DOE announces $26.6M SBIR/STTR FY15 Phase 1 Release 2 awards; fuel cells, batteries, power electronics and efficient combustion engines

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has selected 162 projects to receive about $26.6 Of these, 16 are vehicle-related, encompassing projects developing batteries, power electronics and improved combustion engine technology including on-board reformers, and two are specifically hydrogen fuel cell-related. Small businesses that win awards in these programs keep the rights to any technology developed and are encouraged to commercialize the technology.

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Study details viable pathway to develop sustainable aviation biofuels industry in Pacific Northwest; hydroprocessing of natural oils seen as the most immediate opportunity

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Biomass resources of the US, with the Northwest circled. The Pacific Northwest has the diverse feedstocks, fuel-delivery infrastructure and political will needed to create a viable biofuels industry capable of reducing greenhouse gases and meeting the future fuel demands of the aviation industry, according to a newly-released study by Sustainable Aviation Fuels Northwest (SAFN). Converting these molecules to the jet fuel range of 10-12 carbon atoms results in a loss of yield.

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National Research Council Report Recommends Setting a US Carbon Budget Through 2050; Concludes Known Technologies Not Sufficient to Meet Budget Goals

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Illustration of the representative US cumulative GHG emissions budget targets:170 and 200 Gt CO2-eq (for Kyoto gases). The exact value of the reference budget is uncertain, but regardless, illustrates a clear need for a major departure from business-as-usual. The report, Limiting the Magnitude of Future Climate Change is one of three released by the NRC, the operating arm of the National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Engineering.

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