.

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DOE awarding $3.0M cost-share contract to FuelCell Energy for solid oxide electrolyzer; converting excess electricity to H2

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FuelCell Energy, Inc. is developing a solid oxide electrolysis cell (SOEC) system to convert excess electricity during periods of low power demand into hydrogen efficiently. The US Department of Energy (DOE) is supporting this development with a $3.0 The market for energy storage is significant for high efficiency and flexible long duration storage that is affordable for rate payers. Hydrogen Hydrogen Production Power Generation Power-to-Gas

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Rice team demonstrates more efficient photocatalyst for converting ammonia to hydrogen

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Rice University nanoscientists have demonstrated a new catalyst that can convert ammonia into hydrogen fuel at ambient pressure using only light energy, mainly due to a plasmonic effect that makes the catalyst more efficient. Tests showed the catalyst benefited from a light-induced electronic process that significantly lowered the activation barrier, or minimum energy needed, for the ruthenium to break apart ammonia molecules. Ammonia Catalysts Hydrogen Production

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CalSEED awards $4.2M to early-stage clean energy innovations

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The California Sustainable Energy Entrepreneur Development (CalSEED) program announced that the fourth cohort of innovative clean energy concepts has been approved by the California Energy Commission (CEC); 28 companies out of 212 were selected to receive grants of $150,000 each. This technology could reduce electricity/energy bills, pollution from power plants, risks of blackouts, the need for new power plants, and pollution from power plant generation.

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Researchers propose testing standards for particulate photocatalysts in solar fuel production

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Utilization of renewable solar energy is crucial for addressing the global energy and environmental concerns and achieving sustainable development. Efficiency accreditation and testing protocols for particulate photocatalysts toward solar fuel production.

Toshiba integrated hydrogen energy system starts operation at Toranomon Hills Business Tower in Tokyo

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H2One allows for maximum use of the solar power system by converting and storing unstable solar power, which varies depending on the time of day and weather, into hydrogen, and supplies it as electric power on demand. Fuel Cells Hydrogen Hydrogen Production Japan Power Generation

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Mitsubishi Heavy invests in Monolith Materials to support clean hydrogen production

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Olive Creek 1 in Hallam, Nebraska is Monolith Materials’ first commercial-scale emissions-free production facility designed to produce approximately 14,000 metric tons of carbon black annually along with clean hydrogen. Hydrogen Hydrogen Production Natural GasMonolith Materials, Inc.

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Converting wastepaper to biocrude and hydrogen

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Biocrude compounds, product gas and reaction pathways from APR of wastepaper at 250 °C in presence of 5 wt % Ni(NO 3 ) 2 catalyst. A paper on their work is published in the ACS journal Energy & Fuels. The product gas showed a maximum of about 0.2 wt % biocrude production. Production of paper products is expected to increase to 4.6 × 10 8 tonnes by 2015, a 28% increased from 2005 levels, the authors noted. Energy & Fuels doi: 10.1021/ef302171q.

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Gevo awarded patent for process to upgrade or convert ethanol and bio-based alcohols to drop-in hydrocarbon fuels

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Gevo has received a patent from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for a process that encompasses upgrading ethanol and bio-based alcohols into drop-in, bio-based diesel and jet-fuel products. Accordingly, the present disclosure is uniquely suited to the production of fuels derived from bio-based alcohols, wherein olefins produced from such bio-based alcohols typically contain high levels of oxygenates.

Chevrolet Performance previews eCrate package in converted 1977 K5 Blazer EV

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At SEMA360, Chevrolet will showcase a 1977 K5 Blazer converted to all-electric propulsion. To convert the 1977 K5 Blazer, the team first removed from the Blazer the original 175-horsepower, 400 cubic-inch (6.55-liter) V-8, three-speed automatic, fuel system and exhaust.

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Covenant Energy chooses Haldor Topsoe’s HydroFlex and H2bridge for renewable diesel production

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Canada-based Covenant Energy Ltd. Covenant Energy’s new facility will produce renewable diesel with a significantly lower—80% to 85%—carbon footprint than conventional diesel and will thereby support Canada’s goal of carbon neutrality by 2050 under the country’s clean energy diversification strategy. With HydroFlex, customers can convert low value feedstocks to renewable fuels that qualify for the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) credit.

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Researchers discover new enzyme paradigm for critical reaction in converting lignin to useful products

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The discovery of the new class of cytochrome P450s came about when Beckham asked Christopher Johnson, a molecular biologist in NREL’s National Bioenergy Center and a co-author of the study, to find an enzyme that could convert guaiacol to catechol. Guaiacol represents one of the simplest building blocks of lignin, and catechol can be broken down into muconate, which is a platform chemical important in the production of several types of bioplastics.

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Harvard hybrid “bionic leaf” converts solar energy to liquid fuel isopropanol

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Scientists from a team spanning Harvard University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Medical School and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University have developed a scalable, integrated bioelectrochemical system that uses bacteria to convert solar energy into a liquid fuel. For accelerated technology adoption, bridging hydrogen to liquid fuels is critical to the translation of solar-driven water splitting to current energy infrastructures.

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C2CNT process converts flue gas from natural gas power plant into carbon nanotubes

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On 26 July, the first flue gas from the natural gas power plant, the Shepard Energy Center in Calgary, Canada, was directly transformed by the C2CNT process ( earlier post ) into carbon nanotubes. new developments of the transformation are reported including use of a nickel super-alloy electrode, critical thermal balance of the process, demonstration of the secondary pure, hot oxygen product, and alkali control of the carbon nanotube structure.

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Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction partners with RevoTech on production of hydrogen from waste plastic

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RevoTech will be applying its continuous pyrolysis technology to convert waste plastic into gas, while Doosan will be developing the main equipment and processes for reforming the product gas into hydrogen. Hydrogen Hydrogen Production Market Background

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NREL refines method to convert lignin to nylon precursor

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A new study from the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) demonstrates the conversion of lignin-derived compounds to adipic acid, an important industrial dicarboxylic acid produced for its use as a precursor to nylon, plasticizers, lubricants, polyesters, and other popular products and chemicals. Muconic acid can then be separated from the biological culture and catalytically converted into adipic acid.

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Wärtsilä report finds accelerated adoption of renewables can reduce electricity production costs by up to 50%

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The Front-Loading Net Zero report states that electricity production costs could be reduced by up to 50% by 2050 if countries and states adopt 100% renewable systems faster than currently planned. As utilities do this, the mindset of energy leaders will change.