USC team develops novel organic redox flow battery for large-scale energy storage

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Scientists at USC have developed a novel water-based Organic Redox Flow Battery (ORBAT) for lower cost, long lasting large-scale energy storage. ORBAT employs two different water-soluble organic redox couples on the positive and negative side of a flow battery. Aiming to overcome these disadvantages, we have demonstrated for the first time an aqueous redox flow battery that uses water-soluble organic redox couples at both electrodes that are metal-free. Schematic of ORBAT.

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University of Kentucky chemist receives NSF grant to study atmospheric reactions of pollution

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University of Kentucky Chemistry Professor Marcelo Guzman has received a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for research, education and outreach efforts in the field of environmental and atmospheric chemistry. My work with environmental chemistry focuses on the interaction of gases with organic compounds present in low water activity environments such as the atmospheric aerosol, clouds and fog.

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Anglo American Platinum invests in Hydrogenious Technologies; liquid organic hydrogen carrier technology for H2 storage

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South Africa-based Anglo American Platinum , the world’s leading primary producer of platinum group metals (PGMs), has invested in the first close of the Series A financing round of Hydrogenious Technologies, a company developing liquid organic hydrogen carrier (LOHC) hydrogen storage technology. Hydrogenious Technologies is a spin-off from the University of Erlangen- Nuremberg (Germany), which also holds a stake in the company, and the Bavarian Hydrogen Center.

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CMU study finds secondary organic aerosol production from PFI and GDI vehicles has been “substantially” reduced by tightening NMOG standards

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Secondary organic aerosol (SOA) is a major component of fine particulate matter—which causes adverse health effects—even in urban environments; vehicles may be a dominant source of SOA in urban areas, although there is still an ongoing debate over SOA formation from on-road sources. Compared to hot operations, cold-start exhaust had lower effective SOA yields, but still contributed more SOA overall because of substantially higher organic gas emissions.

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World Environment Center awarding 30th Anniversary Gold Medal Award for sustainable development to Volkswagen Group

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The World Environment Center ( WEC ) will award its 30 th Annual Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development to the Volkswagen Group. Volkswagen’s Gold Medal submission was evaluated through a global competition with companies in multiple business sectors by WEC’s independent Gold Medal Jury chaired by Dr. Joel Abrams, Professor Emeritus at the University of Pittsburgh.

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U Michigan opens Mcity test environment for connected and automated vehicle technologies

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The University of Michigan has opened Mcity, the first large controlled environment specifically designed to test the potential of connected and automated vehicle technologies that will lead the way to mass-market driverless cars. Mcity is a 32-acre simulated urban and suburban environment that includes a network of roads with intersections, traffic signs and signals, streetlights, building facades, sidewalks and construction obstacles.

2015 78

Study finds automobile tires are a potential source of carcinogenic dibenzopyrenes to the environment

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A new study by researchers from Stockholm University concludes that automobile tires may be a potential previously unknown source of carcinogenic dibenzopyrenes—a type of high molecular weight polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH)—to the environment. PAHs are a class of organic compounds produced by incomplete. organic substances are exposed to high temperatures or pressures.

U Toronto study measures GDI emissions in urban near-road environment

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A study of emissions from gasoline direct injection (GDI) vehicles in an urban near-road environment in Toronto over a wide range of weather conditions (February 2014 to January 2015) found that—other than for NO x and CO—the GDI engines had elevated emissions compared to the Toronto fleet. Hence, GDI PM mass loadings and chemical composition may vary depending on the measurement environment or exhaust conditioning.

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Tohoku team develops rechargeable quasi-solid state lithium battery with organic crystalline cathode

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The cross-section of an organic crystalline all-solid battery. The cathode contains a room-temperature ionic liquid (RTIL) and organic crystals in a sealed environment. A pair of researchers at Tohoku University in Japan have developed a novel rechargeable solid-state lithium battery with an organic crystalline cathode. The battery features a novel cell design which prevents dissolution of the organic cathode compounds.

2012 79

US Federal Aviation Administration to form Center of Excellence (COE) for Environment and Energy

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The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is forming a Center of Excellence for Environment and Energy during FY-2013. The COE will be a consortium of the FAA, university partners, and private industry affiliates selected by the FAA Administrator to work collectively on business and operational issues of mutual interest and concern. These organizations may be considered as affiliate members by the COE core universities and may contribute to and receive funding from the COE.

2012 79

DOT issues discussion document on principles for a connected vehicle environment; safety as top priority

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The US Department of Transportation (DOT) Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA) Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Joint Program Office (JPO) has issued a discussion document expressing a set of working principles intended to guide DOT’s research, demonstration and implementation activities related to a connected vehicle environment. Transportation Safety is the DOT’s top stated priority for the connected vehicle environment.

2012 81

Researchers Suggest Organic Computing Approach to Traffic Light Control

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An organic computing-based approach to traffic light control, might help solve the problem of controlling road traffic in congested areas and avoid traffic jams and gridlock, according to research published this month in the International Journal of Autonomous and Adaptive Communications Systems. The authors are members of the Organic Traffic Control Collaborative (OTC 2 ), a joint project between the two universities. Organic Traffic Control Collaborative.

2009 65

Study of working fluid selection for organic Rankine cycle waste heat recovery

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A study of nine different pure organic working fluids for organic Rankine cycle (ORC) engine waste heat recovery by a team from Beijing University of Technology, Tsinghua University, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences found that R11, R141b, R113 and R123 manifest slightly higher thermodynamic performances than the others; however, R245fa and R245ca are the most environment-friendly working fluids for engine waste heat-recovery applications.

2011 69

Obama Administration releases National Bioeconomy Blueprint; health, food, energy and environment

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The White House today released a national Bioeconomy Blueprint , a comprehensive approach to harnessing innovations in biological research to address national challenges in health, food, energy, and the environment. This will include accelerating progress to market; enhancing entrepreneurship at universities; and utilizing Federal procurement authority.

2012 88

NREL modifies organism to produce ethylene via photosynthesis: alternative to fossil-fuel based ethylene for chemicals and transportation fuels

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PCC 6803—and demonstrated that the organism remained stable through at least four generations, producing ethylene gas that could be easily captured. The organism produced ethylene at a high rate and is still being improved. Conversely, the process recycles carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, since the organism utilizes the gas as part of its metabolic cycle. And it isn’t going to be a food buffet for other organisms. Energy Environ.

2012 84

Bluesky and University of Leicester form joint venture for air quality monitoring

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Aerial mapping company Bluesky and the University of Leicester are forming a new joint venture—EarthSense Systems—focused on air quality monitoring. Building on more than four years of collaboration between the two organisations, the new company will initially deliver static sensors, data modelling and derived datasets to UK local and central government organizations.

2016 69

New thermally durable solid-state Li-ion battery technology from Hitachi and Tohoku University

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and Tohoku University’s Advanced Institute for Material Research (AIMR) have demonstrated technology reducing the internal resistance of all-solid-state lithium ion batteries (Li-ion battery) through the use of LiBH 4 -based complex hydrides as novel solid electrolytes. The battery is filled with organic electrolyte solution in which lithium ions move between the two electrode layers during the charge and discharge process. Hitachi, Ltd.

2015 86

New silica-organic hybrid absorbents deliver among highest performance yet reported for CO2 capture from air

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A team from the Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute and Department of Chemistry, University of Southern California, reports on an improved material for capturing carbon dioxide from the air—silica?organic organic hybrid adsorbents—in a paper published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. After capturing carbon dioxide, the materials give it up easily so that the CO 2 can be used in making other substances, or permanently isolated from the environment.

2012 72

DOE Joint Genome Institute approves 41 projects for 2012 Community Sequencing Program; climate, environment and bioenergy feedstocks

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In an indication of the increasing use of sequencing to study whole biological systems rather than individual organisms, more than half the approved proposals include sequencing of multi-organism samples either instead of or in addition to individual genomes. The projects span the globe and the unexplored branches of the tree of life, and promise to yield a better understanding of the interplay between climate, ecosystem and organism. University of Iceland.

2011 83

Iowa State University researchers genetically boost algae biomass by 50-80%

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Researchers at Iowa State University have developed a genetic technique they say can increase biomass in algae by 50–80%. The key to this [increase in biomass] is combination of two genes that increases the photosynthetic carbon conversion into organic matter by 50 percent over the wild type under carbon dioxide enrichment conditions. The Iowa State work forces the expression of the genes even in a carbon dioxide-rich environment.

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Belfer Center Researchers Suggest Five Organizing Principles for Maximizing Development Impact of Global Biofuel Market

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In a discussion paper released by Harvard University’s Sustainability Science Program and the Belfer Center’s Environment and Natural Resources Program at the Harvard Kennedy School, Ricardo Hausmann and Rodrigo Wagner lay out five organizing principles for maximizing the development impact of a global biofuel market. This organizing principle implies that regulatory regimes should not limit the capacity of the national state—i.e.,

2010 69

NSF and JST launch joint program Metabolomics for a Low Carbon Society; focus on energy and environment

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The goal of this joint NSF-JST program is to advance novel biological knowledge in metabolomics in the areas of energy and the environment, and to foster greater collaborative interactions between Japanese and US scientists in these priority areas. The outcomes of these projects are anticipated to contribute to improved annotation and standardization of metabolites in these organisms.

2011 72

A Well Earned, Guilt Free #YearOfJoe

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A few months later I was the Chairperson of the Coalition for a Nuclear Free Harbor and organizing rallies and street actions. My life as a Community Organizer had begun and I jumped in wholeheartedly – even obsessively some might say. My clients included HP, Universal Pictures, Washington Mutual, Sony, 20th Century Fox, Tyco Toys, Tangle Toys, Playmates Toys and others who kept me busy year round. Filed under: environment. environment

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Study Finds Crop Residue Removal for Biofuels Adversely Impact Soil and Environment; Dedicated Energy Crops Can Provide Benefits

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In a paper published in March-April 2010 issue of Agronomy Journal , published by the American Society of Agronomy, Dr. Humberto Blanco-Canqui of Kansas State University found that removal of more than 50% of crop residue can have negative consequences for soil structure, reduce soil organic carbon sequestration, increase water erosion, and reduce nutrient cycling and crop production, particularly in erodible and sloping soils. A new study has found that crop residue removal—i.e.,

2010 72

Drayson Racing and Aston University partner to investigate 2G biofuels for high performance cars

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Drayson Racing and Aston University (UK) have launched a major partnership to develop and demonstrate low carbon automotive technologies. Aston University’s expertise in low carbon and sustainable research includes involvement in the UK’s largest study into long-term low carbon vehicle use, investigating the performance of fuel cells, electric, and hydrogen power cars. The University’s European Bioenergy Research Institute (EBRI) is a leader in biofuels and biomass research.

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Eindhoven University of Technology to make biofuels from its own wood waste; cyclic oxygenate CyclOx and ethanol

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Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) are developing a small-scale demonstration reactor that will process 40 tons of wood waste per year from the university into replacements for diesel fuel and gasoline. TU/e aims with this project to demonstrate the viability of small-scale, environment-friendly fuel production from its own waste material at competitive prices. This will be offered at the university pump in a 10:90 mixture with gasoline.

2011 77

University of York Opening New Suite of Laboratories Targeting Green Chemistry and Fuels

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A major new suite of laboratories, to be opened next week, will help scientists in the Green Chemistry group at the University of York (UK) to advance research into clean synthesis, catalysis, novel materials and the application of renewable resources. The semi-scale biorefinery is one component of a major project application made by Science City York in partnership with the University of York and the Food and Environment Research Agency.

2010 72

Peking University team develops method for modeling historical global black carbon emissions from motor vehicles with reduced uncertainty

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Researchers at Peking University have developed a new methodology to model black carbon (BC) emissions from diesel and gasoline motor vehicles. Black carbon is a key short-lived climate change forcer ( earlier post ) and motor vehicles are important sources of BC in the environment. 2004) A technology-based global inventory of black and organic carbon emissions from combustion. Geographical distributions of global BC emissions from motor vehicles in 1976 (A) and 2006 (B).

2012 77

Royal Academy of Engineering Report Says EV Success Depends on Low-Carbon Electricity, Universal Broadband Provision and Smart Grids

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The introduction of electric vehicles on a large scale in the UK can only have a beneficial effect on CO 2 emissions if low-carbon electricity, universal broadband provision and smart grids are in place to support the transition, according to a new report published by the UK Royal Academy of Engineering. Professor Roger Kemp of Lancaster University, Chair of the Academy’s Electric Vehicles working group. Professor Phil Blythe, Newcastle University.

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University of Alberta Researchers Find That Oil Sands Industry Is Releasing More Pollutants Into Athabasca River System Than Previously Estimated

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New research from a team at the University of Alberta, Canada, finds that Alberta’s oilsands industry is releasing more pollutants into the Athabasca River, its tributaries and its watershed than previously estimated. University of Alberta ecologist David Schindler and the research team analyzed 13 elements in river water and snow pack along the Athabasca and its delta. Schindler says some of the metals interact with organic pollutants, making them more toxic.

NSF Awards RAPID Response Grant to Modular Genetics and University Collaborators to Develop Bio-Dispersants for Oil Spill Clean-Up

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and scientists and engineers at Columbia University, Iowa State University (ISU) and the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center to support work on production and testing of bio-dispersants that can replace the chemical dispersants currently used for oil spill management. According to Professor Somasundaran, a dispersant expert from Columbia University, “ use of bio-dispersants should stimulate the rate of natural microbial breakdown of the oil ”.

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Your Greenius Earth Day Reality Check: Waiting For The Magic Bullet

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Today is Earth Day 2012, a day filled with celebrations of the environment and all the things being done to try and improve it and make it more sustainable. You can even watch NBC-Universal TV and see how they turned their logo green and laugh at their funny PSAs about cutting your energy use or carbon footprint. You can go to events where you recycle your old paper tax records, your motor oil, your cellphone, computers and other electronics. .

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Superstars of AB 811 Rock Palm Desert @ EcoMotion Conference

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But that’s the way it felt to the Creative Greenius as I covered the EcoMotion Palm Desert AB 811 Conference on Friday at the University of California Riverside Graduate Center. What an exhilarating difference a well organized and smartly thought-out lineup can make. Gitt spent five years as Build It Green’s Executive Director and is widely respected for helping to build that organization into the highly credible green building powerhouse it has become.

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Your Greenius Earth Day Reality Check: Waiting For The Magic Bullet

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Today is Earth Day 2012, a day filled with celebrations of the environment and all the things being done to try and improve it and make it more sustainable. You can even watch NBC-Universal TV and see how they turned their logo green and laugh at their funny PSAs about cutting your energy use or carbon footprint. You can go to events where you recycle your old paper tax records, your motor oil, your cellphone, computers and other electronics. .

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The Greenius Goes Into Overdrive

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As regular Creative Greenius readers have learned, GRID Alternatives is a nonprofit organization that installs solar panels on low-income housing in California. If you live in the city of Exxon/Mobil – I mean, Torrance, it will seem like an alternative universe full of knowledgeable, hard-working, committed, productive people in stark contrast to their mirror opposites on the Torrance Environmental Commission. The biggest attribute of this glorious South Bay is our environment.

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Researchers develop thin-layer artificial biofilm technology for green ethylene production

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Researchers at the University of Turku in Finland have developed a thin-layer artificial biofilm technology for sustainable and long-term ethylene photoproduction. It is the main building block in the production of plastics, fibers and other organic materials.

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SwRI-led team achieves 20% improvement in vehicle fuel efficiency with connectivity, automation; ARPA-E NEXTCAR

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Working with collaborators at the University of Michigan and Toyota Motor North America, the team is sponsored by the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) as part of its Next-Generation Energy Technologies for Connected and Automated On-Road Vehicles (NEXTCAR) program.

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Los Alamos-led study finds how to improve natural gas production in shale; hydrocarbon transport within nanopores

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Their open-access study is published in Nature’s new Communications Earth & Environment journal. Partners include the New Mexico Consortium, University of Maryland, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology Center for Neutron Research.

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New $3M round of funding for DOE High Performance Computing for Manufacturing

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Eligibility for the program is limited to entities that manufacture products or operate systems in the US for commercial applications and organizations that support them. Applicants to this solicitation are highly encouraged to partner with universities and non-profit organizations located within federally designated Opportunity Zones and/or Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

2020 69

Study finds COVID-19 lockdown in China brought only slight reduction in PM2.5 and ozone

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—Lead author Ben Silver, from the University of Leeds. Reductions in emissions of volatile organic compounds and NO x , combined with changes in PM concentrations, resulted in little overall change in ozone concentrations.

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European power-to-methane company Electrochaea opens California subsidiary

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These organisms can be found in a broad range of habitats, including some of the most extreme environments on the planet, such as volcanic hot springs, salt lakes, in addition to that, oceans and soils, among others. Laurens Mets at the University of Chicago.

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BuG ReMeDEE project seeks to use extremophile bacteria to convert methane to biofuels, biopolymers and electricity

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Researchers from South Dakota School of Mines & Technology (SDSMT) are heading a project to to investigate methane cycling in deep and extreme environments and to develop new biological routes using previously unexplored and novel microorganisms from extreme environments for converting methane into value-added products such as liquid biofuels, biopolymers, and direct current electricity.

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Toyota Mobility Foundation and partners to launch Rama4 project to ease traffic congestion in Bangkok

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The Toyota Mobility Foundation (TMF) and its Thai partners in the Ministry of Transport, Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, Metropolitan Police Bureau, Chulalongkorn University and Grab Thailand will launch a project to ease traffic congestion on Rama4 Road. million) from Toyota Mobility Foundation to Chulalongkorn University, is scheduled to last about 18 months from November 2019 through early 2021.

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