Anheuser-Busch transitioning 30% of dedicated fleet to renewable natural gas

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In 2014 and 2015, Anheuser-Busch converted 160 diesel-fueled trucks in Houston and St. Louis to fleets powered by Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) engines.

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Inorganic mercury converted to more toxic and bio-accumulative monomethylmercury in ocean waters, possibly by microbes

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Lehnherr found that the relatively harmless inorganic mercury was converted, through methylation, into the neurotoxin monomethylmercury. Louis, Holger Hintelmann, Jane L. A team led by the University of Alberta has confirmed that inorganic mercury (Hg) found worldwide in ocean water is transformed into monomethylmercury (MMHg)—a potent and bio-accumulative neurotoxin—in the seawater.

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UPS enters into RNG supply agreements with Kinetrex and TruStar; up to 80M gallon equivalents

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The RNG will be used to fuel UPS’s LNG-powered trucks in Chicago, Columbus, Indianapolis, St. Louis and Toledo. When completed in March 2020, it will convert landfill methane to pipeline-quality natural gas. UPS has entered into multi-year renewable natural gas (RNG) agreements with Kinetrex Energy and TruStar Energy. Together, these two contracts will supply UPS with up to 80 million gallon equivalents (GEs) of RNG over the terms of the agreements.

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DARPA awards WUSTL researcher $860,000 to engineer E. coli to produce gasoline-range molecules

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The Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) of the US Department of Defense has awarded Dr. Fuzhong Zhang, assistant professor of energy, environmental & chemical engineering at Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) a Young Faculty Award worth $860,000 to engineer the bacterium Escherichia coli to produce gasoline-range molecules. Zhang is the first faculty member at Washington University in St. Before taking his faculty position at Washington University in St.

Joule says it has improved the photosynthetic efficiency of its engineered cyanobacteria by nearly 100%

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At the 2014 Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology (SIMB) Annual Meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, Joule reported that its has improved the overall photosynthetic efficiency of its engineered cyanobacteria by nearly 100%, and estimates a maximum 14% energy conversion efficiency in its biomass-to-fuels process. The engineered biocatalysts are able to divert 95% of fixed carbon normally converted to biomass directly to fuel.

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Biofuel cells could power electrical gadgets

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Scientists are developing a way to use nature’s own power stations, mitochondria, to convert organic matter into energy. According to the BBC, scientists at St Louis University in Missouri, US have developed a prototype cell, similar to the ones our own bodies, which can convert almost anything into energy.

Study links PM2.5 pollution to increased risk of diabetes; even low levels pose risk

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A study by a team from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the Veterans Affairs (VA) St. Louis Health Care System links PM 2.5 In diabetes, pollution is thought to reduce insulin production and trigger inflammation, preventing the body from converting blood glucose into energy that the body needs to maintain health. pollution—even at levels deemed safe—to an increased risk of diabetes globally.

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Iowa State to manage biorefinery projects for new Manufacturing USA Institute

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The so-called autothermal process increases the rate that biomass can be converted to products, allowing construction of smaller and simpler reactors suitable for modular systems. Anaerobic digestion of grassy biomass and wet wastes to convert waste biomass into carbon-neutral fuels and chemicals, with $4 million from the energy department and additional support from Earth Energy Renewables of Bryan, Texas; Roeslein Alternative Energy of St.

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

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Slashing Platinum Group Metals Content in Catalytic Converters: An Atoms-to-Autos Approach. Louis Vehicle Electrification Rides for Seniors (SiLVERS). US Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette announced $139 million in federal funding for 55 projects across the country that will support new and innovative advanced vehicle technologies (DE-FOA-0002197, earlier post ).

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$12+M awarded to 4 projects seeking to design crops with ability to fix their own nitrogen; no artificial fertilizers

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it needs to be converted into a form that plants can use. These bacteria are held in root nodules and convert the nitrogen gas found abundantly in the air into nitrogen fertilizer that plants need for growth. Cyanobacteria are blue-green algae of which certain strains are capable of gathering and converting atmospheric nitrogen. Researchers led by Washington University in St. Louis biologist Himadri B. Louis; and Costas D.

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USDOT awarding $55M to support purchase of Low-No buses; electric buses and infrastructure

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St Louis Metro Transit will receive funds to replace older model diesel buses with battery electric city transit buses in the St Louis region. The goal is to integrate battery electric buses on specific high profile routes in the St Louis downtown and metropolitan area. The City of Madison has a goal to convert the fleet to 50% electric by 2035.

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EPA awards $8M in FY2014 clean diesel grants in 21 states, Puerto Rico

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Franklin Soil & Water Conservation District is replacing three school buses and four agriculture engines and converting three irrigation pumps to clean burning electric. Louis Clean Cities is replacing six school busses. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $8 million to communities in 21 states and Puerto Rico to reduce emissions from the nation’s existing fleet of diesel engines through the agency’s Diesel Emission Reduction Act ( DERA ) program.

DOE awards $100M in 2nd funding round for 32 Energy Frontier Research Centers

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Understand catalytic processes that will enable the viable, economic operation of biorefineries with lignocellulosic biomass feedstocks converted to a range of fuels and chemicals. Develop artificial materials, inspired by biological systems, that can change the way we convert and use energy. Washington University, St. Louis.

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Full genome map of oil palm indicates a way to raise yields and protect rainforest; single gene controls oil palm yield

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The discovery was made by researchers at the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB), an agency of the Malaysian federal government, in conjunction with scientists at St. Louis-based Orion Genomics. To meet increased demand for palm oil, the government converted colonial rubber and cocoa plantations to oil palm plantations. A multinational team of scientists has identified a single gene, called Shell , that regulates yield of the oil palm tree.

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Bladon Jets, SR Drives and Jaguar Land Rover Win Funding for Gas Turbine Electric Vehicle Project

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Bladon suggests that in an hybrid vehicle application, with no water-cooling system, oil or catalytic converter, the Micro-Jet engine can provide vehicle weight savings of up to 15%—with a consequent reduction in fuel consumption and carbon emissions—compared to a piston engine. Both companies are wholly owned subsidiaries of Emerson Electric Co of St Louis, Missouri—the world’s largest manufacturer of electric motors. Prototype of a Bladon Micro-Jet engine.

New JBEI Methodology Speeds Search for Cellulosic Biofuel Microbes

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Working with Keasling on this study were Rajat Sapra, a biochemist with Sandia National Laboratories who directs the enzyme optimization program at JBEI, and Yinjie Tang, a chemical engineer now with Washington University in St. Louis. Metabolic flux is a measurement of the enzymes and reaction activities taking place along a given metabolic pathway as an organism converts its food (such as sugars) into energy and end-products (such as ethanol).

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USDA and DOE award $12.2M to 10 research projects to accelerate bioenergy crop production and spur economic impact

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A rapidly growing, widely adaptable crop, sweet sorghum accumulates in the stem high concentrations of sucrose that can be efficiently converted to ethanol, making this a valuable candidate bioenergy feedstock. Mockler, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, St. Louis. The US Departments of Energy (DOE) and Agriculture (USDA) have awarded 10 grants totaling $12.2

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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. Louis, MO.

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US DOE Awards $300 Million in Clean Cities Grants to Support Alternative Fuels, Vehicles, and Infrastructure Development

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The project will convert local landfill gas (LFG), a renewable fuel source, to compressed natural gas and develop five CNG fueling stations throughout the metro-Atlanta area. The project will result in the development of approximately 184 liquid propane Autogas refueling stations in the following major metropolitan areas: Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Denver, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Dallas, Phoenix, Indianapolis, Seattle, Orlando, San Diego, St.

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DOE Awards $377 Million in Funding for 46 Energy Frontier Research Centers

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The mission of the EFRCs is to accelerate the rate of scientific breakthroughs needed to create advanced energy technologies for the 21 st century. Dramatically increase our fundamental knowledge of the physical structure of biopolymers in plant cell walls to provide a basis for improved methods for converting biomass into fuels. Washington University, St. Louis.

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