NEI Corporation developing Li-ion batteries with water-based electrolyte; targeting energy densities of 250 Wh/kg and 750 Wh/l

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NEI Corporation, a nanotech materials company ( earlier post ), is developing a lithium-ion battery in which the electrolytes are dissolved in water instead of an organic solvent. However, while the concept of a lithium-ion cell using a water-based electrolyte has been known and studied, a major limitation is the narrow electrochemical stability window for water, which restricts the cell voltage.

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CompactGTL forms partnership with Fluor Corporation

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UK-based CompactGTL plc, the developer of a commercial scale modular gas-to-liquids (GTL) solution ( earlier post ), has entered into an agreement with Fluor Limited, the UK operating division of US-headquartered Fluor Corporation, for the delivery of pre-FEED (Front-End Engineering and Design) and FEED studies for potential commercial-scale modular gas-to-liquids projects.


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Ford cuts water use two years ahead of schedule

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Ford Motor Company is furthering its commitment to aggressively step up water conservation programs at its global facilities and among the company’s suppliers, according to its 15 annual Sustainability Report, released today. Last year Ford reduced per vehicle water use by 30% globally from a 2009 baseline, reaching its goal two years ahead of schedule. Plans are under way to further cut water use by another 2% this year and to set new long-term goals.

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Nissan FY 2014 global corporate activities reduce CO2 emissions by 22.6% compared to FY 2005

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made progress in reducing CO 2 emissions and improving sustainability in its global corporate activities in fiscal year 2014 while simultaneously increasing vehicle production and plant energy efficiency. cut in CO 2 when compared to fiscal year 2005, thus achieving its goal to reduce CO 2 emissions from corporate activities by 20% during that period. Nissan is utilizing a number of proven forms of sustainable energy generation to help minimize its corporate carbon footprint.

2005 195

Indias Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Mandates Rainwater Harvesting

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India’s Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) will implement rainwater harvesting in all the existing ONGC residential complexes across India. The objective of the scheme is to replenish the ground water table which is slowly receding due to urban development and excessive and continued exploitation of ground water. In its endeavor to provide sustainable solution to water scarcity, ONGC has focused on rainwater harvesting.

2009 196

Heckmann Corporation transitioning truck fleet from diesel to LNG; largest single US order for LNG trucks

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Heckmann Corporation, a water solutions company focused on water issues worldwide and, in particular, oil and natural gas exploration and production, is teaming up with Encana Natural Gas Inc., a subsidiary of Encana Corporation, Westport and Peterbilt Motors Company, a division of PACCAR Inc to transition its truck fleet from traditional diesel vehicles to natural gas vehicles (NGVs). Heckmann Corporation was created to buy and build companies in the water sector.

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Statoil and Research & Development Corporation invest in Arctic and harsh-environment R&D

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Canada’s Research & Development Corporation (RDC) and Statoil Canada Ltd. The tanks would be used for separation of gas and water from oil and storage of stabilized/separated oil. announced a collaborative investment in three new research and development projects to improve Arctic and harsh-environment offshore oil and gas operations in Newfoundland and Labrador and around the world. The total value of the projects is $3.9 million, including $2.4 million from Statoil Canada and $1.5

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Eltek to supply on-board chargers for Volvo Car Corporation plug-in hybrid program

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Norway-based Eltek has signed an agreement with Volvo Car Corporation regarding deliveries of on-board chargers for a hybrid electrical vehicle program. Under the agreement, Eltek will supply complete water-cooled on-board chargers with volume production starting in 2012. This is intended to be mounted against a cold-plate, water-cooled or with a sufficient heat transfer capacity for the environmental specification applicable.

2011 199

GE and FilterBoxx to Advance Water Treatment Solutions for Oil Sands; 30-50% Reduction in Water Usage

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GE and FilterBox x recently signed an agreement to develop integrated de-oiling and water treatment options for Alberta’s oil sands. Specifically, the two companies will work together on heavy oil produced water treatment projects using in-situ thermal methods such as steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD). Conventional de-oiling and produced water treatment technologies require approximately 0.3 bbls of make-up water for each barrel of bitumen produced.

3 Duke Energy subsidiaries plead guilty to 9 criminal violations of Clean Water Act; $102M settlement

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Three subsidiaries of North Carolina-based Duke Energy Corporation, the largest utility in the United States, pleaded guilty to nine criminal violations of the Clean Water Act at several of its North Carolina facilities and agreed to pay a $68-million criminal fine and spend $34-million on environmental projects and land conservation to benefit rivers and wetlands in North Carolina and Virginia.

2015 192

Geely invests in Carbon Recycling Intl.; vehicles fueled by methanol from CO2, water and renewable energy

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Geely’s CRI investment and work with renewable methanol is similar to the approach Audi is taking with its own e-fuels projects—producing very low carbon liquid or gaseous fuels using only renewable energy, water and CO 2. Geely Group comprises a number of automotive brands, including Volvo Car Corporation, the United Kingdom’s London Taxi Company, and the Geely Auto brand, which markets cars in 35 countries across the world.

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Ford cuts global water use 8.5% per vehicle from 2011 to 2012; total usage down 62% since 2000

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Ford has reduced the average amount of water used to make each of its vehicles by 8.5% Since 2000, Ford has reduced the amount of water used around the world from 64 million cubic meters to 24 million cubic meters—a reduction of about 10.6 Ford aims to use an average of 1,056 gallons of water to make each vehicle globally—consistent with its overall goal of a 30% reduction in the amount of water used per vehicle between 2009 and 2015.

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GE and Berkeley Lab developing water-based high energy density flow battery for EVs

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Conceptual design of a water-based flow battery GE scientists are researching as part of ARPA-E’s RANGE program. Researchers from GE and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) are developing a water-based flow battery targeted at EVs. The system uses water-based solutions of inorganic chemicals that are capable of transferring more than one electron, providing high-energy density.

2013 229

Ceres, Tellus launch global initiative for a standardized, comprehensive corporate sustainability rating

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The initiative will be modeled on a Ceres/Tellus-launched program, the Global Reporting Initiative, that is now used by 2,000 companies worldwide for corporate reporting on environmental, social and economic performance.

2011 200

GE and Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation Establish Partnership; Great Lakes Offshore Wind Farm

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GE and Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation ( LEEDCo ) of Northern Ohio have formed a long-term partnership beginning with the development of the first fresh water offshore wind farm in the US and involving a broad range of other initiatives. Under the new partnership GE will provide direct-drive wind turbines to LEEDCo’s 20 megawatt offshore wind project in the Ohio waters of Lake Erie.

2010 185

Report Finds Water Stress Rapidly Becoming Key Strategic Risk to Commerce; Impending Water/Energy Collision

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Water consumption or withdrawals per unit of energy produced, by energy type, in the United States. Among the increasing challenges is that while the sourcing, processing, and delivery of clean water is becoming more energy-intensive, the extraction and refining of fossil fuels and their substitutes is trending towards increasing water requirements per unit of fuel produced as energy companies work with progressively lower grade resources. Sectoral Water Risks.

2009 150

BMW shows future drive technoliges; 2 Series PHEV prototype, direct water injection in 3-cyl. engine, and fuel cell eDrive

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The company also showcased the use of direct water injection to enhance the efficiency of combustion engines at higher performance levels while also significantly reducing fuel consumption and emissions in key driving cycles. Direct water injection. Bosch and water injection. Water injection made its debut in a modern-day BMW Group engine under the hood of the BMW M4 MotoGP Safety Car. Prototype direct water injection system for the 3-cylinder.

2015 191

Alaska Native Corporation Proposes Underground Coal Gasification Project with Carbon Capture for Power Generation

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CIRI), an Alaska Native corporation, is proposing an underground coal gasification (UCG) project that would use the resulting syngas to fuel a new 100 MW combined cycle power plant. The proposed CIRI site is more than 650 feet below the surface, below the fresh water aquifer and isolated from it by impermeable overlying rock layers. Underground coal gasification uses paired wells in a coal seam: one an oxidant injection well, the other the syngas producer well. Source: CIRI.

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Petrobras signs agreement with Jogmec for a flexible pipe project for ultradeep waters

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Petrobras has signed an agreement with Jogmec (Japan Oil, Gas, and Metals National Corporation) with the aim of commencing a technical feasibility study on flexible pipes for oil production in the pre-salt cluster. Its brief is to develop a flexible pipe design for offshore oil production in ultradeep waters in the pre-salt cluster.

2011 179

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

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The green power generated on site in the hydroelectric power station produces hydrogen and oxygen from water by means of electrolysis. First, the CO 2 and H 2 are converted into syngas in Ineratec’s RWGS (reverse water gas shift) reactor. Audi has already been working together with the energy technology corporation sunfire in Dresden since 2014. Diesel Emissions Fuels Hydrogen Production Power Generation Power-to-Liquids Vehicle Manufacturers Water

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Greenius To Corporate Carbon Producers: You’ll Pay & You’ll Like It

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I’d like that tax to subsidize my new solar energy rooftop system and my solar thermal hot water heater. Last month your Creative Greenius weighed into the issue of carbon cap and trade on the TerraPass Footprint website. I offered my take on an article entitled: “ Hacks and Handout-Seekers Hate Obama’s Climate Plan “ If you’re not familiar with TerraPass Footprint this is a great opportunity to check them out.

2009 150

Business Leaders Call for Linking Water, Energy and Climate in Global Talks

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Log scale plot of illustrative water consumption by energy-related activity. Business leaders from some of the world’s biggest companies called for water, energy and climate change issues to be linked in global negotiations, such as the international climate talks due to culminate in Copenhagen in December. The business leaders were speaking at the launch of a report by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development ( WBCSD ) at the 5 th World Water Forum in Istanbul.

2009 150

Head of EPA ignores environmental groups, meets only with corporations

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Scott Pruitt, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, has had a very busy schedule since being confirmed to lead the agency set up to protect America's air, water, and land from pollution. Unlike his predecessors, Pruitt—a climate-science denier and aggressive advocate of fossil fuels—has largely ignored environmental groups and. Politics EPA United States climate change regulation Donald Trump

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GE, Univ. of Alberta and AITF Partnering on $4M Project to Reduce CO2 Emissions and Treat Produced Water from Oil Sands; Potential 25% Reduction of CO2

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GE is partnering with the University of Alberta (UA) and Alberta Innovates Technology Futures (AITF) on a $4 million CO 2 capture project supported by the Climate Change and Emissions Management (CCEMC) Corporation. This team is leveraging research in nanotechnology to reduce CO 2 emissions associated with the extraction and upgrading process, and treatment of produced water generated during the oil recovery.

2010 179

Sun Catalytix Signs $4M ARPA-E Contract and Forms Scientific Advisory Board; Affordable Catalysts for Water Splitting

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Sun Catalytix Corporation , a company that is developing catalysts that use intermittent renewable energy, including solar and wind energy, to split water (H 2 O) into storable hydrogen and oxygen—a process that mimics photosynthesis—has signed a contract for more than $4 million in federal funding from the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E).

2010 179

Sustainable Development Canada Awards C$6M to Project to Reduce Water and Energy Consumption for Oil Sands Processing; Three Other Projects Supported to Reduce Energy and Environmental Impact of Oil Sands

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SOLVE adds a solvent to the steam in SAGD (basic operation depicted above) to reduce energy input and water consumption. million) to the Petroleum Technology Research Centre ( PTRC ) in Regina, Saskatchewan and StatoilHydro Canada for a project to reduce water use and carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) emissions for in situ oil sands recovery by steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD). The potential result is up to 25% lower energy input and water consumption compared to conventional SAGD.

Thordon Bearings Retrofitting Ocean-Going Vessels With Seawater-Lubricated Propeller Shaft Bearings To Reduce Stern-Tube Oil Pollution; Annual Leaks Estimated at About 2x Exxon Valdez Spill

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To promote early formation of a hydrodynamic film between the shaft and bearing, the lower (loaded) portion of the bearing is smooth, while the upper half of the bearing incorporates grooves for flow of the water lubricant/coolant. Thordon Water Quality Package. The Thordon Water Quality Package is designed to supply seawater to the stern tube bearings for lubrication and cooling at a minimum flow rate of 0.15 Tags: Engines Ports and Marine Vehicle Systems Water

2009 194

Environmental Charter High School Gets Solar; Greenius Goes EcoMedia

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I have seen the future and it looks like a solar-powered greenhouse, a solar-powered pump driving aquaponics, a non-toxic termite treatment for buildings, students growing their own fruits and vegetables on their high school campus irrigated by captured rainwater, and other sustainable practices paid for by grants from corporations with no strings attached. Aquaculture (fish farming) and hydroponics (growing plants in water) becomes aquaponics when combined.

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

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The waste-to-hydrogen facility, located at the Sunamachi Water Reclamation Center near Tokyo Bay, will process 1 ton of dried sewage sludge per day, to generate 40 to 50 kilograms of hydrogen per day, enough to fuel 10 passenger vehicles or 25 fuel-cell e-bikes.

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First Hualong One Gen III reactor in commercial operation

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Unit 5 of China’s Fuqing Nuclear Power Plant, the first project to adopt China’s indigenous Generation III nuclear power technology Hualong One (HPR 1000), has been put into commercial operation, China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) announced. in-containment refuelling water storage tank.

NuScale Power secures $40M, support for SMR deployment from JGC Holdings

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NuScale Power has finalized an investment and strategic partnership agreement with JGC Holdings Corporation (JGC HD), a holding company of the world’s leading EPC contractor group companies headquartered in Japan. NuScale Power has developed a new modular light water reactor nuclear power plant to supply energy for electrical generation, district heating, desalination, and other process heat applications.

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Bridgestone collaboration with NRGene achieves new milestones in assembly of multiple guayule genomes; alternative to natural rubber

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Bridgestone Corporation announced results of its four-year collaboration with genomic big data solutions company NRGene to advance the commercialization of guayule, an alternative to natural rubber, as part of the effort to diversify its sources of raw materials.

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Fukushima Hydrogen Energy Research Field (FH2R) completed in Japan; aiming for low-cost green hydrogen production; P2G

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Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation (Toshiba ESS), Tohoku Electric Power Co., Iwatani Corporation’s focus is hydrogen demand, supply forecast system, transportation and storage of hydrogen.

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

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H2One’s lineup includes green hydrogen station H2One Station Unit for fuel cell vehicles, as well as the H2One Multi Station with a combination unit that provides electricity, hot water to buildings and for electric vehicles.

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DOE awarding more than $50M to 15 projects to advance critical material innovations

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American Battery Metals Corporation; Field Demonstration of Selective Leaching, Targeted Purification, and Electro-Chemical Production of Battery Grade Lithium Hydroxide Precursor from Domestic Claystone Resources. Partners: American Lithium Corporation, DuPont Water Solutions. CalEnergy Operating Corp, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation, Momentum DOE share: $14,894,540; Cost share: $14,894,541; Total costs: $29,789,081.

Roskill analysis highlights tradeoff in Lithium production between CAPEX and carbon

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Roskill’s CO 2 output and water consumption intensity analysis, detailed in the soon to be published Lithium Sustainability Monitor , provides an in-depth account of the sustainability of lithium production on an asset-by-asset basis, both in 2020 and over the next decade.

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Mercedes-Benz supplying 129 Citaro G hybrid 18m articulated buses to Belgium’s TEC Group

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The electric motor also serves as a starter-alternator in the current S-Class, while the additionally required cooler for the motor and inverter is used by Mercedes-Benz Trucks and the water pump can be found in many Mercedes-Benz cars.

Albemarle expands Nevada site to increase domestic production of lithium

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Albemarle Corporation will expand capacity at the company’s lithium production facility in Silver Peak, Nev., Beginning in 2021, the company plans to invest $30 million to $50 million to double the current production at the Nevada site by 2025, making full use of its brine water rights. and begin a program to evaluate clays and other available Nevada resources for commercial production of lithium.

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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. Using electric power from power generation turbine, the electrolyzer will then produce hydrogen from water.

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EPRI and GTI launch Low-Carbon Resources Initiative (LCRI) to accelerate low-carbon energy technologies

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The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and Gas Technology Institute (GTI) are embarking on a five-year initiative to accelerate the development and demonstration of low-carbon energy technologies. With increasingly ambitious decarbonization goals from private companies and governments alike, existing technology is not enough to achieve those targets.

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Harvey Gulf orders Wärtsilä 746 kWh battery systems for another four LNG-powered supply vessels

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Wärtsilä Corporation. Founded in 1955, Louisiana-based Harvey Gulf International Marine is a marine transportation company that specializes in providing offshore supply and multi-purpose support vessels for deep water operations in the US Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean, Africa and Alaska.

2020 222

DOE announces approximately $64M in funding for 18 projects to advance H2@Scale

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Advanced Manufacturing Processes for Gigawatt-Scale Proton Exchange Membrane Water Electrolyzer Oxygen Evolution Reaction Catalysts and Electrodes. Collaborative Composite Solutions Corporation. The Lubrizol Corporation. Nikola Corporation. The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced approximately $64 million in Fiscal Year 2020 funding for 18 projects that will support the H2@Scale vision for affordable hydrogen production, storage, distribution, and use.

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Aemetis to use Mitsubishi ZEBREX technology to reduce energy use and lower carbon intensity of ethanol; largest implementation worldwide

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Aemetis will be implementing the Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation ZEBREX zeolite membrane dehydration system at the 60 million gallon per year Aemetis fuel ethanol plant in Keyes, California. With ZEBREX, ethanol and water are separated by the sharp selectivity of the zeolite, producing 99.5% purity ethanol and recycle water in a single pass.

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