National Alliance for Water Innovation to lead DOE energy-water desalination hub

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) selected the National Alliance for Water Innovation (NAWI) to lead a US Department of Energy (DOE) Energy-Water Desalination Hub that will address water security issues in the United States. The Hub will focus on early-stage research and development (R&D) for energy-efficient and cost-competitive desalination technologies including manufacturing challenges. Market Background Water

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Cambridge study finds globalized economy making water, energy and land insecurity worse

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The first large-scale study of the risks that countries face from dependence on water, energy and land resources has found that globalization may be decreasing, rather than increasing, the security of global supply chains. They found that the vast majority of countries and industrial sectors are highly exposed both directly, via domestic production, and indirectly, via imports, to over-exploited and insecure water, energy and land resources.

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Photocatalytic optical fibers convert water into hydrogen

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Researchers at the University of Southampton have transformed optical fibers into photocatalytic microreactors that convert water into hydrogen fuel using solar energy.

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Argonne releases updated WATER computer model to help bioenergy developers conserve water

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The US Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory recently released an updated version of an online computer model meant to help bioenergy developers preserve critical resources. The model , called Water Analysis Tool for Energy Resources or WATER, has users from more than 35 US states. This map depicts water availability by county; areas shown in orange are under higher levels of water stress. This latest version of the software, WATER 4.0,

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Star Scientific selected as 2020 S&P Global Platts Global Energy Awards Finalist; industrial heat from H2 without combustion

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Star Scientific has been named an Emerging Technology of the Year category finalist in the S&P Global Platts Global Energy Awards, an annual program recognizing innovation, leadership and exceptional performance in the energy sector. Star Scientific is developer of the Hydrogen Energy Release Optimizer (HERO). The only by-product is water. Energy Company of the Year will be chosen from the entire list of finalists.

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Texas: From Shale Boom to Water Revolution

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Now the slick but dry state is becoming famous for water: that precious element that both resolves the drought problem and also makes it possible to pump more oil out of the ground. Not only does Texas have the Permian Basin and the Eagle Ford shale, but it also has the Gulf of Mexico and its massive oil deposits and endless gallons of seawater that are now economically treatable thanks to next generation water processing technology. A Water Revolution Takes Root.

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thyssenkrupp offering large-scale water electrolysis

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thyssenkrupp recently introduced industrial-scale water electrolysis for large projects. By splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen, this technology delivers “green” hydrogen, a clean, CO 2 -free energy carrier. The only inputs needed are water and renewable electricity from wind, hydro power or photovoltaics. Green” hydrogen production is suited for long-term energy storage, hydrogen mobility and other applications, making optimal use of renewable energy sources.

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AW-Energy entering green hydrogen market with wave energy device

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AW-Energy Oy is entering the commercial hydrogen market by introducing a combined WaveRoller and HydrogenHub process for the production of green hydrogen. In AW-Energy’s concept, wave energy complements solar power production to enable large-scale green hydrogen.

The Game-Changing Water Revolution: Interview with Stanley Weiner

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Globally, water demand is threatening to dangerously outpace supply, while in the US, dry states such as Texas and California are suffering from shortages and the future forebodes more suffering. For the North American shale boom, the lack of water is suffocating. In an interview with James Stafford Oilprice.com, Weiner discusses: The new technology behind the water revolution. How we can turn toilet water into tap water. Natural Gas Oil Water

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New version of Argonne lifecycle model for water footprint of biofuels now includes cellulosic feedstocks

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of the online tool Water Assessment for Transportation Energy Resources ( WATER ) this week. This latest version of WATER allows, for the first time, biofuels manufacturers to analyze water consumption associated with use of cellulosic feedstocks such as residue left from lumber production and other wood-based resources. WATER adopts a water footprint methodology, and contains extensive climate, land use, water resource, and process water data.

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Griffith researchers enhance catalytic activity for water splitting

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In an open-acess paper published in Nature Communications , Griffith University (Australia) researchers report having enhanced the catalytic activity of CoSe 2 for oxygen evolution in water splitting by incorporating both Fe dopants and Co vacancies into atomically thin CoSe 2 nanobelts. Fe doping and Co vacancy synergistically tune the electronic states of Co 2 to a near-optimal value, resulting in greatly decreased binding energy of OH* (?E

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Toyota and DIFFER partner on direct solar production of hydrogen from humid air, rather than water

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The Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research ( DIFFER ) is partnering with Toyota Motor Europe (TME) to develop a device that absorbs water vapor, and splits it into hydrogen and oxygen directly using solar energy. One of these sustainable fuels is hydrogen, which can be used to store renewable energy. When hydrogen is combined with oxygen in a fuel cell, the energy is released in the form of electricity, with clean water as the only emission.

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Ford Becomes First Automaker to Join the Water Disclosure Project

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Ford Motor Company is the first automaker and one of several companies taking a leadership position in joining the Water Disclosure Project , which will establish a water disclosure protocol for companies around the world and promote conservation and stewardship. The Water Disclosure Project extends this approach to managing the world’s shrinking water resources, which has become a critical global environmental and quality of life issue.

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Nielsen global survey finds concerns about climate change slipping behind concerns over other environmental issues; air and water pollution top worries, pesticide use #3

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Other environmental concerns have pushed ahead of climate change on a global average basis. Concern about climate change/global warming among online consumers around the world took a back-seat to other environmental issues such as air and water pollution, water shortages, packaging waste and use of pesticides, according to Nielsen’s 2011 Global Online Environment & Sustainability Survey of more than 25,000 Internet respondents in 51 countries.

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 new test facility, called the Pacific Marine Energy Center South Energy Test Site, will be constructed with a combination of federal and non-federal funds.

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Ford targeting 30% reduction in water used per vehicle by 2015

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Ford plans to cut the amount of water used to make each vehicle 30% globally by 2015, compared with the amount of water used per vehicle in 2009. If Ford meets the 30% goal, the amount of water used to make a vehicle will have dropped from 9.5 Water remains one of our top environmental priorities and our aggressive reduction target helps ensure continued focus on this critical resource. Between 2000 and 2010, Ford reduced its global water use by 62%, or 10.5

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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. The host–guest nanowire architecture allows for simultaneously high light absorption and carrier collection efficiency for efficient solar water oxidation. Harnessing energy from sunlight is a means of meeting the large global energy demand in a cost-effective and environmentally benign manner.

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New catalyst synthesis method for solar water splitting to produce hydrogen

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A research team led by Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute Of Science And Technology (DGIST) Professor Jong-Sung Yu in Korea, with colleagues at UC Berkeley and Xi’an Jiaotong University in China, has successfully developed a new catalyst synthesis method that can efficiently decompose water into oxygen and hydrogen using solar light. 1 ) for solar hydrogen production from methanol-water in the presence of only 0.25% of photodeposited Pt nanoparticles with excellent performance stability.

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

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CRI, founded in 2006 in Reykjavik, Iceland, is developing technology to produce renewable methanol from clean energy and recycled CO 2 emissions. Geely is committed to achieving the long-term goal of zero emissions mobility through a diverse suite of new energy solutions, including renewable methanol vehicle technology. This is an important symbol of Geely Group’s global commitment to sustainability. Zhejiang Geely Holding Group (Geely Group) will invest a total of US$45.5

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Ford’s new Dagenham Diesel EcoBlue engine production line reduces energy and water use by more than 50%

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The new Ford EcoBlue diesel engine production line at Dagenham Engine Plant will reduce water and energy consumption by more than 50%. Dagenham Engine Plant is Ford’s largest diesel engine production facility globally, and produced the first EcoBlue diesel engine ( earlier post ) in April this year. Water usage per engine will be among the lowest at any Ford manufacturing facility worldwide, delivering an anticipated annual saving of 17.5

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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. Energy Environ.

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NSF announces $55M toward national research priorities; intersection of food, energy and water systems

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) has made 11 awards totaling $55 million aimed at building research capacity to develop new innovations at the intersection of food, energy and water systems and to address fundamental questions about the brain. Research at the nexus of food, energy and water. Studies will focus on identifying the presence, extent and timing of harmful algal blooms as they relate to water quality.

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Origin Energy signs MOU with Port of Townsville on hydrogen export project with Kawasaki

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Origin Energy’s export-scale liquid hydrogen project has reached an important milestone, with the signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Port of Townsville to collaborate on the potential expansion of the port, as well as the development of a liquefaction facility, new berth and associated infrastructure.

BMW Group sourcing aluminum produced using solar energy from EGA

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Producing aluminum is extremely energy-intensive. Generating the electricity needed to produce primary aluminum, i.e. aluminum obtained directly from the mineral compound alumina, is alone responsible for about 60% of the global aluminum industry’s greenhouse gas emissions.

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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 report, Water, Energy and Climate Change: A contribution from the business community says water, energy and climate change are inextricably linked.

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Consortium proposes large-scale industrial cultivation of marine microalgae (ICCM) as solution to global energy, food, and climate issues

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Members of the Marine Algae Industrialization Consortium (MAGIC), led by Duke University in North Carolina, have published an open-access paper in the journal Oceanography presenting the large-scale industrial cultivation of marine microalgae (ICMM) as an answer to pressing global energy, food and climate security issues. Climate, energy, and food security are three of the most important global challenges society faces during the twenty-first century.

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Energy companies partner with RMI and Grid Singularity to launch global blockchain initiative for energy

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Centrica plc, Elia, Engie, Royal Dutch Shell plc, Sempra Energy, SP Group, Statoil ASA, Stedin, TWL (Technical Works Ludwigshafen AG), and Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) have joined forces to support the Energy Web Foundation (EWF), a non-profit organization the mission of which is to accelerate the commercial deployment of blockchain technology in the energy sector.

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New Jeep Wrangler 4xe PHEV joins Renegade and Compass 4xe models in global electric vehicle lineup

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The 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 engine is part of FCA’s Global Medium Engine family. Like all Trail Rated Jeep Wranglers, the Wrangler 4xe is capable of water fording up to 30 inches (76 cm). The Jeep brand has introduced its new Wrangler 4xe plug-oin hybrid.

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How Will EV Charging Powered by Renewable Energy Create a Greener World

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This is the second post of our renewable energy and EV charging series. Sources of clean and renewable energy are increasingly being integrated by utilities around the world. What is Renewable Energy? Renewables Using the Earth’s Water & Heat.

DOE’s $10M Advanced Water Splitting Materials Consortium accelerating development of green hydrogen production

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The Energy Department (DOE) recently announced $10 million, subject to appropriations, to support the launch of the HydroGEN Advanced Water Splitting Materials Consortium ( HydroGEN ). This consortium will utilize the expertise and capabilities of the national laboratories to accelerate the development of commercially viable pathways for hydrogen production from renewable energy sources.

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Researcher urges more effort on assessment of land and water impacts of oil sands production; reference point for other unconventional fuels

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Bitumen production from the Canadian oil sands provides a point of reference that could be used to observe and better manage the land and water impacts of a rapid transition to unconventional fuels, suggests Dr. Sarah Jordaan of the Energy Technology Innovation Policy Research Group, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University. The two types of bitumen production—surface mining and thermal in situ production—have different land and water impacts.

Researchers discover new efficient lithium collection method using MOF membranes; Li from produced water

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Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin, Monash University (Australia) and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Australia have recently discovered a new, efficient way to extract lithium and other metals and minerals from water. The membrane process easily and efficiently separates metal ions, opening the door to new advanced technologies in the water and mining industries and potential economic growth opportunities in Texas.

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Study Finds Water Footprint for Bioenergy Larger Than Other Forms of Energy; Bioelectricity the Smallest, Biodiesel the Largest

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Total weighted global average water footprints (blue and green) for major ethanol and biodiesel crops in m 3 water per GJ fuel. The yellow marker (also left axis) indicates the total weighted global average WF for bioelectricity from the same crops. The red marker (right axis) indicates liters of water required to produce one liter of fuel. In addition, their study includes jatropha, an energy crop. van der Meer (2009) The water footprint of bioenergy.

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Ecoclean cuts BMW engine plant robot cell power and water consumption by ~30%

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At the BWM Group’s engine plant in Steyr (Austria), in a reference project accompanied by the Technical University of Vienna, Ecoclean Monschau (formerly Dürr Ecoclean) has significantly raised the energy efficiency of a. The system’s electric power and water consumption were each cut by. These energy efficiency measures are now intended to be. Footprint and energy consumption were again significantly reduced compared to the earlier generations of that machine.

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DOE awards FuelCell Energy additional $8M for Phase 2 ARPA-E project with differentiated solid oxide platform

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded FuelCell Energy $8 million in Phase 2 funding for the previously announced ARPA-E project for development of ultra-high efficiency SOFC systems for power generation ( earlier post ). This additional funding commitment from the DOE represents another key step in FuelCell Energy’s path to commercialize its high efficiency solid oxide technology. —Jason Few, President and CEO of FuelCell Energy.

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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.

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Changes in Climate and Water Availability Adding Stress and Costs to Global Electricity Sector

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Nearly all electric utilities claim climate change is threatening power outages, higher costs and changes in usage as demand for power grows in response to new requirements such as electric vehicles, increased cooling during warmer summer months and rapid urbanization, according to a new Acclimatise global report, backed by IBM. The report suggests the energy industry is rapidly approaching a critical stage of development.

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IEA WEO-2012 finds major shift in global energy balance but not onto a more sustainable path; identifies potential for transformative shift in global energy efficiency

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The global energy map is changing significantly, according to the 2012 edition of the Internal Energy Agency’s (IEA) World Energy Outlook ( WEO-2012 ). The IEA said these changes will recast expectations about the role of different countries, regions and fuels in the global energy system over the coming decades. The report also finds that by 2035 global energy savings could be equivalent to nearly 20% of global demand in 2010. Water.

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

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The California Sustainable Energy Entrepreneur Development (CalSEED) program announced that the fourth cohort of innovative clean energy concepts has been approved by the California Energy Commission (CEC); 28 companies out of 212 were selected to receive grants of $150,000 each. This technology could reduce electricity/energy bills, pollution from power plants, risks of blackouts, the need for new power plants, and pollution from power plant generation.

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NASA Hosting Water Sustainability Forum 16-18 March

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The first forum, Launch: Water, will take place at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida from 16-18 March. The event will bring together 10 entrepreneurs from around the world who have proposed solutions to water shortages and 40 council members who represent business, policy, engineering, science, communications and sustainability sectors. NASA describes Launch is a global initiative to identify and support innovative work that will contribute to a sustainable future.

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Novel battery to extract and store energy from the salinity difference between seawater and river water could make significant contribution to renewable energy

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Estimated extractable power (GW) from the difference of salinity in different countries, based on flow of river water emptying into the ocean. A team from Stanford led by Dr. Yi Cui, and Dr. Bruce Logan from Penn State University have developed a device they call a “mixing entropy battery” which can extract energy from the salinity difference between seawater and river water and store it as useful electrochemical energy. Exchange to river water.

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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 is active in the development of CO 2 -neutral, synthetic fuels; the company already has projects underway with Joule in the US for the development and testing of synthetic ethanol and synthetic diesel ( earlier post ); has an e-gas project underway in Werlte, Germany ( earlier post ); and has a new partnership with Global Bioenergies on bio-isooctane (bio-gasoline) ( earlier post ). gasoline with Global Bioenergies.

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Schlumberger New Energy Venture to launch a lithium extraction pilot plant in Nevada

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Schlumberger New Energy is developing a lithium extraction pilot plant through its new venture, NeoLith Energy. The NeoLith Energy sustainable approach uses a differentiated direct lithium extraction (DLE) process to enable the production of high-purity, battery-grade lithium material while reducing the production time from over a year to weeks. NeoLith Energy’s pilot plant is a step towards a full-scale, commercial lithium production facility.

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