Lawrence Livermore publishes state-by-state energy/water Sankey diagrams

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For the first time, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) has published state-by-state energy and water Sankey diagrams in one location so that analysts and policymakers can find all the information they need in one place. General location of energy and water categories.

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New efficient, low-temperature catalyst for converting water and CO to hydrogen and CO2

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Scientists in the US and China have developed a new low-temperature catalyst for producing high-purity hydrogen gas while simultaneously using up carbon monoxide (CO) via the water-gas shift (WGS) reaction. In order to achieve high WGS activity at low temperature, we searched for catalysts that could dissociate water efficiently and reform the generated oxygen-containing species (reaction of surface oxygen or hydroxyl with CO*) at low temperature.

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DOE releases report on water-energy nexus

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) released a new report that frames an integrated challenge and opportunity space around the water-energy nexus for DOE and its partners and lays the foundation for future efforts. Present day water and energy systems are tightly intertwined.

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Exeter team develops low-cost photoelectrode for spontaneous water-splitting using sunlight

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The nanostructured photoelectrode results in spontaneous hydrogen evolution from water without any external bias applied with a faradaic efficiency of 30% and excellent stability. One way this could be achieved is by using photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting which directly converts water and sunlight to solar fuel (hydrogen). The water splitting was conducted in a glass reactor vessel.

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New $30M ARPA-E program to produce renewable liquid fuels from renewable energy, air and water

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The US Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) announced up to $30 million in funding for a new program for technologies that use renewable energy to convert air and water into cost-competitive liquid fuels. (

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Converting wastepaper to biocrude and hydrogen

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The researchers decided to explore the potential for converting wastepaper to fuels. In their experiments, the team prepared slurries of 15 g wastepaper in 150 mL of distilled water using 5 wt % catalyst for loading in the reactor.

NREL refines method to convert lignin to nylon precursor

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Published in the RSC journal Energy & Environmental Science , the research demonstrates how lignin-derived compounds can first be converted to muconic acid via a biological process. Muconic acid can then be separated from the biological culture and catalytically converted into adipic acid. Lignin is an alkyl-aromatic polymer present in plant cell walls for defense, structure, and water transport.

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China researchers devise process to convert biomass to gasoline via one-step DME synthesis: DTG

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The conventional MTG process first converts syngas (from gasification) to methanol over a catalyst, then partly dehydrates the methanol to form an equilibrium mixture of methanol, DME and water. This mixture is converted to gasoline over a ZSM-5 catalyst.

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Argonne team develops synthetic bionano membrane to convert light to hydrogen

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mmol of H 2 (μmol protein) −1 h –1 under monochromatic green and white light, respectively, at ambient conditions, in water at neutral pH and room temperature, with methanol as a sacrificial electron donor.

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New composite reduces rare earth element usage in three-way catalytic converters

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The high-performance, three-way catalytic (TWC) converter is one of the workhorses of emissions reduction for gasoline engines. The TWC reduces NO x to nitrogen and oxygen; oxidizes CO to CO 2 , and oxidizes unburnt hydrocarbons to carbon CO 2 and water.

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

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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. After two years of testing water samples across the Arctic Ocean, the researchers found that inorganic mercury, released by human activities such as industry and coal burning, undergoes a process called methylation and becomes monomethylmercury.

Let My People Convert! - The A123 Challenge

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Les Goldman wants you to convert (your hybrid.) They've been converting some cars back east, working out the kinks. Hybrid drivers in California could finally actually get their hybrid converted. Let the people convert! Easy as 123.

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Univ. Houston, Caltech team develops new earth-abundant, cost-effective catalyst for water-splitting

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One direct and effective route to generate H 2 is based on electrocatalytic hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) from water splitting, in which an efficient catalyst is required to ensure the energy efficiency.

MIT researchers develop oxygen permeable membrane that converts CO2 to CO

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MIT researchers have developed a new system that could potentially be used for converting power plant emissions of carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide, and thence into useful fuels for cars, trucks, and planes, as well as into chemical feedstocks for a wide variety of products.

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Photo-activated catalyst converts CO2 to CO for clean fuel technology; no unwanted byproducts

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When exposed to visible light, the material, a “spongy” nickel organic crystalline structure, converted the CO 2 in a reaction chamber exclusively into carbon monoxide (CO) gas, which can be further turned into liquid fuels, solvents, and other useful products.

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

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Their work integrates water-splitting catalysts comprising earth-abundant components with wild-type and engineered Ralstonia eutropha bacteria to generate biomass and isopropyl alcohol. Renewable-fuels generation has emphasized water splitting to produce hydrogen and oxygen.

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Swiss team develops effective and low-cost solar water-splitting device; 14.2% solar-to-hydrogen efficiency

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As the V OC of the presented c-Si cells is only ∼600 mV, four cells need to be connected in series to achieve stable water splitting performance.

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Researchers create efficient, simple-to-manufacture photoanode for solar water-splitting

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The Rice lab combined iron, manganese and phosphorus (FeMnP) into a molecule that converts to a gas when vacuum is applied.

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Biogas2PEM-FC project converts waste from olive oil production to electricity

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An EU-funded project, Biogas2PEM-FC , has developed a system to convert the toxic waste from olive oil production into electricity. The goal of the project has been to develop a technology to convert waste from the olive oil production into electricity.

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Berkeley team develops host-guest nanowires for efficient water splitting and solar energy storage

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The team reports on their host-guest system of Ta:TiO 2 |BiVO 4 as a photoanode for use in solar water splitting cells in an open-access paper in the journal ACS Central Science. An example of such a method is the production of hydrogen by photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting.

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QUB team converts aluminum foil waste to highly active alumina; biofuel catalyst, other applications

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Researchers at Queen’s University Belfast have developed a novel green route to convert aluminium foil waste into highly active nano-mesoporous alumina (γ-Al 2 O 3 ) (designated as ACFL550). These crystals were then dissolved in deionized water and filtered to remove any impurities. The material shows higher surface area, larger pore volume, and stronger acidity compared to γ-Al 2 O 3 that is produced from the commercial AlCl 3 precursor, AC550.

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Rice team demonstrates plasmonic hot-electron solar water-splitting technology; simpler, cheaper and efficient

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Researchers at Rice have demonstrated an efficient new way to use solar energy for water splitting. Here the hot electron is directly injected into water molecules to drive the hydrogen evolution reaction.

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Nestlé Waters Converts Lift Trucks from LPG to Hydrogen Fuel Cells

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Nestlé Waters North America has installed 32 Plug Power GenDrive hydrogen fuel cells, purchased in 2008, in its materials-handling fleet at their Dallas, Texas bottling facility. As a result, Nestle Waters has converted its entire fleet of sit-down counterbalanced lift trucks from internal combustion (IC) engines powered by liquid petroleum gas (LPG) to Yale class I electric lift trucks powered by GenDrive power units.

New catalyst supports ultra-low-temperature water-gas-shift reaction for hydrogen production

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Researchers from China and the US have synthesized gold layered clusters on an α-MoC substrate to create an interfacial catalyst system for the ultra-low-temperature water-gas shift (WGS) reaction for the production of high-purity hydrogen and concomitant utilization of carbon monoxide (CO). Its synergy with adjacent Mo sites in α-MoC can effectively activate water at low temperature.

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NREL researchers capture excess photon energy to produce solar fuels; higher efficiency water-splitting for H2

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The advancement could significantly boost the production of hydrogen from sunlight by using the cell to split water at a higher efficiency and lower cost than current photoelectrochemical approaches.

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UC Davis ITS researchers take a detailed look at water consumption and withdrawal requirements for ethanol

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Water consumption intensity of ethanol from corn grain and crop residue and the avoided/displaced water use credits assigned to coproducts: DGS and electricity. While a number of studies have tired to assess the water consumption required for ethanol production, the results differ by orders of magnitude, with estimates ranging from 1.1 A recent GAO report suggests the water intensity of gasoline from large oil shale deposits in the western United States could range from 0.29

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DOE to award up to $1.2M to project converting wastewater solids to biogas and liquid fuels; hydrothermal processing

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The consortium is being led by the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation ( WERF ). The project will use Genifuel hydrothermal processing technology (HTP) to convert wastewater solids into renewable natural gas as well as liquid fuels. The technology, developed by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) over a 40-year period, converts waste solids from a wastewater treatment plant into biocrude and methane gas using water, heat and pressure.

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EPFL team develops low-cost water splitting cell with solar-to-hydrogen efficiency of 12.3%

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A team led by Dr. Michael Grätzel at EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) in Switzerland has developed a highly efficient and low-cost water-splitting cell combining an advanced perovskite tandem solar cell and a bi-functional Earth-abundant catalyst.

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

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The energy produced is assumed to be used internally at the site and the carbon content of the CO subsequently converted to CO 2 in-plant. Any CO emitted to the atmosphere is assumed to be converted to CO 2 within days afterwards. As the reaction proceeds the end-products are recovered and separated from the water, which can be returned to the bioreactor, and prepared for their intended downstream markets.

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DOE awards up to $40M for open-water, grid-connected wave energy testing facility

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced the award of up to $40 million, subject to appropriations, to design, permit, and construct an open-water, grid-connected national wave energy testing facility. The site is expected to be a flagship test facility for wave energy converters globally, playing a critical role in advancing wave energy technology into commercial viability.

HyperSolar reaches 1.25 V for water-splitting with its self-contained low-cost photoelectrochemical nanosystem

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volts (V) of water-splitting voltage with its novel low-cost electrolysis technology. The theoretical minimum voltage needed to split water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen is 1.23 Nanosystem for water electrolysis. HyperSolar, Inc. announced that it had reached 1.25

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Audi in new e-fuels project: synthetic diesel from water, air-captured CO2 and green electricity; “Blue Crude”

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Audi’s latest e-fuels project is participation in a a pilot plant project in Dresden that produces diesel fuel from water, CO 2 and green electricity. In a separate process, a solid oxide electrolysis (SOEC) unit powered with green electricity splits water into hydrogen and oxygen.

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USC team develops highly efficient catalyst system for converting CO2 to methanol; 79% yield from CO2 captured from air

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In a paper published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society , they reported demonstrating for the first time that CO 2 captured from air can be directly converted to CH 3 OH in 79% yield using the new homogeneous catalytic system.

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Researchers produce hydrogen from water and charcoal mix at room temperature using laser pulses

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Researchers at Wakayama University in Japan have produced a mixture of hydrogen and carbon monoxide gas by irradiating a mixture of carbon powder and distilled water with intense nanosecond laser pulses at room temperature. mL volume of water.

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Audi steps up research into carbon-neutral synthetic fuels with new e-diesel pilot plant; power-to-liquids

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To produce it, the power-to-liquid plant converts surplus hydropower into synthetic fuel. The green power generated on site in the hydroelectric power station produces hydrogen and oxygen from water by means of electrolysis. Audi is systematically building on its e-fuels strategy.

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GAO Preliminary Observations on Links Between Water, Biofuels and Electricity; Calls for More Research

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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) last week provided preliminary observations as testimony to the House Subcommittee on Energy and Environment, Committee on Science and Technology on the water-energy nexus related to biofuels and water and thermoelectric power plants and water. The subcommittee had requested GAO undertake three studies related to (1) biofuels and water, (2) thermoelectric power plants and water, and (3) oil shale and water.

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UTA researchers demonstrate one-step solar process to convert CO2 and H2O directly into renewable liquid hydrocarbon fuels

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We are the first to use both light and heat to synthesize liquid hydrocarbons in a single stage reactor from carbon dioxide and water. Hydrogen, carbon monoxide, C 1 hydrocarbons, and syngas are the most commonly produced fuels and are derived from water or water and CO 2.

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MIT researchers advancing development of supercritical water upgrading of heavy crude; lower cost, energy use and CO2

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Supercritical water upgrading (SCWU) of heavy oils has been of interest for years in industry and academia; SCWU reduces sulfur content and decreases average molecular weight or crude without rejecting carbon as coke products.

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Enzymatic Process Converts Cellulosic Materials and Water into Hydrogen at Low Temperature; Close to Theoretical Yield of H2 From Glucose

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Hydrogen production from cellodextrin and water by a synthetic enzymatic pathway. Researchers at Virginia Tech, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), and the University of Georgia have produced hydrogen gas in a spontaneous, “one-pot” process using an enzyme cocktail, cellulosic materials from non-food sources, and water. In the new process, the team targeted the production of hydrogen in high yield from cellulosic materials and water.

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New catalytic method for converting algal oil to gasoline- or jet-fuel-range hydrocarbons

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A new catalytic method for converting algal oil to gasoline- or jet-fuel-range hydrocarbons has been developed by the research group of Prof.

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