StarMetro places 3rd order for electric buses with Proterra for Florida State; 100% battery-electric fleet

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StarMetro, the city of Tallahassee’s public transit system, has agreed to purchase 22 Proterra Catalyst FC buses to service Florida State University (FSU), bringing the StarMetro fleet to 27 battery-electric buses.

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Agrisoma expanding partnership with Univ. of Florida on biojet fuel in US; Carinata seed

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is expanding its partnership with the University of Florida (UF) to advance the supply of biojet fuel in the United States. The Québec-based company and its subsidiary, Agrisoma USA, is working with a network of 40 academic researchers from seven universities associated with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Science. —David Wright, project lead and an agronomy professor at the University of Florida. Agrisoma Biosciences Inc.

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University Of Georgia purchases 20 Proterra 40' Catalyst E2 buses with DuoPower drivetrain

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The University of Georgia has placed an order for twenty Proterra 40? With the deployment of 20 Catalyst buses, the University of Georgia will have one of the largest fleets of electric buses in the US, and will displace more than 2,500,000 gallons of diesel over the vehicles’ 12-year lifespan and eliminate more than 4,500,000 pounds of carbon emissions annually. Catalyst E2 buses with DuoPower drivetrain technology and fourteen 125 kW Proterra PCS chargers.

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QuantumSphere and University of South Florida Exceed 2010 DOE Goals for Solid State Hydrogen Storage

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and the University of South Florida announced that they have exceeded the 2010 Department of Energy (DOE) goals for solid state hydrogen storage. Material capacity vs. temperature in developing hydrogen storage systems. Source: DOE. Click to enlarge. QuantumSphere, Inc.

University of South Florida Spinout Targeting FT Jet Fuel from Biomass with New Catalyst and Process

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A spinout from work at the University of South Florida is developing a new Fischer-Tropsch-based (FT) process to produce hydrocarbon transportation fuels—initially jet fuel—from biomass. Instead of using an iron catalyst as in conventional FT systems, COSI Catalysts Inc. has developed a new cobalt silica-supported eggshell design catalyst.

University of Florida IFAS, Buckeye Technologies and Myriant Partner on Research and Demonstration Cellulosic Biorefinery

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The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF IFAS), and Myriant Technologies LLC (formed by BioEnergy International, LLC) are planning a research and demonstration plant that will explore ways to harness byproducts from some of the most promising cellulosic ethanol techniques to make bio-derived versions of petroleum products. The project will seek to combine several technologies developed by Dr. Lonnie Ingram at the University of Florida.

U Florida team using fungi to extract cobalt and lithium from waste batteries

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A team of researchers University of South Florida is using naturally occurring fungi to drive an environmentally friendly recycling process to extract cobalt and lithium from tons of waste batteries. The researchers presented their work at the 252 nd National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in Philadelphia. Although a global problem, the US leads the way as the largest generator of electronic waste. It is unclear how many electronic products are recycled.

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Univ. of South Florida Researchers Link Subsurface Clouds of Degraded Oil to BP Well

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University of South Florida researchers say they have definitively connected clouds of degraded underwater oil found in the northern Gulf of Mexico to the Deepwater Horizon well (MC252) through Compound-Specific Isotope Analysis (CSIA). The clouds were found near the DeSoto Canyon, a critical area that interacts with Florida’s spawning grounds.

University of Central Florida Researchers Verify Aspects of Planar Energys Solid-state Battery Approach; Potential for Half the Cost and Triple the Energy Density of Current Li-ion Cells

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Researchers at the University of Central Florida’s (UCF) Advanced Materials Processing and Analysis Center (AMPAC) have verified findings by Planar Energy that could lead to significant cost and performance improvements in large format batteries for practical electric vehicles, according to the company. Planar Energy has been working with UCF researchers on two Florida High Tech Corridor Council (FHTCC) matching grants to develop its technology.

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DOE awarding up to $7M to 8 universities for co-optimization of fuels and engines: Co-Optima

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) will award up to $7 million to projects at eight universities to accelerate the introduction of affordable, scalable, and sustainable high-performance fuels for use in high-efficiency, low-emission engines. DOE selected eight universities under this latest Co-Optima funding opportunity: Cornell University. University of Michigan. University of Michigan-Dearborn. University of Alabama. Louisiana State University.

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Collaboration of Bosch, Stanford and Univ. of South Florida receives $1.2M grant from NSF/DOE partnership for automotive thermoelectric waste heat recovery

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently awarded a collaboration between Stanford University, the University of South Florida and Bosch Research and Technology Center North America a $1.2-million, three-year grant (award # 1048796 ) to address various topics relevant to automotive waste heat recovery using thermoelectrics. Research discoveries will be integrated in undergraduate and graduate classes at both Stanford and The University of South Florida.

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DOE awarding $17M to university-led nuclear energy research and development

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The US Department of Energy will award some $17 million in research grants to 23 university-led teams aimed at strengthening the research and development capabilities of American universities and colleges to develop the next generation of nuclear energy technologies and upgrade research reactors across the country. The awards are supported through DOE’s Nuclear Energy University Programs (NEUP). University Research Infrastructure Improvements ($5.7

DOE selects 8 new advanced coal projects for funding by University Coal Research Program

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has selected eight new projects to further advanced coal research under the University Coal Research Program. Princeton University, Princeton, NJ. The Princeton University team will implement and validate a new rheological model for dense granular phase in MFIX, a computer code developed at NETL for describing the hydrodynamics, heat transfer, and chemical reactions in fluid-solids systems. University of Colorado, Boulder, Colo.

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Colorado State University Forecasters Predict Above-Average 2010 Hurricane Season

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The Colorado State University forecast team predicts an above-average 2010 Atlantic basin hurricane season based on the premise that El Niño conditions will dissipate by this summer and that anomalously warm tropical Atlantic sea surface temperatures will persist. A 45% chance that a major hurricane will make landfall on the US East Coast, including the Florida Peninsula (the long-term average is 31%).

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DOE Selects 42 University-Led Nuclear Research and Development Projects for $38 Million in Funding

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has selected 42 university-led research and development projects for awards totaling $38 million. These projects, funded over three to four years through the Department’s Nuclear Energy University Program, are intended to help advance nuclear education and develop the next generation of nuclear technologies. Twenty-three US universities will act as lead research institutions for projects in 17 states. Clemson University - $614,690.

$112.5M awarded to research consortia studying effects of Deepwater Horizon oil spill on Gulf of Mexico

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The Research Consortia funded are: Lead Institution: The University of Texas at Austin, Marine Science Institute. Member Institutions: The Johns Hopkins University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Minnesota, SINTEF Norway, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Research Applied Technology Education Services (Rates)/Coastal Oil Spill Simulation System (COSS). Lead Institution: Texas A&M University at College Station.

Gainesville and Connected Signals delivering real-time traffic signal data to reduce red-light crashes and improve fuel efficiency

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In April 2017, the City of Gainesville, Florida began work on a pilot project with Connected Signals , Inc., a provider of real-time, predictive traffic signal information, as part of the University of Florida Transportation Institute’s I-STREET testbed. I-STREET was created in partnership with Florida Depart of Transportation’s (FDOT) Connected Vehicle Initiative to test connected and autonomous vehicle technologies.

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DOE Designates New National Marine Renewable Energy Center for Ocean Energy Research

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has designated Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida, a national center for ocean energy research and development. In addition to the $1 million in funding appropriated to Florida Atlantic University last year, with this designation DOE has awarded the Center $250,000 to undertake research and development of technologies capable of generating renewable power from ocean currents and ocean thermal energy.

DOE to award nearly $25M to enable innovative electrical motors used in manufacturing

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Carnegie Mellon University. Florida State University. Purdue University. Rice University. University of Central Florida. University of Houston The US Department of Energy announced nearly $25 million for 13 projects aimed at advancing technologies for energy-efficient electric motors through applied research and development.

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UF/IFAS researchers develop new sorghum cultivars that could produce up 10.5 kL ethanol per hectare

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Researchers from the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) have found that three UF/IFAS-developed sorghum varieties could produce up to 10,500 liters of ethanol per hectare (about 1,100 gallons US per acre). UF/IFAS scientists like sorghum because it can be cultivated twice a year in Florida, requires little fertilizer, uses water efficiently and can be drought resistant. Castro is now a researcher at the University of Jaén in Spain.

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24M to unveil novel dual electrolyte system for high energy density (>350 Wh/kg) batteries

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24M CTO Naoki Ota will present the Dual Electrolyte System at the International Battery Seminar & Exhibit in Fort Lauderdale, Florida later this month. At the conference, Naoki will discuss how the 24M Dual Electrolyte System expands the universe of potential electrolytes, including water and other materials that to-date have not been compatible with both the anode and cathode simultaneously.

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New solid polymer electrolyte outperforms Nafion; novel polymer folding

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Researchers, led by a team from the University of Pennsylvania, have used a polymer-folding mechanism to develop a new and versatile kind of solid polymer electrolyte (SPE) that currently offers proton conductivity faster than Nafion by a factor of 2, the benchmark for fuel cell membranes.

DOE awarding $15M to 3 algae-based biofuel and bioproducts projects

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The three projects selected, located in California and Florida, will include multi-disciplinary partners to coordinate improvements from algal strain advancements through pre-processing technologies (harvesting, dewatering, and downstream processing) to biofuel intermediate in order to reduce the production costs of algal biofuels and bioproducts.

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DOE awards $10.6M to ROGUE to engineer energycane, Miscanthus to produce oil for biodiesel, biojet fuel

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded the University of Illinois a $10.6-million, five-year grant to transform two of the most productive crops in the US into sustainable sources of biodiesel and biojet fuel. Energycane will be evaluated at Florida and Mississippi, and Miscanthus will be tested at Illinois.

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USDA awards $10M in grants to spur production of biofuels, bioenergy and biobased products

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Vilsack highlighted the announcement with a visit to Michigan State University, a grant awardee. The Secretary also pointed to a recent study released by Iowa State University (ISU), and funded by the US Department of Agriculture, which finds that while the use of biobased products in automobile manufacturing is increasing, there are still many parts in the top-selling automobiles manufactured in the United States that may be replaced with biobased materials.

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Summer Update

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Roger Duncan gives Campaign Update The Plug-In Partners National Campaign has now been underway for six months. We would like to take this opportunity to report on our efforts to demonstrate to automakers that a market for plug-in hybrid vehicles exists in the United States today.

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Study of californium borate could lead to new technologies for radioactive waste storage and nuclear fuel recycling

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Now, a large scale, international study led by Florida State University Professor Thomas Albrecht-Schmitt has shown that Californium can bond covalently to borate. million, paid for through an endowment to the university in honor of retired professor Gregory Choppin.

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Researchers convert sugarcane to a cold-tolerant, more photosynthetically efficient, oil-producing crop

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A multi-institutional team led by researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign reports that it can increase sugarcane’s geographic range, boost its photosynthetic rate by 30% and turn it into an oil-producing crop for biodiesel production.

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Genetically improving sorghum for production of biofuel

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The work was conducted by researchers from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Washington State University in Pullman, the USDA-ARS in Lincoln, Nebraska, and the University of Missouri, Columbia. Sorghum is a promising feedstock for environmentally friendly fuels and chemicals that offer alternatives to petroleum-based products.

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DOE awards $1M to UMass Lowell-led team to develop renewable fuel additives from wood byproducts; Co-Optima project

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The UMass Lowell-led project also includes counterparts from the University of Maine and Florida-based Mainstream Engineering Corp. The US Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded a three-year, $1 million grant to a team of researchers led by a UMass Lowell mechanical engineering professor that is working to develop renewable fuel additives from sawdust and other wood byproducts.

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Iranian researchers produce biodiesel from flixweed seed oil

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Under a project to deliver a new generation of green transport fuel, researchers the Islamic Azad University in Iran have produced biodiesel from flixweed seed oil. The invasive plant now occurs in 48 states, excluding Alabama and Florida; it has also been introduced in South America, Asia, southern Africa, and New Zealand.).

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US DOE announces 3 consortia for $125M US-India Joint Clean Energy Research and Development Center; solar, second-generation biofuels and buildings

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These consortia—led in theUS by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the University of Florida, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)—will bring together experts from national laboratories, universities, and industry in both the US and India. The University of Florida will lead the US team that includes University of Missouri; Virginia Tech; Montclair State University; Texas A&M University; Show Me Energy; and Green Technologies.

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Scientists engineer sugarcane to produce lipids for biodiesel, more sugar for ethanol; ARPA-E project PETROSS

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A multi-institutional team led by the University of Illinois has genetically engineered sugarcane to produce lipids in its leaves and stems for biodiesel production (lipid-cane). Co-authors of the paper include: Haibo Huang (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University); Robert A. Powell (USDA/ARS); Zhaoqin Wang (University of Illinois); Baskaran Kannan (University of Florida); Fredy Altpeter (University of Florida), and Aleel K.

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MTU researchers develop optimization model to fill in the gaps in connected vehicle data

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Researchers at Michigan Technological University (MTU) have developed a data-driven optimization modeling framework to reconstruct the location-duration-path choices for the missing observations from incomplete data from connected vehicles. The next step in this research is for the model to be applied to existing connected vehicle testbeds in Florida, New York and Wyoming, and provide insights there on how to use connected vehicle data.

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NOAA Awards $750K to Support Modeling Effects of Sea Level Rise in Northern Gulf of Mexico

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of the University of Central Florida, will develop sea level rise computer models to predict the impacts storms and rising water pose to the northern Gulf’s coastline, including shoreline and barrier island erosion. The study area ranges from coastal Mississippi to the Florida Panhandle, encompassing three sites in NOAA’s National Estuarine Research Reserve System. Partners in the study will also include representatives from the Northwest Florida Water Management District.

Ford and Progress Energy partner to prepare Research Triangle area for EVs

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This will include installing about 600 stations across the company’s territory in the Carolinas and Florida. The company has also partnered with several universities on electric transportation initiatives, including the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University and the University of Florida.

New hybrid photocatalyst for highly efficient hydrogen production from water

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Researchers at the University of Central Florida, with colleagues at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and Tsinghua University, developed a new hybrid nanomaterial—a nonmetal plasmonic MoS 2 @TiO 2 heterostructure—for highly efficient photocatalytic H 2 generation from water.

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DOE announces EcoCAR 2; focus on electric drive technology

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At the SAE 2011 World Congress in Detroit, Michigan, US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Assistant Secretary for Policy and International Affairs, David Sandalow, announced the official launch of the EcoCAR 2 : Plugging into the Future competition and the sixteen university teams selected to participate. The schools that have been chosen to participate are: California State University, Los Angeles (Los Angeles, California). Colorado State University (Fort Collins, Colorado).

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Virginia Tech team engineers optimized synthetic enzymatic pathway for high-yield production of H2 directly from biomass

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Ingram, director of the Florida Center for Renewable Chemicals and Fuels at the University of Florida, who is familiar with the work but not associated with the team, commented that the work represents a revolutionary approach that offers many new advantages.

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Researchers find that the global carbon pool in seagrass beds is as much as 19.9B metric tons

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Seagrasses only take up a small percentage of global coastal area, but this assessment shows that they’re a dynamic ecosystem for carbon transformation ,” said James Fourqurean, the lead author of the paper and a scientist at Florida International University and the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Florida Coastal Everglades Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) site.

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Voyage partners with Renovo for autonomous taxi fleet

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Initial AWare deployments will take place this year in Voyage’s existing commercial community deployments in The Villages in Central Florida and The Villages in San Jose, CA. Renovo has a history of building full-vehicle safety systems and has a long-running partnership with Stanford University focused on research into advanced vehicle control strategies.

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Virginia Clean Cities requests proposals from Southeastern fleets interested in converting to propane Autogas

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The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) and Virginia Clean Cities (VCC) at James Madison University (JMU) are requesting proposals from fleets in the southeastern US interested in converting eligible gasoline vehicles to run on propane autogas. Fleets in the following states are welcome to submit proposals: Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Tennessee, Mississippi and Washington DC.

Sapa opens up automotive-focused extruded aluminum R&D center in Michigan

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The lab will not handle external queries, aside from projects with key academic partners, such as Michigan Technological University. In the United States, these include the NATC in Michigan, Oregon and other locations, and the Corrosion Test Center in Florida.

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