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LeMond Composites licenses ORNL low-cost carbon fiber manufacturing process; transportation, renewable energy, & infrastructure

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LeMond Composites, founded by three-time Tour de France champion Greg LeMond, has licensed a low-cost, high-volume carbon fiber manufacturing process developed at the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The agreement will make Oak Ridge-based LeMond Composites the first company to offer carbon fiber produced by the process to the transportation, renewable energy, and infrastructure markets.

NREL releases comprehensive vision for deep decarbonization of transportation

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The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has released a comprehensive vision for deeply decarbonizing transportation. The transportation sector is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, accounting for about 28% of total carbon emissions.


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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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The US Department of Energy announced $35 million in awards for 12 projects that find new ways to harness medium-voltage electricity for applications in industry, transportation, on the grid and beyond. Medium-voltage DC circuit breakers could enable significant improvements in the United States’ electrical system, transforming how electricity is delivered and managed across the entire power grid, as well as critical applications in industry, transportation, and resource production.

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DOE BETO to award $61.4M for low-carbon biofuels research to reduce transportation emissions

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million for technologies that produce low-cost, low-carbon biofuels. ( DE-FOA-0002396 ) Topic areas for the “Bioenergy Technologies Office Scale-Up and Conversion” funding opportunity include high-impact biotechnology research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) to bolster the body of scientific and engineering knowledge needed to produce low-carbon biofuels at lower cost. municipal solid waste, biosolids) into low-carbon biofuels and bioproducts.

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. A Universal Converter for DC, Single-phase AC, and Multi-phase AC Systems.

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ExxonMobil and UW Madison extend research collaboration on conversion of biomass to transportation fuels

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The University of Wisconsin-Madison and ExxonMobil announced a two-year renewal of an agreement to research the fundamental chemistry of converting biomass into transportation fuels. Over the past two years, research has focused on a multistep approach for converting cellulosic biomass to transportation fuels. We expect to use the same type of catalytic technologies that are already used in the petrochemical industry to convert oil into fuels and chemicals.

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California Energy Commission awards more than $5.5M for green transportation projects and $1.8M for 20 energy research projects

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The California Energy Commission (CEC) approved $5,580,773 for clean-energy transportation projects including biodiesel production, power control electronics for medium-and heavy-duty battery electric vehicles, and buydowns for propane vehicles. In addition, CEC awarded $1,815,274 to fund 20 energy research projects in the areas of transportation, electricity, and natural gas. The facility is slated to produce nearly 5 million gallons of transportation fuel per year.

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California Energy Commission awards $1.1M to 12 small-scale projects to study transportation, natural gas and electricity technologies

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The California Energy Commission (CEC) is awarding $1,135,862 to 12 small-scale projects to research that will reduce the cost of producing electricity, save energy and improve the environment. Hamid Mohsenian-Rad of University of California, Riverside will receive $95,000 to determine the optimum balance of active and reactive power in plug-in electric vehicles to achieve lower energy costs and improve power distribution networks.

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Ground-breaking on Haru Oni eFuels plant|in Chile; Porsche to use in motor sports from 2022

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Porsche and Siemens Energy have joined forces with a number of international companies to build an industrial plant for the production of nearly CO?-neutral emissions in the traffic and transport sector. neutral fuel using low-cost green wind power.

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EC JRC finds delivery of large amounts of green hydrogen over long distances could be cost-effective

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The European Commission’s Joint Research Center (JRC) published a policy brief showing that delivery of large amounts of renewable hydrogen over long distances could be cost-effective. The transport distance considered in case A is 2,500 km. These are higher than for industrial uses.).

SwRI, UTSA seek to combine reverse water-gas shift and Fischer Tropsch synthesis in single reactor to produce low-carbon hydrocarbon fuels

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Southwest Research Institute and The University of Texas at San Antonio (USTA) are collaborating to combine two catalytic processes into a single reactor, with the overall goal of recycling carbon from COCO 2 2 to produce low-cost hydrocarbon fuels. We’re seeing a rise in battery-powered passenger vehicles, but the high power demands of the aviation, locomotive, shipping, and long-haul trucking industries will continue to require energy-dense hydrocarbons for the foreseeable future.

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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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million), or to produce super strong, durable concrete with lower cost and environmental impact (3 projects, $6.1 The methane cohort teams will focus on industrially scalable ways to produce high quality carbon and hydrogen. Converting Hydrocarbons to Recyclable Materials for Metal Replacement with Positive Hydrogen Output, $3,300,000. Converting methane to solids serves effectively as pre-combustion carbon capture.

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Accenture Reports Identifies 12 Disruptive Technologies Most Likely to Transform Supply and Demand of Transport Fuels and Cut Emissions Within Next 10 Years

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Accenture has identified 12 technologies that it concludes have the potential to disrupt the current views of transport fuels supply, demand and GHG emissions over the next 10 years. Betting on Science – Disruptive Technologies in Transport Fuels” selected 12 innovations in electrification and genetically modified biofuels, as well as existing fuel sources that will have the most immediate impact on emissions and on the gasoline and diesel markets.

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bp plans UK’s largest hydrogen project; 1GW of blue hydrogen

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With close proximity to North Sea storage sites, pipe corridors and existing operational hydrogen storage and distribution capabilities, the area is uniquely placed for H2Teesside to help lead a low-carbon transformation, supporting jobs, regeneration and the revitalisation of the surrounding area.

Los Alamos and Oberon Fuels receive DOE funding to produce renewable hydrogen from renewable DME (rDME)

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This project will produce the final step—technology that can convert rDME into rH2 fuel at the point of use. We are producing a hydrogen-rich molecule, moving it using existing, low-cost infrastructure, and converting it to hydrogen fuel on demand.

AIST, Toyota, and Toyota Central R&D Labs to consider joint research on advanced energy and environment technologies

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Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Toyota Motor Corporation, and Toyota Central R&D Labs., Carbon neutrality means achieving net-zero CO 2 emissions for the entire life cycle of a product in a recycling-based society—from its production, transportation, and use—followed by ensuring that it is recycled. Developing elemental technologies for the production, transportation, and use of hydrogen.

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

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million: ALD Technical Solutions is developing light-weight, easy-to-install, long-lasting, and cost-effective structural composite reinforcement system which will be installed and cured-in-place around existing Aluminum Conductor Steel Reinforced transmission lines to increase power capacity and power efficiency, and also decrease sag. This novel technology would deliver safe, reliable, resilient, and cost-effective electric power in the grid. the cost of energy storage?by

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Global Bioenergies bio-isobutene process hits 70% of commercial yield at R&D scale

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tons of low-cost, industrial-grade sugar for 1 ton of high-purity high-value bio-isobutene. Isobutene is a key chemical building block that can be converted into transportation fuels, polymers and various commodity chemicals. Global Bioenergies announced that its bio-isobutene process has reached 70% of the commercial yield at R&D scale. The targeted commercial yield is 3.84

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Harbour Air and magniX partner to build world’s first all-electric airline; seaplanes to ePlanes

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The aviation industry currently contributes 12% of all US carbon emissions and 4.9% globally, all while providing few low-cost, fuel-efficient options for passenger flights under 1,000 miles. We’re excited to partner with Harbour Air, a forward thinking, like-minded company that is dedicated to bringing environmentally conscious, cost effective air-transport solutions to the West Coast of North America.

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Bosch boosts stake in SOFC expert Ceres Power to around 18%; possible expansion into SO electrolysis

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This enabled Bosch to start initial low-volume production of pilot fuel-cell systems in autumn 2019 in Germany. Bosch has increased its stake in solid-oxide fuel-cell (SOFC) developer Ceres Power from 3.9% to around 18%.

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DOE awards $25M to improve natural gas operations

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Department of Energy (DOE) selected 16 projects to receive nearly $25 million in federal funding for cost-shared projects to advance natural gas infrastructure technology development. These projects aim to develop tools, methods, and technologies to enhance cost-effectively the safety and efficiency of the US’ natural gas production, gathering, storage, and transmission infrastructure. methane and volatile organic compounds), improve operating efficiency, and reduce operating costs.

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Fulcrum Bioenergy breaks ground on Phase 2 of Sierra Biofuels plant; 1st garbage-to-fuels project

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Sierra will be the nation’s first commercial-scale plant converting a municipal solid waste (MSW) feedstock—i.e., household garbage that would otherwise be landfilled—into a low-carbon, renewable transportation fuel product. By converting waste into low-carbon transportation fuel, Fulcrum provides a real solution to the aviation industry’s commitment to reduce carbon emissions. Fulcrum BioEnergy, Inc.

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

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VTO research pathways focus on fuel diversification, vehicle efficiency, energy storage, lightweight materials, and new mobility technologies to improve the overall energy efficiency and affordability of the transportation system. Ultra-Low Volume Change Silicon-Dominant Nanocomposite Anodes for Long Calendar Life and Cycle Life. AOI 02: Low Cost Electric Traction Drive Systems Using No Heavy Rare Earth Materials. Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority.

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Primus Green Energy methanol plant project slated for 2017 in the Marcellus Region

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Primus’ standardized modular GTL systems will convert low-cost Marcellus feedstock into methanol locally, thus saving its clients in the region both production and transportation costs. As a result, the systems are cost-competitive with the world-class methanol plants located on the Gulf Coast of the United States and in international markets, the company says. The low-cost, modular systems can be trucked in and assembled onsite for easy deployment.

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Porsche, Siemens Energy and partners advance climate-neutral eFuels development; Haru Oni pilot in Chile

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Porsche, Siemens Energy and partners are developing and implementing a pilot project—the “Haru Oni” project—in Chile that is expected to yield the world’s first integrated, commercial, industrial-scale plant for making synthetic climate-neutral fuels (eFuels).

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ARENA awards A$22.1M to 16 projects to accelerate exporting renewable hydrogen

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The funding has been offered to research teams from nine Australian universities and research organisations including the Australian National University, Macquarie University, Monash University, Queensland University of Technology, RMIT University, The University of Melbourne, University of New South Wales, The University of Western Australia and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).

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DOE awarding $72M in 73 Phase II SBIR/STTR grants

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Among the awards of interest from a fuels and transportation perspective are: AWARD TABLE. This proposal aims to solve these problems by converting organic waste into chemicals with widespread use in polymer and transportation industries. This project focuses on the development and US manufacturing of a new battery membrane that enables low-cost and long-lived Li-ion batteries.

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New German ecoPtG project seeks to make power-to-gas commercially viable with help of automotive technology

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In collaboration with engineering partner IAV, the Zentrum für Sonnenenergie- und Wasserstoff-Forschung Baden-Württemberg (Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg, ZSW); the Reiner Lemoine Institut (RLI); and Wasserelektrolyse Hydrotechnik (HT) are researching cost-effective methods of producing hydrogen with the help of automotive technology. By converting electricity to gas, solar and wind power become storable.

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

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The selected OPEN 2018 projects are in 21 states and fall into 9 technical categories, including transportation, electricity generation and delivery, and energy efficiency. . Transportation. Of the 40 projects, 15 are transportation-related, with total funding of $41.5 Pinnacle Engines will electrify its four-stroke, spark-ignited, opposed-piston engine to improve fuel efficiency and reduce its cost. Superstrong, Low-cost Wood for Lightweight Vehicles – $3,600,000.

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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. Reducing Emissions using Methanotrophic Organisms for Transportation Energy (REMOTE) - $34 Million. If successful, LBNL’s process will enable low-cost, energy-efficient fuel production from natural gas.

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Toshiba opens Hydrogen Energy Research & Development Center

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Working towards the realization of local energy production for local consumption, Toshiba Group says it will develop a practical energy supply system that uses renewable energy to power hydrogen-generating water electrolysis systems, and then uses fuel cells to convert that hydrogen to electricity as and when needed. For example, hydrogen produced overseas at low cost, using large-scale windmills, will be used to generate electricity in hydrogen-fired gas turbine power plants in Japan.

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

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FIVSIM – An Accurate And Efficient Code for the Industrial Simulation of Flow Induced Vibrations, $1,500,000. Highly Efficient Low-Thermal-Budget Hydrogen and Chemical Co-Production via an Electrochemical Activation of Propane, $100,000. Porous Transport Electrodes for Proton Exchange Membrane Electrolyzers, $450,000. Praj Industries Ltd. Actinide-Molten Fluoride Salt Property Measurement and Low-Level Detection, $1,500,000.

New family of aluminum-cerium alloys shows significantly improved high-temperature performance, economic benefits

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However, while aluminum alloys offer outstanding castability, excellent mechanical properties, and low cost, they have lacked high-temperature mechanical performance. Cerium metal is highly available and low cost. Given the high availability and low cost of cerium metal, these alloys are economically viable for large volume industries such as the transportation sector, where their properties make them ideally suited for vehicle lightweighting.

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Pinto Energy to build 2,800 bpd small-scale GTL plant in Ashtabula; Velocys microchannel technology

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Pinto Energy LLC (Pinto), a developer of smaller scale Gas-to-Liquids (GTL) facilities, will build a 2,800 barrel per day (bpd) GTL plant at Pinto’s 80-acre industrial site to the east of Ashtabula, Ohio. The plant will convert abundant low-cost natural gas from the Utica and Marcellus shale region into high-value specialty products (solvents, lubricants and waxes), as well as transportation fuels.

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BGU researchers developing more efficient process for hydrogenation of CO2 to synthetic crude

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The “green feed” crude can be refined into renewable liquid fuels using established technologies and can be transported using existing infrastructure to gas stations. There is a pressing need for a game-changing approach to produce alternative, drop-in, liquid transportation fuels by sustainable, technologically viable and environmentally acceptable emissions processes from abundant, low-cost, renewable materials.

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Calysta reports 8-fold improvement in gas fermentation in ARPA-E program; BioGTL

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The bioreactor technology is under development for efficient methane-to-liquids fermentation processes, enabling rapid, cost-effective methane conversion into protein, industrial chemicals and fuels. The improved performance was achieved in the research phase of a program funded in part by the Department of Energy’s ARPA-E program under the REMOTE program (Reducing Emissions using Methanotrophic Organisms for Transportation Energy), awarded in September 2013. Calysta, Inc.

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

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ARPA-E’s previously selected projects have already made major progress, by demonstrating a 400 Wh/kg lithium-ion battery; building a wind turbine, inspired by the design of jet engines, that could deliver 300% more power than existing turbines of the same size and cost; and engineering a high power laser drilling system that can penetrate hard rock formations over long distances and is ten times more economical than conventional drilling technologies. economical to store or transport.

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FedEx adds 1,900 new lightweight composite Reach vans to fleet; 35% fuel efficiency improvement

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These will join the 400 Reach vehicles already in service, giving FedEx Express the largest lightweight, composite-body vehicle fleet in the industry, with approximately 2,300 vehicles. FedEx is also working with XL Hybrids, a developer of low-cost hybrid electric powertrain system, to convert ten conventionally-powered panel vans into more fuel-efficient, hybrid vehicles. FedEx Express, a unit of FedEx Corp.

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Maverick expands synfuels plant line-up with bio- and landfill-gas-to-methanol offerings

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These plants convert biogas from sources such as anaerobic digesters and landfills into higher value methanol, one of the world’s most widely used industrial chemicals. The Maverick Oasis methanol plant uses proprietary technology to convert biogas into thousands of gallons per day of methanol that meets ASTM D1152 specifications. The methanol can be consumed onsite, or easily transported to other markets.

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$4M ARPA-E award to Lanzatech to improve design of bioreactors for waste-gas-to-fuels fermentation technology

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LanzaTech, a producer of low-carbon fuels and chemicals from waste gases, was awarded a $4-million grant by the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) as one of the 15 REMOTE projects ( earlier post ) receiving a combined $34 million to find advanced biocatalyst technologies that can convert natural gas to liquid fuel for transportation. Doing so will enable the reuse of waste methane gases for low carbon fuels and chemicals.

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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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The 16 REFUEL projects seek to develop scalable technologies for converting water and molecules from the air into energy-dense, carbon-neutral liquid fuels (CNLFs) using electrical energy from renewable sources. REFUEL projects will convert low-cost renewable energy into a transportable chemical fuel and use these fuels for transportation applications, while reducing production costs and environmental impact.

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US DOE awards more than $175M to 40 projects for advanced vehicle research and development

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This project will identify fuel properties that can be used to enable novel combustion strategies with low emissions of nitrogen oxides in an engine, and enhance existing models to capture the effect of additional key fuel properties on combustion. This project will optimize fuel-based control of novel combustion strategies in light- and heavy-duty vehicles to enable diesel-like efficiencies with ultra-low engine-out emissions. PPG Industries, Inc.

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Advanced furoate esters biofuel company xF Technologies appoints Tom Stephens to board

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developer of a family of low cost, renewable furoate esters (xF) for use as oxygenating blend components (5%-20%) in both gasoline and diesel fuels, as well as heating oil and other specialty applications, has appointed former GM Vice Chairman and Chief Technology Officer Tom Stephens as an independent director of the Company, effective immediately. (xF xF Technologies Inc.,

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